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Mock Draft: Aaron Vickers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
mock drafts: Bryce Forbes | Kristin Hallett | Torie Peterson
NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final. Picks 27-30 have been listed by regular season standings.

1 FLA Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
The potential cornerstone on defense the Avs have been desperately missing.
2 COL Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL) The top forward is as good of center to come out of the
draft in recent years.
3 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL) The slick, dynamic offensive threat blends well with Tampa's other elite forwards.
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) The big Finn has been competing against men the past two seasons and is ready to step in.
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) The biggest bull in the draft has said he's ready for NHL action and wants to prove it.
6 EDM Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa (OHL)
The multi-dimensional pivot has the makings of a leader both on and off the ice.
7 CGY Nikita Zadorov, D,
London Knights (OHL)
The draft's biggest blueliner is a unique blend of mobility, strength and puck skills.
8 PHI Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (FIN) The top European-based defenseman in the draft has a silky smooth stride and composure in spades.
9 BUF Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE) The all-round player can play both ends of the ice but is particularly controlling in the offensive zone.
10 NJD Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) The Calgary kid can be explosive in the offense end and is one of the draft's most natural goal scorers.
11 PHX Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
The imposing, naturally-athletic defenseman with some offensive upside shows great positioning and a fondness for the physical stuff.
12 PHX Max Domi, C, London (OHL) The small but outgoing forward's great vision and puck handling ability surpass his father's talents.
13 DET Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
The third London Knight to go in the draft plays a 200 foot game and has been clutch in pressure situations.
14 WPG Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton (WHL) The hard-working center who has leadership qualities is a blend of talent and desire.
15 CBJ Anthony Mantha, LW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) The goal scorer is one of the draft's most talented snipers but needs to find a consistent effort.
16 CBJ
(From MIN)
Josh Morrissey, D,
Prince Albert (WHL)
The dynamic defenseman is the best of the best when it comes to offensive blueliners.
17 Valentin Zykov, RW,
Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
The Russian import is one of the most dangerous players in the draft from the blueline in.
18 Andre Burakovsky, LW,
Malmo (SWE-2)
The creative offensive forward isn't shy to add a dynamic element to his offensive attack.
19 NYI
(From NYR)
Alexander Wennberg, C,
Djurgarden (SWE-2)
The Swedish standout is adept to both creating and finishing plays in the offensive zone.
20 Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL) The natural goal scorer has questions about his ultimate upside but will be serviceable at the professional level.
21 Ryan Hartman, C/RW,
Plymouth (OHL)
The in-your-face forward isn't shy to get under an opponent's skin and has some offensive upside, too.
22 CGY
(From STL)

Ryan Pulock, D,
Brandon (WHL)
The well-rounded defenseman has a lot of offensive upside without sacrificing too much in the way of defense.
23 Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) The most physically imposing prospect in the draft is a heady, two-way leader.
24 Robert Hagg, D,
Modo Jr. (SWE-JR.)
The well rounded defender is strong in his own end and has a big shot with some untapped offensive awareness.
25 Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
The sniper has an NHL release and above average skating but needs to address work habits and intensity level.
26 Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina (OHL) The offensively gifted winger is a puck driven forward who has an incredible release when he's ready to let go of the puck.
(From LAK)
Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL) The steady defenseman shows good fitness and agility which he uses in his two-way game.
28 NJD
(From BOS)
JT Compher, C,
The multi-talented center can play and excel in all situations and is a pain to play against.
29 CGY
(From PIT)
Connor Hurley, C,
Edina (USHS)
The youngest player in the draft has a mixed skill-set with strong skating and natural offense.
30 CHI Samuel Morin, D,
Rimouski (QMJHL)
The imposing defenseman is a rock in his own end and is continually developing his offensive game.
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