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2018 NHL Draft: How to watch, draft order, who the Red Wings might pick 6th overall

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The highly-anticipated draft weekend is here, and we’ve got you covered for everything Red Wings!

2018 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Clinic Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

After what seemed to be like a never-ending season of sadness, the 2018 NHL Draft has crept up on us, and now the 1st round will get underway this evening. The Buffalo Sabres are set to take the generational talent that is Rasmus Dahlin, and everyone else will get... Well, not Rasmus Dahlin. As of this very moment, the Red Wings will pick 6th overall — meaning they will have their pick at a handful of players, both at forward and defense. If you’re planning to watch tonight, here’s how you can tune in:

Coverage begins at 7pm on NBC Sports Network
1st round broadcast: NBCSN, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Stream: NBCSports.com or NBCSports app

Draft Order

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. Islanders (from Calgary Flames)
13. Dallas Stars
14. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues)
15. Florida Panthers
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. New Jersey Devils
18. Columbus Blue Jackets
19. Flyers
20. Los Angeles Kings
21. San Jose Sharks
22. Senators (from Pittsburgh Penguins)
23. Anaheim Ducks
24. Minnesota Wild
25. Toronto Maple Leafs
26. Rangers (from Boston Bruins)
27. Blackhawks (from Predators)
28. Rangers (from Tampa Bay Lightning)
29. Blues (from Winnipeg Jets)
30. Red Wings (from Vegas Golden Knights)
31. Washington Capitals


Who’s it gonna be?

The Red Wings could go a number of ways with their two picks tonight. Perhaps they go defense, maybe they go offense. There’s a chance they try and move up or down in the order, but here’s a look at who could be on the board when the 6 is on the clock:

Evan Bouchard - Defenseman, London Knights
Adam Boqvist - Defenseman, Brynäs IF
Noah Dobson - Defenseman, Acadie–Bathurst Titan
Quinn Hughes - Defenseman, University of Michigan
Ty Smith - Defenseman, Spokane Chiefs

Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Center, Assat
Brady Tkachuk - LW, Boston University
Oliver Wahlstrom - Center, NTDP

Possible picks at 30th overall

Mattias Samuelsson - Defenseman, NTDP
Jett Woo - Defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors
Kevin Bahl - Defenseman, Ottawa 67s
Ryan Merkley - Defenseman, Guelph Storm

Dominik Bokk - RW, Vaxjo
Ty Dellandrea - Center, Flint Firebirds
Jay O’Brien - Center, Thayer Academy
Benoit-Olivier Groulx - Center, Halifax Moosehead


There’s a chance the Red Wings try and make some moves, but their best bet is to sit still and K.I.S.S. — Keep It Simple Stupid. Great advice, hurts my feelings every time.

Nevertheless, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Make sure to keep tabs here for an open thread conversation, and on our Facebook page. I’ll be going live with reaction, analysis, and to answer any questions you may have. LGRW