Next Friday in Los Angeles NHL teams will gather for the entry draft. As you no doubt already know, Atlanta has nine picks in the seven-round draft…two in the first round as well as two in the fifth.
Boston, Phoenix and Anaheim also have a pair of first-round picks.
Here is a quick recap of where and when the Thrashers will take their turn claiming new prospects for the organization.
In the first round, Atlanta has the 8th overall pick based on their position in the standings last year. Edmonton, Boston, Florida, Columbus, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay and Carolina will pick one through seven prior to the Thrashers first pick.
As for whom the Thrashers might select with that number eight pick… well, if certain stories and studies on the matter are to be believed, we might hear Rick Dudley announce somebody like Ryan Johansen or possibly Nino Niederreiter. Both play for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
If the draft plays out in the order NHL.com’s Central Scouting Rankings place these prospects, Medicine Hat’s Emerson Etem will be the player taken.
Atlanta also has the 24th overall pick during the first round. It was obtained from New Jersey in the Kovalchuk deal last February. The two teams also swapped second round picks and so the Thrashers third turn comes in the second round with the 54th overall selection. The Devils will then use the Thrashers 38th overall selection in the second round to make their first pick of the draft.
The Buffalo Sabres have Atlanta’s eighth pick in the third round and fourth rounds, (#s 68 and 98 overall), by way of the trade that sent Clarke MacArthur our way in March. The Thrashers do have the 87th overall in the third round, obtained when Mathieu Schnider was dealt to the Canadiens near the trade deadline in 2009.
In round number four, the Thrashers received the 101st overall from the Stars when Kari Lehtonen was sent packing to Dallas.
Dudley and Co. will then have two picks in the fifth round…the eighth in that round, 128th overall, as well as the final pick of that round, which is the 150th overall. That selection comes from the Chicago Blackhawks who traded it away in exchange for San Jose’s 6th round pick last year which had been previously obtained by the Thrashers.
Finally, rounds six and seven have Atlanta picking with the eighth selections of those rounds…158th and 188th overall.
A couple of other quick notes on the draft…Carolina will have 11 overall draft picks, three in the second round alone, while Edmonton and the Islanders each have 10. San Jose and Dallas only have 4 picks.
Due to the Phil Kessel trade with Boston, Toronto does not pick until the 62nd overall in the third round. The Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers will also have to wait until the third round to make their initial selections…Calgary with the 64th overall and Philly with the 89th, making them the team that waits the longest before making their first selection.
The Chicago Blackhawks are slated to have the final pick of the draft, number 210 in the seventh round.