2021 NHL Draft | Live Blog


The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft will take place live from the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey on Friday, July 23, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage for Rounds 2-7 will kick off on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. ET, once again live from the NHL studios in Secaucus.

Just like it was the case for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s selection process held last month, the NHL Entry Draft is being held virtually because of Covid-19 restrictions.

With 44 players ranked on the NHL Central Scouting list and many more prospects to choose from, it should be yet another interesting draft the QMJHL and its representatives. Last year, five players from the Q were selected in the opening round, including first overall pick Alexis Lafrenière, while another 14 were chosen in the ensuing rounds.

Everything you need to know about the QMJHLers at the 2021 NHL Draft can be found here on our Live Blog or on our @QMJHL Twitter feed.


  • 1st round, 17th pick | Zachary Bolduc, St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have used the 17th selection of the opening round to pick up Rimouski Oceanic forward Zachary Bolduc. The 18-year-old forward from Trois-Rivières was ranked 17th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting list. One year after seeing Alexis Lafrenière get claimed with the first overall pick, Rimouski has once again seen one of its players become the first QMJHL representative off the board.


Learn more about the Blues new prospect:

-Prospect Analysis: Zachary Bolduc – VIDEO
-Meet the Future: Zachary Bolduc – VIDEO
-Golden Puck Awards: Michael-Bossy Trophy – VIDEO


  • 1st round, 22nd pick | Xavier Bourgault, Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers added another creative player to their core by drafting Shawinigan Cataractes star forward Xavier Bourgault. Coming in at the 13th spot among North American skaters, the L’Islet, Quebec native was the highest ranked QMJHL prospect entering the draft. Bourgault follows teammate Mavrik Bourque (Dallas, 2020 – 1/30) as the latest Shawinigan product selected in the opening round of the NHL Entry Draft.


Learn more about the Oilers new prospect:

-Prospect Analysis: Xavier Bourgault – VIDEO
-Prospect Profile: Xavier Bourgault – VIDEO
-Under the Microscope: Xavier Bourgault – ARTICLE


  • 1st round, 27th pick | Zachary L’Heureux, Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators used their second pick of the first round to grab Halifax power forward Zachary L’Heureux. The Chateauguay, Quebec native became the latest Mooseheads player selected in the opening round of the draft following in the footsteps of teammate Justin Barron (Colorado, 2020 – 1/25).


Learn more about the Predators new prospect:

-Prospect Analysis: Zachary L’Heureux – VIDEO
-Meet the Future: Zachary L’Heureux – VIDEO
-Under the Microscope: Zachary L’Heureux – ARTICLE


  • 1st round, 30th pick | Zachary Dean, Vegas Golden Knights

A true game-changer, Gatineau Olympiques forward Zachary Dean has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights with the 30th pick of the opening round. The centerman is the first Olympiques player selected in the first round of the NHL Draft since Emile Poirier (Calgary, 2013 – 1/22). He is the latest Q draft pick Vegas has made, following the franchise’s selection of Lukas Cormier (Vegas, 2020 – 3/68) last year.


Learn more about the Golden Knights new prospect:

-Prospect Analysis: Zachary Dean – VIDEO
-Meet the Future: Zachary Dean – VIDEO
-Under the Microscope: Zachary Dean – ARTICLE


  • 2nd round, 56th pick | Evan Nause, Florida Panthers

The first QMJHL defenseman selected in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Evan Nause of the Quebec Remparts was drafted with the 56th pick by the Florida Panthers. One of the most well-rounded blueliners in the QMJHL, Nause earned a spot on the 2020-21 QMJHL Rookie All-Star Team after picking up 22 points in his first 32 games with the Remparts.


Learn more about the Panthers new prospect:

-Under the Microscope: Evan Nause – ARTICLE
-Golden Puck Awards: Rookie All-Star Team – ARTICLE


  • 2nd round, 63rd pick | Riley Kidney, Montreal Canadiens

A tremendous playmaker with great vision, Acadie-Bathurst Titan centreman Riley Kidney was selected by the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the second round with the 63rd pick. The Halifax native racked up 38 points in 33 games this past regular season before leading the Titan with another 17 points in 9 playoff outings.



  • 3rd round, 76th pick | Tyson Hinds, Anaheim Ducks



  • 3rd round, 77th pick | Cole Huckins, Calgary Flames



  • 3rd round, 89th pick | Cameron Whynot, Calgary Flames



  • 4th round, 97th pick | Olivier Nadeau, Buffalo Sabres



  • 4th round, 113th pick | William Trudeau, Montreal Canadiens



  • 5th round, 131st pick | Jacob Melanson, Seattle Kraken



  • 5th round, 133rd pick | James Malatesta, Columbus Blue Jackets



  • 5th round, 136th pick | Robert Orr, Carolina Hurricanes



  • 5th round, 139th pick | Manix Landry, Arizona Coyotes


  • 5th round, 147th pick | Justin Robidas, Carolina Hurricanes



  • 5th round, 150th pick | Joshua Roy, Montreal Canadiens



  • 5th round, 154th pick | Isaac Belliveau, Pittsburgh Penguins



  • 5th round, 155th pick | Oscar Plandowski, Detroit Red Wings



  • 5th round, 159th pick | Viljami Marjala, Buffalo Sabres



  • 5th round, 160th pick | Cameron MacDonald, Tampa Bay Lightning


  • 6th round, 165th pick | Ben Boyd, Columbus Blue Jackets


  • 6th round, 191st pick | Xavier Simoneau, Montreal Canadiens



  • 7th round, 199th pick | Evgenii Kashnikov, San Jose Sharks


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