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Mock Draft: round one

Pick

Organization

Player

Explanation

1

Florida Panthers

Aaron Ekblad (D)

Whether Florida keeps or trades this pick, Ekblad is the best prospect in the draft. He should go first overall.

2

Buffalo Sabres

Sam Bennett (C/LW)

Unsure of whether Bennett or Reinhart is better, the Sabres take the more versatile forward. They’ll probably just tank next year to draft McDavid or Eichel anyway.

3

Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl (C)

He’s a bigger body than Reinhart and Bennett, which is something Edmonton desperately craves. He’s also one of the best playmakers in the draft.

4

Calgary Flames

Sam Reinhart (C)

Great skill, solid two way play, fantastic intelligence, and certainly a top 3 player in this draft, but is he a true #1 center?

5

New York Islanders

Michael Dal Colle (LW)

The goal scoring power forward will be the best player available at this point in the draft, and the Isles will not hesitate to make the selection.

6

Vancouver Canucks

Jake Virtanen (RW)

He’s not gigantic, but he’s tough, physical, and skilled.

7

Carolina Hurricanes

Haydn Fleury (D)

This may be too early, but Carolina has desperate issues on the blue line and may turn to the 2nd best d-man in the draft.

8

Toronto Maple Leafs

Nikolaj Ehlers (LW)

Ehlers vaulted out of nowhere to become one of this year’s top prospects. Playing alongside Jonathan Drouin didn’t hurt.

9

Winnipeg Jets

Nick Ritchie (LW)

Ritchie has considerable skill to go with a big frame. However, there are some concerns about his potential to produce at higher levels.

10

Anaheim Ducks

William Nylander (C/RW)

According to Bob McKenzie, Nylander is the "most naturally skilled [player] in this draft".

11

Nashville Predators

Brendan Perlini (LW)

A puck possession winger with great size – a perfect pick for the Predators.

12

Arizona Coyotes

Kasperi Kapanen (RW)

Comes a bit undersized, but with loads of skill. If he’s still available the Coyotes can’t pass him up.

13

Washington Capitals

Julius Honka (D)

Honka is a right-handed shot with good offensive ability who moves the puck well.

14

Dallas Stars

Kevin Fiala (LW/RW)

Fiala has game-breaking offensive potential, but his small size and poor defensive play will keep him from being taken higher.

15

Detroit Red Wings

Dylan Larkin (C/LW)

A power forward type, Larkin should be the top player to come out of the US leagues this year.

16

Columbus Blue Jackets

Robby Fabbri (C)

The small center out of Guelph is one of the most talented and intriguing options in the draft.

17

Philadelphia Flyers

Sonny Milano (LW)

The US product is a skilled winger with fantastic skating ability and finesse.

18

Minnesota Wild

Jared McCann (C)

McCann has unnaturally good defensive instincts for his age, but does he have the offensive potential to be a #2 center?

19

Tampa Bay Lightning

Travis Sanheim (D)

Sanheim’s superb skating and big U-18 WJC performance have him rocketing up the rankings.

20

San Jose Sharks

Alex Tuch (C/RW)

A very good all-around player who needs to explore his offensive ability a bit more.

21

St. Louis Blues

Jakub Vrana (RW)

The Czech born sniper could be a perfect complement to the Blues in a few years, who could use goal scoring wingers.

22

Pittsburgh Penguins

Adrian Kempe (C/LW)

Kempe is a strong, aggressive forward who forechecks hard and goes to the net.

23

Colorado Avalanche

Roland McKeown (D)

McKeown does everything well, but perhaps lacks a defining characteristic. Still, he’s one of the smartest defensemen in this draft.

24

Anaheim Ducks

Ivan Barbashev (C/LW)

He may be Russian, but he’s one of the hardest workers and best leaders in the draft. Not considered much of a KHL risk either.

25

Boston Bruins

Nikita Scherbak (LW/RW)

Scherbak possesses the agility and great shot that Boston needs, as well as the strength and grittiness that they love.

26

Montreal Canadiens

David Pastrnak (RW)

Highly skilled player who really stood out for the Czechs at the World Juniors.

27

Chicago Blackhawks

Nick Schmaltz (C/RW)

An agile skater and dynamic playmaker out of the USHL. Like most of the skill players in this draft, he’s a bit undersized.

28

Tampa Bay Lightning

Marcus Pettersson (D)

A big defenseman who has yet to fill out his frame, Pettersson is a very capable puck mover.

29

Los Angeles Kings

John Quenneville (C/LW)

Quenneville has good size, solid two way play, and is tough to play against. Perfect match for the LA Kings.

30

New Jersey Devils

Brayden Point (C)

A very small forward (5’9", 160lbs) who has proven capable in the physical WHL. Point is a skilled playmaker who doesn’t shy away from any part of the game.


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