How they were made - 05-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk (right) were the first and second overall picks in the 2007 draft respectively. When the Stanley Cup Final begins Saturday, they'll be the first set of top overall picks in a single draft to ever meet in a Stanley Cup final.

But that's pretty much where the similarities in personnel begin and end with these two teams. The Blackhawks and Flyers took very different routes towards the Final. The Blackhawks drafted and developed more of their own talent and earned an impressive No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Flyers scrounged most of their players through trades and free agency and squeaked into the playoffs on the last day of the season.

A look at how each team was assembled. Both teams are listed with players who have appeared in at least one game this postseason:


Drafted Players “Other” Players
Bryan Bickell, LW – 2nd round (2004)
Dave Bolland, C – 2nd round (2004)
Troy Brouwer, RW – 7th round (2004)
Adam Burish, RW – 9th round (2002)
Dustin Byfuglien, RW – 8th round (2003)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D – 4th round (2005)
Patrick Kane, RW – 1st round (2007)
Duncan Keith, D – 2nd round (2002)
Brent Seabrook, D – 1st round (2003)
Jonathan Toews, C – 1st round (2006)

Brian Campbell, D – Free agent (2008)
Ben Eager, LW – Trade (2007)
Colin Fraser, C – Trade (2004)
Jordan Hendry, D – Free agent (2004)
Marian Hossa, RW – Free agent (2009)
Cristobal Huet, G – Free agent (2008)
Tomas Kopecky, C – Free agent (2009)
Andrew Ladd, LW – Trade (2008)
John Madden, C – Free agent (2008)
Antti Niemi, G – Free agent (2008)
Patrick Sharp, C – Trade (2005)
Brent Sopel, D – Free agent (2007)
Kris Versteeg, RW – Trade (2007)
10 players (43 %) 13 players (57 %)

-Bickell (four) and Brouwer (13) are the only member of the drafted players who have not appeared in all 16 of the Blackhawks' postseason games.

-Seven (Toews, Kane, Keith, Byfuglien, Bolland, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson) of the Blackhawks' top seven postseason scorers were drafted.

Drafted Players “Other” Players
Oskar Bartulis, D – 3rd round (2005)
Jeff Carter, C – 1st round (2003)
Simon Gagne, LW – 1st round (1998)
Claude Giroux, RW – 1st round (2006)
David Laliberte, RW – 4th round (2004)
Andreas Nodl, RW – 2nd round (2006)
Mike Richards, C 1st round (2003)
James van Riemsdyk, RW – 1st round (2007)

Arron Asham, RW – Free agent (2008)
Johan Backlund, G – Free agent (2009)
Blair Betts, C – Free agent (2009)
Brian Boucher, G – Free agent (2009)
Daniel Briere, C – Free agent (2007)
Daniel Carcillo, LW – Trade (2009)
Matt Carle, D – Trade (2008)
Braydon Coburn, D – Trade (2007)
Scott Hartnell, LW – Trade (2007)
Lukas Krajicek, D – Free agent (2010)
Ian Laperriere, RW – Free agent (2009)
Ville Leino, LW – Trade (2010)
Michael Leighton, G – Waivers (2009)
Ryan Parent, D – Trade (2007)
Darroll Powe, LW – Free agent (2007)
Chris Pronger, D – Trade (2009)
Jared Ross, C – Free agent (2008)
Kimmo Timonen, D – Trade (2007)
8 players (31 %)
18 percent (69 %)

-Gagne, Giroux, Richards and van Riemsdyk are the only members of the drafted players who have appeared in all 17 of the Flyers' postseason games.

-Richards, Giroux and Gagner are the only players among the team's top ten postseason scorers.

-It should be noted Carter, arguably the team's best pure goal scorer, has missed 11 games due to a foot injury.

-Boucher was actually a first-round pick of the team in 1995, but left by way of a trade in 2002. He rejoined the team as a free agent last offseason.

-Interestingly enough, goaltending, supposedly the most important position on the ice, is represented by three non-descript free agent signings (Backlund, Boucher and Niemi), a free agent bust (Huet) and a waivers claim (Leighton).

For comparison's sake,  here's how the 2009 Stanley Cup champions were assembled:
Drafted Players “Other” Players
Sidney Crosby, C – 1st round (2005)
Marc-Andre Fleury – 1st round (2003)
Alex Goligoski – 2nd round (2004)
Tyler Kennedy, C – 4th round (2004)
Kris Letang, D – 3rd round (2005)
Evgeni Malkin, C – 1st round (2004)
Brooks Orpik, D - 1st round (2000)
Rob Scuderi, D – 5th round (1998)
Jordan Staal, C - 1st Round (2006)
Maxime Talbot, C – 9th round (2009)

Craig Adams, RW – Waivers (2009)
Philippe Boucher, D – Trade (2008)
Matt Cooke, LW – Free agent (2008)
Pascal Dupuis, RW – Trade (2008)
Mark Eaton, D – Free agent (2006)
Ruslan Fedotenko, LW – Free agent (2008)
Mathieu Garon, G – Trade (2009)
Hal Gill, D – Trade (2008)
Sergei Gonchar, D – Free agent (2005)
Bill Guerin, RW – Trade (2009)
Chris Kunitz, LW – Trade (2009)
Miroslav Satan, RW – Free agent (2009)
Petr Sykora, RW – Free agent (2007)
10 players (43 percent) 13 players (57 players)

(Photo: Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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