#5 – Kent Johnson – Columbus Blue Jackets
It is pretty easy to get excited over a top five pick but to nab perhaps the most skilled forward in the whole draft a few spots down is a job well done.
#18 – Chaz Lucius – Winnipeg Jets
Two of the most difficult things to find: goal scoring and a right handed center both in this player.
#27 – Zachary L’Heureux – Nashville Predators
Trading back up in to the first round (to possibly thwart Colorado) and grab this unique type of talent was a fantastic move.
#44 – Aleksi Heimosalmi – Carolina Hurricanes
Possibly the biggest steal of the draft in a pro style defenseman who is only improving.
#50 – Nikita Chibrikov – Winnipeg Jets
First round talent at pick 50 is a win every time.
#61 – Sean Behrens – Colorado Avalanche
Fantastic value on a much needed prospect LD and a local kid too.
#66 – Sasha Pastujov – Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim adds to an impressive young forward group with a guy who could have gone in the first round.
#84 – Kirill Kirsanov – LA Kings
A great value pick and one of the safest bets to contribute — soon.
#92 – Tristen Lennox – NY Islanders
Feels like a spot where a once overlooked goalie right after Colorado’s pick will eventually shine.
#97 – Olivier Nadeau – Buffalo Sabres
A bit of a sleeper is a good find to start the fourth round.
#111 – Conner Roulette – Dallas Stars
Goal scoring punch outside the top 100 is always a worthy bet.
#126 – Dylan Duke – Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa type pick to take talent and they’ll figure out how to get him ready for the NHL.
#131 – Jacob Melanson – Seattle Kraken
Found a rare skill with physicality type player plus a Nova Scotian as well.
#152 – Kirill Gerasimyuk – Florida Panthers
Great selection of the most talented goaltenders in the class.
#153 – Ty Voit – Toronto Maple Leafs
For a very thin draft class Toronto found a interesting skill gamble pretty late.
#179 – Simon Knak – Nashville Predators
Nice place to grab an improved overager and Swiss WJC captain.
#190 – Artur Cholach – Vegas Golden Knights
Good on Vegas giving a Ukrainian a chance at NHL development.
#191 – Xavier Simoneau – Montreal Canadiens
Finally in his third time through the draft someone takes a chance on this small but very effective and successful QMJHL player.
#205 – Arsenii Sergeev – Calgary Flames
Calgary gets the scouting award for finding a Russian goalie playing in Shreveport.
#213 – Andre Gasseau – Boston Bruins
Size and skill always welcome at the end of a draft class.
#219 – Joel Nystrom – Carolina Hurricanes
As the 13th and final pick in an epic two-day haul which saw Carolina make five trades to either move down or defer to 2022 and they still found talent and upside in a puck moving defenseman with nearly the last pick in the draft.