The Edmonton Oilers being eliminated from the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche now sets the picks the Blackhawks will own in the first three rounds of the 2022 NHL Draft.
Chicago received a conditional pick from the Oilers last summer in the trade that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton. The condition stated that, if the Oilers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and Keith played top-four minutes among Oilers defensemen, the pick would elevate to the second round. We now know the Oilers aren’t going to play in the Cup Final, so the pick stays in the third round.
So here’s where the Blackhawks’ picks line up in the second and third rounds of the 2022 NHL Draft (for now):
Pick No. 38 — Chicago’s own
Pick No. 56 — from Minnesota (from the Marc-André Fleury trade)
Pick No. 80 — from Las Vegas (from the Mattias Janmark trade in 2021)
Pick No. 89 — from Toronto via Calgary (from the Nikita Zadorov trade in 2021)
Pick No. 93 — from Edmonton (from the Duncan Keith trade)
Note: even though the Eastern Conference Final is still ongoing, both the Rangers and Lightning finished the regular season with a better record than the Oilers so their pick will be the 29th in the third round.