A glance at each pick in the first round of the NHL draft

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A glance at how the first round of the 2024 National Hockey League draft unfolded on Friday night at the Sphere in Las Vegas:

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1. San Jose Sharks — Macklin Celebrini, C, Boston University (NCAA)

The consensus No. 1 pick and complete player will be the foundation on which the Sharks base their rebuild.

2. Chicago Blackhawks — Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State (NCAA)

Belarus native should be a valuable contributor on the Blackhawks blue line for years. Full-package defenceman.

3. Anaheim Ducks — Beckett Sennecke, RW, Oshawa (OHL)

Few mock drafts, if any, had Sennecke in the top three. Puck skills and size have him on right path.

4. Columbus Blue Jackets — Cayden Lindstrom, C, Medicine Hat (WHL)

Big body (6’4’’, 215 pounds) and skill help him control play. Plays with edge and honesty in his game.

Ivan Demidov (centre) poses after being selected by the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the NHL hockey draft June 28, 2024, in Las Vegas. The announcement was made by singer Celine Dion (right).
Ivan Demidov (centre) poses after being selected by the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the NHL hockey draft June 28, 2024, in Las Vegas. The announcement was made by singer Celine Dion (right). Photo by Steve Marcus /Associated Press

5. Montreal Canadiens — Ivan Demidov, RW, SKA St. Petersburg Jr. (Russia Jr.)

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Canadiens fans will love his high-level skillset. Won’t be long before he’s driving the offence in Montreal.

6. Utah — Tij Iginla, C, Kelowna (WHL)

Son of Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla drives play and is smart at both ends. Brings a relentless effort.

7. Ottawa Senators — Carter Yakemchuk, D, Calgary (WHL)

Great shot and puckhandling skills will be welcomed on Senators’ blue line. Led WHL defencemen with 30 goals.

8. Seattle Kraken — Berkly Catton, C, Spokane (WHL)

High-level decision-making and skills in tight spots among his strengths. Led CHL draft-eligible players with 116 points.

9. Calgary Flames — Zayne Parekh, D, Saginaw (OHL)

Dynamic play, creativity and overall skill resulted in CHL defenceman of the year honours. Been compared to Erik Karlsson.

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10. New Jersey Devils — Anton Silayev, D, Nizhny Novogorod (KHL)

His 6-foot-7 frame will fit in with Devils defence corps. Has a physical side and is positionally sound.

11. San Jose Sharks — Sam Dickinson, D, London (OHL)

High hockey IQ and mobility are above-grade. Willingness to be physical and a powerful shot will help Sharks.

12. Minnesota Wild — Zeev Buium, D, University of Denver (NCAA)

Led NCAA defencemen with 50 points with fine playmaking skills. Wild traded up one spot to take him.

13. Philadelphia Flyers — Jett Luchanko, C, Guelph (OHL)

OHL’s most sportsmanlike player excels in all situations. Plays with a lot of detail and responsibility in his game.

14. Buffalo Sabres — Konsta Helenius, C, Jukurit, (Liiga)

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Strong offensively and eventually should bring skill and pace to the Sabres forward group. Hockey IQ is strong.

15. Detroit Red Wings — Michael Brandsegg-Nygard, RW, Mora (Sweden 2)

First Norwegian in NHL history to be picked in first round. Maturity in his game helps him stand out.

16. St. Louis Blues — Adam Jiricek, D, Plzen (Czechia Extraliga)

Smart heads-up defender brings mobility. Knee injury suffered at world junior ended his season at 19 games.

17. Washington Capitals — Terik Parascak, RW, Prince George (WHL)

Sharp hockey sense and skill resulted in 105 points to lead CHL rookies. Makes something happen on each shift.

18. Chicago Blackhawks — Sacha Boisvert, C, Muskegon (USHL)

Became a better skater as season progressed. Competitive and steady, has a scoring touch and some physicality.

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19. Vegas Golden Knights — Trevor Connelly, LW, Tri-City (USHL)

Has the offensive ability to be a game-breaker. Questions about off-ice maturity resulted in a drop.

20. N.Y. Islanders — Cole Eiserman, LW, US U18 (USHL)

Regarded as best pure goal-scorer available. Has to take big steps when he doesn’t have the puck.

21. Montreal Canadiens — Michael Hage, C, Chicago (USHL)

Dynamic offensive player thanks to IQ. Committed to University of Michigan, where he will work on defensive side.

22. Nashville Predators — Yegor Surin, C, Yaroslavl Jr. (Russia Jr.)

Skill and agility are in his game and he plays with an edge as well. Working on consistency and discipline.

23. Anaheim Ducks — Stian Solberg, D, Valerenga (Norway)

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Hard-hitting blueliner doesn’t give up an inch. Defensively wise and uses his stick well to break up chances.

24. Utah — Cole Beaudoin, C, Barrie (OHL)

Vision with the puck highlights his two-way game. Work ethic and gritty approach are evident each time out.

25. Boston Bruins — Dean Letourneau, C, St. Andrew’s College (Ontario High School)

Towers over most prospects at 6-foot-6 1/2. Strength and a scoring touch are among his assets.

26. Los Angeles Kings — Liam Greentree, RW, Windsor (OHL)

Captain of the Spitfires defines leadership. Possesses good puckhandling skills and is smart defensively.

27. Chicago Blackhawks — Marek Vanacker, LW, Brantford (OHL)

Played through a shoulder injury and managed to record 82 points. Character and skill are top-notch.

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28. Calgary Flames — Matvei Gridin, RW, Muskegon (USHL)

Led the USHL in scoring with 83 points. Shot release and intelligence keep opposing defenders on their toes.

29. Dallas Stars — Emil Hemming, RW, TPS Turku (Liiga)

A threat to score each time he hits the offensive zone. Becoming a quicker skater on his to-do list.

30. N.Y. Rangers — E.J. Emery, D, US U18 (USHL)

Could become a shutdown defenceman with proper development. Father Eric played in the CFL in the 1980s.

31. Toronto Maple Leafs — Ben Danford, D, Oshawa (OHL)

Defensive defenceman who shoots right and thinks the game well. Positionally sound and wise in his own zone.

32. Edmonton Oilers — Sam O’Reilly, F, London (OHL)

Plays with a competitive, sharp game and was a solid contributor in the playoffs for the Knights.

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