4 biggest takeaways from the first round of the 2024 NHL Draft

The first round of the 2024 draft took place in Las Vegas on Friday night, with 32 players having their dreams come true by being selected.
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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The San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens won the night

It's very easy to call the Sharks a big winner from the first round after selecting Macklin Celebrini with the first pick in the draft.

The Hobey Baker Award winner has been the consensus top pick for a long time, making it an inevitability that he'd be selected by the Sharks.

The real thing that pushed their draft over the edge was the selection of defenseman Sam Dickinson with the 11th pick.

As the seventh-ranked North American skater, Dickinson is a smooth-skating offensive defenseman who has the potential to be a major part of San Jose's future as they continue their rebuild.

Montreal also had a good night, starting with their selection of Russian winger Ivan Demidov with the fifth pick.

Depending on who you asked, Demidov was either the best or the second-best international skater in the draft, boasting a great mind for the game.

The Canadiens didn't show any hesitancy to a draft player from the KHL in Russia, despite concerns about when he'd be able to make the jump.

Being selected by music legend Celine Dion doesn't hurt either. Montreal added Chicago Steel center Michael Hage 21st overall to close their night.