It may not be a Tuesday in October, but it isn’t the fourth Friday in June either. The 2021 NHL Entry Draft will again be a unique event and it is about far more than just the date. With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting many draft-eligible prospects from competing in full seasons and in some cases at all, as well as limiting NHL scouts from live viewings, this is set to be a very unpredictable draft. While the class is not especially strong at the top, it is deep and teams could have very different opinions on top players based on their incomplete profiles. Some players expected to go early could fall, even by a round or two, while others taken with top picks could come as complete surprises. On top of that, the draft class has also expanded by seven picks, one per round for the NHL’s newest addition, the Seattle Kraken expansion franchise. Beginning on Friday night and through Saturday afternoon, 223 NHL hopefuls will hear their names called. Perhaps more than ever though, it is hard to predict where each of those 223 may fall.

Round One

Buffalo Sabres – D Owen Power, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA)

Seattle Kraken – F Matthew Beniers, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA)

Anaheim Ducks – F Mason McTavish, Peterborough (OHL)

New Jersey Devils – D Luke Hughes, USNTDP (USHL)

Columbus Blue Jackets – F Kent Johnson, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA)

Detroit Red Wings – D Simon Edvinsson, Frolunda HC (SHL)

San Jose Sharks – F William Eklund, Djurgardens IF (SHL)

Los Angeles Kings – D Brandt Clarke, Barrie (OHL)

Arizona Coyotes (from VAN) – F Dylan Guenther, Edmonton (WHL)

Ottawa Senators – F Tyler Boucher, USNTDP (USHL)

Arizona Coyotes – Forfeited

Columbus Blue Jackets (from CHI) – F Cole Sillinger, Sioux Falls (USHL)

Calgary Flames – F Matthew Coronato, Chicago (USHL)

Buffalo Sabres (from PHI) – F Isak Rosen, Leksands IF (SHL)

Detroit Red Wings (from DAL) – G Sebastian Cossa, Edmonton (WHL)

New York Rangers – F Brennan Othmann, Flint (OHL)

St. Louis Blues – F Zachary Bolduc, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Winnipeg Jets – F Chaz Lucius, USNTDP (USHL)

Nashville Predators – F Fedor Svechkov, Ladia Togliatti (MHL)

Minnesota Wild (from EDM) – G Jesper Wallstedt, Lulea HF (SHL)

Boston Bruins – F Fabian Lysell, Lulea HF (SHL)

Edmonton Oilers (from MIN) – F Xavier Bourgault, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Dallas Stars (from WSH via DET) – F Wyatt Johnston, Windsor (OHL)

Florida Panthers – F Mackie Samoskevich, Chicago (USHL)

Columbus Blue Jackets (from TOR) – D Corson Ceulemans, Brooks (AJHL)

Minnesota Wild (from PIT) – D Carson Lambos, Winnipeg (WHL)

Nashville Predators (from CAR) – F Zachary L’Heureux, Halifax (QMJHL)

Colorado Avalanche – F Oskar Olausson, HV71 (SHL)

New Jersey Devils (from NYI) – F Chase Stillman, Sudbury (OHL)

Vegas Golden Knights – F Zach Dean, Gatineau (QMJHL)

Montreal Canadiens – D Logan Mailloux, London (OHL)

Chicago Blackhawks (from TBL via CLB) – D Nolan Allan, Prince Albert (WHL)


Round Two

Buffalo Sabres – F Prokhor Poltapov, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

Anaheim Ducks – D Olen Zellweger, Everett (WHL)

Seattle Kraken – D Ryker Evans, Regina (WHL)

Detroit Red Wings (from NJD via VGK) – D Shai Buium, Sioux City (USHL)

Arizona Coyotes (from CLB via OTT) – F Josh Doan, Chicago (USHL)

Vegas Golden Knights (from DET) – D Daniil Chayka, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

Ottawa Senators (from SJS) – F Zack Ostapchuk, Vancouver (WHL)

