Oilers to pick early and often at 2015 NHL Draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2015 NHL Draft blog

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Oilers to pick early and often at 2015 NHL Draft

The Edmonton Oilers, who have the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, are one of five teams with 10 picks at this year's draft.

The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

The Oilers are expected to take Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with the first pick. They also have the No. 16 pick in the first round, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade for forward David Perron.

Also with 10 picks are the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Flyers have two picks in the first round, No. 7 and No. 29, acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Braydon Coburn.

The Flyers are one of six teams with multiple first-round picks; the Oilers, Buffalo Sabres (New York Islanders), Arizona Coyotes (Chicago Blackhawks), Toronto Maple Leafs (Nashville Predators) and Winnipeg Jets (St. Louis Blues) also have two picks in the top 30.

Buffalo and Edmonton will be the most prolific in the first two rounds; Buffalo has three selections in the top 31 picks; Edmonton has three of the top 33.

The New York Islanders will have to wait the longest to make a selection; their turn won't come until the third round, at No. 72.

The Penguins have the fewest picks with four; their first pic will be in the second round at No. 42. After they don't pick again until the fifth round (No. 137).

Unlike the Los Angeles Kings, who were tied for the most picks in the 2014 draft after winning the Stanley Cup that year, the Chicago Blackhawks will have seven picks to work with. Their first will come at No. 54, a compensatory pick for not signing 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes. The Blackhawks' first-round pick was traded to the Coyotes for Antoine Vermette.

Chicago’s Stanley Cup opponents, the Lightning, will have nine picks throughout the weekend. Their first selection will be No. 28 in the first round, which they acquired from the New York Rangers last season as part of the Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan trade.