Draft: 2023 NHL Draft Class Continues the Draft Experience


With one more day until the first round of the 2023 NHL Draft, the draft class now prepares for the moment a team selects them.

For some top prospects, they’re eager to wait and see where they can get on board that first night. For Adam Fantilie, the best thing the draft class can do now is to soak up the experience while they still can.

Fantilie said, “It’s something you’ve spent your whole life trying to get to this point and obviously, it’s now tomorrow.” “We’re all trying to sit back and enjoy it because you can’t really play one more game and you can’t score another goal now, so just sit back, try and absorb it and Enjoy it.”

The draft will take place on June 28 and 29 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and will welcome some top hockey talent including Fantilie, Leo Carlson, Connor Bedard, Will Smith and Matthew Wood.

As for Bedard, he looks forward to attending the first day of the draft, but also enjoys other experiences such as the NHL Combine, watching the Stanley Cup Finals in Vegas, and attending the NHL Awards. Now, he just wants to prepare for Wednesday night’s show.

“It’s been so fun to come here and be with my family, friends and everything,” Bedard said. “So, I don’t really know what to expect or what I think I’ll feel there, but just kind of taking it day by day and enjoying the time here.”

Video: Draft class on draft preparation

For the two Canadian prospects, they are both looking to their families for help and support for this moment in their hockey careers.

Fantilie describes the special moment she is able to share with her family on Wednesday nights where they too can enjoy the experience with her.

“My family does a great job,” Fantilie said. “Whenever I’m around them, everything’s kind of relaxed and just being around and being me and just relaxing. Focus on them and hope and try and make sure they’re going through the process.” enjoying it as much as I am.”

With one more day to go before the first name appears on the draft board, Bedard says he can’t predict how he’ll feel going in. However, it allows the projected first overall pick and others to move one step closer to their dream.

Bedard said, “I guess you always dream of certain things, but for me, it was just that I always loved playing the game and I got up every day and wanted to be on the ice and so that was my mindset.” Was.” , “But everyone’s dream is to play in the NHL and it’s still my dream so I hope one day I can achieve it.”

With the 2023 NHL Draft class, they bring a unique skill set to the ice that provides great depth on the draft board, which Fantilie says speaks for itself.

Fantilie said, “What they do on the ice obviously speaks for how deep this draft is, and watching their season and then meeting them afterwards has been amazing, so that’s cool.”

The first round of the 2023 NHL Draft will air on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. The second day of programming will begin at 10 a.m. CT on NHL Network.

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