That NHL draft 2021 2021 is here and we are tracking all 224 tips over two days and seven rounds starting with the Buffalo saber‘-Selection in first place in the overall ranking by Owen Power. Follow live Friday and Saturday for each selection. Greg Wyshynski will also take a closer look at how each first round fits his new team.
In this year’s prospect class, there is little consensus when it comes to Leaderboards and reviews, thanks to unequal – or nonexistent – seasons for many junior, college and / or international leagues amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the group is extremely talented, with numerous future impact players at NHL level.
After the Sabers in Round 1, the ones followed Seattle Krakenwho just made theirs full extension design and then made their first draft pick in second place overall (Matthew Beniers). A handful of teams will also hit multiple first-round picks on Friday.
Here are the 2021 NHL Draft Picks as they happen, along with an instant analysis of each Round 1 selection. Watch the Round 1 picks live on ESPN2 Friday night. Rounds 2-7 will continue on Saturday beginning at 11 p.m. ET (NHL Network).
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Team: Michigan (Big Ten)
Precedence: 1 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-6 | Weight: 213 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 26 GP, 3 G, 13 A
How it fits: It’s not often that a team gets the first overall selection in the draft in two out of four seasons. It’s also not often that a team will use those two # 1 picks to then select defenders, but this is how the draft classes for the Sabers evolved. Rasmus Dahlin, # 1 overall in 2018, hasn’t quite risen to franchise defender, but he’s only 21 years old. Now Power joins him as another left-back that Buffalo can build around over the next decade – maybe he’ll use the pieces he gets for a future date Jack acorn Trade, for example. – Wyshynski
Team: Michigan (Big Ten)
Precedence: 3 | Nationality: USA
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-2 | Weight: 175 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 24 GP, 10 G, 14 A.
How it fits: Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol told me that his general manager, Ron FrancisHe wanted to attract players who reminded the Hall of Famer of his style of play. Well, he just designed a two-way center with great skating skills, dynamic offense, and a lead-by-example work ethic that Francis should be familiar with. Beniers is a great building block for the NHL’s newest franchise. He felt like it Patrice Bergeron growing up, but Beniers might end up being your own version of the octopus Jonathan Toews Someday. – Wyshynski
Team: Peterborough (OHL)
Precedence: 9 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-1 | Weight: 207 | Shot: L.
How it fits: As the Ryan Getzlaf Era faded in memory, the Ducks grab another talented center playing a power game. McTavish stock has skyrocketed the draft board in the past few weeks, and you can see why: he’s got an NHL slap, plays strong, and made comparisons Ryan O’Reilly. Anaheim has a solid foundation with Forward Trevor Zegras, Defender Jamie Drysdale and now McTavish. – Wyshynski
Team: USA U-18 (NTDP)
Precedence: 5 | Nationality: USA
Old: 17 | Ht: 6-2 | Weight: 184 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 38 GP, 6 G, 28 A
How it fits: Obviously, the master plan is to collect two Hughes brothers in the hopes that they will attract each other magnetically Quinn Hughes join the Devils at some point. Just kidding … maybe. Luke Hughes may not have the offensive dynamic Quinn Hughes does, but his solid two-way play will be an asset to the Devils if he joins Ty Smith among the defenders of the next wave. And when all else fails, the Hughes Brothers team has a hell of a marketing hook – and a lucky star in Jack Hugheswhat is always good. – Wyshynski
Team: Michigan (Big Ten)
Precedence: 7 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-1 | Weight: 167 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 26 GP, 9 G, 18 A
How it fits: The Blue Jackets have been chasing a franchise center for years. They thought they had some in Ryan Johansen and Pierre-Luc Duboisbefore you both act. Now comes Johnson, a late bloomer who had an absolutely great newcomer season in Michigan. One problem: He could do better on the wing, where many draft analysts believe he will make big numbers in the NHL. Wherever he plays, he will be an elite playmaker. – Wyshynski
Team: Frölunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
Precedence: 8 | Nationality: SW
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-4 | Weight: 198 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 14 GP, 1 G, 5 A
How it fits: The talented Swede joins the Red Wings. In other news, water stays wet. Edvinsson gives Detroit a lot of feel projects to a gamer to be a franchise blueliner. The Red Wings now have a basic 6-foot-5 defender on the left who joins their basic 6-foot-4 defender on the right in Moritz Seider. Hey, the Red Wings know each other from trying to build from the Swedish defenders. ask Steve Yzerman. – Wyshynski
Team: Djurgarden (Sweden)
Precedence: 2 | Nationality: SW
Old: 18 | Ht: 5-10 | Weight: 176 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 40 GP, 11 G, 12 A
How it fits: This is the first top 10 pick the sharks have had since their inception Timo Meier ranked 9th overall in 2015. Eklund gives the Sharks a silky smooth offensive player who also takes care of business at the other end of the field. The Sharks don’t have a robust pool of prospects and have no one Eklund caliber at the helm. – Wyshynski
Team: Barrie (OHL)
Precedence: 6 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Shot: R.
