The first round of the NHL Draft is in the books and it went by without any fanfare. There were not as many trades as expected in part to the fact the salary cap number has been released for the upcoming season. The US National Team Development Program had eight players drafted in the first round including the number one overall pick in Jack Hughes. (more on that later) There are still some highly touted prospects on the board as the NHL Draft enters Day Two. Here is the news that made headlines for Saturday June 22nd.
There was no suspense or drama when the New Jersey Devils took the stage on Friday night in Vancouver as the team announced Jack Hughes as the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. (Sportsnet)
With second overall pick the draft, the New York Rangers had an easy take the player the Devils did not. In this case, the Rangers selected Kaapo Kakko out of Finland with the second overall pick in the NHL Draft. (Blueshirt Banter)
There was some talk around Edmonton that the Oilers might select a forward with the 8th overall pick, instead the team selected Swedish defenseman Philip Broberg. (TheOilersRig)
The Colorado Avalanche were already set at, but when a top defenseman falls into your lap, you must select him and that is what the Avalanche did at fourth overall as the team selected Bowen Byram. (Colorado Hockey Now)
While there were rumors that Don Sweeney would trade the pick, but in the end this draft was so deep that he could not pass up the opportunity of drafting in the first round as the Bruins select Center John Beecher at 30. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to be the swirled in trade rumors and this time defenseman Kris Letang’s name has been thrown around and the Montreal Canadiens are interested. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
A source close to Boston Hockey Now believes the Boston Bruins are willing to move restricted free agent to be Danton Heinen.