NEW YORK -- After months of playing, practicing, training and interviewing, the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft have descended on New York for a few days of fun before the big event Sunday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).
Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Darnell Nurse, NHL Central Scouting's top four North American skaters for this year's draft, saw some of the sights of New York on Thursday, including a tour of Yankee Stadium, tickets to the Yankees-Rangers game and then a trip to the top of the Empire State Building.
"I've never been to New York City," Jones said. "It's a new experience for me here. Seeing all the people, the constant traffic, taxis everywhere. It's just like the movies."
The players took pictures of the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, then posed for pictures for media and a throng of fans who strained to see the next generation of NHL stars.
It's the first of a series of events leading up to the draft for the top players, including a luncheon and more media interviews Friday, and a clinic Saturday at the AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark for local youth hockey players.