The NHL Draft is tonight. Everyone wants their particular favourite player. Everyone will be disappointed because, aside from the first pick, NHL General Managers pretty much never draft who you want.

The experts at PPP Hockey Player Manufacturing and Kitten Ranching Anpartsselskab have determined that the Maple Leafs should select Eeli Tolvanen with the 17th pick, though that was before we learned he isn’t eligible for Boston College, and who knows what NHL GMs will think about that -- they might like him being able to jump to the CHL/AHL right away so he’ll go up higher!

So, who will the Leafs select? We’re about to find out!

NHL DRAFT - Round One
United Center, Chicago
(all times EDT)
6:30 PM pre-draft show starts on Sportsnet
7:00 PM NHL Draft begins
7:20 PM (probably) first selection is made
8:10 PM (based on 3 minutes per team) Leafs make first round selection

Lou Lamoriello has been taken a calm and quiet approach since the end of the regular season, making no major moves as of yet. Was he saving up to make a big splash on the draft floor tonight? Will he match Trader Cliff’s big move in 1994?

We’re about to find out!

Which GM will make the obligatory really dumb draft floor trade tonight?

Jim Benning (Canucks)84
Marc Bergevin (Habs)61
Garth Snow (Islanders)53
Dale Tallon (Panthers)5
Joe Sakic (Avalanche)17
John Chayka (Coyotes)6
Peter Chiarelli (Oilers)11
George McPhee (Golden Knights)9
Someone else!16

Here we go!

[ 7:08] The booing starts.

[ 7:15] New Jersey Devils select  Nico Hischier. Philly is on the clock.

[7:21] Philadelphia Flyers select Nolan Patrick.  Dallas next.

[7:27] Dallas Stars select Miro Heiskanen. Avs are up.

[7:33] Colorado Avalanche select Cale Makar.  What's Jim Benning going to do now?

[7:38] Vancouver Canucks select Elias Pettersson.   Answer to another Vegas trivia question coming right up.

[7:44] Vegas Golden Knights select Cody Glass.  Rangers on the clock.

[7:50] New York Rangers select Lias Andersson.  Waiting on Buffalo.

[7:56] Buffalo Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt. Wings up next.

[8:00] Detroit Red Wings select Michael Rasmussen. Florida has the next pick.

[8:07] Florida Panthers select Owen Tippett.  LA on the clock.

[8:13] Los Angeles Kings select Gabriel Vilardi.  Canes are up.

[8:18] Carolina Hurricanes select  Martin Necas.  Vegas' second pick next.

[8:24] Vegas Golden Knights select Nick Suzuki.  Acha's other blue and white team on the clock.

[8:29] Tampa Bay Lightning select Callan Foote. Vegas back up for number three.

[8:34] Vegas Golden Knights select Erik Brannstrom. Waiting on Calgary.

[8:39] Calgary Flames select Juuso Välimäki. Let's go, Lou!

[8:44] Toronto Maple Leafs select Timothy Liljegren. (THEY DID THE THING!)  Bruins on the clock.

Leafs select Timothy Liljegren with 17th overall pick

[8:50] Boston Bruins select Urho Vaakanainen. Next up... Sharks.

[8:56] San Jose Sharks select  Josh Norris.  Blues coming up.

[9:01] St Louis Blues select Robert Thomas. Rangers going for their second pick.

[9:06] New York Rangers select Filip Chytil.   Here come the Oilers!

[9:12] Edmonton Oilers select Kailer Yamamoto. Arizona on the clock.

[9:18] Arizona Coyotes select Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Waiting for Winnipeg.

[9:24] Winnipeg Jets select Kristian Vesalainen. Who's doomed to go to the Habs?

[9:29] Montréal Canadiens select Ryan Poehling. Host team Chicago up next.

[9:33] TRADE! Chicago trades 26 to Dallas for 29 and 70

[9:35] Dallas Stars select Jake Oettinger. St Louis with their second pick next.

[9:38] TRADE! St Louis trades 27, a conditional first in 2018 and Jori Lehtera to the Flyers for Brayden Schenn.

[9:42] Philadelphia Flyers select Morgan Frost. Ottawa coming up.

[9:47] Ottawa Senators select Shane Bowers. Chicago finally gets to pick next.

[9:54] Fuck everything, they brought out the asshole.

[9:55] Chicago Blackhawks select Henri Jokiharju. Waiting on Nashville.

[10:02] Nashville Predators select Eeli Tolvanen. Last pick goes to the Pens.

[10:05] TRADE! Friedman broke this first but I didn’t have time to type it up. Pittsburgh Penguins trade the 31st pick and Oskar Sundqvist to St Louis for Ryan Reaves and the 51st pick.

[10:08] St Louis Blues select Klim Kostin.

And that's a wrap folks. See you tomorrow!