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    Auston Matthews
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     Ht/Wt:6' 1"/210 lbs
     Position:C
     Team: ZSC Lions (SWI)

     

     

    With the first pick of the HF.net Mock draft the Toronto Maple Leafs gladly select USA's, Arizona raised, forward Austin Matthews. The NHL ready, potential superstar forward displays a very high level skill set with quick hands, excellent puck-handling, passing, shot, and possession skills. He also is a naturally powerful skater who accelerates to top speed quickly. Matthews uses his smarts to dominate as he creates his own opportunities while using his large frame of 6'2 210 lbs to create space, generating scoring chances for himself and his teammates. The Toews-like forward is also defensively responsible with good reach and quickness. Last year Auston Matthews played against men with the ZSCLions in Switzerland touting 24 goals, 22 assists, and 46 points in 36 games, he can play all forward positions. This is the long awaited superstar center Leaf fans have been waiting years, eh - decades for.

     

    selected by @hf101

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    Patrick Laine

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 4"/206 lbs
    Position: RW
    Team: Tappara (FIN)

    With the 2nd pick, the Winnipeg Jets select Patrik Laine, LW, Tappara (SM Lilga). EASILY the second best player in the draft.  

    "A natural scorer, Laine's greatest asset is his intimidating shot. He's not a speedy skater, but possesses power and a long stride, and protects the puck well with his large frame and longer stick. Overall, skating has been a minor issue through Laine's development but has improved with some help from his ability to read the game. Laine has the hunger to create chances on his own from the wing and actively looks for and creates opportunities to use his shot. His elite wrist shot is notable for its quick release and his powerful one-timer from the top of the circle is a constant threat on the man-advantage." (Matias Strozyk -EliteProspects.com)

     

    selected by @FD19372

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    Jesse Puljujarvi

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    Ht/Wt:6' 3"/203 lbs
    Position:RW
    Team: Karpat (FIN)

    With the #3 pick in the draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets select Jesse Puljujärvi, Forward, Finland.

    "Puljujärvi is a big winger who combines size, skating and skill. A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed. Able to use his size, reach and stickhandling skills to retain the puck in speed. A smart player at both ends of the ice, both on and off the puck. Great work ethic and positive attitude. More of a playmaker than a scorer and could improve his shooting skills. Doesn't shy away from physical play, but could use his size more to his benefit." (Matias Strozyk -EliteProspects.com)

     

    selected by @AJgoal

     

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    Jakob Chychrun

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    Ht/Wt:6' 2"/200 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: Sarnia (OHL)

    The Edmonton Oilers organization would like to thank pilldoc and hf101 for sponsoring this draft. With the fourth pick in the 2016 NHL draft the Edmonton Oilers select: Jacob Chychrun, Defenseman, Sarnia (OHL)

     "An unyielding two-way defenceman, Jakob Chychrun is a rising star with a toolbox bursting at the seams. Consistently displays elite four-way skating ability and is not afraid to throw his weight around physically. Plays with poise and composure through high pressure situations and, with the puck on his stick, can direct the play up-ice. Exhibits a particularly potent shot that works its magic on the power play and on the forecheck. Excellent first pass and uses his vision and awareness to keep the puck moving in the direction of the opposition's tail or to a teammate with more time and space. Defensively adept at tracking the puck and staying a step ahead of the opposition. Proactive with his stick and body, exerting pressure on the opposition and forcing them to make hurried decisions."  ( (Curtis Joe -EliteProspects.com)

     

    selected by @Lunatic

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    Pierre-Luc Dubois

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    Ht/Wt:6' 2"/202 lbs
    Position:C/LW
    Team: Cape Breton (QMJHL)

     

    The Vancouver Canucks select Pierre-Luc Dubois 

    Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects:

    "A dexterous and driven competitor that has all the makings of a dynamic two-way winger. Not the most electric skater, but is shifty and plays to the extent of his physical capabilities; he knows his limits and plays within them, which facilitates a student-like approach to the growth of his game. Possesses high hockey-IQ and is consistent in his efforts. Not the most physical player, but is when he needs to be. All-in-all, Dubois is an invaluable all-around player who plays in all situations and exceeds expectations when the opportunity arises."

    Craig Button:

    "He has elite skill, with power and intelligence. Dubois has the ability to play a multi-faceted game balancing all of the essential elements, and is equally adept finishing a play or setting one up. There is so much in his game that reminds me of Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, including the versatility to play centre. All of these elements put him in the discussion with the Finnish players."

     

    selected by @MN Wild fan

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    Matthew Tkachuk

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    Ht/Wt:6' 1"/195 lbs
    Position:LW
    Team: London (OHL)

    Future Considerations:
    "Matthew, son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk, is a strong winger who plays a solid all-around game. He utilizes impressive smarts and senses to be in proper position and his dogged work ethic to capitalize on those chances. Has some quick, creative hands and a dangerous shot. Plays the game with high levels of grit and sandpaper, getting his nose dirty almost every shift. Drives the net and is relentless in the corners."

    Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects:

    "A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity."

     

    selected by @yave1964

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    Alexander Nylander

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 0"/179 lbs
    Position: RW/LW
    Team: Mississauga (OHL)

     

    The  Calgary  Flames take  LW Alexander Nylander ,Mississauga of the OHLFuture Considerations:

    "The son or former NHLer Michael Nylander, Alexander is a dynamic skating offensive catalyst that just produces points. His skating can go from effortless to shifty as he has the ability to use his edges to deke or juke through traffic with ease. Possesses soft hands and very creative puck skills plus the ability to make his teammates better with some jaw dropping passes. He is not a one trick pony however as he can also finish off plays. Top line NHL potential."

    The Draft Analyst:
    "He’s an excellent skater with a deadly shot, but he can score goals from in close thanks to a ridiculous set of hands. Nylander is able to make smart decisions as he maneuvers through traffic, and his ability to stickhandle in and around a dense field of sticks and skates while knowing exactly where his linemates will be makes him an indefensible threat on the rush. He’s impossible to prepare for, as he can beat you with his playmaking or his heavy shot."

     

    selected by @peter puck

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    Mikhail Sergachev
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    Ht/Wt:6' 2"/200 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: Windsor (OHL)

    Mikhail Sergachev can do it all in both ends of the rink.  He has high-end hockey IQ, and makes the smart play with the puck on his stick.  Sergachev’s offensive game is among the best of any blueliner in this draft class, and he could be a power play quarterback in the NHL in just a few short years.

    Curtis Joe:

    A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games.

    Kournianos The Draft Analyst:

    Sergachev has anchored Windsor’s top pairing since the season began, logging minutes on both the top power play and penalty killing units. He possesses above-average speed, and owns a powerful stride which makes him difficult to stop when in full flight. Additionally, Sergachev is a mobile playmaker from the back end, capable of connecting on and receiving difficult passes, whether up the ice or diagonally through a maze of sticks. Most impressive is his hard shot, which he can fire with substantial velocity from the point’s deepest areas. The pace and complexity of the next level shouldn’t intimidate him, but his slot coverage is one area where he must improve to complete his development.

    selected by @pilldoc

     

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     Logan Brown

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    Ht/Wt:6' 6"/225 lbs
    Position:C/LW
    Team: Windsor (OHL)

    The Canadiens definitely need to add a forward with top-six potential — preferably someone who can score goals and has a bit of size. That package may be tough to come by at No. 9, though, and most of the forwards who will be available at this spot will have slipped a bit because they are on the small side.

    This is were Logan Brown fits in nicely.  If the Canadiens are bent on adding size to their forward unit, they don’t have to look beyond the 6’6″, 225-pound Logan Brown. He’s a towering power forward who is noted for his outstanding vision.

    The Draft Anyalst:

    "Massive playmaking two-way center with a lethal shot who’s been centering Windsor’s top line all season. The son of Ottawa 67’s head coach Jeff Brown — a former all-star defensemen in the NHL — Logan is a physical specimen indeed, using a massive wingspan and strength to win his puck battles and transition quickly to offense. He can be a joy to watch, using above-average speed but a powerful long stride and reach to protect the puck off the rush. He’s an excellent passer, blessed with a sixth sense to anticipate and dissect the defensive scheme presented to him. Brown owns a very heavy shot — one of the draft’s best among forwards — which he can fire with accuracy off the pass via a quick release. He was a bit pass-happy the first few months of the season, but his coachability and dedication towards refining his all-around game resulted in a goal-scoring explosion since January." 

     

    selected by @MrDanglez67

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    Olli Juolevi

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    H t/Wt:6' 2"/185 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: London (OHL)

    So happy I get to be Joe Sakic....
    The Avalanche are proud and ecstatic with the #10 overall selection in the 2016 NHL entry draft to pick London Knights defenseman Olli Juolevi.

    Craig Button TSN -"Windsor Spitfires defenceman Mikhail Sergachyov (No. 10) can do it all. He’s an excellent skater with the quickness to jump into the attack and the requisite footwork to operate in tight areas and beat pressure. He has a very good shot and the smarts to get into offensive spots where he can make a contribution. He also can deliver body checks that make life unpleasant for opponents."

    Matias Strozyk of Elite Prospects - "A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games."

     

    selected by @sekkes85

     

     

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    Clayton Keller
     

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    Ht/Wt: 5'10"/168 lbs
    Position: LW
    Team: USA U18 NTDP 

    The New Jersey Devils need a top 6 forward that can make plays and score goals as they have depth in their system at defense and goaltending.  Thus, it gives me great pleasure to select Clayton Keller as the 11th pick in the draft. Keller is going to be a great offensive player in the NHL. He is undersized but has elite hockey IQ, elite playmaking and vision, and great skating to make up for his size, very much like a Patrick Kane. 

