It's an event that shapes franchises' futures and TSN is there for every pick and every move as NHL teams make their selections at the 2012 NHL Draft, live and in prime-time on Canada's Sports Leader. Coverage begins on Friday at 7pm et and continues through to the end of the First Round. TSN's coverage of the 2012 NHL Draft is presented by Coors Light.
TSN's live coverage of the 2012 NHL Draft is also available on TSN Mobile TV and TSN Radio stations. French-language coverage is available on RDS . NBC Sports Network will air TSN's NHL Draft coverage in the United States.
Leading up to Friday, TSN features a full week of Draft-related programming including SportsCentre, Off The Record With Michael Landsberg , That's Hockey and TSN Radio on location in Pittsburgh. NHL Draft-related programming this week:
• Bob McKenzie's NHL Draft Ranking Special - Monday at 7:30pm et
• NHL Mock Draft – Tuesday at 7:30pm et
• NHL Draft in 30 Minutes: The Lindros Saga – Wednesday at 7:30pm et
• Countdown To The NHL Draft – Thursday at 7pm et
2012 NHL Draft
James Duthie hosts TSN's coverage direct from the Draft stage at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, interviewing GMs and players following their selections. Duthie is joined by TSN's Draft Panel with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, analyst Pierre McGuire and commentator Gord Miller teeing up each selection and delivering instant analysis.
Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun, along with TSN Scout Craig Button, provide the latest news and views on picks, trades and trade speculation, all from the Draft floor. Last year the NHL Draft on TSN and RDS attracted an average audience of 1.4 million Canadians – making it the most watched NHL Draft ever.
TSN DraftCentre Social Lounge
New this year, TSN debuts the TSN DraftCentre Social Lounge on TSN.ca – delivering exclusive behind-the-scenes content directly from a newly created social hub located on the Draft floor. The ultimate companion viewing destination on Draft Day, the TSN DraftCentre Social Lounge will feature exclusive interviews, videos and photos as the players visit host Alyonka Larionov and give their immediate reaction on all of the news and excitement from Draft day.
All content from the TSN DraftCentre Social Lounge will be available to fans on-demand on TSN.ca. The TSN DraftCentre Social Lounge will also track all of the reaction to the NHL Draft on social media with Draft twitter and Facebook feeds. Fans from across the hockey world can join in on conversation using the hashtags #TSN and #NHLDRAFT.
Below is an overview of TSN's all-encompassing coverage of the 2012 NHL DRAFT:
Bob McKenzie's NHL Draft Ranking Special - Monday at 7:30pm et
The 30-minute original TSN production has Hockey Insider and draft expert Bob McKenzie ranking the consensus Top 30 candidates – revealing this year's most likely First Round choices at the NHL Draft. McKenzie is joined in the TSN studio by NHL on TSN host James Duthie. Over on TSN.ca, the website features McKenzie's complete 60-player prospect list, including player bios and TSN Scout Craig Button's player reports.
NHL Mock Draft - Tuesday at 7:30pm et
Host James Duthie is in studio for the 30-minute show as TSN Scout and former GM Craig Button and analyst Pierre McGuire project who each team will pick in the First Round of the 2012 NHL Draft. The NHL Mock Draft also features interviews with Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and top-ranked prospect Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting.
NHL Draft in 30 Minutes: The Lindros Saga - Wednesday at 7:30pm et
TSN's Darren Dutchyshen takes a look back at the 1991 NHL Draft and the year-long drama that unfolded after the Quebec Nordiques drafted top prospect Eric Lindros first overall. The 30-minute program includes present-day interviews with former Quebec Nordiques president Marcel Aubut, former Philadelphia Flyers president Jay Snider, and former New York Rangers general manager Neil Smith. The program also looks at some of the other memorable First Round picks from the 1991 draft.
