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NHL Draft: Round 1 Recap

The lives of 31 young men and their families were changed with just a few words from their respective teams tonight. The first round of the NHL entry draft was completed and we have a list of all the picks made:

  1. Buffalo Sabres – Rasmus Dahlin (D) from Frolunda HC (SHL)
  2. Carolina Hurricanes – Andrei Svechnikov (RW) from Barrie Colts (OHL)
  3. Montreal Canadiens – Jesperi Kotkaniemi from (C) Assat (Liiga)
  4. Ottawa Senators – Brady Tkachuk (LW) from Boston University (Hockey East)
  5. Arizona Coyotes – Barrett Hayton (C) from Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  6. Detroit Red Wings – Filip Zadina (RW) from Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  7. Vancouver Canucks – Quinn Hughes (D) from University of Michigan (Big Ten)
  8. Chicago Blackhawks – Adam Boqvist (D) from Brynas IF (SHL)
  9. New York Rangers – Vitali Kravtsov (RW) from Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
  10. Edmonton Oilers – Adam Bouchard (D) from London Knights (OHL)
  11. New York Islanders – Oliver Wahlstrom (RW) from U.S. NTDP (USHL)
  12. New York Islanders (Originally Calgary) – Noah Dobson (D) from Acadie–Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
  13. Dallas Stars – Ty Dellandrea (C) from Flint Firebirds (OHL)
  14. Philadelphia Flyers (Originally St. Louis) – Joel Farabee (LW) from U.S. NTDP (USHL)
  15. Florida Panthers – Grigori Denisenko (LW) from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
  16. Colorado Avalanche – Martin Kaut (RW) from HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
  17. New Jersey Devils – Ty Smith (D) from Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
  18. Columbus Blue Jackets – Liam Foudy (C) from London Knights (OHL)
  19. Philadelphia Flyers – Jay O’Brien (C) from Thayer Academy (MA)
  20. Los Angeles Kings – Rasmus Kupari (C) from Karpat (Liiga)
  21. San Jose Sharks – Ryan Merkley (D) from Guelph Storm (OHL)
  22. New York Rangers (Originally Flyers) – K’Andre Miller (D) from U.S. NTDP (USHL)
  23. Anaheim Ducks – Isac Lundestrom (C) from Lulea HF (SHL)
  24. Minnesota Wild – Filip Johansson (D) from Leksand U18 (J18 Elit)
  25. St. Louis Blues (Originally Toronto Maple Leafs) – Dominik Bokk (RW) from Vaxjo Lakers (SHL)
  26. Ottawa Senators (Originally Boston) – Jacob Bernard-Docker (D) from Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
  27. Chicago Blackhawks (Originally Nashville) – Nicolas Beaudin (D) from Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
  28. New York Rangers (Originally Tampa Bay Lightning) – Nils Lundkvist (D) from Lulea HF (SHL)
  29. Toronto Maple Leafs (Originally Winnipeg) – Rasmus Sandin (D) from Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  30. Detroit Red Wings (Originally Vegas) – Joe Veleno (C) from Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
  31. Washington Capitals – Alexander Alexeyev (D) from Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
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Around the Network:

The Wings were first on the board with the player that almost every ranking had going 3rd or 4th, Filip Zadina falls down to the folks over at Wingsnation. They’re excited.

Following a trend of players who “fell” into the laps of teams excited to be able to make the picks, Quinn Hughes goes at number seven to the Canucks and the folks over at CanucksArmy had the details.

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The Oilers were excited to see their pick Evan Bouchard come up at 10th. In his three mock drafts, Dustin Nielson had Evan going 7th (Post-lottery), 9th (Post-Combine), and finally 10th (this morning). The man knows his stuff. This is what he had to say after Bouchard fell into the Oilers lap in his final mock draft:

Bouchard would be the best-case scenario for Chiarelli at ten. We’ve talked about how it would a perfect weekend for the Oilers if they come back to Edmonton with a top end prospect and a veteran right-shot d-man who can help immediately. Bouchard is, at a minimum, one year away from being that guy for the Oilers.

Calgary traded away the pick that turned into Noah Dobson. Travis Hamonic was the return, but do you think if they were given a chance to go back now, would they undo that trade?

Flyersnation.com had two picks to look forward to with Joel Farabee going with the 14th overall pick and then five picks later, they selected Jay O’Brien at 19th overall.

The Maple Leafs initially moved down from 25th to 28th mid-draft tonight with a trade between St. Louis and themselves. They picked up an extra pick (76th overall) for their troubles. With the 28th pick they selected Rasmus Sandin with the first pick in the Kyle Dubas era.

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Speaking of that 28th pick, that was originally the Jets that they had sent away in the Paul Statsny trade last season.

Trades that happened in and around Round One:

47th overall pick 2018
Brooks Orpik
Philipp Grubauer

22nd overall pick 2018
26th overall pick 2018
48th overall pick 2018

25th overall pick 2018
29th overall pick 2018
76th overall pick 2018

  • OriginalPouzar

    Man that was crazy last night.

    The moment the Coyotes called the name – Barrett Hayton, that was the most excited I’ve been in connection with an NHL draft since Daley flipped the Golden Ticket as I knew, with him and Kotkaniemi off the board, an amazing prospect was going to drop to us.

    I could have made a case for each of Bouchard, Dobson and Whalstrom. I love me some Oliver Whalsrom but I think the top pairing potential right shot D that just put up the best offensive numbers for a d-man in the CHL in over a decade works just fine.

    Many will have wanted Dobson but lets remember that 2 months ago, Dobson was at the back-end of the 4-dman tier and only shot up due to his play in the CHL playoffs and Memorial Cup – I think there was some recency bias there – Bouchard was rated ahead of Dobson almost all year.

    • HockeyYoda

      Agreed. That was pretty exciting seeing others go off the board ahead of the Oil. I knew that meant Bouchard or Dobson, but have to admit was slightly worried Chia would do something stupid.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I’m also pretty excited to see who we get at 40 – there are ALOT of propects that were slatted to do in the first round that are still available. Berggreen and Wilde are still on the board. Here is hoping for Noel – we could use a “power forward” type player to add.

  • HockeyYoda

    A great pick for the Oilers. But I have to admit, once again the Islanders have done very well at the draft. Having both Dobson and Wahlstrom fall on their lap is a pretty big score.

    • TruthHurts98

      Lou will add a goalie this summer and the Islanders will be a legit cup contender in 2-3 years. Rumors floating around that Tavares will be signing there too. Islanders and Red Wings made out like bandits in the first round. Oilers did too because PC didn’t make a horrible trade with that pick!!!

    • Carbonrod

      They made out like bandits. Ends up being Noah Dobson and Ruskin Iskhakov for Hamonic, and they have Wahlstrom who will look good beside Barzal or Tavares if he returns. Lou just needs to get them a goalie and they will be much improved

  • Abagofpucks

    Geeze the shames must be reeling its like there in the nhl to make the islanders better . Maybe this is payback for all those players they got from the islanders back when they won the cup hahahaha .