The 2017 NHL Draft was the 55th NHL Entry Draft and took place June 23-24 at the United Center in Chicago. Players born between January 1, 1997 and September 15, 1999, were eligible for selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Forty-nine Americans were selected in this weekend’s 2017 NHL Draft at United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Six Americans were taken in Friday night’s opening round, with forward Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) being the first U.S. player off the board when the Buffalo Sabres drafted him 8th overall. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected defenseman Callan Foote (Englewood, Colo.) with the 14th pick in the draft before forward Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich.) was drafted 19th overall by the San Jose Sharks. Forward Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) was picked by the Edmonton Oilers with the 22nd overall pick. A pair of Lakeville, Minnesota, natives, forward Ryan Poehling and goaltender Jake Oettinger, were taken back-to-back with the 25th and 26th picks by the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, respectively.
Four more Americans were taken in the second round, nine in the third, six in the fourth and fifth, eight in the sixth and 10 in the seventh round.