St. PAUL, Minn. -- While the 2011 entry draft will be remembered for departures of winger Troy Brouwer and defenseman Brian Campbell, Blackhawks general manager did have a number of picks at his disposal to refill his ranks, including four in the first two rounds.
"We've got to keep the pipeline coming," Bowman said. "It's been integral to the Blackhawks reaching the leave where we're at now with young players contributing."
Here's a look at his selections:
Mark McNeill (No. 18)
Position: Center Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 211
Team: Prince Albert (WHL)
Key stats: McNeill led the team in assists (49) and finished second in points (81) last season. Playing for Canada, he finished fourth at the 2011 Under-18 world championships with six assists. Bowman said he liked his size and his leadership characteristics. He also praised McNeill for his willingness to fight.
Quote: "I'm very excited. I can't even describe it right now. It's an unreal feeling. I'm going into camp this year, and I'm going to try to make the team."
Phillip Danault (No. 26)
Position: CenterHt.: 6-0 Wt.: 181
Team: Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Key stats: Danault had 67 points in 64 games last season, with his 44 assists and four short-handed goals tying for the team lead. He can also play wing. Danault also captained Victoriaville. He was the 27th overall player according to NHL Central Scouting's North American rankings.
Quote: "I've got leadership and character, and I will try to do the same if I play some day with the Blackhawks. To be drafted is one thing, but the second thing is to make the team. I will never stop working."
Adam Clendening (No. 36)
Position: Defenseman Ht.: 5-11Wt.: 187
Team: Boston University (Hockey East)
Key stats: Clendening has five goals and 23 points in 36 games for Boston University. In his first year at Boston University, he had a team-high 21 assists, which included the playoffs and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team.Clendening won gold with the U.S. in the 2009 and 2010 U-18 world championships. A Niagara Falls, N.Y. native, he was ranked 45th overall by NHL Central Scouting.
Quote: "I'm just a smart puck-moving defenseman. I can play on the power play, quarterback the power play. I can get puck through the blue line, good transition and make a good first pass out of your own zone. At the same, I can play against the other teams' top-six forwards."
Brandon Saad (No. 43)
Position: Left wing Ht.:6-1 Wt.: 203
Team: Saginaw (OHL)
Key stats: Saad, a Pittsburgh native, recorded 27 goals and 55 points in 59 games for Saginaw. He was a considered a possible late first-round pick. Saad won gold in the 2010 U-18 world championship with the U.S.
Quote: "I'm just trying to work hard and make it soon as possible. ... I fell in love with the game at a young age and stuck with playing it. I'm a two-way player, who has a good read of the game and play-making ability up front."
Michael Paliotta (No. 70)
Position: Defenseman Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 198
Team: US development program
Key stats: Paliotta had a goal and 13 points last year in 52 games in his first year with the development program. He will join the University of Vermont next year.
Quote: "It's an unbelievable feeling. This past couple weeks have been real exciting for family. I couldn't be more thrilled right now. I'm a defensive defenseman, a tough-to-play-against guy. A shutdown defenseman who sees the ice well and is smart."
3rd round: defenseman Klas Dahlbeck from Linkoping HC (No. 79)
4th round: left Maxim Shalunov from Chelyabinsk Traktor of the Kontinental Hockey League (No. 109)
5th round: center Andrew Shaw from the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (No. 139)
6th round: defenseman Sam Jardine from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (No. 169)
7th round: center Alex Broadhurst from the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (No. 199)
7th round: goaltender Johan Mattson from Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League (No. 211)