Victor Hedman, far right, went to Tampa Bay with the second pick. ((Harry How/Getty Images))

The New York Islanders did as expected and selected Canadian OHL sniper John Tavares with the top pick in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday in Montreal, and the Lightning followed by snapping up Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman.

Highly touted younsters Matt Duchene, Evander Kane and Brayden Schenn also were picked high, while the Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Leafs, Senators and Habs grabbed their newest players.

Relive the action in CBCSports.ca's draft chat reply, featuring news from reporter Alan Adams at the Bell Centre, analysis from Medicine Hat Tigers coach Willie Desjardins, plus your comments as the selections happened.

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