Blackhawks Take Defenseman Fournier In 2nd Round
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Updated 6/23/12 at 1:49 p.m.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks selected Canadian defenseman Dillon Fournier in the second round Saturday, making him the 48th overall pick.
The Blackhawks took the Montreal native after picking Finnish left wing Teuvo Teravainen at No. 18 on Friday. The 6-foot-2 Fournier spent last season with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Chicago then drafted former Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick’s nephew, taking forward Chris Calnan from Noble & Greenough School in Massachusetts in the third round (79th overall).
The Blackhawks finished fourth in the Central Division with the fifth-most points in the Western Conference, but were eliminated by Phoenix, the Pacific Division champion, in six games. Five went to overtime.
It was the second straight year the Blackhawks bowed out in the first round. They haven’t advanced in the playoffs since they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, but with stars such as Jonathan Toews leading the way, they believe they can contend for a title.
They expect Marian Hossa to be ready after he suffered a season-ending concussion on a hit to the head by Phoenix forward Raffi Torres, but they still have some question marks.
There are concerns about Patrick Kane after photos of the young star partying in Madison, Wis., surfaced on the Internet after the season. He was also arrested in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., three years ago after an altercation with a cab driver.
The Chicago power play, led by scored 42 times in 82 games, connecting on 15.2 percent of chances, and ranked 24th in the 30-team NHL. The Blackhawks were no better on penalty kills, ranking 27th and allowing goals on 21.9 percent of opposing chances.
Goalie Corey Crawford let in some soft goals during the postseason and didn’t post a shutout this season in 57 appearances. His goals-against average of 2.72 ranked 32nd in the NHL, and more than a goal a game worse than the league leader, St. Louis’ Brian Elliott.
The Blackhawks opted not to address the goaltending in the draft — not for the short term, anyway. They didn’t draft a goalie until the seventh round, when they picked Canadian goalie Brandon Whitney at No. 191 overall. The Blackhawks acquired that pick from San Jose along a fourth-rounder in 2013 in exchange for their fourth-rounder (No. 109).
Chicago immediately added another goalie when it selected Canadian Matt Tomkins at199.
The Blackhawks took Garret Ross from Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League at No. 139 with the first of their two fifth-round selections and then went with Travis Brown from Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League at 149.
They went with a local in the sixth round, taking forward Vincent Hinostroza of suburban Bartlett, Ill. He played for Waterloo of the United States Hockey League last season.
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