    Ben Kerr, Lastwordonsports - "Clayton Keller is a quick skater with an outstanding first step and an ability to accelerate extremely quickly.  He can dart into openings in the offensive zone, creating space to get a pass and get off a quick shot.  Keller’s ability to change speeds on the rush can create nightmares for defencemen.  He also has excellent agility and the edgework necessary to weave through traffic and create scoring chances. The exceptional skating often allows Keller to gain a step on defenders, and force them into taking penalties to prevent him creating a scoring chance. Keller will need to add muscle to his frame going forward though, as he can get knocked around by bigger defenders at this point. He needs to strengthen his core in order to improve his balance and be more effective in the corners and in front of the net."

    Future Considerations - "A small but highly dynamic playmaker that is not afraid to go to the greasy areas for a scoring chance. He skates well with the ability to rocket down the ice and add a quick lateral burst to get through a hole when required. Has very impressive vision and ability to pick up options all over the ice all while maintaining possession and protecting the puck. Is a 100% effort player who rarely takes a shift off. Also possesses a pin-point shot that he hits his mark with when in a position to score. A very dangerous offensive player who has definite top six NHL potential."

     

    selected by @hf101

     

     

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    Tyson Jost

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    Ht/Wt: 5'11"/194 lbs
    Position: C/RW
    Team: Penticton (BCHL)

    The Ottawa Senators proudly select Tyson Jost, C, Penticon Vees, BCHL. Scouts say he has superb vision, and is an excellent playmaker. He tallied 104 points in 48 regular season games with the Vees. Also, Jost led his team with 2.17 points per game. He has the potential to be a first-rate, top line center in the NHL soon.

    Steve Kournianos at The Draft Analyst - Jost is a shark, appearing out of nowhere with speed and tenacity to ruin the breakout play a coach worked on for weeks. Once the puck is on his stick is where his artistry comes to the forefront, as he protects it with his head up while travelling at a high rate of speed before shifting down a gear, curling and weaving in and around the offensive zone for as long as he has to. 

    Jost has an excellent shot to compliment his extraordinary passing acumen, using soft hands and a quick release to turn a bad pass in his skates into a well-placed attempt at the net. Jost’s shot accuracy is top notch, and he will beat you from the inside of the ice or outside from his arsenal of moves. He is a three-zone center with decent size who will not necessarily avoid physical play, and he’s shown to control the puck while taking a beating.

     

    selected by @FD19372

     

     

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    Kieffer Bellows
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    Ht/Wt:6' 0"/195 lbs
    Position:C/LW
    Team: USA U18 NTDP

    With the 13th pick in the 2016 NHL draft, the Carolina Hurricanes are proud to select Keiffer Bellows, Forward, USA U18. I went back and forth here. Carolina has holes throughout their lineup, and while it's tempting to pick Michael McLeod, McCleod fell in ISS's rankings while Bellows rose. And I'm not sure McAvoy is a good pick for the 'Canes here, who were 4th worst in the NHL in goal scoring, which isn't going to get better with the departure of Eric Staal. He won't be available right away, but that's ok for a team that needs a goalie and some other pieces before they're ready to make some noise, so Carolina is comfortable taking who they feel is the best available player.

    Future Considerations - "The son of former NHL goal scorer Brian Bellows, the apple did not fall far from the tree in this case. Kieffer has a natural scorers instinct and desire to hit the twine. He has some solid strength and uses it to get to prime scoring areas with and without the puck. Has a real hard shot that he can absolutely wire on net. Can go unnoticed for a few shifts but usually makes an impact in each contest, so consistency will need to improve. This Boston University commit will be high on NHL teams radar come next June."

    Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects -"Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high end puckhandling ability as well as a crisp, accurate release on his shot. Proficient forechecker and loves to win puck battles, which stands out as a consistent part of his game. Strong skater that can bull through the opposition or go around them. Drives the net hard and is a decisive finisher. All-in-all, a competitor that punishes the opposition physically, as well as on the scoreboard."

    The Draft Analyst - "Bellows is a well-built goal scorer with a low center of gravity who can play a punishing, heavy yet cerebral game. He’s a good skater with tremendous balance and moves well laterally. And while he used play center for Edina’s powerhouse high school program, Bellows is most certainly better suited as a shooter from the flank. He’s built like a Mack truck and plays with fire, using tremendous athleticism and work ethic to maintain his compete level, even during extended shifts. He’s extremely difficult to move off the puck, and he’s proven to be a load to handle for some of the NCAA’s bigger defensemen. Bellows is a hard, accurate passer, but can also feather a pass off the rush or lead his teammates with timing and precision."

     

    selected by @AJgoal

     

     

     

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    Dante Fabbro
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    Ht/Wt:6' 0"/183 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: Penticton (BCHL)


    With the 14th pick in this years draft, the Boston Bruins select: Dante Frabbro, Defenseman, Penticton BCHL

    Curtis Joe - ElitehockeyProspects - "Dante Fabbro is a dependable two-way defenseman with high offensive upside. He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice."

