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2018 NHL Entry Draft: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and how to watch

The Canadiens begin what will be a critical weekend for the organization.

2018 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens flew into Dallas with a suitcase bursting with vouchers for skilled prospects. The team is slated to make 10 selections over the two-day event — with the possibility of adding even more — that will give a major boost to the talent pool.

Their first pick (unless they decide to make a trade of some variety) will be coming very early on Friday night, as the team currently holds the third overall pick thanks to a terrible 2017-18 season and a bit of lottery luck.

There have been rumours of trades, which could make for a wild night for the team. No matter what happens this evening, the Canadiens will be authoring one of the top stories on the first day of the draft, and seeing at least one talented young player starting the next chapter in his.

How to Watch

Round 1

Date: Friday June 22
Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV Channel: Sportsnet (Canada), NBCSN (USA)
Online stream: Sportsnet Now

Rounds 2-7

Date: Saturday, June 23
Start time: 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT
TV Channel: Sportsnet (Canada), NHL Network (USA)
Online stream: Sportsnet Now

First round order

# NHL team
# NHL team
1 Buffalo Sabres*
2 Carolina Hurricanes**
3 Montreal Canadiens***
4 Ottawa Senators^
5 Arizona Coyotes
6 Detroit Red Wings
7 Vancouver Canucks
8 Chicago Blackhawks
9 New York Rangers
10 Edmonton Oilers
11 New York Islanders
12 New York Islanders
13 Dallas Stars
14 Philadelphia Flyers
15 Florida Panthers
16 Colorado Avalanche
17 New Jersey Devils
18 Columbus Blue Jackets
19 Philadelphia Flyers
20 Los Angeles Kings
21 San Jose Sharks
22 Ottawa Senators
23 Anaheim Ducks
24 Minnesota Wild
25 Toronto Maple Leafs
26 New York Rangers
27 Chicago Blackhawks
28 New York Rangers
29 St. Louis Blues
30 Detroit Red Wings
31 Washington Capitals

* won first-overall draft lottery
** won second-overall draft lottery
*** won third-overall draft lottery
^ still has option to send this pick to Colorado to complete the Matt Duchene trade