2021 NHL Draft

Updated Draft Order (Lottery & Rounds 1-7)

Steve Kournianos  |  6/11/2021 |  Nashville  |  

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  • The final official draft order will not be realized until the Stanley Cup champion is crowned sometime in late July but before the 2021 NHL draft is held on July 23-24.
  • The NHL Draft Lottery was conducted on June 2 with the Buffalo Sabres winning the No. 1 pick and the expansion Seattle club claiming the No. 2 selection.
  • Playoff teams selecting between picks 17 and 32 of Round 1 usually find out their draft slot until after they are eliminated or win the Stanley Cup.
  • The last four picks of every round are reserved for conference finalists. The last two picks — No. 31 and No. 32 — are reserved for the Stanley Cup runner-up and champion, respectively.
  • Until the four conference finalists are identified, division winners (unless already eliminated) automatically place in the final four slots of every round and are ranked in order of total points, with points percentage, then regulation wins, then regulation/overtime wins the first three tiebreakers, respectively. The only teams who can draft lower than a division winner are teams who advance to the conference finals.
  • Any division winner that is eliminated before the conference final can pick no lower than 28th overall.

Official Round 1 Draft Order (Post-Lottery)

Lottery Teams

Pick Team odds/change 1st/2nd OA PTS Pts % RW ROW W
1 Buffalo 16.6% (-1.9) 31.6% 37 .330 11 11 15
2 Seattle 10.3% (-1.2) 20.5%
3 Anaheim 12.1% (-1.4) 23.8% 43 .384 11 15 17
4 New Jersey 10.3% (+0.8) 20.5% 45 .402 15 19 19
5 Columbus 8.5% (=) 17.1% 48 .429 12 15 18
6 Detroit 7.6% (+0.1) 15.4% 48 .429 16 17 19
7 San Jose 6.7% (+0.2) 13.6% 49 .438 15 16 21
8 Los Angeles 5.8% (-0.2)  11.8% 49 .438 19 20 21
9 Vancouver 5.4% (+0.9) 11.1% 50 .446 17 20 23
10 Ottawa 4.5% (+1.0) 9.3% 51 .455 18 21 23
11 Chicago 2.7% (+0.2) 5.6% 55 .491 15 22 24
12 Calgary 2.2% (+0.2) 4.6% 55 .491 22 25 26
13 Philadelphia 1.8% (+0.3) 3.8% 58 .518 17 22 25
14 Dallas 1.4% (+0.4) 2.9% 60 .536 17 21 23
15 NY Rangers 1.0% (+0.5) 2.1% 60 .536 24 26 27

*There will only be 31 picks in Round 1 of the 2021 NHL draft. The Arizona Coyotes took part in the lottery for administrative purposes and slotted 11th but are not allowed to participate in the first round on July 23. The Coyotes forfeited their first selection as punishment for holding illegal scouting combines under former general manager John Chayka.

Playoff Teams
Through games of Friday, June 11.

Pick Team PTS Pts % RW ROW W
16 St. Louis-x 63 .563 19 25 27
17 Winnipeg-x 63 .563 23 24 30
18 Nashville-x 64 .571 21 26 31
19 Edmonton-x 72 .643 31 35 35
20 Boston-x 73 .652 25 29 33
21 Minnesota-x 75 .670 27 34 35
22 Detroit (WAS-x) 77 .688 29 33 36
23 Florida-x 79 .705 26 36 37
*24 Columbus (TOR-x) 77 .688 29 34 35
*25 Minnesota (PIT-x) 77 .688 29 34 37
*26 Carolina-x 80 .714 27 32 36
*27 Colorado-x 82 .732 35 39 39
28 Montreal-y 59 .527 20 23 24
29 New Jersey (NYI-y) 71 .634 24 28 32
30 Columbus (TB-y) 75 .670 29 35 36
31 Vegas-y 82 .732 30 39 40

x – eliminated from playoffs
y – clinched conference final
* – division winner


Tiebreakers (if two or more teams have the same number of points once the regular season is complete) 1. Points percentage (if a disparity in games played) 2. Regulation wins (RW) 3. Regulation or 3-on-3 OT wins (ROW) 4. Total wins (includes shootouts) 5. Head-to-head points 6. Regular-season goal differential (all games) 7. Goals scored (GF) over full season

  • Arizona forfeits its 2021 first-round pick for violating the NHL’s scouting combine policy.
  • New Jersey received the Islanders’ 2021 first-round pick from the Travis Zajac/Kyle Palmieri deal.
  • Minnesota receives Pittsburgh’s 2021 first-round pick from the Jason Zucker trade.
  • Columbus receives Tampa Bay’s 2021 first-round pick via the David Savard trade.
  • Detroit acquired Washington’s 2021 first-round pick in the trade involving Anthony Mantha and Jakub Vrana.
  • Columbus receives Toronto’s 2021 first-round pick via the Nick Foligno trade.

