2016 NHL Draft Preview: Central Division

The 2016 NHL Draft will take place on June 24-25 in Buffalo. NHL.com curates all of their draft-related content here, a good place to catch up on the latest news about the top prospects heading into this year’s selection meeting.

Click here to view NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the draft class of 2016.

2016 NHL Draft

As we look forward to the draft, the Blackhawks’ lack of picks has been well documented. Because of trades over the last couple seasons, the Hawks don’t have a pick until the third round (as of today). Of course, trades could change that before/during the draft.

Click here to view every Blackhawks draft pick since 1991.

We have already discussed the free agency situations of every team in the division. Below are the picks currently owned by each team in the Central Division. We’ll begin at the bottom of the division, near the top of the draft.


Winnipeg Jets

Round 1 – Pick 2

Round 1 – Pick 22 (from CHI)

Round 2 – Pick 36

Round 4 – Pick 97

Round 5 – Pick 127

Round 6 – Pick 157

Round 7 – Pick 187


Colorado Avalanche

Round 1 – Pick 10

Round 2 – Pick 40*

Round 3 – Pick 71

Round 5 – Pick 131

Round 6 – Pick 161

Round 7 – Pick 191

  • – Colorado originally traded their second round pick to San Jose in 2014, but reacquired it during the 2015 NHL Draft. 

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Minnesota Wild

Round 1 – Pick 15

Round 4 – Pick 106

Round 7 – Pick 196

Round 7 – Pick 204 (from FLA)

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Nashville Predators

Round 1 – Pick 17

Round 2 – Pick 47

Round 3 – Pick 78

Round 4 – Pick 108

Round 5 – Pick 138

Round 6 – Pick 168

Round 7 – Pick 198

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Chicago Blackhawks

Round 3 – Pick 83

Round 4 – Pick 95 (from CBJ)

Round 4 – Pick 113

Round 5 – Pick 143

Round 5 – Pick 144 (from FLA)

Round 6 – Pick 173

Round 7 – Pick 203


St. Louis Blues

Round 1 – Pick 28

Round 2 – Pick 59

Round 3 – Pick 87 (from WSH)

Round 4 – Pick 119

Round 5 – Pick 125 (from CBJ)

Round 7 – Pick 209

Round 7 – Pick 211 (from PIT)


Dallas Stars

Round 1 – Pick 25

Round 3 – Pick 90 (from SJ)

Round 4 – Pick 116

Round 5 – Pick 146

Round 6 – Pick 176

40 thoughts on “2016 NHL Draft Preview: Central Division

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:08 am


    Do you think there’s a chance they package teuvo and bickell? What kind of return would they get for those two?

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Mox, WHY move Teuvo?

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    w/ Dickie – I know this summer’s favorite past time for Hawks fans is creating ways to rid the organization of Teuvo, but he’ll be 22 on Opening Night. And, frankly, I personally wouldn’t hurry up to trade him just to rid the organization of Bickell’s contract w/out having Schmaltz signed first. Schmaltz, at this point, needs at least a year in the AHL. And moving Teuvo AND Bickell creates another NHL roster spot the Hawks would need to fill but doesn’t help the cap situation much; TT has a cap hit under $900k for next year.

    Everyone is quick to bitch about including Stephen Johns in the deal to unload Sharp, but equally quick to give up too soon on Teravainen to rid the team of Bickell…

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Package Bickell and Shaw together

  • June 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Not many teams willing to give up $4M in cap space AND have to sign RFA Shaw. The assets that would come back there would be limited and, w/ Shaw as a RFA, again, wouldn’t help the Hawks’ cap situation in 16-17 very much.

    The reality is that either the Hawks dangle a top prospect (Schmaltz? Pokka?) to get rid of Bickell’s contract or they buy him out. Dealing an NHL roster player like Teuvo (inexpensive) or Shaw (RFA) isn’t saving the Hawks much money while still creating a roster hole that needs to be filled.

  • June 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Teuvo is still a kid with a lot of upside…hope the Hawks wont do a mistake by trading him …the kid will need 2-3 more years to become a very good player and at the same time he will not cost to much for the nextcontract because he is not a top notch player yet….
    Bickell is going to be the only big problem Again this year ….
    Who can we trade ? Not a lot of option except iff the Bowmans go for a 4-6 players trade …

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Before trading Teuvo better think about when the Flyers trade Sharp because they didnt beleive anymore in Him…the Hawks had the best player and had to be patient then 3 stanley cup later………….

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Tab- you are correct…

    I can easily see- AA or Crow or (Another signed guy making more than $3M) …
    getting moved – if Cap doesn’t go up much this summer!!!

