NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections

NHL announces draft order; Avalanche has seven selections

The NHL on Thursday announced the official order of selection for next week’s draft at the United Center in Chicago.

The two-day draft will begin with the first round Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. (NBCSN). Rounds 2-7 are Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. (NHL Network).

Barring trades, the Avalanche will make seven selections. Colorado will pick fourth in the first round and first in Rounds 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Avs, who finished with the NHL’s fewest points last season, traded their third-round pick to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Eric Gelinas on Feb. 29, 2016. Gelinas, 26, finished last season in the minors and is not expected to be given a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent.

2017 Avalanche draft positions

First round: No. 4 (fourth overall)

Second round: No. 1 (32nd)

Fourth round: No. 1 (94th)

Fourth round: No. 21 (114th) (Obtained from NYR for D Nick Holden)

Fifth round: No. 1 (125th)

Sixth round: No. 1 (156th)

Seventh round: No. 1 (187th)

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