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The 2024 Upper Deck National Hockey League Draft was held at Sphere in Las Vegas, and the first round of the draft began on Friday. The draft marked the commencement of the first round. Our team is giving information and analysis on each of the 32 first-round picks right now.

2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round: Top 10

First in this analysis of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round, we have the top 10:

1. San Jose Sharks: Macklin Celebrini

Number 1 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Macklin Celebrini.

Celebrini finished third in the NCAA with 64 points (32 goals, 32 assists) throughout his first year of college hockey at Boston University. He played in 38 games. In addition to that, he was awarded the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Year in the NCAA.

In addition to becoming the youngest person to ever receive the award, Celebrini is also the fourth product from Boston University to accomplish so, following in the footsteps of Jack Eichel (2015), Matt Gilroy (2009), and Chris Drury (1998). At the moment, Celebrini holds the record for being the youngest player in NCAA hockey this season. He turned 18 on June 13th.

He was the fourth player in the history of Hockey East to win both the rookie and player of the year awards, following in the footsteps of Eichel (2015), Paul Kariya (1993), and Brian Leetch (1987). He was the fourth player to win both titles.

Celebrini, who was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, made the decision to enhance his development by playing hockey with the San Jose Junior Sharks of Tier 1 AAA, playing prep school hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, and playing hockey with Chicago of the United States Hockey League prior to entering Boston University for this season. Following the draft, he will make a decision regarding whether or not to return to college.

2. Chicago Blackhawks: Artyom Levshunov

Number 2 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Artyom Levshunov.

Not only did the right-handed player (6-2, 205) earn a spot on the All-Big 10 First Team and All-Freshman Team, but he also received votes for both the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year.

The 18-year-old, who is presently the third-youngest player in men’s collegiate hockey, concluded 38 games with 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists), ranking second among NCAA freshmen defensemen and tying for ninth overall. He also tied for ninth place overall.

Due to the fact that he spent the whole season playing on the top defensive pairing, he finished first in the Big 10 with a plus-27 rating.

In light of the fact that forward Joe Murphy was selected first overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Draft and forward Craig Simpson was selected second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1985 NHL Draft, Levshunov is attempting to become the third player from Michigan State to be selected among the top three picks and the first defenseman to be selected from the school.

3. Anaheim Ducks: Beckett Sennecke

Number 3 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Beckett Sennecke.

The young player, who is only 18 years old, consistently generates high-quality scoring opportunities due to his good size (6-3, 182), strength, and abilities, in addition to his competence in the game of hockey. With seven game-winning goals, 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists), and seven power-play goals, Sennecke led the Generals in regular-season play.

He played in 63 games during the regular season. After playing in 16 games, he scored 10 goals, which matched him for fourth place in the playoffs of the Ontario Hockey League. In addition to having a great work ethic, Sennecke is a player who stands at a height of 200 feet and excels in all parts of the rink.

4. Columbus Blue Jackets: Cayden Lindstrom

Number 4 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Cayden Lindstrom.

Due to injuries to his hand and back, Powerhouse Lindstrom (6-3, 213) was unable to participate in the final 36 games of the regular season. Despite this, he was still considered a top forward option for the draft. Prior to coming off the bench on December 16, the 18-year-old player had accumulated 46 points in 32 games, including 27 goals and 19 assists. Following the completion of back surgery on March 29th, he made his return and participated in four Western Hockey League playoff games, during which he recorded two points (one goal and one assist) and 17 shots on goal.

5. Montreal Canadiens: Ivan Demidov

Number 5 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was  Ivan Demidov.

This is due to the fact that Demidov is an exceptional skater and puck handler, which allows him to play center, left wing, or right wing. The left-handed shooter (6-0, 192) led St. Petersburg’s club in the MHL, which is Russia’s junior tier, with 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists), six game-winning goals, and 144 shots on goal in 30 games. He also led the club in shots on goal. During the course of the regular season, the 18-year-old player had an average of 18 minutes and six seconds on the ice and 4.8 shots on goal per game.

