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2015 NHL Mock Draft

2015 NHL Entry Draft

With the 2015 NHL playoffs roughly 10 games away, the contending teams are riding their starters in attempts to win the President’s trophy and gain home ice advantage entering the post-season. Meanwhile, teams such as the Leafs, Coyotes, Oilers and Sabres are looking towards the NHL draft lottery which will dictate where each respective club drafts this year in Sunrise, Florida.

I’ve done my researching and scouting to compile my NHL mock draft with the standings based off the NHL website:

1. Buffalo Sabres – Connor McDavid – C, 6’1, 195lbs – Erie Otters – 47GP, 44G, 76A, 120PTS

Connor McDavid is one of the most talked about prospects in hockey over the last two years with good reason. He has incredible vision and a fantastic set of mitts, he’s a very fluid skater who makes everyone around him better. He’s a “generational talent”. McDavid has all the tools to become the NHL’s next superstar.

2. Arizona Coyotes – Jack Eichel – C, 6’2, 193lbs – BU – 36GP, 24G, 42A, 66PTS

Jack Eichel is considered “the other superstar in the making”. He’s a very constant offensive player who gives 100% every shift. Eichel has silky smooth hands, excellent skating ability and he’s a very smart two-way player who thinks the game very well. He has all the tools to become one of the NHL’s premier two-way centers.

3. Edmonton Oilers – Noah Hanifin – D, 6’2, 200lbs – USNTDP – 36GP, 5G, 18A, 23PTS

Noah Hanifin is the top ranked defenseman for the 2015 draft with good reason. He’s a very powerful two-way defenseman who thinks the game incredibly well. He’s already very well rounded at both ends and Hanifin is very poised for his age. He uses his size very well to box out opponents. He’s got all the tools to become a top pairing two-way force and is capable of quarterbacking a powerplay. If Edmonton miss out on the top 2, Hanifin would be a fantastic add to their aching D core.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs – Dylan Strome – C, 6’3, 177lbs – Erie Otters – 67GP, 41G. 82A, 123PTS

The Leafs need size, strength and talent down the middle and Dylan Strome is exactly the type of player they need. He’s got all of those; match it with his extreme game breaking potential, he’ll give the Leafs their big number 1 center that they’ve been looking for since Sundin.

5. Carolina Hurricanes – Mitch Marner – C, 5’10, 164lbs – London Knights – 63GP, 44G, 82A, 126PTS

The Hurricanes would be adding one of the most talented prospects in Mitch Marner. He’s a very confident and smart player. He’s a gritty player for his size and isn’t afraid to get to the net to scoop up rebounds. He’s a diminutive, however very creative player with the puck, he makes his peers better and he adds some much needed scoring to the Hurricanes lineup.

6. Columbus Blue Jackets – Ivan Provorov – D, 6’0, 191lbs – Brandon Wheat Kings – 60GP, 15G, 46A, 61PTS

The Jackets have some very skilled youngsters up front in Ryan Johansen, Marko Dano, Alex Wennberg, Kerby Rychel and Sonny Milano. Here they would be adding a fantastic two-way rearguard in Provorov. He’s very strong and reliable at both ends of the ice, he thinks the game well and has tremendous vision. He’s very poised for his age.

7. New Jersey Devils – Mikko Rantanen – C/RW, 6’4, 195lbs – TPS Turku – 56GP, 9G, 19A, 28PTS

The Devils need some more scoring help, however they don’t have any stand out offensive prospect in the pipeline. Rantanen would change that. He’s big, he’s strong, he likes to crash the net and he’s a fantastic playmaker. This kid has everything you look for in someone as big as him. He also has impressive hockey sense and awareness.

8. Philadelphia Flyers – Lawson Crouse – LW, 6’3, 200lbs – Kingston Frontenacs – 54GP, 28G, 21A, 49PTS

Crouse would be the smart pick for the Flyers. They have an abundance of D prospects. Crouse is in the mold of Couturier – smart, a relentless forechecker, solid defensively, he’s also a pretty big kid who isn’t afraid to lay the body and he plays a Flyers type of style.

