NHL Entry Draft: NewDimension Mock Draft for March

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    It's a new month, which means it's time for a new mock. This month, I'll be doing 4 rounds, while the draft order is as of March 1st. It's also a post-playoff format, with my predicted conference finalists, finalists and Cup winner being last in the draft order.

    For the East: I'm predicting Boston beats Washington. For the West, I'm going to predict St. Louis defeats Vegas. Basically, we get a rematch of last year, but in reverse, with Boston winning, giving Chara one last Cup to ride off into the sunset with.

    As always, I'm not a scout. All comparisons should be taken lightly. Obviously not everyone is going to be exactly like their counterpart. Most kids won't even make the league, let alone live up to whatever comparison I give them.

    There'll also be a per team "tl,dr" summary at the end.

    For the lottery, I used Tankathon and I've got this: 1. Ottawa; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Minnesota.

    Round 1

    1. Ottawa: Alexis Lafreniere, LW
    After the past few seasons they've had, winning Lafreniere in the lottery would be like finding gold at the end of a long, enduring rainbow. He'd be a perfect fit for them and the type of game they've been wanting to play. He's also done everything possible to cement himself as the "crown jewel" of this year's crop.
    Comparison: To me, he's sort of a hybrid of Elias Pettersson's skill, mixed with the physicality and aggressive power forward qualities of Matthew Tkachuk.

    2. Los Angeles: Tim Stutzle, LW/C
    Stutzle's been closing the gap on Byfield for #2. The Kings could be a team that opts for him, as they've shown a lot of faith in their European scouting. He's certainly got that electrifying skill that they've been lacking and he'd give them depth at forward -- whether as a center or a winger.
    Comparison: He's another hybrid guy, sort of similar to a Jonathan Huberdeau-meets-Mathew Barzal type of center/forward. He's got blazing speed and can make plays and create offense playing this dynamic pace.

    3. Minnesota: Quinton Byfield, C
    They've been in search of a top center for what seems like forever. If they can win the lottery pick, they'd definitely be aiming their sights at someone that plays ths position. Byfield is available, so they'd be all over him, feeling he's finally fill that role.
    Comparison: At top end, he could be like Evgeni Malkin... however, he's very raw, so the likelihood of him ever meeting that high is unknown. He's more likely to be an Eric Staal type of big, tall power center that can provide plenty of offense.

    4. Detroit: Marco Rossi, C
    It wouldn't surprise me if Steve Yzerman views a lot of himself in Rossi. He's a smaller kid, standing only 5'9", but has a thick base and a never-say-quit motor. He even plays a skilled, all-around style similar to Yzerman. If he thinks Rossi and Larkin provides an excellent 1-2 center depth for the Wings, he could definitely shoot for him. It'd certainly diverge from their usual "draft big" motto that they've used in the recent past.
    Comparison: Brad Marchand. I liken him to a center-version of Marchand, due to the fact that they're both smaller guys that produce at an excellent rate. They can both score and dish the puck; and they both play balls-to-the-wall. I don't think he skates as well as Marchand, nor is he as much of an agitator, but they've definitely got similar qualities in terms of their offensive and two-way play.

    5. Ottawa [from San Jose]: Jamie Drysdale, D
    In need of center depth, Rossi was probably high on their radar; but the Wings throw a monkey wrench at that plan. Instead, they target the "best player available in terms of need" and that could be Drysdale. It gives them a future top pairing D to play alongside Thomas Chabot or Erik Brannstrom.
    Comparison: Duncan Keith. First off, like Keith, his skating is phenomenal. He uses this ability to play an all-situations role that allows him to contribute offensively and defensively.

    6. Anaheim: Lucas Raymond, RW
    His deployment issues in Sweden could force him to drop. If so, it'd be to the Ducks's gain. He's got an elite level of skill and gives the Ducks yet another influx of talent.
    Comparison: Artemi Panarin. He can setup plays, score goals and has excellent hockey sense. He's got top line scoring winger written all over him.

    7. New Jersey: Yaroslav Askarov, G
    With 3 picks in the first round, they can afford to take the risk with Askarov. I know there's a lot of talk about how Mackenzie Blackwood is performing right now; but taking Askarov increases their goalie depth even further. Think of it how Florida took Spencer Knight last year despite having Bobrovsky on their radar and Montembeault performing well.
    Comparison: Tuukka Rask. He's a tall, lanky goalie with a skilled upside. There are rumors of him falling, but I think the Devils take a shot thanks to having 3 firsts.

    8. Chicago: Cole Perfetti, LW/C
    The Hawks would take the best player available and that could be Perfetti. He's a guy that gets around on his pure hockey smarts. They feel he could make an excellent combo with last year's draft selection, Kirby Dach.
    Comparison: William Nylander. He's a kid that knows how to create offense with his hockey IQ, whether it be through making plays or unleashing his own scoring ability. His skating needs some work, but he's got the ability to play a pure offensive game.

    9. Buffalo: Alexander Holtz, RW/LW
    There's no way they can pass on a pure scoring talent such as Holtz. He can slot in as a sniper on their right wing, giving them more depth, along with someone that can play alongside Jack Eichel. He'd make a perfect fit for them.
    Comparison: Filip Forsberg. He's an excellent shoot-first forward that has one of the best releases in this class.

    10. Montreal: Jake Sanderson, D
    While not a "sexy pick", it's a very token pick for the Habs, who I think could be torn between Sanderson, Jack Quinn and Anton Lundell at this position. They love risers and Americans. Ideally, they'd like to build up their blueline, especially on the left side, thus taking Sanderson could be an option.
    Comparison: To me, he's a Jaccob Slavin/Ryan McDonagh type. He's a shutdown, puck-moving defenseman that skates and accelerates really well. He can play physical and provides some puck-movement skill as well.

    11. New Jersey [from Arizona]: Jack Quinn, RW
    If the Coyotes continue falling, it'd put them into good position to pickup Jack Quinn. We know that they love drafting from the Ottawa 67's. In the future, he could play with Jack Hughes, working as his sniper.
    Comparison: Kyle Connor. He's another pure goal scorer that this draft has to offer. He's got plenty of versatility in his game and can be counted on as an even-strength and as a powerplay threat to score.

    12. Winnipeg: Anton Lundell, C
    He seems to be dropping down lists somewhat, possible due to (nonsensical) fears of offensive upside. If true, he should definitely be off the board here. The Jets love their Finns and they'd like to add someone that can play a #2 center role. Lundell fits that need and would be considered the best player available.
    Comparison: Mikko Koivu is probably his upside. At top end, maybe he's even a Sean Couturier type that's also able to unleash some scoring ability.

    13. Florida: Kaiden Guhle, D
    After being rated inexplicably high on McKenzie's list, he may be highly sought after by scouts. The Panthers could scoop him off the board in order to boost support on their blueline. They need guys that can help play in front of future goalie stud, Spencer Knight, and he could be that type of guy.
    Comparison: Darnell Nurse. Big defenseman that moves well, adds some physicality and makes his bread and butter in his own end, playing a shutdown, do-everything style of game.

