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If you want to follow the draft and don't have TSN or NBC Sports stations you can listen it live on NHL.com's feed (they're streaming it including interviews etc.).

Bleacher Report has a solid mock draft list.

I fully expect the NHL draft to A) be less exciting than this year's NBA draft and B) to garner fewer comments than our NBA draft thread did. Prove me wrong.

Even though I live in the Hockey State (<-- click through for a fun read), I'm very far out of the loop on this year's NHL draft. But when in doubt, draft a kid from Northern Minnesota

From the BR link above (mock draft):

1. Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

2. Florida Panthers: Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)

3. Tampa Bay Lightning: Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

4. Nashville Predators: Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (SML)

5. Carolina Hurricanes: Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Dynamo Moscow (KHL)

6. Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL)

7. Edmonton Oilers: Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SML)

8. Buffalo Sabres: Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

9. New Jersey Devils: Hunter Shinkaruk, LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)

10. Dallas Stars: Max Domi, C, London (OHL)

11. Philadelphia Flyers: Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

12. Phoenix Coyotes: Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)

13. Winnipeg Jets: Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL)

14. Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

15. New York Islanders: Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgardens (SEL)

16. Buffalo Sabres (via MIN): Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)

17. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)

18. Detroit Red Wings: Josh Morrissey, D, Prince Albert (WHL)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets (via NYR): Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL)

20. San Jose Sharks: Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton (WHL)

21. Toronto Maple Leafs: Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor (OHL)

22. Calgary Flames (via STL): Zach Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL)

23. Washington Capitals: Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski (QMJHL)

24. Vancouver Canucks: Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

25. Montreal Canadiens: Andre Burakovsky, LW, Malmo (SEL)

26. Anaheim Ducks: Steve Santini, D, U.S. (NTDP)

27. Columbus Blue Jackets (via LAK): Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)

28. Calgary Flames (via PIT): Anthony Mantha, LW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)

29. Dallas Stars (via BOS): Nicolas Petan, C, Portland (WHL)

30. Chicago Blackhawks: Morgan Klimchuk, C, Regina (WHL)

The Actual Picks:

Rnd Pick Overall Team Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League Amateur Team
1 1 1 COL NATHAN MACKINNON C CAN 6' 0" 182 QMJHL HALIFAX
1 2 2 FLA ALEKSANDER BARKOV C FIN 6' 3" 209 FINLAND TAPPARA
1 3 3 TBL JONATHAN DROUIN LW CAN 5' 10" 186 QMJHL HALIFAX
1 4 4 NSH SETH JONES D USA 6' 3" 205 WHL PORTLAND
1 5 5 CAR ELIAS LINDHOLM C SWE 6' 0" 192 SWEDEN BRYNAS
1 6 6 CGY SEAN MONAHAN C CAN 6' 2" 187 OHL OTTAWA
1 7 7 EDM DARNELL NURSE D CAN 6' 3" 185 OHL SAULT STE. MARIE
1 8 8 BUF RASMUS RISTOLAINEN D FIN 6' 4" 207 FINLAND TPS
1 9 9 VAN BO HORVAT C CAN 6' 0" 206 OHL LONDON
1 10 10 DAL VALERI NICHUSHKIN RW RUS 6' 4" 202 KHL CHELYABINSK
1 11 11 PHI SAMUEL MORIN D CAN 6' 6" 202 QMJHL RIMOUSKI
1 12 12 PHX MAX DOMI C LW CAN 5' 9" 197 OHL LONDON
1 13 13 WPG JOSHUA MORRISSEY D CAN 5' 11" 186 WHL PRINCE ALBERT
1 14 14 CBJ ALEXANDER WENNBERG C SWE 6' 1" 190 SWEDEN-2 DJURGARDEN
1 15 15 NYI RYAN PULOCK D CAN 6' 0" 211 WHL BRANDON
1 16 16 BUF NIKITA ZADOROV D RUS 6' 5" 221 OHL LONDON
1 17 17 OTT CURTIS LAZAR C RW CAN 5' 11" 190 WHL EDMONTON
1 18 18 SJS MIRCO MUELLER D CHE 6' 3" 184 WHL EVERETT
1 19 19 CBJ KERBY RYCHEL LW USA 6' 0" 205 OHL WINDSOR
1 20 20 DET ANTHONY MANTHA RW CAN 6' 3" 190 QMJHL VAL-D'OR
1 21 21 TOR FREDERIK GAUTHIER C CAN 6' 4" 214 QMJHL RIMOUSKI
1 22 22 CGY EMILE POIRIER LW CAN 6' 0" 183 QMJHL GATINEAU
1 23 23 WSH ANDRE BURAKOVSKY LW AUT 6' 1" 178 SWEDEN-2 MALMO
1 24 24 VAN HUNTER SHINKARUK C LW CAN 5' 10" 181 WHL MEDICINE HAT
1 25 25 MTL MICHAEL MCCARRON RW USA 6' 5" 228 USHL USA U-18
1 26 26 ANA SHEA THEODORE D CAN 6' 1" 178 WHL SEATTLE
1 27 27 CBJ MARKO DANO C AUT 5' 11" 183 KHL BRATISLAVA
1 28 28 CGY MORGAN KLIMCHUK LW CAN 5' 11" 180 WHL REGINA
1 29 29 DAL JASON DICKINSON C CAN 6' 1" 179 OHL GUELPH
1 30 30 CHI RYAN HARTMAN RW USA 5' 11" 181 OHL PLYMOUTH
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