The Chicago Blackhawks went into the draft feeling confident about their roster. Since they did not have a pick at the top of the first round, they were not thinking about bringing in a youngster who could make the roster immediately.
The Blackhawks are willing to go into training camp next year with prospects like Chicago Blackhawks 2012 Draft Preview" target="_self" href="http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/73205/chicago-blackhawks-2012-draft-preview/">Philip Danault and Kevin Hayes battling for positions up front and Stephen Johns and Michael Paliotta on defense. These are players who have a chance to make the roster and could be productive.
However, if the Blackhawks are going to be successful in the 2012 draft, Bowman would like to find a prospect or two with the potential to dominate.
While the organization appears to be in decent shape for the present and near future, the Blackhawks have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round in each of the last two seasons. That's certainly not going to satisfy the fanbase after the team won the 2010 Stanley Cup.
General manager Stan Bowman is hopeful that tiny first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen will eventually become the dominant scorer the team would like to have