Averaging 17 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time and 4.5 shots on goal, he finished the 17 games that comprised the MHL playoffs with a total of 28 points (11 goals and 17 assists). In addition, Demidov played for SKA St. Petersburg in four games of the Kontinental Hockey League, despite the fact that he was a scoreless player.

6. Utah Hockey Club: Tij Iginla

Number 6 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Tij Iginla.

In both on and off the ice, Iginla (6-0, 191), who will turn 18 on August 4, has gained a great deal of knowledge from his father, Jarome Iginla, a forward who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Thanks to a mix of his talent and the fiery competitiveness that was so visible in his father, Tij led the Rockets this season with 47 goals and finished second with 84 points and 11 power-play goals in 64 games.

He also finished in second place with both of these accomplishments. It is well known that the left-handed shot is a goal scorer who possesses a powerful shot and superb hands around the net. He led Kelowna in the Western Hockey League playoffs with nine goals and tied for the lead with 15 points in 11 games. The competitiveness and hockey sense that he possesses are also significant components of his game.

7. Ottawa Senators: Carter Yakemchuk

Number 7 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Carter Yakemchuck.

Following 66 games played during the regular season, the right-handed shooter (6-3, 202) finished seventh with 71 points and led Western Hockey League defensemen with 30 goals. He also led the league in assists with 30. There are three defenseman in the Western Hockey League who have scored 30 goals in the past ten seasons. Yakemchuk is one of them. The other two are Olen Zellweger (32, 2022-23) and Connor Hobbs (31, 2016–17).

In addition, Yakemchuk established a new record for the most goals scored by a defenseman in a single season in Calgary Hockey League. In addition to that, Yakemchuk scored three goals that made the difference in the game and had 31 points on the power play (10 goals, 21 assists). With Swift Current in the 2001–2002 season, the 18-year-old defenceman became the first defenseman eligible for the National Hockey League draft to score 30 goals in a single season in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

8. Seattle Kraken: Berkly Catton

Number 8 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Berkly Catton.

Catton, who finished the season with 116 points (62 assists, 54 goals) in 68 games, was the leader of the Spokane squad and placed fourth in the Western Hockey League. Catton had a record of 5-10 and 175 points. After Nic Petan recorded 120 points in the 2012–13 season and Connor Bedard had 143 points in the 2022-23 season, he became the third WHL skater eligible for the draft since the year 2000 to earn more than 115 points in a single season.

In addition to this, Catton led the Western Hockey League with seven short-handed goals, won 53.4% of his face-offs, and was third on his club with 30 power-play points (13 goals, 17 assists). The young player, who is only 18 years old, possesses exceptional awareness in all three zones and generates a great deal of scoring possibilities off offense.

Catton contributed to Canada’s victory in the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup by scoring eight goals and providing two assists over the course of five games. This helped Canada win the gold medal. He received the award for Player of the Year in the United States Division of the World Hockey League.

9. Calgary Flames: Zayne Parekh

Number 9 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Zayne Parekh.

Over the course of the month of January, Parekh (6-0, 178) rose from the tenth spot in Central Scouting’s midseason rankings to the fifth spot. He is a transitional defenseman and possess the ability to lead the power play. In 66 games during the regular season, the right-handed shot led all defensemen in the Ontario Hockey League. He also established records for Saginaw in terms of goals scored by a defenseman (33) and points scored by a defenseman (96).

In addition, Parekh scored ten goals on the power play, two goals while shorthanded, and six goals that made the difference in the game. During the playoffs in the Ontario Hockey League, he played in thirteen games and recorded eleven points (two goals and nine assists). Additionally, he contributed five points (one goal and four assists) to Saginaw’s triumph in the Memorial Cup. Many people have drawn parallels between the spectacular offensive powers of the 18-year-old and those of Erik Karlsson, a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

10. New Jersey Devils: Anton Silayev

Number 10 of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round was Anton Silayev.

After playing in 63 games during the regular season, Silayev (6-7, 211) finished in second place on his team with 98 hits, 103 shots on goal, 74 blocked shots, and 11 points (three goals, eight assists).

