By the end of September it will be clear where each of the 2017 first-round picks will be heading to continue their hockey careers, but we already have quite a few that have signed their entry-level contracts. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re ticketed for the NHL or even North America, as most will have their deals slide for an additional season. Still, below you can find the current status of each player and their likely destination for the 2017-18 season. While they aren’t final, it will give you an early idea of where to catch them this year.
Cale Makar – Colorado Avalanche – Will play for UMass-Amherst this season (NCAA).
Elias Pettersson – Vancouver Canucks – Will play for Vaxjo this season (Sweden).
Casey Mittelstadt – Buffalo Sabres – Will play for the University of Minnesota this season (NCAA).
Gabe Vilardi – Los Angeles Kings – Will likely play for Windsor this season (OHL).
Cal Foote – Tampa Bay Lightning – Will likely play for Kelowna this season (WHL).
Urho Vaakanainen – Boston Bruins – Will play for SaiPa this season (Finland)
Josh Norris – San Jose Sharks – Will play for the University of Michigan this season (NCAA).
Robert Thomas – St. Louis Blues – Will play for London this season (OHL).
Pierre-Olivier Joseph – Arizona Coyotes – Will likely play for Charlottetown this season (QMJHL).
Kristian Vesalainen – Winnipeg Jets – Will play for HPK this season (Finland).
Ryan Poehling – Montreal Canadiens – Will play for St. Cloud State University this season (NCAA).
Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars – Will play for Boston University this season (NCAA).
Shane Bowers – Ottawa Senators – Will play for Boston University this season (NCAA).
Henri Jokiharju – Chicago Blackhawks – Will likely play for Portland this season (WHL).
Eeli Tolvanen – Nashville Predators – Will battle for a roster spot with Nashville, but will likely play for Jokerit this season (KHL).
Klim Kostin – St. Louis Blues – Signed ELC on July 5th. Will battle for roster spot with St. Louis; could play in AHL (St. Louis doesn’t have an AHL affiliate for this season, but will be providing players for Chicago and other teams).