The 2014 NHL Draft kicks off tonight in Philadelphia with round one; rounds two through seven follow tomorrow. By the end of it all, over 200 players from junior clubs worldwide will be selected by an NHL club.
But that’s not the only thing that happens at the NHL Draft. There’s plenty more action to be watched, from draft-day trades — including those involving picks and those involving NHL players — to announcements of jersey designs and team name changes officially taking effect.
Basically — you don’t want to miss it. Will Aaron Ekblad go first overall, or could that selection move to Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart or Leon Draisaitl? And after whoever gets chosen first is selected, who goes next? Last year, it was Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Drouin — who will be top three in the 2014 NHL Draft?
And if Ekblad isn’t the first overall pick — could the Sabres select him at #2? He’s a big blueliner who would just add more size to the Buffalo defense corps. He’s definitely not the sort of player you pass on if given the opportunity to select him. I say if he’s there at two, take him.
Here’s how to stay up to date on all things NHL Draft for the next 36 hours.
Friday, June 27 – NHL Draft, Round 1
Round one of the 2014 NHL Draft begins at 7 p.m. EST on June 27.
Television: NBC Sports Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Online: NBCSports Live Extra *
Saturday, June 28 – NHL Draft, Rounds 2 – 7
Day two of the 2014 NHL Draft will see six more rounds of players chosen by NHL clubs. It all kicks off on June 28 at 10 a.m. EST and runs until all 210 selections have been made.
Television: NHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Note: NBCSports Live Extra may require you to sign-in using information from your cable provider in order to access its live stream of the 2014 NHL Draft.
As it stands right now, the Buffalo Sabres hold eight selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, including that second-overall slot and a handful of picks in the second round.
Of course, all that could change in an instance if Tim Murray decides to shop the draft picks the Sabres currently hold and pick up a player or two in the process.
From trades — could Ryan Kesler or Jason Spezza get moved this weekend? — to the draft itself, the weekend of the 2014 NHL Draft is sure to be an interesting one, and you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Stay tuned to SabreNoise for a live draft blog this evening and Saturday, and for full draft coverage all weekend long.