Blackhawks don't move up in NHL Draft lottery, convey No. 6 overall pick to Blue Jackets


(670 The Score) The Blackhawks didn’t move up into either of the top two spots in the NHL Draft lottery Tuesday evening and will therefore convey the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming draft to the Blue Jackets.

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Chicago owed Columbus a first-round pick as part of the trade in which it acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Blue Jackets last July. The Blackhawks’ first-round pick in this 2022 draft was top-two protected in the deal, so had they moved up to No. 1 or No. 2 overall, they would’ve kept the pick and instead owed the Blue Jackets a 2023 first-rounder.

The 2023 draft class is considered stronger than this 2022 class. Viewed through that prism, it was perhaps beneficial for the rebuilding Blackhawks to convey the first-round pick now. The Blackhawks currently own eight picks in the draft, including five in the first three rounds. Chicago owns its second-round pick and also a Minnesota second-round pick. The latter selection could turn into a first-rounder if the Wild advance to the Western Conference Finals. Minnesota is currently tied 2-2 with St. Louis in its first-round series.

“Now we know where we stand as we prepare for the upcoming draft,” general manager Kyle Davidson said in a statement. “We won’t have our own first-round pick, but with eight other picks — including five in the first three rounds — I have faith in our amateur scouting department’s ability to make the most out of our selections this summer.”

After finishing with the sixth-fewest points in the NHL, the Blackhawks entered the evening with a 7.5% chance to land the No. 1 pick. The Canadiens landed the No. 1 pick, while the Devils grabbed the No. 2 slot.

The NHL Draft will begin on July 7.