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NHL Draft 2017: Open thread, draft order, and players picked

Last year the Winnipeg Jets selected Patrik Laine; who will they pick this year?

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The Winnipeg Jets and 30 other teams look to boast their teams’ prospect pools with the NHL Entry Draft. The first round will run tonight and tomorrow rounds two through seven go tomorrow morning at 8 am CST. The Jets currently own eight picks in the seven rounds with two of those seventh round.

If the lead up to the draft is any indication, the next two days could feature numerous deals that change the future of teams for the better or for the worse. We could also see the Vegas Golden Knights unload more defencemen as they drafted a lot of them. Players rumoured to be available include Alexei Emelin and Marc Methot amongst others. Other players rumoured to be on the move include Marco Scandella and Matt Duchene.

NHL Entry Draft Picks

Pick Number Team Player Average Rank
Pick Number Team Player Average Rank
1 New Jersey Devils Nico Hischier 1.5
2 Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick 1.5
3 Dallas Stars Miro Heiskanen 4.3
4 Colorado Avalanche Cale Makar 7
5 Vancouver Canucks Elias Pettersson 10.3
6 Vegas Golden Knights Cody Glass 7.1
7 New York Rangers Lias Andersson 15.4
8 Buffalo Sabres Casey Mittelstadt 7.6
9 Detroit Red Wings Michael Rasmussen 15
10 Florida Panthers Owen Tippett 10.4
11 Los Angeles Kings Gabe Villardi 4.7
12 Carolina Hurricanes Martin Necas 10.7
13 Vegas Golden Knights Nick Suzuki 13.7
14 Tampa Bay Lightning Callan Foote 18.8
15 Vegas Golden Knights Erik Brannstrom 22
16 Calgary Flames Juuso Valimaki 16.4
17 Toronto Maple Leafs Timothy Liljegren 13.5
18 Boston Bruins Urho Vaakanainen 25.8
19 San Jose Sharks Josh Norris 35.3
20 St. Louis Blues Robert Thomas 24.8
21 New York Rangers Filip Chytil 41.1
22 Edmonton Oilers Kailer Yamamoto 23
23 Arizona Coyotes Pierre-Olivier Joseph 32.6
24 Winnipeg Jets Kristian Vesalainen 18.3
25 Montreal Canadiens Ryan Poehling 19.9
26 Dallas Stars Jake Oettinger 29
27 Philadelphia Flyers Morgan Frost 49
28 Ottawa Senators Shane Bowers 32.2
29 Chicago Blackhawks Henri Jokiharju 34.7
30 Nashville Predators Eeli Tolvanen 15.8
31 St. Louis Blues Klim Kostin 16.2