The 2021 NHL Entry Draft was completed on Friday night and was held for the second year in a row via video conference due to COVID-19 restrictions. As expected, the Buffalo Sabres selected defenceman Owen Power from the University of Michigan as the first overall pick. The Tampa Bay Lightning traded their first-round pick earlier this year to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-team deal, which resulted in acquiring defenceman David Savard, and will have to wait until the second day of the 2021 NHL draft to make their first pick. Here’s the full results of the first round:
Matthew Beniers was selected second-overall, becoming the Seattle Kraken’s first ever draft pick. Power and Beniers also became the first teammates to be selected as the first two overall picks.
Several picks later the Blue Jackets drafted another Michigan player Kent Johnson as the fifth overall selection, making it the first time in history three players from the same NCAA team were selected not only among the top five picks of the same year, but in the first round in general.
The New Jersey Devils selected defenceman Luke Hughes with the No. 4 pick, uniting him with his brother Jack Hughes, who was the Devils’ first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Swedish forward William Eklund, who was considered as potential first overall pick in this draft by some experts, goes to the San Jose Sharks as the 7th overall.
One of the top defencemen of this draft class Brandy Clarke went to the Los Angeles Kings.
Sebastian Cossa became the highest selected goaltender this year, leaving behind Swedish goaltender Jesper Wallstedt, who went to the Minnesota Wild as the 20th selection. Two goaltenders were selected in the first round for the first time since 2012, when Andrei Vasilevskiy and Malcolm Subban were selected as the 19th and the 24th picks respectively.
The Montreal Canadiens made the most controversial selection of the first round, drafting a Canadian defenceman Logan Mailloux, who was charged in Sweden for distributing a sexual photo without consent and withdrew from the NHL draft earlier this week.
The Montreal Canadiens’ selection of Logan Mailloux is indefensible https://t.co/x22YcYJwD0— Eyes on the Prize (@HabsEOTP) July 24, 2021
The 2021 NHL Draft will continue today at at 11 a.m. EST when the second-round will start. The Lightning have six selection in this draft, including selections in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and three selections in the 7th round. Here’s the list of notable players still available in this draft:
Going into Round 2 tomorrow morning, TSN’s “best available” include:— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 24, 2021
23. Francesco Pinelli
24. Nikita Chibrikov
26. Daniil Chayka
27. Logan Stankoven
28. Aatu Raty
30. Samu Tuomaala
32. Simon Robertsson
36. Sasha Pastujov
37. Scott Morrow
38. Prokhor Poltapov
39. Jack Peart
Several big trades happened ahead of the first-round yesterday. As the first one, Rasmus Ristolainen went to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for first round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenceman Robert Hagg. The Sabres used this 13th overall pick to select winger Isak Rosén last night.
TRADE ALERT!— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 23, 2021
We have acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for our first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg. Details: https://t.co/UOBqWNQCm6 pic.twitter.com/vCrkLgY0Mt
The New York Rangers have traded signing rights for Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues for forward Sammy Blais and a second round pick in the 2021 NHL draft. Buchnevich is a pending restricted free agent and projected at 5x$6.27 AAV according to Evolving-Hockey.com.
The biggest trade of the Friday was the deal between the Vancouver Canucks and the Arizona Coyotes, as a result of which the Canucks acquired defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland, sending forwards Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel amongst with three draft picks, including this year’s 9th overall selection, the other way. As the 9th pick the Coyotes selected forward Dylan Guenther. The Coyotes will also retain 12% of Ekman-Larsson’s $8M contract.
TRADE ALERT #Canucks acquire defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland from the Arizona Coyotes.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) July 23, 2021
DETAILS ➡️ https://t.co/VwgUTFVRAO#CanucksDraft | @ToyotaPacific pic.twitter.com/58I41nbENo
The Blue Jackets traded defenceman Seth Jones, a 32nd overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft, which they acquired from the Lightning at the previous trade deadline, and the 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenceman Adam Boqvist, 12th overall draft pick in 2021, a 44th overall pick in 2021, and a first round pick in 2022.
Welcome to Chicago, Seth Jones! pic.twitter.com/m4RZ6tQaCl— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 23, 2021
The Chicago Blackhawks and Seth Jones reached an agreement to sign an eight-year deal with $9.5M AAV on July 28, when the RFA & UFA signing period begins.
Seth Jones #Blackhawks— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 24, 2021
8 years x $9.5M Extension
22-23: 750k base salary + 9.25M signing bonus
23-24: 7.5M + 5M SB
24-25: 7.5M + 5M SB
25-26: 5.5M + 5M SB
26-27: 7M + 1M SB
27-28: 2.5M + 5M SB
28-29: 2.5M + 5M SB
29-30: 2.5M + 5M SB
Full NMC Throughouthttps://t.co/q26PspwKVe
The Carolina Hurricanes traded signing rights for defenceman Jake Bean to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 44th pick in this year’s draft.
Meanwhile the Boston Bruins signed forward Taylor Hall to a four-year contract.
Reportedly the Lightning are focused on trading forward Tyler Johnson.
As mentioned on Insider Trading last night, there's a real focus now by Tampa in trying to move Tyler Johnson, who has 22 teams on his Yes list via his modified no-trade clause.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 23, 2021
here's more on the Cup champs from @JoeSmithTB https://t.co/i9ef8KzrUc
The Syracuse Crunch released the schedule for the 2021-22 AHL season.