One big six defenseman from 2024 NHL draft class overwhelmingly singled out by GMs and scouts as being “least liked”

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2024 NHL Draft: Top 6 defensemen prospects ranked by insiders and GMs

In the 2024 NHL Draft, six defensemen were top prospects. Insiders and general managers ranked these players in a discussion with the NY Times. They chose their favorite and least favorite.

The six defensemen were Artyom Levshunov, Zeev Buium, Zayne Parekh, Sam Dickinson, Anton Silayev, and Carter Yakemchuk.

The majority of New York Times insiders agreed that Levshunov is one of the best defensemen in this group. On the other hand, Carter Yakemchuk is considered the least liked among the six.

Not everyone shared this opinion. Parekh and Silayev also received votes for the top spot. Dickinson was also considered the least liked by some insiders.

Buium didn't get votes in either category. This means he's not seen as the top prospect, but insiders still hold him in high regard. He wasn't considered the least liked.

Stian Solberg and Adam Jiricek were mentioned as the seventh-best defensemen. Cole Hutson also received a vote in this category. However, none of these players were seen as being close to the top six in terms of talent. Insiders did not commonly view them as even the sixth best.

More details concerning the upcoming 2024 NHL Draft

The 2024 NHL Draft will take place over two days. It will start on Friday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. ET for the first round. Next on Saturday, June 29, rounds two through seven will take place, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.

The event will be held at the Las Vegas Sphere in Paradise, Nevada. It will be Las Vegas' first NHL Draft.

TV Guide & Streaming

The Draft will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Streaming is available on ESPN+. This service costs $10.99 per month and includes coverage from ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3.

Draft Order & Picks

The San Jose Sharks have the first overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. After them are the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Montreal Canadiens. San Jose also hold the 14th pick, which they got from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other teams with multiple first-round picks include Chicago, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, and Calgary Flames.

A total of 225 players will be drafted over the two days. Top prospects include Canada's Macklin Celebrini, Belarusian Artyom Levshunov, and Russians Anton Silayev and Ivan Demidov.

Edited by Akshay Saraswat
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