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Friday, October 2nd, 2020

2020 NHL DRAFT COVERAGE BEGINS TUESDAY AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

New York Rangers Hold First Overall Selection; Consensus Top Prospect Alexis Lafreniere Headlines 2020 NHL Draft

New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators Lead All Teams with Three First-Round Picks

Los Angeles (2nd), Detroit (4th), Buffalo (8th) and Minnesota (9th) Also Hold Top Ten Picks

Zdeno Chara: Made For This Docuseries Episode Three to Premiere Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 2, 2020 – The New York Rangers hold the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, which will air on NBCSN on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. ET, as consensus top prospect Alexis Lafreniere (Canada) headlines the incoming class of future NHL stars. Coverage begins with a special pre-draft edition of NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Liam McHugh will host the four-hour broadcast from NBC Sports’ studios in Stamford, Conn., alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire, while NHL Insiders Bob McKenzie and Craig Button will contribute remotely from a studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

NHL Live will include features on Lafreniere and top American prospect defenseman Jake Sanderson, as well as a segment hosted by NBC Sports’ Rutledge Wood that examines hockey’s feeder leagues, where future NHL stars play before reaching the league.

The 2020 NHL Draft is headlined by Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere, an 18-year-old forward who scored 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) with Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2019-20. Lafreniere has been the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year each of the past 2 seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Following Lafreniere, a pair of forwards – Quinton Byfield (Canada) of the Sudbury Wolves (Ontario Hockey League) and Tim Stutzle (Germany) of Adler Mannheim (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) – are also projected to be early first-round selections.

Defenseman Jake Sanderson (U.S. National Under-18 Team) is expected to be the first American selected early in the opening round. Sanderson, a native of Montana, is the son of Geoff Sanderson, who was an NHL All-Star that spent 17 years in the league as a forward.

The New York Rangers own the first overall selection and have a pair of first round picks (1st and 22nd), followed by the Los Angeles Kings, who hold the second overall pick. The New Jersey Devils (7th, 18th and 20th) and Ottawa Senators (3rd, 5th and 28th) lead all teams with three selections in the first round.

The third episode of Zdeno Chara: Made For This, a four-episode docuseries celebrating the historic career of Boston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara and detailing his first-person account of childhood, family and on-ice leadership as a member of the Boston Bruins for the past nearly year-and-a-half, will premiere Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, leading into NHL Live. An encore presentation of the episode will air following Draft coverage at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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