Today’s hockey news in Canada: NHL trade deadlines The Canucks, Maple Leafs and Flyers will get their first-round picks, followed by the Kings, Oilers, Flyers and Sabres in 2019.
The Blue Jackets, Islanders and Panthers have their second-round selections, followed in 2019 by the Ducks, Capitals, Coyotes and Predators.
The Canucks and Maple Leafs each have the first-rounder in 2019, while the Flyers have the second-rounder and the Maple Leafs have the third-rounder.
The 2019 draft will be the first since 2010 and the third straight year that the Canucks will miss the draft.
The Canucks lost two players this past draft, but they have a couple of first-year players in Ben Hutton and Alex Burrows.
The Flyers will be missing the third pick in 2019 after acquiring the rights to Ryan White, who was the team’s top defenceman last season.
They will miss out on the fourth-rounder, which the Maple Leaf traded away to Nashville.
The Maple Leafs will be making a few additions to their prospect pool.
The club will take a flyer on defenseman Jake Bean and forward Matt Hunwick, while they also signed forward Adam Lowry.
The Jets are the second team in the NHL to trade down in 2019 and will get the third and fourth picks in 2019 as well.
The third pick will go to the New York Rangers, while fourth-round pick Marko Dano and fifth-rounder Connor Brown are available to the Sabres.
The Panthers, Canucks and Jets will all have their 2019 first- and second- round picks available in 2019-20, but only the Jets have a 2019 second- and third-round selection.
The Sabres, Ducks and Panthers will all receive their 2019 second and third rounds.
The Leafs are hoping to add to their talent pool in the first two rounds of the draft, and they will use the second and fourth pick in the draft on defenceman Michael Del Zotto.
The Oilers will use their 2019 third- round pick to select defenceman Jack Rodewald, while Connor Carrick is available for the Leafs.
The Flames have the best overall pick in 2018, but have struggled to find a defenceman who can fill the position.
The Capitals are hoping for more than a centre with their 2018 first- round selection, and the Rangers are hoping they can add more offence to their roster with the fourth pick, which will go towards defenseman Alex Killorn.