18 Days of Blackhawks Drafts: Eric Daze (1993)
Before the Blackhawks take the podium to announce the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks Blog takes you through the history of the team's greatest draft picks, and how they spent their time in the Blackhawks sweater.
LW Eric Daze - Selected 90th overall in the 1993 Entry Draft.
Immensely talented and highly productive, many would say that Eric Daze's Blackhawks career ended too soon. It's difficult not to agree, especially with the impressive way Daze began his NHL career after being drafted by the Blackhawks in 1993.
In 1995-96, his first full year in Chicago, Daze recorded an impressive 30 goals on his way to making the NHL's All-Rookie Team at season's end. His consistency continued on for the majority of his career; from 1995-96 through 2002-03, he never failed to score at least 20 goals. Daze's career high for markers was set in 2001-02, when he reached 38.
In 2002, Daze became the first Blackhawks player since Bobby Hull in 1971 to be named All-Star Game MVP, his first and only appearance at the annual exhibition.
Despite the consistency on the scoresheet, Daze was frequently hampered by back problems, undergoing multiple procedures to no avail. He retired after playing just one game in the 2005-06 season.
In 601 NHL games -- all with the Blackhawks -- Daze tallied 398 points (226G, 178A).