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NHL Draft 2021 Round 1: Open Thread

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There may not be much Flyers talk tonight, but there’s a draft still happening.

Philadelphia Flyers v Buffalo Sabres
Pictured: A former Flyers first-round pick playing against ... the Flyers’ de facto first round pick this year.
Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images

Well, if you were hoping for the Flyers to do something on draft day, you got your wish, technically: The Flyers dealt their first-round pick (along with another second-round pick and defenseman Robert Hagg) to Buffalo for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen earlier today. We’ll have more thoughts on that move in the coming days, weeks, and (gulp) months.

In the meantime, though, that move does mean that tonight is probably going to be a pretty uneventful night for the Flyers. Probably. Chuck Fletcher did suggest during today’s media availability that he’s probably not going to have any more moves coming today, and the Flyers, of course, no longer have their pick tonight.

Still, there are things happening around the league, and tonight might just be a big night around the league. If you’re here (and not at our draft party!), feel free to use this space to discuss the picks and whatever else happens around the league.

NHL Draft, Night 1:
Start Time: 8:00 p.m .ET
How to Watch: ESPN2 and the ESPN App

Flyers’ Draft Picks:

  • No. 45 (Round 2)
  • No. 77 (Round 3)
  • No. 109 (Round 4)
  • No. 157 (Round 5)
  • No. 173 (Round 6)
  • No. 205 (Round 7)