The complete guide to the NHL Draft: Where, When, How to watch

Hockey fans, the wait is over. The 2024 NHL Draft begins tonight, with the first-round airing on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET.
Las Vegas Shpere
Las Vegas Shpere / Kevin Carter/GettyImages

With the first pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, the San Jose Sharks select…

To hear the prized selection, be sure to tune in to ESPN or ESPN+, with the NHL draft starting at 7:30 PM ET.

The draft, taking place at The Sphere in Las Vegas, promises to be outstanding. The highly anticipated event begins tonight (June 28th) and extends through Saturday June 29th.

Saturday’s schedule includes selections from the second-seventh round, starting at 11:00 AM ET, airing on ESPN +.

The San Jose Sharks will make the first pick, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks selecting at the No. 2 spot.

Things to watch for

Hockey fans should keep their eyes out for any significant trades. The Sharks also hold a second first-round pick, selecting at the No. 11 spot.

With NHL free-agency starting on July 1st, the draft plays a role in team building and roster management. Are veteran players with high salary contracts going to be traded to create cap space for free-agency?

Given the buzz around Leon Draisaitl as a potential trade asset, the upcoming draft might kickstart an unprecedented offseason.

Not only do the San Jose Sharks have the potential to select two high-caliber players, but the Chicago Blackhawks are positioning themselves for success in the future with a second pick that will likely match up with Connor Bedard for a potential dynasty beginning in the Windy City.

While there may not be any major trades or surprises, the draft marks the beginning of fulfilling the aspirations of numerous prospects. By evaluating talent and demonstrating their expertise, NHL General Managers and scouts will establish their value and showcase their ability to identify promising players.

Make sure to tune in for the NHL draft, where the process of developing hockey talent begins and future stars emerge.