First Round NHL Mock Draft

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A few of the Overtime Heroics Hockey staffed have teamed up for a first-round mock draft ahead of the 2021 NHL entry draft. Each staff member was given at least four teams to armchair manage. Check out what prospects fall and rise as well as who your team selects in the first round.

1st Pick: Buffalo Sabres -Owen Power

The undisputed first overall pick is a massive defenseman out of the University of Michigan that goes by the name of Owen Power. As an 18-year freshman played in 26 games and scored three goals to go along with his 13 assists. During his freshman season, his efforts for the University of Michigan earned him a selection to the NCAA All-Rookie team and the NCAA Second All-star team. The 6’6” defenseman also played for Team Canada in the World Championships. In 10 games for Canada, he had three assists on his way to helping his team capture the gold medal.

The Buffalo Sabres must select Owen Power as they have been horrible as a whole but specifically on the defensive end. Power similar to current Sabres defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen is a massive player that will intimidate opponents. A top-four core of Owen Power, Rasmus Ristolainen, Rasmus Dahlin, and Henri Jokiharju should be much improved from last year and has the potential to grow together as they are all younger and still have potential. 

Author: Clancy Golden

2nd Pick: Seattle Kraken -Matthew Beniers

The Seattle Kraken select Matthew Beniers out of the University of Michigan with the second overall pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft. This will be the first pick in the franchise’s history. Beniers is a player who can move the puck with the ability to change speeds. Beniers uses this to beat defenders on the rush.

Author: Andrew Walsh

3rd Pick: Anaheim Ducks -Mason McTavish

Anaheim Ducks select Mason McTavish, center from EHC Olten. The six feet tall, the 207-pound center projects to be a power forward with a knack for finding the back of the net. McTavish can play both center and wing and has drawn comparisons to Jeff Carter. If McTavish is anything like the two-time cup winner, GM Bob Murray will have chosen wisely.

Author: Zac Taylor

4th Pick: New Jersey Devils -Luke Hughes

Despite being the youngest of the Hughes brothers Luke is a tall yet more physically built skater of the three. Luke skates very similar to his brother Quinn Hughes on the defensive spectrum of defensive hockey. Offensively he does skate a bit similarly to Jack Hughes his older brother, but Luke absolutely glides with ease being able to make defensive to offensive zone transition entries and exits look too simple. It could be very hard for the New Jersey Devils to pass up on a high-end talent like Luke Hughes who would one day anchor their blue line long term and help them bolster both their offense and defense on the back end.

Author: Joe Stanislau

5th Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets -Dylan Guenthier

The Columbus Blue Jackets had a horrible season that was very disappointing compared to their expectations before the season started. After acquiring Max Domi, Patrick Laine, and Jack Roslovic fans expected scoring to go through the roof thanks to these three stars but that did not happen. The way to resolve this issue is by drafting more scoring. Dylan Guenthier is an 18-year-old from Canada that does nothing but score. This past season Guenthier played for three separate teams and produce at a point a game or better for each team.

With his first team of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Guenthier scored 12 goals and 12 assists in 12 games. The 24 points produced in 12 games is amazing production to start his season but it didn’t end there as he scored three goals and two assists in four games for the Sherwood Park Crusaders when he was on loan. Later on, in the season Dylan Guenthier played seven games for Team Canada during the under 18 world juniors tournament. He scored four goals and 3 assists on his way to helping Canada win the gold medal.

Guenthier and the Columbus Blue Jackets just seem like a match made in heaven. A goal needy team matches with a young, energetic, point-producing player. The ideal situation would be to have Max Domi, Patrick Laine, Jack Roslovic, and Dylan Guenthier scoring and helping the Blue Jackets be successful now and in the future.

Author: Clancy Golden

6th Pick: Detroit Red Wings -William Eklund

The Detroit Red Wings select William Eklund with the sixth pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft. Eklund is a center/left-winger out of Haninge, Sweden. The 5’10”, 172 lb. player is someone who can play in all three zones. Eklund scored 23 points in 40 games in 2020 for Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League.

