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2016 NHL Entry Draft Order

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We saw all the hype surrounding the draft lottery this year (aka, the Auston Matthews sweepstakes), but the final order for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft wasn’t set until after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. There’s been some movement of picks already, so what does the draft order look like now?

Here’s a quick primer on how the draft works: it consists of seven rounds with 30 picks each, and the order of picks is determined by a few simple rules.

  • Picks 1-14 are the teams that did not qualify for the playoffs, in reverse standings order.
  • Picks 15-22 are the teams that qualified for the playoffs but did not win their division nor advance to their Conference Final, in reverse standings order.
  • Picks 23-26 are the Division winners, in reverse standings order. All four of these picks go to the Division winners this year because none of them advanced to their respective Conference Finals.
  • Picks 27 and 28 are the Conference Final losing teams, in reverse standings order.
  • Picks 29 and 30 are the Stanley Cup losing and winning teams, respectively.

For the first round only, the top three picks were determined by the Draft Lottery held on April 30.

This is how the first round shakes out:

Pick Team
1 Toronto Maple Leafs
2 Winnipeg Jets
3 Columbus Blue Jackets
4 Edmonton Oilers
5 Vancouver Canucks
6 Calgary Flames
7 Arizona Coyotes
8 Buffalo Sabres
9 Montreal Canadiens
10 Colorado Avalanche
11 New Jersey Devils
12 Ottawa Senators
13 Carolina Hurricanes
14 Boston Bruins
15 Minnesota Wild
16 Detroit Red Wings
17 Nashville Predators
18 Philadelphia Flyers
19 New York Islanders
20 Arizona Coyotes (from NYR)
21 Carolina Hurricanes (from LAK)
22 Winnipeg Jets (from CHI)
23 Florida Panthers
24 Anaheim Ducks
25 Dallas Stars
26 Washington Capitals
27 Tampa Bay Lightning
28 St. Louis Blues
29 Boston Bruins (from SJS)
30 Anaheim Ducks (from PIT)

The remaining six rounds are as follows:

