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2021 NHL Draft first-round pick signings tracker

Status of 31 players chosen in opening round

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The 31 players picked in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft have NHL hopes. Some have gotten a start toward that goal by signing a three-year, entry-level contract.

More could sign as we make our way through the 2021-22 season.

Here is a look at which players have signed and the status of the others:

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NHL Draft: Zhilkin among Central Scouting's players to watch

Guelph center upgraded to A rating on revised list along with Mintyukov, Lamoureux

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Danny Zhilkin, a center with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League, is one of three players upgraded to an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list.

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2022 Draft: Wright, projected No. 1 pick, could earn NHL role next season

Coach says 17-year-old Kingston center 'ready, mature for his age'

by Mike. G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Shane Wright, an A rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2022 NHL Draft, has the look of a player set to challenge for an NHL roster spot next season.

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2022 NHL Draft Diary: Brad Lambert

Forward reflects on busy week, informational meeting with Finnish Army

by Brad Lambert / Special to NHL.com

Brad Lambert of JYP in Liiga, the top professional men's league in Finland, will file a draft diary for NHL.com this season leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal on July 7-8. 

The 17-year-old forward, an A rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, has scored four points (one goal, three assists) while averaging 13:02 of ice time in 15 games this season. He scored 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 46 games for JYP last season, four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games for third-place Finland at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship and five assists in five games in a fourth-place finish at U-18 Worlds. He is under contract with JYP through this season.

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2022 NHL Draft Diary: Logan Cooley

NTDP forward discusses start to season, support of his family, growing up Ovechkin fan in Pittsburgh

by Logan Cooley / Special to NHL.com

Logan Cooley of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team will file a monthly draft diary for NHL.com this season leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal on July 7-8. The 17-year-old center (5-foot-10, 174 pounds), an A rated player on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, has scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in nine games this season, including seven goals during a six-game goal streak. He is committed to attend the University of Notre Dame next season.

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Wright, potential No. 1 pick in 2022, compared to Barzal

Forward prospect discussed on 'NHL Draft Class' podcast has similar game to Islanders center

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Shane Wright is the favorite to be the No. 1 pick of the 2022 NHL Draft, and Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, is curious to see how he deals with that pressure.

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2022 NHL Draft: Wright among Central Scouting's players to watch

Center earns A rating on preliminary list, could be first from Kingston selected No. 1

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Shane Wright, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, earned an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list released Tuesday.

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2022 NHL Draft Diary: Brad Lambert

Forward discusses family, playing in Finland, expectations for season in first entry

by Brad Lambert / Special to NHL.com

Brad Lambert of JYP in Liiga, the top professional men's league in Finland, will file a draft diary for NHL.com this season leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal on July 7-8. The 17-year-old center, a projected first-round selection, has one assist and averages 12:44 in ice time in nine games this season. He scored 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 46 games for JYP last season and scored four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games for third-place Finland at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship and five assists in five games in a fourth-place finish with Finland at the U-18 Worlds. He is under contract with JYP through this season.

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2022 NHL Draft to be held July 7, 8; Canadiens to host at Bell Centre

First time in Montreal since 2009

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today that the Montreal Canadiens will host the 2022 NHL Draft™ at Bell Centre. The 2022 event will mark the 27th time the City of Montreal will host the NHL Draft, and the first time since 2009. The city was scheduled to host the 2020 NHL Draft, which was moved to a virtual event for health and safety precautions due to COVID-19.

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Power, No. 1 pick by Sabres in 2021 NHL Draft, returning to Michigan

18-year-old defenseman will play sophomore season in NCAA

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Owen Power will return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.

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