So, I was wrong. I’ll admit it. Nolan Patrick is a Flyer and Nico Hischier is a Devil. But I got one thing right, overall pick no. 3. I’ll take it. But what about the rest? Let’s break it down, shall we?
1st Overall Pick – New Jersey Devils
Coming in at #1, Hischier is a Swiss 18-year-old goal scoring machine with much success coming out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He’ll be playing center for New Jersey for a long time to come.
2nd Overall Pick – Philadelphia Flyers
My boy, Nolan Patrick comes into Philly at number 2. Another 18 year-old phenom from the Brandon Wheat Kings, although his play time was limited due to injury this season, he still managed to collect points by the dozens. No doubt, a good physical match for the Flyers.
3rd Overall Pick – Dallas Stars
An elite two-way defenceman according to his Elite Prospects page, this Finn has been captured by Dallas 3rd overall, a prediction I actually successfully made. Hopefully he’ll bring some much needed beef to the Stars‘ blue line.
4th Overall Pick – Colorado Avalanche
Defender Cale Makar, selected 4th overall by Colorado, hails from Calgary and boasts top notch stickhandling skills. He’s sure to provide the Avalanche with some much needed talent if they hope to climb the standings once more.
5th Overall Pick – Vancouver Canucks
Welcome Elias Pettersson to the Canucks as the 5th overall pick. This Swedish centerman was ranked No. 2 out of European players by NHL Central Scouting Department. Many fans were hesitant about the pick, set to play in Sweden next season. But let’s see what he can do in Vancouver in the future.
6th Overall Pick – Vegas Golden Knights
With their very first selection in team history, the Golden Knights have chosen Cody Glass. Not much can be noted about how he’ll help a team that hasn’t played yet, but this centerman is quoted as being “a dangerous two-way” player on his Elite Prospects page. Good luck in Vegas, buddy.
7th Overall Pick – New York Rangers
The Rangers have used their 7th overall pick (acquired from Arizona earlier today) to take Lias Andersson. Hailing from Sweden, Andersson stands at 5’11 and with his excellent puck skills and speed, he’ll surely fit in just well in the Rangers organisation.
8th Overall Pick – Buffalo Sabres
9th Overall Pick – Detroit Red Wings
10th Overall Pick – Florida Panthers
11th Overall Pick – Los Angeles Kings
12th Overall Pick – Carolina Hurricanes
13th Overall Pick – Vegas Golden Knights
Center Nick Suzuki could be one of the best picks to come out of this draft, outside of the top 2 of course. And – he belongs to Vegas from their 2nd pick of the night at no. 13. His possession stats are higher than both the top two prospects, so this could be a real win for the Golden Knights.
14th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Lightning
One of my favourite teams, personally, Tampa Bay selected Callan Foote with their 14th overall pick tonight. He’s a smart player with an NHL-ready physique. That’s about all I know about him so far. Welcome to Tampa, Foote.
15th Overall Pick – Vegas Golden Knights
16th Overall Pick – Calgary Flames
17th Overall Pick – Toronto Maple Leafs
18th Overall Pick – Boston Bruins
This is my home team so I’ll be honest. Urho Vaakanainen is barely a first-rounder. Yeah, we need help on the blue line, but this won’t help us now. This guy’ll just go into our pool of talented blue line development and future trade pieces. Interesting move for Boston.
19th Overall Pick – San Jose Sharks
20th Overall Pick – St. Louis Blues
Rob Thomas jokes aside, this center Robert Thomas is an alright pick for the Blues. Could have been better as he still needs work and development. He may be ready in a few seasons, or ready to be traded.
21st Overall Pick – New York Rangers
Their own pick, the first time they’ve kept their 1st round pick in a few seasons, the Rangers have selected yet another centerman in Filip Chytil. A 17-year-old native of the Czech Republic, he’s earned his stripes in the form of multiple wins across many teams. This kid is gonna be good.
22nd Overall Pick – Edmonton Oilers
Those new jerseys look sharp. Okay, back on track. Washington native Kailer Yamamoto. Drafted 22nd overall to the Edmonton Oilers. He’s small, but he has skill. Good choice. Let’s see how he plays with McDavid.
23rd Overall Pick – Arizona Coyotes
Pierre-Olivier Joseph becomes the newest Coyote at pick no. 23 after the Coyotes traded away their 7th rounder to the Rangers earlier today. He’ll provide Arizona with some deep defensive talent on their left side.
24th Overall Pick – Winnipeg Jets
I feel like this is one of so few wingers in this draft class. Either way, Kristian Vesalainen is headed to Winnipeg after being selected 24th overall. Despite a hard start to his season and a rough dip in production, this guy still went during the first round. He’s bound to get better as he preps for the NHL.
25th Overall Pick – Montreal Canadiens
Ryan Poehling comes in at no. 25, selected by the Montreal Canadiens. An interesting story, Poehling went off to play with his older twin brothers rather than against guys his age in what some say could have stalled his development. We’ll see what comes of that as he begins to prep for his next few seasons.
26th Overall Pick – Dallas Stars
A goalie! Finally! And another for the Stars, Jake Oettinger has been plucked up at no. 26. There’s not much to say here, the Stars need all the help in net they can get, even with the addition of Ben Bishop at the beginning of the off season.
27th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Flyers
28th Overall Pick – Ottawa Senators
29th Overall Pick – Chicago Blackhawks
I expected the Hawks to try to make a jump in picks, not jump down, but either way they landed Henri Jokiharju at no. 29. A defenceman from Finland, Jokiharju played for the Portland Winterhawks last season, posting average stats.
30th Overall Pick – Nashville Predators
Here we have our reigning Western Conference Champions, Nashville and their well-earned 30th pick. With it, they’ve taken Eeli Tolvanen a sniper who’s commitment to Boston College next season has fallen through. He’ll be fine, though, one of the best snipers in the pool will surely find success.
31st Overall Pick – St. Louis Blues
Lastly, and much to the resentment of the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ fanbase, the St. Louis Blues pulled off a last minute trade, landing them this final pick in this year’s first round. With it they’ve taken Klim Kostin. A sort of darkhorse in this year’s draft, this hulking Russian powerhouse of a player found his season shortened by shoulder surgery. That might have owed to how late he was selected in the draft. We’ll see how he plays alongside the likes of fellow countryman Vladimir Tarasenko in the coming seasons.
And there you have it! This year’s round one draft class. This is only the beginning though, as tomorrow we have six more rounds of draft selections. You won’t see this much detail go into that coverage, but we will be here all day to discuss drafts, deals, and all sorts of buzz around the league.