NHL Draft 2019: Where to Watch, Time, Live Stream and TV Channel, Plus Complete First Round Order

NHL Draft
A general view of the selection board during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Bruce Bennett/Getty

With the Stanley Cup Finals now in the history books, attention can shift towards the NHL draft.

There are talking points aplenty ahead of the 57th edition of the selection process, with Jack Hughes set to enter the league and the New York Rangers holding their highest draft pick since 1966.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the draft.

When is the NHL draft?

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The first-round of the 2019 NHL draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21. Rounds two to seven will take place the following day from 11 a.m. ET.

Where is the NHL draft?

The 57th edition of the NHL draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. It's the first time since 2006 that the selection process returns to the home of the Vancouver Canucks and the first time since 2009 it is held in Canada.

TV channel

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The draft will be broadcast live by NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S., with the former covering the first round of the selection process and the latter providing coverage of the six rounds on Saturday.

In Canada, both rounds will be broadcast by Sportsnet.

Coverage of the first round begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday and at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Live stream

The draft will be available via the NBC Sports App and nbcsports.com, as well as on fuboTV.

Which team will pick first?

The New Jersey Devils hold the first overall pick, followed by the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Colorado Avalanche will pick fourth with the pick they obtained from the Ottawa Senators, while the Los Angeles Kings will round up the top five.

Picks from one to 15 are determined by the lottery system, while picks 16 to 27 are decided based on which teams were knocked in the first two rounds of the playoffs and their point totals during the regular season.

The 28th and 29th go to the two teams who lost the Conference Finals, but the San Jose Sharks had already traded their pick to the Buffalo Bills, who have since passed it onto the Anaheim Ducks.

The two teams who contest the Stanley Cup Finals traditionally pick last, but while the Boston Bruins hold the number 30 pick, Stanley Cup champions St Louis Blues do not have a first round pick after trading theirs to the Buffalo Sabres.

Top prospects

Jack Hughes is the name on everyone's lips ahead of draft night. A first overall consensus pick, the 18-year-old is blessed with lightning pace and great playmaking skills, all traits the New Jersey Devils could do with.

Kaapo Kakko, meanwhile, should be the highest European player to be drafted. The Finn impressed at the recent World Championships, scoring six goals in 10 games as Finland won the gold medal.

If, as expected, Kakko will be selected by the Rangers, he'll become the franchise's joint highest ever pick alongside Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park, who went at number two in 1966.

Behind Hughes and Kakko, Dylan Cozens, Alex Turcotte, Trevor Zegras and Bowen Byram are all expected to be top-10 picks.

Complete first round order

  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Rangers
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators)
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Florida Panthers
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • Dallas Stars
  • Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • New York Islanders
  • Nashville Predators
  • Washington Capitals
  • Calgary Flames
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose Sharks via Buffalo Sabres)
  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres (from St Louis Blues)
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