While NBC Sports Network has exclusive US rights to the first round of the draft on Friday evening, NHL Network will provide pre- and post-event coverage of the first round and then offer exclusive live coverage of Round 2 to 7 on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET. After news broke that Marian Hossa will not play next season, or potentially ever again, general manager made a surprise moving trading Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjarmalsson.
Their first pick in Friday's draft was slated to be number 26 in the first round.
NHLN has six live hours of programming planned for the two days beginning with NHL Tonight: 2017 NHL Draft Preview kicking things off a 5 p.m. ET. The remainder of the draft will pick on Saturday at 8 a.m. He had eight goals and 29 assists in 53 games for the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL last season.
He added to his worldwide experience after the Winterhawks were eliminated from the WHL playoffs, representing Canada in three games at the U18 World Championships.
The 24-year-old Saad is a strong offensive talent who the Blackhawks had trouble replacing on Toews' line, so his return will likely be received quite well by the Blackhawks' captain. He had 20 goals and 25 assists in 31 games for Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg in the MHL last season.
He enters the weekend ranked 55th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting Services and 132nd overall by International Scouting Services.
The Blackhawks selected center Evan Barratt No. 90 overall. The 18-year-old Barratt is from Bristol, Penn.
Jokiharju, meanwhile, was the WHL's leading scorer among rookie defensemen this season with his 48 points, and was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks at 29th overall. Expect to see an even better performance from him with the Winterhawks next season, as he potentially will play alongside New York Islanders prospect and former Boston University forward Kieffer Bellows. Soderlund is also on the small side for his position, standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 163 pounds.