    Craig Button TSN -"Dante Fabbro (#12) will never pull you out of your seat, but when you measure high-end efficiency in the game, he stands out. The Penticton Vees defender always makes the right play, is always in the right position and doesn’t break down under the challenges, which makes it very difficult to play versus him. I see so many similarities to Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks. Like Seabrook, Fabbro’s contributions lead to winning."

     

    selected by @Lunatic

     

     

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    Luke Kunin
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    Ht/Wt:6' 0"/195 lbs
    Position:C/RW
    Team: U of Wisconsin

    The great state of Minnesota and the Minnesota Wild organization would also like to extend their gratitude for Hockeyforums.net sponsoring this year’s mock draft.  Filling in for @MN Wild fan I was all set to select for him, per his instructions, Kieffer Bellows.  However, the Carolina organization must have been reading our minds and selected him 2 spots ahead of the Wild.

    Therefore, Wild management had to resort to Plan B.  With only 3 picks in this year’s draft the Wild have to nail this pick if they wish re-stock their prospect pool.  It was a very difficult decision picking between 2 very talented prospects. 

    With the 15th pick the Minnesota Wild would like to welcome from Chestfield, MO and the US National U18 Team, Luke Kunin (C/RW). Luke just completed his freshman year at the Univ. of Wisconsin.

    Kunin is generally regarded as a very intelligent two-way player on the ice who likes to drive the offense and can either dish the puck or put it home with his deadly snap shot. Beyond offensive instincts is a general awareness of his surroundings which lead to a strong defensive game as well, battling hard for puck possession.

    Kunin had a very strong freshman year playing in Madison this last season.  For Wisconsin Kunin racked up 19 goals and 13 assists in his first campaign.  He has been noted as a very good thinker with strong instincts to make plays happen on the ice.  Kunin’s shot has also been described as a very accurate shooter, with excellent speed that helps him keep up an awesome transition game.  His value to the Wild would be like McLeod in that he could play an outstanding two-way game while at the same time contributing on the scoreboard with effectiveness.

    Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects:  "A highly intelligent and offensively gifted forward. Has a keen eye for scoring opportunities and has shown flashes of elite-level finishing capability. Works hard and isn't afraid to battle for puck possession. Good hands and puck skills, and has a really accurate release on his shot. Needs to work on his explosiveness, staying in motion with the play, and strength behind his shot."

    Future Considerations –  "A slick and solid overall center that plays hard in all three zones. Has some explosive feet and tremendous speed generated in only a few quick strides. His shot is on and off his blade in only a split second and shows outstanding velocity and accuracy. He also shows impressive reads of developing plays and the vision and creativity to make a play out of nothing. Does not slouch defensively as he comes back and disrupts the opponents attack. A slick possession player with quick hands and a quicker mind."

     

    selected by @pilldoc for @MN Wild fan

     

     

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    Charlie McAvoy

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    Ht/Wt:6' 0"/208 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: Boston U (H.E)

     

    With the 16th pick in the draft my Detroit Red Wings are thrilled beyond comprehension to draft Boston College own Charlie Mcavoy. A thick sturdy defender who starred in college last season in Boston, generally leading the rush and hitting everything and playing sound in his own zone, he has the advantage of being a right handed shot.  I chose him over a kid who has fallen simply because I believe that Mcavoy is close to NHL ready, another year at Boston and then a year in Grand Rapids and plug him in. He has instincts and size and the all important right hand shot which the Wings always lack and I had him targeted before the draft began.

    The Draft Analyst - "He’s a confident puck carrier who attacks openings with speed, but can also slow it down and patiently weigh his options. Always moving his feet, McAvoy is capable of slipping through gaps without the puck, or stickhandling around traffic while keeping the puck close to his body. He has a heavy shot that can be delivered with accuracy, and his passes are tape to tape, An undervalued part of his game is physicality, which gets him in hot water as he’s still learning the difference between a timely, legal bone-crushing hit and gross negligence of the rule book."

    Future Considerations -"McAvoy is a slick puck moving defender who sees the ice with elite vision and makes passes with soft touch. He is a very strong skater with outstanding pivots and edge work; able to skate with the puck out of pressure and start the rush. He drives deep into the offensive zone and glides around with his head up looking for his best options. He is a deadly in transition and a real weapon on the power play. Has a heavy shot and has the potential to be a big NHL point producer."

     

    selected by @yave1964

     

     

     

     

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    Max Jones

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 3"/200 lbs
    Position: LW
    Team: London (OHL)

    Nashville  Predators proudly select LW  Max Jones.

