PITTSBURGH Its all about balance. Or at least it was for the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blackhawks selected three wings, two defensemen, two goaltenders and one center at the draft this weekend in Pittsburgh, and both general manager Stan Bowman and director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley headed home happy with the results.
Excited is a good word, Bowman said. We were able to get what we wanted, a mix of different positions, different style players. (We got) some skill and some size, and that was our objective coming in. We had a number of picks, and we tried to use them to find the best player, but also try to round out our depth chart.
The Blackhawks were especially thrilled with their first-round selection Teuvo Teravainen, a Finnish forward who was pegged as a top-10 pick.
To be honest, we hadnt talked much about him. We didnt have a nameplate for him because we didnt expect him to be (available at the 18th overall pick), Kelley said. Were really happy (with our draft), starting yesterday right through today.
So with the latest group of potential future Blackhawks selected, the focus returns to working on the current team. Bowman said there wasnt much trade discussion among GMs on Saturday; the bang-bang draft selections on Day 2 didnt allow for it. But he expects that to change in the coming days.
With the discussions I did have, everyone agreed we dont have to jam a trade in the last half hour. But there were some great discussions with a few teams, and itll pick up as the week goes on, he said. Therell be some movement over the next two weeks, but I dont think that was the focus today. Most of the guys I spoke to were looking at the draft and just trying to get through today. Now can go back to the other things.