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Preds Own 18th Overall Pick in 2021 NHL Draft

League Determines Order of First 27 Selections in 2021 Draft, Nashville Owns 18th Pick for Fourth Time in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Pick No. 18 in the 2021 NHL Draft belongs to the Nashville Predators.

The order for the Draft continues to be finalized by the League as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, and after the Draft Lottery determined the first 15 selections of Round 1, the owners of 12 more picks have been determined.

The Stanley Cup Semifinals are set to begin this weekend, and those 12 teams that lost in the first two rounds of the postseason were slotted into picks 16-27. Teams that did not win their division were placed in inverse order of regular-season standings points, followed by the four division winners in inverse order of regular-season points.

The Preds have held pick No. 18 three times in their franchise history and selected forward Austin Watson in 2010, goaltender Chet Pickard in 2008 and defenseman Ryan Parent in 2005.

Nashville currently holds seven picks in the 2021 Draft, including two in the fourth round.

The NHL Draft will be held virtually for the second consecutive season with Round 1 set for Friday, July 23, and Rounds 2-7 coming Saturday, July 24. 

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