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2019 updated NHL Draft Order of Selection for First Round



Following Conclusion of Second Round of 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs


NEW YORK – The following is the updated order of selection for the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft following the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs:


1. New Jersey Devils

2. New York Rangers

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa)

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)

20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg)

21. Pittsburgh Penguins

22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto)

23. New York Islanders

24. Nashville Predators

25. Washington Capitals

26. Calgary Flames

27. Tampa Bay Lightning

28. Team Eliminated in Conference Finals

29. Team Eliminated in Conference Finals

30. Team Eliminated in Stanley Cup Final

31. Stanley Cup Champion


Draft Order:

Picks 1-15: Results of 2019 NHL Draft Lottery

Picks 16-23: Non-division winners eliminated in first two rounds, in inverse order of regular-season points

Picks 24-27: Division winners eliminated in first two rounds, in inverse order of regular-season points

Picks 28-29: Teams eliminated in Conference Finals, in inverse order of regular-season points

Pick 30: Team eliminated in Stanley Cup Final

Pick 31: Stanley Cup champion


Note on Picks 28-31:

Through previous trades the Buffalo Sabres own the 2019 first-round pick of both the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. Under the terms of the ANA-BUF trade on Feb. 24, Buffalo will transfer to Anaheim either San Jose’s first-round pick or St. Louis’ first-round pick, at Anaheim’s option.



NHL announces “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson to host 2019 NHL Awards



(Photo by: NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews) courtesy NHL PR)

NEW YORK / TORONTO – Emmy Award-winning actor Kenan Thompson will host the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday, June 19, the National Hockey League announced today. The televised celebration of the League’s best regular-season performances will be broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on NBCSN and Sportsnet in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Tickets to the event are available for purchase at


Thompson currently is in his record 16th season as a cast member of NBC’s iconic “Saturday Night Live.” The actor, producer and comedian made his television debut in Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series, “All That,” before starring in the wildly popular show’s spinoff, “Kenan and Kel,” in 1996. Thompson is familiar to hockey fans for his role in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “D3: The Mighty Ducks.” His other feature film credits include “Fat Albert,” “Good Burger” and “Heavyweights.”


“My first movie role was in ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ so my connection to hockey dates back to my childhood,” said Thompson. “I have a great deal of admiration for hockey players and the NHL, so I’m excited to be a part of the 2019 NHL Awards show and its celebration of the year’s best performances.”


This summer, Thompson will serve as the executive producer and judge alongside Chrissy Teigen, Jeff Foxworthy and host Amanda Seales on NBC’s comedy competition series “Bring The Funny.” Nickelodeon recently announced that Thompson also will executive produce the upcoming “All That” reboot.


“We are thrilled to have Kenan as the host of the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President. “Twenty-five years after making his big screen debut in a hockey movie, we are psyched that he will return to his roots to host this year’s event.”


The 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone will honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy); the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.


NHL Network™, and NHL Social™ will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone as well as the red carpet arrivals. Fans can follow the festivities across the NHL’s social media channels via the official hashtag #NHLAwards.



NHL remembers Leonard Patrick “Red” Kelly; Commissioner Bettman issues statement




Red Kelly as Red Wings player 1957 photo by TGC-Topps Gum Cards via wikipedia commons

Red Kelly as Toronto Maple Leafs player 1963 photo by Ralston-Purina, maker of Chex cereals via wikipedia commons


NEW YORK – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman recently released the following statement regarding the passing of Red Kelly:


“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly – a man whose hockey career is so storied and distinguished that it may never be duplicated. The favorite son of Simcoe won eight Stanley Cups – four each with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Red was cut from his prep school hockey team but was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame shortly after he played his last NHL game.


“It is no surprise that Red was a fan favorite at the NHL’s Centennial Celebration in 2017, when he endeared himself to an entirely new generation of hockey fans. I was in awe at the reverence and respect today’s players had for him – even though they may have never seen him take the ice.


“Red was the ultimate hockey renaissance man who seemingly could do it all. The inaugural winner of the Norris Trophy, Red won his first four Stanley Cups as one of the League’s best defensemen and his next four as a forward. He was a champion boxer during his school days at St. Michael’s College, yet he won the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct on the ice four times. For three years, he was simultaneously a player for the Maple Leafs and a member of the Canadian Parliament.


