2015 Mock Draft

1. EDMONTON OILERS – Connor McDavid, C – Erie (OHL)

  • What a player… what an easy pick

2. BUFFALO SABRES – Jack Eichel, C – Boston University (NCAA)

  • Consolation? Must be tough…

3. ARIZONA COYOTES – Dylan Strome, C – Erie (OHL)

  • The Coyotes are desperate for offensive talent, especially down the middle. Strome will join Max Domi and Anthony Duclair as the core upfront for the Coyotes uncertain future.

4. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Noah Hanifin, D – Boston College (NCAA)

  • Hanifin is too good as a 17 year old playing college hockey to pass up, even with Dale Hunter leading the way for the Leafs draft and passing on his former OHL teams golden boy.

5. CAROLINA HURRICANES – Mitch Marner, RW – London (OHL)

  • The Canes are in a good spot at 4, and landing Marner is an unbelievable acquisition as they sit and watch the top 4 picks being selected before them.

6. NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Pavel Zacha, C – Sarnia (OHL)

  • Skill is the Devils number one priority this off-season and much like the Hurricanes, the Devils have to be thrilled to land big hulking skilled Zacha to anchor their centre ice position for years to come.

7. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Mathew Barzal, C – Seattle (WHL)

  • The Flyers need to give Claude Giroux and co. some help and starting with Barzal is a great start. Barzal may lack size, but his hockey IQ and smarts with the puck could do wonders beside Wayne Simmonds down the road.

8. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Ivan Provorov, D – Brandon (WHL)

  • The Jackets could be the second happiest team next to the Oilers if this is how the draft plays out. Provorov’s stock sky rocketed throughout the season and many feel he is the closest defensemen in the draft to be NHL-ready. Luckily for the Jackets, they need D help immediately.

9. SAN JOSE SHARKS – Kyle Connor, C – Youngstown (USHL)

  • The more you read about Connor, the more you have to like him. World class speed to go along with elite skill can’t be found very often. Connor might need a couple of years in college, but Jumbo Joe can’t play forever and I can’t see San Jose being able to move him.

10. COLORADO AVALANCHE – Zach Werenski, D – Michigan (NCAA)

  • Another team looking for defensemen gets their wish at 10. The Aves have been openly looking for a left hand shot to add to their top 4, and though Werenski might not be ready for that responsibility yet, there isn’t much that separates him from Hanifin and Provorov.

11. FLORIDA PANTHERS – Mikko Rantanen, RW – TPS Turku (Finland)

  • The Panthers have built themselves an incredible base of young players that will carry their team for years to come. Rantanen, a solid two-way forward, will add to that group and will be given an opportunity to play alongside fellow countrymen Aleksander Barkov.

12. DALLAS STARS – Nick Merkley, C/RW – Kelowna (WHL)

  • Merkley has done nothing but prove people wrong who question his size and skating ability. This could be a little high for Merkley, but with his outstanding hockey IQ and playmaking ability, the potential of him to playing on the right side with Jamie Benn (a former Kelowna Rocket) and Tyler Seguin one day is too good to pass up.

13. LOS ANGELES KINGS – Timo Meier, RW – Halifax (QMJHL)

  • In what was a disappointing season for the Kings, could be a blessing in disguise. Not only did their core players get some needed extra time off this off-season, but the Kings will get the opportunity to land a very good player with the 13th overall pick. Meier had a great year playing alongside Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers and with his extremely high potential, could one day find himself playing alongside Anze Kopitar on the Kings top line.

14. BOSTON BRUINS – Brock Boeser, RW – Waterloo (USHL)

  • At 14, we find the second team coming off a disappointing season, but one who could be in a similar situation as the Kings. One thing that has come to haunt the Bruins the last couple of seasons has been the rise to stardom of Tyler Seguin in a Dallas Star uniform and how obvious it is that the Bruins lack a pure goal scorer. David Pastrnak was great last season, and Boeser is definitely no Seguin, but Boeser does something you can’t teach… score goals.

15. CALGARY FLAMES – Lawson Crouse, LW – Kingston (OHL)

  • It’s tough or probably impossible to find Crouse out of the top ten in anyone’s rankings. Crouse is referred as a safe pick, a prototypical power forward and a player who at worst will be a top 9 forward. Crouse has a ton of potential, but lacks the skill that has many wondering how offensive he will be at the NHL level. Crouse is exactly what the Flames need, and could be dynamite playing alongside former teammate Sam Bennett. The hockey gods have been good to the Flames in the last couple of drafts and I think that will continue on Friday.