The left-handed shooter, who is eighteen years old and ranked second on Central Scouting’s midseason list in January, has the highest point total of any player under the age of eighteen in the history of the Kontinental Hockey League. He scored ten points for Novosibirsk in the 2008–2009 season, leaving Vladimir Tarasenko in second place.

Despite having an average of 14:54 minutes of ice time per game as a youngster in the KHL, Silayev was able to acclimate to the more physical style of the game, which was possibly the most astounding aspect of the player’s performance.

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2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round: 11 to 20

Second in this analysis of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round, we have the players chosen from positions 11 to 20 overall:

11. San Jose Sharks: Sam Dickinson

Over the course of 68 games during the regular season, the left-handed shooter (6-3, 203) finished in third place with 11 power-play goals and in fourth place among defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League with 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists). He finished third among London defensemen who were eligible for the draft with 70 points, trailing only Evan Bouchard (87 points, 2017–18) and Rob Ramage (73, 1976–77) in second and third place, respectively.

After being selected by the National Hockey League, the 18-year-old athlete was given a significant amount of playing time on the ice. In addition, he was a member of the first power play unit for a club that had the highest power play percentage in the entire Ontario Hockey League (32.6%). On top of that, he finished with 13 points in 18 OHL playoff games, which included nine assists and four goals overall.

Over the course of the season, Dickinson has demonstrated remarkable skating ability. At the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which took place on January 23, he secured the victory in both the 30-meter forward and 30-meter backward skates with a puck. As a result of his transition ability, he also finished in second position among all of the players.

12. Minnesota Wild: Zeev Buium

The Wild sent a third-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers in order to move up one slot in the draft and increase their chances of acquiring Buium. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference Rookie of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year led the NCAA in defenseman scoring with 50 points (11 goals, 39 assists) in 42 games for the NCAA champion. He also ranked ninth among all rookie defensemen.

The NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team also includes Buium, who finished with a record of 6-0 and 186 points. The 18-year-old was the second-youngest player in men’s college hockey, behind only the center Macklin Celebrini of Boston University, who was taken first overall by the San Jose Sharks.

Celebrini was selected by the San Jose Sharks. The United States of America won the gold medal at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship thanks in large part to the performance of Buium, who not only scored three goals, but also assisted on two others, recording a plus-11 rating in seven games, which was the most in the tournament.

13. Philadelphia Flyers: Jett Luchanko

Over the course of 68 games, Luchanko led Guelph with 74 points (20 goals, 54 assists), earning him the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player in the Ontario Hockey League. Luchanko finished with a record of 5-11 and 187 points. He tied for second place in the Ontario Hockey League with 30 assists on the power play. The number of face-off victories he had, 663, placed him ninth. Luchanko finished in second place for Smartest Player, Hardest Worker, and Best Skater in the 2024 Coaches Poll for the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

He also finished in third place for Best Shootout Shooter, as he went two for four during the season. Furthermore, Luchanko achieved a position within the top three in four additional categories. In addition, the seventeen-year-old player finished in the top five in six of the ten on-ice categories during the Canada Hockey League/National Hockey League Top Prospects Game fitness test that took place in January 2024. There have been some scouts who have made comparisons between the right-handed shot and Nick Suzuki, who is the captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

14. Buffalo Sabres: Konsta Helenius

The right-handed shooter, who is 18 years old and is 5-11 and 189 pounds, finished with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and five power-play goals while playing for Jukurit in the Liiga, which is the premier professional men’s league in Finland. He averaged 16 minutes and 57 seconds of ice time per game. Additionally, he was victorious in fifty-two percent of his face-offs. During this season, he took the lead in points among all under-19 players in the Liiga. at the seven games that Finland played at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, Helenius contributed two points (one goal, one assist) and thirteen shots on goal.