    14. New York Rangers: Connor Zary, C
    They're in need of center depth pretty badly, so they take the best available. With Zary, they address this issue, giving them someone that can play behind Zibanejad in a depth role.
    Comparison: Bo Horvat. He's likely a 2nd line center that works hard at both ends of the ice, can score and works well in whatever role is given to him.

    15. Carolina: Jan Mysak, LW/C
    Ever since Mysak has come over to the OHL, he has done everything he can to show why he should be ranked as a first rounder. The 'Canes picking him makes sense, since they've tended to draft heavily from the OHL in recent years.
    Comparison: Martin Necas. Blessed with plenty of talent, from goal scoring ability to two-way skills, he's a guy that should compete for a future top 6 role.

    16. Nashville: Dylan Holloway, LW/C
    They usually like drafting players developing in American collegiate systems, which is where Holloway is playing. They could like his versatility and strength, hoping he can develop into a power forward for them.
    Comparison: Timo Meier. He's likely to become a versatile power forward that can lineup at both center or wing, while also able to put some points on the board and making it tough to play against him.

    17. Calgary: Dawson Mercer, RW
    They've been leaning towards the QMJHL a lot lately. They could return there and select Mercer, who can be a warrior on the ice that constantly works hard whenever he plays.
    Comparison: Justin Williams. He's got a mixture of skill, speed, grit and clutch play poured into one bowl. He profiles as a future top 6 winger that can work multiple roles.

    18. New Jersey [from Vancouver]: Braden Schneider, D
    They're gonna want to start adding some defensemen to build up that blueline. Schneider gives them a stabilizing presence that could potentially play in front of Askarov.
    Comparison: Erik Johnson. He's an "old school" type of rock solid shutdown defenseman. He's got an underrated offensive game, too, thanks to his shot from the point, which will keep defensemen on their toes.

    19. Columbus: Seth Jarvis, RW
    He's been putting on a tear in the WHL and it should get him noticed even moreso. He's likely a versatile kid that works hard at producing at both ends of the ice and pairs well with equally talented forwards.
    Comparison: Travis Konecny. He's not a physically imposing guy, standing only 5'10". He's someone that gets around using his speed, smarts and all-around ability, who is also able to rifle the puck into the net with quick wristers.

    20. Edmonton: Noel Gunler, RW/LW
    After they drafted Broberg last year, they could return to Sweden and taken Gunler, who arguably has a top 10 level skillset. It allows them to grab nother scoring winger to play with McDavid and Draisaitl.
    Comparison: Brock Boeser. He's a shoot-first winger that can play on either side of his center and is a credible offensive threat whenever he's on the ice.

    21. New York Rangers [from Toronto]: Marat Khusnutdinov, C
    Even though he's often rated as a 2nd+ talent, I could see the Rangers being really interested in him. They haven't shied away from Russian talent before, often embracing it. Due to not having a 2nd rounder, they could opt to just straight up draft him here, further bolstering their center depth.
    Comparison: Brayden Point. This Russian center is only 5'9", but he's incredibly shifty, fast and has tantalizing two-way skill and upside.

    22. Ottawa [from New York Islanders]: Mavrik Bourque, C
    After grabbing Lafreniere and Drysdale, they need to target a few centers to boost their rankings. If Bourque's still on the board, he'd be an excellent pickup for them in this area. He's got definite top 20, maybe even top 15, talent, with his current injury pushing him down the board a little.
    Comparison: Nick Suzuki. He's an all-around, offensive threat down the middle. Playing a high IQ game, he can do a little of everything, including unleashing a dangerous shot.

    23. Minnesota [from Pittsburgh]: William Wallinder, D
    After winning the lottery and taking huge center, Quinton Byfield, they can second that choice by drafting the huge defenseman, William Wallinder. He's one of the younger defenders in the draft, so he's got plenty of development left to go. They've been known to draft a lot of defensemen, especially those from Sweden. It could be worth a shot.
    Comparison: At top end, they hope to have the next Colton Parayko, a large, rushing defenseman. Otherwise, maybe he becomes a Travis Sanheim type of puck-moving defender that can join in on the rush.

    24. Dallas: Jacob Perreault, RW
    They have a tendency to draft heavily from the OHL. If Perreault is there, I don't see that trend changing. It'd give them more depth on offense, which is always a plus.
    Comparison: Mike Hoffman. I could see him turning into a Hoffman-like goal scorer that they can slot around on various lines, play on the powerplay and uses his shooting skill to put up points.

    25. Philadelphia: Brendan Brisson, C/LW
    With Nolan Patrick's health issues, it may be wise to select another center to play in a depth role. Chuck Fletcher likely knows his father, Pat Brisson, quite well, so he'd know what type of player they're going to get. Plus they've been known to draft heavily from American systems.
    Comparison: Nazem Kadri. Mixing competitiveness, grit, scoring and all-around play into one dish, Brisson has the potential to become a top 6 player that works hard to deliver at both ends of the ice.

    26. Colorado: Rodion Amirov, LW/RW
    The Russian factor could see him drop down the board. Otherwise, he's got good skill and an understated two-way ability. The Avs have taken a few Russians over the few years. He could be another talented option for them.
    Comparison: David Perron. He's a skilled winger that can play a top 6 role, who also owns an underrated two-way winger game.

    27. San Jose [from Tampa Bay]: Lukas Reichel, LW
    He's the second German off the board and taken in the first round. I think he goes before Peterka due to having a more advanced all-around game, while also providing outstanding 5-on-5 numbers. The Sharks seem like the type of team that'd love him.
    Comparison: Reilly Smith. He's a potential future Lady Byng candidate that plays a low-maintenance, all-around game, simultaneously adding offensive support in a depth role.

    28. Vegas: Ridly Greig, LW/C
    With no 2nd round pick, they could either trade back or straight up select him here. With Kelly McCrimmon's connections with the Brandon Wheat Kings, he's well aware of what type of player he can be, thinking he'd be a perfect fit.
    Comparison: Tyler Bertuzzi. He's the type of forward that can get opponents off their game, while providing offensive support, versatility, physicality and all-around play that allows him to both PP and PK.

    29. Washington: Jake Neighbours, LW
    He's got a very pro-level type of skillset. A team such as Washington, whom are perennial contenders, could scoop him off the board, liking the type of game he brings.
    Comparison: Jake Debrusk. He's a solid, hard-working forward that'll run you over in order to pay the price to score goals. He likely tops out as a middle 6 winger.

    30. St. Louis: Justin Barron, D
    With Jay Bouwmeester's career likely over, they need to work on building up their blueline. Recently returning from bloodclots, he's looked shaky, but he has intriguing upside that should make him worthy to be selected within this range.
    Comparison: Brady Skjei. He's an incredibly mobile defenseman that can rush up the ice with great pace.

