There weren’t too many surprises in the first round of the draft. Sure, the Bruins made a big splash by giving up Dougie Hamilton for something a little better than what an offer sheet would’ve netted, but even the slight drops by Lawson Crouse, Travis Konecny and Oliver Kylington were expected.
Even with all the talk that the Coyotes were unsure of who to take third overall, and the Blue Jackets looking to move up, the top eight picks went as expected. Potential first-line center Dylan Strome was too hard to pass up for the Coyotes, a team that’s never really had a legitimate No. 1 center, and the BJ’s got Zach Werenski, arguably the third-best defenseman in the draft but certainly top ten material.
Still, there’s plenty of chew on in the aftermath of the draft, especially just days from free agency on July 1.