Sam Steel's Final 2019 Mock Draft

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    Final 2019 NHL Mock Draft
    1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes

    Although Kakko put on quite a show at the worlds, and played remarkable against men this season, the Devils still prefer Hughes to Kakko. Personally, Kakko is my choice and I could very well see Kakko going #1, but New Jersey has been dropping major hints with their social media and management.


    2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko

    Rangers make the easiest pick of the draft, even more so than #1, Kakko will fit in very nicely and come into the league as an impact player next season.


    3. Chicago Blackhawks: Bowen Byram

    Chicago takes BPA in Byram. Had a lights out season with Vancouver and he would very well likely end up as the best player of the draft in a few years. Byram and Boqvist is going to be a lethal pairing to an already deep defensive pool in Chicago.


    4. Colorado Avalanche: Alex Turcotte

    Colorado goes with BPA in Turcotte, who had an injury riddled season, but when he was playing, posted a 1.68 ppg. I could very well see many different outcomes from this pick, like Zegras, Cozens, or Dach, but Colorado takes the player who makes a perfect 2nd line center behind Big Mac and can play a terrific two way game and still put up points.


    5. Los Angeles Kings: Trevor Zegras

    This pick makes way too much sense. Maybe a year or two ago Dach or Cozens would make the most sense, but more recently, LA has made it quite evident (and publicly stated) that they put a premium on speed and hockey IQ. Zegras shows both of those very well too and has a little bit of grit. Measured roughly a tad over 6’0, and will probably end up 6’1 200 and be a very effective centerman for LA for many years to come.


    6. Detroit Red Wings: Moritz Seider

    This pick is almost identical to Lindholm going 6 in 2012. Lindholm was a D man ranked in the teens that played against men in his draft year. He ended up getting picked 6th, much like Seider. Seider has an absolute cannon of a shot and has amazing size to add to it. What really makes him special is that he’s a big RHD and can skate. I truly believe he has #1D upside and the Red Wings will ultimately see that and “reach” for him at 6.


    7. Buffalo Sabres: Peyton Krebs

    Buffalo is excited to get a very good winger in Krebs. He plays a very fast game, and is a very effective 2 way player. He will be a very good finisher to Eichel’s wing or #2 centerman for many years to come.


    8. Edmonton Oilers: Kirby Dach

    Edmonton takes the hometown kid at 8. He is a perfect fit in Edmonton and is a player with high upside. I believe he can play a #2 center role very nicely and him and McDavid will be insane on the powerplay with Bouchard and Draisatl. They also have Yammamoto, so picking from the dub is no stranger to them.


    9. Anaheim Ducks: Dylan Cozens

    Seems like such a Ducks pick, and he falls slightly to 9 due to IQ concerns, yet I believe his size and speed with scoring ability will translate quite nicely at the next level. I truly do see #1 center material in Cozens and fits the Ducks style very well with his physicality and tenacious play.


    10. Vancouver Canucks: Alex Newhook

    They are familiar with the BCHL, as they are next door to the Nucks. He will be a terrific addition to an already future solid top 6. Will add a lot of skill and will be fun to watch play with Petey and Boeser. Krebs could be another solid pick here, although I see the Nucks leaning a bit more towards skill than two way play.


    11. Philadelphia Flyers: Matthew Boldy

    Philly takes best player available, I believe he slips slightly because teams will believe that he was a product of his line mates at the NTDP program. That being said, he will make a very good Flyer that plays their simple, grinding, bruising game quite well.


    12. Minnesota Wild: Spencer Knight

    The Wild aren’t afraid to make a splash at the draft, and with Dubnyk regressing in age, Knight can be a good goalie to build around moving forward. I looked at all options here and the most logical move for the Wild is Knight. Personally, I’d take BPA, but here is where the talent starts to mix. I don’t see them taking Caufield or any of us he Swedish D, who I would take here. Suzuki and Tomasino would be my dark horses for this pick as well.


    13. Florida Panthers: Vasili Podkolzin

    Florida takes the faller in Pod. Podkolzin can do it all and has the tools and toolbox of a top 5 pick. What he lacks is commitment to the NHL, which makes him fall to Florida, who likes Russians and persuading him to come over with the are and potentially Panarin and Bobrovsky in addition to Dadanov makes too much sense.


    14. Arizona Coyotes: Cole Caufield

    Arizona takes a pure sniper to compliment their centers coming up. Arizona drafter Hayton and he plays for Soo in the OHL, who holds Caufield’s rights. Maybe Cole leaves, and plays with Hayton in his D+1. Arizona will look back at the DeBrincat pick as an indicator that selecting smaller scoring wingers can be rewarding.

    15. Montreal Canadiens: Thomas Haley

    Montreal needs a LHD and has shown interest in Harley. He has #1 potential written all over him.


    16. Colorado Avalanche: Victor Söderström

    Colorado gets a very good RHD to play with under Maker moving forward. Will fit well with Colorado's already fantastic prospect pool. If Timmins does not pan out Söderström can take his place in the depth charts and will be a reliable two way d to have on their 2nd pair as a #3 D man.


    17. Vegas Golden Knights: Philip Broberg

    Vegas gets a faller in Broberg and a potential #1 D man. I have him falling because of IQ concerns but he could be an amazing pick a few years from now as well. Losing Brannstrom will look way less painful with Vegas having Broberg now.


    18. Dallas Stars: Raphaël Lavoie


    19. Ottawa Senators: Philip Tomasino

    Sens get a riser in this draft and a potential elite forward in Tomasino. He is a fast, tenacious forward with tremendous upside. Very solid pick at 19 here.


