It has been several days since the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline and we’ve already seen Boston go 2-0 since adding Taylor Hall, while Anthony Mantha scored in each of his first two games with Washington.
The deadline was quieter than usual with just 17 deals compared to the 31 we saw last season – the league’s salary cap situation was undoubtedly a heavy contributor to this – yet as is often the case several of the moves we saw unfold could end up having a significant impact down the stretch and throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Certain teams mortgaged part of their future in the hopes a rental player or players will help contribute to a lengthy post-season run, while other clubs stockpiled assets for the future.
Twenty total draft picks were moved on deadline day, including seven selections from the 2021 draft, which is scheduled to begin on July 23.
With the deadline now in the rear-view mirror, here’s a look at which teams are currently in the best position when it comes to quantity and quality of picks held.
Total Number of 2021 Draft Picks
Montreal Canadiens: 9
Vancouver Canucks: 8
Calgary Flames: 7
Ottawa Senators: 6
Edmonton Oilers: 5
Winnipeg Jets: 4
Toronto Maple Leafs: 3