The NHL Entry Draft is an annual meeting in which every franchise of the National Hockey League (NHL) systematically select the rights to available amateur ice hockey players who meet draft eligibility requirements (North American players 18–20 years old and Europeans of all ages entering league for the first time. All others are not eligible and must enter the league as unrestricted free agents). The NHL Entry Draft is held once every year, generally within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior, collegiate, or European leagues.
The first draft was held in 1963, and has been held every year since. The NHL Entry Draft was known as the "NHL Amateur Draft" up until 1979. The entry draft has only been a public event since 1980, and a televised event since 1984.
The National Hockey League announced changes to its Draft Lottery for 2016, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams). The 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams) are entered into the annual NHL Draft Lottery, with odds determined by reverse order of regular season standings.
Beginning in 2016, the Draft Lottery will be utilized to assign the top three drafting slots in the NHL Draft, an expansion over previous years when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection only.
Three draws will be held: the 1st Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery draw will determine the club selecting third overall.
As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.
The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery draw will be the same as outlined above for the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 1st Lottery draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 2nd Lottery draw.
The 11 Clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 14, in inverse order of regular-season points.
No sleep ’til Dallas. Which means there will be more than a few bleary-eyed, teenaged pro hockey prospects reaching for the caffeinated energy drinks today. The lead up to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas is an exciting time. There’s a lot to ingest, a lot to process and a lot to look forward to.
It’s Christmas, in June. The time where players, and their parents – who’ve dedicated years of their lives to early weekday practices, weekend tournaments and countless coffee runs – get to unwrap a new hockey sweater.
Ty Smith has been drawing the eyes of scouts for years. The 18-year-old Spokane Chiefs defenceman worked his way onto the hockey radar as a bantam in Lloydminster before playing a year with Delta Prep Academy and going first overall in the 2015 Western Hockey League bantam draft.
Andrei Svechnikov took the OHL by storm last season. Entering the league with high expectations, the first overall pick in the 2017 CHL Draft made an immediate impact with the Barrie Colts, scoring 10 goals in his first games.
In this year’s NHL entry draft, Noah Dobson could be the second defenceman to hear his name called by a big league GM. Everybody knows that Swedish defender Rasmus Dahlin will be selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
The Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget Team have been a prospect factory for years, producing numerous NHL draft picks from its ranks. Look up and down rosters in the big leagues and there’s a good chance a player came through the Marlboro program.
A pair of dynamic blueliners from two of Canada’s top Junior A squads are among a handful of Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players expected to hear their name called at the upcoming NHL Draft.
If Lloydminster Minor Hockey product Ty Smith is feeling edgy heading into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, he’s not showing it. “I’m not losing sleep or anything like that,” the 18-year-old defenceman says. “I’m just going to try and enjoy it and try not to look at everything. I’m just going to try and enjoy everything instead of worrying about it.”
It’s Luka Burzan’s turn. Like countless players before him, Burzan is sitting on pins and needles as he waits for his name to be called at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2017-18 OHA Awards, starting with this season’s Top Prospects awards.
ISS Hockey releases their May list of Top 31 Prospect Rankings for the NHL Draft. Along with Kirill Marchenko, Jonatan Berggren, and Matthias Samuelsson breaking the rankings, Serron Noel makes the most notable climb from 21 to 14, since breaking the list at 31 in December.
1) ISS Hockey Releases May Top 31 Rankings for 2018 NHL Draft
2) Chilliwack Chiefs win 2018 RBC Cup on Home Ice
3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
4) 2018 Memorial Cup
5) Meet Matthew Savoie, the NAX Forward Taking the CSSHL by Storm