Author: Andrew Walsh

7th Pick: San Jose Sharks -Jasper Wallstedt

Jesper Wallstedt is a very technically sound goaltender who does a phenomenal job staying squared to shooters at all levels of hockey. One of the traits you’ll notice he has ice in his veins and he may not be very aggressive like Johan Hedberg in diving poke checks on players try to make the first move. Wallstedt can absolutely be a starting goalie that can be a stud in net and absolutely help fill a need that the San Jose Sharks

Author: Joe Stanislau

8th Pick: Los Angeles Kings -Kent Johnson

Los Angeles Kings select Kent Johnson, center from the University of Michigan. A member of the Big Ten’s All-Rookie Team last season, the highly skilled but slightly undersized center tallied 27 points in 26 games as a freshman and has drawn comparisons to Toronto’s Mitch Marner. Los Angeles will look for Johnson as well as Quinton Byfield to lead their next generation of talent.

Author: Zac Taylor

9th Pick: Vancouver Canucks -Brandt Clarke

With the ninth overall selection, the Vancouver Canucks get tossed a bone with the six-foot two-inch right-handed defenceman Brandt Clarke. The Canucks and Clarke are a match made in heaven, with the Canucks in desperate need of a big-bodied defenceman with a right-hand shot to compliment Quinn Hughes on the back end. A Clarke and Hughes first-line defense pairing will do wonders for the Canucks for years to come.

Author: Conner Dempster

10th Pick: Ottawa Senators -Fabian Lysell

Fabian Lysell is one of the most talented players in this draft, with next to perfect skating. He is a brilliant player at tenth overall, and his ability to create room for himself and his teammates will add another layer to the Senators promising to rebuild. With the players taken ahead of him, he was the best player remaining, and a no-brainer. I truly believe that the Senators would be over the moon if Lysell was to be available at tenth overall since he is a potential top 3 prospect in this year’s draft.

Author: Frederik Frandsen

11th Pick: Chicago Blackhawks -Simon Edvinsson

He has a very similar build to Ryan Graves at age 18 already and has done well in the Allsvenskan to moving up to the SHL in his transition as a youthful defender. His upside is pretty high and is being groomed to succeed because of FC Frolunda’s hockey program at the SHL level. Simon Edvinsson can be a big-time minute munching top-notch defenseman many teams would love to have.

Author: Joe Stanislau

12th Pick: Calgary Flames -Aatu Raty

Calgary Flames pick Aatu Raty from Karpat. This player is stellar in front of the net and has had experience at the national level with Finland where he was the youngest player selected to represent them in the World Junior Championships. He is exactly the style of player that head coach Darryl Sutter is known for getting performances out of, needing to come out of his shell a bit more to really show off his talent. Overall could make a solid prospect for the Flames to fill a future need for playmakers while fitting the current system as a two-way forward.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

13th Pick: Philadelphia Flyers -Chaz Luca

With the 13th overall selection, the Philadelphia Flyers select the University of Minnesota’s commit, Chaz Lucius. Currently, a potent shooter Lucius could be one of the most rounded offensive players in the draft. In the 2020-2021 season with the U.S. National U18 team, Lucius scored 13 goals in 13 games and totaled 20 points. A menace in the offensive zone will help the Flyers immensely in the future. As his shot developed goalies around the NHL better be prepared for lots of goal horns.

Autor: Conner Dempster

14th Pick: Dallas Stars -Nikita Chibikov

Dallas Stars select Nikita Chibrikov, a winger from SKA Saint Petersburg. The five-foot, ten-inch winger is highly skilled with the puck and has a grittiness to his game that similarly disrupts his opponents to Brad Marchand or David Perron. Chibrikov will most likely need time to develop and add some muscle, but the Russian winger projects to be a productive top-six forward in the NHL.

Author: Zac Taylor

15th Pick: New York Rangers -Fyodor Svechkov

The New York Rangers select Fyodor Svechkov, center/winger, from Togliatti, Russia with the 15th pick overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft. Svechkov is a player who uses his high hockey IQ to map out exactly where the other players are on the ice. Svechkov is also able to change directions to avoid defenders. This can happen either with or without the puck.

Author: Andrew Walsh

16th Pick: St. Louis Blues -Corson Ceulemans

St. Louis Blues select Corson Ceulemans, a defenseman from the University of Wisconsin. If there’s anything that Blues GM Doug Armstrong loves, it’s a big-bodied defenseman with a heavy shot and Ceulemans fits the bill as well as positional need as St. Louis is severely lacking right-handed defensemen in their prospect system. The Regina native has committed to play for Wisconsin this season but could find himself playing at the NHL or AHL level after another year of development.

