The day has finally come! Tonight, the 2019 NHL Draft will get underway, finally putting weeks of speculation, and rumors behind us. The Detroit Red Wings currently hold the No. 6 pick in the Draft. Here’s how you can get in on the action:
How to watch
- The NHL Draft will start at 8 p.m. ET from Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)
- TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network, NHL Network
- Stream: NBC Sports App
Multiple teams hold more than one pick in the 1st round: COL, LAK, BUF, ANA
What could happen?
Rumors have been swirling in the weeks leading up to the Draft, many of them surrounding possibilities of trades, and potential surprise picks. What we know now is that Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will each land in the first two picks, and then it’s wide open from there. The Red Wings have been linked to a handful of prospects, including the likes of Kirby Dach, Vasili Podkolzin, Dylan Cozens, and Trevor Zegras.
Bowen Byram and Alex Turcotte are highly unlikely to fall to No. 6, but if last year’s Draft taught us anything, it’s that highly-skilled players are bound to slide down.
There are, of course, chances for trades as well. The Red Wings have been connected to a possible trade-down deal with the Vancouver Canucks:
I'm hearing from a source that the #Canucks are actively trying to move up in the Draft. Most likely destination in their crosshairs is the Detroit Red Wings pick at No. 6 overall.— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) June 19, 2019
This is an interesting scenario, not one I would do right of the bat, but would consider if certain players slide. If Detroit were high on guys like Podkolzin, Cole Caufield, Bobby Brinks, or Victor Soderstrom, this move could provide upside that would outweigh picking at No. 6, assuming Vancouver sends additional assets Detroit’s way.
We’ll have complete coverage of the 2019 NHL Draft throughout the weekend, stay tuned!