In a normal draft year minus a global pandemic called Covid-19. The pandemic did not allow for a full breakdown of individual players that would have happened in past years. So I’m going to do my very best to give you the readers a bit of a disclaimer on why I have certain players in certain orders.
4th overall 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 Hughes 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.
11th overall 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 Frolunda HC’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.
7th overall San Jose Sharks: Jesper Wallstedt
Jesper Wallstedt is a very technically sound goaltender who does a phenomenal job staying squared to shooters at all levels of hockey. Wallstedt uses the poke check on players that he is defending who 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. Wallstedt will need a ton of help and may take two to three years from his draft day to make the NHL.
28th overall New Jersey Devils (from New York Islanders to New Jersey Devils) 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 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 Chayka 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 left-handed vs. right-handed defensemen ratio in the organization.
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