Winnipeg Hockey Talk Mock Draft #1

Winnipeg Hockey Talk Mock Draft:  Edition 1

Picks 1-12

I will probably do one or two more of these before the NHL Entry Draft on June 30  

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
1 Seth Jones  USA Colorado Avalanche  Portland
2 Nathan MacKinnon  Can Florida Panthers  Halifax
3 Jonathon Drouin  Can Tampa Bay Lightning  Halifax
4 Aleksander Barkov  Fin  Nashville Predators  Tappara
5 Elias Lindholm  Swe  Carolina Hurricanes  Brynäs 
6 Sean Monahan  Can Calgary Flames  Ottawa
7 Darnell Nurse  Can Edmonton Oilers  Sault Ste. Marie 
8 Ryan Pulock            Can Buffalo Sabres  Brandon 
9 Valeri Nichushkin  Rus New Jersey Devils   Chelijabinsk 2
10 Hunter Shinkaruk  Can Dallas Stars  Medicine Hat
11 Nikita Zadorov  Rus Philadelphia Flyers  London
12 Bo Horvat  Can Phoenix Coyotes  London




Winnipeg Jets

14     Columbus Blue Jackets  
15     New York Islanders  
16     Buffalo Sabres  via (Minnesota)  
17     Detroit Red Wings  
18     Ottawa Senators  
19     Columbus Blue Jackets via (N.Y.R.)  
20     San Jose Sharks  
21     Toronto Maple Leafs  
22     Washington Capitals  
23     Columbus Blue Jackets via (L.A.)  
24     Vancouver Canucks  
25     Calgary Flames via (St. Louis)  
26     Boston Bruins  
27     Montreal Canadiens  
28     Anaheim Ducks  
29     Calgary Flames via (Pittsburgh)  
30     Chicago Blackhawks  

I think the draft starts at the #7 pick.  Edmonton should take a defenceman and it should be Darnell Nurse.  It is not a stretch to think they might opt for the offence of a Pulock or Morrissey or Ristolainen.  Do you see how the dominoes start to fall?  Buffalo’s pick now sets the tone for the next 5 or 6 teams.  If the top 7 picks don’t go the way I’ve listed them here, it means those players fall down the list.  Is that possible?  Sure is!!!

NHL Draft

A Look At The Draft Floor

If Buffalo takes either Pulock or Ristolainen, that leaves the other for the next 4 or 5 teams.  Some interesting options for New Jersey, Dallas and Philly.  I think Dallas is looking for a forward while NJ or Philly could go either way.  No way Phoenix picks a D and I would be surprised if Winnipeg drafted a defenceman also.  If Ristolainen was available they might be tempted.

The one player I could see dropping big-time that has been ranked in the top 10 is Valeri Nichushkin.  He has been ranked as high as #4 but not playing in North American might hurt him more than a Barkov or Lindholm.  

Draft picks 6- 13 could be a matter of team preference and/or organisational need.  There is not a lot of difference in the quality of these players but a smorgasbord of different attributes.  I really believe there are no losers in this bunch.  There are defencemen and forwards with different size and skill levels to meet a teams needs.

 I wonder how many Jerseys with different “name-plates” on them the top 15 teams are bringing with them to the draft. 

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