The Murrays have said in the past that if they have two prospects rated equal that they will draft the defenceman. They mention that a top 4 defenceman are harder to find and acquire then a top 6 forward.
Ristolainen has been quite the riser, I remember thinking he should be right around where Ottawa would be drafting halfway through last year, but I highly doubt we'll land him now. THat would be one of the best possible solutions for me.
Two guys that I have been very impressed with are Elias Lindholm and Hudson Fasching.
BPA, then defenseman. They say you can trade for defenseman, but doubtful you'll get an elite player like Karlsson, Doughty, Pietrangelo, etc.
Outside of Mack, Jones, and maybe Monahan, who from this draft class is "NHL ready"?
EDIT: forgot about Barkov. I think he's ready for the bigs.
I'm not sure Barkov is ready yet. Maybe he could hold his own but for he's development is better that he enters NHL in 2-3 years. He needs to fill out a little and improve he's skating.
He's also very young, he turned 17 just last Sunday.
I think Ristolainen could be mid 1st pick. He's skillset is higher imo but as a Finn, he doesn't get as much exposure. Well WJCs but Finland's team isn't the best so it will probably hurt he's performance.