6 months and change. 82 regular season games for all 30 teams. Four grueling playoff rounds. Annual awards ceremony. The 2015-16 NHL season can be seen as officially over after Wednesday night’s trophy handouts. Friday evening is, for all intents and purposes, the very first step down the path that is the 2016-17 season.
All 30 NHL General Managers and their scouting crews will be at the First Niagara Center for the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The top prospects have been scouted, interviewed and attended the combine, and will be anxiously awaiting to hear their names called. 30 young hockey players will find out what organization will give them the opportunity to make it to the big league.
How to Watch
Round One: Friday June 24th, 7pm EDT: NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Rounds two to seven: Saturday June 25th, 10am: NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports 2.
If you cannot be close to a television, you can stay tuned to Habs EOTP for updates on Montreal’s drafts and any potential transactions.
Marc Bergevin has stated he is not shopping P.K. Subban and the likelihood of P.K. being a part of the Habs past July 1st is extremely probable. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other irons in the fire, and there are still many who believe Bergevin could be looking to either move up in the draft to a higher selection, aiming at either Pierre-Luc Dubois or Matthew Tkachuk, or possibly move down in the draft and multiply his available selections.
This is Montreal’s second time having a top ten pick since hiring Marc Bergevin. His very first draft with the Canadiens saw the team select Alex Galchenyuk third overall in the 2012 entry draft. Will the Habs’ GM look to land another exciting and talented prospect? Will they package their 9th pick to change spots in the first round of this year’s draft? Stay tuned to EOTP for all your draft coverage.