    31. Anaheim [from Boston]: Helge Grans, D
    After taking a few years off from drafting Swedes, they could return there in a big way, drafting both Lucas Raymond and Helge Grans. They both seem like additions the Ducks would love to add, with Grans being another big blueliner to help shore up that area.
    Comparison: Jeff Petry. He's an offensive, puck-moving blueliner that loves to aide in the transition. However, like Ristolainen, he can be prone to many brain farts, turnovers and defensive miscues.


    Round 2

    32. Detroit: Jeremie Poirier, D
    The Wings kick off day 2 by taking on the risky Poirier. He's a pure offensive defenseman, whose defensive deficiencies have him dropping down the board. They could think he'd make a good partner for Moritz Seider, who could cover for him, while Poirier provides the offense.
    Comparison: Kevin Shattenkirk. Like Shattenkirk, he's likely a 2nd pairing type of offense-only defenseman. However, he's got huge upside if he can ever figure out things in his own end. If so, he could be a Roman Josi type... but that's a big if.

    33. Los Angeles: Tyson Foerster, RW
    One of the best pure goal scorers in the draft, Foerster could be targeted by the Kings. Ideally, in a perfect world, they pair him alongside either Stutzle or Alex Turcotte, allowing him to use his bomb of a shot to score goals.
    Comparison: James Neal. As stated, he's a shooting, goal-scoring winger with some size. He's been steadily climbing the rankings all season long and could find himself in the first round if he keeps it up.

    34. Ottawa: Ty Smilanic, C/LW
    They tend to draft a lot from American systems. Smilanic's had injury issues this year, which could cost him draft positioning and keep him out of the first. That said, they take a crack at him, loving his versatility, especially his ability to lineup down the middle.
    Comparison: Adam Henrique. He's a speedy, versatile forward that positions himself well and can be counted on to be a shooter.

    35. San Jose: Drew Commesso, G
    If the Sharks are smart, they'd go into this draft and grab one of the top goalies available. With Askarov off the board, they delegate to their next best option, which could be Commesso.
    Comparison: Carter Hart. He's been a rock all season long, playing well and putting up amazing numbers that surpass last year's first rounder, Spencer Knight.

    36. Anaheim: JJ Peterka, LW
    He'd become the third German taken in the draft. After a hot WJC in which he looked stellar, he's cooled down a little in league play, yet still has offensive potential as a top 6 winger. He seems like a Ducks-type of player.
    Comparison: Evgenii Dadonov. Purely an offensive creator with the ability to produce points in various ways.

    37. Nashville [from New Jersey]: Thomas Bordeleau, LW/C
    Once more, the Predators go back to American college systems. This time, they draft Thomas Bordeleau, who's a craft, undersized playmaking forward. The fact that he's capable of playing center makes him sought after by the team, even if he's likely to be a winger at the pro level.
    Comparison: Jaden Schwartz. Lacking in size, he's an offensive producer with a good skillset.

    38. Montreal [from Chicago]: Hendrix Lapierre, C/LW
    With a deluge of picks, the Habs can afford taking the risk on Lapierre. After suffering through 2 concussions beforehand, he's been out these past few months recovering from his third concussion, which may/may not have been misdiagnosed. If the pick works out, it's another boost to their center depth.
    Comparison: His top end, as a center, could be something like a David Krejci or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins two-way, playmaking type. If he's a winger, maybe a Josh Bailey type of low-maintenance, high IQ, pure playmaking type.

    39. Buffalo: Sam Colangelo, RW
    Needing more size, the Sabres wisely take a crack at Colangelo, who's been producing very well as a goal scorer. They've been known to love their American players, often drafting them heavily. If available, he could be an option for them here.
    Comparison: At top end, he's probably like a Chris Kreider type of power winger.

    40. Montreal: Vasili Ponomarev, LW/C
    Historically, Montreal's been pretty good to Russian forwards. The fact that he's developing within the Q could also be a boost. He looked good at the previous WJAC and in tournament play, they could take a chance on him here.
    Comparison: William Karlsson. Thanks to his speed, hockey sense and ability to wire the puck, he can play a two-way game and can be counted on to be effective at both ends of the ice.

    41. Minnesota: Roni Hirvonen, RW/C
    While he's capable of playing center, it's likely he'll be a winger at the pro-level. That said, the Wild could like his center versatility and jump on him here, feeling he's got huge upside, despite his lack of size.
    Comparison: Jonathan Marchessault. He's only 5'9", yet he can buzz around the ice and create offense, while also handling himself well defensively. He's likely a nice middle 6 winger in the pros.

    42. Arizona: Ozzy Wiesblatt, C/RW
    For their first pick of the draft, the Coyotes, needing center depth, could take on Wiesblatt, who promises to be a secondary type of center. He could also be seen as a BPA type, as well.
    Comparison: Anthony Cirelli. He may not be a high-end type. He's a hard-working type that'll battle it out in a two-way role.

    43. Winnipeg: Topi Niemela, D
    They're in need of right-shooting defenseman. After taking Ville Heinola last year, they could take his country-mate, Niemela, this year.
    Comparison: Michal Kempny. He's a smooth-transitioning defender that skates well, moves the puck steadily up the ice, can hit and keeps things calm and simple.

    44. Florida: Brock Faber, D
    The Panthers always seem to take a liking to American defenders. In this case, they could grab Faber, who has a nice steady approach to the game. With Guhle and now Faber, it'd help solidify their blueline for the next few years.
    Comparison: Rasmus Andersson. Mobile, yet calm defenseman that can do a little of everything asked of him.

    45. Carolina [from New York Rangers]: Joni Jurmo, D
    A defenseman that's getting really underrated in rankings in Jurmo. Not only does he have excellent size, he also has good acceleration and skating for his frame. A team that loves Finns, such as Carolina, could be all over him.
    Comparison: Mattias Ekholm. He profiles as a big defenseman that can rush with the puck, adding mobility and depth to a blueline.

    46. Carolina: Jack Finley, C
    They need some depth down the middle. Not only does Finley fit that criteria, he also adds size. As an added bonus, he's one of the younger draft eligibles, so there's still plenty of room for development and growth to his 6'5" frame.
    Comparison: He's got a floor of something akin to an Adam Lowry or a Kevin Stenlund type. Maybe he can become a Kevin Hayes type of center if everything works out fine.

    47. Nashville: Lukas Cormier, D
    They're a team that loves drafting defense. A kid like Cormier has first round talent, yet falls due to his lack of size... which I think could happen to several smaller defenders, despite the continued success of guys such as Krug, Spurgeon, Girard, et al.
    Comparison: Samuel Girard. He's an incredibly mobile, offensive puck pucker that also plays a solid two-way game.

    48. Calgary: Martin Chromiak, LW
    For whatever reason, the Flames love drafting Slovaks. They could add the fast-rising Chromiak to their list, if he's still even there. At the rate he's been producing in the OHL, he may go even higher.
    Comparison: Dominik Kubalik. He's a goal scorer winger with good speed and offensive skill.

