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Morning Bag Skate: 2018 NHL draft begins

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

2018 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The first round of the NHL draft will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Chicago Blackhawks have two first-round picks at Nos. 8 and 27.

BLACKHAWKS

**Top 10 key dates for Hawks’ 2018-19 schedule (SCH)

**Hawks reveal 2018-19 schedule (SCH)

**Bowman: Hawks open to moving up from No. 8 pick (SCH)

**Bowman: Hawks expect Crawford to be ready for training camp (SCH)

**NHL draft preview: Top 10 forwards (SCH)

**2018 NHL draft: Hawks picks, news, rumors, updates (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Visitor’s guide to Dallas for the NHL draft (Defending Big D)

**Stars to sign Nichushkin to 2-year deal (theScore)

NHL

**SB Nation’s 2018 NHL mock draft (SBN)

**Key offseason dates to know (SCH)

**NHL salary cap will be $79.5M next season (SCH)

**Islanders hire Trotz as head coach (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Sabres expected to part ways with Lehner, per report (Die By The Blade)

HOCKEY WORLD

**NWHL’s Buffalo re-signs Greco, Juron, DiTondo (The Ice Garden)