The NHL will carry out what could be a highly unpredictable entry draft on Fridays and Saturdays.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on how prospects are scouted and how much they can play, so remote drafts for the second year in a row can be unpredictable. And there may be more transactions than usual.
The first round will air on ESPN2 at 8 pm on Friday night. Rounds 2-7 will begin on Saturday at 11:00 am on the NHL network. The islanders don’t own the first round pick because they exchanged it for the devil for Kyle Palmieri and Travis The Jack. The Rangers own the 16th pick.
Here’s how Newsday plans its first round:
1. Buffalo Sabers: Owen Power, D, Michigan (NCAA), 6-6, 213
If anyone wondered if Mississauga, Ontario’s native species should be number one overall, Power’s performance in Canada, which won the gold medal at the World Championships, wiped them out. It is huge and has excellent skills, vision and skating ability. The only question is whether he will sign immediately or return to Michigan for sophomores.
2. Seattle Kraken: Matthew Veneers, C, Michigan (NCAA), 6-2, 175
Power’s college teammates scored 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) in 24 games as a freshman. The youngest member of the World Junior Championships team, which is the second line center and won the gold medal of Team USA.
3. Anaheim Ducks: Mason MacTavish, C, Peterborough (OHL), 6-1, 207
As the pandemic prevented OHL from playing this season, MacTavish went to Sweden to play in the second part of the professional league, scoring 2 assists and 9 goals in 13 games.
4. New Jersey Devils: Luke Hughes, D, USNTDP, 6-2, 184
Luke Hughes, the largest of Hughes’ three brothers, is an excellent skater who reads the ice well and makes wise decisions. Devil’s got a chance to meet him again and the No. 1 in 2019 will choose their second line center, Jack Hughes as a whole.
5. Columbus Blue Jackets: Simon Edvinsson, D, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.), 6-4, 198
According to the NHL’s Central Scout Bureau, it ranks second in the outlook for European skaters. He may be a year or two away, but he’s a strong skater, reminiscent of Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones.
6. Detroit Red Wings: William Eklund, LW, Djurgården (SHL), 5-10, 176
Eklund, ranked number one in Europe, scored 11 goals and 23 points in 40 games in Sweden’s top professional league. He has another season contract, but the Red Wings being rebuilt can wait.
7. San Jose Sharks: Dylan Gencer, RW, Edmonton (WHL), 6-2, 175
Edmonton had 12 goals and 12 assists in 12 games, and Canada’s team under the age of 18 had 4 goals and 3 assists in 7 games.
8. Los Angeles Kings: Kent Johnson, C, Michigan (NCAA), 6-1, 167
Johnson, the third member of Michigan’s Big Three freshmen, scored nine goals and 27 points in 26 Wolverines games.
9. Vancouver Canucks: Brant Clark, D, Barry (OHL), 6-2, 185
Clark went to Slovakia and scored five goals with 10 assists and 41 penalties in 26 games by Nove Zarmkey.
10. Ottawa Senators: Jesper Wallstedt, G, Lulea (SHL), 6-3, 214
Europe’s top goalkeeper has an ERA of 2.23 and Sweden’s top professional league has an ERA of .907 in 22 games.
11. Forfeited picks by Arizona Coyotes
12. Chicago: Sebastian Cossa, G, Edmonton (WHL), 6-6, 210
The top North American goalkeeper played 19 games in Edmonton with a GAA of 1.57 and a save rate of .941.
13. Calgary Flames: Matthew Coronato, RW, Chicago (USHL), 5-10, 183
USHL is not OHL, but 48 goals in 51 games is not bad in any league.
14. Philadelphia Flyers: Aatu Raty, C, Karpat (Finland), 6-2, 185
The third-placed European skater had three goals and three assists in Finland’s top professional league.
15. Dallas Stars: Daniil Chaika, D, CSKA Moscow (KHL), 6-3, 187
He started in junior and was promoted to the second division and then to the top division in Russia. He had goals and assists in 11 top league games.
16. Rangers: Brennan Othman, LW, Flint (OHL), 6-0, 175
That is when the Rangers actually make this choice. The odds are that someone else will make it after the deal. Someone like Sabers, maybe?
17. St. Louis Bruce: Cole Sillinger, C, Sioux Falls (USHL), 6-0, 197
A seasoned offensive player whose father Mike finished a long NHL career in Islanders after Red Wings ranked him 11th overall in 1989.
18. Winipegjet: Carson Rambos, D, Winnipeg (WHL), 6-1, 197
Two-way defense that may have lost inventory after being injured in WHL and playing in Finland.
19. Nashville Predators: Chaz Lucius, C, USNTDP, 6-1, 185
Predicted top 6 forwards who appear to have fully recovered from knee surgery.
20. Edmonton Oilers: Fabian Lysell, RW, Lulea (SHL), 5-10, 172
The ninth-ranked European skater has the top ten talents, but some question his personality.
21. Boston Bruins: Isak Rosen, LW, Leksands (SHL)
Aggressive talent impressed by Sweden’s powerful performance in championships under the age of 18
22. Minnesota Wild: Nikita Chibrikov, RW, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), 5-10, 170
Fourth-place European skaters have strong playmaking and leadership skills.
23. Detroit Red Wings (from Capitals): Corson Ceulemans, D, Brooks (AJHL), 6-2, 198
Potential top 4 defense with hard shots.
24. Florida Panthers: Zachary Bolduc, C, Rimouski (QMJHL), 6-1, 175
Speedy playmaker with high stick handling skills
25. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Maple Leafs): Fedor Svechkov, C, (St. Petersburg (KHL), 6-0, 187
A versatile two-way center that can be played in either wing.
26. Minnesota Wild (from Penguins): Jack Peart, D, Fargo (USHL), 5-11, 186
Prototype New Era NHL Defense: A solid pack mover with good eyesight
27. Carolina Hurricanes: Zack Dean, C, Gatineau (QMJHL), 6-0, 176
His draft stock may have fallen after the season when the injury was shortened, but the team likes his grit in the attack zone.
28. Colorado Avalanche: Francesco Pinelli, C, Kitchener (OHL), 6-0, 185
A strong skater who played a match in Slovenia last season while renting out.
29. New Jersey Devils (from the islanders): Xavier Bourgault, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL), 6-0, 172
A skilled scorer who can play all three forward positions.
30. Vegas Golden Knights: Olen Zellweger, D, Everett (WHL), 5-9, 175
He won’t be 18 until September, but his stock has risen in Canada at a strong show under the age of 18.
31. Montreal Canadiens: Zachary L’Heureux, LW, Halifax (QMJHL), 5-11, 196
A strong skater and a good size pure goal scorer.
32. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Lightning): Samu Tuomaala, RW, Karpat (Finland), 5-10, 179
A dangerous and speedy skater in the entire attack zone with quick shots.
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