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|Blackhawks Take 18 Year Old in NHL Draft
|CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks, who unloaded several players from their Stanley Cup championship roster earlier this week, have selected 18-year-old left wing Kevin Hayes, of Dorchester, Mass. as their first pick in the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.
Chicago took Hayes on Friday night with the first of their two scheduled first-round picks in the 24th spot.
Chicago was slotted to make the final first-round pick, 30th overall, but dealt the selection at the last minute to the New York Islanders for the 35th and 58th picks. Those selections give the Blackhawks five second-round picks when the seven-round draft resumes Saturday.
The Blackhawks also have the 43rd, 54th and 60th overall picks in the second round.
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