The Journey: 2021 NHL Draft – Potential Top-50 Fantasy Prospects

Hadi Kalakeche

2021-07-10

Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing Fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.  My name is Hadi, and I will be taking over for Dave Hall, who has chosen to pursue other avenues in his quest for a future in the scouting sphere.

On my end, I would like to start by thanking you, the reader, for your continuous and outstanding support along the years.  DobberHockey would not be where it is today without you. I hope to walk in Dave's footprints in continuing to grow our wonderful brand, and helping make Dobber a household name for any and all Fantasy and Dynasty league connoisseurs.

Now, on to the content.  The 2021 NHL Draft is very rapidly approaching, as July 23rd is right around the corner. The Buffalo Sabres, Seattle Kraken and Anaheim Ducks own the first three picks, in that order.  Three teams with very different needs, and likely very different approaches heading into the two-day event.

However, this is a year without any consensus first-overall pick: at this current moment, forwards Matthew Beniers, William Eklund and Fabian Lysell, as well as defensemen Brandt Clarke, Owen Power and Luke Hughes have all appeared at some point at the top of various 2021 NHL Draft rankings, among other names to a lesser degree.  Whether it's our DobberProspects rankings, which have c