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Draft in the Heart of Texas: 2018 NHL Draft Open Thread

Wheelin’, dealin’...stealin’?

2016 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s finally time to pick some hockey players! The NHL Draft in Dallas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern tonight on NBC Sports. The Columbus Blue Jackets hold the 18th pick in tonight’s first round. Who will they pick? Will they make a deal? Will Artemi Panarin be a Blue Jacket at the end of this weekend?

To that end, here’s general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen talking to the media ahead of the draft:

And here’s director of amateur scouting Ville Siren:

Big night! Join us in the thread as we watch together, see who the Jackets select and then dive into his social media accounts for years-old problematic posts. IT’S DRAFT DAY.