Will Graham Knott turn out like Blackhawks' last pick at No. 54?

Blackhawks draftee Graham Knott has surprisingly big shoes to fill for a No. 54 pick.

In 2002, the Blackhawks had the 54th pick of the NHL draft. The player they selected didn't join the club until 2005, but when he did, things seemed to work out OK.

Thirteen years later, defenseman Duncan Keith was hoisting his third Stanley Cup and his first Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

On Saturday, the Hawks selected winger Graham Knott from Ontario with the 54th pick, and Knott was aware Keith was drafted at 54.

"That's definitely going to be tough," said Knott of trying to live up to Keith's standard. "But hopefully I can make my name for myself and do what he can."

Obviously, one is a defenseman and the other is a winger, but Knott hopes to contribute to the Hawks in the not-so-distant future after returning to the Ontario Hockey League.

Hawks director of scouting Mark Kelley said the team was hoping Knott would fall to them with their first pick in the draft.

"The Knott kid we were very, very high on," Kelley said. "It's cliche to say he was there when we picked, but we had targeted him coming into the draft. We like where he's at. We like where we think he's going to get to."

Knott is a 6-foot-3 winger whose big body makes him ideal to battle at the net. He scored 25 goals in 59 games last season for the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL.

"We spoke a little bit at the (NHL) combine, we had a couple of interviews, then we went out to dinner," Knott said. "They're a dynasty. It's going to be awesome to get there."

Waiting for the Hawks: Geneva product Roy Radke was anxious every time a Hawks pick came up, hoping he would be picked. The winger's wish finally came true in the sixth round when the Hawks selected him 164th.

"It feels great. It's not feeling like I've ever felt before," Radke said. "It was kind of a long process, but once I heard my name called everything just fell into place pretty much.

Radke, who played with Barrie of the OHL last season, was the Hawks' second selection with Chicago ties. In the third round they drafted Dennis Gilbert, who played with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League.

"It says a lot about the Chicago area that kids are coming in to play hockey," Kelley said. "At the same time, kids are being developed and going elsewhere to play hockey."

Hockey's Mr. Irrelevant: The Hawks owned the final pick of the draft, meaning they had the duty to select hockey's version of Mr. Irrelevant with the 211th pick. This year, he's Swedish winger John Dahlstrom, and he was at the arena waiting to see if he would be picked.

"It's a long wait, but it doesn't matter when I go or if I go," Dahlstrom said. "I'm so happy to be picked by Chicago. It was totally worth the wait."

Being the last pick provided a little fuel for Dahlstrom's fire.

"I'm going to prove to some of the other guys that I'm better than them," Dahlstrom said.

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