The draft order from one through 26 was finalized following the conclusion of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Whichever team wins the Stanley Cup is awarded the 30th and last pick, while the runner-up is given the 29th pick. The teams eliminated in the conference finals are awarded the 28th and 27th picks, with the 28th pick going to the team with the better regular season record. Remaining division winners are then sorted by points, then the rest of the field are ranked next, filling in the 26th through 15th picks. In both cases, better records result in later picks.
By virtue of finishing first in the Northwest Division and with the second-least amount of points among division winners, the Canucks were slated to pick at either 23rd or 24th overall.
A Detroit Red Wings series win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night would have given the Blackhawks the 26th overall pick since they had the best regular season record among eliminated division winners. This would have moved the Canucks up to the 23rd overall pick.
Since the Blackhawks won, the Anaheim Ducks will pick 26th overall instead as they had the best record. The Montreal Canadiens will pick at 25th overall, the Canucks at 24th overall, and the last division winner, the Washington Capitals, picking at 23rd overall.
Players selected in the past ten years 24th overall: Malcolm Subban, Matt Puempel, Kevin Hayes, Marcus Johansson, Mattias Tedenby, Mikael Backlund, Dennis Persson, T.J. Oshie, Kris Chucko, Mike Richards, and Alex Steen.