By Adam Kimelman / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
The order of the first 27 selections in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22 have been set with the conclusion of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The NHL Draft Lottery on April 9 set the order of the first 15 spots, held by teams that missed the playoffs or the playoff teams that own those picks. The New Jersey Devils won the lottery and have the No. 1 pick.
Non-division winning teams eliminated in the first two rounds of the playoffs were seeded in inverse order of regular-season points, followed by the four division winners. The Nashville Predators, the division winner with the fewest points, has the No. 24 pick, followed by the Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The No. 28 pick will go to the team that loses in the conference final with the fewest regular-season points, and No. 29 will go to the other conference final losing team. The team that loses in the Stanley Cup Final will pick No. 30, and the Cup winner gets No. 31.
The Carolina Hurricanes (99 points) and Boston Bruins (107) play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The St. Louis Blues (99) and San Jose Sharks (101) play Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Five teams have multiple first-round picks, including the New York Rangers, who will pick No. 2, also have the Winnipeg Jets' pick at No. 20 as part of the trade for forward Kevin Hayes on Feb. 25.
The Colorado Avalanche, who have the No. 16 pick, also own the No. 4 selection, acquired from Ottawa Senators as part of the three-team traded that sent forward Matt Duchene to Ottawa on Nov. 5, 2017.
The Los Angeles Kings have the No. 5 pick and the No. 22 selection, obtained in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Jake Muzzin on Jan. 28.
The Buffalo Sabres (No. 7) and Anaheim Ducks (No. 9) also each will have two selections. The Sabres acquired first-round picks from the Sharks, as part of the trade for forward Evander Kane on Feb. 26, 2018, and the Blues, which they got in the trade for forward Ryan O'Reilly on July 1, 2018.
Anaheim received the right to select the Sharks or Blues pick from Buffalo as part of the Ducks' trade of defenseman Brandon Montour to the Sabres on Feb. 24. The Ducks have until the day before the draft to decide.
2019 NHL DRAFT FIRST-ROUND ORDER
1. New Jersey Devils
2. New York Rangers
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators)
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Buffalo Sabres
8. Edmonton Oilers
9. Anaheim Ducks
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Florida Panthers
14. Arizona Coyotes
15. Montreal Canadiens
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. Vegas Golden Knights
18. Dallas Stars
19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets)
20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets)
21. Pittsburgh Penguins
22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
23. New York Islanders
24. Nashville Predators
25. Washington Capitals
26. Calgary Flames
27. Tampa Bay Lightning
28. Conference final losing team with fewest points
29. Conference final losing team with most points
30. Stanley Cup Final losing team
31. Stanley Cup winner