7:15 - Ok, folks. Here we go. Ongoing blog tonight with a full scale live chat beginning bright and early in the morning...
The 2011 Draft is about to begin, and although the Sabres aren't up until #16, there is still a chance they make some noise. The Robyn Regehr mystery has yet to be solved despite reports that claim he is not going to waive his no movement clause to come to Buffalo. We'll see what shakes out on that front.
Edmonton, you're on the clock.
7:20 - A great tribute to the late E.J. McGuire, the long time Director of NHL Central Scouting. The McGuire family takes the stage to begin the draft, and I must admit, it's odd hearing cheers with Gary Bettman on a podium.
7:22 - Oilers select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from the Red Deer Rebels. No huge surprise here. Excellent scoring center, getting stronger, and better. Add him to Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, etc. Look out.
7:25 - I'm thinking three more picks before the fun really begins.
7:30 - Swedish wing Gabriel Landeskog goes to Colorado at #2. Big, offensive, can hit and grind. I think we're going to a need a live chat....