This years draft is shaping up to be a very busy one. A lot of movement looks like it will occur leading up to and into the draft. With a deep draft like this one and the amount of players available via trade it looks like it may be an exciting draft.
There will be no trades in this mock draft.
1. Edmonton Oilers- Connor McDavid/Center/Erie Otters
Connor McDavid is level with Sidney Crosby as a prospect. Some have gone as far to say he is better. He could very well end up being the greatest player in this era. Edmonton makes the easiest choice in the draft.
2. Buffalo Sabres- Jack Eichel/Center/Boston University
Jack Eichel would have been the first pick in any draft but it just happens he’s in the same draft class as Connor McDavid. Eichel is a powerful and skillful center with elite upside. The Sabres make the second easiest pick in the draft.
3. Arizona Coyotes- Mitch Marner/Right Winger/London Knights
This pick is tougher. Arizona needs a top center but some have said that they aren’t that high on Dylan Strome. Marner played on a line with two Coyotes prospects in London. Max Domi and Christian Dvorak. I don’t think Arizona can pass up the chemistry and skill of Marner.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs- Dylan Strome/Center/Erie Otters
The Maple Leafs don’t have a legit number one center. Strome has the potential to turn into one. The OHLs leading scorer will be a major piece in Toronto’s rebuild. He isn’t flashy but does everything right.
5. Carolina Hurricanes- Noah Hanifin/Defenseman/Boston College
The fall for Hanifin ends at pick number five. Carolina took Hadyn Fleury last year but they can’t pass up on Hanifin. He’s an all around player. He is solid defensively and brings offense to his game. He is exactly what you want from a defenseman in todays game.
6. New Jersey Devils- Lawson Crouse/Left Winger/Kingston Frontenacs
This isn’t an ideal pick for New Jersey but Crouse is a bruising forward with skill. He’s going to get in your face down low and drive to the net. He needs another year in Junior but he will be force when ready for the NHL.
7. Philadelphia Flyers- Mikko Rantanen/Right Winger/HC TPS
Rantanen has a great skill set to go with his size. He’s a big guy that uses it to his advantage. Craig Button compared him to Flyer forward Jakub Voracek. Having played pro in Finland since he was 16, he has experience. He may have one more year in Finland but he could be playing in the NHL soon.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets- Ivan Provorov/Defenseman/Brandon Wheat Kings
Provorov, a more offensive defenseman than Hanifin, has the ability to become a top pairing defenseman. He plays a solid game and is calm at the point. With Columbus fairly deep at forward prospects and having just lost Mike Reilly on Defense, they take the Russian Defenseman.
9. San Jose Sharks- Matt Barzal/Center/Seattle Thunderbird
Barzal is a strong skating playmaker. He’s always looking to make the right pass to create scoring chances. Barzal plays a similar game to last years 2nd Overall pick Sam Reinhart. He needs some work with his shot but that will come.
10. Colorado Avalanche- Zach Werenski/Defenseman/University of Michigan
Werenski was the youngest player in the NCAA last year at the age of 17. He had solid year being named to the All Big Ten First Team as a Freshman. Werenski is exactly what the Avalanche need. He’s a solid left handed defenseman that can do it all.
11. Florida Panthers- Pavel Zacha/Left Winger/Sarnia Sting
Zacha has a shoot first mentality and he has size and speed to grind defenseman down. The Panthers really need another winger and Zacha is a good fit for them. He plays hard and wants to be the guy who makes an impact on the game.
12. Dallas Stars- Kyle Connor/Left Winger/Youngstown Phantoms
Connor was the best player in the USHL this year scoring 80 points in 56 games. He has the potential to become a very good top 6 winger in the NHL. He’s quick and can change the game in an instant. He fills a need in Dallas.
13. Los Angeles Kings- Timo Meier/Right Winger/Halifax Mooseheads
Meier plays with a chip on his shoulder. He hits and grinds down opponents. To go along with his toughness he has high end skill. With the Kings wingers getting older Meier will feel the need later on and has the potential to be a top player on his team.
14. Boston Bruins- Jakub Zboril/Defenseman/Saint John Sea Dogs
Zboril is an all around solid defenseman. He plays a solid two way game and will hit when necessary. He is a puck mover but also able to rush the puck at the right time. Boston lacks defensive depth in its system and with two lefty defenseman getting older, in Chara and Seidenberg, they add one in Zboril.
15. Calgary Flames- Travis Konecny/Right Winger/Ottawa 67’s
Konecny fits the bill of the Flames mentality last season with no quit. Konecny is a skilled forward but plays a tougher game. He’s smaller but will do whatever it takes to win the game. Calgary doesn’t have many Right Wingers in their system and Konecny seems like a perfect fit for them.