Countdown To The NHL Draft - Thursday at 7pm et
Hosted by James Duthie, the 60-minute special live from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh sets the stage for the 2012 NHL Draft with insight from Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who reviews the TSN Top 10 consensus prospects and unveils his wild card picks, and TSN Scout Craig Button, who provides scouting reports and projects the Top 10 picks on the eve of the draft. Hockey Insider Darren Dreger delivers the latest trade news, while commentator Gord Miller hosts a panel with McKenzie and analyst Pierre McGuire, who will debate what the Edmonton Oilers will do with their third consecutive first overall pick.
Countdown includes a feature on top-rated Czech prospect Radek Faksa, who left home in the Czech Republic at the age of 11 to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL, plus interviews with No. 1 prospect Nail Yakupov, Oilers' GM Steve Tambellini, and former NHL defenceman Ulf Samuelsson and his draft-eligible son Henrik.
SportsCentre - Reporters John Lu, Katherine Dolan and Mark Masters are at the 2012 NHL Draft, filing daily reports from Pittsburgh beginning Wednesday. Along with all the latest news and trade speculation from the NHL Draft and around the NHL, SportsCentre features insight and analysis from TSN's hockey experts, plus a special Cabbie Presents segment from correspondent Cabral Richards in Pittsburgh.
Off The Record With Michael Landsberg - Weekdays at 5pm et on TSN (6:30pm et on TSN2)
Host Michael Landsberg travels to the Steel City for two episodes on Thursday and Friday as he debates all the hot-button topics surrounding this year's Draft and gives fans a sense of what's going on behind the scenes at the event.
That's Hockey - Thursday and Friday at 5:30pm et on TSN
Gino Reda hosts That's Hockey from CONSOL Energy Center for two days, featuring analysis from TSN's hockey experts and interviews with draft-eligible players and NHL team representatives on hand for the NHL Draft.
TSN.ca - TSN is Canada's online source for all NHL Draft news. In addition to live streaming of the NHL Draft, TSN.ca's DraftCentre page features all of the latest draft news, along with a detailed version of Bob McKenzie's top 60 ranking, in-depth scouting reports from Craig Button along with video profiles on each of the prospects. TSN's Steve Kouleas will also break down the specific needs of each Canadian team. TSN.ca will also have a special feature highlighting 50 years of the NHL Draft that details some of the most significant draft stories.
Bell Media Sports Radio
Bell Media sports radio stations across the country have their fingers on the pulse of the NHL Draft with comprehensive coverage on TSN Radio in Toronto (AM 1050), Montreal (AM 990) and Winnipeg (AM 1290), plus on TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and TEAM 1200 in Ottawa.
• TSN Radio 1050 Toronto – In Leafs Nation, Cybulski & Company kicks off TSN Radio 1050's live coverage from Pittsburgh on Thursday at 5pm et. Hosts James Cybulski and Bob Mackowycz are joined the following morning by The Mike Richards Show, as host Mike Richards tees up draft day beginning at 5:30am et. On Saturday, Gameday with Bob Mackowycz, Jonas Siegel and Jamie McLennan are live from CONSOL Energy Center for Rounds 2 through 7 of the NHL Draft.
• TSN Radio 990 Montreal – Habs fans are well-served at the NHL Draft as Melnick in the Afternoon goes live from Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday at 3pm et. TSN Radio 990 also has a special draft show on Saturday during the Second Round.
• TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg – Afternoon drive show Hustler & Lawless heads to Pittsburgh for the NHL Draft and provide Jets fans with live coverage of the weekend's festivities beginning Thursday at 4pm ct. Hosts Andrew 'Hustler' Patterson and Gary Lawless are also joined at the draft by Brian Munz, play-by-play voice of the Jets.
• TEAM 1410 Vancouver – Canucks fans can tune in as TEAM 1410 has live coverage of the First Round of the NHL Draft on Friday beginning at 4pm pt.
• TEAM 1200 Ottawa – With the Senators picking 15th overall, TEAM 1200 gets fans prepped for the NHL DRAFT with a two-hour preview show on Thursday beginning at 5pm et and leading into live coverage of the draft on Friday and Saturday.