It has been 25 years since the Killer B’s defense led the Miami Dolphins to a 1982 Super Bowl appearance. The 11-man unit had seven players on it with surnames beginning with B. (Bob Baumhower, Bill Barnett, Lyle Blackwood, Glenn Blackwood, Kim Bokamper, Doug Betters and Bob Brudzinski.) The Dolphins lost to Washington that year, but no one forgot the Killer B’s.
In hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks are putting together a collection of young Killer B’s. They already have four on their NHL roster and there’s a long list of B prospects on the farm and amateur ranks.
Here’s are the top 10 Killer B prospects that you might see in Chicago’s lineup in the next few seasons.
10. Bryan Bickell, LW, 21, Rockford, 41st overall in 2004. Best suited as a third or fourth-line checking type.
9. Adam Berti, LW, 21, Rockford, 68th overall in 2004. Like Bickell, his upside is on the checking line.
8. Adam Burish, RW, 24, Chicago, 282nd overall in 2002. Gritty fourth-liner not afraid to drop the gloves.
7. Dan Bertram, RW, 20, Boston College, 54th overall in 2005. Under-sized college senior experienced in a shutdown role.
6. Evan Brophey, C, 21, Rockford, 68th overall in 2005. Slowing down after great start to rookie pro season.
5. Michael Blunden, RW, 21, Rockford, 43rd overall in 2005. Improving two-way game complementing offensive potential.
4. Troy Brouwer, RW, 22, Rockford, 214th overall in 2004. Goal-scoring power forward in search of NHL pace.
3. Dustin Byfuglien, D, 24, Chicago, 245th overall in 2003. Built like a linebacker, can also patrol the wing.
2. David Bolland, C, 21, Chicago, 32nd overall in 2005. Crafty puck-handler still learning other aspects of pro game.
1.Cam Barker, D, 21, Rockford, third overall in 2005. Cool, composed puckhandling defender aiming to get tougher on blueline.
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