The NHL, with a minimum of fuss, has re-weighted its draft lottery odds and changed the system for selecting the top three picks, in an obvious attempt to de-incentivize tanking. [] » 8/20/14 3:10pm 8/20/14 3:10pm

Islanders GM On Draft Pick: "He'll Fit Right In; They Shit On Me, Too"

The New York Islanders traded back into the first round and selected Josh Ho-Sang with the 28th pick in the NHL draft Friday night. Islanders GM Garth Snow apparently saw something of a kindred spirit in the much-discussed 18-year-old out of the Ontario Hockey League because now he thinks he's got someone new for the… » 6/28/14 11:12am 6/28/14 11:12am

Top NHL Draft Pick Nail Yakupov's Wild Night On Twitter

Nail Yakupov, the Oilers' first overall pick, has drawn comparisons to Pavel Bure. He will anchor one of the best young lines in hockey next season. But he is also 18 years old, and still learning English, and still getting used to this social media thing, and put together, you get nights like last night. » 6/26/12 10:15am 6/26/12 10:15am

The Blue Jackets Turned Down The Islanders' Entire Draft For Their No.…

The Blue Jackets, despite the worst record in the NHL, missed out on the first overall pick (It was very sad) and can't miss winger Nail Yakupov. But there was a silver lining at No. 2: can't miss defenseman Ryan Murray. People love Ryan Murray, and think he might be NHL-ready now. If you're going to rebuild, you… » 6/25/12 12:35pm 6/25/12 12:35pm

Six, Wait No, Five Reasons To Watch The NHL Draft, Which I Think Is…

Basketball season just ended. Hockey season wrapped up a week ago. NFL preseason games seem far, far away. Euro 2012 happens during the daytime. I bet you think it's baseball or bust for night sports. But you'd be wrong, because the NHL Draft is coming, live from Pittsburgh. I'm not certain when, but I think it's… » 6/22/12 6:36pm 6/22/12 6:36pm

Is There Anything Sadder Than A Draft Lottery Party When You Don't Get…

Nail Yakupov is the consensus best player in the 2012 NHL draft, but beyond that? Your guess is as good as Scott Howson's. » 4/11/12 9:50am 4/11/12 9:50am

Furries May Have Unwittingly Announced That Next Year's NHL Draft Will…

Here's the title of a post from The Hockey News this morning: "Rescheduling of 'Furry' convention in Pittsburgh points to Penguins hosting 2012 NHL Draft." Oh really? Go on: » 8/06/11 4:30pm 8/06/11 4:30pm

Deadspin's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Running Diary

Welcome to Deadspin's first and likely last annual NHL Draft Diary. Follow along with due reverence for the most thrilling pageant in all of sport. » 6/27/11 1:35pm 6/27/11 1:35pm

A Thrashers Fan Surrounded By Winnipeg Jets Fans At The Draft Tries To…

Your morning roundup for June 25, the day Wade Boggs introduces you to Deputy Stanley, a dimwitted yokel who does battle with Swamp Shark. » 6/25/11 10:00am 6/25/11 10:00am

Nine Reasons To Watch The NHL Draft, Which I Think Is Tonight

Everybody knows the NHL Entry Draft—quietly the most exciting draft in all of pro sports—is tonight (7 p.m., Versus), unless it isn't, but I'm pretty sure it is. » 6/24/11 6:27pm 6/24/11 6:27pm

Getting To Know Your Draft Clichés

The Kurtenblog finds meaning in the meaningless announcer drivel that populates the NHL Draft. Yes, they have one, too! But it works for pretty much any sporting event where analysts have no idea what they're talking about. [Orland Kurtenblog] » 6/23/09 2:35pm 6/23/09 2:35pm

Congratulations, Kid. You've Been Drafted.

Tomorrow night in Ottawa, dozens of kids too young to legally drink will be drafted by professional hockey franchises willing to devote time, effort, and a boatload of money to turning them into Stanley Cup Champions. The NHL Draft will kick off Friday, and for that, we turn to Melt Your Face-Off, who will be… » 6/19/08 5:15pm 6/19/08 5:15pm