16. EDMONTON OILERS (From PIT) – Ilya Samsonov, G – Magnitogorsk-2 (Russia Jr.)

  • The Oilers have to start getting these lower picks right, hence why new GM Peter Chiarelli dismissed pretty  much everyone in the Oilers scouting department earlier this week. The Oilers backend is their biggest weakness and taking Samsonov is a risk. Samsonov has been compared to Andrei Vasilevskiy, so maybe Chiarelli can call good friend Stevie Yzerman to get some tips on handling highly touted Russian goaltenders.

17. WINNIPEG JETS – Colin White, C – USA NTDP (USHL)

  • The Jets have probably the deepest prospect pool in the entire league and no other city than Winnipeg deserves it more. White had a tough year with injuries, but is often compared to Patrice Bergeron. Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry and White could be a lethal trio down the middle for the Jets.

18. OTTAWA SENATORS – Jakub Zboril, D – Saint John (QMJHL)

  • Once thought as the Senators strength, many of the Sens’ young defensemen didn’t progress as many hoped last season, minus Cody Ceci. Zboril is a strong skating two-way defenseman who could add another layer of depth on the Sens backend. You can never have too many defensemen.

19. DETROIT RED WINGS – Oliver Kylington, D – Farjestad (Sweden)

  • Kylington was one of the more puzzling prospects this season and dropped on many draft boards. If there is one thing for certain he can skate, and at a very elite level. Kylington has been compared to Niklas Kronwall, has a high potential, but needs time. Sounds like a Red Wing prospect.

20. MINNESOTA WILD – Travis Konecny, C – Ottawa (OHL)

  • Though he isn’t at the same level, Konecny seems to have many similar qualities as Sam Bennett. Konecny does everything every well and at a very high intensity, but lacks size that could hamper him at the NHL level. Konecny is the type of player that you win with, something the Wild lack.

21. BUFFALO SABRES (From NYI) – Thomas Chabot, D – Saint John (OMJHL)

  • With their second pick of the first round, the Sabres have options and will need to make sure these extra picks work out down the road. Chabot is an offensive defenseman who could run the Sabres PP one day.

22. WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Brandon Carlo, D – Tri-City (WHL)

  • Playoffs are all about making it hard for opponents to play against you. Carlo is the definition of that, and has the potential to be a smooth skating shutdown defenseman.

23. VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Paul Bittner, LW – Portland (WHL)

  • The Canucks are loading up on western forward prospects and Bittner gives them some size up front to potentially create space for guys like Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen. Bittner needs to learn to use his size more effectively to be successful at the NHL level.

24. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (From NSH) – Evgeni Svechnikov, RW – Cape Breton (QMJHL)

  • There isn’t much that the Leafs don’t need and Svechnikov is a nice addition with their second pick in the first round.

25. WINNIPEG JETS (From BUF) – Jacob Larsson, D – Frolunda (Sweden-J20)

  • The rich continue to get richer. Larsson, a smooth skating two-way defenseman only adds more depth to the Jets backend for the future.

26. MONTREAL CANADIENS – Joel Eriksson Ek, C – Farjestad (SHL)

  • The Canadiens are constantly looking for depth and size down the middle. Eriksson Ek has extremely high potential and could make a strong duo with fellow Swede Jacob De La Rose in the Canadiens future. 

27. ANAHEIM DUCKS – Jake Debrusk, LW – Swift Current (WHL)

  • Debrusk has good bloodlines and plays with an edge to go along with some skill. The Ducks seem to be loading up on these types of guys.

28. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (From NYR) – Denis Guryanov, RW – Togilatti 2 (MHL)

  • What a perfect team to take a chance on a highly skilled, good size Russian. Guryanov reportedly made good strides in the KHL/MHL last season.

29. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (From TB) – Daniel Sprong, RW – Charlottetown (QMJHL)

  • Sprong is said to be one of the biggest question marks in this year’s draft. His high end skill is to be desired for, but consistency is an issue. The Flyers can afford to take a chance on Sprong with their second pick in the first round.

30. ARIZONA COYOTES (From CHI) – Jeremy Roy, D – Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

  • The Coyotes finish up the first round with their second pick. Roy, who is undersized, has high end offensive skill that is tough to pass up. The Coyotes would leave the first round with a lot of skill upfront and on their backend.