2021 NHL Draft first-round order finalized with conclusion of Cup Final

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft board. (Kyle Harris/Getty)

With the Stanley Cup awarded, the order for the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft has been finalized.

The Montreal Canadiens, after losing in five games in the Final, will have pick No. 30.

The 31st selection in the draft was awarded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of the Cup. However, in a deal to acquire defenceman David Savard in April, the Lightning traded their first-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will now have the rights to the selection.

Picks one through 15 were determined at the NHL Draft Lottery, which took place in June.

The Buffalo Sabres won the lottery, giving them the No. 1 overall pick, and the Seattle Kraken, whose inaugural season will begin next year, won the second pick.

Picks three to 15 were assigned in reverse order of points in the regular-season standings.

The 12 clubs that lost in round one or two of the playoffs hold picks 16-27. Teams that didn't win their division were placed in inverse order of regular-season points, followed by the four division winners, again in inverse order.

The New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights, who lost in the semifinals, hold picks 28 and 29, in inverse order of where they finished in the regular season.

The full draft order can be found below:

1. Buffalo Sabres

2. Seattle Kraken

3. Anaheim Ducks

4. New Jersey Devils

5. Columbus Blue Jackets

6. Detroit Red Wings

7. San Jose Sharks

8. Los Angeles Kings

9. Vancouver Canucks

10. Ottawa Senators

11. Chicago Blackhawks

12. Calgary Flames

13. Philadelphia Flyers

14. Dallas Stars

15. New York Rangers

16. St. Louis Blues

17. Winnipeg Jets

18. Nashville Predators

19. Edmonton Oilers

20. Boston Bruins

21. Minnesota Wild

22. Detroit Red Wings (from Washington Capitals)

23. Florida Panthers

24. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Toronto Maple Leafs)

25. Minnesota Wild (from Pittsburgh Penguins)

26. Carolina Hurricanes

27. Colorado Avalanche

28. New Jersey Devils (from New York Islanders)

29. Vegas Golden Knights

30. Montreal Canadiens

31. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Tampa Bay Lightning)

Note: The Arizona Coyotes forfeited their pick as a consequence of violating the NHL Combine Testing policy during 2019-20 season

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