Carolina Hurricanes (from LAK via NSH) – D Scott Morrow, Shattuck St. Mary’s (HS-MN)

Vancouver Canucks – F Danila Klimovich, Molodechno (Belarus)

Los Angeles Kings (from OTT) – F Francesco Pinelli, Kitchener (OHL)

Arizona Coyotes – F Ilya Fedotov, Novgorod (MHL)

Carolina Hurricanes (from CHI via CLB) – D Aleksi Heimosalmi, Assat (Liiga)

Calgary Flames – F William Stromgren, MODO (Allsvenskan)

Philadelphia Flyers – F Samu Tuomaala, Karpat (Liiga)

Dallas Stars – F Logan Stankoven, Kamloops (WHL)

Dallas Stars (from NYR via DET) – F Artem Grushnikov, CSKA (Russia-Jr.)

Ottawa Senators (from STL via BUF, VGK, LAK) – D Ben Roger, London (OHL)

Winnipeg Jets – F Nikita Chibrikov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Carolina Hurricanes (from NSH) – F Ville Koivunen, Karpat (Liiga)

New York Islanders (from EDM via DET) – F Aatu Raty, Karpat (Liiga)

Buffalo Sabres (from BOS) – F Alexander Kisakov, Dinamo Moscow (MHL)

Minnesota Wild – D Jack Peart, Fargo (USHL)

Washington Capitals – D Vincent Iorio, Brandon (WHL)

Florida Panthers – D Evan Nause, Quebec (QMJHL)

Toronto Maple Leafs – F Matthew Knies, Tri-City (USHL)

Pittsburgh Penguins – F Tristan Broz, Fargo (USHL)

Los Angeles Kings (from CAR) – F Samuel Helenius, JYP (Liiga)

Arizona Coyotes (from COL via NYI) – D Janis Moser, Biel-Bienne (NLA)

Colorado Avalanche (from NYI via NJD) – D Sean Behrens, USNTDP (USHL)

Chicago Blackhawks (from VGK) – F Colton Dach, Saskatoon (WHL)

Montreal Canadiens – F Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Montreal Canadiens (from TBL) – F Oliver Kapanen, KalPa (Liiga)


Round Three

New York Rangers (from BUF) – F Jayden Grubbe, Red Deer (WHL)

Anaheim Ducks – F Sasha Pastujov, USNTDP (USHL)

Seattle Kraken – F Ryan Winterton, Hamilton (OHL)

New Jersey Devils – F Samu Salminen, Jokerit (Finland-Jr.)

Columbus Blue Jackets – D Stanislav Svozil, HC Kometa Brno (Czech Republic)

Detroit Red Wings – F Carter Mazur, Tri-City (USHL)

St. Louis Blues (from SJS) – F Simon Robertsson, Skelleftea AIK (SHL)

Nashville Predators (from LAK via CAR) – D Anton Olsson, Malmo (SHL)

Dallas Stars (from VAN) – F Ayrton Martino, Omaha (USHL)

Ottawa Senators – F Oliver Johansson, Timra IK (Allsvenskan)

New York Rangers (from ARI via NJD and WAS) – F Ryder Korczak, Moose Jaw (WHL)

Anaheim Ducks (from CHI via MTL) – D Tyson Hinds, Rimouski (QMJHL)

Calgary Flames – F Cole Huckins, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Buffalo Sabres (from PHI) – G Alexei Kolosov, Dinamo Minsk (KHL)

Dallas Stars – F Justin Ertel, St. Andrew’s College (HS-CAN)

Washington Capitals (from NYR) – D Brent Johnson, Sioux Falls (USHL)

San Jose Sharks (from STL) – G Ben Gaudreau, Sarnia (OHL)

Winnipeg Jets – D Dmitry Kuzmin, Molodechno (Belarus)

Carolina Hurricanes (from NSH) – G Patrik Hamrla, HC Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)