The 2020 NHL draft will be conducted over video conferencing on Oct. 6 and 7 and on Tuesday, the league released the complete order of selections.
Here’s how the first round will go:
1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh Penguins)
16. Montreal Canadiens
17. Chicago Blackhawks
18. New Jersey Devils (from Arizona Coyotes)
19. Calgary Flames
20. New Jersey Devils (from Tampa Bay Lightning via Vancouver Canucks)
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
22. New York Rangers (from Carolina Hurricanes)
23. Philadelphia Flyers
24. Washington Capitals
25. Colorado Avalanche
26. St. Louis Blues
27. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston Bruins)
28. Ottawa Senators (from New York Islanders)
29. Vegas Golden Knights
30. Dallas Stars
31. San Jose Sharks (from Tampa Bay Lightning)
In the second round, the 49th overall pick will be skipped seeing that the Arizona Coyotes forfeited it and their 2021 first-rounder after violating the NHL’s combine testing policy during the 2019-20 campaign.
Here is a look at the second round:
|37||Predators (from Devils)|
|41||Hurricanes (from Rangers)|
|45||Red Wings (from Oilers)|
|46||Blackhawks (from Penguins via Golden Knights)|
|48||Canadiens (from Blackhawks)|
|51||Kings (from Canucks)|
|52||Senators (from Blue Jackets)|
|55||Red Wings (from Capitals)|
|56||Sharks (from Avalanche via Capitals)|
|57||Canadiens (from Blues)|
|59||Senators (from Islanders)|
|60||Kings (from Golden Knights)|
|61||Senators (from Stars via Golden Knights)|
As explained on the NHL’s webpage, the No. 28 and 29 picks have been assigned to the teams that were knocked out in the Conference finals (though the New York Islanders ‘ selection belongs to the Ottawa Senators following the Jean-Gabriel Pageau trade), again in inverse order of the points percentage during the regular season. The Vegas Golden Knights, who lost to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final, have the No. 29 pick.
The Lightning, who defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Final on Monday to win the Stanley Cup, get the No. 31 pick. That pick will go to the Sharks, who acquired it when they traded forward Barclay Goodrow to the Lightning on Feb. 24.
We all remember how the first 15 picks were made in the draft lottery earlier in June. Selections 16-27 belong to teams that lost in the first two rounds of the playoffs, in inverse order of the clubs’ regular-season points percentage. Many pundits have noticed that changes have been made and will need to readjust ahead of the event. Unlike previous years, the NHL didn't take division winners into account. As a result, the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche were flipped at No. 24 and 25.
The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27 at Bell Centre in Montreal but was postponed March 25 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will all take place online in just over a week.