“A six-time First Team All-Star and two-time Second Team All-Star, Red finished his playing career with 281 goals, 542 assists and 1,316 games played. After a career on the ice with two Original Six clubs, Red headed west and embraced the expansion Los Angeles Kings as their first head coach – taking them to the playoffs twice. He also led the Pittsburgh Penguins and Maple Leafs behind the bench. Red Kelly was a hockey legend in every sense and his impact on the game will last forever.


“For all of his professional success, Red often said the greatest joys in his life came from his family – especially his wife, Andra, who was his lifelong partner. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Kelly family, as the hockey world mourns the loss of one of the greatest players and men that the game has ever known.”



NHL Morning Skate for Monday, April 30, 2019: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition


The Blues take a 2-1 series lead after a frantic third period; Binnington earns his 30th win in 39th NHL start; Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena for first time since First Round sweep






* The Blues took a 2-1 series lead after surviving multiple Stars rallies in a third period that saw the clubs trade four goals in a 5:16 span.


Jordan Binnington earned his 30th career win in his 39th start (regular season and playoffs combined) to match Frederik Andersen for fewest starts needed to reach the 30-win mark.


* The Blue Jackets and Avalanche each put their respective home win streaks on the line when they host the Bruins and Sharks in their Game 3 matchups.
The Blues entered the third period with a 2-1 lead in search of their fourth straight road victory of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but had to survive a wild final frame that saw both teams trade four goals over a 5:16 span – including two game-tying goals by the Stars – before Patrick Maroon’s game-winning marker with 1:38 remaining in regulation propelled St. Louis to a 2-1 series lead.
* Maroon’s game-winning tally marked the fourth different lead for the Blues in Game 3. They are the second team this postseason to win a game in which they had four separate leads, joining the Islanders, who also did so against the Penguins in Game 1 of their First Round series. The Blues’ four separate leads matched their highest such total in a playoff win, last accomplished in Game 3 of the 1990 Division Finals.

* The Blues - who have won each of their first four road contests of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Games 1,2 and 5 of R1 at WPG) - matched the franchise record for longest road win streak in a single postseason originally set in 1969. In fact, their four victories as visitors in 2019 trails only 2016 (6) for the most in a single playoff year in franchise history.
Jordan Binnington (28 saves) earned his 30th career win in his 39th start (regular season and playoffs combined). He matched the League record for fewest starts needed to reach 30 career NHL wins (39 GS).

Jaden Schwartz opened the scoring to boost his 2019 postseason totals to 6-2—8 and move into a tie with Mark Stone (6-6—12), Tomas Hertl(6-4—10) and Logan Couture (6-3—9) for the playoff lead in goals. Each of his six goals have come in the Blues’ last five contests. Only three players in Blues franchise history have tallied more in a span of five playoff games: Brett Hull (7 in 1990 and 1991), Joe Mullen (7 in 1982) and Brian Sutter (7 in 1982).


* When the Blues win Game 3 after splitting the first two games in a best-of-seven matchup, they own an all-time series record of 7-7. Overall, when a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 213-103 (67.4%) – including a 1-3 mark in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


“Quest For The Stanley Cup” returns May 3

Start time for Stanley Cup Playoff game Saturday

Kevin Labanc coming into his own for Sharks in playoffs

Artemi Panarin risk paying off for Blue Jackets in playoffs

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott enjoys Texas-sized steak while cheering on Stars



A pair of deadlocked series switch locations on Tuesday when the Bruins visit the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena and the Avalanche host the Sharks at Pepsi Center. Columbus will host a postseason game past the opening round for the first time in franchise history, while Colorado will do so for the first time in 11 years.

* Columbus returns to Nationwide Arena for the first time since its historic sweep of Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets enter Tuesday’s contest with wins in seven of their last eight home games, with their only loss coming at the hands of the Bruins on April 2 (6-2 L).

* Boston and Columbus have required overtime in each of the first two games of the Second Round. Only six series in NHL history have began with at least three straight OT games: TOR-BOS in the 1933 Semifinals (Games 1-3), TOR-MTL in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final (Games 1-5), COL-MIN in the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals (Games 1-3), PHX-CHI in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Games 1-5), TOR-WSH in the 2017 First Round (Games 1-3) and CBJ-WSH in the 2018 First Round (Games 1-3).

