Entry draft moves to prime time
The National Hockey League is moving its annual entry draft to prime time, hoping the appeal of two American stars will pull in a substantial U.S. television audience. ...The entry draft always has been a little too early, although it's an event that has sort of become a mid-summer tradition to roll out of bed and watch. I suppose part of what TSN's going for here is a bigger ratings pull, but I can't imagine too many hardcores who have spent half of June watching the Stanley Cup finals will give up their Saturday night for this. Perhaps I'm wrong.
The seven-round draft, which will be held Saturday, June 24, in Vancouver, will likely start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and wrap up at about midnight. In Canada, the telecast will be carried on TSN; in the United States, on OLN.
With the draft back in my home province, I'd love to be in attendance for the first time.
(On a semi-related note: If I was picking first overall, something the last-place team — Pittsburgh — will have a 48.2 per cent chance of doing, I'd take Phil Kessel.)