For the second year in a row, the NHL entry draft will be very different from previous years. General managers and scouts of the association will gather on their computers Friday for a virtual entry draft. The first pick will go to the Buffalo Sabres and they are expected to pick Owen Power.
Power is a six-foot-six, 213-pound defenceman from Mississauga, Ontario. The second overall pick will go to the league’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken. The Anaheim Ducks have the third overall pick after the Kraken’s.
Vancouver Canucks will be the first Canadian franchise to pick in this draft after placing ninth. The Ottawa Senators fall right behind at tenth place, followed by the Calgary flames in the thirteenth, Winnipeg Jets in eighteenth, the Edmonton Oilers in twentieth, and the Montreal Canadiens in thirty-first place.
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded their first-round pick to the Columbus Bue Jackets in April for Nick Foligno. Their first pick will be midway through the second round. Players, scouts, and GM’s said this year is different because the pandemic limited opportunities for young thriving athletes to be discovered.
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