2021 NHL mock Draft
1. Buffalo Sabres- Owen Power LHD (Michigan, Big-10)
The Buffalo Sabres go with the 6’5 puck mover out of the University of Michigan. After a great showing at the world championship it solidifies his spot at number one. Even if Power does choose another year at U of M it gives him the opportunity to dominate the NCAA level and put on some added weight.
2. Seattle Kraken- Matthew Beniers C (Michigan, Big-10)
The Kraken’s inaugural pick is another Wolverine in Matthew Beniers. A solid two-way center who put up 27 points as a freshman will help Ron Francis build a cup contender. Look for him to have a breakout season offensively similar to Anton Lundell this year.
3. Anaheim Ducks- Dylan Guenther RW (Edmonton, WHL) The Ducks take a big bodied sniper who will compliment Zegras’ playmaking ability. Guenther led the WHL in points in the shortened season with 24 in 12 games. His shot and big body will give the Ducks another offensive weapon.
4. New Jersey Devils- Luke Hughes LHD (U.S. U18, NTDP)
The Devils pick the youngest Hughes brother in Luke. While not as flashy as Quinn, Luke brings more size and a slightly more refined defensive game. His transition to the NHL will be aided by brother Jack.
5. Columbus Blue Jackets – Willy Eklund LW (Djugardens, SHL)
The Blue Jackets dive into the European prospect pool again drafting the dynamic Willy Eklund. Projecting as more of a winger in the NHL, he is one of the most dynamic players in this draft and will give the Jackets some star power if Jones and Werenski leave in the next few years.
6. Detroit Red Wings – Jesper Wallstedt G (Lulea, SHL)
Steve Yzerman has taken some risks in previous drafts, such as Moritz Seider and they have paid off. Yzerman takes a risk again going with Jesper Wallstedt. Wallstedt is one of the best goaltending prospects in the last decade and could be the franchise goaltender the Red Wings have been searching for.
7. San Jose Sharks- Brandt Clarke RHD (Barrie, OHL) The Sharks are entering rebuild mode and choose defenseman Brandt Clarke. Clarke moved to the pro hockey circuit in Slovakia following the OHL’s cancelled season. Clarke’s skating improved and gave him a taste of the pro game. His play reminds some of Jamie Drysdale.