    49. Los Angeles [from Vancouver]: Eemil Viro, D
    They love their Finns. They decide to hear there and grab Finnish defenseman, Eemil Viro, who's got good puck movement skill. After using their previous 2 picks on forward, they may want to take a defenseman for their next selection.
    Comparison: TJ Brodie. His game revolves around his skating ability -- both in offensive and defensive situations. He's a two-way type that has the potential to be a middle pairing type.

    50. Ottawa [from Columbus]: Tyler Kleven, D
    With several puck movers on their way up, the Sens look to their American scouts and take the big, physical, hulking defenseman. While he may not be as high end as some of their other guys, he could become a nice stabilizing type.
    Comparison: Scott Mayfield. Armed with a big, heavy shot, Kleven is a hard-hitting defenseman that works well in a depth role.

    51. Detroit [from Edmonton]: Theodor Niederbach, C
    They could defer to their Swedish scouting services for this selection. Niederbach's a crafty, skilled Swedish center, which would further boost their depth in that region.
    Comparison: Gustav Nyquist. He's an offensive forward with good hands, vision and playmaking ability.

    52. Toronto: Ryan O'Rourke, D
    With Kyle Dubas's connections to the Sioux Ste. Marie Greyhounds, they could certainly have their eye on him. He's the type of stabilizing, keep it simple defenseman that they could really use.
    Comparison: Kevin Bieksa. He's mobile, he hits, he sticks up for teammates, he can score. He's the type of player that'll do anything to help lead his team to victory.

    53. Ottawa [from New York Islanders]: Dylan Peterson, RW
    Again, the Senators go back to American developmental systems. They're a team that loves size. Adding a big power forward such as Peterson could be another boost to their forward core.
    Comparison: Jujhar Khaira. While his offensive potential may not be huge, his ability to hit, play physical and go to the net still makes him a valuable commodity.

    54. Chicago [from Pittsburgh]: Joel Blomqvist, G
    They've got several guys in development already. They may choose to further bolster their goalie depth by taking someone with good technical skill and upside as Blomqvist has.
    Comparison: Braden Holtby. His game is all about his technique, keeping calm and using his developed skill to stop pucks.

    55. Ottawa [from Dallas]: Luke Evangelista, RW
    The Sens have some connections to the London Knights. They could opt to select him, loving the type of "smart, skilled" game he provides.
    Comparison: Robert Thomas. He's a low-maintenance, playmaking forward with some two-way savvy and good hockey sense.

    56. Philadelphia: Eamon Powell, D
    Again, they go for an American. Needing to boost their right side of defense, a smooth-skater such as Powell could be a nice option.
    Comparison: Devon Toews. He's a swift skating defenseman that does well enough at both ends of the ice. He can play a support role and can help with the transition game, which could be good for the Flyers.

    57. San Jose [from Colorado]: Emil Andrae, D
    His lack of height is going to cost him in the rankings, but he's a pretty talented, swift-moving kid. The Sharks look for a high-risk/high-reward type, with Andrae fitting that mould perfectly.
    Comparison: Jared Spurgeon. Undersized, standing only 5'9", he's a dynamic puck mover that picks his spots and even works well defensively.

    58. Tampa Bay: Justin Sourdif, RW
    The Bolts often like drafting from the WHL. If Sourdif's still on the board, they could really like him, thinking he'd fit their style of play quite well.
    Comparison: Jason Zucker. He's likely a middle-six forward that skates extremely well and works hard to produce.

    59. Los Angeles [from Vegas]: Kasper Simontaival, RW
    Once more, they go back to Finland, where they can grab Simontaival. Like many others in this draft, he's undersized, yet brings some offensive talent that could make him a boom-or-bust type.
    Comparison: Tomas Tatar. He doesn't have ideal size, although he does provide solid offensive numbers. His two-way game is slowly improving, too.

    60. Detroit [from Washington]: Tyler Tullio, RW
    He produces like a first round pick, yet he could be drafted later in the 2nd solely because of his lack of size. If he's there, a team like the Wings would happily grab him.
    Comparison: Brendan Gallagher. As I said earlier, he's short, yet plays with tons of fire and energy that allows him to produce good numbers.

    61. Montreal [from St. Louis]: William Villeneuve, D
    After going with 2 forwards for their previous picks, they grab a defenseman for this pick. It's local kid, too. They can capitalize on this fact since the draft is being held in Montreal this year. It also gives them depth on the right side.
    Comparison: Jonas Brodin. He prefers to play a two-way style of game, providing quick assists and passes, which should be his bread and butter. He can eat up minutes and provides a calm approach to the game, even if his skating isn't up to par.

    62. Boston: Sean Farrell, LW
    As a Massachusetts native, it feels like the type of pick the Bruins could make. They're likely not too bothered by the fact that he's only 5'9", considering they've embraced smaller players.
    Comparison: Tyler Johnson. He's an all-around, hard-working, playmaking undersized forward with quality upside as a middle-six type that can also work special teams.


    Round 3

    63. Detroit: Zion Nybeck, RW
    At this point, they'd draft the best player available. I think Nybeck will be one of few that'll fall due to his size -- it happens almost every year. He's a player with first round level of upside, dropping due to the fact he's only 5'7".
    Comparison: Mats Zuccarello. They're both similar short players that can create plays, show good offensive ability and have an ability to play a two-way role.

    64. Los Angeles: Michael Benning, D
    Another undersized player with first-round level of talent. The fact that he's both undersized and playing in a weaker league could drop him, even if there's a lot to like.
    Comparison: Adam Fox. He's an undersized defenseman with an offensive focus to his game. He's like a Cale Makar-lite.

    65. Ottawa: Antonio Stranges, LW
    They drafted his teammate, Luke Evangelista, earlier. They reunite them, taking the chance on the sliding Stranges, whose battles with inconsistency has him dropping, despite his offensive upside.
    Comparison: Sonny Milano or Jeremy Bracco are pretty decent comparables. Or maybe even a Joshua Ho-Sang. He's the type of player that has plenty of stick skills and uses a 10-2 skating style, ala Bracco, yet may find trouble in putting it all together.

    66. Detroit [from San Jose]: Artur Akhtyamov, G
    Everyone knows Yzerman loves scouting Russians. Akhtyamov has put up outstanding numbers this year, all while showing athletic prowess. It gives them more potential in goal, even if he could be a longterm type.
    Comparison: Craig Anderson. He's an ultra-athletic goalie with stamina and agility. He could profile as a starter some day down the road.

    67. Anaheim: Jaromir Pytlik, C/RW
    It gives the Ducks both size and depth down the middle. While his offensive upside may not be as high as once thought, he could become a valuable and sizeable depth center that could shutdown opponents.
    Comparison: Radek Faksa. He's a shutdown type of center that works like a dog to kill penalties and battles for pucks in defensive situations.