Author: Zac Taylor

17th Pick: Winnipeg Jets -Xavier Bourgault

Xavier Bourgault is a great center, who would add to the Jets’ fantastic offense. He lit up the QMJHL this season for the Shawinigan Cataractes with 40 points in just 29 games. He is a player who consistently is able to find space with great off-the-puck movement and has a great transition game, which gives him a very solid two-way game. On top of that his shot is one of the better in the draft and with his offensive qualities in mind, the Jets with Nikolaj Ehlers, Kyle Conner, and many more would be a great fit for Bourgault.

Author: Frederik Frandsen

18th Pick: Nashville Predators -Zachary Bolduc

Nashville Predators pick Zachary Bolduc from Rimouski Oceanic. The player is of a high caliber, able to get pucks on the net as well as set up chances for his teammates. Clearly having some good leadership instincts, in just his second season with the Rimouski’s he was given an alternate captain position and looks like he could fit into any line he’s needed on. He might not be ready to play in the NHL right now, but when he is, he is sure to make an impact as a goal-scoring center, something the Predators require as their team is largely comprised of veteran centers.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

19th Pick: Edmonton Oilers -Matthew Coronato

The Edmonton Oilers select Matthew Coronato, left-winger out of Harvard University, with the 19th pick in the 2021 NHL draft. Coronato is a player who uses his hands to handle the puck and drive the offense on his line. This is exactly the kind of player that the Oilers could use in conjunction with the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Author: Andrew Walsh

20th Pick: Boston Bruins -Cole Sillinger

The Bruins have their future set in both goals and on defense. Jeremy Swayman and Dan Vladar are going to be the mean that leads the Bruins to success in the coming seasons. On defense Charlie McCavoy, Brendan Carlo, and Matt Grzelcyk are the young players that the Bruins will lean on to lead them to success. The only real part of the Bruins that will need to help in the coming years. Right now the Bruins have only two lines that carry the offense. The only problem with being lead by two lines is that the players that make up the top six are that they are all older and reaching the end of their careers. They need to replenish their forward group and Cole Sillinger is the perfect candidate to slot into the Bruins lineup.

The 18-year-old from Columbus Ohio played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL last season. In 31 games last season Sillinger scored 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 total points. Thanks to his incredible season with Sioux Falls Sillinger was named to the USHL All rookie team, USHL Second All-Star team, and was named the rookie of the year in the USHL. Sillinger’s lethal offensive instincts will fit right into the system that Bruce Cassidy has tried to implement.

Author: Clancy Golden

21st Pick: Minnesota Wild -Sebatian Cossa

Sebastian Cossa is the second-best goalie in the draft after Jesper Wallstedt, who is more than likely going to be taken prior to the Wild’s first pick in the first round. One of the few areas where the Wilds prospect pool is slightly lacking is their goaltending. While they have a few decent goalies like Hunter Jones and Kaapo Kahkonen, the latter could end up getting taken at the Seattle expansion draft and if they end up losing the finish goaltender, getting a great goalie prospect like Cossa, would be a nice replacement in the system.

Author: Frederik Frandsen

22nd Pick: Detroit Red Wings (from Washington Capitals) -Carson Lambos

The Detroit Red Wings select Carson Lambos, a defenseman out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with the 22nd pick in the 2021 NHL draft. Lambos is a defenseman with a high hockey IQ to make defenders go where he wants them to on the ice. This manipulation leads to high-danger chances for Lambos and his teammates either with or without the puck.

Author: Andrew Walsh

23rd Pick: Florida Panther -Oskar Olausson

Florida Panthers pick Oskar Olausson from HV71. The winger can play effectively at either end of the ice, using his large frame and size to body opposing players off of the puck and provide a certain level of grit that the Panthers could use to their advantage. The player can score efficiently, putting up more points than games played regularly, and putting up solid performances for the Swedish national team. Florida would be able to mold this player freely into what they need as they still look to get more pucks on the net while playing with some grit.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

24th Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets (from Toronto Maple Leafs) -Francesco Pinelli

With their second pick in the first round of the 2021 NHL draft, the Blue Jackets are going to continue to add their forward prospects after a disastrous season in 2020. The player that they will select with the 24th pick in the draft is Francesco Pinelli. Another 18 year old out of Canada will be selected by the Blue Jackets to help them down the line. This season in the under 18 world juniors championships Pinelli played in seven games for Team Canada scoring four goals and seven assists for 11 points.