16. Edmonton Oilers- Ilya Samsonov/Goalie/Magnitorgorsk KHL
Samsonov is the best goalie in this years draft. The Oilers let it be known that they want to find their number one goalie of their future this summer. Instead of going the trade route they draft Samson to be their future number one. Craig Button compared him to Andrei Vasilevskiy. He’s big, athletic and has the chance to become a number one goalie in the NHL.
17. Winnipeg Jets- Nick Merkley/Right Winger/Kelowna Rockets
Merkley plays with high intensity and will throw his body around. He’s a playmaker and the 70 assists he had last season show that. Merkley would add to an already loaded prospect group in Winnipeg.
18. Ottawa Senators- Colin White/Center/USNTDP
White isn’t a flashy player but he does everything right. He will do anything to help the team. He’s versatile, playing both Center and Right Wing. He’s headed to Boston College next season here he will likely spend the next 2 years before heading to the pro ranks.
19. Detroit Red Wings-Evgeni Svechnikov/Left Winger/Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Svechnikov is an all around player. He can beat you down low and can score. He brings an edge to his game and will lay his body on the line to win battles. Detroit lacks Left Wing prospects and Svechnikov is a good fit in Detroit.
20. Minnesota Wild- Joel Erikkson Ek/Center/Farjestad
Erikkson Ek is solid two way center that projects to be a 2nd or 3rd line player. He can shutdown opponents but also brings some scoring. He’s a solid skater and competes hard. Minnesota lacks center depth in their system and Erikkson Ek will fill that need.
21. Buffalo Sabres- Paul Bittner/Left Winger/Portland Winterhawks
Bittner is a big winger but uses his skill and size to beat opponents. He has good speed for big body. Although not as physical for a big guy he makes his mark on games with his shot and passing. He would look good on Sam Reinhart’s wing.
22. Washington Capitals- Daniel Sprong/Right Winger/Charlottetown Islanders
Sprong’s nickname is the flying dutchmen because of the speed he plays the game. He can flat out fly on the ice. His shot is one of the best in this years class. He needs to put all parts of the game together though. The Capitals need right wingers in their system and a scorer like Sprong will fit right in.
23. Vancouver Canucks- Gabriel Carlsson/Defenseman/Linkoping Jr.
Carlsson is a shut down defender than makes a great outlet pass. He isn’t going to “wow” you when he’s on the ice but he’s going to stop the other teams best players. Vancouver adds to their defensive prospects by drafting him.
24. Toronto Maple Leafs- Thomas Chabot/Defenseman/Saint John Sea Dogs
Cabot worked hard this year to complete his game and he’s turned into a two way defenseman instead of a one dimensional defender. He is a puck mover and can defend in his own zone. Toronto passed on Noah Hanifin early for their Number 1 Center but they grab a defenseman later in the first round.
25. Winnipeg Jets- Jansen Harkins/Center/Prince George Cougars
Harkins competes hard and has skills to come with it. He’s a two way center and plays an all around solid game. Craig Button compared him to Avalanche Center Ryan O’Reilly. He’s going to be a team player and will do whatever it takes to win for his team. Winnipeg adds to their system depth.
26. Montreal Canadiens- Jake Debrusk/Left Winger/Swift Current Broncos
Debrusk is a natural born scorer which Montreal lacks after Max Pacioretty. He’s got skills and speed to beat opponents. He’s a solid two way winger and competes hard. Montreal adds to a place of need.
27. Anaheim Ducks- Denis Gurianov/Right Winger/Lada Togliatti
Gurianov is a powerful winger that can score. He speed to beat opponents and has played in the KHL so he has professional experience at a young age.Anaheim doesn’t really have a position of need and they don’t lack depth in their prospect system. Gurianov adds to an already deep pool of prospects.
28. Tampa Bay Lightning- Brandon Carlo/Defenseman/Tri City Americans
A big defenseman that plays more of a shutdown role. He can move the puck but doesn’t add a lot offensively. He projects to be a 2nd Pair defender and Craig Button compared him to Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Braydon Coburn.
29. Philadelphia Flyers- Jack Roslovic/Center/USNTDP
Roslovic had 79 points in 65 games last year for the US Team. He plays a two way game but is solid in the offensive zone. He isn’t flashy but always finds a way to score. He projects to be a 2nd or 3rd line center.
30. Arizona Coyotes- Brock Boeser/Right Winger/Waterloo Black Hawks
Boeser is a physical forward but can score from the top of the circle. He plays with tenacity and brings an edge to his game. Bowser will play at the University of North Dakota next year where he further continue to develop his game.