NEWARK, N.J. -- It has been seven years since all seven rounds of the NHL Draft were held on one day.
That occurred June 24, 2006, at General Motors Place in Vancouver. It will happen again Sunday, when the 2013 NHL Draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN).
It's sure to be a long and strenuous day for the prospects hoping to hear their name called. The prospects waiting in 2006 know how they'll feel.
"I remember waking up that morning knowing what teams were interested, but didn't know where I was going to go," Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic told NHL.com. "The teams I thought were most interested were Los Angeles and Nashville, but I ended up [in Boston]."
Lucic, a native of Vancouver, had about 17 family members supporting him at General Motors Place. He recalled having brunch with his agent at 11 a.m. that morning before heading over for the draft, which started at 1 p.m. local time.
"To be perfectly honest, what I remember most is the Kings having the 48th pick and they took a kid named Joey Ryan in the spot where I thought I would go," Lucic said. "When I didn't go, I didn't really pay attention after that, and then, all of a sudden, my parents and grandparents heard my name called. After all that … I never even heard my name."