The first round closes out on a real bummer.
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty pumped about the fact that William Eklund is a San Jose Shark, but the NHL always finds ways to shoot themselves in the foot when things are going too well.
Tonight’s first round disappointingly closed out with the Montreal Canadiens selecting a player who withdrew from the draft (despite there being no formal mechanism to do so) after facing criminal charges in Sweden for deceptively photographing a girl during an otherwise consensual sexual acts and then distributing both the photo and the girl’s identity in a groupchat with his teammates.
This league, man. I can’t. What an embarrassing way to end the night.
2021 NHL Entry Draft First Round Selections
1. Buffalo Sabres — Owen Power, D
2. Seattle Kraken — Matthew Beniers, C
3. Anaheim Ducks — Mason McTavish, C
4. New Jersey Devils — Luke Hughes, D
5. Columbus Blue Jackets — Kent Johnson, C
6. Detroit Red Wings — Simon Edvinsson, D
7. San Jose Sharks — William Eklund, LW
8. Los Angeles Kings — Brandt Clarke, D
9. Arizona Coyotes (from VAN) — Dylan Guenther, RW
10. Ottawa Senators — Tyler Boucher, RW
11. Forfeited pick (from ARI)
12. Columbus Blue Jackets (from CHI) — Cole Sillinger, C
13. Calgary Flames — Matthew Coronato, RW
14. Buffalo Sabres (from PHI) — Isak Rosen, RW
15. Detroit Red Wings (from DAL) — Sebastian Cossa, G
16. New York Rangers — Brennan Othmann, LW
17. St. Louis Blues — Zachary Bolduc, C
18. Winnipeg Jets — Chaz Lucius, C
19. Nashville Predators — Fedor Svechkov, C
20. Minnesota Wild (from EDM) — Jesper Wallstedt, G
21. Boston Bruins — Fabian Lysell, RW
22. Edmonton Oilers (from MIN) — Xavier Bourgault, C
23. Dallas Stars (from WSH via DET) — Wyatt Johnston, CC
24. Florida Panthers — Mackie Samoskevich, RW
25. Columbus Blue Jackets (from TOR) — Corson Ceulemans, D
26. Minnesota Wild (from PIT) — Carson Lambos, D
27. Nashville Predators (from CAR) — Zachary L’Heureux, LW
28. Colorado Avalanche — Oskar Olausson, RW
29. New Jersey Devils (from NYI) — Chase Stillman, RW
30. Vegas Golden Knights — Zach Dean, C
31. Montreal Canadiens — Logan Mailloux, D
32. Chicago Blackhawks (from TBL via CBJ) — Nolan Allen, D
Rounds 2-7 will begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on NHL Network, Sportsnet, and Sportsnet NOW.