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2021 NHL Draft: How to watch, draft order, where the Blues pick

Who will Doug Armstrong add to the stable?

2020 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images

This year’s NHL Draft will be the same virtual format as last year’s, with all of the awkwardness that entails. It’s disappointing that we won’t get a chance to see the teams’ latest draftees put on their jerseys and caps in front of a massive crowd, but this is still a big deal regardless. After all, it’s probably the night that Owen Power gets drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. The welcome call he’ll get from Jack Eichel is going to be one for the ages.

The Blues have five picks tonight in the draft. They draft 16th overall (technically 17th, but the Coyotes are forfeiting their 11th overall selection) in round one, then 81st overall in round three, 145th overall in round five, 177 in round six, and 198th overall in round seven. Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn’t have a lot of picks to package for a trade, but that doesn’t mean some lower-round picks get dealt considering the diminished potential of those late-round selections.

In the SB Nation Mock Draft, Gabe has the Blues picking Matthew Coronato of the USHL’s Chicago Steel.

Let’s face it, most of us are tuning in for the chaos of trades anyway. Speaking of tuning in, the draft’s on ESPN this year. It’s going to be tough for it to match the theater of the NFL draft, especially in the virtual format, but it will be interesting to see how much ESPN slickness will make its way into the broadcast. Wednesday night’s Kraken expansion draft was a blend of ESPN production values and trademark NHL jankiness.

How to Watch

Day One:

  • Time: 7:00 Central
  • TV channel (USA): ESPN2
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, SN Now, TVAS

Day Two:

Rounds 2-7

  • Date: Saturday, July 24
  • Time: 11 a.m. ET | 8 a.m. PT
  • TV channel (USA): NHL Network
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, SN Now

Full Draft Order:

  1. Buffalo Sabres
  2. Seattle Kraken
  3. Anaheim Ducks
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. Columbus Blue Jackets
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. San Jose Sharks
  8. Los Angeles Kings
  9. Vancouver Canucks
  10. Ottawa Senators
  11. Arizona Coyotes (forfeited)
  12. Chicago Blackhawks
  13. Calgary Flames
  14. Philadelphia Flyers
  15. Dallas Stars
  16. New York Rangers
  17. St. Louis Blues
  18. Winnipeg Jets
  19. Nashville Predators
  20. Edmonton Oilers
  21. Boston Bruins
  22. Minnesota Wild
  23. Detroit Red Wings (Acquired from Washington)
  24. Florida Panthers
  25. Columbus Blue Jackets (Acquired from Toronto)
  26. Minnesota Wild (Acquired from Pittsburgh)
  27. Carolina Hurricanes
  28. Colorado Avalanche
  29. New Jersey Devils (Acquired from NYI)
  30. Vegas Golden Knights
  31. Montreal Canadiens
  32. Columbus Blue Jackets (From Tampa Bay)