The Chicago Blackhawks have now officially received a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Edmonton Oilers, completing the Duncan Keith trade last July.
Chicago would’ve received Edmonton’s second-round selection. The conditions were the Oilers making the Stanley Cup Final and Keith ranking in the top four among Edmonton defensemen in time on ice during the first three playoff rounds. Neither condition was met as the Oilers fell 4-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final on Monday.
The Blackhawks now hold Edmonton’s third-round pick. Chicago traded its natural third-round selection to the Carolina Hurricanes for the Hurricanes’ 2021 third-round pick last July. With the No. 91 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Chicago selected defenseman Taige Harding.
Chicago could’ve received Minnesota’s first-round selection had the Wild advanced to the Western Conference Final with Marc-Andre Fleury winning four games. Neither condition was met as Minnesota fell 4-2 in a first-round series to the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks hold their natural pick at No. 36 and the Wild’s second-round pick.
Blackhawks Draft Notes
The Blackhawks do not have a first-round selection after transferring the No. 6 overall pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Seth Jones trade last July.
Chicago will have multiple selections in the second round for the first time since 2016 when they selected three players. Those players were Alex DeBrincat (No. 39), Chad Krys (No. 45), and Artur Kayumov (No. 50). Only DeBrincat has played NHL games for Chicago. Krys is in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Kayumov remains in his native Russia, but the Blackhawks still hold his draft rights.
The Blackhawks have eight total picks in the 2022 NHL Draft, including five picks in the first three rounds. The draft is July 7-8 at the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens. Round 1 will be July 7 and rounds 2-7 on July 8.
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