    68. Vegas [from New Jersey]: Simon Kubicek, D
    The Golden Knights could use more depth on their right side of defense. Kubicek's still available, so he could be an option for them here.
    Comparison: David Savard. He's a steady, all-around, minute-munching type of defenseman that's also armed with a solid, heavy shot.

    69. Chicago: Daniil Guschin, RW
    Even though he's got abundant talent, his lack of size could slip him into the third. In this area, the Hawks hope for a steal by taking Guschin, who should add more offense to their wings.
    Comparison: Nikita Gusev. He's a diminuitive, yet extremely talented, scoring wing that has good upside as an offensive producer.

    70. Carolina [from Buffalo]: Oliver Suni, RW
    Injuries could be an issue with Suni. He's got good talent, though, especially in the playmaking department. Everyone knows the 'Canes love their Finns, thus he could be an option for them here.
    Comparison: Pavel Buchnevich. He's got good size, along with the aforementioned playmaking skill. Buchnevich was also a third rounder that dropped to various issues.

    71. Montreal: Luke Tuch, LW/RW
    With some smaller talent in development, the Habs could use some larger, more physical power forwards in their pool. Enter Luke Tuch, who also comes from American developmental systems that they love to draft him.
    Comparison: Miles Wood. He's an energetic, physical and feisty forward that can crash and bang and help provide space for linemates.

    72. Nashville [from Minnesota]: Jean-Luc Foudy, C/LW
    I could see Foudy slipping due to fears over his overall offensive potential. The one upside is he skates incredibly well and could be the fastest guy in the draft. He's very boom-or-bust, making him a risky selection.
    Comparison: Erm... maybe Scott Gomez is his upside? Maybe a Darren Helm type of depth forward if his offense can't come around.

    73. Washington [from Arizona]: Daniel Torgersson, RW
    They have an affinity for taking Swedes. Torgersson fits that mould of sizeable player they like, too. He'd be worthy of a pick in this slot.
    Comparison: Joel Armia. He's a big, two-way winger that has talent to score and uses his size to play a two-way game.

    74. Ottawa [from Winnipeg]: Will Cuylle, LW
    He hasn't lived up to offensive expectations. That said, he could fulfill a power forward role. At this range, he seems like a Senators type of pickup.
    Comparison: Josh Anderson. He's a physical power forward that likes to shoot the puck a ton.

    75. Florida: Roby Jarventie, LW
    They're another team that has shown a liking for Finns in recent years. Jarventie's probably a top 62 type of player, especially when you factor in his size, skating and scoring instincts.
    Comparison: Roope Hintz. He's got great bursts of speed, has good size and knows how to score goals in a complementary role.

    76. New York Rangers: Thimo Nickl, D
    Even though they're already blessed with a strong, offensive blueline, they decide to keep stacking up guys, taking a shot at the right hander, Nickl. He's got good size and transition ability, making him yet another young upcoming blueliner for the Rangers.
    Comparison: Justin Schultz. He's a puck-moving, two-way, transitioning defenseman with good size and skill.

    77. New Jersey [from Carolina]: Jack Thompson, D
    Heading back to the OHL again, the Devils try to shore up their right side of defense by taking the offensive defender, Jack Thompson. They know he'll be a work-in-progress. They can afford to give him that developmental time in hopes of him developing into a serviceable depth defenseman.
    Comparison: Jake Gardiner. He's an offensive defenseman that can shoot and dish the puck and can be a factor on a powerplay.

    78. Nashville: Yan Kuznetsov, D
    His size and potential is his selling point. The Preds take a chance on him, continuing to build their blueline depth. He's a Russian that's been playing in American developmental systems, so he seems pretty on point.
    Comparison: Phillippe Myers is probably his potential upside comparable. A big kid that can skate with the puck and provides a two-way game.

    79. Chicago [from Calgary]: Tristen Robins, C/RW
    He's been ascending up draft charts these past few months thanks to the way he's been playing. He's shown good upside and could either be a center or a winger at the pro-level, making his versatility highly valuable.
    Comparison: Vincent Trochek. I think he's got potential to be a middle-six forward with excellent speed and two-way skill. He can provide offense, as well as work well in a depth role.

    80. Vancouver: Ruben Rafkin, D
    The Canucks could use some help on the right side of their defense. Rafkin could be considered the best available in this scenario.
    Comparison: Neal Pionk. He's a pretty decent two-way defender that does a little of everything. He skates well, tries to keep things simple, can provide some offense and even has some physicality in him. He's an all-around type.

    81. Los Angeles [from Columbus]: Shakir Mukhamadullin, D
    They could view him as the best player available. He helps shore up their blueline and provides more support on the left side. He's been inconsistent throughout the year, which could slip him, but he's ranked fairly high on McKenzie's list.
    Comparison: Zach Bogosian. I view him as a big defenseman with a lethal shot, who's likely a shutdown guy at the pro level. He's also prone to some bone-headed mistakes, but they could find value in him here.

    82. Calgary [from Edmonton]: Charlie Desroches, D
    [This pick assumes that James Neal will return to the Oilers lineup and score over 21 goals, which he's close to doing already.] The Flames need defense and some right-hand shooters. They could again go to the Q and take Desroches, liking his overall approach to the game.
    Comparison: Ethan Bear. He's an undersized defenseman that likes to play a more-balanced and support game. For the most part, he can provide offense just as well as he can defend.

    83. Colorado [from Toronto]: Carter Savoie, LW
    Despite being an offensive dynamo this season in the AJHL, it's still just the AJHL. Some teams could be apprehensive over the fact, resulting in him dropping a little. His lack of size and lesser skating ability could be of concern, too. The Avs are known to take a few risks, though, so he could be someone they'd like.
    Comparison: Mike Cammalleri is probably his pure upside. Basically, an undersized sniper that can get pucks off quickly and put up points. Otherwise, he could be an AHL type.

    84. New York Islanders: Dmitri Zlodeyev, C
    The Isles could use some center depth in their prospect pool. Zlodeyev's getting underrated due to the Russian factor, yet has looked pretty good through tournament play all season long. He could be a riser come draft day.
    Comparison: Valterri Filpulla. He could be a nice depth center some day. He can provide offensive support and seems to have sound defensive play.

    85. Pittsburgh: Jacob Dion, D
    I could see the Penguins taking him, hoping he can become the next Kris Letang. Letang was also undersized when drafted, they could hope he grows up and fills out some, liking his offensive, puck skills.
    Comparison: Torey Krug. He's an undersized defenseman, standing only 5'9", that can unload a heavy point shot, moves well and has some tenacity in his game.

    86. New York Rangers [from Dallas]: Brett Berard, LW
    His lack of size might be the only thing holding him back from getting drafted higher. That said, maybe the Rangers could like him, loving his never-ending energy game and ability to score.
    Comparison: Kailer Yamamoto. He might be a long-term project, but he's got a good fire and a willingness to pay the price to score.

