Sick days result in ultra boredom. This is based on a Boston/Pittsburgh and Detroit/San Jose semi-finals; with Pittsburgh beating San Jose for the Cup.
ROUND 1 01. Colorado: Seth Jones -- The consensus pick. They need elite defense and he's their guy.
02. Florida: Nathan MacKinnon -- Excellent consolation prize. They can play Huberdeau on wing, with MacKinnon centering him.
03. Tampa Bay: Jonathan Drouin -- Replacement for Martin St. Louis, especially since they're so similar.
04. Nashville: Aleksander Barkov -- They need offense and he brings two-way skills, with a big, offensive body.
05. Carolina: Sean Monahan -- Despite the addition of Jordan Staal, they still need offensive/center help. Ironically comparable to Eric/Jordan.
06. Calgary: Elias Lindholm -- They've been searching for a numer one center forever. They finally land him.
07. Edmonton: Curtis Lazar -- A trade down candidate, but I'm drafting sans trades. They think long and hard on Nurse/Zadorov, but Lazar would make a perfect second-line center that they desire.
08. Buffalo: Valeri Nichushkin -- The Russian factor drops him, despite him committing to North America. They pick him up, thinking he'd make a perfect linemate for Grigorenko.
09. New Jersey: Max Domi -- Goes a little higher than expected, but they love his grit and playmaking/offensive ability. Reminds them of a Parise replace.
10. Dallas: Hunter Shinkaruk -- They think about taking Horvat, but they took Faksa last year and he has questionable offense. This time, they go for pure offense.
11. Philadelphia: Darnell Nurse -- They're amazed he falls this year. They take him and run, hoping he'll help to increase their defensive depth.
12. Phoenix: Bo Horvat -- The perfect fit for the Coyotes system. Future replacement for Shane Doan.
13. Winnipeg: Nikita Zadorov -- They go for best player available, which they believe is Zadorov, building a large, strong core from the backend with Trouba.
14. Columbus: Alexander Wennberg -- They go fishing for offense and they hope Wennberg is the perfect guy.
15. New York (Islanders): Anthony Mantha -- Goes higher than expected, but they love his size and think placing him with Tavares would be a perfect fit. If he puts it all together, they view him as a steal.
16. Minnesota->Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen -- They're shocked to see he falls this far. As such, they immediately scoop him up.
17. Ottawa: Valentin Zykov -- They love his size and goal scoring ability and think it's too much to pass up.
18. New York (Rangers)->Columbus: Adam Erne -- They continue to go for offense with their second pick, liking his speed and power forward potential.
19. Toronto: Frederik Gauthier -- His offensive upside is questionable, but they love his size and defensive ability. He could be the centerman that they've been coveting, as long as he can put it all together.
20. Los Angeles->Columbus: Mirco Mueller -- For their third pick, the Blue Jackets help shore up their backend, with the steady and reliable Mueller, who played on Ryan Murray's team in juniors.
21. St. Louis->Calgary: Joshua Morrissey -- They take a local pick, feeling he'll help shore up their backend. They especially like his skating and view him as a Mark Giordano type.
22. Washington: JT Compher -- They go with depth, as they view JT Compher as someone that can step in and play top 6 center in a few years.
23. Vancouver: Ryan Pulock -- They're surprised to see him fall into the 20's. As such, they scoop him up as their BPA.
24. Montreal: Michael McCarron -- They take a huge gamble on McCarron and hope it pays off. They need the size and strength and don't feel he'll be there for their second round picks.
25. Anaheim: Samuel Morin -- They love his big, shutdown ability and hope it can translate to the NHL. The potential is there, he just needs to put it all together.
26. Chicago: Robert Hagg -- After going forward these past few drafts, they go to defense and feel he can be an effective 3-4 defenseman in a few years.
27. Detroit: Ryan Hartman -- People expect them to go offense, but they swerve everyone and pick Hartman, whom they're shocked is available so low.
28. Boston->Dallas: Shea Theodore -- They were hoping Hagg would fall to them, as they want some offensive defensemen. Instead, they pick between Bowey and Theodore, choosing the ladder.
29. San Jose: Kerby Rychel -- With several picks in the second round, they decide to use those for defense. For this pick, they go with Rychel, who has questionable upside, but good potential.
30. Pittsburgh->Calgary: Zach Fucale -- They need goalie depth and feel he's the best of the crop. Knowing this, they feel he won't be around the next time they pick, so they draft him.
