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Even though it lacks the hype of the recent NBA and NFL drafts, the NHL Draft is tonight, and the San Jose Sharks are hosting a party for all hockey enthusiasts.

The team is inviting all Bay Area hockey fans to attend the inaugural Sharks Draft Party, presented by Coors Light, today/tonight. The event will take place at Stanley's Sports Bar, located inside Sharks Ice in San Jose, at 1500 South 10th Street, from approximately 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The inaugural Sharks Draft Party will be hosted by team radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky and in-game host Danny Miller. Sharks alumni and former NHL draftees Jamie Baker, Kyle McLaren and Mike Rathje will also be in attendance for a Q&A session and to meet with fans.

The first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be shown live on multiple screens at Stanley's starting at 4:00 p.m. on the NBC SportsNetwork.

San Jose has the 20th overall pick in the draft, and the team holds three selections in the Top 60 overall. According to the Sharks, such NHL luminaries as Larry Robinson—current San Jose Associate Coach and Director of Player Development—and current Sharks defenseman Brent Burns were selected in that slot during their respective draft years.

The Sharks have made the postseason 15 times in the last 16 seasons, although San Jose has yet to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Perhaps the players they select in this draft will be fortunate enough to experience that opportunity in a Sharks uniform during their careers.

The NHL announced full schedules earlier this week, and San Jose didn't fare so well with some tough road trips and a few reminders—start and end—of their epic playoff collapse in the spring. The Sharks may have some roster fiddling to do as well once free agency opens up on July 1.

San Jose's regular-season success has been so constant, however, it's hard to imagine the team not making the playoffs in April 2015. Maybe this draft's drama will create an opportunity for the Sharks to finally win their first Stanley Cup next June.

—Some information in this article was provided by the San Jose Sharks public relations team

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