Sabres select Michigan D Power with No. 1 pick

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday night. Power, 18, was the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. His selection marks just the fourth time in NHL history that an NCAA player has gone first overall, joining forward Joe Murphy (1986, Detroit Red Wings), goalie Rick DiPietro (2000, New York Islanders) and defenseman Erik Johnson (2006, […]

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What channel is the 2021 NHL Draft on today? Time, TV schedule, live stream to watch Day 1

It’s NHL Draft time! Beginning Friday night, more than 220 players will be selected across seven rounds by 32 NHL franchises. The Sabres will kick things off Friday and the draft will conclude Saturday when the back-to-back champion Stanley Cup champion Lightning pick No. 224 overall. In between, there will be lots of intrigue and surely a few surprises. One thing that is set is that the Kraken, the league’s newest club, will make its first selections starting with the second overall pick. Like […]

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NHL Draft 2021 order by team: Complete list of picks for all 32 franchises

After months of waiting, the 2021 NHL Draft is officially here. Over the course of two days, July 23-24, 223 players will find out where they’ll get a chance to pursue their professional hockey dreams. Note that there are 224 slots but the Coyotes had to forfeit their first-rounder. Entering Friday’s first round, the Sabres hold the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in four years. As of now, Owen Power is the projected top guy, but Buffalo did […]

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Been there, done that: Vegas Golden Knights have advice for Seattle Kraken

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Congratulations! You’ve been acquired by the Seattle Kraken, the NHL’s newest expansion team. So now what? Obviously you need time to process this life change. You could probably use a little help, too. Luckily, we have a handbook prepared to assist you in all matters of expansion-team acclimation, prepared by some experts on the subject who recently experienced something quite similar. Presenting the Vegas Golden Knights’ guide to life on an NHL expansion […]

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Seattle Kraken roster tracker: Latest updates, rumors on 2021 NHL Expansion Draft picks

The Seattle Kraken are ready to officially unveil their roster during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. On Wednesday night, general manager Ron Francis, aided by a plethora of big names including women’s basketball star Sue Bird, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Marshawn Lynch, will announce the 30 guys he’s taking from your favorite team during a broadcast on ESPN. Until then, who will don the Kraken jersey come October is still a subject of speculation, but that hasn’t stopped the mock drafts to flow, […]

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NHL Mock Expansion Draft 2021: Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko headline Seattle Kraken picks

The time has come as the NHL’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, is set to fill up its roster during Wednesday’s expansion draft (8 p.m. ET). Who they will select from the 30 teams is anyone’s guess. (Vegas is exempt from the expansion draft.) GM Ron Francis has said he’d liked to have cap space in today’s economy but his owners have also given him the green light to spend freely to the cap ceiling if he feels it neccessary. There are a few […]

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Kivlenieks ‘died a hero’ saving Merzlikins, wife

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins says his teammate Matiss Kivlenieks “died a hero” after saving him and his pregnant wife from the errant fireworks blast that killed the 24-year-old. “He saved not just many lives, but when it happened, I was standing 20, 30 feet back of him and I was hugging my wife,” Merzlikins said at Kivlenieks’ memorial service Thursday in Arlington, Ohio. “He saved my son, he saved my wife, […]

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Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi a healthy scratch for Stanley Cup Game 4

With everything on the line in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme went with an interesting move on Monday, making Jesperi Kotkaniemi a healthy scratch. Jake Evans slots in. “It’s not a punishment. Every player wants to play, wants to be on the ice. That’s normal. We have 28 guys right now, and they all want to be on the ice,” Ducharme explained. “We like KK. He played the 75 (total) games this year, he’s […]

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NHL Playoffs Daily: Lightning look to finish Stanley Cup Final sweep

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Stanley Cup will be at the Bell Centre. Will the Tampa Bay Lightning be celebrating on the ice tonight, or can the Montreal Canadiens extend the series and begin staging their comeback? Check out the ESPN NHL Playoffs Daily to catch up every day of the postseason until the Stanley Cup is handed out in July. Monday’s game Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens | 8 p.m. (Lightning lead 3-0) […]

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Why Canadiens Cole Caufield can be Americas next star

Cole Caufield has to be pretty comfortable wearing red, white and blue — or some combo of it — by now. The wee winger played for the U.S. National Team Development Program (2017-19) and the national team at the U17s, U18s and world juniors. His second stint on the U20 team was golden.  He wore red and white at the University of Wisconsin (2019-21), where he capped his collegiate career with the 2021 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top men’s […]

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