01. Florida: Ian McCoshen
02. Colorado: Morgan Klimchuk
03. Tampa Bay: Madison Bowey
04. Nashville->Montreal: Laurent Dauphin
05. Carolina: Steve Santini
06. Calgary->Montreal: Emile Poirier
07. Edmonton: Tristan Jarry
08. Buffalo: Chris Bigras
09. New Jersey: Eric Comrie
10. Dallas: Andre Burakowsky
11. Philadelphia: Dillon Heatherington
12. Phoenix: Nic Petan
13. Winnipeg: Oliver Bjorkstrand
14. Columbus: Jacob de la Rose
15. New York (Islanders)->Anaheim: Connor Hurley
16. Minnesota: Tom Vanelli
17. Ottawa->St. Louis: Zach Nastasiuk
18. New York (Rangers)->San Jose: Keaton Thompson
19. Toronto: Marko Dano
20. Los Angeles: Ryan Fitzgerald
21. St. Louis->Buffalo: Brett Pesce
22. Washington: Jason Dickinson
23. Vancouver->Dallas: Anthony Duclair
24. Montreal: Justin Bailey
25. Anaheim->Edmonton: Tyler Hill
26. Chicago->Winnipeg: Pavel Buchnevich
27. Detroit: Jordan Subban
28. Boston: Jan Kostkalek
29. Winnipeg: Marc-Oliver Roy
30. San Jose: Nick Baptiste
31. Pittsburgh->San Jose: Eric Roy
01. Florida->Phoenix: William Carrier
02. Colorado: Spencer Martin
03. Tampa Bay->Nashville: Jimmy Lodge
04. Nashville->New York Rangers: John Hayden
05. Carolina: Nick Sorensen
06. Calgary: Ryan Kujawinski
07. Edmonton->Dallas: Jackson Houck
08. Buffalo: Jon Diaby
09. New Jersey->Minnesota: Arturri Lehkonen
10. Dallas->Montreal: Nick Moutrey
11. Philadelphia: Matt Murphy
12. Phoenix: Lucas Wallmark
13. Winnipeg: Gustav Olofsson
14. Columbus->New York (Rangers): Linus Arnesson
15. New York (Islanders): Zach Sanford
16. Minnesota->Boston: Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau
17. Ottawa: Viktor Crus-Rydberg
18. New York (Rangers): Carl Dahlstrom
19. Toronto: Philippe Desrosiers
20. Los Angeles: Jordan Subban
21. St. Louis: Yan Pavel Laplante
22. Washington: Sean Malone
23. Vancouver: Evan Allen
24. Montreal: Mason Gaertsen
25. Anaheim: Teemu Kivihalme
26. Chicago->Winnipeg: Austin Lotz
27. Detroit: Jesse Lees
28. Boston: Peter Cehlarik
29. San Jose->Minnesota: Michael Brodzinski
30. Pittsburgh: Adam Tambellini
01. Florida: Avery Peterson
02. Colorado: Wilhelm Westlund
03. Tampa Bay->St. Louis: Hudson Fasching
04. Nashville: Remi Elle
05. Carolina->Los Angeles: Vincent Dunn
06. Calgary: JC Lipon
07. Edmonton->Florida: MacKenzie Weegar
08. Buffalo->Nashville: Michael Downing
09. New Jersey: Anton Slepyshev
10. Dallas: Alex Henriksson
11. Philadelphia->Ottawa: Taylor Cammarratta
12. Phoenix->Los Angeles: Martin Reway
13. Winnipeg: Sergei Stetsenko
14. Columbus: Blaine Byron
15. New York (Islanders): Mitchell Wheaton
16. Minnesota: Marcus Hogberg
17. Ottawa: Bogdan Yakimov
18. New York (Rangers): Kurt Etchegary
19. Toronto->Nashville: Tyler Motte
20. Los Angeles: Ross Olsson
21. St. Louis: Eamon McAdam
22. Washington: Juuso Ikonen
23. Vancouver: Roberts Lipsbergs
24. Montreal->New York Islanders: Juuse Saros
25. Anaheim->Toronto: Viktor Arvidsson
26. Chicago: Calvin Peterson
27. Detroit: Niklas Hansson
28. Boston: Will Butcher
29. San Jose: Gage Ausmus
30. Pittsburgh: Patrik Bartosak
01. Florida: Nicholas Paul
02. Colorado: Brendan Harms
03. Tampa Bay: Vyacheslav Leschenko
04. Nashville: Connor Rankin
