NHL teams will be putting a lot of focus on their first-round picks in the upcoming draft.
It’s a big day for many fans and teams alike, as they’ll be able to watch a whole bunch of games from across the country.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s draft, which will take place Saturday, March 31.
The draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with all 12 teams expected to participate in the event.
The NHL Draft will be broadcast live on TSN1, TSN3, RDS and RDS Plus and online at draft.nhl.com.
Here are the teams participating:Boston Bruins: The Bruins are hoping to make some noise in the draft.
The team has taken a page from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who picked a defenseman and forwards in the first round in 2016, and is now looking to add depth at the NHL level.
The Bruins are projected to have four picks in this year´s draft.
Cam Atkinson, F, Michigan State University (18-year-old forward) Cam has played in the USHL for the past two seasons.
He’s represented the US at the U18 and U20 levels and was a finalist for the 2016 OHL Championship MVP award.
He is the youngest player to ever score 20 goals in the tournament.
Connor McDavid, G, Erie Otters (17-year)-old defenceman Connor is a three-time OHL scoring champion, the last of which was with the Erie Otter in 2013.
He also scored a career-high 41 goals and added 32 assists in his final season at Erie.
Edmonton Oilers: Edinburgh University defenceman and Erie Otts captain Kevin Fiala Edwards has scored at least 40 goals in three of his four seasons with the Otters, and has been named the 2017 OHL Rookie of the Year.
In 2015-16, he led the OHL with 51 goals and led the league with 71 assists in 54 games.
Jake Virtanen, C, Mississauga Steelheads Virtanen played in all 60 games last season with the Steelheads, recording 24 points (8 goals, 12 assists).
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound centre scored three goals in four games, including the overtime winner in the Erie Memorial Cup final against the Windsor Spitfires.
Martin Erat, D, Kingston Frontenacs Erat played in 61 games for the Frontenac this past season, registering 20 points (5 goals, 13 assists) and an plus-19 rating.
Logan Brown, G/D, Windsor Spitheads Brown made his professional debut with the Spitfires in 2016-17 and has appeared in 30 games for them this season.
Josh Jooris, C/RW, Erie Memorial, Jooris was acquired by the Erie Frontenace in the trade with the Detroit Red Wings on February 17.
Jordan McDavid is the youngest forward to play in the NHL draft since Brandon Saad (19 years old).
He was drafted in the sixth round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014.
Travis Dermott, C/, Edmonton Oil Kings Dermott, 20, has played four seasons at the University of North Dakota (NCAA).
He has a goal and five assists in 13 games this season with North Dakota.
Riley Sheahan, D/LW, Boston University Sheahan, 21, has appeared on two Stanley Cup-winning teams in college hockey.
He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Elliott Fournier, D-RW, US NTDP Fournier is one of three American players selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2017 NHL Draft, along with US NTEP defenceman Ryan Sproul and US NTIS forward Dylan Strome.
Sami Vatanen, D+C, Rochester Institute of Technology Vatanen has played the past five seasons with Rochester.
He played his junior hockey in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season and finished the season with a record of 24-20-2 with a 3.59 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 41 games.
He had his contract with the Thunderbirds terminated on December 31, 2018.
Ryan Spooner, C+C/RW/D+, Boston University (19-year old forward) Spooner was the third overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Spooner has a career high 27 goals and 39 assists in 46 games this past year with Boston University.
Tyler Bertuzzi, D+, University of Minnesota Bertuzzi is a four-time KHL scoring champ, the