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New Jersey Devils Up First; 2019 NHL Draft First Round Open Post

Welcome to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The New Jersey Devils have the first overall pick in this year’s draft. Will it be Jack Hughes? This is an open post for AAtJ readers to discuss what happens as it happens for New Jersey and other teams.

2019 NHL Draft - Round One
Jack Hughes is first overall!
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Tonight is the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. The New Jersey Devils have been on the clock since winning the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery, where they were awarded the first overall pick. Jack Hughes is expected to be the guy. Will tonight be his confirmation? Or will someone else take the top spot? And where will everyone else go in the first round? All this and more will be answered this evening.

The Time: 8:00 PM ET

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

The Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Devils’ Pick Tonight: First overall!

The AAtJ Prospect Profiles for 2019: All of them are here.

The AAtJ Mock Draft Pick: We picked Jack Hughes.

The Conensus from Other Mock Drafts: While there may have been some others come out this week, it has been unanimous among the many mock drafts I have reviewed for this year’s roundup: Jack Hughes will be first and Kaapo Kakko will be second.

A Song for the Night: The first overall pick will be chosen tonight; and he hopefully will be the one to help New Jersey move on, move up, and move ahead to where they want to be. Fittingly, I think of “A Slow Unfolding of Wings” by And So I Watch You From Afar from their album, The Endless Shimmering.

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 try to get a post up specific for the draft pick (and any other significant moves by the Devils made tonight). So please bear with us 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 2019 NHL Draft takes place.