05. Carolina: Ryan Graves
06. Calgary->Washington: Cole Cassels
07. Edmonton: Ben Harpur
08. Buffalo: Evan Crowley
09. New Jersey->Buffalo: Sven Andrighetto
10. Dallas: Stephen Harper
11. Philadelphia: Fredrik Bergvik
12. Phoenix: Spenser Jensen
13. Winnipeg: Jeremy Gregoire
14. Columbus->Calgary: Jake Guentzel
15. New York (Islanders): Cole Ully
16. Minnesota: Marc McNulty
17. Ottawa: Wiley Sherman
18. New York (Rangers)->Nashville: Greg Chase
19. Toronto: Sergei Tolchinskiy
20. Los Angeles: Jerret Smith
21. St. Louis->Buffalo: Tommy Veilleux
22. Washington: Luke Johnson
23. Vancouver: Brody Silk
24. Montreal->Los Angeles: Dakota Mermis
25. Anaheim: Andrei Mironov
26. Chicago: Anton Cederholm
27. Detroit: Dylan Labbe
28. Boston: Ty Stanton
29. San Jose: Tyler Lewington
30. Pittsburgh->Dallas: Jake Guentzel
01. Colorado: Luke Ripley
02. Florida: Curtis Valk
03. Tampa Bay: Matt Buckles
04. Nashville: Connor Clifton
05. Carolina: Nikolas Brouillard
06. Calgary: Keegan Kanzig
07. Edmonton: Jordan Maletta
08. Buffalo: Carter Rigby
09. New Jersey: Chris Clapperton
10. Dallas: Alexandre Belanger
11. Philadelphia: Parker Bowles
12. Phoenix: Antoine Bibeau
13. Winnipeg: Colby Cave
14. Columbus: Jared Hauf
15. New York (Islanders): Ruslan Pedan
16. Minnesota: Carter Verhaeghe
17. Ottawa: Kyle Burroughs
18. New York (Rangers): Jayden Hart
19. Toronto: Hunter Garlent
20. Los Angeles: Myles Bell
21. St. Louis: Nolan de Jong
22. Washington: Johnny Brodzinski
23. Vancouver: Jean-Sebastian Dea
24. Montreal: Axel Blomqvist
25. Anaheim: Erik Bradford
26. Chicago: Tim McGauley
27. Detroit: Andrew Copp
28. Boston: Brendan Burke
29. San Jose->Nashville: Brent Pederson
30. Pittsburgh->Carolina: Ben Betker
01. Florida->Dallas: Ayrton Nikkel
02. Colorado: Dominik Kubalik
03. Tampa Bay: Emile Djuse
04. Nashville: Fabio Hogger
05. Carolina->Tampa Bay: Pavel Zykov
06. Calgary->San Jose: Sionas Ebbe
07. Edmonton: Rushan Rafikov
08. Buffalo: Mads Eller
09. New Jersey->Winnipeg: Zach Hall
10. Dallas->Los Angeles: Saku Maenlanen
11. Philadelphia: Jeff Corbett
12. Phoenix: Nick Hutchison
13. Winnipeg->Pittsburgh: Tyler Bertuzzi
14. Columbus: Josh Healey
15. New York (Islanders): Anthony Florentino
16. Minnesota: Eddie Ellis
17. Ottawa->Chicago: Maxim Mamin
18. New York (Rangers)->Minnesota: Miro Aaltonen
19. Toronto: Jason Salvaggio
20. Los Angeles: Ruzal Galeyev
21. St. Louis: Filip Sandberg
22. Washington: Matt Weis
23. Vancouver: Mack Shields
24. Montreal: Rinat Valiyev
25. Anaheim: Nikolai Glukhov
26. Chicago->Calgary: Connor Clifton
27. Detroit: Trent Lofthouse
28. Boston: Alex Forserg
29. San Jose: Peter Trainor
30. Pittsburgh->Carolina: Kayle Doetzel
The only pick that really irks me is Mirco Mueller to Columbus at 20. Lots of mocks have him going to Columbus because he once played with Ryan Murray, which is really an awful reason to draft a player. Pulock would be a better pick, too.
Pick 1: Gotta be Rychel there. Los Angeles born. Father played for the Ducks. Noted deficiency at the left wing position. And if it's a defenseman you can bet it will be Hagg if he's there over Morin. Though the Ducks are pretty set on D.
