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Blackhawks draft Patrick Kane with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Blackhawks were able to make the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. The team selected Patrick Kane.

The team hopes he will be a franchise cornerstone for years. He joined the Blackhawks staff on stage following the selection at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

2007 NHL Entry Draft First Overall pick Patrick Kane poses for a photo with members of the Chicago Blackhawks staff on the draft stage during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Patrick Kane poses for a photo with members of the Chicago Blackhawks staff on the draft stage during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

“I’ve had a good summer and worked hard to give myself a chance of making the team (Chicago),” Kane told reporters. “That’s my goal, to go into camp to make the team.”

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The Blackhawks went 31-42-9 this past season. The team finished fifth in the NHL Central Division.

Due to the team’s struggles, the team had two head coaches. Trent Yawney went 7-12-2. Denis Savard also went 24-30-7.

On the season, the Blackhawks had 201 goals on the season. Only two players had 20 or more goals on the season.

Martin Havlát led the team with 25 goals. Patrick Sharp was second on the team with 20 goals.

Kane had more goals than those two players combined. He had 62 goals in 58 games during his rookie season with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.

The Blackhawks hope that if he makes the team right away to begin the season, he would have an immediate impact. But that is still weeks away.

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Due to the potential, the Blackhawks turned down a trade offer from the St. Louis Blues to keep the top selection. They turned down a 9th overall pick, a 24th overall pick, and the 26th overall pick in the 2007 Draft in the reported offer to draft Kane.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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