He also averaged 19 minutes and twelve seconds of ice time while playing in a second-line role. Finland ended in fourth place. His age of seventeen made him the youngest player to compete in the 2024 IIHF World Championship. He was the center of Finland’s top line, which also included Mikael Granlund of the San Jose Sharks and Valtteri Puustinen of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Some scouts have drawn comparisons between him and Brendan Point, a forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

15. Detroit Red Wings: Michael Brandsegg

Despite the fact that Brandsegg-Nygard (6-1, 207) was born in Oslo, Norway, he played for Mora in the HockeyAllsvenskan, which is the second tier of competition in Sweden. Eight goals and 10 assists contributed to the 18-year-old player’s total of 18 points, which he collected in 41 regular-season games. His ten points in twelve Allsvenskan postseason games (four goals and six assists) established a new record for a player who was eligible for the National Hockey League draft.

In the five games that Norway played in the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, he ended with nine shots on goal, averaged 17 minutes and 22 seconds of ice time, and collected five points (two goals and two assists). Brandsegg-Nygard is presently the player of Norwegian heritage who has been selected the highest in the history of the National Hockey League Draft. He was selected over forward Marius Holtet, who was selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round (number 42) in the 2002 NHL Draft. Brandsegg-Nygard is a multi-talented player who is capable of skating and shooting with great skill.

16. St. Louis Blues: Adam Jiricek

During the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, which took place on December 26, the right-handed shooter (6-2, 167) who was representing Czechia had an injury to his right knee. This caused him to miss the remainder of the season as he underwent surgery.

When it comes to the beginning of the 2024–25 season, he intends to feel prepared. During the current season, Jiricek, who is only 18 years old, participated in the highest professional men’s league in the Czech Republic. He recorded one assist in a total of 19 games. David Jiricek, a defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets, is his younger brother. He belongs to the same family.

17. Washington Capitals: Terik Parascak

In 68 games played during the regular season, Parascak (6-0, 179) led all rookies in the Western Hockey League in terms of goals (43), points (105) and goals scored while receiving short-handed (four). In the Western Hockey League (WHL), Pavel Brendl’s 134 points gained with Calgary in the 1998–1999 season set a record for the most points scored by a rookie.

In the Western Hockey League playoffs, Parascak finished second with 14 points and led all rookies with six goals. He played in a total of 12 games. The young player, who is only 18 years old, is able to keep his cool under pressure and has consistently shown that he is capable of closing down scoring opportunities that are near to the goal.

18. Chicago Blackhawks: Sacha Boisvert

Boisvert will continue to develop at the University of North Dakota for the upcoming season, and he has the potential to make history by becoming the first player from Quebec (Trois-Rivieres) to ever play for the program. When Boisvert was playing for Muskegon for the second time, his stature (6-2, 183) proved to be an asset. Following a rookie season in which he finished with 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 57 games, the 18-year-old tied for 11th place in the United States Hockey League with 68 points (36 goals, 28 assists) in 61 games.

19. Vegas Golden Knights: Trevor Connelly

Despite his 6-1, 160-pound stature, Connelly has decided to play for Providence College. With 78 points (31 goals, 47 assists) in 52 games, he ended in second place in the United States Hockey League. If one scout is to be believed, Elias Pettersson, a forward for the Vancouver Canucks, might be considered a possible comparable to the National Hockey League. However, the expediency with which Connelly enters the league will be contingent on the manner in which he reacts to concerns regarding his behavior both on and off the ice.

20. New York Islanders: Cole Eiserman

During the current season, Eiserman, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 197 pounds, was a member of the National Team Development Program Under-18 team for USA Hockey. He scored 58 goals in 57 games, and he went on to become the all-time leader in the program with 127 goals scored in 119 games. While he scored 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in 12 games against NCAA Division I opponents, he scored 34 points (25 goals, 9 assists) in 24 games against USHL clubs. His scoring is a combination of both goals and assists.

Additionally, Eiserman contributed to the United States’ achievement of the silver medal at the 2024 IIHF World Under-18 Championship by scoring 11 points (two assists and nine goals) throughout seven games while playing for the team.

Although there are concerns regarding the 17-year-old’s ability to finish his game, the powerful shot that he possesses is what sets him apart as a top-tier prospect in the National Hockey League. Over the course of the following season at Boston University, he would continue to improve in that particular area.Some of Eiserman’s closest friends and family members believe that his work ethic will assist him in enhancing his skill to the point where it will allow him to achieve success in the National Hockey League.

