With the start of the offseason comes the 2019 NHL Draft, where big names like Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will finally start their highly-anticipated NHL careers.
The draft will kick off with the New Jersey Devils making the first overall pick, followed by the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, the two other teams that won the lottery. Either the Boston Bruins or the St. Louis Blues will get the final pick dependent on which team will take home the Stanley Cup.
Here’s what you need to know to watch this year’s draft, including when it is, how you can watch and when each team will make its selection.
MORE: A look at the top 31 prospects in the 2019 draft class
When and where is the NHL Draft in 2019?
This year’s draft, the 57th in NHL history, will take place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Canucks’ home venue. The first round will be on Friday, June 21, and rounds 2-7 take place on Saturday, June 22.
What time does the NHL Draft start?
Round 1 of the NHL Draft starts at 8 p.m. ET on June 21, and the second day (Rounds 2-7) will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on June 22.
NHL Draft TV channel, how to live stream
This year’s draft will be broadcast on NBCSN and NHL Network, with NBCSN broadcasting the first day of the draft and NHL Network broadcasting the second.
In Canada, Sportsnet will broadcast both days of the NHL draft. You can also stream the draft on the NBC Sports App and nbcsports.com, as well as on fuboTV (you can get a seven-day trial and subscribe here).
2019 NHL Draft order of picks
The first round draft order is determined by the draft lottery and the outcome of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Picks 1-15 are determined by the lottery system, and picks 16-27 are decided by the playoff teams that were eliminated in the first two rounds and their point totals. The 28th and 29th picks go to the conference final runner-ups, and the final two picks go to the Stanley Cup runner-up and Stanley Cup champion respectively.
The order for rounds 2-7 is determined by all 31 teams’ point totals in the regular season.
2019 NHL mock draft
SN’s latest mock draft, curated by our NHL prospects contributor Steve Kournianos, takes a look at the top prospects and still has Hughes going first overall. Additionally, a number of U.S. National Team players are expected to go early on.
Here are the five players expected to go first:
Check out the rest of Kournianos’ mock draft here.
NHL Draft 2019 top prospects to know
Below are the top 2019 draft prospects via SN contributor Steve Kournianos’ latest big board. You can read the rest of his top 31 player rankings here.
Jack Hughes, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)
With all due respect to the likes of Kirk Muller and even Nico Hischier, the Devils have never had a center whose skill alone was enough to fill the seats. Hughes is an exceptional playmaker with ridiculous speed who has the potential to become the franchise’s first marketable superstar
Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS Turku (SM-Liiga)
Kakko is exactly what the Rangers want and need – a powerful goal scorer with quickness and strength who can wear down any defender. He’ll be the highest draft pick in Blueshirts history, joining Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park, who went second overall in 1966.
Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)
Jonathan Toews may have had a career year statistically, but he turns 31 later this month. Turcotte, who grew up just north of Chicago, is fast and an assassin with the puck, but also plays a tough, 200-foot game. He’ll play for the University of Wisconsin next fall.
Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)
If you swap jersey numbers between Hughes and this dynamic playmaker, you might have a tough time determining who is who. Zegras, a Boston University recruit, has world-class vision, silky-smooth moves and can enter the offensive zone cleaner than anyone outside of his aforementioned NTDP teammates.
Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)
Kings GM Rob Blake was a physical puck mover himself during his Hall of Fame career, so you have to think he’s impressed with this rugged point-producing machine who would be the perfect option to groom as Drew Doughty’s eventual replacement.
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