9. Dallas Stars – Timo Meier – RW, 6’1, 208lbs – Halifax Mooseheads – 61GP, 44G, 46A, 90PTS

Meier is a big winger with a great shot, he loves to use it, he’s got a good first step and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. He’s a bit of a project pick but it would be smart for the Stars to look at the wing as they’re deep on D.

10. San Jose Sharks – Zachary Werenski – D, 6’1, 206lbs – USNTDP – 35GP, 9G, 16A, 25PTS

Werenski is a very smart and poised two-way rearguard. He’s got good skating ability, skilled at both ends of the ice and he needs to play a little more physical in the defensive zone. Otherwise he’s a good, safe pick for the Sharks at number 10.

11. Colorado Avalanche – Oliver Kylington – D, 6’0, 180lbs – Farjestads BK/AIK – 35GP, 6G, 6A, 12PTS (together)

The Avalanche are overly stockpiled offensively and they need some help defensively. Kylington would provide that, with youngster Tyson Barrie, solid top pairing Erik Johnson & Chris Bigras in the pipeline. Kylington would be a pretty big addition to a team that is also set in goal for the foreseeable future. He would be the smart pick here.

12. Florida Panthers – Kyle Connor – C, 6’1, 170lbs – Youngstown (USHL) – 50GP, 29G, 50A, 69PTS

Kyle Connor adds depth to already a position of strength for the Panthers at center. He has decent size, is very strong at both ends of the ice and is very smart with the puck. He’s a very creative player with good awareness.

13. Carolina Hurricanes – Nick Merkley – C/RW, 5’10, 175lbs – Kelowna Rockets – 72GP, 20G, 70A, 90PTS

The Hurricanes would do very well here adding versatile forward Nick Merkley. He’s a smaller stature player who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. He plays a complete 200 foot game and he’s shown willingness to drive to the net.

14. Ottawa Senators – Matt Barzal – C, 5’11, 174lbs – Seattle Thunderbirds – 44GP, 15G, 45A, 57PTS

The Senators would pickup a very crafty player who thrives on playing a strong 200 foot game. He needs to find some more consistency in his game otherwise the Senators would do very well picking up Barzal as a mid first round pick.

15. Boston Bruins – Brandon Carlo – D, 6’5 198lbs – Tri-City Americans – 63GP, 4G, 21A, 25PTS

The Bruins would be adding one of the bigger players in this year’s draft. Carlo is a big rangy defensive defenseman, he plays the puck very well, has a mean streak which would bode well for the Bruins and he is almost NHL ready physically.

16. Calgary Flames – Thomas Chabot – D, 6’1, 181lbs – Saint John Sea Dogs – 66GP, 12G, 29A, 41PTS

Chabot is a good transition defender who reads the play very well. He has good hockey sense and defensive awareness, he makes a strong first pass and has very good ability to read the play. He’d be a good add to the Flames defensive pipeline.

17. Winnipeg Jets – Pavel Zacha – C/LW, 6’3, 200lbs – Sarnia Sting – 37GP, 16G, 18A, 34PTS

Zacha is a big, very skilled, versatile forward. He plays a tough and physical game, he loves to drive to the net and is a very hard forechecker. He’s a good penalty killer, he thinks the game well – he’d be a great pick for the Jets at 17th.

18. Minnesota Wild – Paul Bittner – LW, 6’4, 201lbs – Portland Winterhawks – 66GP, 34G, 37A, 71PTS

Bittner is a big, strong, physical winger who isn’t afraid to go to the net and throw his weight around. He’s a good skater with good vision and a good release on his shot.

19. Washington Capitals – Jakub Zboril – D, 6’1, 184lbs – Saint John Sea Dogs – 44GP, 13G, 20A, 33PTS

Zboril is a very good skater with very good two-way capabilities. He thinks the game well, he has a good shot from the point and he plays a good 200 foot game for his age.

