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2019 NHL Entry Draft: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and how to watch

The first round should be full of surprises with several closely ranked prospects on offer.

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As they did last year, the Montreal Canadiens enter the 2019 NHL Draft with 10 selections to make over the two-day event. The prospect pool was given a major injection of talent one year ago, and a similar boost will be coming this weekend.

Because they finished the season just outside of a playoff spot, the Canadiens will have to wait until about the midpoint of the opening round to make their pick. As things currently stand, Montreal holds the 15th overall selection, looking for one of the best mid-tier prospects available.

After the top two picks of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are made, there’s plenty of intrigue for the remainder of the first round. In all the chaos, Montreal could come away with a great prospect despite a relatively low position.

How to watch

Round 1

Date: Friday, June 21
Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
TV Channel: Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Canada), NBCSN (USA)
Online stream: Sportsnet Now

Rounds 2-7

Date: Saturday, June 22
Start time: 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT
TV Channel: Sportsnet (Canada), NHL Network (USA)
Online stream: Sportsnet Now

First round order

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

* won first-overall draft lottery
** won second-overall draft lottery
*** won third-overall draft lottery