The NHL announced on Friday that the New Jersey Devils will host the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center while the Philadelphia Flyers will host the 2014 NHL Draft at Well Fargo Center.
East Coast Bias? More like Atlantic Division bias.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting this year's Draft, which means a three-year stretch of Atlantic Division teams as hosts (barring realignment). It's the first time the same division has hosted the Draft in three consecutive season since Buffalo, Montreal and Quebec City from 1991-93. (The streak continued with Hartford in 1994).
The New York Rangers and New York Islanders have never hosted the NHL Draft. Since 1997, the Draft has been held 10 out of 15 times in Eastern Conference cities, and only twice in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver in 2006, Los Angeles in 2010).
Congrats to the Devils and Flyers. We look forward to New Jersey overlord Lou Lamoriello surrendering his first-round pick in the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention punishment in a draft his team is hosting (the Devils have the next two years to do it). And we look forward to Paul Holmgren announcing a massive trade in 2014, giving Flyers fans a chance for, ahem, instant feedback.