Prince Albert, SK – Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Nolan Allan is heading to the Windy City.
On Friday night, Allan was drafted 32nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks to close out the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft.
Allan is the seventh Raider picked by the Blackhawks in the NHL Draft, and fourth in the first round. He joins Mark McNeill (2011), Dean McAmmond (1991), and Dave Manson (1985) as Raiders’ first-round picks of the Blackhawks.
The Davidson, SK product listed at 6’2 and 195 pounds played in 16 games for the Raiders this season in the Subway Hub Centre, scoring once and adding an assist. He also registered 21 penalty minutes.
Allan departed the Hub early to suit up for Canada at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championships in Texas. In the tournament, he played in all seven games and picked up a goal and an assist with a plus-seven rating as Canada claimed the gold medal. Allan got the gold-medal game off on a physical note with a punishing hit on Russian captain Nikita Chibrikov.
The Raiders selected Allan third overall in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. In 81 games with the Raiders, he has three goals and eight assists. He has a career plus-13 rating with 48 penalty minutes.
This marks the second consecutive year a Raider was drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft. Last year in the 2020 NHL Draft, Kaiden Guhle and Ozzy Wiesblatt had their names called 16th overall by the Montreal Canadiens and 31st overall by the San Jose Sharks, respectively. The last time Raiders went in the first round in consecutive seasons was Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets, 2013) and Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers, 2014).
The 2021 NHL Draft continues Saturday morning for Rounds 2 to 7, beginning at 9 a.m.
The Raiders open the 2021-22 WHL season against the Regina Pats at the Art Hauser Center on Friday, October 1. Game time is 6 p.m. For the full home schedule, click here.
Season tickets for the 2021-22 season are available at the Raiders Office. The Early Bird Deadline is Thursday, July 29. For more information, click here.