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2021 NHL Draft: Preview, start time, TV schedule, and how to watch

What a weekend it will be for the Wild.

2020 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Erin Loughrey/NHLI via Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild are going to have an extremely busy weekend, and that’s just if they select nine new prospects from the 2021 NHL Draft and walk out of their own war room. Other than that, there’s Jack Eichel trade rumors swirling around, more updates on their contract negotiations with multiple key young players, and just the looming sense of trying to build a competitive team.

Because of the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Wild are going to need the young players they draft tonight, to contribute in a couple years with their rookie contracts in-hand — so no pressure GM Bill Guerin or director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett.

If you need any quick information on some of the prospects available for Minnesota, check out our write-ups on a handful of available talent.

How to Watch

Round 1

  • Date: Friday, July 23
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT
  • TV channel (U.S.): ESPN2
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, SN NOW, TVA Sports
  • Online stream: Sportsnet Now

Rounds 2-7

  • Date: Saturday, July 24
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. PT
  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
  • Online stream: Sportsnet Now

Fans in the United States can also watch on or sign up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

First Round Order

First Round Order

# Team
# Team
1 Buffalo Sabres
2 Seattle Kraken
3 Anaheim Ducks
4 New Jersey Devils
5 Columbus Blue Jackets
6 Detroit Red Wings
7 San Jose Sharks
8 Los Angeles Kings
9 Vancouver Canucks
10 Ottawa Senators
11 Arizona Coyotes (forfeited)
12 Chicago Blackhawks
13 Calgary Flames
14 Philadelphia Flyers
15 Dallas Stars
16 New York Rangers
17 St. Louis Blues
18 Winnipeg Jets
19 Nashville Predators
20 Edmonton Oilers
21 Boston Bruins
22 Minnesota Wild
23 Detroit Red Wings (from WSH)
24 Florida Pnathers
25 Columbus Blue Jackets (from TOR)
26 Minnesota Wild (from PIT)
27 Carolina Hurricanes
28 Colorado Avalanche
29 New Jersey Devils (from NYI)
30 Vegas Golden Knights
31 Montreal Canadiens
32 Columbus Blue Jackets (from TBL)