By Ben Meyer-Abbott
The NHL announced Friday the order for the league's 2012 Entry Draft. The Blackhawks have the 18th overall selection in the first round.
The Hawks also enter the draft with the 48th, 79th, 109th, 139th, 149th, 169th and 199th picks.
For the first time in three years the Hawks won't have six selections in the first three rounds of the draft. The only round the Hawks will have multiple picks is the fifth after after dealing enforcer John Scott to the New York Rangers hours before the trade deadline for the 149th overall selection.
The first round of the draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh will take place Friday, June 22 starting at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
The second through seventh rounds are scheduled for June 23 and will be broadcast on the NHL Network starting at 10 a.m.
Two Hawks' selections from the 2011 Entry Draft made their NHL debuts for the franchise last season. Then 18-year-old winger Brandon Saad made the team out of training camp and played in two games before he was assigned to the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Saad, who the Hawks selected 43rd overall in the 2011 Draft, also played two games in the Hawks' first-round loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 NHL playoffs.
Andrew Shaw, who the Hawks picked up in the fifth round of the 2011 draft with the 139th selection overall, didn't make his NHL debut until Jan. 5. The scrappy forward turned in a strong rookie campaign with 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games.
Shaw was fourth among rookies with at least 15 games with a .62 points per game average.
The Edmonton Oilers have the first overall pick in the draft for the third consecutive year.