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Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville given his own holiday in Broward County, Florida

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Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville given his own holiday in Broward County, Florida

Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville signed on as head coach of the Florida Panthers in April 2019 and it looks like the Floridians are giving him a sunny welcome. Mayor Mark Bogen, a representative of commission District 2 in Broward County, declared August 27 “Joel Quenneville Day.”

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Coach Q was the head coach for the Blackhawks starting in 2008, winning three Stanley Cup titles and compiling more than 700 NHL wins as a head coach. Quenneville was replaced by Jeremy Colliton in 2018, signing on with the Panthers on April 8, 2019.

We’re hoping Q is enjoying his time in the sunshine state.

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All-Time best Chicago Blackhawks players by jersey numbers

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All-Time best Chicago Blackhawks players by jersey numbers

The Blackhawks sweater is one of the most recognizable in all of sports, let alone hockey.

But who have been the best players to don the Indian Head for each number?

The Blackhawks have retired six numbers (although it's for seven players since Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote doubled up), so those are easy. But what about some of the deeper cuts? Can you name a great No. 23 off the top of your head? No, M.J. doesn't count even though he played in the United Center too...

Here are our picks for the best Blackhawks players, by jersey number.

NHL Draft 2020: Blackhawks could pick one of these ranked prospects

NHL Draft 2020: Blackhawks could pick one of these ranked prospects

NHL Central Scouting released their 2020 draft rankings on Wednesday afternoon. The Blackhawks, who sat in 12th place in the Western Conference and 23rd in the league with a 32-30-8 record at the time of the NHL pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, are likely to get a top-10 pick for the third consecutive year.

The team had an 8.2% chance of landing a top-3 pick after finishing the 2018-19 season 10th place in the Western Conference and 20th in the NHL, but they got the No. 3 pick in the lottery and selected center Kirby Dach at last year's draft.

In 2018 they drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist at No. 8 overall. 

One left wing, one right wing, four centers and four defenseman make up the top-10 North American ranked players from Central Scouting available in this year's draft. 

Chicago could use a defensive-minded defenseman as it stands. The Blackhawks are loaded on centers enough to possibly part with Dylan Strome after the season concludes.

Alexis Lafreniere, a left winger, was ranked No. 1 per Central Scouting. The 18-year-old Quebec native led the QMJHL in assists (77) and points (112). It would be a bit of a long shot for the Hawks to land him.

The Blackhawks will probably have better odds than last year in the lottery, but would be more likely to pick around 10th. 

18-year-old Jamie Drysdale is the top North American defensive prospect according to the release at No. 3. The Toronto native, currently with the Eerie Otters of the OHL (Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome's former team) was a member of Team Canada's gold-medal winning entry at the 2020 World Junior Championship. Listed at 5'11, 170 lbs., the Hockey News described his skating and smarts as "other-worldly". Seeing as Chicago has plenty of puck-moving D men who can skate, it may be best to go the stay-at-home route.

At age 17, Jake Sanderson of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team seems to be the highest ranked D man with a strong defensive game at No. 4 for North Americans on the list. According to the Hockey Writers, the Montana native has strong skating and sound footwork. He'll most likely be out of reach for the Hawks.

Sanderson's father, Geoff, played 1104 NHL games and finished his career with 700 points, playing for teams like the Hartford Whalers and Buffalo Sabres. 

Going off of Central Scouting's rankings, 18-year-old Braden Schneider makes the most sense for the Hawks. They have a better chance to grab him than the other D men, as he's ranked No. 9 among North American players, and the Hockey Writers described him as a "quintessential two-way defenseman" whose strengths include his "stick play, gap control and defensive poise."

Schneider had seven goals and 35 assists in 60 games with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings this season and a +/- rating of +9. Chicago would gladly select a defenseman who can do it all, especially if that includes helping keep pucks out of the net.

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