    The Draft Analyst - "He is quite agile, using solid footwork and a decent first step (for a power forward) to catch defenders flat footed. His anticipation skills are fairly strong, as he knows his long reach allows him to loiter near his own blue line without giving away much in positioning. If he intercepts a cross-ice pass, forget it…it’s off to the races with little to do about it. He can shift gears and change direction, making him difficult to defend in one-on-one or two-on-two situations"

    Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects - "Max Jones is a diligent and hard-working power forward capable of being an impact player every shift. He's strong on the puck and routinely looks to create separation. He knows his game inside out and has a wide array of tools at his disposal. Strength and speed allow him to bull his way to the front of the net where he is relentless and creates havoc. Makes smart decisions with the puck and doesn't give the opposition time and space."

     

    selected by @peter puck

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    Ht/Wt:6' 2"/185 lbs
    Position:C
    Team: Mississauga (OHL)

    The Flyers are happy to announce their pick at #18. Please welcome from Mississauga, Ontario and playing for the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Micahel McLeod (C).

    Skating is easily his biggest asset. He has elite top-end speed, and acceleration that allows him to get there in a few short strides

    Cutis Joe, Elite Prosepects:

    Michael McLeod is a highly skilled power center that relies on nobody but himself to get the job done. His size and skating make him difficult to contain, and his competitiveness gives him an edge against other teams' best. His deft puckhandling skills and control over his speed are the defining aspects of his offensive abilities. All-in-all, a top talent that is both dynamic and hard to play against.

    Future considerations:

    McLeod has an excellent skating stride which includes several different gears and the ability to instantly change speed to shoot through holes in the defense. He is defensibly responsible and plays the game from goal light to goal light. Has a very high compete level, plays physical and will do whatever is required to help his team. Creates plenty of chances off the rush using his speed and willingness to take the puck to the net. Strong in the faceoff circle and has some leadership qualities NHL teams will like.

    The best word to describe McLeod’s game is rapid — everything he does is with effort and a sense of urgency. What separates McLeod from the lot of draft-eligible speedsters is that he has the size, strength and puck-control skills to go along with it.

     

    selected by @pilldoc

     

     

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    Julien Gauthier
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    Ht/Wt: 6' 3"/225 lbs
    Position: RW
    Team: Val-D'Or (QMJHL)

    With the 19th pick in this years draft the New York Islanders are proud to select from Val Doeur of the QMJHL Julien Gauthier!!!!!!! Gauthier is a big strong scoring winger and has slipped after a slow finish to the year. However I feel like he could still be a 30+ goal scorer in the NHL playing alongside John Tavares. The isles need more finishers and I believe Gauthier could be that guy.

     

    Curtis Joe -EliteProspects - "An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn't stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game's key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds. All-in-all, a prolific scorer whose attitude and innate abilities will constantly propel him into dominance." 

     

    selected by @MrDanglez67

     

     

     

     

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    Jake Bean:ca:


    Ht/Wt: 6' 0"/175 lbs
    Position: D
    Team: Calgary (WHL)

    With the 20th overall pick, the Arizona (is it bad that I originally typed out Phoenix?) are proud to select, Calgary Hitmen defensemen,Jake Bean.

     

    Curtis Joe - Elite Prospects -"A shifty and intelligent defenceman that plays with panache and poise. An excellent skater that is a good puck-carrier up the ice. Makes very good decisions with and without the puck, and plays strong positionally. Works hard and doesn't give the opposition much to work with, but could stand to be a bit more assertive during high pressure situations. That being said, he is not a one dimentional player. He displays natural talent in the offensive end, but also plays a complete defensive game in his own end. He has a proactive stick and boxes the opposition out, limiting lanes. All-in-all, the type of all-around defenceman that you want to have on the ice as much as possible." 

     

    Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News - "It’s a down draft year for the ‘Dub,’ but Bean is one to watch. A whip-smart defenseman with an excellent stick, Bean is probably underrated defensively, where his positioning is excellent. When you put up 43 points in 46 games, that part can get overshadowed."

     

    selected by @sekkes85

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    German Rubtsov

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 2"/175 lbs
    Position: C
    Team: Russia U-18 (MHL)

    With the 21st pick of the HF.net first ever Mock Draft the Carolina Hurricanes select from the Russian Ice Hockey Federation select German Rubtstov. Rubtsov is said to be the most talented prospect in out of Russia.  He is being coined as the next Pavel Datsyuk and if it were not for the Russian U18 Meldonium scandal Rubtsov may have even gone in the top 10.

     

    Dennis Schellenberg - THW -"Rubtsov is a highly-intelligent two-way center and is probably one of the players with the highest Hockey IQ of the entire draft. He possesses a great vision and can really distribute the puck very well. He seems to always be aware of his line mates and is a great setup guy. Rubtsov makes smart decisions with the puck and barely turns the puck over. He is a calm puck carrier and uses his strong puck-handling skills to dance through the neutral zone with speed.

