How recent No. 8 picks in NHL draft have fared
By John Dietz
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.
- 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.