    Makes more sense Cap wise… with 65 needing raise, 72 needing BIG raise next year, and one guy going to be lost to Expansion (so might be wise to trade a potential player (who might be claimed in expansion)) for something… this summer.

    Re: Schmaltz- kid better be able to contribute sooner than later…
    I could see a line of
    72/Schmaltz/88 — if AA is moved… Schmaltz will lose some battles, and learn some lessons… But the Kid has some serious/hands/vision


    Panik/Schmaltz/Hoss if you want 2 guys who can provide some size and speed to support the kid…

    Hawks might not have better options- if they indeed see AA- as an answer to some Cap issues that are brewing!

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Auston Matthews looks like Jack White.

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Ernie… good one… looks like he sleeps about 2 hours a nite!!!

    Laine – looks like Thor!!! shoots like him too!

  • June 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I could see Anisimov getting traded. However, that leaves a hole and whoever you get back probably can’t fill it. And trying to fill it internally isn’t an option. Let’s say Shaw is kept. He’s not a center. Has he? Sure. But he’s not. Teuvo..ditto. Mark McNeill? Nope.

    Hawks legitimately have 2 holes in the top 6 as it is. Teuvo can play RW to fill one of those. So youre gaining space.. Great. At a certain point you have to ice a team. Why not trade Toews if all you want is cap space. Think of the return?!

    I can see this being Hossa’s swan song. I can see him doing what Datsyuk might, where he goes overseas to play but retires from the NHL. It’s not an over 35 deal so there shouldn’t be cap issues. Hossa + Bickell frees up 9+ million.

  • June 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I’d probably get 2 hours of sleep a night too if I made the money he did in Switzerland. Have y’all seen the ladies from there?

  • June 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    We got the 81st pick ., what’s everyone worried about?

  • June 9, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    The Tuevo & Bickell comment comes from Craig Custance recent comment. It was rumored that the Hawks were shopping Bickell (good luck) and Tuevo was needed to sweetin the deal. Much like Nill took SB and the Hawks to the woodshed for the bungled Sharp trade.

    In 2016 with the cap likely going down and expansion likely there is ZERO market for Bickell outside of a bad money swap. See Rusty Oleaz trade for details.

    This Hawks team is screwed w the cap! With the amount of NMC, limited NMC, and the pending Hossa recapture penalty good luck.

  • June 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Re: Tabs Photo- the fellow next to the American dude, hope thats an “O” and not a “C” in the center of the teams name.

  • June 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    again, what does trading Crawford accomplish? Hawks get $6M to sign a goaltender AND hypothetically another top-4 defenseman? Doesn’t add up. Sorry to wall and others that think trading Crawford (while ignoring his NMC) solves all of the world’s problems but I simply don’t see it being a wise course of action. Not when there are as many questions about the blue line. I don’t see a defenseman the Hawks could afford on the open market who fixes the Hawks’ blue line to the degree they can go into a season during the prime years of 19 & 88 with Darling and TBD on the depth chart.

  • June 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    hypothetical fwd lines:

    Panarin-Anisimov-Teravainen [edit]

  • June 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    (Tab) – Must be Panarin-Anisimov-Teravainen (above).

    Looks OK to me. Maybe Stan moves Kruger? (Lundberg allows) Maybe he figures out a way to keep Shaw? Personally, I doubt it…so the half-full of that is his trade value will likely never be higher?

  • June 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    @ Tab

    That lineup makes me want to cry! I heard Rasmussen was looking to go back to Sweden. Have you heard that?

    Any chance Schamltz gets signed? Or Panik, Flash and Wiess return on cheap 1 yr deals for around a million.

  • June 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    again, when you back away from just staring at dollars and look at the scheme impact, lots of hypothetical trade scenarios don’t add up…

    “Maybe Stan moves Kruger?” – and we’re right back at square one with the whole “only Toews can win a f***ing faceoff” conversation. Lundberg is a complete unknown in the NHL. He might be a stud…. he might not. Pretty big ask to go into a season with an import & Desjardins as your bottom 2 centers…. and no, I really don’t think Luke Johnson is ready. Yet.

    Even if Schmaltz signs, I’m not buying him being the magic antidote to fix the forward lines. If they can bring back one of Panik or Weise I would be on board with it. Also, to SSHM, don’t sell short on Hino & Motte. I think both of them make the NHL roster in the fall.

