When is the 2024 NHL draft? Date, time, how to watch, more

2024 Conn Smythe winner Connor McDavid's NHL journey officially began when the Oilers selected him first overall in the 2015 draft. Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

The 25-year drought between playoff series wins is now a distant memory for the Florida Panthers as they celebrate their first Stanley Cup victory. More than a decade ago, the Panthers added captain Aleksander Barkov and alternate captain Aaron Ekblad in back-to-back drafts in 2013-14. While Florida is favored to repeat, the march toward next season's Stanley Cup Final begins with the 2024 NHL draft.

Here are key facts about the event.

When and where is the NHL draft?

The 2024 NHL draft will take place Friday-Saturday at The Sphere in Las Vegas, Nevada.

How can fans watch?

ESPN and ESPN+ via the ESPN streaming hub.

First-round coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of Rounds 2-7 begins Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN+.

Who has the top pick?

The San Jose Sharks own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NHL draft after winning the draft lottery in May.

What is the draft order?

Led by the Sharks, the top 10 teams are:

1. San Jose Sharks

2. Chicago Blackhawks

3. Anaheim Ducks

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Utah Hockey Club

7. Ottawa Senators

8. Seattle Kraken

9. Calgary Flames

10. New Jersey Devils

The top 30 picks offer more possibilities.

Who are the top draft prospects?

ESPN's final Big Board highlights these hopefuls:

1. Macklin Celebrini

2. Ivan Demidov

3. Artyom Levshunov

4. Cayden Lindstrom

5. Zayne Parekh

6. Zeev Buium

7. Tij Iginla

8. Anton Silayev

9. Cole Eiserman

10. Berkly Catton

How can fans access more NHL draft content?

For more NHL coverage, check out the ESPN NHL hub page for breaking news, notes, stats and more.