* Colorado won both home games in the First Round against Calgary and have won 11 of its last 13 at Pepsi Center overall, including eight consecutive victories, while outscoring opponents 32-15 over that span (including shootout-deciding goals). A pair of Avalanche skaters enter the contest on six-game point streaks: Mikko Rantanen (5-6—11) and Nathan MacKinnon (4-7—11). The last Colorado skater to record a playoff point streak longer than six games was Peter Forsberg in 2004 (4-6—10 in 7 GP).


* Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, who is tied for second in playoff scoring (4-7—11 in 9 GP), has collected 3-4—7 in the opening two games of the Second Round (1-3—4 in Game 1 and 2-1—3 in Game 2). Only two defensemen in Stanley Cup Playoffs history have recorded three or more points in three consecutive gamesDenis Potvin in 1981 (5-6—11 in 3 GP) and Paul Coffey in 1985 (3-7—10 in 3 GP).




NHL announces “Quest for the Stanley Cup” Docuseries returns May 3

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL: Nirva Milord; ESPN: Michael Skarka; ESPN+: Kevin Ota; COURTESY




NEW YORK / TORONTO (April 29, 2019) – Quest For The Stanley Cup™, the behind-the-scenes documentary series chronicling the remaining eight teams – Boston BruinsCarolina HurricanesColorado AvalancheColumbus Blue JacketsDallas StarsNew York IslandersSt. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks – in the midst of the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, will premiere on Friday, May 3, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on in Canada. The 2019 Sports Emmy Award-nominated, seven-episode series will go on the ice, in locker rooms and inside the minds of the players and coaches and everywhere in between to give viewers an all-access pass during the high-stakes Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the pursuit of the Stanley Cup® – the hardest trophy to win in professional sports. (Click here to see the trailer.)


Quest For The Stanley Cup premiered in 2016, making the National Hockey League the first North American pro sports league to provide unprecedented access to its postseason. For the fourth straight year, the critically-acclaimed weekly series will be produced by Ross Greenburg Productions in association with NHL Original Productions, under the direction of award-winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Bill Camp returns as its narrator.


For the second straight season, ESPN+ subscribers will have access to the entire series throughout the Playoffs, with new episodes available each Friday starting this week. Fans in Canada will be able to watch Quest For The Stanley Cup every Friday evening on


Quest For The Stanley Cup offers everything you love about the Playoffs, with more access to players and coaches through our unfiltered lens,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. “We love the fact that we will document some new teams this season, with Avalanche, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Islanders and Stars featured in Quest For The Stanley Cup for the first time. This year’s Quest is sure to offer our fans even more personalities, storylines and inspiring performances.”


Premiere Dates for “Quest For The Stanley Cup” on ESPN+ &

Friday, May 3 Episode 1 6 p.m. ET
Friday, May 10 Episode 2 6 p.m. ET
Friday, May 17 Episode 3 6 p.m. ET
Friday, May 24 Episode 4 6 p.m. ET
Friday, May 31 Episode 5 6 p.m. ET
Friday, June 7 Episode 6 6 p.m. ET
Friday, June 14 Episode 7 6 p.m. ET


This postseason, the NHL continued its groundbreaking, unfiltered inside-access to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the introduction of Cup Confidential, a player selfie video series. Bruins forward Charlie Coyle, Islanders forward Anders Lee, Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook and Sharks forward Kevin Labanc are among the players currently chronicling their Round Two experiences in first-person videos available on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.


Fans can follow the conversation via the official hashtag #StanleyCup.


About NHL Original Productions:

NHL Original Productions is the in-house production arm of the NHL, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the game of hockey. Established in 2011, NHL Original Productions develops long- and short-form hockey programming for use by the League’s media platforms (NHL Network™, and NHL Social), as well as national and regional rightsholders. Its original programming lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning series “Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” the Sports Emmy Award-nominated “Quest For The Stanley Cup,” “NHL All-Star All Access,” “NHL China Games All Access,” “Skates Off,” and other content.


About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached two million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.


Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.


ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.



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