A center and fantastic playmaker should fit in nicely with the Blue Jackets. If Columbus wants to keep the Canada connection between Pinelli and Guenthier alive that would be plausible as their play styles complement each other extremely well. A pass-first playmaker like Pinelli is the perfect center to play alongside a shoot-first player like Guenthier.

Author Clancy Golden

25th Pick: Minnesota Wild (from Pittsburgh Penguins) -Isak Rosen

Isak Rosen was fantastic in the recent under 18 World Championships, where he showed all of his offensive talent and skills. He is a fantastic puck mover, who reads the game exceptionally and possesses a wonderful shot. Seven goals in seven-game were his tally at the under 18 World Championships, and in the junior level in Sweden, he has been equally dominant. On top of that, he has played regularly for Leksands in the SHL, so he would be a great pick at 25th overall.

Author: Frederik Frandsen

26th Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -Sasha Patujov

Carolina Hurricanes pick Sasha Pastujov from the USNDTP Juniors. The player can use his body to keep a defensive stance over the puck, and battle off opposing players, all while being prolific in front of the net. He’s a high-scoring left-wing that makes some amazing plays to set up his teammates or to find space for himself to put one in the back of the net. Overall, he fits well into the high-scoring, strong defense scheme that coach Brind’Amour looks for from his players.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

27th Pick: Colorado Avalanche -Brennan Othman

With the 27th selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft Colorado Avalanche select left-winger Brennan Othman from EHC Olten of the Swiss League as well as the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. Othman brings a strong hockey IQ while possessing a strong offensive and defensive skill set. Othmans ability to move the puck up the ice while also stopping the forecheck will pay dividends for the Avalanche in the future.

Author: Conner Dempster

28th Pick: New Jersey Devils (from New York Islanders) -Daniil Chayka

One of the reasons defenseman Daniil Chayka goes to the New Jersey Devils will be the familiarity of their scouting staff between the CHL, and the Russian regional hockey leagues like the KHL, VHL, and the MHL. Chayka is a very good skater with a really good shot from the blue line with enough traffic to put on the net to beat goalies or create rebounds. Chayka’s build at age 18 is a nice trait New Jersey Devils General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald likes in his defensemen and that powerful defenseman aspect of Daniil would benefit the New Jersey Devils in the later first round. The New Jersey Devils will likely sign and trade for a few right-handed defenders, and draft a few right-handed shots offsetting the LHD vs. RHD ratio in the New Jersey Devils organization.

Author: Joe Stanislau

29th Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -Sean Behrens

With the 29th pick, the Vegas Golden Knights look to the blue line for the University of Denver commit Sean Behrens. With the Golden Knights not in dire help, Behrens can comfortably commit to the University of Denver to develop his skills further. the five-foot-nine left-handed defenceman’s strongest asset is his skating leading to opportunity in the offensive zone as well as a smooth defensive transition.

Author: Conner Dempster

30th Pick: Montreal Canadians -Zachary L’Heureux

Montreal Canadiens pick Zachary L’Heureux from the Halifax Mooseheads. This young French Canadian center makes his presence known on the ice, with a big body and a certain knack for the physical playstyle that saw the Canadiens lead the league in hits last season. This doesn’t hinder his performance in front of the net as he still puts up high numbers in points. His physicality and goal-scoring prowess are certainly key points of his game, that would see him fit in quite well with the physical play of the Canadiens.

Author: Alex Sorichetti

31st Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets (from Tampa Bay Lightning) -Zach Dean

With the final pick of the 2021 NHL draft’s first round, the Columbus Blue Jackets have yet another pick. They will continue their infusion of young forwards into the franchise. Their final pick is Zach Dean a center from Canada. The Blue Jackets’ weak center depth needs to be addressed and pick two centers in the first round is exactly what they need to do.

Standing at just 6’ tall Zach Dean uses his size and speed to his advantage to get around defenders with his slick skating to feed his teammates with great scoring chances. Last season with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL dean was able to register 10 goals and 10 assists in 23 games. Dean’s hardworking attitude on the ice will be the perfect addition to the other Blue Jackets 2021 first-round picks and eventually will be a great player in the Columbus lineup.

Author: Clancy Golden

Draft night is right around the corner and fans are eager to see how it plays out. Overtime Heroics wishes all fans the best of luck with the 2021 NHL entry draft. We hope you enjoyed our mock draft and hope you enjoy the draft.

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