Here's how the Winterhawks were built:
Brendan Leipsic 2009 R6. (112th)
Nic Petan 2010 R1. (16th)
Ty Rattie 2008 R1. (2nd)
Oliver Bjorkstrand 2012 Import Draft #26 overall
Chase DeLeo 2010 R9. (192ond)
Taylor Leier 2009 R2. (24th)
Adam de Champlain 2009 R10. (200th)
Taylor Peters 2007 R4. (68th)
Preston Kopeck 2010 R3. (60th)
4th line / rotation players:
Paul Bittner List player
Dominic Turgeon 2011 R3. (64th)
Joe Mahon List player
Keegan Iverson List player
Joey Baker List player
Alex Schoenborn List player
Troy RutkowskiList player
Seth Jones Trade (2009 R1. 11th EVT)
Josh Hanson 2009 R8. (156th)
Shaun MacPherson List Player
Tyler Wotherspoon 2008 R2. (23rd)
Kirill Vorobev 2012 Import Draft #57th overall
Derick Pouliot 2009 R1. (1st)
Mac Carruth List player
Brendan Burke 2010 R3. (49th)
Seth Jones currently is the only player aquired via trade.
Here are the players traded for Seth Jones:
2011 2. (42) C –Tyler Sandhu
2011 4. (86) LW - Mitch Skapski
2009 3. (59) D Reece Wilcox
List player D Ben Betker
The 'Hawks are banned from the 1st 5 rounds this spring, and don't have a 1st round pick until 2017. When they were picking guys like Sasha Golin ('03), Colton Sceviour ('04), and Thomas Frazee ('05) - its not like they were exactly using their 1st round picks effectively anyway. When they took Frazer McLaren ('02) or Riley Boychuk ('06) - you could argue that it would have hurt not having the opportunity to select those players. Brad Ross ('07) is an entirely different animal.
Now, the last 3 times the 'Hawks have picked in the 1st round they came up with Rattie, Pouliot, and Petan - which are 3 of the main reasons they are where they are this year (and last). Any one of those players not coming to Portland, and we are looking at a radically different team. Of course the first thought is to credit (free) Mike Johnston - although the Petan draft was his first - I suppose drafting #1 & #2 overall isn't as tricky. Yahoo! gave some love to MJ earlier this year on this subject.
All you gotta do is find a Ryan Johansen (7th round) once in a while (easy, right?). If you can deliver 2nd rounders like Taylor Leier ('09), Tyler Wotherspoon ('08), Joe Morrow ('08), Brett Ponich ('06), Kurtis Mucha ('04), or even Keith Hamilton ('08) - then who needs 1st round picks? Tyler Sandhu was also a 2nd ('11) - an asset which could pay huge dividends in Saskatoon this spring.
Looking forward a year - the 'Hawks bring back 5 of their top 6 forwards. Think about that for a second. We may have seen the future during tournament time, when Rattie was away they plugged Paul Bittner on the line with Petan & Leipsic. All Bittner did was score the game winner in 4 straight games - as the youngest player in the league. When inserted on the top line for the last 2 games of the regular season, Bittner scored goals in both.
They're loosing 3 defensmen & a goalie, but there should be help on the way. Might have to go back to winning 6-5 games, which is always fun..
Most 'Hawks fans are high on Kopeck, Turegon, Iverson, Bittner & Schoenborn for the next few years. Two 3rd rounders is all they have invested in a group that could be a huge part of a great forward group. The 'Hawks have done a great job of picking up American kids who are overlooked by WHL clubs. You don't need many of those coups to overcome the loss of some draft picks.