2021 NHL Entry Draft First Round Live Feed

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The 2021 NHL Entry Draft is here.

It is Draft night in the National Hockey League and this is your live feed for everything that happens in the First Round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft tonight.

We’re moments away from the Buffalo Sabres going on the clock, but it has already been quite the day in the NHL with a number of blockbuster trades going down, with big names in the ilk of Seth Jones, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Pavel Buchnevich all being moved.

There could be more trades made throughout tonight as teams look to either move up or down in the First Round, or we could see more stars being dealt with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart just two of the names to watch.

However, tonight is all about the Draft and all eyes will be on the Sabres who are expected to take Michigan defenseman Owen Power with the No. 1 overall pick, while the Seattle Kraken will have a great opportunity to add a foundational piece at No. 2.

It becomes more unpredictable from No. 3 onwards when the Anaheim Ducks will be on the board, and we will also see if the New Jersey Devils take a second Hughes brother with Luke looking to join older sibling Jack in the Garden State.

2021 NHL Entry Draft First Round Live Feed

The First Round is now in the books, Rounds 2-7 will take place from 11:00 A.M. ET on Saturday, and there are some very good prospects still on the board heading into Round 2.

Thank you for following along tonight and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Okay, so the Montreal Canadiens stole the headlines for all the wrong reasons with the pick of Logan Mailloux, and that bombshell will dominate the hockey world for a while at least.

Final Pick Is In

The First Round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is done as the Chicago Blackhawks take defenseman Nolan Allan with the No. 32 overall pick.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Prince Albert Raiders. 94. D. Nolan Allan . 32. player

Oh No

Leave it to the Montreal Canadiens to throw the Draft into chaos when it is nearly finished.

They have taken Logan Mailloux at No. 31, despite the fact that the prospect renounced himself from the Draft after he was charged in Sweden for taking and distributing an offensive photo without consent during a consensual sexual encounter last November.

This is not a good look for the Habs.

Pick Analysis. London Knights. 152. Scouting Report. D. Logan Mailloux . 31. player

Two more picks

We’re down to the last two picks but, given the pace, we probably won’t be done until midnight which is just crazy.

It doesn’t bode well for Day 2 of the Draft which always seems to drag on somewhat.

Dean in Sin City

We had Zach Dean going with the 32nd overall pick in our Mock Draft, but he instead goes to the Vegas Golden Knights at No. 30.

Zach Dean . player. 942. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. C. Gatineau Olympiques. 30

The Golden Knights need to develop their own pivots after trading away Cody Glass and Nick Suzuki, and Dean is a two-way forward with a lot of upside. Nice pick.

Nearing the end

We’re nearly there now.

The New Jersey Devils take forward Chase Stillman with the No. 29 overall pick.

29. 85. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Chase Stillman . RW. Sudbury Wolves. player

Stillman was more likely a second round pick, but he had 16 points (9 G, 7 A) in 8 games for Esbjerg U20 in Denmark last season, so he does have a lot of offensive upside.

Go Avs Go

The Colorado Avalanche are on the clock and they take Swedish forward Oskar Olausson with the No. 28 overall pick.

Oskar Olausson . 103. LW / RW. HV71. 28. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis


The Nashville Predators have acquired the No. 27 overall pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the 40th and 51st overall picks.

That’s all well and good but these last few picks are taking FOREVER.

Okay, pick is in and the Nashville Predators take forward Zachary L’Heureux with the No. 27 overall pick.

Pick Analysis. 151. Scouting Report. C. Halifax Mooseheads. Zachary L'Heureux . 27. player

L’Heureux is a power forward and he’s an absolute monster, so he should be a perfect fit in Smashville.


While we wait for the 27th overall pick, we looked at the three biggest needs the Seattle Kraken need to address in both the Draft and Free Agency.

Read it right here:

Must Read. Three needs the Kraken need to address. light

Great value for the Wild

Another team having a very good Draft is the Minnesota Wild, who have just selected defenseman Carson Lambos with the No. 26 overall pick.

D. Carson Lambos . 98. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Winnipeg Ice. 26. player

CBJ having a day

It has been quite the day for the Columbus Blue Jackets who not only got an absolute haul back from the Chicago Blackhawks for trading Seth Jones, but they are also having a very good Draft so far.

That continues with their third pick as they take defenseman Corson Ceulemans with the No. 25 overall pick, a prospect who was projected to go higher in the First Round.

113. Pick Analysis. 25. player. Corson Ceulemans. Scouting Report. D. Wisconsin

Off the board

At No. 24, the Florida Panthers go off the board by selecting Michigan Center Matthew – or “Mackie” – Samoskevich.

