TV blanketing NHL draft

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

The arena ambience won't be there. But TSN still figures tomorrow's NHL entry draft at the Westin Hotel should offer plenty of reasons to tune in.

"It could be very volatile," said Rick Chisholm, TSN's senior VP of production. "It's a whole new landscape now. We don't know what form this is going to take."

TSN and French-language sister station RDS hit the air at noon, with the Pittsburgh Penguins' expected drafting of phenom Sidney Crosby following shortly after. The silence that follows the pick -- the draft is closed to spectators -- should sound awkward, at the very least.

"It'll be a little bit more sterile," Chisholm said. "Without the fans there, you won't have that (usual) response. There will be a buzz in the room because it's a hockey draft. But it'll certainly be more businesslike."

TSN's scheduled airtime is noon-2 p.m., but Chisholm said "we won't leave" until the first round is over.

The digital NHL Network takes over from 2-4 p.m.

NHL on TSN host James Duthie is the front man for the network's coverage, with Gord Miller and analysts Bob McKenzie and Pierre McGuire also weighing in.

Dan Pollard and analyst Gary Green are the anchors for the NHL Network.

On the radio side, the Team 1200 begins its draft coverage at 11 a.m.

DRAFT CHATTER: Rogers Sportsnet has its own big crew on draft duty starting today. The group includes HockeyCentral panelists Gord Stellick, Nick Kypreos and Darren Dreger, and reporters Louis Jean, Ian Mendes and Peter Loubardias ... The Score's team includes Ottawa reporter Lisa Hillary, James Cybulski and Tony Ambrosio.


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