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Mock Draft: Bryce Forbes

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
mock drafts: Torie Peterson | Kristin Hallett | Aaron Vickers
NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final. Picks 29-30 have been listed by regular season standings.
1 Seth Jones, D,

Portland (WHL)
The smooth-skating defenceman will surely become one of the new cornerstones of his favourite team growing up, the Colorado Avalanche.
2 COL Nathan MacKinnon, C,
Halifax (QMJHL)
He’s a franchise-altering player the Florida Panthers can pencil in as No. 1 centre for years to come.
3 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Of the Top 3 selections, he played the best at the World Juniors last year and flew up the charts because of it.
4 NSH Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) The 6-foot-3 centreman put up 48 points this year in the top league in Finland.
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) The combination of size and speed, and his willingness to come over to North America next season makes it too much for the Carolina Hurricanes to pass up.
6 EDM Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa (OHL)
Scouts say he has the potential of a No. 1 centre with scoring upside, exactly what the Flames need.
7 CGY Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
After picking forward after forward in the first round for year, the Edmonton Oilers finally start solidifying their back-end with this bruising defenceman.
8 PHI Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
Despite spending two first rounders last year on centreman, the Sabres take the best player available with Lindholm.
9 BUF Ryan Pulock, D,
Brandon (WHL)
As the Devils continue to revamp their team, they select Pulock, the offensive defenceman from the Brandon Wheat Kings.
10 NJD Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL) Watching him closely in the WHL Playoffs, my pulse rose every time I saw him touch the puck in the offensive zone against the Calgary Hitmen.
11 PHX Nikita Zadorov, D,
London (OHL)
Already 6-foot-5, the Flyers find the big, bruising defenceman they’ve been looking for since Chris Pronger retired.
12 PHX Max Domi, C,
London (OHL)
One of the faster risers of the Entry Draft, Tie’s kid capitalizes on a great OHL playoffs to be selected by the Phoenix Coyotes.
13 DET Robert Hagg, D,
Modo Jr. (SWE-JR.)
The rugged defenceman developed enough during last season to play with the highest level in Sweden.
14 WPG Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (FIN) You can’t teach size and the defenceman from Finland has it. Standing 6-foot-4, he’s already playing against men in his native land.
15 CBJ Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2) A speedy centreman who has shown a scoring touch over in Sweden.
16 CBJ
(From MIN)
Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) At one time, the Medicine Hat Tigers forward was a Top-5 prospect. His slide ends at 16.
17 Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) The reigning QMJHL Rookie of the Year uses his size to his advantage, and has a scoring touch to boot.
18 Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) He doesn’t have the hands to be a scorer at the next-level, but scouts love his size and two-way game.
(From NYR)
Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) The kid knows how to score with 50 markers in the QMJHL, and has great size to boot.
20 Mirco Mueller, D,
Everett (WHL)
Just a strong, smart-minded defenceman on the back-end.
21 TOR Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
Like his teammate in London Max Domi, Horvat used a strong OHL playoffs and extended Memorial Cup run to raise his draft profile.
22 CGY
(From STL)
Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
The son of former NHLer Warren Rychel, luckily for teams he’s shown more offensive ability than his dad ever did.
23 Adam Erne, LW,
Quebec (QMJHL)
Not the sexiest pick of the year, but he forecasts as a strong two-way player at the next level.
24 LAK Ryan Hartman, C/RW, Plymouth (OHL) An agitator with the Plymouth Whalers, he’s shown a scoring touch with more than a point a game last season.
25 VAN Morgan Klimchuk, C, Regina (WHL)
The Calgary native has shown signs to be able to snipe goals with the best of them with the Regina Pats.
26 Joshua Morrissey, D,
Prince Albert (WHL)
He’s the smartest kid in the CHL (he’s got the award to prove it) and that should help him, at least in my opinion.
27 BOS
(From LAK)
Nic Petan, C, Portland (WHL) Lots of questions about his size – he’s only 5-foot-8 – but he scored more points than anyone else this year.
28 BOS
(From PIT)
Dillon Heatherington, D, Swift Current (WHL) Watching him with the Swift Current Broncos in Round 1 against the Calgary Hitmen, he was easily one of the purest skaters on the ice.
29 BOS
(From BOS)
Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL) The lone goalie I have in the first round this year, he back-stopped the Halifax Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup final berth.
30 CHI Artturi Lehkonen, RW, Kalpa (FIN) Hindered by a pair of concussions, he still managed to put up 30 points in 45 games at the top level of Finnish hockey.
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