The San Jose Sharks aren’t going anywhere in the 2021 NHL Draft.
After tonight’s Draft lottery, they will be picking No. 7 in the first round of the Draft on July 23rd. They came into tonight with the seventh-best odds of winning the lottery.
Instead, it’s the Buffalo Sabres who will draft No. 1, followed by the expansion Seattle Kraken. The Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Detroit Red Wings round out, in that order, the top-six.
There will be a plethora of promising prospects available to the San Jose Sharks at No. 7.
Defenseman Luke Hughes, right winger Dylan Guenther, center Matthew Beniers, and defenseman Brandt Clarke, No. 4 through 7 respectively on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings for North American skaters, are more likely possibilities for San Jose’s draft position. Left winger William Eklund and defenseman Simon Edvinsson, who top the Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings for International skaters, could also be available. Or the Sharks could look between the pipes at consensus top goalie Jesper Wallstedt.
Per Bob McKenzie’s mid-season Draft rankings, centers Kent Johnson and Chaz Lucius could also be there at No. 7.
The last 10 No. 7 picks have been respectively, from 2020 to 2011, Alexander Holtz, Dylan Cozens, Quinn Hughes, Lias Andersson, Clayton Keller, Ivan Provorov, Haydn Fleury, Darnell Nurse, Matt Dumba, and Mark Scheifele.
The San Jose Sharks have never picked No. 7 in the Draft.
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