The 2021 NHL Entry Draft will be held over two days this weekend.
Day one will cover only the first round of the draft. It will be held on Friday July 23rd, starting at 8 pm EST. It will be televised on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, TVA Sports, and ESPN2.
Day two will cover the rest of the draft, so rounds two through seven. It will take a lot more time even if they go through the picks faster. It will be held on Saturday July 24th starting at 11 am EST. It will be televised on NHL Network, Sportsnet, and Sportsnet Now.
There will be other ways to watch the draft, or coverage of the draft. Will Scouch (@Scouching on Twitter) is an NHL draft analyst that I have referenced a lot in my prospect writing. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel with weekly streams talking about prospects and the draft. Every year he has a Draft-a-Thon where he streams his live reactions and analysis of each pick as they’re made, for the whole draft.
Of course, we're streaming both Friday and Saturday, so set the reminders now! All funds raised to $1,000 will be matched and sent to @downiewenjack.— Will Scouch (@Scouching) July 19, 2021
Draft-a-Thon Day 1: https://t.co/lOkswuNUm5
Draft-a-Thon Day 2: https://t.co/JTeZblbYfc
See you all soon!
Due to the pandemic, this year’s draft is once again being held in the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Gary Bettman will be announcing all the picks in the first round, and Bill Daly will announce the other rounds. Teams will be in their own homes or offices with a video feed into the draft, and some prospects may be interviewed over the air.
Draft Day Resources
If you want some resources to have on hand or review ahead of the draft, here’s a quick list to help.
- Bob McKenzie’s Final 2021 NHL Draft Rankings
- The Athletic’s Consensus Draft Board
- 2021 NHL Draft Profiles: Primer & Resources/
If you want to catch up on any of the draft profiles I had with the Leafs’ current draft position in mind, you can find the links to each of them below:
- Logan Stankoven
- Scott Morrow
- Ville Koivunen
- Samu Salminen
- Ayrton Martino
- Brent Johnson
- Olen Zellweger
- Colton Dach
- Aleksi Heimosalmi
- Cole Jordan
- Marcus Almquist
- Lukas Gustafsson
- The Goalies: Kirill Gerasimyuk, Owen Bartoszkiewicz, and more/