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Mock Draft: Aaron Vickers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames
mock drafts:  Kristin Hallett | Torie Peterson

NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final. Picks 29-30 have been listed by regular season standings.
1 COL Aaron Ekblad, D,
Barrie (OHL)
Hulking defenceman is at the top of his class among blueliners and ready to step into the NHL next season.
2 COL Sam Reinhart, C,
Kootenay (WHL)
The smartest forward in the draft has plenty of pedigree and the elite hockey sense and vision teams covet down the middle.
3 TBL Leon Draisaitl, C,
Prince Albert (WHL)
The blend of size, skill and ability at both ends lends a dimension that few forwards possess in this year’s class.
4 NSH Sam Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL) Central Scouting’s top-ranked North American skater shares the high-end skill level but adds an element of grit and physicality that is becoming highly coveted.
5 CAR Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL) Size and speed are key for a potential power forward who should be able to both start and finish plays at the next level.
6 EDM William Nylander, RW,
Modo (SWE)
Already battle-tested against men, the son of former NHLer Michael could be ready to show his great hands and offensive instincts in North America.
7 CGY Haydn Fleury, D,
Red Deer (WHL)
Another elite-level defenceman who already has NHL size and shows a strong skating stride to match his poise and maturity.
8 TOR Brendan Perlini, LW,
  Niagara (OHL)
A speedy forward with the size and ability to protect the puck well in the offensive zone, which compliments his nose for the net.
9 BUF Jake Virtanen, RW, Calgary (WHL) The most explosive combination of speed and physicality in the draft can be a game-breaker when he puts his mind to it.
10 NJD
(From OTT)
Kasperi Kapanen, RW,
  Kuopio (FIN)
Central Scouting’s top-ranked European skater is the son of former NHLer Sami and shares many of his slick offensive skills.
11 PHX Nikolaj Ehlers, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Few are as slick, flashy and share the same ability to break open a game with a single play by digging into a seemingly endless bag of tricks.
12 PHX Sonny Milano, LW,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
A highly skilled forward whose dazzling hands are only matched by the creativity he has to use them.
13 Jared McCann, C,
Sault Ste Marie (OHL)
One of the more complete players in this year’s draft class who can be a threat at one end and neutralize another in the other.
14 WPG Nick Ritchie, LW,
Peterborough (OHL)
Durability is a question, but his blend of size and power makes him the most effective power forward in the draft.
15 CBJ Dylan Larkin, C,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
Though not as offensively talented as peers at the top of the draft class, his two-way game and high compete make him an attractive grab.
16 CBJ
Robby Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL) Memorable Memorial Cup run re-enforced his upside as a dynamic scorer with a quick release and the potential to carry it forward into the pro ranks.
17 Alex Tuch, RW,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
A big-bodied winger with a power game who has the ability to fill a variety of roles will be a valued commodity on draft day.
18 Kevin Fiala, LW, HV71 (SWE-JE) A small, but high-octane forward creates plenty of space for himself with the puck on his stick via shifty movements and quick hands.
19 David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-AL) Battle tested against men, the Czech forward is an effective trigger man who needs little time and space to get the puck to the back of the net.
20 WSH Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (HEA) The top-ranked goaltender is already facing competition up to six years his senior, has plenty up upside and has the makings of being a top-flight tender.
21 TOR Nick Schmaltz, RW,
Green Bay (USHL)
Highly-skilled pivot with quick jump has incredible upside but is still searching for consistency in his game.
22 CGY Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL) The most offensively gifted defenceman in the draft has an incredible set of tools, but also red flags surrounding  about maturity.
23 Ivan Barbashev, C, Moncton (QMJHL) A pro-calibre release and good intuition mixed with a scrappy edge and a desire to finish checks makes for an intriguing combination.
Adrian Kempe, C, Modo (SWE) A strong, two-way forward who lacks sizzle but brings other tools to the table that make him a first round pick.
25 Jakub Vrana, RW, Linkoping (SWE) Rough around the edges, but there are some star qualities present that should help make him a more effective player down the road.
26 Jack Dougherty, D,
USA Under-18 (USNP)
A rough-and-tumble blueliner who shows plenty of battle, smarts in his own end and an ability to keep the puck out of harm’s way.
27 BOS Ryan Donato, C, Dexter (NEDI) A great hockey IQ helps fuel an impressive two-way game that doesn’t compromise his offensive potential.
(From NYR)
Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL) A speedy, shifty forward who shows his exceptional vision in the offensive end, but lacks commitment and consistency in his efforts all over the ice.
29 Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL) Big leadership capabilities follow a diverse set of skills that are on display on all 200 feet of ice.
30 BOS Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL) Son of former NHLer Claude, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in terms of what is brought on the ice game-to-game.
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