Everything to know about this weekend’s NHL draft

Friday will be a homecoming for Macklin Celebrini.

Celebrini, who’s expected to be selected No. 1 overall by the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas, played for the Junior Sharks and his father, Rick, is vice president of health and performance for the nearby Golden State Warriors of the NBA.

The younger Celebrini has been the top prospect in NHL Central Scouting’s rankings all season. He excelled at Boston University and received the Hobey Baker Award despite being the youngest player in college hockey.

A couple other college hockey players could go early in the first round: Michigan State defenseman Artyom Levshunov and Denver University defenseman Zeev Buium, whose team won this year’s NCAA title.

What to know about this weekend’s NHL draft:

What time is the 2024 NHL draft?

The 2024 NHL draft will be held Friday and Saturday at the Sphere in Las Vegas. The first round will start at 7 p.m. ET Friday and the second through seventh rounds will start at 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday.

How to watch the NHL draft

The first round will be shown Friday on ESPN and Saturday’s rounds will be shown on NHL Network. The draft will be the first televised event from the Sphere.

How to live stream the NHL draft

Both days of the draft can be streamed on ESPN+.

NHL draft first-round order

San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Montreal Canadiens
Utah Hockey Club
Ottawa Senators
Seattle Kraken
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks (from Buffalo Sabres in swap of picks)
Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota Wild
Buffalo Sabres (from Pittsburgh Penguins via Sharks. The Sharks got the pick in the Erik Karlsson deal, and traded it to the Sabres on Thursday)
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Washington Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks (from New York Islanders in a swap of picks in May. Chicago gave up the 20th pick and two second-rounders for the 18th pick and a second-rounder)
Vegas Golden Knights
New York Islanders (from Tampa Bay Lightning via Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022 Brandon Hagel deal)
Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
Boston Bruins (from Bruins via Detroit Red Wings via Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings got the Bruins’ first-rounder in 2023’s Tyler Bertuzzi deal. Detroit traded it to Ottawa in the Alex DeBrincat deal and the Senators traded it to Boston in this month’s Linus Ullmark deal)
Montreal Canadiens (from Winnipeg Jets in the Sean Monahan deal)
Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames (from Vancouver Canucks in the Elias Lindholm deal)
Dallas Stars
New York Rangers
Anaheim Ducks (from the Edmonton Oilers in the Adam Henrique trade)
Philadelphia Flyers (from the Florida Panthers in the 2022 Claude Giroux trade)

NHL mock draft

Will there be trades on draft day?

There were none during the first round last year, though there was plenty of movement beforehand. There have been moves before this year’s draft with the Sharks and Buffalo Sabres swapping first-round picks and the Ottawa Senators sending a first-rounder to the Boston Bruins in the Linus Ullmark trade.

Which draft prospects have famous relatives?

Iginla, the son of Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, has the most famous bloodline. But the sons of former NHL players Saku Koivu (Aatos), Miroslav Satan (Miro) and Derek Plante (Max) are also in the draft pool.

Celebrini’s brother, Aiden, is a Canucks draft pick. Adam Jiricek (David), Buium (Shai) and Cole Hutson (Lane) are among those with brothers who have been drafted.

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