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2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round: 21 to 32

Third in this analysis of the 2024 NHL Draft 2024 First Round, we have the players chosen from positions 21 to 32 overall:

21. Montreal Canadiens: Michael Hage

The E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence was presented to the right-handed pitcher who is 18 years old and has a height of 6 feet and 188 inches. This particular right-handed pitcher most exemplifies the NHL draft prospect’s dedication to excellence via the strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism.

Following the dislocation of his right shoulder on the first day of training camp and the subsequent loss of nearly six months of time due to surgery, Hage began his junior career with Chicago during the previous season. There were a total of thirteen games that he took part in. In the regular season, he played 54 games and finished with 75 points (33 goals, 42 assists). In the playoffs, he played two games and finished with four points (two goals, two assists). He finished fourth in the league this season.

He moved up nine ranks to become the tenth best North American skater in Central Scouting’s final evaluation of North American skaters for the 2024 selection, having started off at the nineteenth slot in the midterm ranking in January. During this season, Hage paid tribute to his father Alain, who had passed away the previous summer as a result of an accident that occurred in a swimming pool. The next year, he plans to play at the University of Michigan, also known as Michigan.

22. Nashville Predators: Egor Surin

After playing 43 games in Russia’s junior league, Surin finished with 53 points (23 goals and 30 assists) and a record of 6-1 and 197. Over the course of his three games in the Kontinental Hockey League with Yaroslavl, the 17-year-old player has already earned considerable experience. He is known for his hard work ethic.

23. Anaheim Ducks: Stian Solberg

By dealing the No. 31 and No. 58 picks to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ducks were able to move up to the 23rd overall pick and choose Solberg, a competitive two-way left-handed shot who is capable of playing a hard game.

Solberg has a record of 6-1 and 205. As a member of the most prestigious professional league in Norway, he participated in 42 regular-season games, scoring five goals and ten assists for a total of 15 points. In addition, he added two goals and seven assists for a total of nine points in 17 playoff games.

Scouts have made comparisons between Solberg and Ivan Provorov, the defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Provorov is now playing for the Senators.The 18-year-old will be playing for the Farjestad team of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2024–2025 season.

24. Utah Hockey Club: Cole Beaudoin

Utah was the team that selected the Colorado Avalanche with the 38th overall pick, the 71st overall pick, and a second-round pick in the 2025 National Hockey League Draft. Because of this, Utah was able to move up to the 24th place and choose Beaudoin (6-2, 210), a physically impressive player who distinguished himself during the fitness testing portion of the NHL Scouting Combine.

The young player, who was only 18 years old at the time, contributed to Canada’s victory at the 2024 IIHF World Under-18 Championship by scoring 28 goals and 34 assists for a total of 62 points in 67 regular-season games, five goals and three assists in six playoff games in the Ontario Hockey League, and four goals and two assists in seven games total. Boone Jenner, the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, continues to serve as an inspiration for Beaudoin’s performance.

25. Boston Bruins: Dean Letourneau

With a height of 83.25 inches, Letourneau, who is 6 feet 6 inches tall and 214 inches tall, was the tallest player at the NHL Scouting Combine. He was a strong player at the prep school level, with 127 points (61 goals, 66 assists) in 56 games. He was a member of the coaching staff. On the other hand, evaluating the 18-year-old was challenging because there were worries over the quality of play that he interacted with. The scouts, on the other hand, were blown away by his raw abilities, and they will be put to the test when he enrolls at Boston College in the fall.

26. Los Angeles Kings: Liam Greentree

The ability of Greentree, a big forward who stands 6-2 and weighs 215 pounds, to drive the ball into the net and find free space in order to shoot the puck has increased. On January 15, the young man, who is only 18 years old, won the position of captain, making him the 59th captain in the history of Windsor. He was one of the most active players in the challenging areas of the ice during the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that took place on January 24. He also assisted on a goal during the game.

In the Ontario Hockey League, Greentree finished tied for eleventh place with 90 points (36 goals and 54 assists) after playing in 64 games. In addition to that, he was fourth with four assists when playing short-handed.

