The closer we get to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the more our anticipation grows. Only 3 days stand between the Anaheim Ducks and several shiny new draft picks.
It’s the event that Anaheim Ducks fans have been waiting for since the season ended in April. The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is upon us, and two picks await us on Friday night during the first round with five more picks in rounds 2-7 on Saturday. For the first time, since drafting Hampus Lindholm in 2012, the Ducks have a pick in the Top 10. They also have the 29th overall pick acquired from the Buffalo Sabres during the Brandon Montour–Brendan Guhle trade in February.
Prior to the Draft, 104 eligible draftees were invited to Buffalo to partake in the Scouting Combine. There, they interviewed with several teams, were given medical exams, and participated in 7 fitness tests to show what they have to offer to prospective NHL teams.
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Now, hundreds of potential NHL draftee’s are packing their bags and heading to the beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the Pacific North West, where the 2019 NHL Entry Draft is set to take place. This will be their first big step towards an NHL career, and they are hopeful that one of the 31 NHL teams will call their name.
Teams are looking for the best of the best to restock their prospect cupboards and acquire pieces that will serve as future franchise cornerstones and lead them to the ultimate prize: Lord Stanely. General Managers and scouting teams have had several weeks to prepare for what is ahead. The draft order has been determined, the Stanley Cup Finals have been won, and all that is left are three excruciatingly long days of waiting.
How to Enjoy the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
For most of us, we don’t have the privilege to enjoy the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on location. So, if you’re wanting to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, this is your guide to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Where: Rodgers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (home of the Vancouver Canucks)
Date: Friday, June 21, 2019, and Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: The first round begins on Friday at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST and rounds 2-7 resume on Saturday at 11 am EST/8 am PST.
TV: NBCSN or NHL Network
If you are unable to watch the draft live, be sure to follow the Anaheim Ducks on all forms of social media. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we post live updates for you throughout the event. Be sure to also follow our friends at Anaheim Calling and Forever Mighty as they give you the down low on all the happenings of draft day!
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