DP Scouting Team’s 2021 NHL Draft Rankings (March 2021)

Tony Ferrari


Graphic Courtesy of Andrew Armstrong


The 2021 NHL Draft, tentatively scheduled for July, will be one of the most unique in the history of the league. There have been a number of challenges for players, teams, coaches, and scouts alike. That’s not to say the work stopped for any of those people despite the constant stop-and-starts of the QMJHL or the recent start to the WHL season. The European leagues have, for the most part, played quite a bit of their typical season and despite the J20 Nationell ending their year early, many players played at the SHL or Allsvenskan level, with some even moving to the third tier league in Sweden, HockeyEttan. Brandt Clarke, noted Canadian, went to the Slovakian league to start his year and get some games under his belt while Brennan Othmann and more recently Mason McTavish went to Switzerland. Players are figuring out how to put themselves in a situation to at least get their skates moving.


This clearly isn’t a perfect situation. Everyone is dealing with different challenges and obstacles. It’s exasperated by the fact that the 2021 NHL Draft class is so wide open at the top