20. Vancouver Canucks – Travis Konecny – C, 5’10, 172lbs – Ottawa 67’s – 60GP, 29G, 39A, 68PTS

Konecny is a solid 200 foot player that possesses a good skill set. He’s smart and has good hockey awareness along with good vision. He has a hard shot with a lightning quick release.

21. Detroit Red Wings – Jeremy Roy – D, 6’0, 183lbs – Sherbrooke Pheonix – 46GP, 5G, 38A, 43PTS

Roy is a very strong offensive defenseman. He is always creating plays up front, he has a very good outlet pass and plays a very smart game at both ends of the ice.

22. Edmonton Oilers – Jansen Harkins – C, 6’1, 177lbs – Prince George Cougars – 70GP, 20G, 59A, 79PTS

Harkins is a very strong two-way forward, he possesses very good vision and puck skills, he’s very good in the dot at his age and he just needs to bulk up a bit as he gets older.

23. Buffalo Sabres – Jacob Larsson – D, 6’2, 191lbs – Frolunda JR. – 30GP, 8G, 11A, 19PTS

Larsson is a strong puck moving rearguard who has tremendous strength and ability to fend off his opponents. He makes a good first pass and has great vision.

24. Arizona Coyotes – Daniel Sprong – RW, 5’11, 175lbs – Charlottetown Islanders – 68GP, 39G, 49A, 88PTS

Sprong is a feisty winger with decent size, he has a mean streak to him however he has a wicked release which he needs to use more often. He has very good hockey sense.

25. Toronto Maple Leafs – Nicolas Roy – C, 6’4, 203lbs – Chicoutimi Sagueneens – 68GP, 16G, 34A, 50PTS

Leafs use their second 1st round pick to dip into the C pool once again nabbing big Nicolas Roy. He has tremendous skill and he’s a very smart player on both ends of the puck.

26. Winnipeg Jets – Filip Chlapik – C, 6’1, 196lbs – Charlottetown Islanders – 64GP, 33G, 42A, 75PTS

Chlapik is a very skilled, good in the dot and is becoming quite sound defensively. He has good skills to go along with good vision.

27. Philadelphia Flyers – Jake DeBrusk – LW, 5’11, 171lbs – Swift Current Broncos – 72GP, 42G, 39A, 81PTS

DeBrusk is a very creative player who never takes a shift off. He makes his linemates better, his work ethic is contagious and he has a good shot to go along with his skill set.

28. Anaheim Ducks – Jordan Greenway – LW, 6’4, 214lbs – USNTDP – 42GP, 7G, 28A, 35PTS

Greenway is a big winger who has decent speed. He’s a tough kid to handle when he’s on the forecheck, he likes to stand in front of the net and plays a good physical game.

29. Montreal Canadiens – Yevgeni Svechnikov – LW, 6’1, 180lbs – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – 55GP, 32G, 46A, 78PTS

Svechnikov is a very powerful big bodied winger, he’s very strong on his skates, he’s very creative with the puck and he can rush the puck through defenders to get to the net. He has a heavy shot, he uses his reach and strength to protect the puck well however his defensive game needs work. He has decent speed but he needs to improve on it and he struggles with consistency issues. He’s a project pick while the Russian factor may knock him down a few spots, however you can’t ignore his elite offensive potential.

30. Tampa Bay Lightning – Colin White – C/RW, 6’0, 175lbs – USNTDP – 43GP, 16G, 24A, 40PTS

White is a strong, good two-way center, he has great speed and agility. He’s a hard worker with a chippy edge to his game and he would fit in well with the Lightning’s skilled/speedy players.

 

The 2015 NHL draft has lots of potential top players and it’s been deemed one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. It’ll be very interesting and exciting to see how it all plays out with trades maybe still to come.

Article by Christopher Hatzitolios

One Comment

  1. Wayne McCrae

    March 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    With a solid depth at LW and C why would we draft LW? RW is the need.