• Keith Walsh

NHL Draft 1st Round Recap:

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The first round of the NHL draft took place tonight and here is how the first round played out from the picks to trades that were made catch up on everything here.

1st Round Picks:

1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes-Center

2. New York Rangers: Kappo Kakko-Right Wing

3. Chicago Blackhawks: Kirby Dach-Center

4. Colorado Avalanche: Bowen Byram-Defenseman

5. Los Angeles Kings: Alex Turcotte-Center

6. Detroit Red Wings: Moritz Seider-Defenseman

7. Buffalo Sabres: Dylan Cozens-Center

8. Edmonton Oilers: Philip Broberg-Defenseman

9. Anaheim Ducks: Trevor Zegras-Center

10. Vancouver Canucks: Vasili Podkolzin-Right Wing

11. Arizona Coyotes: Victor Soderstrom-Defenseman

12. Minnesota Wild: Matthew Boldy-Left Wing

13. Florida Panthers: Spencer Knight-Goalie

14. Philadelphia Flyers: Cam York-Defenseman

15. Montreal Canadiens: Cole Caufield-Right Wing

16. Colorado Avalanche: Alex Newhook-Center

17. Vegas Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs-Center

18. Dallas Stars: Thomas Harley-Defenseman

19. Ottawa Senators: Lassi Thomson-Defenseman

20. Winnipeg Jets: Ville Heinola-Defenseman

21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Samuel Poulin-Left Wing

22. Los Angeles Kings: Tobias Bjornfot-Defenseman

23. New York Islanders: Simon Holmstrom-Right Wing

24. Nashville Predators: Philip Tomasino-Center

25. Washington Capitals: Connor McMichael-Center

26. Calgary Flames: Jakob Pelletier-Left Wing

27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Nolan Foote-Left Wing

28. Carolina Hurricanes: Ryan Suzuki- Center

29. Anaheim Ducks: Brayden Tracey- Left Wing

30. Boston Bruins: John Beecher-Center

31. Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Johnson-Defenseman

Trades Made:

Philadelphia Flyers trade 11th overall to Arizona for the 14th and 45th overall picks.

Best Pick:

Other than the obvious of the top 2 guys, the best pick for where he went in the draft has to be Cole Caufield. He is a pure goal scorer and Montreal got him at 15 I mean the guy scored 72 goals last year in 64 games. That is ridiculous for a guy that is 5 foot 7, I don't care how small he is he clearly knows how to put the puck in the net. He should have gone in the top 5-10 but Montreal got a steal here.

Worst Pick:

Detroit took defenseman Moritz Seider 6th overall in front of a lot of great prospects. Now don't get me wrong, Seider is going to be a solid defenseman but Detroit could have traded back here and got him a few picks later. They passed on Philip Broberg who I believe was the second best defenseman behind Byran Bowman. Like I said he isn't going to be bad by any means but this is the worst pick just for the fact that he went 6th overall.


There were a few surprises in the first round especially with how early some of the defenseman went but the biggest surprise was how far Cole Caufield dropped. Other than that we only had the one trade which was just some picks being moved. I thought we would see some more trades but it didn't happen. Rounds 2-7 are tomorrow starting at 1pm ET. you can watch those rounds live on the NHL Network.


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