In the first round of the NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche drafted defenseman Alexander Nylander, and the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted goaltender Auston Matthews, the third-overall pick in this year’s draft.
And for the second time this season, the Minnesota Wild drafted goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who is currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
The Avalanche have already secured their first draft pick in the upcoming draft, and now the Wild have secured the No. 1 overall pick.
Here’s how to meet the draft committee.
Who will be the next NHL draft selection?
How many picks will the Minnesota NHL team receive?
Which team will be first?
The Minnesota Wild will have five picks in the first and two in the second round.
But they’re also getting the No:1 overall pick, which is tied with the Nashville Predators for the most picks in a single round in the league.
That pick will be used on a defenseman, a goalie and two first-round picks.
The Wild will also have two first and third-round draft picks from the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers, and they’ll also have three fourth-round and two fifth-round selections from the Anaheim Ducks and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Edmonton Oilers got the top overall pick from Edmonton in the 2018 NHL Draft.
But the Oilers lost forward Matt Duchene to free agency and have since traded him to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks had the top pick in 2018.
How will the Wild be able to land the No 1 overall selection?
The Wild need to make a decision soon on which defenseman they’ll be targeting in the NHL’s upcoming draft.
But with so many teams in the mix, it’s hard to know how long the Wild will be able in making that decision.
The Predators had a good year with the No 10 pick, but they lost forward Filip Forsberg to free-agency.
The Oilers are getting a fourth-rounder from Edmonton, which could be used to draft a defenseman or forward.
So the Wild could wait until June 1 to make the pick.
Who’s the best goalie in the draft?
The top goalie prospects will be competing for a spot on the first team.
The NHL’s top-rated goalie prospect, Filip Forslund, is the No 2 goalie in all of junior hockey.
He’s also the No 18 goalie prospect in the entire world, according to Future Considerations.
Forslund is a big goalie, but he has shown improvement and the ability to win.
But he has yet to be able, or willing, to win a championship with a pro team.
He also has a history of injury problems.
Forsberg has had five different surgeries, and he has battled a sore shoulder and hip since his freshman year at Michigan State University.
He hasn’t played for any of the top teams in pro hockey since 2013-14.
His injury issues were well-documented, but this year he’s missed the past three games due to shoulder surgery and hip surgery.
How about goaltending prospects?
One of the biggest concerns about the NHL drafting this year is that there are so many prospects competing for spots.
The league’s top goaltending prospect, Mikhail Sergachev, is a highly-touted prospect from the OHL, and his father, Mikhail, was drafted by the Edmonton Oil Kings.
But there are many other top goaltenders who are still in the pipeline.
The Columbus Blue-Panthers have two prospects in the top 10: Connor Ingram, who has been ranked as the No 19 goalie prospect by Future Considerants and the No 22 prospect by Hockey Prospectus, and Auston Chabot, a 2018 third-rounder who has one of the best hockey IQs in the world.
Chabots brother, Christian, is one of two goalies in the 2017 NHL Draft who is still in school, while the other is goalie Cody Glass, who went No. 21 overall to the New Jersey Devils.
What about defencemen?
How do the Wild plan on using the No 3 overall pick on defencemen and the fourth-overlapping No. 7 pick on forwards?
The Edmonton Oil Capitals drafted goaltender Oliver Ekman-Larsson with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 draft.
He has been an NHL starter for four years, and has made it to the Stanley Cup Final four times, including this year with Pittsburgh.
But Ekman, who played for the Colorado Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League, has not been a great prospect, especially on the blue line.
He missed two years of development because of injuries, and after a season in the WHL, Ekman signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But now he’s a free agent.
The Colorado Avalanche could be interested in Ekman as an unrestricted free agent if he wants to return to the WL.
But if the Avalanche don’t want to pay him, they could use the No 4 overall pick to select a defenceman, such