How it fits: With the Kings, Clarke joins what is probably the largest pool of prospects in the NHL. But as deep as this basin is, it has more large fish in the middle and on the wing than on the blue line. Given these needs and the legacy of GM Rob Blake as a Hall of Fame Defender, this was one of the most predictable decisions of the draft. Given his hockey sense and offensive awareness, Clarke had already made comparisons to the nature of the impact Adam Fox had at the start of his NHL career with the Rangers. Fox just won the Norris Trophy. No pressure, Brandt. – Wyshynski
Team: Edmonton (WHL)
Precedence: 4 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-2 | Weight: 175 | Shot: R.
Statistics: 12 GP, 12 G, 12 A
How it fits: The Coyotes started the day without a first-round pick to give up (# 11) for violating the NHL’s scouting combine testing rules. Then the Canucks sent the ninth overall selection to Arizona in the deal that was sent Oliver Ekman-Larsson to Vancouver, and now we can officially include Guenther as part of the bounty Arizona received in that deal. It was projected by many to make it to 3rd place overall in the Ducks. He falls here with the coyotes who are getting the kind of scorers their potential pipeline lacks. His shot is great, but his ability to find spaces to fire that shot is equally impressive. – Wyshynski
Team: USA U-18 (NTDP)
Precedence: 40 | Nationality: USA
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-1 | Weight: 205 | Shot: R.
Statistics: 12 GP, 6 G, 5 A
How it fits: Three words: Off … the … board. Boucher becomes a good professional. He’s a winger who blends offensive with absolute physicality and excitement at every shift, and a die-hard player who plays the kind of blue die-hard game that Senators D.J. Smith is undoubtedly enjoying. But Boucher was the 25th North American skater rated by Central Scouting. They couldn’t find a wrong design that slashed it so high. Perhaps it would be too much of the guessing game for the Senators to act to a point where they thought it would end. They wanted it, they had number 10 and they got it. But it was a range, and it came down to the price that neither of the two first-round goalkeepers was drafted. – Wyshynski
The Coyotes had to give up their first round pick in 2021 in 11th place overall Violation of NHL rules for testing before combining.
Team: Sioux Falls (USHL)
Precedence: 12 | Nationality: CAN
Old: 18 | Ht: 6-0 | Weight: 197 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 31 GP, 24 G, 22 A
How it fits: Yes, Mike “Suitcase” Sillinger actually played for the Blue Jackets from 2001 to 2003. Now his son is accepted into the Columbus family. He has a great shot and plays an aggressive type of offense. Last season he scored 46 points in 31 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Blue Jackets make their second striker of the first round. They’ve only used their first two picks once against strikers since 2014. Has the end of the John Tortorella era ushered in a more offensive era? – Wyshynski
Team: Chicago (USHL)
Precedence: 16 | Nationality: USA
Old: 18 | Ht: 5-10 | Weight: 183 | Shot: R.
Statistics: 51 GP, 48 G, 37 A
How it fits: Another place where many felt goalkeepers Jesper Wallstedt or Sebastian Cossa could have been chosen. But the Flames opted for Coronato, a player with an absolute nose for the net, as a goal scorer. He is Harvard-bound and scored 48 goals in 51 USHL games last season. If the Flames didn’t believe that either goalkeeper was the future for them then this is a good choice. – Wyshynski
Team: Leksand (Sweden)
Precedence: 25 | Nationality: SW
Old: 18 | Ht: 5-11 | Weight: 156 | Shot: L.
Statistics: 22 GP, 0 G, 1 A
How it fits: Another franchise that needs a goalkeeper, another franchise that has chosen not to take one. Instead, the Sabers in Rosen choose a terrific offensive striker. Modern NHL game requires the ability to play at high speed. Rosen has the ability to part with the defenders. His ability to shoot the puck at full speed deserves it Nikolaj Ehlers Comparisons. The Sabers could certainly use that too. – Wyshynski
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Record 2020-21: 35-16-5
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Record 2020-21: 37-14-5
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Record 2020-21: 35-16-5
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Record 2020-21: 40-14-2
Record 2020-21: 24-21-11
Record 2020-21: 24-25-7
Watch live here again on Saturday from 11 a.m. ET for each selection of Rounds 2-7.