Welcome to the 2023 NHL draft. From the first round all the way to pick No. 224, this page will be your home for tracking every selection, including notes on team fit for the 32 players taken in the first round from Ryan S. Clark, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski.
ESPN will broadcast the first round of the draft, with a simulcast on ESPN+. Rounds 2 through 7 will take place on Thursday, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, and will be broadcast on the NHL Network, with a stream available on ESPN+.
Team: Regina (WHL) | Rank: NAS1
DOB: 07/17/05 | Ht: 5-9.75 | Wt: 185 | Shot: R
2022-23 stats: GP: 57 | G: 71 | A: 72 | P: 143
How he fits: There’s a reason why this was colloquially known as the “Bedard Draft.” Bedard is considered by several evaluators as a generational talent. He gives the rebuilding Blackhawks a playmaking center who is also prolific. The 17-year-old scored 71 goals and 143 points for the Regina Pats in the WHL this season. Everything Bedard provides is why there is a belief he can be the face of a new Blackhawks era with the club entering its first season without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews for the first time since 2007. — Wyshynski
Team: Orebro (SWEDEN) | Rank: INS1
DOB: 12/26/04 | Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 198 | Shot: L
2022-23 stats: GP: 44 | G: 10 | A: 15 | P: 25
How he fits: Getting a center was a priority for the Ducks, who had a number of options. They surprised a number of people by taking Leo Carlsson. The 6-foot-3 center showcased his skills across all levels in 2022-23 by playing for Orebro in the SHL, the highest division of Swedish hockey and when he represented Sweden in various international competitions. The hulking two-way center adds to what was an already promising nucleus that has Jamie Drysdale, Mason Marchment, Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras. — Wyshynski
Ducks select Leo Carlsson with the No. 2 overall pick
The Anaheim Ducks select Leo Carlsson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NHL draft.
Team: Michigan (BIG10) | Rank: NAS2
DOB: 10/12/04 | Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 195 | Shot: L
2022-23 stats: GP: 36 | G: 30 | A: 35 | P: 65
How he fits: Columbus absolutely needed a player like Adam Fantilli — and Anaheim’s surprising selection of Leo Carlsson at No. 2 left Fantilli at the Blue Jackets’ feet. Fantilli — a standout freshman at the University of Michigan and the reigning Hobey Baker winner as the NCAA’s top men’s hockey player — is an imposing center who will immediately make Columbus more dangerous down the middle (assuming, of course, he decides to leave the college scene). Regardless of when Fantilli slots in, he’ll be able to drive his own line, elevate teammates and generate consistent production across the board. He already put together a 65-point season for the Wolverines. What would his NHL output look like out of the gate? After the bitterly disappointing season the Blue Jackets just endured, they have to hope that answer comes sooner than later. — Shilton
Blue Jackets take Adam Fantilli with the No. 3 overall pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets take Michigan’s Adam Fantilli with the third overall pick of the 2023 NHL draft.
Team: USA U-18 (NTDP) | Rank: NAS3
DOB: 03/17/05 | Ht: 5-11.75 | Wt: 181 | Shot: R
2022-23 stats: GP: 52 | G: 42 | A: 62 | P: 104
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