    87. Tampa Bay [from Philadelphia]: Samuel Knazko, D
    They can afford to take a shot at Knazko, who's been underrated in draft rankings. He could be a nice puck-mover and offensive defenseman under the right circumstances.
    Comparison: Filip Hronek. He moves the puck with speed and ease, which allows him to make plays and play an offensive game.

    88. Florida [from Colorado]: Veeti Miettinen, RW
    His lack of height and some concerns over his skating might drop him. If so, the Panthers jump back on the Finn train and quickly scoop him off the board. However, he's been torching his (albeit weaker) league, so there could be some upside there.
    Comparison: Viktor Arvidsson. He's a guy that loves to shoot the puck. Shoot first and shoot often is his motto. He also has an underrated defensive game.

    89. Tampa Bay: Carson Bantle, LW
    With this pick, the Bolts opt to go big, taking the 6'4" power winger. He's been playing on a lesser team, yet has been one of the more impressive players on his squad. If they want to add a power winger, he could be an option.
    Comparison: Austin Watson. I dunno if his offense will translate or not, it'll remain to be seen; but he could develop a career as a good bottom 6 power forward.

    90. Vegas: Donovan Sebrango, D
    Sebrango's versatility allows him to play on either side of the ice. That's something that could really interest the Golden Knights, as they look to keep bolstering their blueline.
    Comparison: Dylan Demelo. He's likely to become a depth defender that can be used in a variety of roles, whether it's helping with the transition or providing a shutdown type of game.

    91. Montreal [from Washington]: Ronan Seeley, D
    They've been known to draft from Everett before. Seeley's looked like a good, solid puck mover. He could be of interest to them, even if it's to keep building up their blueline depth.
    Comparison: Andy Greene. He keeps his game calm and simple. He skates extraordinarily well with the puck and plays a good two-way game. He's probably not a superior offensive guy, but he can put up a few points.

    92. St. Louis: Brandon Coe, RW
    The Blues add another big bodied presence to their core. He's a power forward in the making, fitting the type of game they prefer to play.
    Comparison: Zach Sanford. He's a power winger that does a lot of things good enough to make some noise.

    93. Boston: Pavel Novak, LW/RW
    Taking a skill countrymate of David Pastrnak, the Bruins could hope for the best. Novak's got some talent himself, putting up good numbers in the WHL, playing as a skilled, undersized guy.
    Comparison: Andreas Johnsson. He's a calm, skilled forward that's lacking in size, who knows where to go to produce offense.


    Round 4

    94. Tampa Bay [from Detroit]: Alexander Pashin, RW
    They often use the draft to look for skilled forwards. Pashin fits their style quite well, with his only drawback being his lack of size.
    Comparison: Cam Atkinson. He's a fiery, competitive scorer that plays much bigger than his size and who can also be a factor on a penalty kill.

    95. Los Angeles: Nick Malik, G
    The 4th round is usually where the next set of goaltenders tend to begin dropping off the board. This could be where a guy such as Malik is scooped up.
    Comparison: Alexander Georgiev. He's an athletic goalie with a quick mitt. He stills battles inconsistency, but he might have some upside.

    96. Ottawa: Emil Heineman, LW
    Heineman's had a pretty strong, breakout year. He's a Swedish sharpshooter and that could capture the interest of the Sens, who've been known to target a few Swedes.
    Comparison: Oliver Bjorkstrand. What he lacks in skating, he makes up in his ability to launch precise shots on goal.

    97. Buffalo [from San Jose]: Victor Mancini, D
    He's an American defenseman that's been developing over in Sweden. If that doesn't scream "Sabres"-type of pick, then I don't know what does.
    Comparison: Danny Dekeyser. He's an all-around type of defenseman that can do a little of everything. He skates well, blocks shots, hits and moves the puck along.

    98. Montreal [from Anaheim]: Evgeniy Oksentyuk, LW/RW
    This would officially mark the first overager off the board. Oksentyuk attended the Habs developmental camp last year and put on quite a show. They may not want him to slip any further, taking him sooner than expected. He's done nothing but impress after coming over to play in the OHL this year.
    Comparison: Yanni Gourde. He's an absolute firebug on the ice. Despite being smaller, he mixes it up in the corners, gets involved in scrums, goes to the hard areas in order to score and can agitate his opponents.

    99. New Jersey: Ryder Rolston, RW
    His father was drafted by the Devils organization and spent many seasons there, over the course of 2 dispatchments. They could keep that tradition alive by taking Brian's son, Ryder, who they see as a potential role-player for the team.
    Comparison: Zach Hyman. He's probably more of a speedy, depth winger that can crash the net, work hard and try to stir up and aggravate the competition via his skating.

    100. Chicago: Wyatt Schingoethe, C
    He's an Illinois native, which makes him an asset right off the bat. They like local kids and they could love his progression this season.
    Comparison: Adam Gaudette. He's a smart, offensive center that still needs to fill out. However, he's got the chance to become a depth guy at the pro level.

    101. Calgary [from Buffalo]: Luke Prokop, D
    In order to shore up their blueline, they could look at a local Albertan kid. With his size and grit, they'll hope he can become a physical, shutdown type.
    Comparison: Joel Edmundson. He's a big, 6'4" defenseman that moves well for his size and can play a heavy, shutdown role.

    102. Montreal: Kasper Puutio, D
    Again, they go back to Everett. They got Gianni Fairbrother last year; and drafted Ronan Seeley in the third round. They may as well collect Puutio, as well.
    Comparison: Michael del Zotto. He has the potential to become a mobile puck-moving type of defenseman that can do a bit of everything and eats up minutes.

    103. Minnesota: Blake Biondi, RW/C
    He's a native-Minnesotan with some offensive skill. More offensive firepower is what the Wild are on the hunt for. Combine these two factors and you could have a match.
    Comparison: Tanner Pearson. He's a high-motor forward that plays a skilled, shoot-first game and can fight hard for pucks.

    104. Arizona: Jan Bednar, G
    Needing to spur their goaltender depth, they could select the big goalie, Jan Bednar. While he probably hasn't been a true standout this year, he does have potential and size.
    Comparison: Mike Smith. He's a tall, puck-moving type of goalie that likes to keep the play moving and has some stopping skill. Bouts of inconsistency will be something he'll have to work on.

    105. Montreal [from Winnipeg]: Yegor Sokolov, RW
    They grab their 2nd overager of the 4th round and also the second overager of the draft. He looked good at the World Juniors and has shown power forward ability in the Q this season. With a bunch of smaller guys on their roster, some big wingers might be a smart decision.
    Comparison: Jordan Greenway. A big, heavy power winger that crashes the net, plays physical and uses his strength to play rough, Sokolov still needs to work on his skating.

