Tale Of The Tape: NBA Draft Vs. NHL Draft
- DATE AND TIMEThursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. You can't get a better time slot than during primetime on a Thursday night. They get it.Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Because hockey fans forgo all their awesome Friday night plans to instead watch the draft and therefore hockey is better ... and I'll just stop now because these are stupid.
- MEDIA HYPEThe draft will be televised on ESPN, while the media has technically been covering it since March Madness. A lot of these players were the center of attention during the NCAA tournament, so people already know who they are and have seen them play.In Canada, it's all anyone's talking about on TSN or Sportsnet. In the U.S., you have to flip over to NHL Network for that. The draft will be televised on NBC Sports Network, which isn't ESPN and never will be, no matter how hard it tries. Spoiler alert: Pierre McGuire considers picks 1-210 to be future studs.
- CONSENSUS FIRST-OVERALL PICKAndrew Wiggins. A Canadian who starred at Kansas. Expected to be a dominant player in the NBA.Aaron Ekblad. Also a Canadian, but did not star at Kansas. He is, however, expected to be a good defenseman in the NHL. Isn't a shoe-in to be the top pick, though.
- DEPTHThere are only two rounds and very few pan out beyond the top 15 or 20 picks.There are seven rounds and always late-round gems. Some of the best players in the league are late picks. As far as draft intrigue goes, the NHL has the NBA beat by about fifty miles.
- ENTERTAINMENT VALUEIt's nothing too out of the ordinary: two rounds, always a dash of controversy and a big trade or two here and there.The NHL Draft is full of unpredictability. The commish gets booed, goalies get drafted first overall, teams change names (see: Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes), players -- and even actors -- get to announce picks. It's a whole lot of fun, even if most of the U.S. doesn't know what channel it's on.
The NHL's draft might be more intriguing, but the NBA's is logistically better and the hype surrounding it is greater than that surrounding the NHL's. -- Daniel Friedman, CBS New York contributor