NHL Entry Draft 2016 Auston Matthews route to No. 1 ends on

NHL Entry Draft 2016 Auston Matthews route to No. 1 ends on

Auston Matthews is expected to complete a most incredible journey on Friday. Wil Lutz Jerseys

When the 2016 NHL Entry Draft begins, Matthews will go from Scottsdale, Ariz., to the Swi s hockey league to No. 1 pick. That's the consensus of projections, that Matthews will be called by the Maple Leafs as part of the major overhaul under way in Toronto.


The draft begins with the annual booing of Gary Bettman at 7 p.m. ET. TV coverage begins at 6:30, via NBC Sports in the U.S. and SportNet and French-language TVA Sports in Canada.

Friday brings only first-round picks. Rounds 2- Malcolm Roach Jerseys 7 go off like fireworks on Saturday.

Saturday also is the first day teams get to talk with any and all unrestricted free agents. Signings won't begin until July 1, but discu sions will be hot and heavy.

, eschewing traditional North American operations including U.S. and Canadian juniors. Instead, he played against stronger veteran competition in Zurich. There, he played for Marc Crawford, a long-time NHL coach who directed the Avalanche to the 1996 Stanley Cup.

"There's no question in my mind he should be the first pick," Crawford told NHL.com. "To me, he's the whole package. He's got maturity, he's got huge upside. He wants to be the best player at everything he does. He's one of those players you watch at practice, he tries New Orleans Saints Sleepwear Underwear to win skating drills."

Crow is back in the NHL, as an Avalanche a sistant. But the only way he'll get to coach Matthews again is if the Avs pull a blockbuster trade for the No. 1 pick. Leafs chief Brendan Shanahan gets to make that decision.

Considering Matthews gets compared to Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane (in a good way), Shanny isn't going to blown away.


For now, fans must wait. Expect deals, including veterans, prospects and picks on the move. Many observers believe the Oilers, for example, might be ready to remake their roster. After years of high picks and no succe s, J.T. Gray Jerseys the Oilers are getting nowhere.

Here's a name you will hear frequently: P.K. Subban. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is a joker, but he seems dead serious in saying the Habs aren't looking to trade their top defenseman. ; he might be the proverbial offer he cannot refuse. Alvin Kamara Jerseys

Forwards are expected to be plentiful and talented. There are puck-moving defensemen but few top goalie prospects.

Here is the order of first-round picks when the selections begin in Buffalo.

1. Toronto Maple Leafs

2. Winnipeg Jets

3. Columbus Blue Jackets

4. Edmonton Oilers

5. Vancouver Canucks

6. Calgary Flames

7. Arizona Coyotes

8. Buffalo Sabres

9. Montreal Canadiens

10. Colorado Avalanche

11. New Jersey Devils

12. Ottawa Senators

13. Carolina Hurricanes

14. Boston Bruins

15. Minnesota Wild

16. Detroit Red Wings

17 New Orleans Saints T Shirts . Nashville Predators

18. Philadelphia Flyers

19. New York Islanders

20. Arizona (from Rangers)

21. Carolina (from Kings)

22. Winnipeg (from Blackhawks)

23. Florida Panthers

24. Anaheim Ducks

25. Dallas Stars

26. Washington Capitals

27. Tampa Bay Lightning

28. St. Louis Blues

29. Boston (from Sharks)

30. Anaheim (from Maple Leafs via Penguins)

The NHL's future is on display every year at the draft. This year, that future includes veteran players in new places as trades likely will be plentiful.