How recent No. 8 picks in NHL draft have fared

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Associated PressBuffalo Sabres 6-foot-4 defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen played 73 games last season and contributed 6 goals and 35 assists.

    Associated PressBuffalo Sabres 6-foot-4 defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen played 73 games last season and contributed 6 goals and 35 assists.

 
Updated 6/21/2018 11:00 AM

By John Dietz

jdietz@dailyherald.com

 

The Chicago Blackhawks have the No. 8 pick in Friday's NHL draft. Here's how recent No. 8 picks have fared:

2013 -- Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Buffalo

Has been a mainstay on the Sabres' blue line the past four seasons. Is signed for four more seasons at a $5.4 million cap hit.

2014 -- William Nylander, C, Toronto

Spent most of first two seasons in AHL, then just put together back-to-back 20-goal seasons. Also dished out 80 assists.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski played in 77 games last season and scored 16 goals to go with 21 assists.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski played in 77 games last season and scored 16 goals to go with 21 assists. - Associated Press
2015 -- Zach Werenski, D, Columbus

After spending one year at Michigan, Werenski has racked up 27 goals and 57 assists in 155 games with the Blue Jackets.

2016 -- Alexander Nylander, RW, Buffalo

Has spent most of past two seasons in AHL. Has 1 goal and 1 assist with Sabres.

2017 -- Casey Mittelstadt, C, Buffalo

Played at University of Minnesota, then signed with Sabres and had 5 points in six games.

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