2017 NHL Draft
2017 NHL Entry Draft Order (unofficial)

Expect inactive trade front to lift once Draft Day rolls around
Steve Kournianos  |  5/16/2017 |  New York  |  

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New York (The Draft Analyst) — Whether it’s Draft Day, the trade deadline or the beginning of the unrestricted free agency period, history shows us that it takes usually one move to trigger a flurry of activity. The 2017 NHL draft, which takes place in Chicago on June 23-24, is less than two months away, and the lack of movement involving first round picks could mean NHL general managers are waiting for the first domino to fall rather than commit themselves to a pick in a draft many consider to be thinner than previous years.

Twenty eight of the league’s 31 teams — including all 15 from the draft lottery — still hold their 2017 first rounder, with the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks trading their for veteran help during this past trade deadline. The New York Rangers are expected to make a pick on Day One for the first time since 2012, while both the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins rejoin the festivities after spending the last two opening nights as mere onlookers.

There are several factors for this sort of draft pick tight-fistedness, beginning with the salary cap failing to climb significantly. In fact, the $1.6 million jump from 2015-16 to 2016-17 was the lowest in six years. The effect trickles down to player contracts, and more GMs are giving jobs previously guaranteed to pricey veterans to younger, cheaper players. For some, this strategy actually paid off.

Is there a down side to the league getting younger and faster? For one, more young stars are going to hit unrestricted free agency smack in the middle of their primes — somewhere between 26-28. This in turn will force GMs to give long-term deals to their franchise-carrying youngsters sooner than later, thus tightening the wiggle room to sign impending veterans about to hit the UFA market. But experienced players, some who many consider to be the life blood of Stanley Cup contending teams, are slowly getting phased out and being replaced by cheaper prospects just one or two years removed from getting drafted. It seems as if 30 is the new 40, and while veteran teams like Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Anaheim are within striking distance of a Stanley Cup, the average age of playoff teams, buoyed by upstart teams in Edmonton and Toronto, shrunk from previous years.

The Edmonton and Toronto models are spearheaded by respective cornerstone young stars in Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews — each selected first overall in their draft year. The 2017 draft crop does not offer a building block similar to McDavid or Matthews, and while consensus top prospects Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier are both certainly talented, neither is likely to have an immediate impact similar to previous first overall picks. That will not, however, stop front office types and scouting departments from looking for players with the shortest path — either physically or developmentally — to the NHL. Last year’s draft in Buffalo saw nearly 50 players selected within their second, third, and even fourth year of draft eligibility. This is no coincidence, as draft “overagers” give an organization a product with more polish at the expense of losing two or three years from a contractual point of view.

With any NHL draft, one should expect the unexpected. Still, teams seem to be leaning towards playing it safe, avoiding trades involving megastars until after July 1, and showing faith in the first round pick awarded to them off their regular season finish. That doesn’t mean we’ll be subjected to a boring opening night of the draft.

