PKSpecialist's March Mock
My March 1st mock. I put the Bruins as the top team in the East based on games played(who really care, its March). I have compiled scouting reports on about 220 players give or take, so I decided that I might as well give a mock a shot. I have been doing a seven round mock every year for the last few, and will do that on the eve of the draft again.
1.Columbus Blue Jackets - C - Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax
The Jackets need explosiveness on offense, and MacKinnon fits their most pressing need.
2.Washington Capitals - D - Seth Jones - Portland
A talented all around defenseman will help the Capitals right the ship.
3.Buffalo Sabres - LW - Jonathan Drouin - Halifax
The Sabres added a couple of centres at the draft table last year, and Drouin will complement them nicely.
4.Florida Panthers - C - Aleksander Barkov - Tappara
The most talented player left on the board. Should step right into the Panthers lineup next season.
5.New York Islanders - C - Sean Monahan - Ottawa
The Isles need leaders and character, and Monahan delivers that.
6.Calgary Flames - C - Elias Lindholm - Brynas
Not sure that this pick will keep Iginla in the fold, but the Flames need a dynamic centreman.
7.Tampa Bay Lightning - LW - Valeri Nichushkin - Chelyabinsk
The best player on the board should fit in well with countrymen Namestnikov.
8.Colorado Avalanche - LW - Hunter Shinkaruk - Medicine Hat
The Avs need to complement Duchene/O’Reilly combo with some scoring from the wings.
9.Edmonton Oilers - D - Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie
With Petry/Schultz on the right side, and Klefbom/Nurse on the left, the Oilers top 4 looks promising.
10.Columbus(NYR) - D - Rasmus Ristolainen - TPS
Kekalainen drafts a countryman who should help solidify their D.
11.Philadelphia Flyers - D - Ryan Pulock - Brandon
The Flyers need a replacement for Pronger and soon Timonen, and Pulock is their man.
12.Phoenix Coyotes - RW - Adam Erne - Quebec
A lot of similar qualities to current captain Doan, Erne should fit in well to Coyotes system.
13.Dallas Stars - C - Max Domi - London
The stars add a diminutive offensive threat who may shift to wing in the pros.
14.San Jose Sharks - D - Nikita Zadorov - London
The Sharks need to add depth throughout their organization, and Zadorov is BPA at this point.
15.Winnipeg Jets - LW - Anthony Mantha - Val d’Or
The Jets like size, and could use a scoring winger. He doesn’t use his size like he could, but he can score.
16.Minnesota Wild - RW - Valentin Zykov - Baie Comeau
The Wild have a plethora of young talent, and Zykov’s down low dominance should fit in well.
17.St.Louis Blues - C - Alexander Wennberg - Djurgarden
The Blues add the versatile Swede and continue to stockpile talent.
18.Columbus(LAK) - C - Frederik Gauthier - Rimouski
Gauthier could fit in as a third line centre behind MacKinnon/Johanson or shift to the left side.
19.Nashville Predators- C - Curtis Lazar - Edmonton
A natural born Predator. Should fit their style to a T.
20.Detroit Red Wings - D - Josh Morrissey - Prince Albert
You can’t replace Lidstrom, but Morrissey could replace Rafalski, and at 20, that’s good value.
21.New Jersey Devils - RW - Ryan Hartman - Plymouth
Hartman and Matteau on a line could spell trouble when playing against Jersey.
22.Toronto Maple Leafs - LW - Kerby Rychel - Windsor
The elusive centre the Leafs covet is not on the board, so they add another big, scoring winger.
23.Ottawa Senators - D - Robert Hagg - MoDo
A calming influence from the point should complement Karlsson/Ceci down the road.
24.Montreal Canadians - LW - Anthony Duclair - Quebec
The Habs add the speedster to replace the likes of Cammaleri and Gionta.
25.Carolina Hurricanes - LW - J.T. Compher - US NTDP
A bit of a dark horse after early season injury, but a perfect fit on the left side in Carolina.
26.Vancouver Canucks - RW - Andre Burakovsky - Malmo
The Canucks need to infuse skill and depth into their forward corps as the Sedins grow long in the tooth.
27.Pittsburgh Penguins - C - Nicolas Petan - Portland
Could a shift to the wing and playing with one of the Pens centres keep Petan scoring at the next level?
28.Anaheim Ducks - LW - Jacob de la Rose - Leksand
The Ducks add a solid all around forward to the mix.
29.Boston Bruins - LW - Bo Horvat - London
Horvat has all the intangibles to make a good Bruins team better.
30.Chicago Blackhawks - G - Zach Fucale - Halifax
If Fucale slides this far, the Hawks will have no choice but to snatch him up.
31.Columbus Blue Jackets - RW - Artturi Lekhonen - KalPa
Kekalainen adds another Finn, and this one can put the puck in the net.
32.Washington Capitals - C - Morgan Klimchuk - Regina
Plays a solid defensive game and can chip in some offense.
33.Buffalo Sabres - D - Ian McCoshen - Waterloo
Would make a nice pairing with McCabe down the line.
34.Florida Panthers - D - Madison Bowey - Kelowna
How can one team have so many solid NHL prospects?
35.Anaheim(NYI) - D - Keaton Thompson - US NTDP
The Ducks love affair with Americans and Swedes continues.
36.Montreal(Cgy) - D - Samuel Morin - Rimouski
With Tinordi and Morin, the Habs should be solid defensively.
37.Tampa Bay - D - Chris Bigras - Owen Sound
Should fit into Boucher’s system nicely, but will Boucher still be there?
38.Colorado Avalanche - RW - Nick Moutrey - Saginaw
Avs add a winger with size and skill.
