Former Mount Saint Charles Forward Zachary Bolduc Drafted by Blues in First Round
The St. Louis Blues are expected to make five selections at the 2021 NHL Draft, which will be held virtually for the second consecutive season.
Round 1 begins Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN 2. Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday, July 24 beginning at 10 a.m. CT on NHL Network.
2021 Blues Draft Picks
Round 1 – No. 17*
Zachary Bolduc – C
With their first-round pick (No. 17 overall), the Blues selected center Zachary Bolduc. The 19-year-old is listed at 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds. According to Elite Prospects, Bolduc “dangles through flatfooted defenders with rapid stickhandling motions, and then when given an open shooting lane, he can take a couple of steps, kick a leg back and sling pucks past the goalie.”
Bolduc has played the last two seasons with Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting 40 goals and 41 assists (81 points) in 82 games.
In 2019-20, Bolduc was named the QMJHL rookie of the year after leading all rookies in goals (30) and second among first-year players in points (52).
“I would describe myself as a guy who can play center or on the wing, a guy who can skate pretty well and has a great shot,” Bolduc said. “Also can pass it. I’m creative with the puck, I like to create some plays. I can be (play a) physical, fast, skilled game. I can play any type of game. That’s me.”
Round 3 – No. 81
Round 5 – No. 145
Round 6 – No. 177
Round 7 – No. 198 (from DET)
* The Arizona Coyotes forfeited their first-round pick (No. 11) because of a violation of the League’s Combine Testing Policy. Official records will show the Blues picking at No. 17, but they will actually be making the 16th pick.
– The Blues’ traded their second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft to the Buffalo Sabres along with Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, Tage Thompson and a conditional draft pick in the deal that brought Ryan O’Reilly to St. Louis in 2018. Buffalo eventually traded the pick to Vegas, who then sent it to Los Angeles in a deal that brought Alec Martinez to the Golden Knights.
– The Blues’ fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) was sent to the Montreal Canadiens in a trade that brought Marco Scandella to the Blues on Feb. 18, 2020.
– At the 2020 NHL Draft, the Blues traded a seventh-round pick (No. 203 overall) to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for their seventh-round pick in 2021 (No. 198). The Blues’ original seventh-round pick in 2021 (No. 209) belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes. The pick was acquired by Carolina, along with Joel Edmundson and Dominik Bokk, in the deal that brought Justin Faulk and a fifth-round pick in 2020 to the Blues on Sept. 24, 2019.