The Conference Finals are set! We get to enjoy watching the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Islanders in the East and The Vegas Golden Knights battle it out with the Dallas Stars in the West. Aside from those four fan bases, and the more dedicated fans, most hockey fans have moved their attention to the upcoming NHL Draft. Now that the draft order is set, spots 1 thru 27 at least, we can get a better look at team needs for possible draft choices.
If you read my MockDraft2.0, you’ll remember that it lasted 40 hours, give or take, before the Maple Leafs and Penguins made a trade. That trade saw the Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Kasperi Kapanen, Pontas Åberg, and Jesper Lindgren in exchange for Evan Rodriguez, David Warsofsky, Filip Hållander, and the 15th overall pick in the upcoming draft. While I wouldn’t call this a blockbuster by any means, it did change how I thought the draft could go.
As most of you know, I don’t claim to be a prospect guru. I utilize all the resources available to me, Dobber, Elite Prospects, numerous Hockey Twitter prospect guys, and Youtube for my mocks.
But enough waiting, let’s get to it.
- New York Rangers – Alexis Lafrenière, LW QMJHL Rimouski Océanic
- L.A. Kings – Quinton Byfield, C OHL Sudbury Wolves
- Ottawa Senators – Lucas Raymond, LW/RW SHL Frölunda HC
- Detroit Red Wings – Tim Stützle, C/LW DEL Adler Mannheim
- Ottawa Senators – Marco Rossi, C OHL Ottawa 67’s
- Anaheim Ducks – Alexander Holtz, RW SHL Djurgårdens IF
- New Jersey Devils – Jamie Drysdale, D OHL Eerie Otters
- Buffalo Sabres – Cole Perfetti, C OHL Saginaw Spirit
- Minnesota Wild – Anton Lundell, C Liiga HIFK
- Winnipeg Jets – Dawson Mercer, RW QMJHL Drummondville Voltigeurs
- Nashville Predators – Jack Quinn, RW OHL Ottawa 67’s
- Florida Panthers – Seth Jarvis, RW WHL Portland Winterhawks
- Carolina Hurricanes – Mavrik Bourque, C QMJHL Shawinigan Cataractes
- Edmonton Oilers – Yaroslav Askarov, G VHL SKA-Neva St. Petersburg
- Toronto Maple Leafs – Jake Sanderson, D USDP US National U18 Team
- Montreal Canadiens – Connor Zary, C WHL Kamloops Blazers
- Chicago Blackhawks – Noel Gunler, LW/RW SHL Luleå HF
- New Jersey Devils – Jacob Perreault, RW OHL Sarnia Sting
- Calgary Flames – Dylan Holloway, C/LW NCAA Univ. of Wisconsin
- New Jersey Devils – Rodion Amirov, LW KHL Salavat Yulaev Ufa
- Columbus Blue Jackets – Braden Schneider, D WHL Brandon Wheat Kings
- New York Rangers – Jan Myšák, C/LW Czech HC Litvinov
- Philadelphia Flyers – Zion Nybeck, LW/RW SuperElit HV71 J20
- Colorado Avalanche – Roni Hirvonen, C Liiga Ässät
- Washington Capitals – Helge Grans, D SuperElit Malmö Redhawks J20
- St. Louis Blues – Lukas Reichel, LW DEL Eisbären Berlin
- Anaheim Ducks – Hendrix Lapierre, C QMJHL Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Not many changes. I do think that if Toronto keeps the pick, they will go with a defenseman. But there are so many great forward options still there at 15. I guess we will see.
There you have it. Hopefully, this one stays relevant a little longer than the last one.
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