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Mock Draft: Aaron Vickers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Vickers' Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

Even Patrik Stefan couldn’t miss this empty netter in selecting the best player to come through the draft since Sidney Crosby.

  2.BUF

Jack Eichel, C, Boston University (H-EAST)

Another elite centre is waiting for the Sabres, who chalk up Eichel, who also carries the franchise tag, as another potential franchise player.

  3.ARI

Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL)

It’s not McDavid or Eichel, but the Coyotes will get a big, strong centre to build around that has the potential to anchor their first line.

  4.TOR

Mitchell Marner, RW, London (OHL)

The top offensive winger available in the draft goes to a team desperate to find young, elite offensive talent.

  5.CAR

Noah Hanifan, D, Boston College (H-EAST)

Needing help at all positions, the Hurricanes snatch up the best defenceman available in the draft.

  6.NJD

Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL)

Not far behind Hanifin, Provorov’s offensive upside is impossible to ignore from a team that will be searching for production from the back end.

  7.PHI

Kyle Connor, C, Youngstown (USHL)

Speed, skill and the ability to play multiple positions attract the Flyers to Connor.

  8. CBJ

Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (FIN)

A big, two-way winger in Rantanen serves as an excellent compliment to the youth already in the Blue Jackets system.

  9.SJS

Timo Meier, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

The dynamic winger is the best the QMJHL has to offer the draft, and took great strides in the second half of the season to rocket up the charts.

10.COL Zach Werenski, D, Michigan (BIG TEN)


The Avalanche are able to bolster their blueline with one of the draft’s best defencemen available.

11.FLA

Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL)

Size and skill, along with the ability to play multiple positions makes Zacha an attractive option to the Panthers.

12.DAL

Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL)

The draft’s premiere power forward option has a unique blend of size and skill that can’t be found elsewhere on the wing in the draft.

13.LAK

Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle (WHL)

One of the draft’s top playmaking centres, the oft-injured Barzal finds a home with a team in need of high-end skill in the pipeline.

14.BOS

Evgeny Svechnikov, RW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

Playmaking ability in a large frame makes Svechnikov an intriguing pick for the Bruins.

  15.CGY

Nick Merkley, C, Kelowna (WHL)

The Flames are able to strengthen their forward position with a Calgary product that can play both wing and centre that boasts both character and skill.

  16.EDM

Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk (RUS-JR)

Edmonton’s second pick of the first round allows them to address an area of need in selecting the top-ranked goaltender of the draft in Samsonov.

  17.WPG

Travis Konecny, RW, Ottawa (OHL)

Oft-injured, but speed and skill populate Konecny’s game.

  18.OTT

Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestad (SWE)

One of the draft’s most polarizing players, Kylington has high-risk, high-reward and could benefit from being around Ottawa’s captain.

  19.DET

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad (SWE)

Size, skill and two-way play characterize Eriksson Ek, a player tailor made for Detroit’s system.

  20.MIN

Jeremy Bracco, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

The package isn’t big, but Bracco has speed to burn and skill to match, making him an attractive option in the back end of the first round.

  21.BUF

Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Sprong is among the best offensive talents in the draft, but needs work on the other side and is prone to stretches of inconsistency.

  22. WSH

Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

Behind Provorov, Roy might be the most purely offensively skilled defenceman available in the draft, and would fit in well with Washington.

 23.VAN

Paul Bittner, LW, Portland (WHL)

Bittner is one of the draft’s largest forwards and has the potential to patrol the wing on one of Vancouver’s top two lines down the road.

 24.TOR Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL)


Zboril has plenty to add to Toronto’s pool of defencemen, including a strong two-way game, a bit of an edge and a strong shot from the point.

 25.WPG

Brandon Carlo, D, Tri City (WHL)

One of the draft’s best shutdown defencemen has the desired combination of skating ability and nasty edge to his game.

 26.MTL

Jansen Harkins, C, Prince George (WHL)

The extremely mature Harkins has plenty of leadership ability and can slot in a variety of roles while maintaining some intriguing upside.

 27.TBL

Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

A skilled puck-mover, Chabot has very high upside that will only need maturity to blossom at the next level.

 28.ANA

Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current (WHL)

Flashes of elite offence and grit trademark DeBrusk’s game should allow him to mature into a top-six forward down the road.

  29.ARI

Denis Guryanov, RW, Togliatti Ladya (RUS-JR)

A risk-reward pick, Guryanov has elite goal-scoring ability with an already pro-level release.

  30.PHI

Colin White, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

White is strong in all facets of his two-way game, but doesn’t necessarily have high upside offensively.

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