Penguins learn they’ll pick 21st in June’s NHL draft |

Penguins learn they’ll pick 21st in June’s NHL draft

Jonathan Bombulie
Staff | Tribune-Review
Kasperi Kapanen, the last player selected by the Penguins in the first round of the NHL draft, competes for a loose puck with Jake Guentzel in a 2014 development camp scrimmage.

Barring something unforeseen, in less than two months, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be making a first-round pick in the NHL draft for the first time since 2014.

On Wednesday night, they found out they’ll be picking 21st overall.

When the NHL sets its draft order, it determines the first 15 slots via lottery, and the last four picks are reserved for the conference finalists. When San Jose beat Colorado on Wednesday night, the Sharks joined the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes in the final four.

From there, slots 16-27 are determined in reverse order of record in the regular season. The Penguins had the seventh-best record of playoff teams not in the final four, which leaves them in the 21st slot.

The draft is set for June 21-22 in Vancouver.

The last time the Penguins made a first-round pick, they took Kasperi Kapanen 22nd overall in 2014.

The next four years, they traded away their top choice in deals that netted David Perron, Phil Kessel, Ryan Reaves and Derick Brassard.

2019 NHL first-round draft order

  1. New Jersey Devils
  2. New York Rangers
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators)
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Philadelphia Flyers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. Arizona Coyotes
  15. Montreal Canadiens
  16. Colorado Avalanche
  17. Vegas Golden Knights
  18. Dallas Stars
  19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets)
  20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets)
  21. Pittsburgh Penguins
  22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
  23. New York Islanders
  24. Nashville Predators
  25. Washington Capitals
  26. Calgary Flames
  27. Tampa Bay Lightning
  28. Conference final losing team with fewest points
  29. Conference final losing team with most points
  30. Stanley Cup Final losing team
  31. Stanley Cup winner

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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