Team Round Pick Acquired
NJD 1 1  
PHI 1 2  
DAL 1 3  
COL 1 4  
VAN 1 5  
LAS 1 6  
ARI 1 7  
BUF 1 8  
DET 1 9  
FLA 1 10  
LAK 1 11  
CAR 1 12  
WIN 1 13  
TB 1 14  
NYI 1 15  
CGY 1 16  
TOR 1 17  
BOS 1 18  
SJS 1 19  
STL 1 20  
NYR 1 21  
EDM 1 22  
ARI (MIN) 1 23* Martin Hanzal Trade
CBJ 1 24  
MTL 1 25  
CHI 1 26  
STL (WSH) 1 27* Kevin Shattenkirk Trade
NSH 1 28  
OTT 1 29  
DAL (ANA) 1 30* Patrick Eaves Trade
PIT 1 31  
COL 2 32  
VAN 2 33  
ARI 2 34  
LAS 2 35  
NJD 2 36  
BUF 2 37  
DET 2 38  
DAL 2 39  
FLA 2 40  
CAR 2 41  
LAK 2 42  
WIN 2 43  
PHI 2 44  
TB 2 45  
NYI 2 46  
OTT (CGY) 2 47* Curtis Lazar/Jyrki Jokipakka Trade
TB (TOR) 2 48* Brian Boyle Trade
NJD (BOS) 2 49* Lee Stempniak Trade
ANA (SJS) 2 50* Polak trade via F. Andersen Trade
STL 2 51  
CAR (NYR) 2 52* Eric Staal Trade
BOS (EDM) 2 53* Peter Chiarelli Compensation
BUF (MIN) 2 54* Chris Stewart Trade
VAN (CBJ) 2 55* John Tortarella Compensation (TBD)
MTL 2 56  
CHI 2 57  
MTL (WSH) 2 58* Lars Eller Trade
NSH 2 59  
TOR (OTT) 2 60* Dion Phaneuf Trade
ANA 2 61  
CAR (PIT) 2 62* Ron Hainsey Trade
NJD (COL) 3 63* Erik Gelinas Trade
VAN 3 64  
FLA (ARI) 3 65 Lawson Crouse Trade
LAS 3 66*  
CAR (NJD) 3 67* Tuomo Ruutu Trade
BUF 3 68  
ARI (DET) 3 69* Max Letunov Trade
DAL 3 70  
DET (FLA) 3 71* Thomas Vanek Trade
CAR 3 72  
LAK 3 73  
WIN 3 74  
PHI 3 75  
TB 3 76  
NYI 3 77  
ARI (CGY) 3 78* Michael Stone Trade
DET (TOR) 3 79* Mike Babcock Compensation
PHI (BOS) 3 80* Zac Rinaldo Trade
NJD (SJS) 3 81* Peter DeBoer Compensation
EDM (STL) 3 82* Nail Yakupov Trade
DET (NYR) 3 83* Brendan Smith Trade
EDM 3 84  
MIN 3 85  
CBJ 3 86  
MTL 3 87  
DET (CHI) 3 88 Tomas Jurco Trade
BUF (WSH) 3 89 Mike Weber Trade
NSH 3 90  
CHI (OTT) 3 91 Scott Darling Trade
ANA 3 92  
PIT 3 93  
COL 4 94  
VAN 4 95  
MIN (ARI) 4 96 Martin Hanzal Trade
LAS 4 97  
NJD 4 98  
BUF 4 99  
DET 4 100  
DAL 4 101  
NYR (FLA) 4 102 Keith Yandle Trade (UFA Rights)
CAR 4 103  
LAK 4 104  
WIN 4 105  
PHI 4 106  
PHI (TB) 4 107 Val Filppula/Mark Streit Trade
PHI (NYI) 4 108 2016 Draft Day Trade
CGY 4 109  
TOR 4 110  
BOS 4 111  
VAN (SJS) 4 112 Jannik Hansen Trade
STL 4 113  
COL (NYR) 4 114 Nick Holden Trade
EDM 4 115  
MIN 4 116  
CBJ 4 117  
LAK (MTL) 4 118  Ben Bishop Trade (UFA Rights)
CHI 4 119
WSH 4 120  
NJD (NSH) 4 121 Vern Fiddler Trade 
OTT 4 122
ANA 4 123  
TOR (PIT) 4 124 Frank Corrado Trade
COL 5 125  
EDM (VAN) 5 126 Philip Larsen Trade
ARI 5 127  
LAS 5 128  
NJD 5 129  
STL (BUF) 5 130 Anders Nilsson Trade
DET 5 131  
DAL 5 132  
FLA 5 133  
CHI (CAR) 5 134 Kris Versteeg Trade
LAK 5 135  
WIN 5 136  
PHI 5 137  
LAK (TB) 5 138 Ben Bishop Trade
NYI 5 139  
CGY 5 140  
TOR 5 141  
CAR (BOS) 5 142 John-Michael Liles Trade
SJS 5 143  
CHI (STL) 5 144 2016 Draft Day Trade
NYR 5 145  
EDM 5 146  
MIN 5 147  
CBJ 5 148  
MTL 5 149  
CHI 5 150  
WSH 5 151  
NSH 5 152  
PIT (OTT) 5 153 Mike Condon Trade
ANA 5 154  
PIT 5 155  
COL 6 156  
NYR (VAN) 6 157 Emerson Etem Trade
SJS (ARI) 6 158 Max Letunov Trade
LAS 6 159  
NJD 6 160  
BUF 6 161  
DET 6 162  
DAL 6 163  
DET (FLA) 6 164 Jakub Kindl Trade
CAR 6 165  
LAK 6 166  
WIN 6 167  
PHI 6 168  
TB 6 169  
CHI (NYI) 6 170 2016 Draft Day Trade
CGY 6 171  
TOR 6 172  
BOS 6 173  
SJS 6 174  
STL 6 175  
NSH (NYR) 6 176 Magnus Hellberg Trade
EDM 6 177  
MIN 6 178  
CBJ 6 179  
TB (MTL) 6 180 Nikita Nestorov Trade
CHI 6 181  
WSH 6 182  
NJD (NSH) 6 183 P.A. Parenteau Trade
OTT 6 184  
FLA (ANA) 6 185 Colby Robak Trade
PIT 6 186  
COL 7 187  
VAN 7 188  
ARI 7 189  
LAS 7 190  
PHI (NJD) 7 191 Petr Straka Trade
BUF 7 192  
DET 7 193  
DAL 7 194  
BOS (FLA) 7 195 2016 Draft Day Trade
CAR 7 196  
PHI (TB) 7 197 Val Filppula/Mark Streit Trade
WIN 7 198  
PHI 7 199  
TB 7 200  
NYI 7 201  
CGY 7 202  
TOR 7 203  
BOS 7 204  
SJS 7 205  
STL 7 206  
NYR 7 207  
EDM 7 208  
MIN 7 209  
CBJ 7 210  
WIN (MTL) 7 211 2016 Draft Day Trade
SJS (CHI) 7 212 Smith/Desjardins Trade
WSH 7 213  
NSH 7 214  
SJS (OTT) 7 215 Tommy Wingels Trade
CHI (ANA) 7 216 Jackman/Tropp Trade
PIT 7 217