The first round of the NHL Draft is underway in Los Angeles. Follow this post for updated picks and notes.
UND’s Derek Forbort went to the Los Angeles Kings at No. 15 overall. He was the second college-eligible player selected. Brock Nelson went No. 30 to the New York Islanders. His pick was announced by the Murphy Group.
1. Edmonton Oilers — Taylor Hall, F, OHL
Note: As expected.
2. Boston Bruins — Tyler Seguin, F, OHL
Note: The other easy pick.
3. Florida Panthers — Erik Gudbranson, D, OHL
Note: First defenseman selected.
4. Columbus Blue Jackets — Ryan Johansen, F, WHL
Note: Jackets with a little bit of a surprise, going with a forward.
5. New York Islanders — Nino Niederreiter, F, WHL
Note: Swiss star.
6. Tampa Bay Lightning — Brett Connolly, F, WHL
Note: Injured most of last season, X-factor pick.
7. Carolina Hurricanes — Jeff Skinner, F, OHL
Note: Will the unexpected run on forwards cause Forbort to fall lower?
8. Atlanta Thrashers — Alex Burmistrov, F, OHL
Note: First Russian-born player selected.
9. Minnesota Wild — Mikael Granlund, F, Finland
Note: The drop of Fowler and Gormley is very surprising.
10. N.Y. Rangers — Dylan McIlrath, D, WHL
Note: Big, physical defenseman goes ahead of Fowler.
11. Dallas Stars — Jack Campbell, G, U.S. Under-18 (OHL)
Note: First goalie selected, first American selected.
12. Anaheim Ducks — Cam Fowler, D, OHL
Note: Ducks get a steal with a top-five talent.
13. Phoenix Coyotes — Brandon Gormley, D, QMJHL
Note: With Fowler and Gormley off the board, Forbort could go at any time.
14. St. Louis Blues — Jaden Schwartz, F, Colorado College recruit
Note: Schwartz is the first college player selected.
15. Los Angeles Kings — Derek Forbort, D, UND recruit
Note: The hometown crowd goes nuts for Forbort.
16. St. Louis Blues — Vladimir Tarasenko, F, Russia
Note: Highly talented player, character a question mark?
17. Colorado Avalanche — Joey Hishon, F, OHL
Note: Off-the-board selection here by the Avs.
18. Nashville Predators — Austin Watson, F, OHL
Note: Etem, Bjugstad, Nelson, Pitlick and Bennett could be going soon.
19. Florida Panthers — Nick Bjugstad, F, Minnesota recruit
Note: Mr. Hockey winner is the third college hockey and WCHA guy to go.
20. Pittsburgh Penguins — Beau Bennett, F, Denver recruit
Note: Probably my pick for WCHA rookie of the year.
21. Detroit Red Wings — Riley Sheahan, F, Notre Dame
Note: First non-WCHA college player selected.
22. Montreal Canadiens — Jarred Tinordi, D, Notre Dame recruit
Note: Commentators wonder if Tinordi will go to the OHL.
23. Buffalo Sabres — Mark Pysyk, D, WHL
Note: Rated No. 7 overall by Central Scouting.
24. Chicago Blackhawks — Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College recruit
Note: Hayes is the first Hockey East player selected.
25. Florida Panthers — Quinton Howden, F, WHL
Note: Panthers’ third pick of the first round.
26. Washington Capitals — Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, Russia
Note: Caps get another Russian forward to join Ovechkin and Semin.
27. Phoenix Coyotes — Mark Visentin, G, OHL
Note: Second goalie selected on Day One.
28. San Jose Sharks — Charlie Coyle, F, Boston University recruit
Note: Coyle ranked one spot ahead of Nelson by CSB.
29. Anaheim Ducks — Emerson Etem, F, WHL
Note: Shattuck product competed in REA’s midget tournament.
30. N.Y. Islanders — Brock Nelson, F, UND recruit
Note: Eric Murphy from Entourage announces Nelson being selected with the last pick of the first round.