Draft - Hockey Wiretap

Stars To Host 2018 NHL Draft

Jul 30, 2017 12:19 AM

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL draft at American Airlines Center.

The NHL and the Stars announced Saturday night that the draft will be Friday-Saturday, June 22-23. The first round will be June 22, and the final six rounds will be June 23.

Dallas will host the draft for the first time. The franchise is celebrating its 25th season in Texas after leaving Minnesota.


Tags: Dallas Stars, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Nolan Patrick Had Second Abdominal Surgery Before Draft

Jul 1, 2017 1:15 AM

Flyers No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick had a second abdominal surgery prior to being drafted and is expected to return to full activity in four to six weeks.

General manager Ron Hextall announced the surgery Friday, a week after the Flyers selected Patrick in the draft. Patrick missed three months last season with a similar injury.


Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Draft, Injury, Misc Rumor

Devils Take Hischier; Flyers Grab Patrick, Vegas Selects Glass

Jun 23, 2017 7:29 PM

Cody Glass was selected by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights with their first-ever pick Friday night, going No. 6 overall as part of a parade of forwards at the top of the NHL draft. The 18-year-old Canadian center had 32 goals and 62 assists in 69 games last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

"I didn't really see that as a hockey place when I went there, but now, with the new team and the fans and season tickets sold out, I think hockey will be unbelievable," Glass said. "Just being there and walking down the Strip, it's something that's really nice. You don't see too much of that in Winnipeg."

The first NHL draft in Chicago began with another 18-year-old forward, with Swiss center Nico Hischier going No. 1 overall to the New Jersey Devils. The Philadelphia Flyers then grabbed Nolan Patrick at No. 2.


Tags: New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Vegas, Draft, Misc Rumor

GM McPhee: Vegas Making Moves Before Expansion Draft

Jun 20, 2017 4:18 PM

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said the team has made "at least" a half a dozen transactions before the NHL Expansion Draft and will likely make more deals before submitting their final list to the league Wednesday morning.

"We've tried to talk to every club before we make a selection," McPhee said. "Different things result from that. I haven't been able to keep track of that but we'll tally it all up at the end and you guys can tell us how we did."


Tags: Vegas, Draft, Expansion, Misc Rumor

Blue Jackets Send 2nd Round Pick To Canucks For John Tortorella

Jun 1, 2017 1:31 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will send a 2017 second round pick to the Vancouver Canucks as compensation for hiring John Tortorella in 2015.

The Blue Jackets' pick in the second round is No. 55 overall.

Tortorella, 58, led the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record 108 points in the 2016-17 season.


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Kings Trade Ben Bishop To Stars For Draft Pick

May 9, 2017 6:15 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a fourth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft from Dallas in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The fourth-round selection was previously acquired by Dallas from Montreal.

This newly acquired selection gives Los Angeles a total of eight picks in this year’s NHL Draft, set for June 23-24 in Chicago.

Press Release

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Devils Win NHL Draft Lottery; Vegas Golden Knights To Pick 6th

Apr 30, 2017 1:33 PM

A few weeks after the New Jersey Devils closed their worst season in nearly 30 years, GM Ray Shero has something to smile about.

"We finally won something,'' Shero told The Associated Press by phone shortly after the Devils won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday. "It's the first piece of great news the Devils have had for a while to be honest.''

Given only an 8.5 percent chance of winning, the Devils bucked the odds by vaulting four teams including the last-place Colorado Avalanche and expansion Vegas Golden Knights for the right to the first pick in the draft.


Tags: New Jersey Devils, Vegas, Draft, Misc Rumor

Vegas Golden Knights Open To Deals Before Expansion Draft

Apr 27, 2017 7:58 PM

GM George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

McPhee told The Associated Press he already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made before the draft is held in Las Vegas on June 21, two days before the traditional draft. Without going into much detail, McPhee said talks have focused on which players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don't.

In exchange, McPhee is open to acquiring draft picks to begin stockpiling for depth. The team opens its first season in October.


Tags: Vegas, Draft, Expansion, Misc Rumor

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.


Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

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

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Leafs Select Auston Matthews With Top Pick
Auston Matthews is the first player selected first overall born in the United States since Patrick Kane in 2007.

RealGM Staff Report

Leafs Win NHL Draft Lottery
Auston Matthews is expected to be the top pick.

The Canadian Press

KHL Will Abolish Junior Draft
The KHLs junior draft has struggled to become a hit with fans.


NHL May Explore Raising Draft Age To 19-Years
The NHL continues to explore ways of improving the game.


Andong Song Becomes First Player From China Drafted
The NHL Islanders have selected Andong Song, 18, with the No. 172nd overall pick in the NHL Draft.


NHL Draft First-Round Selections
Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were almost overshadowed during the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday night with a number of team's making trades.


Oilers Take Connor McDavid As Top Overall Pick
As expected, the Oilers choose Connor McDavid as the top overall pick in tonight's NHL draft.


Gretzky: McDavid 'Clearly A Franchise Player'
Connor McDavid is expected to be the Oilers top pick in the NHL Draft this June.


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.