The Blackhawks will have eight selections in the 2014 NHL entry draft, including the 27th overall.
The league on Thursday released the official order for the draft that will run from June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. While the Hawks do not have a second-round pick after trading it to the Coyotes in a deal that brought them defenseman David Rundblad, they do have two third-rounders, Nos. 62 and 88. In addition, the Hawks hold Nos. 98 (fourth round), 141 (fifth), 148 (fifth), 178 (sixth) and 208 (seventh).
The Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon have the No. 1 overall pick and that will be selected when Round 1 is held June 27. Rounds 2-7 will be the following day. The last time Tallon had the first pick, he selected Patrick Kane for the Blackhawks in 2007.
Start me up: Teams around the league have begun releasing their exhibition schedules and while the Hawks haven’t done so yet they will play two games against the Original Six-rival Red Wings, Sept. 23 at the United Center and two nights later at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and will travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to face the Oilers on Sept. 28.
The NHL reportedly will announce dates for 2014-15 regular-season home openers Saturday and the entire schedule Sunday.
One-timers: Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, who played 48 games with the Hawks during the 2013-14 campaign, is an unrestricted free agent but a source said the veteran is still in the mix to return next season. … Hawks ’13 draftees John Hayden (third round, 74th overall), Anthony Louis (sixth, 181st) and Tyler Motte (fourth, 121) were among 42 players invited to the 2014 USA National Junior Evaluation Camp. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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