    20. New York Rangers: Brayden Tracey

    Rangers have a solid C and D core, so they elect to fill out their winger situation with Tracey. Tracey is a very solid two way scoring winger. He will be a solid addition to compliment their centers very well.


    21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Tobias Björnfot

    Pens fall in love with Björnfot’s game and takes him at 21. They have a dry D core moving forward and reaches a bit to take Bjornfot.


    22. Los Angeles Kings: Cam York

    Kings have a new developed fetish for speed and IQ, two things York has. He lacks D zone awareness, which is why he is not picked in the teens and is selected 22nd.


    23. New York Islanders: John Beecher

    Isles take a very, very safe pick in the big, fast skating Beecher. He will be a perfect center for the Isles contending in the future.


    24. Nashville Predators: Ville Heinola

    The preds are known for knowing a good D man when they see it and Heinola has the potential to do so. Can be an absolute home rub pick moving forward.


    25. Washington Capitals: Pavel Dorofeyev

    Could see Washington take a very good Russian that could learn a lot from Ovie and eventually play with Kuz. All the Russians could also help persuade him to come over earlier to North America.


    26. Calgary Flames: Brett Leason

    Calgary gets the double overager that could be a huge a boom pick. Calgary probably watched him a lot since he played in the Dub, he should be a solid pick for them moving forward. I could also see them take Kalyiev.


    27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Arthur Kaliyev

    Tampa goes for a huge boom or bust pick. He fell slightly, but should be a tremendous pick for the Bolts.


    28. Carolina Hurricanes: Ryan Suzuki

    They have said they won’t take a D, and Suzuki is the perfect pick for them. I can see Brink or Rees at this spot as well but I ultimately see Suzuki going here as his IQ is something they can not pass up.


    29. Anaheim Ducks: Matthew Robertson

    Anaheim takes BPA here and Robertson looks like a prototypical Ducks defenseman. He is big, good defensively, and has an amazing first pass. He could use some work on his transitions but he is a solid pick at 29 for the Ducks.


    30. Buffalo Sabres: Bobby Brink

    Buffalo takes a high upside player in Brink. He falls slightly due to size and I could very well see him falling out of the first round. His offense is good but his skating shows that it needs work.


    31. Boston Bruins: Jamieson Rees

    B’s take the next Marchand in Rees. He can do a little bit of it all and could’ve been much higher if he played a who season, but he is a perfect Bruins pick at 31.

    As always, feedback is appreciated!
     
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    I'd love Krebs on Buffalo but not as a winger and I don't see him ever being a finisher. In fact finisher is one of the last things I would associate with him.
     
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    Cool. I guess Dallas taking Lavoie is supposed to be the clear, obvious choice?

    ;)
     
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    In the games I’ve seen, he scored in every one and was constantly making chances. I’d consider him more of a playmaker and generates a lot of chances but I see Eichel setting him up as he is always in the right area and him finishing and being more of a 25-30 player but I see how you could interpret how I put it. He is a player that can retrieve pucks on the forecheck and dish it to eichel in the slot but I see him being a finisher on that particular line.
     
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    For some reason when I pasted it from my doc it didn’t pick up ahhaha
     
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    He’d also be a perfect #2 behind Eichel in Buffalo, as I put in my description
     
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    Who the heck is Brayden Tracey, and why are the Rangers picking him with York, Heinola, Brink, Dorofeyev, Kaliyev, Suzuki on the board?
     
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    Apparently the Rangers need wingers....
     
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    Oh god I will be incredibly pissed if the Wild pick Knight.

    Caufield should be the easy pick there.
     
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    Interesting to see Seider up that high, but I think you might actually be proven right.
     
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    Nice rankings, I like a Cozens/Robertson draft for the Ducks. I thought I was being ballsy predicting Seider to Ducks at 9.
     
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    Caufield if the easy choice, yet based on their picks in the past, I feel they go somewhat off the board with Knight
     
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    He’s been a riser and I can see them making a reach pick at 20. They could use some good complimentary players and can see them having him high on their list. He also was a first rounder in Buttons latest mock
     
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    Kreider won’t be as good as he used to be in a few years, Lemeuix isn’t quite a high ceiling guy, Nieves is alright, and vesey is solid. Other than Gropp there’s no real LW prospects. Kravstov and Kakko are RW’s although I could be wrong but Tracey has loads of potential and can compliment your centers very well.
     
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    Cole caufeild will go top 10
     
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    And Filip Forsberg was supposed to be a top 3 pick yet was taken 11th, what’s your point?
     
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    Some crazy choices, I would love to see Seider going Top 10, and Heinola would be one of the few defenders I would be okay with drafting, but passing on Kaliyev would make me sad.
     
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    Good job OP. This is really good mock, I like the Seider pick for the Wings.

    I’d love for us to land Dach, he’s been linked to the Oilers for forever and is a good match for us.
     
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    Thanks! Really appreciate it! Dach would be a terrific fit for the oilers !
     
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    Sadly I can't say your wrong. Freaking Fenton :help:
     
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    The Rangers literally have the wordt list of C prospects in the league.

    We only have 1 prospect and that is Morgan Barron. C is our biggest need.

    Wings are pretty set for now with Kakko, Kravtsov, Buchnevic and possibly Krieder as top 6 wingers.
     
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    I'd be over the moon if Dach fell to 8. I take him and run.
     
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    He'd be a perfect fit! He is BPA and the most safest pick in my opinion.
     
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    Nice work! I like that you gave explanations. Its much more interesting than just a list.
     
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    Between Chytil, Howden, and Andersson, all lefties battling for Center spots behind Zibby, one or two of them can/will move to the Left wing. Its not an issue big enough to pass on better players just to hunt for position.
     
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