How hosting the NHL draft affects decisions

The host Panthers used the No. 10 overall pick on Lawson Crouse at the 2015 NHL draft. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks unveiled news on Thursday that they will be hosting the 2017 NHL draft. Naturally, team president John McDonough mentioned that he hopes the Blackhawks won’t be picking until No. 30, and then, according to our old friend Scott Powers, McDonough asked GM Stan Bowman not to trade the pick.