NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced its coverage plans for the 2021 NHL Draft and the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Both events will be produced by NHL Original Productions, in partnership with ESPN, NHL Network and Sportsnet.
The first round of the Repêchage LNH 2021 airs Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the US and Sportsnet and SN NOW in Canada, live from NHL Network Studios in Secaucus, NJ
ESPN Jean Buccigross will host live coverage of Round 1, alongside Sportsnet analysts Elliott Friedman and Sam Cosentino. Weekes, NHL Network Jackie Redmond, and ESPN hockey writer and reporter Emilie Kaplan will join the coverage team, providing insight and analysis.
NHL Network ™ will offer exclusive coverage of Rounds 2-7 in the United States on Saturday, July 24 at 11 am ET, live from its studios in Secaucus. The NHL Network’s flagship programs, NHL Now ™ and NHL Tonight ™, will also air live before and after coverage of the Expansion Draft and the First Round of the NHL Draft. Fans in Canada will be able to watch Rounds 2-7 on Sportsnet and SN NOW.
Some of North America’s top prospects include: University of Michigan’s Owen’s Power, who has 16 points in 26 games as a first-year defenseman, and center Kent Johnson who scored 27 points in 26 games in his first season; center Mason McTavish the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League; defender Luc Hugues, the brother of recent high draft picks Quinn and Jack; and Edmonton Oil Kings winger Dylan Guenther, who scored 24 points in a shortened 12-game season.
Guillaume Eklund, a left winger from Djurgarden of the Swedish Hockey League, dominates all international skaters, while Sebastien Cossa Edmonton in the WHL and Jesper Wallstedt de Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League ranks first in goaltending on the North American and International lists, respectively. Full breakdown of 2021 NHL Draft hopes available here.
ESPN’s coverage of the draft and extension draft follows NHL’s groundbreaking long-term rights deal with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN. Beginning in the 2021-2022 season, ESPN + and Hulu will host 75 exclusive national NHL® game TV shows, and ESPN + will exclusively host the NHL out-of-market streaming package, featuring over 1,000 games available for fans to stream as part of an ESPN + subscription.