All-Vibes 2021 NHL Mock Draft

Tony Ferrari

2021-05-21

Welcome to the ALL-Vibes 2021 NHL Mock Draft presented by Feeling Good and #Analysis 

The NHL is a league where teams draft a player based on being “6’5″ every time he steps onto the ice”. Despite being the most reserved league of the major sports in North America, they may draft off of vibes more often than any other sport. It just isn’t the cool vibes we’re all thinking of. It’s the player is big or a real character guy in the room. That’s all good and well (not usually, but we’ll ignore that for now) but the plan here to take that to the next level. Let’s put together a ridiculous, fun, and analysis-lacking, ALL-VIBES Mock Draft.

 

Draft order courtesy of Tankathon

 

Will any of the picks be correct? Probably not but maybe. Will this be fun and the reasoning for the picks be fun to make up? Yup. If you plan on taking this exercise seriously, I honestly can’t tell you to relax enough. This is the kind of analysis you get from the “Big Networks” so obviously you can expect the best. Seriously though, have some fun. The order above was the lone spin taken on Tankathon.com to determine the draft order. Congrats Ducks fans, you get the first overall pick. Let’s get started.

 

1st Overall | Anaheim Ducks | C Matthew Beniers

Matthew Beniers is maybe the most polished and pro-ready prospect in the draft. He plays a solid 200-foot game and much like the World Juniors, he could play an admirable second fiddle to Trevor Zegras as the Ducks look to solidify their center position in the top-six for years to come.

 

2nd Overall | New Jersey Devils | W William Eklund

He played with 2020 seventh overall pick Alexander Holtz all season long with Djurgårdens in the SHL. They looked pretty sick together. Why not keep them together? He is a dual threat attacker who would be a great addition to the Devils forward group.

 

3rd Overall | Buffalo Sabres | LD Owen Power

Who loved the Tyler Myers experience in Buffalo? Okay, well how about if Myers ever reached and sustained his ceiling after that great rookie year? If you give Power some time, he could be stout top-four defender and maybe even play #2 to Dahlin moving forward. There are also very strong “We don’t have a scouting staff so draft the big boi” vibes from the Sabres who have a very minimal scouting staff to put it kindly.

4th Overall | Seattle Kraken | LD Luke Hughes

The Kraken seem cool so far. Luke Hughes is fun and it would create a brother v brother rivalry with Quinn in Vancouver. It’s all but assumed that the two franchises will be the closest competition for each other. Hughes v Hughes, Luke v Quinn, Seattle v Vancouver.

 

5th Overall | Columbus Blue Jackets | W Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson is a fun-as-hell, dangly boy when he is at his best. The guy plays the game like your friend who can’t be beaten at NHL21. The problem is sometimes even he can’t pull off what he’s trying. It’s a fun pick for a team that is losing Torts. By sadness, hello smiles!

 

6th Overall | Detroit Red Wings | G Jesper Wallstedt

This one is two-fold. The Red Wings have no clear-cut goalie of t