NHL Draft grades 2018: Live results, analysis for every first-round pick

DALLAS — The 2018 NHL Draft is finally here, with its arrival marking the beginning of the offseason in earnest.

The hockey world has convened in Dallas waiting with a bated breath on the future of impending free agent John Tavares, but the latest trade rumors involving under-contract stars like Erik Karlsson, Phil Kessel and Artemi Panarin will be the talk Friday night in between each teams’ first-round picks.

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There’s still plenty to talk about when it comes to the actual selections with a number of high-profile prospects up and down the draft board, from Rasmus Dahlin, widely considered the NHL’s best defense prospect in a generation, to the polarizing Brady Tkachuk, whose draft stock is anything but consensus.

Sporting News is on the floor at American Airlines Center to hand out live grades and analysis for every selection made during the first round. Follow along below.

NHL Draft picks, grades: Round 1

1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Carolina Hurricanes
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. Ottawa Senators
5. Arizona Coyotes
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Vancouver Canucks
8. Chicago Blackhawks
9. New York Rangers
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. New York Islanders
12. New York Islanders (via Flames)
13. Dallas Stars
14. Philadelphia Flyers (via Blues)
15. Florida Panthers
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. New Jersey Devils
18. Columbus Blue Jackets
19. Philadelphia Flyers
20. Los Angeles Kings
21. San Jose Sharks
22. Ottawa Senators (via Penguins)
23. Anaheim Ducks
24. Minnesota Wild
25. Toronto Maple Leafs
26. New York Rangers (via Bruins)
27. Chicago Blackhawks (via Predators)
28. New York Rangers (via Lightning)
29. St. Louis Blues (via Jets)
30. Detroit Red Wings (via Golden Knights)
31. Washington Capitals

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