Because of the combination of his skills and his tenacity, which are attributes that are highly valued by NHL scouts and general managers, it is possible that he may be selected higher in the draft than most people think. In spite of the fact that Windsor finished 19th out of 20 teams in the Ontario Hockey League, Greentree would draw a smiley face on his sticks before each game in order to remind himself to have a positive attitude.

27. Chicago Blackhawks: Marek Vanacker

Vanacker (6-0, 178) was the player that led Brantford with 82 points (36 goals, 46 assists) in 68 games. The Blackhawks earned another selection in the first round after trading picks Nos. 34 and 50 to the Carolina Hurricanes. This allowed them to select Vanacker. By scoring one goal in six games in the World Under-18 Championships, the 18-year-old player contributed to Canada’s victory and earned the gold medal.

Even though he had a ruptured labrum in his left shoulder, he still managed to play for almost the entire season. This is the most incredible thing about him. Considering that he underwent surgery in June, his recovery time should be between four and six months.

28. Calgary Flames: Matvei Gridin

At the age of three, Gridin, who is 6 feet 1 inch and 189 pounds, began playing hockey in his hometown of Kurgan, Russia. These are the places where Andrey, his father, began instructing him in the fundamentals. Following his participation in the youth leagues of Russia for both St. Petersburg and Omsk, Muskegon selected him in the fifteenth round (number 223) of the United States Hockey League draft in 2022.

In sixty games, the 18-year-old player led the United States Hockey League with 83 points (38 goals, 45 assists). The 21 points he scored (eight goals and thirteen assists) in 40 games during the 2022–2023 season is a big rise from what he had in those games. A player that has committed to playing for the University of Michigan, Gridin will be a member of the team for the upcoming season. With his quick reflexes, IQ, and one of the fastest shot releases that Muskegon coach Parker Burgess has ever seen, he is a playmaker who is responsible for making plays.

29. Dallas Stars: Emil Hemming

His inaugural season in the Liiga, Finland’s best professional men’s league, comes to a close with Hemming finishing with 11 points (seven goals, four assists), 73 shots on goal, and an average of 10:04 of ice time in 40 games with TPS. Hemming, who will turn 18 on June 27, will be playing in his first season in the league.

Additionally, he tied for the team lead in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup at the end of August by scoring nine points for Finland, which tied for third place. His contributions included four goals and five assists. Additionally, he participated in eleven postseason games with the TPS squad in Finland’s junior league, where he collected ten points (five goals and five assists).

30. New York Rangers: EJ Emery

In the 61 games that Emery (6-3, 183) played with the NTDP U-18 team this season, he produced 16 assists, including six assists and a plus-15 rating that matched for the tournament lead in seven games for the United States of America at the 2024 U–18 Worlds.

Emery has committed to playing for the University of North Dakota in the 2024–25 season. Because he is able to transition efficiently and makes effective use of his length and quickness to shut down and guard a significant amount of space, the 18-year-old defenseman is a model of consistency among the stay-at-home defensemen from this draft class.

31. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ben Danford

After generating 33 points (one goal, 32 assists) in 64 games during the regular season, Danford (6-1, 191) saw a significant improvement in their offensive performance during the playoffs of the Ontario Hockey League. They scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 21 games. The right-handed shooter, who is 18 years old, is thought to be a competent and trustworthy defenseman who has the ability to improve his offensive talents. This is the belief that has been held.

32. Edmonton Oilers: Sam O’Reilly

In order to acquire the last first-round selection for this year, the Oilers decided to transfer their first-round selection to the Philadelphia Flyers in either the year 2025 or the year 2026. They made use of it to acquire O’Reilly, a right-handed shooter who had only recently transitioned to a forward role while playing in the Greater Toronto Hockey League three years ago.

Formerly a defenseman, O’Reilly is now a forward. Over the course of 68 games, O’Reilly, who has a record of 6-1 and 184, accumulated 56 points (20 goals, 36 assists) to place third among rookies in the Ontario Hockey League.

During the playoffs, the 18-year-old player led all OHL rookies in scoring with 12 points (five goals and seven assists) in 16 games. His performance contributed to London’s victory in the league championship.


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