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How To Watch the NHL 2023 Draft Unveil Promising Talent: Sling TV Has ESPN For Less

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The Stanley Cup has been awarded (congrats, Vegas!), and that means the NHL 2023 Draft is almost here. The predictions are flying fast. Will the Blackhawks grab Connor Bedard? Will Ducks validate the mock drafts by making Adam Fantilli second pick? Watch June 28 and 29 and find out all the first-round picks with Sling TV!

In a hurry? Round 1 of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft will take place June 28 at on ESPN, and Rounds 2-7 will be on June 29 at on NHL Network. You can watch both days cheapest with Sling Orange + Sports Extra, or just Sling Orange for Round 1. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.

The NHL Draft is hockey fans’ annual preview of the next generation of the sport’s talent. It also gives a peek into how managers and coaches build NHL teams (winning or otherwise). Fans can also get more of a top-down view of where hockey is headed as a whole and which positions and skills are more or less in demand.

This year’s NHL Draft will be the 61st, and the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks won the draft lottery to get 1st and 2nd pick, respectively.

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NHL 2023 Draft on TV

The NHL Entry Draft will be televised live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee in seven rounds over two days.

  • Wednesday, June 28 : Round 1 (ESPN)
  • Thursday, June 29 : Rounds 2-7 (NHL Network)

Hockey fans north of the border in Canada can tune into Sportsnet for English or TVA Sports for French.

2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver - NHL 2023 Draft is at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver / photo by Northwest under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

NHL 2023 Draft on Sling TV

Sling TV’s Orange base plan includes ESPN for just $40.00/mo. It literally does not get cheaper than that. If you just want to watch the first round, you’ll be all set.

If you’re planning to settle in for the second day and watch all seven rounds, you’ll need the Orange Sports Extra, an add-on that provides around 14 additional sports channels, including NHL Network, for $11/mo.

Remember, with a streaming service, you can add and subtract services month-to-month. No long-term commitments.

For more information on Sling TV and hockey, see our guide to the NHL on Sling or our Sling TV full review.

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NHL 2023 Draft Rankings of Top Prospects

These lists are based on the NHL’s 2023 Draft Prospect Rankings. Each player has his position and most recent team and league in parentheses after his name.

Projected 2023 No. 1 pick Connor Bedard in 2022
Projected 2023 No. 1 pick Connor Bedard in 2022 / cropped from original by Kaiser matias under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

North American Skaters

  1. Connor Bedard (Center, Regina, WHL)
  2. Adam Fantilli (Center, Michigan, Big 10)
  3. Will Smith (Center, USA U-18, NTDP)
  4. Matthew Wood (Right Wing, UConn, H-East)
  5. Ryan Leonard (Right Wing, USA U-18, NTDP)
  6. Zach Benson (Left Wing, Winnipeg, WHL)
  7. Nate Danielson (Center, Brandon, WHL)
  8. Oliver Moore (Center, USA U-18, NTDP)
  9. Samuel Honzek (Left Wing, Vancouver, WHL)
  10. Gabriel Perreault (Right Wing, USA U-18, NTDP)
  11. Brayden Yager (Center, Moose Jaw, WHL)
  12. Colby Barlow (Left Wing, Owen Sound, OHL)
  13. Calum Ritchie (Center, Oshawa, OHL)
  14. Quentin Musty (Left Wing, Sudbury, OHL)
  15. Andrew Cristall (Left Wing, Kelowna, WHL)

North American Goalies

  1. Carson Bjarnason (Brandon, WHL)
  2. Michael Hrabal (Omaha, USHL)
  3. Trey Augustine (USA U-18, NTDP)
  4. Scott Ratzlaff (Seattle, WHL)
  5. Jacob Fowler (Youngstown, USHL)

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European Skaters

  1. Leo Carlsson (Center, Örebro HK, Sweden)
  2. Matvei Michkov (Right Wing, SKA St Petersburg, Russia)
  3. Dalibor Dvorsky (Center, AIK, Allsv)
  4. Eduard Sale (Left Wing, BRNO, Czechia)
  5. David Reinbacher (Defenseman, Kloten, Swiss)
  6. Otto Stenberg (Center, Frölunda HC, Sweden)
  7. Axel Sandin Pellikka (Defenseman, Skellefteå AIK, Sweden)
  8. Lenni Hämeenaho (Right Wing, Porin Ässät, Finland)
  9. Danil But (Left Wing, Yaroslavl, Russia)
  10. Mikhail Gulyayev (Defenseman, Omsk, Russia)

European Goalies

  1. Alexander Hellnemo (Skelleftea, Sweden)
  2. Juha Jatkola (Kalpa, Finland)
  3. Ian Blomquist (Vasteras, Allsv)
  4. Noa Vali (TPS, Finland)
  5. Lukas Matecha (Pardubice, Czechia)

2023 NHL Entry Draft First Round Order

This will be the order of the first round of draft picks:

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. Anaheim Ducks
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. San Jose Sharks
  5. Montreal Canadiens
  6. Arizona Coyotes
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Washington Capitals
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Vancouver Canucks
  12. Arizona Coyotes (from Ottawa Senators)
  13. Buffalo Sabres
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins
  15. Nashville Predators
  16. Calgary Flames
  17. Detroit Red Wings (from NY Islanders via Vancouver)
  18. Winnipeg Jets
  19. Chicago Blackhawks (from Tampa Bay Lightning)
  1. Seattle Kraken
  2. Minnesota Wild
  3. Philadelphia Flyers (from Los Angeles Kings via Columbus)
  4. New York Rangers
  5. Nashville Predators (from Edmonton Oilers)
  6. St. Louis Blues (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
  7. San Jose Sharks (from New Jersey Devils)
  8. Colorado Avalanche
  9. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Boston Bruins via Washington)
  10. St. Louis Blues (from Dallas Stars via NY Rangers)
  11. Carolina Hurricanes
  12. Montreal Canadiens (from Florida Panthers)
  13. Vegas Golden Knights

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United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks - Chicago will get first pick at the NHL 2023 Draft
The Chicago Blackhawks will get first pick this year / photo public domain via Wallpaper Flare

Wrapping Up

Don’t pass up this chance to check out future hockey legends. Get Sling Orange and watch the NHL 2023 Draft on June 28 and 29. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.

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