-->The 2007 NHL Entry Draft was the 45th NHLEntry Draft. It was hosted at Nationwide Arena in the city of Columbus, Ohio, United States on June 22, 2007. The draft consisted of seven rounds with rounds 2 through 7 taking place on June 23, 2007. The draft was televised on TSN and RDS, with the first round simulcasted in the United States on Versus and in Europe on North American Sports Network.
Columbus Blue Jackets then President and General Manager Doug MacLean and the NHL announced the event on March 21, 2006. On March 13, 2007, it was reported that NHL owners had voted in favor of changes to the team ranking system which would begin at the 2007 draft.
Starting with the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the team that lost the Stanley Cup final will receive the 29th pick, the conference finalists will get the 27th and 28th picks, and each team eliminated prior to the conference finals will receive the next higher picks.
The draft order of the first 14 picks was determined by a lottery involving the non-playoff teams on April 10 .
Under the weighted lottery system, the club with the fewest regular-season points had the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and could pick no lower than second at the 2007 Entry Draft. The winner of the drawing would move up a maximum of four places, with all other clubs' draft order being adjusted accordingly (no team moving down more than one spot).
The Chicago Blackhawks, originally slated to draft in 5th place, won the lottery and as a result had the first overall pick in the draft.
The 2007 NHL Entry Draft marked the first time in NHL history in which American players were selected with the top two picks, with Patrick Kane and James vanRiemsdyk being selected by the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively.
The 2007 NHL draft also tied the record of the most Americans being selected in the first round with 10 players.
↑Acquired from Anaheim for a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick on June 22, 2007. Anaheim acquired along with Gerald Coleman from Tampa Bay Lightning for Shane O'Brien and Colorado's 3rd round pick on February 24, 2007.
↑Acquired for Atlanta's 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick on June 22, 2007.
↑Acquired from the Washington Capitals for a 3rd round pick in 2007 and a 2nd round pick in in 2008 on June 23, 2007. Washington acquired along with a 2nd round pick in in 2008 from the San Jose Sharks for a 1st round pick in 2007 on June 22, 2007(see also pick 28). San Jose acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Nils Ekman and Patrick Ehelechner on July 20, 2006. Pittsburgh acquired with Niklas Nordgren and Krystofer Kolanos from the Carolina Hurricanes for Mark Recchi on March 3, 2006
↑See pick 16. Previously awarded to Minnesota as compensation for losing rights to 2004 first-round pick (12th overall) A.J. Thelen, June 2, 2007.
↑(Anaheim had the option of using this pick or Phoenix's 3rd round pick in 2008, choosing this one.) Acquired from Boston along with the option to switch 4th round picks in 2008 at Anaheim's option for Stanislav Chistov on November 13, 2006. Boston acquired along with Paul Mara for Nick Boynton and a 4th round pick in 2007 on June 26, 2006.