  • June 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Like Motte/Hino… both play faster than most other Hogs

    Re: Lundberg… what I have read from Swede fans… The guy is like a “Shaw”- fan favorite- overachiever- plays with moxy!!!! based on that – the guy seems like he might be the 4th C (option if AA is traded)… allows to keep 65… assuming Schmaltz is signed…

    72/Schmaltz/86 —Or 72/86/Mcneill
    Motte/16/81 Hawks will go with the “traditional” checking line here

    of course lot’s of shuffling w/ flexibility of Shaw and TT to move around

    WILD CARD- Motte- is another guy who may be capable of Playing up and down line-up (Based on his past- of course)… If he Can be Fabbri type guy- Hawks can be better than last year… BIG if!!!

    Bottom line- this only looks good- IF 2 out of 3 guys (Schmaltz. Motte, Lundstrom)
    can perform at NHL level-soon

    Tab-I thought Moose was gone too!

  • June 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Lundberg isn’t a center. He might be listed as one but his f/o percentage numbers on his team weren’t great and he was nearly 6th on his team in faceoff taken with 107 and was 47% at the dot.

    Motte being 1LW..ick. Now, Vesey has stated he’ll listen. He listed reasons that swayed him towards signing as playing across from Kane. He mentioned Toews’ name somewhere. Toronto has been mentioned. He’s from Boston. Boston is probably most realistic. But when you can use the argument of playing on a line with 88/19 helluva pitch. We haven’t heard the exact carry over from Panarin and Rozsival’s bonuses yet.


    For 4c Luke Johnson’s faceoff numbers were damn good at UND. I’m with Tab that he’s probably not ready. Regarding Schmaltz, his faceoff percentage was 46.5, so I can see him being moved to wing at some point. A few UFA 4c’s that could be signed cheap..Richards,Stoll,Chipchura

  • June 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Ernie, chaletgirlskills.

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Don’t move Teuvo. Bad idea. All the write ups about packaging him to move Bickell are, hopefully, just rumors. I’d rather bury Bickell in Rockford for another year and then be rid of him completely after next year, or buy him out this year and take the smaller hit for the next 2 years.

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Also, Tab, why the modern logos for all of the other central teams and the retro one for the Hawks? I like it, just curious.

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Retro logos are for being one of the seven dynasty teams in the history of hockey.

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Ernie- I think that 47% at dot… might have made him 2nd best on Hawks most of the year (with kruger out)… lol

  • June 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Copy and pasted from my post on the Lundberg article. I’m getting lazy.
    Fleischmann took 17 and won 70%.

    Toews -58.6% total FO’s-1573
    Desjardins 49.4%-87
    Kruger 49.2%-474
    Rasmussen 46.9% 307
    Shaw 46.5% 314
    Kero 44.7% 123
    Anisimov 44.2% 1148
    Danault 44.2% 369
    Hinostroza 40.6% 32
    Teravainen 40.5% 309
    Kane 21.6% 51

    Thats a lot of bad. Schmaltz was 46.5 % at UND so thats not good. Luke Johnson was 54.9. Motte was 40.9

  • June 9, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Motte will probably be a LW w/ the Hawks and plays a smart, defensively responsible game. Slotting him w/ 19 & 88 is a nice spot for a rookie with his ability – he played w/ two NHL forwards on the top line at Michigan last year.

    Nobody else has mentioned Hartman, who I think is absolutely in the mix for the NHL roster. If Motte, Hartman + Hinostroza are in the mix for the NHL roster, we need to start doing some math and look at the number of spots left.

    Panik played well but thinking a guy the Leafs gave up on and traded for Jeremy Morin is a top line guy for 82 games next year is foolish imo. He might be a nice piece on the 4th line, however, if he wants to come back. Same can be said for Weise, though we didn’t see as much from him because Q gonna Q.

    With all of that being said, is Andrew Desjardins a guy that gets moved this summer to clear a little space? He’s a guy that can probably be replaced internally. Hinostroza is $82,500 cheaper, Kyle Baun (another player not yet mentioned) is $175,000 cheaper against the cap. And we all know Stan counts pennies as well as any GM in the game.

  • June 9, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Baun is dead to me. I like Hartman’s game. But the penalties he takes are an issue. Ted Dent has talked about it. I can see Desjardins moved as a smaller piece in a bigger trade. But not solely to save 100k. Hinostroza put up numbers in Rockford. But he hasn’t shown me enough on a larger stage yet. NHL or international level. His game, and size(weight) is different than Motte. Hinostroza in a 3/4 role doesn’t fit. Motte at least has enough ass and tenacity that he can be in a 3/4 role. Weise is gone. Q didn’t like him and I don’t think those few games in the playoffs are gonna change his mind. Fleischmann was a bottle rocket. Impressed quickly. But fizzled. He may be more likely to be kept.