Round 2 Team Round 3 Team
31 Toronto Maple Leafs 62 Toronto Maple Leafs
32 Edmonton Oilers 63 Edmonton Oilers
33 Florida Panthers (from VAN) 64 Vancouver Canucks
34 Columbus Blue Jackets 65 Columbus Blue Jackets
35 Calgary Flames 66 Calgary Flames
36 Winnipeg Jets 67 Carolina Hurricanes (from WPG)
37 Arizona Coyotes 68 Arizona Coyotes
38 Buffalo Sabres 69 Buffalo Sabres
39 Montreal Canadiens 70 Montreal Canadiens
40 Colorado Avalanche 71 Colorado Avalanche
41 New Jersey Devils 72 Toronto Maple Leafs (from NJD)
42 Ottawa Senators 73 New Jersey Devils (from OTT)
43 Carolina Hurricanes 74 Carolina Hurricanes
44 Tampa Bay Lightning (from BOS) 75 Carolina Hurricanes (from BOS)
45 Montreal Canadiens (from MIN) 76 Nashville Predators (from MIN)
46 Detroit Red Wings 77 New Jersey Devils (from DET)
47 Nashville Predators 78 Nashville Predators
48 Philadelphia Flyers 79 Philadelphia Flyers
49 Boston Bruins (from NYI) 80 Ottawa Senators (from NYI)
50 Chicago Blackhawks (from NYR) 81 New York Rangers
51 Los Angeles Kings 82 Philadelphia Flyers (from LAK)
52 Philadelphia Flyers (from CHI) 83 Chicago Blackhawks
53 Arizona Coyotes (compensatory pick) 84 Edmonton Oilers (from FLA)
54 Calgary Flames (from FLA) 85 Anaheim Ducks
55 Pittsburgh Penguins (from ANA) 86 Buffalo Sabres (from DAL)
56 Calgary Flames (from DAL) 87 St. Louis Blues (from WSH)
57 Toronto Maple Leafs (from WSH) 88 Tampa Bay Lightning
58 Tampa Bay Lightning 89 Buffalo Sabres (from STL)
59 St. Louis Blues 90 Dallas Stars (from SJS)
60 San Jose Sharks 91 Edmonton Oilers (from PIT)
61 Pittsburgh Penguins
Round 4 Team Round 5 Team
92 Toronto Maple Leafs 122 Toronto Maple Leafs
93 Anaheim Ducks (from EDM) 123 Edmonton Oilers
94 Florida Panthers (from VAN) 124 Montreal Canadiens (from VAN)
95 Chicago Blackhawks (from CBJ) 125 St. Louis Blues (from CBJ)
96 Calgary Flames 126 Calgary Flames
97 Winnipeg Jets 127 Winnipeg Jets
98 New York Rangers (from ARI) 128 Dallas Stars (from ARI)
99 Buffalo Sabres 129 Buffalo Sabres
100 Montreal Canadiens 130 Buffalo Sabres (from MTL)
101 Toronto Maple Leafs (from COL) 131 Colorado Avalanche
102 New Jersey Devils 132 New Jersey Devils
103 Ottawa Senators 133 Ottawa Senators
104 Carolina Hurricanes 134 Carolina Hurricanes
105 New Jersey Devils (from BOS) 135 Boston Bruins
106 Minnesota Wild 136 Boston Bruins (from MIN)
107 Detroit Red Wings 137 Detroit Red Wings
108 Nashville Predators 138 Nashville Predators
109 Philadelphia Flyers 139 Philadelphia Flyers
110 New York Islanders 140 Vancouver Canucks (from NYI)
111 San Jose Sharks (from NYR) 141 New York Rangers
112 Los Angeles Kings 142 Los Angeles Kings
113 Chicago Blackhawks 143 Chicago Blackhawks
114 Florida Panthers 144 Chicago Blackhawks (from FLA)
115 Anaheim Ducks 145 Washington Capitals (from ANA)
116 Dallas Stars 146 Dallas Stars
117 Washington Capitals 147 Washington Capitals
118 Tampa Bay Lightning 148 Tampa Bay Lightning
119 St. Louis Blues 149 Edmonton Oilers (from STL)
120 Arizona Coyotes (from SJS) 150 San Jose Sharks
121 Pittsburgh Penguins 151 Pittsburgh Penguins
Round 6 Team Round 7 Team
152 Toronto Maple Leafs 182 Toronto Maple Leafs
153 Edmonton Oilers 183 Edmonton Oilers
154 Vancouver Canucks/td> 184 Vancouver Canucks
155 Columbus Blue Jackets 185 Columbus Blue Jackets
156 Calgary Flames 186 Calgary Flames
157 Winnipeg Jets 187 Winnipeg Jets
158 Arizona Coyotes 188 Arizona Coyotess
159 Buffalo Sabres 189 Buffalo Sabres
160 Montreal Canadiens 190 Buffalo Sabres (from MTL)
161 Colorado Avalanche 191 Colorado Avalanche
162 New Jersey Devils 192 New Jersey Devils
163 Ottawa Senators 193 New York Islanders (from OTT)
164 Carolina Hurricanes 194 Vancouver Canucks (from CAR)
165 Boston Bruins 195 Boston Bruins
166 Calgary Flames (from MIN) 196 Minnesota Wild
167 Detroit Red Wings 197 Detroit Red Wings
168 Nashville Predators 198 Nashville Predators
169 Philadelphia Flyers 199 Philadelphia Flyers
170 New York Islanders 200 New York Islanders
171 New York Rangers 201 New York Rangers
172 Philadelphia Flyers (from LAK) 202 Los Angeles Kings
173 Chicago Blackhawks 203 Chicago Blackhawks
174 New York Rangers (from FLA) 204 Minnesota Wild (from FLA)
175 Florida Panthers (from ANA) 205 Anaheim Ducks
176 Dallas Stars 206 Tampa Bay Lightning (from DAL)
177 Washington Capitals 207 Washington Capitals
178 Tampa Bay Lightning 208 Tampa Bay Lightning
179 Toronto Maple Leafs (from STL) 209 St. Louis Blues
180 San Jose Sharks 210 San Jose Sharks
181 Pittsburgh Penguins 211 St. Louis Blues (from PIT)

The Red Wings will have six picks in this draft: 16th, 46th, 107th, 137th, 167th, and 197th overall. Their third round pick is going to New Jersey as part of the Marek Zidlicky trade in 2015.

The teams with the most selections this year are Buffalo and Toronto with 11 draft picks each. That’s nearly three times as many as the two teams with the least - Los Angeles and Minnesota both have 4 picks, with the Kings not even having a first rounder in there.

A lot can change on the draft floor, so make sure to follow the draft coverage for more breaking news.