Beginning Friday night, more than 220 players will be selected across seven rounds by 32 NHL franchises. The Sabres will kick things off Friday and the draft will conclude Saturday when the back-to-back champion Stanley Cup champion Lightning pick No. 224 overall. In between, there will be lots of intrigue and surely a few surprises. One thing that is set is that the Kraken, the league’s newest club, will make its first selections starting with the second overall pick.
Like the 2020 edition, the 2021 draft will be held virtually.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to tune in, including the start time and first-round draft order.
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What channel is the 2021 NHL Draft on today?
Date: Friday, July 23
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV channel (U.S.): ESPN2
TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, SN NOW, TVA Sports
Date: Saturday, July 24
Time: 11 a.m. ET
TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, SN NOW
Broadcasting from the home of NHL Network in New Jersey, ESPN2, which is back covering hockey, will air coverage of Round 1 in the United States. NHL Network will take over the draft on Saturday and cover Rounds 2-7. Viewers in Canada will be able to watch all seven rounds on Sportsnet, with TVA Sports providing coverage of Round 1 as well.
Fans in the U.S. can also watch on NHL.com or sign up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
2021 NHL Draft order of picks
The Sabres snagged the top spot in the draft lottery and for the second time in four years will have the No. 1 pick. In 2018, the team drafted defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall. This year, it’s looking as if it’ll be another defenseman in the top spot with Owen Power topping most rankings