Michigan. Mackie Samoskevich . 24. player. Scouting Report. C. 97. Pick Analysis

Stars on the Clock

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars select C Wyatt Johnston…

Wyatt Johnston . 23. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. C. Windsor Spitfires. 119

This is just brilliant from Wyatt’s Dad!

Oilers go with a forward

They didn’t get the goaltender but the Edmonton Oilers take a two-way center in Xavier Bourgault with the No. 22 overall pick.

Scouting Report. Shawinigan Cataractes. Pick Analysis. C. Xavier Bourgault . 22. player. 148

B’s hit a home run

The Boston Bruins didn’t have a First Round Draft pick last year, they did this year and they’ve made it count by selecting speedy forward Fabian Lysell at No. 21.

Fabian Lysell . 21. player. 70. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. RW. Lulea HF

Smart Move

The Minnesota Wild got aggressive to move up and they are rewarded after taking goalie Jesper Wallstedt at No. 20.

G. Lulea HF. 20. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Jesper Wallstedt . 98

In other news, what are the Oilers doing? They needed a goalie desperately and now they have missed out on two of the best when they could have stood pat and taken Wallstedt.

Another Trade

The Minnesota Wild are making moves after moving up to No. 20. They dealt picks No. 22 and No. 90 to the Oilers.

Hurry Up!

My only gripe about the NHL Draft?

We’re two-and-a-half hours in yet we are still waiting for the 20th pick. It is going to be a late one.

Great Value

The Nashville Predators make a superb pick at No. 19 by selecting two-way forward Fedor Svechkov, who we thought would go to the Rangers at No. 16.

I love this pick for the Preds.

Scouting Report. SKA St. Petersburg. Fedor Svechkov. 19. Pick Analysis. C. player. 151

Jets go with a C

We thought the Winnipeg Jets would go with a defenseman but wrong again as they take forward Chaz Lucius at No. 18.

107. Pick Analysis. C. USNDPT. Chaz Lucius . 18. player. Scouting Report

Wrong Again

We had the St. Louis Blues taking a defenseman in most of our Mock Drafts but, nope, they take a forward instead…

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 17. player. 99. C. Rimouski. Zachary Bolduc

Getting Tougher

This offseason was all about getting tougher for the New York Rangers, and they are translating that approach to the Draft with their pick at No. 16…

Scouting Report. 95. Pick Analysis. LW. Flint. Brennan Othmann. 16. player

First Goalie off the board

And we have our answer…

With the No. 15 overall pick, the Detroit Red Wings select Sebastian Cossa – the first goaltender off the board.

Pick Analysis. G. Edmonton Oil Kings. Sebastian Cossa. player. Scouting Report. 15. 72

Cossa was highly-rated by many and seen by some as the best goalie in this year’s Draft, and this is yet another example of the brilliance of GM Steve Yzerman, who is building an impressive prospect pool in Detroit.


Okay, don’t worry, it isn’t Jack Eichel. No, the Detroit Red Wings are making moves by trading up to No. 15, with the Dallas Stars moving down to the 23rd overall pick.

The Red Wings gave up the No. 23 overall pick, the No. 48th and the No. 138th picks, so they must want someone bad at No. 15.

We’ll see who Detroit wanted to move up for shortly…

Sabres on the clock again

With their second pick of the First Round, the Sabres take a forward this time…

Isak Rosen . 14. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Leksand. player. 12. RW

Offensive Punch

The Calgary Flames Draft an offensive juggernaut in Matthew Coronato, who had 48 goals in 51 games in the USHL.

In other words, he’s an absolute stud.

Chicago Steel. Pick Analysis. LW. Matthew Coronato. 13. player. 112. Scouting Report

CBJ hit a home run

The Columbus Blue Jackets have three First Round picks, and they made their second one count by taking forward Cole Sillinger, who is an absolute stud, at No. 12.

12. player. 113. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Sioux Falls. Cole Sillinger . C

The Columbus Blue Jackets are winning the Draft so far – Sillinger offers tremendous value at No. 12.

No Pick

Just to remind you, there was no No. 11 pick due to Arizona forfeiting it after violating the NHL’s Combine Testing Policy.

Another Shock

Leave it to the Ottawa Senators to derail the Draft by taking a pick out of left field at No.10…

player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. RW. 10. USNTDP. Tyler Boucher . 91

I mean, that is a shocker of a pick given that Boucher was projected to go in the Second or Third Round, and it now sets the Draft in a tailspin.