    With so many teams tight to the cap I would not be surprised to see guys take less than they would have 2 summers ago. A market correction has to be made for a flat cap. Lots of guys in that second tier winger group and not as much cap as expected. I can see guys taking a one year deal to see what happens with the Canadian dollar, the world cup despite zero interest should bring something in to raise it, and teams with bad contracts expiring. Guys like Backes, Okposo,Ladd,Boedker…I can all see taking 1 year deals.

  • June 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Teams that have money can’t spend it because of cap.
    Teams that have cap have internal budgets.
    Teams that have money and cap want to be bad and will take bad if you provide good.

  • June 10, 2016 at 1:04 am

    “If they can bring back one of Panik or Weise I would be on board with it” (Tab) I would, too…in fact, I think Panik *earned* a (the first…apologies to Motte) shot at a spot. And, that doesn’t exclude Motte >>> if he’s able to bring his game to the NHL, maybe some of those (hockey “pundits”) will finally shut-the-fuck-up about (not) replacing Saad? I agree (with Tab) “…Weise, though we didn’t see as much from him because Q gonna Q.” <<< which, regardless of the success and Cups is a problem, but that's a different (and on-going, until he changes) discussion.

    “Maybe Stan moves Kruger?” – and we’re right back at square one with the whole “only Toews can win a f***ing faceoff” conversation. <<>> “That’s Showbiz”.)

  • June 10, 2016 at 1:14 am

    ““Maybe Stan moves Kruger?” – and we’re right back at square one with the whole “only Toews can win a f***ing faceoff” conversation. — What happened?

    What I said was, I like Kruger and respect what he brings — brought — “to the table’, but, he was pretty much just a shell of his former self. I know it’s understood that injuries don’t (necessarily – Wally Pip…) push one out of a job, but it happens – especially when $$$/the cap pressure are factors. Boland, impeded by injuries, was moved after scoring the Cup winning goal because it was the right, “for the business”, thing to do. (He was pretty good at faceoffs, as well…)

  • June 10, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I always try to use perspective–I’m in a mental health role in Ontario and we have a local high school in a very small city where in the last 3 months 5 students have killed themselves and up to 20 others have thought about it or actually tried. As a dad of two that is both sobering and heartbreaking a reminder that this (sports) needs to be fun–
    the Hawks are paying the cost for going for and coming thru with 3 Cups–as a fan I have benefited very much from their path and decisions of the braintrust–but the good and bad ones. Now the times may well be lean. It’s hard to see them having the defense core to compete as we move forward-even this freak of nature-D.K as peaked at the very least and Seabs will and is declining. You can probably add a year of age in years played just from how many games they have played in the playoffs and other events. The money is in two wonderful players and I don’t begrudge that because they deserve it-
    What Pittsburgh is doing gives us some faith as there D-core has a star and not much else that makes you go wow. They have 2 stars and have found other fast younger pieces to compliment–can the Hawks re-tool a bit and try again once more before Kane and Toews decline? I will enjoy that possibility, and know they can’t take away 10/13 /15.
    The boys need this summer of rest. I probably did as well-lol.

  • June 10, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I second – “Baun is dead to me”… and Been to Rock several times last year…
    Hartman – did nothing for me!!!

    Hino- faster/quicker than most and can actually think the game fast… I can see him being better- if he ever got a chance to play with true top 6 guys…

    which brings me to- I suggested splitting up 72/AA/88 last year… in my eyes- part of Pens success is- Splitting up ALL 3 of Kessel/Crosby/Malkin… makes the “Prospects” look a little better… secondly- Panarin would NOT have reached his Bonuses- which are going to Handicap Hawks next year!!!

    Hino-puts up 45-55 pts playing with 72/88 or 19/81 last year… just saying…
    and I don’t think Hino is a “difference” maker… but he can skate and think the game… Much like the “no names” playing for the Pens right now!

  • June 10, 2016 at 8:05 am

    No mentions of McNeil. Not saying he belongs on the team, but he is withering into a wasted asset. If there were no plans for him here, why hadn’t we moved him some time ago? Now he basically has limited to no value.

  • June 10, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Mcneill ( I used to think had no chance) I have warmed on him… and prefer over Hartman- Who I had High hopes for… but have cooled on… fwiw (which isn’t much)

  • June 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Gordie Howe passed away. Man this day sucks.

  • June 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Nothing to discuss with McNeil, he is an RFA and his biggest battle will likely be is a contract coming

  • June 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I was really saddened when Jean Beliveau passed away 1-1/2 years, but now Gordie Howe? As Ernie said above, June 10, 2016 just got a whole lot gloomier. RIP, #9, and thanks for the memories!

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