Hawks Draft Day Recap
Coming into the draft, GM Anthony and AGM Peter discussed the possibility of trading the #3 overall pick. On draft day, it became a reality. Headed towards Pittsburgh was the #3 overall, used to select Seth Jones, and the Hawks received a package of 3 1st round picks and forward prospect Stefan Noesen.
The trading continued with private conversations in the beer fridge room where Panthers GM Trev expressed interest in trading the 9th overall pick. The back and forth offers concluded with Matt Dumba, previously selected in a similar draft position a year earlier, as well as a 2nd round pick and a 4th (MIN) going to sunny Florida for the 9th overall, 2 million in cash and a 3rd round pick. The Hawks selected Hunter Shinkaruk with that pick. "He handles the puck so well at top speed and just scores goals."
Another deal was made with Detroit to drop 1 spot from 16 to 17. Hawks picked up an extra 2nd. At #17, the Hawks selected Ryan Hartman after missing out on Adam Erne. Damnit Sylvain stop taking our players. With the #20, a few names were on our short list but ultimately, that pick was dealt to Tampa Bay for 4 2nd round picks, including 2 in this draft, one in 2014 and one in 2015.