    106. Florida: Alexander Nikishin, D
    A big, punishing hitter, the Panthers could halt his descent by drafting him here. Formerly a candidate for the first round, he's a toolsy shutdown defenseman that's yet to put everything together.
    Comparison: Adam McQuaid. A physical, shutdown type of defenseman, Nikishin plows into players, hoping to crush them.

    107. New York Rangers: Oskar Magnusson, C/RW
    Adding Swedes to the roster would be commonplace for the Rangers. He's looked like a very fine prospect playing in the SuperElit.
    Comparison: Calle Janrkrok. He comes across as an adaptive, skilled center/winger with some versatility, who can also work in various roles.

    108. Carolina: James Hardie, LW
    They return to the OHL and take Hardie, a high-volume shooter. It gives their wings some more depth, solidifying that core even further. He's been moving his way up the rankings in the 2nd half of the year thanks to his surging offensive play.
    Comparison: Tyler Toffoli. A depth scoring winger that's a pure shooter.

    109. Anaheim [from Nashville]: Christoffer Sedoff, D
    While he may not be the type to put up major points, Sedoff is the type of defender that plays a lot of minutes and succeeds at puck movement. The Ducks could use another guy to boost their blueline strength.
    Comparison: Mark Pysyk. Not a high-end type, he likes to keep his game simple, which in turn, makes him an effective, minute-eating defenseman.

    110. Los Angeles [from Calgary]: Adam Wilsby, D
    Thanks to his offensive breakthrough this year, he's been jumping up draft boards after being passed over last season. I could potentially see a team such as the Kings having interest, liking his overall puck skill.
    Comparison: Erik Gustafsson. He's a project pick. Maybe he makes it; maybe he doesn't. If he does, he's probably a Gustafsson type of #4 defenseman that can play a powerplay and put up points, while needing to work on his defense.

    111. Vancouver: Jake Ratzlaff, D
    In an attempt to build up their right side of defense, they take another right-shooting defender that can join Rafkin. They could hope one of those guys work out, with Ratzlaff having a projectable skillset.
    Comparison: Adam Pelech. He's a big, all-around defenseman with a rocket of a shot, along with the ability to engage in physicality and all-around play.

    112. Columbus: Connor McClennon, RW
    Injuries and his lack of size could result in him vaulting down the board. For the Jackets, he'd make a nice 4th round selection, as they haven't shyed away from diminuitive forwards before.
    Comparison: Conor Garland. He's a shoot-first, ask questions later forward that likes to get into the dirty areas.

    113. Detroit [from Edmonton]: Jacob Truscott, D
    In hopes of keeping their blueline well-stocked, they go and grab another Michigan native. He's a long-term project that they'd be willing to spend time, for hometown reasons alone.
    Comparison: John Marino. He can move the puck and knows how to put pucks on the net with a heavy shot.

    114. Toronto: Calle Clang, G
    It might be wise for the Leafs to start building more depth in net. Sweden has always been a stronghold for them, so they may choose to take on the best goalie from that region, Calle Clang.
    Comparison: David Rittich. He's got the size and potential to be a workhorse type of starter.

    115. New York Islanders: Landon Slaggert, RW
    To me, he plays a very Lou Lamieriello-like game. He may not be the most talented, bringing more of an energetic, hard-working, physical presence that'll help his team win more than anything.
    Comparison: Scott Laughton. A depth forward that hits hard, brings tons of energy and can unload quick shots.

    116. Pittsburgh: Alex Laferriere, RW
    They've been noted to take a few players developing in American systems before. Why not try again? They could hope Laferriere turns out to be the next Jake Guentzel-like steal.
    Comparison: Connor Brown. He's a shooting winger that could become a utility-like player that can be shifted up and down a lineup.

    117. Dallas: Ethan Cardwell, C/LW
    Sticking to what they know best -- drafting out of the OHL, they aim their sights on Cardwell, who's been an improving player all season long. He's probably going to be a riser come draft day.
    Comparison: Kevin Labanc. He definitely acts like a smart, cerebral forward that knows where to go in order to produce, even if it's in a depth role.

    118. Philadelphia: Maxim Groshev, RW
    Comparable to a Russian tank, Groshev's a big kid with a heavy skating stride. There's lots to work on. Yet if it works out, it could be a nice addition for them.
    Comparison: Patrick Maroon. He's a power winger with some all-around play, who likely fills in as a depth role if he were to make it.

    119. Colorado: Logan Morrison, C
    They'd want to keep their center position fully stocked. With Morrison they'd get someone that could play a depth role in a few years, as long as he develops properly.
    Comparison: Nick Bonino. His skating may hold him back. If not, he could be a depth guy that plays a sound overall game, even if he's not a standout in any true area.

    120. Tampa Bay: Cross Hanas, LW
    He seems like the type of guy the Bolts tend to draft. He's an American kid developing in the WHL. It just goes together quite well.
    Comparison: Danton Heinen. He's a skilled winger that could potentially battle for a depth role in the future. He's probably not a high scorer, moreso of a guy that can help fill out a lineup, adding some skill to a bottom 6.

    121. Toronto [from Vegas]: Luke Reid, D
    He's a member of the this year's dominant Chicago Steel team. That alone should get him drafted somewhere within the middle rounds.
    Comparison: Caleb Jones. He's a physically fit, athletic defenseman that works a two-way style. He can provide physicality and could be a stabilizing defenseman.

    122. Washington: Zach Uens, D
    They're at a point where they like drafting prospects that are not too far off from making the jump to the big leagus. Uens was passed over last year. It's not going to happen twice after his breakout season this year.
    Comparison: Nikita Zaitsev. He's got mobility and two-way skills in a decent sized frame. He has professional potential, if it's in a depth role.

    123. St. Louis: Ethan Edwards, D
    If he were to make it to the NHL, his path could look something similar to Colton Parayko's path. They hope to strike gold again, liking the undersized, skilled defenseman.
    Comparison: Trevor Daley. Like Daley -- especially the younger version of Daley -- his game revolves around his mobility from the backend. He's an undersized, offensive defenseman with some jam.

    124. New Jersey [from Boston]: Anton Johanesson, D
    Lack of size and several injury issues could see him going lower than what his talent level would indicate. He's the modern day type of undersized, puck-moving, offensive defenseman that have been plentiful in recent years. Thankfully for the Devils, they've been decent at drafting out of Sweden, which makes him viable here.
    Comparison: Victor Mete.


    10 notable names just missing the cut:
    1. Mitch Miller: wouldn't surprise me to see him taken in the 4th/5th round.
    2. Juuso Maenpaa: Skilled, but lacks size. Could be drafted later than expected.
    3. Dmitri Ovchinnikov: If taken late, he could be the steal of the draft. The "Russian factor" plays against him heavily.
    4. Ryan Francis: Superbly skilled; lacks size.
    5. Zayde Wisdom: Undersized, yet tenacious. Lack of overall skill could keep him in the 4-5th round range.
    6. Colby Ambrosio: Another skilled undersized kid that could go in the 4th-5th.
    7. Noah Ellis: Still some questions about upside.
    8. Pavel Tyutnev: Underiszed Russian. Put those 2 words together and he may/may not get drafted.
    9. Theo Rochette: Consistency concerns.
    10. Michal Gut: Can he be anything more than a depth/support player?

