Okay, I know I said the other day that I was going to study who was going to be drafted and where but guess what, I’m a busy bee and it completely slipped my mind so I will be surprised as you are with whose drafted today.
Check here for who I thought would be the first 3 picks.
I do have to say that I love how the NHL sent every draftee a hat and jersey for every team they could get drafted to. I do have one question – what are they gonna do with the other 30+ hats? Is the NHL making them send it back? Do the draftees get to keep them? Auto Christmas present for your friends – “here is a Habs hat, I know you like them.”
Alexis Lafreniere went first, as expected. Great pick for the Rangers.
Quinton Byfield went 2nd Overall. I fucking love this kid, he’s fantastic. Maybe I’ll start giving a shit about the young kids in LA because they’ve got Alex Turcotte and Quinton Byfield and I wanted Chicago to somehow get both of them.
3rd Overall, the Ottawa Senators took Tom Stutzle, a left winger from Mannheim, but I do have to say that Alex Trebek stole the show with the pick selection.
Now to avoid getting way to long winded here, I’m going to bullet point all the picks selected:
- 4th Overall (Red Wings) – Lucas Raymond, LW
- 5th Overall (Senators) – Jake Sanderson, D
- 6th Overall (Ducks) – Jamie Drysdale, D
- 7th Overall (Devils) – Alexander Holtz, RW
- 8th Overall (Sabres) – Jack Quinn, RW
- Thought this was another Hughes brother for a second
- 9th Overall (Wild) – Marco Rossi, C
- I had him going 3rd to Ottawa
- 10th Overall (Jets) – Cole Perfetti, C/LW
- 11th Overall (Predators) – Yaroslav Askarov, G
- 2nd Goalie drafted at 11th Overall
- 12th Overall (Panthers) – Anton Lundell, C
- I’ve called him Anton Lindell twice already
- 13th Overall (Hurricanes) – Seth Jarvis, C
- 14th Overall (Oilers) – Dylan Holloway, C/LW
- 15th Overall (Maple Leafs) – Rodion Amirov, F
- 16th Overall (Canadiens) – Kaiden Guhle, D
- 17th Overall (Blackhawks) – Lukas Reichel, LW
- Credit to Chief at Barstool for calling that 10 hours before the draft
- 18th Overall (Devils) – Dawson Mercer, C/RW
- 19th Overall (Rangers) – Braden Schneider, D
- Flames had this pick but traded with the Rangers for picks 22 and 72
- 20th Overall (Devils) – Shakir Mukhamadullin, D
- 21st Overall (Blue Jackets) – Yegor Chinakhov, RW
- 22nd Overall (Capitals) – Hendrix Lapierre, C
- The Flames traded the pick ONCE AGAIN for the 24th and 80th
- You could see this kid sigh in relief, I wish him all the best
- 23rd Overall (Flyers) – Tyson Foerster, RW
- I like this kid a lot, I think he’ll so well in Philly
- 24th Overall (Flames) – Connor Zary, C
- 25th Overall (Avalanche) – Justin Barron, D
- 26th Overall (Blues) – Jake Neighbours, LW
- 27th Overall (Ducks) – Jacob Perrault, RW
- Chicago local represeeeent
- 28th Overall (Senators) – Ridlet Greig, C
- 29th Overall (Golden Knights) – Brendan Brisson, C
- 30th Overall (Stars) – Mavrik Bourque, C
- I like this one for Dallas but someone get him a Mavericks jersey ASAP
- 31st Overall (Sharks) – Ozzy Wiesblatt, RW
Of course what really sets this draft apart is the numerous connection errors and delays throughout the entire thing. Love to see it.
I also love what the Leafs did specifically because it looks like an awkward Ransom video. Why is Morgan like 20 feet away from Mitch? Plus, he looks like he’s in charge of holding the newspaper that proves today’s date.
Last but not least, when Doug Wilson Jr. signed Ozzy Wiesblatt’s name to the camera – that was the best part of the whole draft. See Ozzy’s mother is deaf and SportsNet recently did a video about the struggles his family has faced over the years. So to see Doug Wilson Jr. take the time to sign Ozzy’s name so his mother could see, it made me tear up.
That felt like the longest 3(?) hours of my life. Overall some great action today for the NHL but it is far from over. Free agency starts Saturday so be prepared for the chaos and pain. I know I’m not. [Nervous Laughter] Busy off season NHL fans so follow Ham Sports for more chaotic commentary.
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Featured Image: Screenshot from the Draft