2014 NHL Draft order taking shape
With the conference finals underway, the order for the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft has been established for the 26 teams watching with the rest of hockey fans around the world.
The first 13 slots were set by the NHL Draft Lottery, which was held April 15 and won by the Florida Panthers.
In addition, the New Jersey Devils were awarded pick No. 30 as relief from an earlier penalty for circumventing the salary cap when they signed Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010.
Among teams that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs, non-division winners eliminated in the first two rounds were placed in inverse order of regular-season points, followed by division winners in inverse order of regular-season points.
The final four spots will be finalized after the Stanley Cup Final. The teams eliminated in the conference finals will pick 26th and 27th, respectively; the loser in the Final will pick 28th; and the Cup champion will pick 29th.
Two teams currently have multiple first-round picks. The Anaheim Ducks have their pick at No. 24 and also have the No. 10 pick from the Ottawa Senators, acquired last summer as part of the Bobby Ryan trade.
The Tampa Bay Lightning also have two selections; their pick at No. 19 and the New York Rangers' selection from the Martin St. Louis trade. The pick was transferred to the Lightning when the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.
The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 2 pick but could acquire two more first-round selections prior to the start of the draft. They could get the fifth pick from the New York Islanders via the Thomas Vanek trade; the Islanders have until June 1 to decide if they are going to surrender this year's pick or hold onto it and send the Sabres their 2015 first-round choice.
The Sabres also could get the 21st pick from the St. Louis Blues if the Blues trade the rights to goaltender Ryan Miller prior to the Blues making their pick at the draft.
Here is where 26 of the 30 teams will pick when the first round of the draft starts June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia:
1. Florida Panthers
2. Buffalo Sabres
3. Edmonton Oilers
4. Calgary Flames
5. New York Islanders
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Carolina Hurricanes
8. Toronto Maple Leafs
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa Senators)
11. Nashville Predators
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Washington Capitals
14. Dallas Stars
15. Detroit Red Wings
16. Columbus Blue Jackets
17. Philadelphia Flyers
18. Minnesota Wild
19. Tampa Bay Lightning
20. San Jose Sharks
21. St. Louis Blues
22. Pittsburgh Penguins
23. Colorado Avalanche
24. Anaheim Ducks
25. Boston Bruins
26. Tampa Bay Lightning (from New York Rangers)*
27. Los Angeles Kings*
28. Montreal Canadiens*
29. Chicago Blackhawks*
30. New Jersey Devils
* - to be determined after Stanley Cup Final