The NHL Draft started with no surprises, but then there were surprises. Ample!
So, and as expected, the Chicago Blackhawks picked Connor Bedard with the first overall pick, a decision that surprised exactly no one.
“It’s unbelievable,” the young forward told Sportsnet. It’s a dream come true. I’m chosen by Chicago, which is a team with a rich history… I can’t wait to get to work. »
Then, with the second-round pick overall, the Anaheim Ducks got their hands on forward Leo Carlsson. The 18-year-old Swede is coming off a 25-point season in Sweden’s elite league, and was the No. 1 prospect among international prospects according to National League Central Scouting.
With the third pick, the Columbus Blue Jackets got their hands on forward Adam Fantilli, who probably didn’t expect to be the third pick. But it will be his reality.
Then, with the fourth pick overall, the San Jose Sharks also caused an upset by choosing forward Will Smith, who was (allegedly) in the sights of the Canadian.
All of this meant that the Russian Matvei Michkov, often considered to be the second most talented player in this draft, found himself slipping and sliding again during this draft presented in Nashville.
In the end, it was the Philadelphia Flyers who ended up picking him, with the seventh pick overall.