It is officially, official.
After the St. Louis Blues were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be selecting 17th in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
The first round elimination at the hands of the Washington Capitals may still sting but this placement in the draft is still, very good.
Just outside the lottery, you can find difference making players to fill out your roster.
Past players selected at 17 in the NHL draft: Jake Gardiner (by the Anaheim Ducks), Martin Hanzal, Tomas Hertl and Zach Parise
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Chicago and will be June 23-24.