    Per team summary:

    6. Lucas Raymond, RW
    31. Helge Grans, D
    36. JJ Peterka, LW
    67. Jaromir Pytlik, C
    109. Christoffer Sedoff, D

    42. Ozzy Wiesblatt, C/RW
    104. Jan Bednar, G

    62. Sean Farrell, LW
    93. Pavel Novak, LW/RW

    9. Alexander Holtz, RW
    39. Sam Colangelo, RW
    97. Victor Mancini, D

    17. Dawson Mercer, RW
    48. Martin Chromiak, LW
    82. Charlie Desroches, D
    101. Luke Prokop, D

    15. Jan Mysak, LW/C
    45. Joni Jurmo, D
    46. Jack Finley, C
    70. Oliver Suni, RW
    108. James Hardie, LW

    8. Cole Perfetti, LW
    54. Joel Blomqvist, G
    69. Daniil Guschin, RW
    79. Tristen Robins, C/RW
    100. Wyatt Schingoethe, C

    26. Rodion Amirov, LW/RW
    83. Carter Savoie, LW
    119. Logan Morrison, C

    19. Seth Jarvis, RW
    112. Connor McClennon, RW

    24. Jacob Perreault, RW
    117. Ethan Cardwell, C/LW

    4. Marco Rossi, C
    32. Jeremie Poirier, D
    51. Theodor Niederbach, C
    60. Tyler Tullio, RW
    63. Zion Nybeck, RW
    66. Artur Akhtyamov, G
    113. Jacob Truscott, D

    20. Noel Gunler, RW

    13. Kaiden Guhle, D
    44. Brock Faber, D
    75. Roby Jarventie, LW
    88. Veeti Miettinen, RW
    106. Alexander Nikishin, D

    Los Angeles:
    2. Tim Stutzle, LW/C
    33. Tyson Foerster, RW
    49. Eemil Viro, D
    59. Kasper Simontaival, RW
    64. Michael Benning, D
    81. Shakir Mukhamadullin, D
    95. Nick Malik, G
    110. Adam Wilsby, D

    3. Quinton Byfield, C
    23. William Wallinder, D
    41. Roni Hirvonen, RW/C
    103. Blake Biondi, RW/LW

    10. Jake Sanderson, D
    38. Hendrix Lapierre, C/LW
    40. Vasili Ponomaryev, LW/C
    61. William Villeneuve, D
    71. Luke Tuch, LW
    91. Ronan Seeley, D
    98. Evgeniy Oksentyuk, LW/RW
    102. Kasper Puutio, D
    105. Yegor Sokolov, RW

    16. Dylan Holloway, LW/C
    37. Thomas Bordeleau, LW/C
    47. Lukas Cormier, D
    72. Jean-Luc Foudy, LW/C
    78. Yan Kuznetsov, D

    New York Islanders:
    84. Dmitri Zlodeyev, C
    115. Landon Slaggert, RW

    New York Rangers:
    14. Connor Zary, C
    21. Marat Khusnutdinov, C
    76. Thimo Nickl, D
    86. Brett Berard, LW
    107. Oskar Magnusson, C/RW

    1. Alexis Lafreniere, LW
    5. Jamie Drysdale, D
    22. Mavrik Bourque, C
    34. Ty Smilanic, C/LW
    50. Tyler Kleven, D
    53. Dylan Peterson, RW
    55. Luke Evangelista, RW
    65. Antonio Stranges, LW
    74. Will Cuylle, LW
    96. Emil Heineman, LW

    25. Brendan Brisson, C/LW
    56. Eamon Powell, D
    118. Maxim Groshev, RW

    85. Jacob Dion, D
    116. Alex Laferriere, RW

    San Jose:
    27. Lukas Reichel, LW
    35. Drew Commesso, G
    57. Emil Andrae, D

    St. Louis:
    30. Justin Barron, D
    92. Brandon Coe, RW
    123. Ethan Edwards, D

    Tampa Bay:
    58. Justin Sourdif, RW
    87. Samuel Knazko, D
    89. Carson Bantle, LW
    94. Alexander Pashin, RW
    120. Cross Hanas, LW

    52. Ryan O'Rourke, D
    114. Calle Clang, G
    121. Luke Reid, D

    80. Ruben Rafkin, D
    111. Jake Ratzlaff, D

    28. Ridly Greig, LW/C
    68. Simon Kubicek, D
    90. Donovan Sebrango, D

    29. Jake Neighbours, LW
    73. Daniel Torgersson, RW
    122. Zach Uens, D

    12. Anton Lundell, C
    43. Topi Niemela, D
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  2. m0pe Registered User

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    Damn, great work.

    I think that would be a pretty great / realistic draft for the Sabres.
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    omg montréal lolzzz
    I dont know many players but that haul for the Canadiens seems good enough, and lot of those picks scream Canadiens to me too. good work, very interesting read
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    Id be pretty disapointed if the sharks drafted Drew Commesso with our second rounder. Id be happy to take him in the later second or third, but when theres guys like Sourdif and Peterka still on the table, Id much rather not go for the most risky and probably not the smartest gamble
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    very, very, very good
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    I would rather have the Devils pick Holtz, but other than that pretty good.
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    I don’t see the Devils on this list?
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    Really amazing effort—appreciated as always.

    As a Carolina fan, I hope they invite you to the draft—Mysak, Jurmo, Finley, and Suni would be as good a draft as possible.
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    Thanks so much for putting this altogether. Amazing job.
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    I usually like to dissect and rip on mock drafts (as we all do for fun) but this is very well done with sound reasoning behind the picks. Good stuff.
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    Damn solid draft, props to you!
    Fully understand where you place the top end of the draft.
    Great work.
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    As a Montreal fan I love it. Possible Lundell instead, but I'll take this draft
  13. Sens of Anarchy Registered User

    Jul 9, 2013
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    I'll take the Sens list
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  14. hizzoner Registered User Sponsor

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    If that is the Sabres draft they may as well move the franchise.
  15. kdog82 Registered User

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    if the Habs get Lapierre in the 2nd round they automatically win the draft.
  16. Der Jaeger Casmus Eichelainenhart

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    Land of the Rasmi
    This is one of my favorite mock draft posts.... @newdimension Is April's mock coming?
  17. newdimension Registered User

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    The pandemic kind of put a halt to my mocks. I think I'll probably hold off until we find out exactly the format will be until I produce a final mock. If the draft happens in June, I'll post a full 7 round mock. If it's in September, who knows. I'll probably still post a full mock sometimes later this month or next month anyhow.
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    Can we at least get a taste? Like a 1st round maybe?

    Anything to read would be great.
  19. SJSharks39 Registered User

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    Yep basically what I came to post
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