    His strides are powerful and he is hard to knock off the puck as he is an excellent puck protector and uses his long reach and body to make it nearly impossible to steal the puck. Although he is not an overly physical player, he is hard to knock off his position and can play with a physical edge if needed. He possesses smooth hands and has a good and accurate shot too. However, he is more of a pass first guy and does not shoot the puck very often.

    Rubtsov understands the game mentally very well and is a leader on the ice. He is a coach’s dream as he combines work ethic, a strong two-way game and smarts. His backcheck is strong and he is very well aware of his defensive responsibilities. He often uses his stick to interfere passes and is excellent when using his active stick work to steal the puck or cut passing lanes. In the neutral zone, he is a pain to play against as he cuts passing lanes with an effective positioning game and is able to prevent a quick transition game by the opponents. Rubtsov is great in anticipating plays and can be used in all game situations."

     

    selected by @hf101

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    Markus Niemalainen

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 6"/205 lbs
    Position: D
    Team: HPK (FIN)

    With the 22nd pick in the Hf.net first ever 2016 NHL Mock Draft, the Winnipeg Jets select Markus Niemalainen, D, Saginaw, (OHL). 

     

    Curtis Joe - EliteProspects - A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves up and down the ice quickly, with acute recognition of puck and body position. His maturity and poise is actualized in his high-percentage decision-making, with and without the puck, as well as his proactive stick and body play. Very stable defensively and always takes his lane, but is quick to rush the puck up the ice as he recognizes and accounts for how much time his team is spending in their own end. All-in-all, a quick-thinking defenceman that, honestly lacking nothing, has the potential to develop into a reliable two-way defenceman. 

     

    selected by @FD19372

     

     

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    Rasmus Asplund

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 0"/180 lbs
    Position: C
    Team: Farjestad (SWE)

    With the 23rd pick in the draft, the Florida Panthers are proud to select Rasmus Asplund, Center, Farjestad, Sweden.
     
    The Draft Analyst - "Asplund is quick and shifty, using his speed and turning
    ability to gain time and space. He has a good touch around the net, positioning his stick in the right place and takes a beating to complete a play. His SHL numbers might not show it, but he’s a very good scorer with a quick, accurate shot. Asplund is strong on the puck and can make plays across the ice or diagonally while traveling at a high rate of speed. His work ethic off the ice is excellent, and it shows — he’s a tenacious forechecker and competes every shift from start to finish. Asplund is far from physical, but his excellent work in the faceoff circle coupled with his smarts makes him a perfect fit for the NHL’s puck-possession game."

     

    Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News - "One of Sweden’s better players at the world juniors, Asplund centered the second line with Alexander Nylander (2016) and Dmytro Timashov (Toronto) on his wings. That unit played more like the first line, leading the Tre Kronor in scoring with 21 points in seven games.

    Coach Rikard Gronborg loved Asplund’s smarts and all-around game and despite being one of the youngest on the squad, Asplund almost made the team last year. The lessons from his late cut before Toronto were important."

     

    Mike Morreale of NHL.com "A smooth skater and excellent competitor, Asplund (5-11, 176) has three goals, five points, and a plus-3 rating while averaging 12:43 of ice time for Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League. He is considered to be more of a finesse player than an aggressive performer; he has 26 shots on goal and 12 hits in 25 games."

     

    selected by @AJgoal

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    Riley Tufte

    :us:
    Ht/Wt: 6' 5"/205 lbs
    Position: LW
    Team: Fargo (USHL)

    With the 24th pick in the 2016 NHL draft, the Anaheim Ducks select from Blaine High School and Fargo (USHL), LW Riley Tufte.

     

    Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News - March 8, 2016 - "Tufte (somewhat) controversially went back for one more year with his Blaine high school team this year, but it turned out to be a master stroke. Starting the year in Fargo, he struggled. But the 6-foot-5 University of Minnesota-Duluth commit went off at Blaine for three points a game and now back in the USHL, he looks like a brand new player – the best raw prospect one scout had seen from the state of Minnesota in decades."

     

    selected by @Lunatic

     

     

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    Alex DeBrincat

    :ca:
    Ht/Wt: 5' 7"/165 lbs
    Position: RW
    Team: Erie (OHL)

    The Dallas Stars with the 25th pick in this year’s draft would like to welcome from the Erie Otters, Alex DeBrincat (RW). 
     
    The Stars recognize the fact that he is on the smallish end
    for being a NHL player, but what they can’t deny is his ability.  He is truly an offensive sparkplug, DeBrincat is so hard to contain in the offensive end. Blink and he’s behind you, or has positioning over you. He’s so elusive. His shot is probably his biggest weapon in the offensive end. Velocity is good, but it’s the release that’s exceptional — on his stick and off it within a flash. With the way the game is played today, there’s most definitely room for a player like Debrincat (just like Johnny Gaudreau).
     
    In both of his first two seasons in the
    OHL he's racked up over 100 points and scored 50 goals in each one. He's known as a talented sniper and very skilled offensively.
     
