At long last, tonight begins the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Tonight is all about the biggest and most important round of the draft: the first round. Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine, and Jesse Puljujarvi are all expected to hear their names called within the first three selections. Perhaps in that order. After then, it’ll come down to how each team rates the remaining prospects before the New Jersey Devils make their selection at eleventh overall. Will it be a defenseman falling to them like Mikhail Sergachev or Jakob Chychrun? Will it be a forward known for their skill at distributing the puck like Clayton Keller, Tyson Jost, or Logan Brown? Or will there be a surprise? We will find out.
The Time: 7 PM EST
The Broadcast: TV - NBC SN, SportsNet, TVA Sports. Failing that, go to NHL.com or check out this stream from NBC SN if you have NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Devils’ Pick Today: 11th overall
The AAtJ Profiles: All of them are here.
The AAtJ Mock Draft Pick: We picked Clayton Keller in the SB Nation/NHL mock draft.
The Devils’ Own Coverage: The Devils will be having a video feed on their Facebook page around when they’ll make their pick (8:15 PM per their PR department). It’ll be hosted by Julie Robenhymer and Ken Daneyko, it’ll include interviews with the pick and other members of the organization, and questions from fans like yourself provided you Tweet them to the team’s account using the hashtag #NJDraft2016. This is all up at the team’s official website as well as a chance to win a jersey.
The Widget: From SBN:
The Rules: As always, keep your comments clean & respectful to others, relevant to the Devils and/or the NHL draft as a whole, and do not post illegal streams. We will be doing our best to have a post up about the pick itself when it occurs.
Thank you in advance for hanging out throughout the first round here. The second day of the draft will have its own post, so this will be closed at the conclusion of the first round.