NHL first-round draft order confirmed with Penguins win

The New Jersey Devils won the NHL Draft Lottery and the Flyers and Stars moved up to round out the top three.

When the final buzzer sounded on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, two things were cemented. The Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned champions, and the 2017 NHL Draft order was confirmed.

The Penguins’ Stanley Cup win means they’ll select 31st, while the Nashville Predators will pick at No. 30. The 15 lottery teams found out where they will pick on April 29, with the New Jersey Devils winning the right to pick first overall.

The Vancouver Canucks will be the first Canadian team to walk to the podium, choosing at No. 5. The Senators, at No. 28, will be the final Canadian team to pick in the opening round. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make its first pick in franchise history at No. 6.

NHL DRAFT ORDER  
1. New Jersey Devils 17. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Philadelphia Flyers 18. Boston Bruins
3. Dallas Stars 19. San Jose Sharks
4. Colorado Avalanche 20. St. Louis Blues
5. Vancouver Canucks 21. New York Rangers
6. Vegas Golden Knights 22. Edmonton Oilers
7. Arizona Coyotes 23. Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota)
8. Buffalo Sabres 24. Columbus Blue Jackets
9. Detroit Red Wings 25. Montreal Canadiens
10. Florida Panthers 26. Chicago Blackhawks
11. Los Angeles Kings 27. St. Louis Blues (from Washington)
12. Carolina Hurricanes 28. Ottawa Senators
13. Winnipeg Jets 29. Dallas Stars (from Anaheim)
14. Tampa Bay Lightning 30. Nashville Predators
15. New York Islanders 31. Pittsburgh Penguins
16. Calgary Flames

Three teams have multiple picks in the first round: the Stars pick at Nos. 3 and 29; the Coyotes pick 7th and 23rd; and the Blues have selections at Nos. 20 and 27.

The 2017 NHL Draft will take place at 7 p.m. ET on June 23 at the United Centre in Chicago. Rounds 2-7 will take place on June 24.

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