NHL, NHLPA assists IL to study adding hockey program

"Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder", Hossa said in a statement.

The 18-year-old Hischier is the highest drafted Swiss player in the National Hockey League history.

CHICAGO — The New Jersey Devils grabbed Nico Hischier, and the Philadelphia Flyers felt quite comfortable with Nolan Patrick. Laavainen, the second Finnish defenseman taken by the Blackhawks after they also selected Henri Jokiharju in the first round, played for Jokerit last season, scoring five goals and dishing out 16 assists in 48 games.

The Blackhawks were busy trading and drafting on Friday.

It should be an eventful night with many picks and potential trades.

As soon as that trade was announced it was already being announced that Brandon Saad/Artemi Panarin trade was a done deal. He had 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season.

The 18-year-old Patrick, a Winnipeg, Manitoba, native whose father Steve and uncle James played in the NHL, held the top spot in the NHL Central Scouting Department's final rankings in April. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in almost three decades, finishing with a 28-40-14 record.

"I love hockey", he said. Barratt, a "kid from Bristol, Connecticut", was overcome with emotion when he heard his name called. In 31 games in the MHL last season, he scored 20 goals and notched 25 assists, and he also racked up 77 penalty minutes as he established a reputation as a pesky forward with offensive upside. Callan Foote, who went to Tampa Bay at No. 14, is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.