2021 NHL Draft First Round Open Thread

Come chat with us as the Blue Jackets make three selections...and maybe a trade?

After what seems like an interminable off-season so far, the NHL draft is finally here! Your Columbus Blue Jackets are currently scheduled to make three selections tonight, including the #5 overall pick. The action starts at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 here in the states or on SportsNet north of the border.

Here at The Cannon, we have profiled over 30 prospects who could be chosen tonight. You can find those profiles here.

We are also waiting to find out if defenseman Seth Jones gets traded this weekend. There have already been a flurry of deals made today, including Rasmus Ristolainen to Philadelphia, Pavel Buchnevich to St. Louis, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson to Vancouver.

UPDATE: Before the draft, Seth Jones was traded for Adam Boqvist, a first and second round pick in 2022, and a swap of #12 and #32 this year. The second round pick was then traded to Carolina for Jake Bean.

UPDATE2: With the #5 pick, the Jackets selected center Kent Johnson from the University of Michigan.

UPDATE3: With the #12 pick, the Jackets selected center Cole Sillinger, son of former Jacket Mike Sillinger.

UPDATE4: With the #25 pick, the Jackets selected defenseman Cole Ceulemans, on his way to attending the University of Wisconsin.

Here is the full draft order, which we will keep updated through the night:

1. Buffalo Sabres - Owen Power

2. Seattle Kraken - Matthew Beniers

3. Anaheim Ducks - Mason McTavish

4. New Jersey Devils - Luke Hughes

5. Columbus Blue Jackets - Kent Johnson

6. Detroit Red Wings - Simon Edvinsson

7. San Jose Sharks - William Eklund

8. Los Angeles Kings - Brandt Clarke

9. Arizona Coyotes (from Vancouver Canucks) - Dylan Guenther

10. Ottawa Senators - Tyler Boucher

11. Forfeited pick

12. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Chicago Blackhawks) - Cole Sillinger

13. Calgary Flames - Matthew Coronato

14. Buffalo Sabres (from Philadelphia Flyers) - Isak Rosen

15. Detroit Red Wings (from Dallas Stars) - Sebastian Cossa

16. New York Rangers - Brennan Othmann

17. St. Louis Blues - Zachary Bolduc

18. Winnipeg Jets - Chaz Lucius

19. Nashville Predators - Fedor Svechkov

20. Minnesota Wild (from Edmonton Oilers) - Jesper Wallstedt

21. Boston Bruins - Fabian Lysell

22. Edmonton Oilers (from Minnesota Wild) - Xavier Bourgault

23. Dallas Stars (from Detroit Red Wings from Washington Capitals) - Wyatt Johnston

24. Florida Panthers - Mackie Samoskevich

25. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Toronto Maple Leafs) - Corson Ceulemans

26. Minnesota Wild (from Pittsburgh Penguins) - Carson Lambos

27. Nashville Predators (from Carolina Hurricanes) - Zachary L’Heureux

28. Colorado Avalanche - Oskar Olausson

29. New Jersey Devils (from New York Islanders) - Chase Stillman

30. Vegas Golden Knights - Zach Dean

31. Montreal Canadiens - Logan Mailloux

32. Chicago Blackhawks (from Columbus Blue Jackets from Tampa Bay Lightning) - Nolan Allan

— Arizona Coyotes forfeit pick No. 11 for violating NHL Combine Testing policy during 2019-20 season

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