Updated Draft Order (All 7 Rounds)

Updated June 11, 2021

Round Pick Team Origin
1 1 Buffalo
1 2 Seattle
1 3 Anaheim
1 4 New Jersey
1 5 Columbus
1 6 Detroit
1 7 San Jose
1 8 Los Angeles
1 9 Vancouver
1 10 Ottawa
1 11 Chicago
1 12 Calgary
1 13 Philadelphia
1 14 Dallas
1 15 NY Rangers
1 16 St. Louis
1 17 Winnipeg
1 18 Nashville
1 19 Edmonton
1 20 Boston
1 21 Minnesota
1 22 Detroit Washington
1 23 Florida
1 24 Columbus Toronto
1 25 Minnesota Pittsburgh
1 26 Carolina
1 27 Colorado
1 28 Montreal
1 29 New Jersey NY Islanders
1 30 Columbus Tampa Bay
1 31 Vegas
2 32 Buffalo
2 33 Anaheim
2 34 Seattle
2 35 Vegas New Jersey
2 36 Arizona Columbus
2 37 Detroit
2 38 Ottawa San Jose
2 39 Los Angeles
2 40 Vancouver
2 41 Ottawa
2 42 Arizona
2 43 Chicago
2 44 Calgary
2 45 Philadelphia
2 46 Dallas
2 47 Detroit NY Rangers
2 48 Los Angeles St. Louis
2 49 Winnipeg
2 50 Nashville
2 51 Detroit Edmonton
2 52 Buffalo Boston
2 53 Minnesota
2 54 Washington
2 55 Florida
2 56 Toronto
2 57 Pittsburgh
2 58 Carolina
2 59 NY Islanders Colorado
2 60 Montreal
2 61 New Jersey NY Islanders
2 62 Montreal Tampa Bay
2 63 Chicago Vegas
3 64 NY Rangers Buffalo
3 65 Anaheim
3 66 Seattle
3 67 New Jersey
3 68 Columbus
3 69 Detroit
3 70 San Jose
3 71 Los Angeles
3 72 Vancouver
3 73 Ottawa
3 74 Washington Arizona
3 75 Montreal Chicago
3 76 Calgary
3 77 Philadelphia
3 78 Dallas
3 79 NY Rangers
3 80 St. Louis
3 81 Winnipeg
3 82 Nashville
3 83 Calgary Edmonton
3 84 Boston
3 85 Minnesota
3 86 Montreal Washington
3 87 Buffalo Florida
3 88 Los Angeles Toronto
3 89 Minnesota Pittsburgh
3 90 Carolina
3 91 Colorado
3 92 Buffalo Montreal
3 93 NY Islanders
3 94 Tampa Bay
3 95 Detroit Vegas
4 96 Buffalo
4 97 Anaheim
4 98 Seattle
4 99 New Jersey
4 100 Columbus
4 101 Detroit
4 102 San Jose
4 103 NY Rangers Los Angeles
4 104 Chicago Vancouver
4 105 NY Rangers Ottawa
4 106 Arizona
4 107 Chicago
4 108 Los Angeles Calgary
4 109 Philadelphia
4 110 Dallas
4 111 NY Rangers
4 112 Montreal St. Louis
4 113 Vegas Winnipeg
4 114 Nashville
4 115 Edmonton
4 116 Boston
4 117 Minnesota
4 118 Washington
4 119 Florida
4 120 San Jose Toronto
4 121 Arizona Pittsburgh
4 122 Carolina
4 123 Nashville Colorado
4 124 Montreal
4 125 NY Islanders
4 126 Tampa Bay
4 127 Montreal Vegas
5 128 New Jersey Buffalo
5 129 Anaheim
5 130 Seattle
5 131 Columbus New Jersey
5 132 Columbus
5 133 Detroit
5 134 San Jose
5 135 Los Angeles
5 136 Vancouver
5 137 Ottawa
5 138 Arizona
5 139 Vancouver Chicago
5 140 Calgary
5 141 Montreal Philadelphia
5 142 Dallas
5 143 NY Rangers
5 144 St. Louis
5 145 Winnipeg
5 146 Nashville
5 147 Anaheim Edmonton
5 148 Boston
5 149 Minnesota
5 150 Washington
5 151 Florida
5 152 Toronto
5 153 Pittsburgh
5 154 Vegas Carolina
5 155 San Jose Colorado
5 156 Buffalo Montreal
5 157 NY Islanders
5 158 Tampa Bay
5 159 Philadelphia Vegas
6 160 Buffalo
6 161 Anaheim
6 162 Seattle
6 163 New Jersey
6 164 Columbus
6 165 Detroit
6 166 San Jose
6 167 Los Angeles
6 168 Vancouver
6 169 Ottawa
6 170 Arizona
6 171 Chicago
6 172 Calgary
6 173 Philadelphia
6 174 Dallas
6 175 NY Rangers
6 176 St. Louis
6 177 Vancouver Winnipeg
6 178 Nashville
6 179 Edmonton
6 180 Boston
6 181 Minnesota
6 182 Washington
6 183 Florida
6 184 Toronto
6 185 Edmonton Pittsburgh
6 186 Carolina
6 187 Buffalo Colorado
6 188 Montreal
6 189 NY Islanders
6 190 Tampa Bay
6 191 Vegas
7 192 Buffalo
7 193 Pittsburgh Anaheim
7 194 Seattle
7 195 Tampa Bay New Jersey
7 196 Columbus
7 197 Detroit
7 198 San Jose
7 199 Carolina Los Angeles
7 200 Vancouver
7 201 Ottawa
7 202 New Jersey Arizona
7 203 Chicago
7 204 Calgary
7 205 Philadelphia
7 206 Dallas
7 207 NY Rangers
7 208 Carolina St. Louis
7 209 Winnipeg
7 210 Tampa Bay Nashville
7 211 Edmonton
7 212 Boston
7 213 Minnesota
7 214 Pittsburgh Washington
7 215 Chicago Florida
7 216 Boston Toronto
7 217 Pittsburgh
7 218 Carolina
7 219 Colorado
7 220 Montreal
7 221 NY Islanders
7 222 Tampa Bay
7 223 Vegas  

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