NHL Draft Recap

By AJ Pisacano

  1. New York Rangers – Alexis Lafreniere

After surprisingly winning the first overall pick in the draft lottery, the Rangers were looking to add some serious talent to their already young and dangerous roster. A predictable pick, yet a solid one nonetheless, the Rangers select Left-Wing Alexis Lafreniere with the first pick. Alexis Lafreniere is a solid player with a good shot and good vision and is expected to have a stellar rookie season.

  1. Los Angeles Kings – Quinton Byfield

With the second overall pick in the draft, the Kings selected Center Quinton Byfield. As the Kings’ lineup gets a little older, especially at the center position, Byfield may turn out to be a great selection for them. As a strong yet skillful player, Byfield is a great addition to the roster and will most likely be a big help for the Kings moving forward.  

  1. Ottawa Senators – Tim Stutzle

With their first of an astonishing three picks in the first round of this draft, the Senators selected Center/Left-Wing, Tim Stutzle. As a versatile player, Tim Stutzle brings a lot to the table. Skillful, fast, and a great scorer, Tim Stutzle is a great addition to this Senators team.

  1. Detroit Red Wings – Lucas Raymond

With the fourth overall pick in the NHL draft, the Detroit Red Wings Selected right-winger Lucas Raymond. Known for his quick hands, advanced puck handling skills, and speed, Lucas Raymond has a lot of potential. He is able to capitalize on opportunities around the net and has great vision. His speed and agility make him a natural at drawing penalties and he is able to put his skill set and passing ability to use on the powerplay. Perhaps one of his few weaknesses is his small size, but the Red Wings can find plenty of ways to use him effectively. With all of the assets he brings to the table the Red Wings made a great selection at the fourth pick.

  1. Ottawa Senators – Jake Sanderson

With the fifth overall pick in the NHL draft, the Ottowa Senators selected defenseman Jake Sanderson. A very dynamic player, Sanderson is almost a two way defenseman, his offensive ability just as impressive as his defense. With a strong shot, natural hockey sense, and good vision, Sanderson is a raw talent, and will be able to contribute on both offense and defense. With Stutzle and Sanderson both lacing up for Ottawa this year, the Senators are looking for a strong 2021 season.

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