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Toronto To Host NHL Draft Lottery April 29

Apr 12, 2017 1:10 AM

The NHL announced Tuesday that it will hold its draft lottery -- which will determine the order of the first 15 picks in this year's draft -- on April 29 in Toronto.

The lottery will consist of three drawings, with the first determining which club will select first overall. The next two drawings will determine the second and third picks, respectively.

With the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, the lottery will consist of 15 teams this year. The Golden Knights receive the same odds as the team that finished the regular season in 28th place.


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Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick

Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Washington in exchange for defenseman Tom Gilbert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Gilbert, 34, appeared in 18 games this season with the Kings, recording five points and six penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, July 1, 2016.

Press Release

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Leafs Select Auston Matthews With Top Pick

Jun 24, 2016 7:40 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have picked Auston Matthews with the top overall pick. Matthews is the first player selected first overall born in the United States since Patrick Kane in 2007.

1. Leafs: Austin Matthews

2. Jets: Patrick Laine

3. Blue Jackets: Pierre-Luc Dubois

4. Oilers: Jesse Puljujarvi

5. Canucks: Olli Juolevi

6. Flames: Matthew Tkachuk

7. Coyotes: Clayton Keller

8. Sabres: Alexander Nylander

9. Canadiens: Mikhail Sergachev

10. Avalanche: Tyson Jost

11. Senators: Logan Brown

12. Devils: Michael McLeod

13. Hurricanes: Jake Bean

14. Bruins: Charlie McAvoy

15. Wild: Luke Kunin

16. Coyotes: Jakob Chychrun

17. Predators: Dante Fabbro

18. Jets: Logan Stanley

19. Islanders: Kieffer Bellows

20. Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski

21. Hurricanes: Julien Gauthier

22. Flyers: German Rubtsov

23. Panthers: Henrik Borgstrom

24. Ducks: Max Jones

25. Stars: Riley Tufte

26. Blues: Tage Thompson

27. Lightning: Brett Howden

28. Capitals: Lucas Johansen

29. Bruins: Trent Frederic

30. Ducks: Sam Steel

RealGM Staff Report

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Leafs Win NHL Draft Lottery

Apr 30, 2016 8:36 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery.

The Leafs will own the top overall pick for the first time in more than 30 years.

Auston Matthews is expected to be the top pick.

The Canadian Press

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KHL Will Abolish Junior Draft

Mar 21, 2016 3:24 PM

The Kontinental Hockey League says it will abolish its junior draft, which has struggled to become a hit with fans and suffered from talented young players opting to move to North America.

Of the past four No. 1 picks in the KHL draft, only one has gone on to play in the league, with two others opting for the Canadian junior leagues instead.


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NHL May Explore Raising Draft Age To 19-Years

Mar 5, 2016 11:40 PM

As the NHL is set to celebrate its centennial season in 2016-17, there's an initiative to explore ways to improve the game, including the possibility of increasing the draft age to 19.

"We're exploring many ideas in improving conditions for player development, and raising the draft age is one of many things that we're looking at, and those discussions remain very preliminary," said former NHL player and Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who now works for the league in development.


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Andong Song Becomes First Player From China Drafted

Jun 27, 2015 3:04 PM

On Saturday afternoon in Sunrise, Fla., Andong Song, 18, became the first player born in China to ever get drafted by an NHL team, selected in the sixth round, No. 172 overall, by the New York Islanders.

“It feels great. Unbelievable experience. Really honored to be the first,” he said.


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NHL Draft First-Round Selections

Jun 27, 2015 12:44 AM

The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft was held at BB&T Center on Friday, as reported by NHL.com.

The draft resumes Saturday with rounds 2-7 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).


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Oilers Take Connor McDavid As Top Overall Pick

Jun 26, 2015 7:31 PM

Connor McDavid has been chosen by the Oilers as the top overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft on Friday night, according to an ESPN.com report. 


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Gretzky: McDavid 'Clearly A Franchise Player'

Apr 22, 2015 11:59 AM

Wayne Gretzky, in an interview with the Edmonton Journal, said the touted 18-year-old Connor McDavid is "clearly a franchise player."

"He's as good as I've seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years, the best to come along since [Mario] Lemieux and [Sidney] Crosby," Gretzky told the newspaper. "He can definitely change a franchise's fortunes."

McDavid is expected to be the No. 1 draft pick in June. 


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Oilers Rewarded With Another No. 1 Draft Pick
The Oilers won the draft lottery on Saturday night, and the right to select Connor McDavid with the top overall pick.


Sabres Have Best Chance At No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft
The Sabres have locked up the worst overall record and the best odds in drafting either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.


Blackhawks Unable To Sign 2010 Pick Kevin Hayes
Kevin Hayes now becomes a free agent after being unable to get a deal done with Chicago.

Scott Power/ESPN

Panthers Select Aaron Ekblad With First Pick
The Panthers selected Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night.


NHL Draft-Lottery System At Issue With GMs
The Oilers have secured the No. 1 draft pick from 2010 to 2012.


Panthers Get Top Pick In NHL Draft
The top two draft prospects are considered to be Samuel Bennett and Aaron Ekblad.


Panthers To Host 2015 NHL Draft
The Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL draft, as announced by commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday


Devils Get Schneider From Canucks For Pick
The Devils dealt their ninth overall draft pick to the Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider on Sunday.


Avs Take Nathan MacKinnon No. 1
The Avalanche made Nathan MacKinnon the first overall pick in the NHL draft on Sunday.


Avs Consider Options With Top Pick
The Avalanche appear to be leaning toward drafting forward Nathan MacKinnon with the NHL's overall top pick.

San Jose Mercury News

Avs Win First Pick In 2013 NHL Draft
The Avalanche will have the No. 1 overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday, June 30.

Press Release

Brodeur's Son, Anthony, Could Get Drafted In 2013
Anthony Brodeur enters his senior year in prep school and will be on the radar of NHL scouts and general managers.


New Jersey, Philly To Host Next Two NHL Drafts
The 2013 NHL draft will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.


Henrik Samuelsson Should Feel Right At Home
Henrik Samuelsson is one of five Pennsylvania natives with a good shot at hearing their name called at the draft on Friday.


Teravaninen Expected To Be First Finn Drafted
Central Scouting expects Teuvo Teravainen to be the first player from Finland off the draft board on Friday.


Is Gabriel Landeskog The Most NHL-Ready Prospect?
Gabriel Landeskog remains a highly-coveted commodity come June 24 when the opening round of the draft is held in St. Paul.


RealGM?s 2010 NHL Mock Draft
Who should the Oilers select? Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin?

Nick Obergan/RealGM

Second, Third Round NHL Draft Results
The second and third rounds of the 2009 NHL Draft are complete.


Complete First Round Draft Results
The first round of the 2009 NHL Draft was completed in Montreal on Friday night.

Yahoo! Sports

Tavares, Hedman, Duchene Go In NHL's Top-3
The first three selections in the 2009 NHL entry draft went as expected on Friday night.