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Mock Draft: Andrew Schopp

by Andrew Schopp / Calgary Flames

Schopp's Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

The most highly-touted prospect to hit the draft since Sidney Crosby, McDavid delivers the full package; speed, skill, and leadership to carry the torch for the Oilers and shine a bright light on the team's future.

  2.BUF

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

A hulking centre with a staunch work ethic, Eichel's natural scoring ability and willingness to do the dirty work in his own end gives the Sabres a solid one-two punch down the middle along with last year's No. 2 pick Sam Reinhart.

  3.ARI

Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL)

With his linemate McDavid out of the lineup, Strome tallied 35 points in 21 games to break out of the shadow of this year's consenus No. 1 pick.

  4.TOR

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

A total package defenceman with a wicked shot that will serve him well anchoring the Maple Leafs' power play.

  5.CAR

Mitchell Marner, C, London (OHL)

One of three London Knights to surpass 100 points this season, Marner's explosive 44 goals and 82 assists came from slick skating, shooting, and strong vision to put him just one point behind Strome in the OHL scoring race.

  6.NJD

Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle (WHL)

Utilizing speed and vision, Barzal carved out a niche as one of the best playmakers in Western Canada, where he tallied 12 goals and 45 assists for the T-Birds in a season mired by a knee injury.

  7.PHI

Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL)

The WHL's highest scoring rookie this season, Provorov is as much poised as he is intelligent with the ability and willingness to deliver bone-crushing hits to compliment his offensive abilities.

  8. CBJ

Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (FIN)

A 2015 World Junior Championship standout, Rantanen possesses a sniper's shot and hulking 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame to make him dangerous in all three zones.

  9.SJS

Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL)

A prototypical power forward who uses his big frame, strong hockey sense, and physicality to create space for himself and his teammates.

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


Possessing size, strength, and offensive upside, Werenski has all the makings of a NHL defenceman who would pair well with Avalanche fleet-footed blueliner Tyson Barrie.

11.FLA

Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestad (SWE)

Although a lack of consistency has seen his stock slide, Kylington is a risky pick who can pay off big and fill a void on the Panthers' defensive corps, which lacks a true offensive defenceman.

12.DAL

Kyle Connor, C, Youngstown (USHL)

The USHL's 2014-15 scoring champion is fast, has a great shot, and handles the puck with ease.

13.LAK

Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL)

The swift power forward played with men in his native Czech Republic before taking his big 6-foot-3, 214-pound frame to the OHL where he was often dominant in a season cut short by injuries and suspensions.

14.BOS

Timo Meier, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Utilized his heavy shot to net 44 goals with the Mooseheads this season while introducing a physical element to his game.

  15.CGY

Nick Merkley, RW, Kelowna (WHL)

His small size never proved to a be a problem for Merkley, who as a 17-year-old was the leading scorer on a Rockets squad loaded with future NHL players.

  16.EDM

Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

A versatile, two-way defenceman with a wicked shot adds depth to a depleted Oilers blueline.

  17.WPG

Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa (OHL)

Produced at a high level on an underperforming 67's squad. A character forward whose leadership skills and natural ability make up for his lack of size.

  18.OTT

Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current (WHL)

With a combination of raw talent and relentlessness, the speedy Broncos winger netted 42 goals to help the WHL club sneak into the playoffs.

  19.DET


Evgeny Svechnikov, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

After a brief three-game stint with men in Russia’s KHL, the quick-footed winger became a deadly offensive weapon for the Screaming Eagles with his speed and creativity with the puck.

  20.MIN

Colin White, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

High level drive and determination should see White, a solid two-way forward, eager to bounce back from a 2014-15 season hampered by injury and illness that limited him to just 20 games and little exposure.

  21.BUF

Jakob Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

Loaded with prospects up front, the Sabres stock up defensively with this physical, two-way blueliner.

  22. WAS

Brock Boeser, RW, Waterloo (USHL)

Jumped right into the highest level of junior hockey in the U.S. from high school and thrived to become one of the league's top scorers with his heavy shot and ruggedness.

 23.VAN

Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

Nearly doubling his 2013-14 numbers this year, Chabot has improved tremendously, breaking out as a solid offensive defenceman with strong hockey sense and vision.

 24.TOR Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown (QMJHL)


Looking to become the first Dutch-born player selected in the first round, Sprong's ability to be offensively dominant coupled with his awareness in the back-end will get him there.

 25.WPG

Jansen Harkins, C, Prince George (WHL)

Led the offensive charge to help lift a mediocre Cougars squad into the WHL playoffs with his elite hockey sense and compete level

 26.MTL

Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City (WHL)

A big, punishing defenceman is just what the Canadiens have been pining for. With offensive upside, Carlo fits the bill in spades.

 27.ANA

Paul Bittner, LW, Portland (WHL)

His big frame and ruggedness served Bittner well playing with the offensively-charged Winterhawks' Nic Petan and Oliver Bjorkstrand, who helped the power forward find his scoring touch.

 28.TBL


Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad (SWE)

A strong two-way forward with natural scoring ability adds depth to one of the NHL's elite teams.

  29.ARI


Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk (RUS-JR)

The Flyers, a team that has been searching for goaltender for what seems to be decades, roll the dice on the Russian backstop, who impressed this season at both the club and international levels.

  30.PHI
Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping (SWE)


Standing at 6-foot-4 and 183-pounds, he could fair well paired with fellow Swede Oliver Ekman-Larson on the ‘Yotes blueline

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