    Russ Bitely, HockeyProspect.com, on The Pipeline Show:
     
    You like the intelligence. He scores those goals simply because he knows where to go on the ice. He reads the play well. Obviously, playing with Strome is an added bonus, and last year with McDavid. But he’s smart. He knows where to go. He’s got that offensive instinct. The downplay on him is he’s 5’7. Is he going to be able to handle the
    rigours of the pros? What you’d like to see more of — not that he’s a bad skater — but you’d like to see a little more explosiveness just to have that pro-level speed. That isn’t out of the question; he can develop it in the years to come.
     
    All in all, DeBrincat also has some of the best hands in the draft as well as being one of the best snipers available.
     
    Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News - 
     
    "At some point, you have to stop believing that DeBrincat has “lucked out” with his linemates and accept that there’s a reason coaches always stick him with top guys. The 5-foot-7 sniper has played with Connor McDavid, Dylan
    Strome and Auston Matthews and it’s because he can find space, wire the puck and thrive with elite players – not everyone can. DeBrincat is well on his way to another 50-goal season and the 2016 draft prospect is doing so with an entirely different type of center
     
    Tyler Parchem of Elite Prospects - 
     
    "DeBrincat is a small player with a dynamic skill set. He is a pure sniper, scoring over 50 goals in two straight years in the OHL. He is very undersized, but can be very nasty to play against and shies away from no one. He had to deal with injuries at the 2016 World Junior Championship, but that did not hamper his production when he returned to the OHL. He skates well and is very effective around the net. He is hard to contain for such a small player, and has great chemistry with anyone he plays with."

     

    selected by @pilldoc for @MN Wild fan

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    Logan Stanley

    :ca:
    Ht/Wt: 6' 7"/225 lbs
    Position: D
    Team: Winsor Spitfires (OHL)

    With the 26th pick in the first round the Washington Capitals are thrilled that the gigantic Logan Stanley  is still there and has fallen into their lap.
     
    Stanley-is-a-cousin-of-former-OHL-
    stando  Stanley is a 6 foot 7 left defense who is still growing his talent into his frame, With an aging defensive core (mostly Orpik and Niskanen) he will have a few years to develop and then find a job waiting for him with open arms. A work in progress from what I have read, but could be a force at both ends of the ice. The Capitals can afford to be patient.

     

    Tyler Parcham - EliteProspects - "Stanley is a huge two way defenceman. He loves to play physical and clear the crease, but also can chip in offensively when needed. He has become a nasty player that the other team dreads whenever he is on the ice. Very few players can match him physically due his monster 6'6 frame, and he uses this to his advantage every game. He is a very consistent player who's offensive game improved as the year went on. He looked very good in a first round series loss to the Kitchener Rangers in the 2016 OHL Playoffs" 

     

    selected by @yave1964

     

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    Ht/Wt: 6' 0"/195 lbs
    Position: D
    Team: Brandon (WHL)

    Tampa Bay Lightning proudly select from the Brandon Wheat Kings D man Kale Clague.

     

    Curtis Joe - EliteProspects - "An offensive defenseman in nature, Clague is a tantalizing blend of speed, cunning, and craftiness. Very smooth skater that is mobile at a professional level. Great vision and is able to control plays with the puck on his stick. Creative passer. Will need to work on his shot and consistency moving forward, but has the undeniable raw skills and fundamental attributes of a puck-moving offensive defenseman. All-in-all, a highly skilled defenseman that has the potential to be a proficient producer from the back end."

     

    selected by @peter puck

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    Vitali Abramov
    :ru:

    Ht/Wt: 5' 9"/160 lbs
    Position: RW
    Team: Gatineau (QMJHL)

    With the 28th pick in the HF.net 2016 Mock Draft, the St. Louis Blues choose from the Gatineau Olympiques, Vitali Abramov (LW/RW).

    His skating ability and high end skill suggest a prospect that could develop into a top 6 player who could score a lot of points at the NHL level.  He's an extremely good skater with good playmaking skills and an excellent sniper.  

    Abramov was named QMJHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 93 points in 63 games.

    Ryan Kennedy, Hockey News:

    “Tenacious and talented, Abramov has shown no signs of let-up in his rookie ‘Q’ season. The smallish Russian was the league’s third star of the week with seven points in three games for the playoff-clinching Piques."

    Future Considerations:

    "The Russian import is a constant threat offensively and makes some impressive plays due to his high skill level. An explosive, well-timed speed burst or change of pace and shifty agility in his feet as well as creative hands make him a slippery forward to check. A skilled playmaker making seeing-eye passes through the tightest of lanes and in perfect time to his teammates. Will shoot the puck when the opportunity presents itself and usually hits his mark when he does but is a natural playmaker first and foremost. Extremely dynamic top line NHL potential."

    selected by @pilldoc

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    Pascal LeBerge

    :ca:
    Ht/Wt: 6'1"/174 lbs
    Position: C/RW
    Team: Victoriaville Tigres
    (QMJHL)

    The Boston Bruins are proud to take from Victoriaville of the QMJHL, Pascal Laberge with the 29th pick!!!!!!!

