Order set for the 2023 NHL Draft
The order is set for the 2023 NHL Draft.
With the Vegas Golden Knights hoisting the Stanley Cup as 2023 champions, the first round has officially been determined for the 2023 draft, which will be held June 28-29 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The first round will be June 28 with rounds 2-7 set to follow on June 29.
As champion, Vegas will select with the No. 32 pick in the first round, with the Montreal Canadiens picking with the No. 31 selection via the Florida Panthers‘ pick, acquired in a trade involving Ben Chiarot on March 16, 2022.
The first 16 picks were determined after the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick almost two weeks ago. The Anaheim Ducks will select with the No. 2 pick, and the Columbus Blue Jackets will choose third overall.
The 12 teams that lost in the opening two rounds of the postseason were slotted with picks 17-28 based on the inverse order of the regular-season standings, not including division winners. The division winners who lost were placed in inverse order of regular-season points. The losers of each conference final, the Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars (whose pick is owned by the St. Louis Blues), were slotted No. 29 and No. 30.
Here is the order of the first round of the 2023 draft:
1. Chicago Blackhawks
2. Anaheim Ducks
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. San Jose Sharks
5. Montreal Canadiens
6. Arizona Coyotes
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Washington Capitals
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. St. Louis Blues
11. Vancouver Canucks
12. Arizona Coyotes (from OTT)
13. Buffalo Sabres
14. Pittsburgh Penguins
15. Nashville Predators
16. Calgary Flames
17. Detroit Red Wings (from NYI via VAN)
18. Winnipeg Jets
19. Columbus Blue Jackets (from TBL)
20. Seattle Kraken
21. Minnesota Wild
22. Philadelphia Flyers (from LAK via CBJ)
23. New York Rangers
24. Nashville Predators (from EDM)
25. St. Louis Blues (from TOR)
26. San Jose Sharks (from NJD)
27. Colorado Avalanche
28. Toronto Maple Leafs (from BOS via WSH)
29. St. Louis Blues (from DAL)
30. Carolina Hurricanes
31. Montreal Canadiens (from FLA)
32. Vegas Golden Knights