For the 30 NHL franchises, as well as the rest of the hockey world, the 2011 NHL entry draft is upon us.
Thirty teams, 26 of whom enter the draft holding at least one first-round pick, will have the choice of a season to make. Will it be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Gabriel Landeskog? Adam Larsson or Doug Hamilton? What about between Sean Courturier and Ryan Strome?
While we'll certainly be seeing all of six of those top prospects chosen this evening, a great deal more will also find their way onto the draft board. For the long run, though, the big question isn't which players are chosen; it's who chooses the players. Which team will land the biggest steal of the draft? Which team will make the riskiest decision? Which team will be the most active on the trading front?
Live as the draft goes along, we'll be offering up grades for each and every NHL team as they make their picks and deals. We'll be continually updating the media-prepped slideshow every four or five selections as more teams make their mark in Round 1.
How will your team fare? Stay tuned as the grades roll in.