With the first pick in the NHL Draft set to be announced on Tuesday, News.au is taking a closer look at how the first round of the 2017-18 NHL Draft is shaping up.
Key facts about the 2017 NHL Draft lottery:This year, the first two picks in the draft will be determined by a coin flip, with each team receiving a pick in either of the first three rounds.
For example, the New York Rangers will pick a first overall pick with the No. 1 pick, while the Ottawa Senators will pick with No. 2.
While the NHL picks are locked into a number of factors and it’s hard to say with any certainty how things will play out, it is expected that the Philadelphia Flyers will be able to select at least one of the top picks with No, 1, or No. 3.
With that in mind, we’ll look at what to look for in each round.
Here are our picks for the first-round picks:NHL draft lottery: Who’s on the verge of the No 1 pick?
The Philadelphia Flyers are poised to land their first pick of the draft with No 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft.
As well as selecting a top-three overall pick, the Flyers are also expected to have the ability to trade down.
This means that the Flyers could potentially trade down with the Edmonton Oilers to acquire a top pick in a trade with the New Jersey Devils.
The Flyers will have a first round pick if they pick in at least the third round, which would put them ahead of the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Wild in the lottery.
In the third-round, the Minnesota Timberwolves will take the No 4 overall pick.
The Wolves also have the No 3 pick.
In a round three trade, the Los Angeles Kings will take a pick at No. 4, which puts them ahead for the second spot.
The New York Islanders would have the second pick in any trade, but they would be able only to trade up to pick No. 5 with the Philadelphia Eagles, who could be interested in the pick.
The Winnipeg Jets would have to trade their second round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for the pick No 5.
In this scenario, the Jets would take the pick at number four.
This would mean that the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, and Minnesota Wild would be two teams that could be looking to move up to take No. 6 in the first, third, and fourth rounds.
In this scenario the Buffalo Bills would need to trade the No 5 pick to move to the No 6 spot, with the Buffalo Jets moving to No. 7 and the Edmonton Jets moving up to No 8.
The Dallas Stars would need the No 7 pick to be moved up to the fifth pick, as the New Orleans Saints would need their first round selection.
The Buffalo Sabres would need a second round selection to move back down to No 9.
The Edmonton Oilers would need at least two second round selections in the 2018 NHL Draft to move from No. 10 to No 11.
In any of these scenarios, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would need three first round selections to move down to the number nine spot.
This means that while the Edmonton Edmonton Oilers are in position to select a top five overall pick and the Winnipeg Blues would be in position for a top two overall pick after trading up, there are two teams in the same situation.
Both the New Hampshire Devils and the New Zealand Warriors are in the final year of their contracts, meaning they will be looking for compensation in the form of picks in 2018-19.
The Devils will be in the position to land either a top three pick or a first-rounder with the selection No. 12.
The Warriors would need either a No. 13 pick or No 16 pick.
Both teams are in a similar position to the Devils and Warriors, with both clubs looking to improve on their current drafts.
However, the Devils could potentially find themselves in the situation where they are looking for a fourth or fifth overall pick as well.
If the Edmonton Eskimos were to land a No 19 pick, they would have a chance of securing a top draft pick in 2018, with No 18 being a top selection.
However the New Britain Whalers have the best chance of landing a top six pick, with pick No 19.
This will all be made up of picks from the 2018-2019 NHL Entry Draft.