2: Lehkonen please. Kid could go first round. That ranking is criminal. Carrier would be a good gamble in the 2cd as well.
3: Fasching please
4: Not a bad pick but I wouldn't mind Andrighetto
5. I'd take Dea here without hesitation
6. No idea why Djuse is so low here but yeah. If I'm picking I don't hesitate to grab him and call it a steal.
Nice job. A few duplicates but overall decent. For Columbus, I think you would see a player like Gauthier taken before Erne (I'm not a fan of Erne but won't say he's a bad pick). I also think a player like Morrisey, Pulock or Bowey would be more likely to the CBJ than Mueller. Granted they could also go with a player like Hartman.
I love De La Rose on the 2nd. Again, not bad but I could CBJ fans wanting to tweak it based on what we think we know.
Edmonton is high on Lazar but I could not see them taking him at #7, if they wanted him I think they would trade down to get him.
Also I have heard that TBay is very high on Valeri Nichushkin, and now that he has committed to north America next year I think it is a real possibility they select him.
MacTavish told the Edmonton season ticket holders that he wanted to draft a centre. And said that he believed that there are three high end centre man in the draft, McKinnon, Barkov and Monohan. He said nothing of Lindholm so it seems like they have Monohan ahead of him.
He also mentioned that a couple teams ahead of him would be more inclined to draft a defence man so they would be happy with moving to the 7,8 or 9th spot... He said they are having discussions with them about moving up.
Here is the comment on his 7th Overall pick.
"Well, we've talked to a number of teams about that seventh pick and moving that pick in either direction. I think that's something that we're very amenable to. If we do move that pick back and get an asset that we feel can come in and help the current group, we'd be more than happy to have any of those discussions, and have had many of those discussions with a lot of the managers at this point. In terms of moving up, I've had a couple discussions with managers about moving up.
Our wish list in the draft would be to draft a centerman and/or a defenseman with that pick in that area. The higher end centermen, not to divulge too much about where we're ranking players, but if you look at the public rankings like Red Line or Central Scouting, there are really three very high end centermen available in this draft. Nathan MacKinnon from Halifax, Monahan from Ottawa and also Barkov, who played in the Finnish men's league. I think that those three centermen, relative to some of the public rankings, we would finish just out of the realm of getting one of those three centermen if we didn't move up.
It's going to be a very strategic draft in that regard. There are teams ahead of us that are more inclined to draft a defenseman and there may be more of those that you'd be very happy with on the 7th, 8th or 9th pick, so there might be a fit there. Those are definitely discussions that we're having that we're looking to improve our team by."
Edmonton and Columbus would be good trade partners in my opinion. Much depends on who's available at #7 but CBJ could offer a roster d-man and the #14 to move up. Edmonton should be able to land Lazar at #14 with little difficulty. Heck, he could be available around 18/19 with the NYR pick from CBJ.... I suspect the CBJ will be very active at the draft
pretty much bang on there. i know the Oil has interest in D-men like Johnson, and Nikitin...at least i think i have heard the media here mention that these two in particular have interested the Oil. same with centers Umberger and Johanson. before i get ripped for mentioning Johanson, i could see it happening if the Jackets still had guys like Monahan, Lindholm and Nurse still on the board at #7 and i could see the Oil trading the pick straight up perhaps? or an additional pick for Johanson. not saying it will happen, but Johanson hasn't exactly set the world on fire these last two years he's played in the NHL.
Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweeted: Patrick Roy told Joe Sakic today that the team needs to study the possibility of trading the team first round pick in a month.
Perhaps there is a bold twist to the early first round this year? This seems on par with Patrick Roy's approach, bold and confident enough to do things differently and his way. Roy will be interesting in Colorado if nothing else.
This sums up my thoughts Klimchuk/Heatherington with that Pits pick. I'd also like Calgary to grab Chase after their own 3rd round pick but if our first 2 are Elias and Josh everything else becomes gravy and I do like Lipon.
Pretty icky for the Sharks in the first two rounds. What does "Rychel has questionable upside, but good potential" even mean? I'm not at all a fan of Rychel. Give me Burakowsky, Dauphin, or Klimchuk at 29. And the. You say we're picking defense in the second round? Whatever for? We are loaded with mid-upside defense prospects, the last thing we need are more. Give us all forwards in the second round: Dickinson, Dano, Buchenevich, or Duclair over Thompson, and Lodge or Lehkonen over Roy.
I do appreciate all the work this took though, don't get me wrong.