The air is getting crisp and the leaves have well and truly turned, it must be time for some hockey!
Well, not quite. The COVID pandemic has meant that the whole calendar has shifted out by about a hundred days, so the NHL Draft which usually happens in late June is being held today.
A half-decent run last season meant that the Buffalo Sabres finished outside the really high picks and will be selecting #8 tonight.
Tonight will feature 31 first round picks, and it will end up taking an inordinately long amount of time, followed by Rounds 2-7 tomorrow, which will then go by so fast you’ll be hitting refresh on the Open Thread every couple of minutes.
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t see the first-round draft picks walking up to the stage in Montreal to be greeted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the team’s big brass. Instead the whole ceremony is going to be held online and for the first time since 1994, held in the middle of the week.
How to Watch
Date: Tuesday October 6
Start time: 7:00 PM EST
TV: NBCSN (USA), Sportsnet & TVAS (Canada)
Online stream: NBCSports Live (coverage starts at 7:00pm)
Rounds Two to Seven
Date: Wednesday, October 7
Start time: 11:30 AM EST
TV: NHL Network (USA), Sportsnet & TVAS (Canada)
Online stream: Maybe NHL.com? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The open thread is already live, let’s chat about what the Sabres will do for their eighth pick, whether they will have one of the coveted forwards fall to them, or will they be trading down and collecting more picks.
Click here to see who we picked for SBN Mock Draft , a ranking of the Sabres’ tradeable assets and here is T McGee’s Big Board as well as BrassMaster’s 5 Picks for every Sabres Selection.
1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh)
16. Montreal Canadiens
17. Chicago Blackhawks
18. New Jersey Devils (from Arizona)
19. Calgary Flames
20. New Jersey Devils (from Vancouver via Tampa Bay)
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
22. New York Rangers (from Carolina)
23. Philadelphia Flyers
24. Washington Capitals
25. Colorado Avalanche
26. St. Louis Blues
27. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston)
28. Ottawa Senators (from N.Y. Islanders)
29. Vegas Golden Knights
30. Dallas Stars
31. San Jose Sharks (from Tampa Bay)
1. Round 1, Pick 8 (8th overall)
2. Round 2, Pick 7 (38th overall)
3. Round 4, Pick 7 (100th overall)
4. Round 5, Pick 7 (131st overall)
5. Round 7, Pick 7 (193rd overall)
6. Round 7, Pick 30 (216th overall), From Dallas
How many words does Kevyn Adams say when announcing the pick?
How Many Trades will there be the First Day of the Draft?
How many Defensemen will be drafted in the 1st Round?
How many Forwards will be drafted in the 1st Round?
How many Goaltenders will be drafted in the 1st Round?