When the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, there was only one question left to be answered as far as the 2021 NHL Entry Draft was concerned: Would they have the 31st selection in each of the seven rounds, or the 32nd? Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup, we know that it will be the former.
The consensus opinion is that this is one of the weaker drafts in recent years, with stronger ones on the horizon, and the Habs would be making the penultimate pick in most of the rounds. With the event scheduled to be held in person next summer in Montreal, Marc Bergevin is probably hoping to flip several of these picks to acquire selection spots for 2022, though the team is sure to still add a handful of prospects to the system as well.
There will be a virtual event again this year as the pandemic prevents a group of international players, families, and hockey personnel from meeting. The draft will be held from July 23 to 24, two days after the Seattle Kraken expansion draft takes place.
This draft pick board can always be found as part of our Organizational Depth Chart page, which is regularly updated throughout the year. There you can also see where the Canadiens have drafted every year dating back to 2005.