By the way, Tyler is the son of former NHLer Brian Boucher.

Also, that’s the Pierre McGuire effect for you.

Yotes get a stud

After acquiring the No. 9 pick from the Vancouver Canucks in a blockbuster trade earlier, the Arizona Coyotes use it wisely by taking forward Dylan Guenther…

Scouting Report. LW . Dylan Guenther . 9. player. Pick Analysis. Edmonton Oil Kings. 121

I love this pick and what a sequence of events for the Coyotes, who began the day without a First Round pick but now end up with a dynamic and explosive forward.

Kings go D

The LA Kings take an intriguing defensive prospect after selecting Brandt Clarke with the No. 8 overall pick.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 8. player. 67. D . Barrie Colts (OHL). Brandt Clarke

Sharks get a steal

I was expecting them to take a goaltender but, instead, the San Jose Sharks get an absolute steal of a pick in forward William Eklund from Sweden…

LW . William Eklund . Scouting Report. Djurgarden. 7. player. 120. Pick Analysis

What the Draft is all about

I love this from Buffalo’s No. 1 pick…

Detroit’s turn

The Detroit Red Wings add another stud defenseman after selection Simon Edvinsson with the No. 6 overall pick…

Swedish defensemen in Detroit have worked out before…

D. Frolunda Jr.. 6. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 72. Simon Edvinsson . player

Cool fact – Four of the top 5 picks belong to Michigan. Talk about a talent producer.

CBJ on the clock

And, with the No. 5 overall pick, the Columbus Blue Jackets select…

Michigan. player. 113. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. C . Kent Johnson . 5

This was also a cool moment via the Seattle Kraken:

Wholesome moment of the Draft so far – Jack Hughes’ reaction to his brother being drafted by the New Jersey Devils. So, so cool.

Hughes Brothers?

Man, it is a party in New Jersey.

Yep! The New Jersey Devils take defenseman Luke Hughes with the No. 4 overall pick, and he will be playing with brother Jack in the Garden State.

Scouting Report. D. USNTDP. Luke Hughes . 85. Pick Analysis. 4. player

The Pick Is In

We have the first shock of the night as the Anaheim Ducks select center Mason McTavish with the No. 3 overall pick.

C. Peterborough Petes (OHL). 105. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 3. player. Mason McTavish

And that’s our Mock Drafts officially ruined.

Now It Gets Interesting

With the Anaheim Ducks next at No. 3, things start to get interesting when it comes to the rest of the First Round.

Will they take a talented forward like William Eklund, or will they ruin the party by selecting Luke Hughes ahead of the New Jersey Devils?

Time will tell…

Seattle make history

The Seattle Kraken make history by taking Michigan center Matthew Beniers with the No. 2 pick, making him the first-ever Draft pick in franchise history.

It is a smart pick for Seattle General Manager Ron Francis, who gets a real foundational piece in Beniers.

Pick Analysis. 2. 2255. Scouting Report. C. Michigan. Matthew Beniers . player

Buffalo on the clock

The Buffalo Sabres get us started and with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, they select…

Owen Power. 1. 12. Pick Analysis. player. Scouting Report. D. Michigan

Before the First pick is made, let’s remind you of tonight’s revised order following today’s plethora of trades…

2021 NHL Draft First Round Order

  1. Buffalo Sabres
  2. Seattle Kraken
  3. Anaheim Ducks
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. Columbus Blue Jackets
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. San Jose Sharks
  8. Los Angeles Kings
  9. Arizona Coyotes (acquired from the Vancouver Canucks)
  10. Ottawa Senators
  11. Void Pick (Due to the Coyotes violating the NHL’s Combine Testing Policy in 2019-20)
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets ( acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks)
  13. Calgary Flames
  14. Buffalo Sabres (acquired from the Philadelphia Sabres)
  15. Dallas Stars
  16. New York Rangers
  17. St. Louis Blues
  18. Winnipeg Jets
  19. Nashville Predators
  20. Edmonton Oilers
  21. Boston Bruins
  22. Minnesota Wild
  23. Detroit Red Wings (from the Washington Capitals)
  24. Florida Panthers
  25. Columbus Blue Jackets (from the Toronto Maple Leafs)
  26. Minnesota Wild (from the Pittsburgh Penguins)
  27. Carolina Hurricanes
  28. Colorado Avalanche
  29. New Jersey Devils (from the New York Islanders)
  30. Vegas Golden Knights
  31. Montreal Canadiens
  32. Chicago Blackhawks (acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets)

Pre-Draft Content

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