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NHL Draft 2016: Selection order, mock draft, start time, and how to watch

30 picks and hopefully a few trades as well. Round 1 of the NHL Draft goes tonight.

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Tonight 30 teenagers will hear their name called. They will hug family and friends and will then make their way to the stage for what is likely the biggest moment of their lives so far. After tonight these 30 players will be part of an NHL franchise and will be one step closer to realizing what I assume is a lifelong dream for each of them, playing in the NHL. We already know that all 30 won't make it to the NHL, but that's not what tonight is about, tonight is about the hope that they might, and in the process might make the teams we cheer for a little bit better.

How to watch the 2016 NHL Draft

5:00PM MT / 7:00PM ET | Friday, June 24
First Niagra Center, Buffalo
Canadian TV: Sportsnet | American TV: NBCSN

Round 1 Selection Order

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. Winnipeg Jets
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. Edmonton Oilers
  5. Vancouver Canucks
  6. Calgary Flames
  7. Arizona Coyotes
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Montreal Canadiens
  10. Colorado Avalanche
  11. New Jersey Devils
  12. Ottawa Senators
  13. Carolina Hurricanes
  14. Boston Bruins
  15. Minnesota Wild
  16. Detroit Red Wings
  17. Nashville Predators
  18. Philadelphia Flyers
  19. New York Islanders
  20. Arizona Coyotes (from New York Rangers)
  21. Carolina Hurricanes (from Los Angeles)
  22. Winnipeg Jets (from Chicago)
  23. Florida Panthers
  24. Anaheim Ducks
  25. Dallas Stars
  26. Washington Capitals
  27. Tampa Bay Lightning
  28. St. Louis Blues
  29. Boston Bruins (from San Jose)
  30. Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto, from Pittsburgh)

SB Nation Mock Draft

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs, via Pension Plan Puppets, select center Auston Matthews.
  2. Winnipeg Jets, via Arctic Ice Hockey, select winger Patrick Laine.
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets, via The Cannon, select winger Jesse Puljujarvi.
  4. Edmonton Oilers, via The Copper & Blue, select forward Pierre-Luc DuBois.
  5. Vancouver Canucks, via Nucks Misconduct, select defenseman Olli Juolevi.
  6. Calgary Flames, via Matchsticks & Gasoline, select winger Matthew Tkachuk.
  7. Arizona Coyotes, via Five For Howling, select defenseman Jacob Chychrun.
  8. Buffalo Sabres, via Die By The Blade, select winger Alexander Nylander.
  9. Montreal Canadiens, via Eyes On The Prize, select forward Tyson Jost.
  10. Colorado Avalanche, via Mile High Hockey, select center Logan Brown.
  11. New Jersey Devils, via All About The Jersey, select center Clayton Keller.
  12. Ottawa Senators, via Silver Seven, select defenseman Mihkail Sergachyov.
  13. Carolina Hurricanes, via Canes Country, select forward Kieffer Bellows.
  14. TRADEBoston sends No. 14 pick to St. Louis along with Boston's 2nd round pick in 2016 and forward Matt Beleskey in exchange for Kevin Shattenkirk, Ty Rattie and St. Louis' 1st round pick (28th overall). With the 14th pick, the Blues, via St. Louis Game Time, select center Luke Kunin.
  15. Minnesota Wild, via Hockey Wilderness, select center Michael McLeod.
  16. Detroit Red Wings, via Winging It In Motown, select center German Rubtsov.
  17. Nashville Predators, via On The Forecheck, select defenseman Dante Fabbro.
  18. Philadelphia Flyers, via Broad Street Hockey, select forward Julien Gauthier.
  19. New York Islanders, via Lighthouse Hockey, select defenseman Jake Bean.
  20. TRADEArizona sends the No. 20 pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 27th overall pick and the No. 58th overall pick. With the 20th pick, the Lightning, via Raw Charge, select forward Max Jones.
  21. Carolina Hurricanes, via Canes Country, select forward Riley Tufte.
  22. Winnipeg Jets, via Arctic Ice Hockey, select defenseman Kale Clague.
  23. Florida Panthers, via Litter Box Cats, select defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
  24. Anaheim Ducks, via Battle of Cali, select winger Carl Grundström.
  25. Dallas Stars, via Defending Big D, select forward Vitalii Abramov.
  26. Washington Capitals, via Japers' Rink, select forward Alex DeBrincat.
  27. Arizona Coyotes, via Five For Howling, select winger Boris Katchouk.
  28. Boston Bruins, via Stanley Cup of Chowder, select defenseman Jacob Moverare.
  29. Boston Bruins, via Stanley Cup of Chowder, select center Rasmus Asplund.
  30. Toronto Maple Leafs, via Pension Plan Puppets, select defenseman Samuel Girard.