July 8, 2021

2021 NHL Draft order set

The order for the 2021 NHL Draft has been set with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup on Wednesday.

The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on June 2. The Sabres, who finished last in the regular-season standings, had the best odds — at 16.6 percent — of winning the No. 1 pick. The expansion Seattle Kraken will have the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, and the Anaheim Ducks will pick at No. 3.


Picks No. 3-15 were determined by the inverse finish of regular-season standings.

Picks No. 16-27 were established by the 12 teams that lost in the opening two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Teams that did not win their division were placed in reverse order of regular-season standings points, followed by the four division winners in reverse order.

Picks No. 28-29, the New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights, were teams that lost in the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

Pick No. 30, the Montreal Canadiens, went to the team that lost the Stanley Cup Final.

Pick No. 31, the Tampa Bay Lightning, went to the Stanley Cup winner. The Lightning traded the rights to that pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Arizona Coyotes will forfeit their first-round pick after violation the NHL Combine Testing policy last season.

2021 NHL 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 – Forfeit
  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 (via WSH)
  24. Florida Panthers
  25. Columbus Blue Jackets (via TML)
  26. Minnesota Wild (via PIT)
  27. Carolina Hurricanes
  28. Colorado Avalanche
  29. New Jersey Devils (via NYI)
  30. Vegas Golden Knights
  31. Montreal Canadiens
  32. Columbus Blue Jackets (via TBL)

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