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Mike Smith: the GM who shaped the Blackhawks legacy 23 years ago


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Hunter Bowman
September 22, 2023  (2:24 PM)
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On this day in 2000, the Chicago Blackhawks appointed Mike Smith as GM, a role he held for three years until his dismissal in October 2003.

During his tenure, Smith made notable draft selections that would significantly impact the franchise's future.
Drafting the Core
Under Smith's leadership, the Blackhawks made astute choices in the NHL Draft. Notably, they selected Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, and Dustin Byfuglien, all of whom played pivotal roles in the team's success.
Duncan Keith's Ascension
Duncan Keith emerged as a standout defenseman for the Blackhawks, winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman during the 2009-10 season.
His exceptional play extended into the playoffs, where he contributed significantly to the team's Stanley Cup victory, ending a long championship drought.
Keith's excellence persisted throughout the 2010s, with multiple Stanley Cup wins, Norris Trophy honors, and even a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2015.
Brent Seabrook's Playoff Heroics
Brent Seabrook earned a reputation as a clutch performer in the playoffs. He delivered crucial overtime goals during pivotal playoff moments, helping the Blackhawks secure Stanley Cup victories.
Seabrook's impact extended beyond his scoring ability. He became a stalwart defenseman for the team, setting franchise records for games played.
Corey Crawford's Goaltending Brilliance
Corey Crawford's tenure in Chicago marked a resurgence in the team's goaltending.
He became the eighth goaltender in franchise history to reach 100 wins and posted impressive statistics during his time with the Blackhawks.
Crawford's consistent play was vital to the team's success, and he joined the ranks of elite Chicago goalies with back-to-back 30-win seasons.
Dustin Byfuglien's Unique Talent
Dustin Byfuglien defied convention by excelling in two positions - forward and defenseman.
Despite his imposing size, he showcased remarkable skating skills, a powerful shot, and a deep understanding of the game.
Selected in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Draft, Byfuglien's versatility and imposing presence made him a valuable asset for the Blackhawks.
In summary, Mike Smith's tenure as GM left a lasting legacy for the Chicago Blackhawks through the shrewd selection of players who became integral to the team's success.
Keith, Seabrook, Crawford, and Byfuglien not only made significant contributions but also etched their names in franchise history.
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Mike Smith: the GM who shaped the Blackhawks legacy 23 years ago

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