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Friday Five: First Choice

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season. This week, we take a look at the first-round draft picks selected by the Blackhawks in the last five NHL Entry Drafts.

1. 2011: Mark McNeill (18th overall)

The Blackhawks’ first selection in last year’s NHL Entry Draft ranked second on the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders with 40 assists and third with 71 points (31G, 40A) in 67 regular-season games of the 2011-12 campaign. The Edmonton native was honored at year’s end with the club’s Most Valuable Player award.

2. 2010: Kevin Hayes (24th overall)

Hayes netted a goal and tallied two assists in four NCAA tournament games en route to winning a national title with Boston College. The Boston native finished his sophomore campaign with 28 points (7G, 21A) in 44 appearances at the collegiate level.

3. 2009: Dylan Olsen (28th overall)

The Blackhawks’ first choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft made his NHL debut on Jan. 5, 2012, after being called up from the Rockford IceHogs, and played two games with Chicago. In 28 regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks, Olsen tallied an assist and logged six penalty minutes. His first career NHL point came on an assist on the game-winning goal on Feb. 18 at Columbus.

4. 2008: Kyle Beach (11th overall)

Beach potted a goal in each of Rockford’s first three games in the 2011-12 campaign, but suffered a shoulder injury in late October and missed 57 games. In his first full season with the IceHogs in 2010-11, Beach recorded 36 points (16G, 20A) and 163 PIM in 71 contests.

5. 2007: Patrick Kane (1st overall)

In the 82 regular-season tilts in 2011-12, Kane ranked second on the club with 43 assists and third with 66 points. Kane became the third player in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first five seasons in the NHL. In 399 games with the Blackhawks, Kane has racked up 369 points (126G, 243A).

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