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Everything you need to know to watch tonight’s first round.

2016 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability
Auston Matthews being interviewed
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It’s Draft Day in Buffalo! This much-heralded event is a little less relevant for the Sabres considering we’re not in the top three this year, but knowing General Manager Tim Murray’s gunslinging mentality and the fact that Buffalo has eleven draft picks, you can expect some action today and throughout the weekend too. Besides, the event is being held in Buffalo this year, and the last time that happened the Sabres went to the Stanley Cup Finals the next year (#justsaying).

How To Watch

Date: Friday, June 24th 2016

Time: Coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. ET (draft begins at 7 p.m. ET)

Locations: First Niagara Center, Buffalo NY (tickets only); Fan Fest at Canalside, Buffalo NY (free admission).

TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA

Online: NBCSports.com, SN NOW

Read: Stay tuned to Die By The Blade for our live thread and coverage of all Sabres news today

The Leafs will kick off the First Round at 7 p.m. ET, here’s the rest of the draft order for tonight, subject to trades.

The 1st Round Draft Order

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. Winnipeg Jets
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. Edmonton Oilers
  5. Vancouver Canucks
  6. Calgary Flames
  7. Arizona Coyotes
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Montreal Canadiens
  10. Colorado Avalanche
  11. New Jersey Devils
  12. Ottawa Senators
  13. Carolina Hurricanes
  14. Boston Bruins
  15. Minnesota Wild
  16. Detroit Red Wings
  17. Nashville Predators
  18. Philadelphia Flyers
  19. NY Islanders
  20. NY Rangers → Arizona
  21. Los Angeles Kings → Carolina
  22. Chicago Blackhawks → Winnipeg
  23. Florida Panthers
  24. Anaheim Ducks
  25. Dallas Stars
  26. Washington Capitals
  27. Tampa Bay Lightning
  28. St. Louis Blues
  29. San Jose Sharks → Boston
  30. Pittsburgh Penguins → Toronto → Anaheim

Rounds Two through Seven will be held tomorrow.

Center Auston Matthews is expected to be the first overall pick. The 18-year-old center from Arizona is the consensus best prospect in this year’s draft, had a great season in the Swiss league and good showings at both the World Juniors and the World Championship.

Finnish pair Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are considered the second- and third-best players in the draft after Matthews, and the wingers had equally impressive performances at the World Juniors and the World Championship. Past those three, well, all bets are off. It’s Draft Day!