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Follow live: NHL draft is underway

With the first pick in the draft, the Maple Leafs chose Auston Matthews. Follow live as NHL teams search for the next generation of stars.

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NHL draft tracker

Follow the first round of the 2016 NHL draft.

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Final 2016 NHL mock draft

With the NHL draft set to begin on Friday, Corey Pronman unveils his final mock draft. Auston Matthews goes No. 1, but how do the picks align thereafter?

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NHL Trade Tracker

Here are all the details on all the deals made during the 2015-16 season, including up to the deadline -- and into the summer.

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Photos: NHL awards from Las Vegas

The NHL awards can be large on cheese and short on teeth, the perfect combination for Las Vegas! So what better way to tell the story than through photos? Behold.

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NHL to Vegas, league awards, Draft primer

Scott Burnside and Craig Custance react to the NHL's expansion to Las Vegas, winners of the league awards and P.K. Subban as trade bait. Plus, Oilers C Connor McDavid and Predators D Shea Weber stop by.

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How the NHL can make it work in Las Vegas

Building an actual team will only be part of the equation for the league's newest franchise. Players and staff must also create a connection with the community.

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This is what we'd call the Las Vegas team

With Las Vegas now seemingly in line for an expansion team, here's a look at the suggested nicknames and logos the ESPN.com team came up with for a team in the desert.

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NHL logos redesigned with Vegas flair

Las Vegas and the NHL have been in the news a lot lately -- with the promise of more to come. So it got us thinking: What would today's team logos look like with a Vegas theme?

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Our Las Vegas expansion franchise roster

If Vegas were to get a team today, the expansion pool would be fairly good for defensemen and goalies, but for forwards ... not so much. We drafted a team anyway.

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Vegas vote, Stamkos' status among top 5 NHL storylines

Will the Las Vegas expansion vote pass? Can the Lightning keep Steven Stamkos? Will the draft be another blockbuster? Scott Burnside tackles the top topics heading into what could be a wild week.

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Corey Pronman

Corey Pronman serves up scouting notes and team fits for every first-round pick of the 2016 NHL draft. Pick-by-pick analysis of the NHL draft

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Calgary Flames get their goalie in sending the No. 35 overall pick and conditional third to the Blues for Brian Elliott. Great deal for Calgary. Asking price cheaper than Ben Bishop and Marc-Andre Fleury and lower cap hit too. Elliott was great at times for Blues in the playoffs.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock meets with the media to discuss the No. 1 overall pick, Auston Matthews.

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Montreal selects Mikhail Sergachev. rare to find a big strong defender who can skate and make plays he can. Plays a high risk-reward style.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Early rumor is Alex Nylander may go back to Sweden for a year before making a real bid at a full-time job in 2017-18, but a lot can change.

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Buffalo selects Alex Nylander. He's a player with top echelon skill and offensive IQ and skates well. Dominant throughout the season.

With the 8th pick of the NHL Draft

The Buffalo Sabres select Alexander Nylander (F). Nylander led Team Sweden with 4 goals and 9 points at the 2016 World Junior Championships. 2016 NHL Draft tracker

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was picked No. 3 overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Seven picks in and there has only been one Canadian drafted in the NHL draft.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Keller was in my top 5 almost all year. Know some in industry disagree because of size, but all he does is put up crooked #'s and so smart.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine is thrilled to be a part of the organization, and also to represent his native Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Coyotes grab American Clayton Keller at No. 7, another team going slightly off the board to grab a center. Can't win without a good one. Concern with Keller is his size, especially in the West. No questioning his skill.

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Arizona selects Keller. Set records at the USNTDP in scoring. A dynamic playmaker with great speed hands and intelligence.

With the 7th pick of the NHL Draft

The Arizona Coyotes select Clayton Keller (C). 2016 NHL Draft tracker