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June 1, 2023

Order of first 30 picks set for the 2023 NHL Draft

Only two teams remain to determine the order of the 2023 NHL Draft.

With the advancement of the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup Final, the first 30 selections in the 2023 draft have been set.

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 2023 draft is being held in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. The first round is set for Wednesday, June 28, with rounds 2-7 taking place on Thursday, June 29. The draft will be broadcast on ESPN, Sportsnet, and TVAS.

Each team that failed to qualify for the playoffs were entered into the lottery to determine picks 1-16. 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 winner of the series between the Golden Knights and Panthers will select with the No. 32 pick, while the loser will pick with the No. 31 selection. The Montreal Canadiens hold the rights to the Panthers’ pick.

Here’s the order of the first 30 picks in 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


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