The NHL Draft was decided on June 28-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first round seed was determined, excluding a trade.
The top of the draft was decided by the lottery, when the Chicago Blackhawks won, moved up two places and earned the right to select the generational talent Conor Bedard.
The Philadelphia Flyers made a shakeup in early June by trading defenseman Ivan Provorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets and getting the 22nd overall pick.
The final two first-round spots in the Stanley Cup Final were decided between the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers. The champion Golden Knights would pick 32 and the Panthers 31. The Panthers gave up their first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in a Ben Chiarot deal last season.
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What is the 2023 NHL Draft First Round Standing?
- Chicago Blackhawks (won draft lottery)
- Anaheim Ducks (won the second draft of a draft)
- Columbus Blue Jackets (down 1 point after lottery drawings)
- San Jose Sharks
- Montreal Canadiens
- Arizona Coyotes
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Washington Capitals
- Detroit Red Wings
- St. Louis Blues
- Vancouver Canucks
- Arizona Coyotes (from the Ottawa Senators in a trade for Jacob Cicciron)
- Buffalo Saber
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Nashville Predators
- Calgary Flames
- Detroit Red Wings (New York Islanders via Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks traded the pick they got in the Bo Horvat trade to the Red Wings for Filip Hronek.)
- Winnipeg Jets
- Chicago Blackhawks (from Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade for Brandon Hagel)
- Seattle Kraken
- Minnesota Wild
- Philadelphia Flyers (From Los Angeles Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets traded the pick they had in the Vladislav Gavrikov/Jonas Korbesalo trade to the Flyers for Provorov.)
- New York Rangers
- Nashville Predators (from the Edmonton Oilers in the trade for Matthias Ekholm)
- St. Louis Blues (from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade for Ryan O’Reilly)
- San Jose Sharks (from New Jersey Devils at Timo Meier Trade)
- Colorado Avalanche
- Toronto Maple Leafs (From the Boston Bruins via the Washington Capitals. The Capitals traded in the pick you got in the Dmitri Orlov trade to the Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.)
- St. Louis Blues (From the Dallas Stars via the New York Rangers. The Rangers traded the pick they had in the deal for Niels Lundqvist to the Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko. Dallas would have picked the 29th because they lost in the conference final)
- Carolina Hurricanes (#2 NHL team lost in conference final)
- Montreal Canadiens (from the Florida Panthers, runner-up to the Stanley Cup in a trade for Ben Chiarott)
- Vegas Golden Knights (Stanley Cup Winner)
When and where will the NHL Draft be held?
The first round will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 28, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Rounds two through seven will be held on Thursday, June 29, starting at 11 a.m. ET.
How do I watch the NHL Draft?
The first day will be shown on ESPN. The remaining rounds will be shown on the NHL Network.
Who are some of the top potential clients?
This is a deep draft with Gil’s talent at the top.
Bedard, a 5-10, 185 Canadian, has elite shooting and led the Western Hockey League this season with 71 goals and 143 points in 57 games, plus 20 points in seven games in a first-round loss to the Regina Pats. He was awarded the Canadian Hockey League Most Valuable Player Award, the Most Valuable Scorer Award and the Top Prospect Award. He won a gold medal and was named MVP of the World Junior Championships after scoring on Team Canada with nine goals and 23 points in seven games.
Hobey Baker Award winner Adam Fantelli is expected to rank second overall after leading college hockey with 30 goals and 65 points in 36 games for the University of Michigan. Other top-ranked North American skaters are forwards William Smith (No. 3) and Ryan Leonard (No. 5) of the US National Team Development Program and forward Matthew Wood (No. 4) of the University of Connecticut.
Swedish center Leo Carlsson (25 points in 44 games) is the highest-ranked international skater. Number 2 seed Matvey Michkov is a wild card because the talented Russian winger is under contract in the Kontinental Hockey League through 2025-26.