     

    Curtis Joe EliteProspects
    "Pascal Laberge is a tough and spirited two-way forward with a high level of hockey sense. Hunts for turnovers and causes havoc whenever he is on the ice. Uses his size well to shield the puck, exert physical force, and win board battles. Has a good set of goal-scorer's hands, but tends to use them more to pass than anything. All-in-all, an efficient, yet exciting, two-way forward with potential to develop into a playmaking goal scorer."

     

    selected by @MrDanglez67

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    Dennis Cholowski

    :ca:
    Ht/Wt:6' 1'/176 lbs
    Position:D
    Team: Chilliwack (BCHL)

    With the 30th pick of HF.net's NHL Mock draft the Toronto Maple Leafs select 6'1" 170lb defenseman Dennis Cholowski from Chilliwack (BCHL). Cholowski jumped to #23 from #48 from midyear to the final central scouting rankings and will be heading to St. Cloud next season to study electrical engineering.  Since he still needs some growing time for his weight to catch up to his 6'1" frame and the NCAA is a great decision for him.  Cholowski can do it all as he produced the fifth-most points of any defenceman in the BCHL (12 goals, 28 assists, 40 points in 53 games). He possesses both solid skating and puck moving ability with a high hockey IQ that is impressive.  He plays a 200 ft game, moving the puck well along the blue line, taking few penalties, and is defensively responsible in his own end.

     

    Lastwordonsports.com scouted Cholowski and noted, “He seems to always be in the right position. He keeps attackers to the outside, keeping himself between the puck and the net at all times.”

     

    selected by @hf101

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    2016 NHL Draft

     

    Draft

    Order

    NHL Selection HF.net Selection
    Maple Leafs Hockey Forum Auston Matthews Auston Matthews (C)
    Jets Hockey Forum Patrick Laine Patrick Laine  (RW)
    Blue Jackets Hockey Forum Pierre Luc Dubois Jesse Puljujärvi  (RW)
    Oilers Hockey Forum Jesse Puljujärvi Jacob Chychrun  (D)
    Canucks Hockey Forum Olli Juolevi Pierre Luc Dubois  (C)
    Flames Hockey Forum Matthew Tkachuk Matthew Tkachuk  C/LW)
    Coyotes Hockey Forum Clayton Keller Alexander Nylander  (LW)
    Sabres Hockey Forum Alexander Nylander Mikhail Sergachev  (D)
    Canadiens Hockey Forum Mikhail Sergachev Logan Brown  (C/LW)
    Avalanche Hockey Forum Tyson Jost  Olli Juolevi  (D)
    Senators Hockey Forum Logan Brown Clayton Keller  (C/LW)
    Devils Hockey Forum Michael McLeod Tyson Jost  (C)
    Hurricanes Hockey Forum Jake Bean Keiffer Bellows  (C/LW)
    Bruins Hockey Forum Charlie Mcavoy Dante Frabbro  (D)
    Wild Hockey Forum Luke Kunin Luke Kunin  (C/LW)
    Coyotes Hockey Forum Jacob Chychrun Charlie Mcavoy  (D)
    Predators Hockey Forum Dante Frabbro Max Jones  (LW)
    Jets Hockey Forum Logan Stanley Micheal McLeod  (C)
    Islanders Hockey Forum Keiffer Bellows Julien Gauthier  (RW)
    Red Wings Jackets Hockey Forum Dennis Cholowski Jake Bean  (D)
    Hurricanes Hockey Forum Julien Gauthier German Rubtsov  (C)
    Flyers Hockey Forum German Rubtsov Markus Niemalainen  (D)
    Panthers Hockey Forum Henrik Borgstrum Rasmus Asplund  (C)
    Ducks Hockey Forum Max Jones Riley Tufte  (LW)
    Stars Hockey Forum Riley Tufte Alex DeBrincat  (RW)
    Blues Hockey Forum Tage Thompson Logan Stanley  (D)
    Lightning Hockey Forum Brett Howden Kale Clague  (D)
    Capitals Hockey Forum Lucas Johansen Vitali Abramov  (LW/RW)
    Bruins Hockey Forum Trent Fredrick Pascal Laberge  (C/LW)
    Ducks Hockey Forum Sam Steel Dennis Cholowski  (D)

     

  • 1st Round Traded Draft Picks
     

    # 20 - Arizona receives the NY Rangers 2016 1st round pick 

    # 21 - Carolina receives Los Angeles's 2016 1st round pick 

    # 22 - Winnipeg receives Chicago's 2016 1st round pick

    #  - Boston receives San Jose's 2016 1sts round pick 

    #  - Toronto receives Pittsburgh's 2016 1st round pick

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