Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

The announcement will be made at a news conference this evening at the NHL Draft in Chicago, which also hosted the Frozen Four this past April. Altybarmakyan, 18, played Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg of the MHL and score 20 goals with 25 assists in 31 goals.

The New Jersey Devils selected center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 overall pick in the National Hockey League draft on Friday night.

After dealing Niklas Hjalmarsson, Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte before lunch, the Hawks swapped first round picks with the Dallas Stars, moving back from 26th to 29th to select Henri Jokiharju.

"Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane call my name, and it can't be a better feeling", Jokiharu said.

The Blackhawks drafted 18-year-old defenseman Ian Mitchell in the second round at No. 57 overall in the NHL Draft on Saturday morning in Chicago. Glass exceeded expectations in his second WHL season with a stellar offensive performance, putting up 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 regular-season games. He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher.

The NHL will announce later today that the league will sponsor studies at five USA colleges to examine the feasibility of a Division I hockey program on those campuses, according to an NHL source. Blackhawks defenseman prospect Blake Hillman also plays for Denver.

"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said. Callan Foote, who went to Tampa Bay at No. 14, is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.

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