As the 2013 NHL Draft approaches (Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. ET), the excitement over one of the most important events on the calendar each year has the hockey world at a fever pitch.
Here is the complete list of all the vital viewing information for the diehard hockey fans, a full list of where every team will be picking on draft day and the top prospects to watch as the 2013 NHL Draft approaches.
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
When: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network (3-8 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (starting at 8 p.m.)
Live Stream: NBC Sports LiveExtra
|Full 2013 NHL Draft Order|
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|1. Colorado||31. Florida||62. Phoenix (from Fla.-NYR-SJ)|
|2. Florida||32. Colorado||63. Colorado|
|3. Tampa Bay||33. Tampa Bay||64. Nashville (from TB)|
|4. Nashville||34. Montreal (from Nsh.)||65. NY Rangers (from Nsh.)|
|5. Carolina||35. Carolina||66. Carolina|
|6. Calgary||36. Montreal (from Cgy.)||67. Calgary|
|7. Edmonton||37. Edmonton||68. Dallas (from Edm.)|
|8. Buffalo||38. Buffalo||69. Buffalo|
|9. New Jersey||39. New Jersey||70. Minnesota (from NJ)|
|10. Dallas||40. Dallas||71. Montreal (from Dal.)|
|11. Philadelphia||41. Philadelphia||72. Philadelphia|
|12. Phoenix||42. Phoenix||73. Phoenix|
|13. Winnipeg||43. Winnipeg||74. Winnipeg|
|14. Columbus||44. Columbus||75. NY Rangers (from CBJ)|
|15. NY Islanders||45. Anaheim (from NYI)||76. NY Islanders|
|16. Buffalo (from Min.)||46. Minnesota||77. Pittsburgh (from Min-Phi-Dal)|
|17. Ottawa||47. St. Louis (from Ott.)||78. Ottawa|
|18. Detroit||48. Detroit||79. Detroit|
|19. Columbus (from NYR)||49. San Jose (from NYR)||80. NY Rangers|
|20. San Jose||50. San Jose||81. Minnesota (from SJ)|
|21. Toronto||51. Toronto||82. Toronto|
|22. Calgary (from StL)||52. Buffalo (from StL)||83. St. Louis|
|23. Washington||53. Washington||84. Washington|
|24. Vancouver||54. Dallas (from Van.)||85. Vancouver|
|25. Montreal||55. Montreal||86. Montreal|
|26. Anaheim||56. Edmonton (from Ana.)||87. Anaheim|
|27. Columbus (from LA)||57. Los Angeles||88. Los Angeles|
|28. Calgary (from Pit.)||58. San Jose (from Pit.)||89. Pittsburgh|
|29. Dallas (from Bos.)||59. Winnipeg||90. Boston|
|30. Chicago||60. Boston||91. Winnipeg (from Chi.)|
|61. Winnipeg (from Chi.)|
|Round 4||Round 5||Round 6|
|92. Florida||122. Florida||152. Florida|
|93. Colorado||123. Colorado||153. Colorado|
|94. St. Louis (from TB)||124. Tampa Bay||154. Tampa Bay|
|95. Nashville||125. Nashville||155. Nashville|
|96. Los Angeles (from Car.)||126. Carolina||156. Carolina|
|97. Florida (from Cgy.)||127. Washington (from Cgy.)||157. Calgary|
|98. Florida (from Edm.)||128. Edmonton||158. Edmonton|
|99. Nashville (from Buf.)||129. Buffalo||159. Buffalo|
|100. New Jersey||130. Buffalo (from NJ-LA-Fla.)||160. New Jersey|
|101. Dallas||131. Dallas||161. Ottawa (from Dal.)|
|102. Ottawa (from Phi.-TB)||132. Philadelphia||162. Philadelphia|
|103. Los Angeles (from Phx-CBJ-Phi.)||133. Phoenix||163. Phoenix|
|104. Winnipeg||134. Winnipeg||164. Pittsburgh (from Wpg.)|
|105. Columbus||135. Calgary (from CBJ)||165. Columbus|
|106. NY Islanders||136. NY Islanders||166. NY Islanders|
|107. Minnesota||137. Minnesota||167. Minnesota|
|108. Ottawa||138. Ottawa||168. Ottawa|
|109. Detroit||139. Detroit||169. Detroit|
|110. NY Rangers||140. Nashville (from NYR)||170. NY Rangers|
|111. San Jose||141. San Jose||171. Nashville (from SJ)|
|112. Nashville (from Tor.)||142. Toronto||172. Toronto|
|113. St. Louis||143. Buffalo (from StL)||173. St. Louis|
|114. Washington||144. Washington||174. Washington|
|115. Vancouver||145. Vancouver||175. Vancouver|
|116. Montreal||146. Los Angeles (from Mtl.)||176. Montreal|
|117. Toronto (from Ana.)||147. Anaheim||177. Anaheim|
|118. Los Angeles||148. Los Angeles||178. Los Angeles|
|119. Pittsburgh||149. Dallas (from Pit.)||179. Pittsburgh|
|120. Boston||150. Boston||180. Boston|
|121. Chicago||151. Chicago||181. Chicago|
|182. Dallas (from Fla.)|
|184. Tampa Bay|
|186. Tampa Bay (from Car.)|
|190. Winnipeg (from NJ)|
|191. Los Angeles (from Dal.)|
|196. NY Islanders|
|198. Calgary (from Ott.-Chi.)|
|200. Minnesota (from NYR)|
|201. San Jose|
|203. St. Louis|
|207. San Jose (from Ana.-Col.)|
|208. Los Angeles|
Players To Watch on Draft Day
Seth Jones, D, Portland, WHL
While the Colorado Avalanche have teased that the franchise will not take Portland defenseman Seth Jones No. 1 overall—new head coach Patrick Roy told Craig Custance of ESPN that the team is leaning toward forward Nathan MacKinnon—there is little doubt that Jones is the top prospect in the 2013 draft class.
Jones is a tall defender (6’4”) that has plenty of room to grow physically, but it’s the elite abilities he already possesses that would provide teams with so much upside.
As one of the best skating defensemen in the draft, the possibility that Jones could blossom into an elite offensive and stay-at-home defender over his career makes him the brightest prospect on the board.
If Colorado passes on Jones, the Florida Panthers will be the most thankful team in the NHL.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax, QMJHL
The Avalanche have already expressed their intent to take Halifax center Nathan MacKinnon No. 1 overall. While some will question the decision to pass on Seth Jones, MacKinnon is clearly the best forward on the board and is just as worthy of the No. 1 pick to a team in search of scoring depth.
Which player should go No. 1?
With intense pressure now put on the shoulders of the talented prospect, MacKinnon will have to rise to the occasion and blossom into a bona fide star. As much as that scrutiny would rattle other players, the Halifax star knows has the mental and physical ability to translate to the NHL.
This all could be a ploy by Colorado to get a team to bite on trading for the No. 1 pick, and if this is a ruse and the Avalanche do take Jones No. 1, the Panthers will have the best forward in the draft.
It’s a win-win for both Colorado and Florida.