Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

Defensemen Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall to Dallas) and Cale Makar (No. 4 to Colorado) and right wing Owen Tippett (No. 10 to Florida) were the only exceptions. He was named to the Second All-Star Team in 2015-16 after recording nine goals and 20 assists in 47 games with Tappara's Under-20 junior club in Finland. Blackhawks defenseman prospect Blake Hillman also plays for Denver.

"The forward group is real strong", New Jersey general manager Ray Shero said.

The studies were announced Friday afternoon at a joint press conference hosted by the NHL at the United Center before the start of the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks took a trade swap and moved up a few spots to select Tim Soderlund with the 112 overall pick in the fourth round.

The Blackhawks used their first of two third-round picks to draft Andre Altybarmakyan, a right-winger, who shoots left, from Russian Federation (in case the name didn't give that away).

"It's a wonderful feeling, of course, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane calling my name". He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher.

Hischier is just over 6-feet tall and listed at 179 pounds, and will need to put on more muscle to succeed in the National Hockey League.

Athletic director Josh Whitman says initial research revealed several factors suggesting that hockey could be popular on campus. Mittelstadt took home Player of the Game honors in that contest after netting a pair of goals.

While the 38-year-old still has four years remaining on his contract with the Blackhawks, between the severity of the condition and necessity of its treatment, it's possible that Hossa has laced up his skates for the final time. Callan Foote, who went to Tampa Bay at No. 14, is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.

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