Winners of 24 games during the NHL’s Covid-19 shortened season, the Montreal Canadiens finished in fourth place in the North Division. One of the stories of the playoffs, the team ultimately advanced to the Stanley Cup Final before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Calgary Flames selected eight players in the 2021 NHL Draft, focusing heavily on forwards to replenish their base of scorers throughout the organization’s minor league systems. With five taken overall, Calgary made it clear that assistance on the offensive side is required to boost this roster.
The Carolina Hurricanes made waves taking a total of 13 picks in the draft. They traded back five times throughout the draft, and it became clear that the Hurricanes were focusing on quantity as the draft went on.
The Florida Panthers cruised into the 2021 NHL Draft on the tail-end of the best regular season in franchise history. While they didn’t trade any of this year’s picks, they did acquire Sam Reinhart from the Buffalo Sabres.
During the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets made four total selections. There were no draft day trades made by general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff who seemed just fine to stand pat where the team was at.
The Vancouver Canucks made six selections during the 2021 NHL Draft. The team agreed with the Arizona Coyotes on a trade, sending the ninth pick while acquiring right-winger Conor Garland and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
The Nashville Predators elected to split their draft picks among defensemen and forwards, taking three of each in this summer’s draft. After finishing fourth in the division last season, The music city looks to bounce back in the upcoming 2021-2022 campaign.