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Devils are First Overall: 2017 NHL Draft First Round Open Post

Welcome to the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The New Jersey Devils have the first overall pick. They will go first tonight, the first night of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This is an open post for AAtJ readers to discuss what happens as it happens - including who the Devils picked.

2017 NHL Draft Prospects Media Availability
Nico! Nolan! And two other not-likely-to-be #1 picks! (Casey Mittelstadt and Gabriel Vilardi)
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Finally. After many nights of writing up what Sherman Abrams told me after losses, a joyful celebration at the NHL Draft Lottery, and months of debate, we are finally here. Tonight is the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Tonight, the New Jersey Devils will select first overall for the first time in New Jersey’s history (not franchise history, just NJ’s). Tonight, we will finally have Ray Shero’s answer to the question of who will go #1: Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick?

The Time: 7 PM ET

The Broadcast: TV - NBC SN, SportsNet, TVA Sports. Failing that, go to

The Devils’ Pick Tonight: 1st overall!

The AAtJ Prospect Profiles: All of them are here.

The AAtJ Mock Draft Pick: We picked Nico Hischier in the SB Nation mock draft.

The Roundtable: We had a special roundtable discussion over Nico vs. Nolan. Check it out.

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. I will try to get a post up specific for the draft pick (and any other moves made tonight). So please bear with me throughout the night. You can and should comment, react, praise, and jeer the picks made throughout the first round. Thank you for spending a part of your Friday evening with us as the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft takes place.