39.Edmonton Oilers - C - Connor Hurley - Edina High
Will take a while to develop, but a first round talent.
40.New York Rangers - C - Laurent Dauphin - Chicoutimi
Rangers first pick had strong Top Prospect showing.
41.Philadelphia Flyers - LW - Jason Dickinson - Guelph
Dickinson is tough to project, but has the talent to make teams pay for not taking him earlier.
42.Phoenix Coyotes - C - William Carrier - Cape Breton
Hard-working pivot should flourish under Tippett.
43.Dallas Stars - D - Mirco Mueller - Everett
A riser for some, but there is just so much depth in this draft.
44.San Jose Sharks - RW - Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland
Sharks find a scoring winger who may have to replace some of their aging offensive punch.
45.Winnipeg Jets - RW - Justin Bailey - Kitchener
A lethal shot makes Bailey an intriguing prospect.
46.Minnesota Wild - D - Shea Theodore - Seattle
Could help quarterback the Wild’s PP.
47.St.Louis Blues - D - Steve Santini - US NTDP
Just seems like he should be playing under Hitchcock.
48.Los Angeles Kings - RW - Tyler Hill - Chicago
Kings add a project with Hugh Jessiman size...
49.Montreal(Nash) - G - Eric Comrie - Tri-City
Comrie will have lots of time to recover and develop in the Habs system.
50.Detroit Red Wings - LW - Taylor Cammarata - Waterloo
Small, but solid in puck possession which is exactle what the Wings crave.
51.New Jersey Devils - G - Spencer Martin - Mississauga
The search for Brodeur’s replacement continues. Wedgewood/Kinkaid/Martin will give them options.
52.Toronto Maple Leafs - C - Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston
Plenty of potential and with time could become the force down the middle the Leafs desire.
53.St.Louis(Ott) - RW - Hudson Fasching - US NTDP
A bit of a project, but the Blues have time.
54.Montreal Canadians - RW - Nick Sorensen - Quebec
A goalscoring winger who needs time to grow and mature.
55.Carolina Hurricanes - RW - Michael McCarron - US NTDP
The Canes get a big winger who may eventually replace Ruutu.
56.Vancouver Canucks - D - Eric Roy - Brandon
The Canucks hope that Roy can develop a defensive awareness to complement his offensive one.
57.Pittsburgh Penguins - C - Marko Dano - Bratislava
Playing against men already, could be crafty enough to play with the Pens.
58.Edmonton(Ana) - G - Tristan Jarry - Edmonton
There is a misnomer that Oilers draft Oil Kings all the time, but why would they pass on this one here?
59.Winnipeg(comp) - D - Dillon Heatherington - Swift Current
A solid defensive d-man with the size Chevaldayoff covets.
60.Boston Bruins - C - Jimmy Lodge - Saginaw
A riser in the rankings finds his way to Beantown.
61.Winnipeg(Chicago) - G - Eamon McAdam - Waterloo
Need to start grooming a replacement or complement to Pavelec now.
I would prefer Hagg to Rychel
I have a couple issues with this,but they are mainly due to different valuations on players/ my own opinions. Overall nice draft. I like how you explained why you selected your picks for each team.
Jets would likely be wry happy to grab Mantha at that spot in the draft.
Sharks would take any of the four players you have going directly after them (Wennberg, Gauthier, Zykov, Mantha) over Zadorov This organization is done taking big defensive defensemen in the first rounds, after the Wishart, Petrecki, Doherty mistakes. As for the second round, I don't mind Bjorkstrand but I like Sorenson or Dano much more at that spot, and in reality DW would probably trade up for Hurley or Dauphin, as he tends to trade up/down to get his guy in the second round.
As for Kekalainen, there is absolutely no way he picks two Finns.
Very well done. Nice work. I agree with most of your picks, and those who I didnt agree with, well you mostly had strong arguments.
If I can play devil's advocate with my Habs` pick:
24th Duclair: Far fetched for the Habs to pick him up or anyone for that matter in the first round. I see alot of mocks with Habs picking him up but aside from the obvious french canadian link, there's no reason why Habs wouldnt go with the best player available. Timmins has drafted Americans (Galchenyuk, Tinordi, Pacioretty, McDonaugh, Fischer) more than anything and goes with BPA with organizational needs. I believe Duclair is more of a mid 2nd round than a first late one. I understand the logic behind the pick but I dont see it. Suggestion: Burakowsky, Horvat, Lehkonen, Dickinson, Klimchuk all available
36th: Morin: again same logic as the first in my opinion. They could possibly pick Duclair with this one if they really wanted him. There'S already an abundance of D prospects in the farm. Suggestion: Dickinson, Dauphin, Carrier still available
49th: Comrie: Totally agree with the Habs getting a goalie in the 2nd round. Nothing to look foward in the farm, Tokarski might back up Price next year, Mayers gone to play in Switzerland. Maybe Jarry gets the edge due to Comrie's injury but I think Comrie is solid regardless.
54th: Sorensen: Low risk high reward, fits Habs style of play. suggestion McCarron. big 6'5" would be perfect in Mtl who is trying to add size up front.
Morin is a solid pick. The one I like the most. Habs did get an abundance of solid prospects. Hopefully we keep all 4 top 60 picks.
Don't like either pick for Vancouver.
Can I re-do Anaheim's picks??
28: Bo Horvat
35: William Carrier/Oliver Bjorkstrand
There...MUCH better. That would be an awesome haul for the Ducks.
All things being equal Dallas is going to take the bigger player. Mantha, Zykov, or Wennberg would all probably be higher on the draft board than Domi.
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