NHL, players’ union help Fighting Illini to study adding hockey

NHL, players’ union help Fighting Illini to study adding hockey

The first National Hockey League draft in Chicago began with another 18-year-old forward, Swiss center Nico Hischier, going No. 1 overall to the New Jersey Devils.

Barratt was the first off the board early in the day as the Chicago Blackhawks tabbed the forward with the 90th pick in the third round of the draft.

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. Barratt also added six points in seven games for Team USA during the 2017 Under-18 World Hockey Championship.

The Blackhawks were busy trading and drafting on Friday.

Glass, another 18-year-old forward, had 32 goals and 62 assists in 69 games last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He was ranked No. 28 among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting service.

While he came close, Barratt didn’t quite go high enough to unseat Eamon McAdam as Penn State’s highest ever draft choice, the former Nittany Lion goaltender was drafted 70th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2013 Draft. Mitchell will play at the University of Denver next season. But they promptly moved back three spots in a deal with Dallas in the first of three trades announced during the first round. Soderlund is also on the small side for his position, standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 163 pounds.