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Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick headlined the first round of the NHL draft on Friday evening at the United Center in Chicago, but the attention will shift to some less heralded prospects Saturday as the remaining six rounds of the selection process play out.
Below you’ll find a rundown of when and where you can catch all the action, complete with an overview of some key names that figure to come off the board.
As a reminder, the Colorado Avalanche own the first pick in Round 2 at No. 32 overall. The complete order, as it stands entering Saturday, can be viewed on NHL.com.
Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 10 a.m. ET
TV: NHL Network
Live Stream: NHL.com
Day 2 Preview and Predictions
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Assuming the Avalanche stay put at No. 32, a goaltender could be in play after the Vegas Golden Knights poached Calvin Pickard in Wednesday’s expansion draft.
Should they go that route, they’ll have their pick of the litter since only one goalie—Jake Oettinger, to the Dallas Stars at No. 26 overall—came off the board Friday.
The top prospects, then, would seem to be Keith Petruzzelli and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Petruzzelli is the second-ranked North American netminder in NHL Central Scouting’s database, while Luukkonen is the top-ranked European prospect at the position.
Petruzzelli stands out after he posted 2.40 goals against average and a .918 save percentage last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. And according to NHL Central Scouting’s Al Jensen, Petruzzelli compares favorably to one of the NHL’s ascendant young talents in net.
“His style resembles the way [Pittsburgh] Penguins goaltender Matt Murray plays,” Jensen wrote. “He’s good on his angles and is square to the shots. He’s tough to beat low as he seals the ice and five-hole with his leg extensions.”
Two picks later, the Vegas Golden Knights will be on the clock as they attempt to bolster their offensive arsenal with a youngster who packs powerful goal-scoring upside.
A player who fits the mold there is Kole Lind, who emerged as a a stud on the wing with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
An 18-year-old who excelled on the right wing the past two seasons, Lind truly emerged during the 2016-17 campaign, pouring in 30 goals and dishing out 57 assists to finish the year with a whopping 87 points.
Lind looks like a potential first-line winger should he continue to make big developmental strides.
That’s the kind of talent the Golden Knights should be doing everything in their power to build around, but it may take some good fortune for him to fall into their laps.
The Vancouver Canucks will be on the clock one pick earlier, and Lind looks like a natural fit there at pick No. 33.
In the event the Canucks grab Lind before Vegas can make a trip to the stage, the Golden Knights will still have solid options at their disposal, including winger Isaac Ratcliffe and center Jaret Anderson-Dolan.