Morning Bag Skate: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews help announce Blackhawks’ draft pick in Henri Jokiharju

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman turned back the clock before his team’s first-round pick was announced Friday at the NHL draft inside the United Center in Chicago. Bowman invited Patrick Kane (No. 1 overall pick in 2007) and captain Jonathan Toews (No. 3 in 2006) on stage to announce the team’s No. 29 overall pick in Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju.

The Hawks selecting the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks blueliner wasn’t the biggest news of the day as Bowman traded star winger Artemi Panarin to Columbus to re-acquire Brandon Saad. Bowman also sent defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona.

The second through seventh rounds in the draft kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday.


**Hawks select Finnish defenseman Jokiharju with No. 29 pick (SCH)

**Jokiharju already knows ‘Chelsea Dagger’ (SCH)

**Bulls’ Finnish draft pick welcomes Hawks’ top draft pick to Chicago (SCH)

**Hawks trade Panarin to Blue Jackets, re-acquire Saad (SCH)

**Panarin trade shakeup about getting younger, cost certainty (SCH)

**Saad hopes to reunite with Toews to ‘do more damage’ (SCH)

**Hawks trade Hjalmarsson to Coyotes (SCH)

**Can Murphy replace Hjalmarsson? (SCH)

**Coyotes not a potential landing spot for Hossa (SCH)

**Every Hawks trade, signing during 2017 offseason in one place (SCH)


**USHL Sioux City’s Tolvanen falls to Predators (On The Forecheck)

**Blues trade Reaves, Lehtera on busy first day of draft (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues draft OHL London’s Thomas, KHL Dynamo Moscow’s Kostin (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Wild trades center Jordan Schroeder to Blue Jackets (Star Tribune)

**Jets re-sign defenseman Chiarot to 2-year, $2.8M deal (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Jets draft Finnish forward Kristian Vesalainen with No. 24 overall pick (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**What to expect from Vesalainen (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Stars select Finnish defenseman Heiskanen 3rd overall (Defending Big D)

**Dallas picks BU goaltender Oettinger 26th overall (Defending Big D)

**Avs select AJHL defenseman Cale Makar with No. 4 pick (Mile High Hockey)


**2017 NHL draft tracker (SBN)

**NHL draft grades 2017: Devils stay safe, Stars get bold and most get high marks (SBN)

**Devils take Nico Hischier over Nolan Patrick with first pick (All About The Jersey)

**Vegas makes WHL defenseman Cody Glass its first-ever draft pick (Knights On Ice)

**Twitter reacts to Golden Knights’ 3 first-round draft picks (Knights On Ice)

**Rangers send Stepan, Raanta to Coyotes for No. 7 pick, DeAngelo (Blueshirt Banter)

**Capitals re-sign Oshie for $46M, 8 years (Japers’ Rink)

**Oilers to sign Russell to reported 4-year, $16M extension (Copper N Blue)

**Ducks re-sign Eaves to 3-year, $9.45M deal (Anaheim Calling)

**Panthers to hire Jack Capuano as associate coach (PHT)

**Sabres goalie prospect and Notre Dame star Petersen won’t sign (Die By The Blade)


**Eeli Tolvanen not admitted by Boston College admissions (SBNCH)