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Mock Draft: Jason Johnson

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

Johnson's Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

  2.BUF

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

Not a bad consolation prize for the Sabres. Eichel would be the sure-fire first overall pick if it wasn't for McDavid. Highly skilled, strong skating pivot with size and strength -- what every team covets. Eichel and Evander Kane could make for a deadly due in the very near future.

  3.ARI

Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL)

McDavid's teammate in Erie and linemate for part of the season. Strome can play centre or wing and put up some big numbers racking up 45 goals and 129 points. The 18-year-old already stretches out to 6-foot-3 and will be a force when he fills out.

  4.TOR

Mitchell Marner, C, London (OHL)

This undersized forward's skill set has been compared to that of Patrick Kane. Marner can be a game-breaker and his highlight-reel markers have graced YouTube for the past 18 months or so. The Leafs would prefer Strome but Marner will be a solid addition.

  5.CAR

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

The top ranked blueliner in this year's draft class. Hanifin is projected to round out into a top defenceman for years to come and would be a good fit for Carolina's blueline.

  6.NJD

Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL)

Highly skilled rearguard who can skate and handle the puck. Provorov is a work-horse at both ends of the ice with an edge to his game and can anchor the Devil's blueline for many years.

  7.PHI

Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (FIN)

His strong outing for Finland at the 2015 World Championships where he tallied four goals raised his stock slightly. A big body who can play a power game with a big time shot.

  8. CBJ

Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL)

A big, tough power forward who plays a heavy game -- exactly the type of player the Blue Jackets are looking for. It would be great for Crouse to be reunited with his former Kingston teammate Sam Bennett in Calgary but he won't drop that far down.

  9.SJS

Zach Werenski, D, Michigan (BIG TEN)

A prominent fixture on Michigan's blueline, Werenski has a nice blend of size and hockey IQ. A smart two-way defenceman who would make a great partner with 24-year-old Brenden Dillon on San Jose's back end. Werenski, 17, was the youngest player in NCAA hockey this past season.

10.COL Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL)


High-risk, high-reward. This highly skilled forward also has size and grit but his knock is that he plays too much like an individual. If he figures it out, the Avs will benefit.

11.FLA

Timo Meier, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)

A big, strong Swiss winger who lit up the QMJHL last season with 44 goals and 90 points playing on Halifax's top line with the help of Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers. For good measure Meier put up another 21 points in 14 playoff games as Halifax fell short in their bid for the President's Cup.

12.DAL

Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle (WHL)

A dangerous offensive weapon for the Thuderbirds last season, Barzal possesses playmaking skills that could make him a successor for Jason Spezza after his time in Dallas is up.

13.LAK

Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

With the majority of the Kings' blueine getting into the late 20's, this puck moving defenceman could turn out to be a key piece of Los Angeles' core in the future.

14.BOS

Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa OHL)

The Bruins will need help in the middle soon given their salary cap challenges and Konecny could turn out to be a mid-round steal. The 18-year-old is looked at as a natural leader and a character guy. He collected 29 goals and 68 points in 60 games with the Ottawa 67's last season.

  15.CGY

Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

The Flames need to add blueliner prospects more than anything and Chabot fits the bill. A mobile puck-moving defenceman who brings offence and intelligence to the back-end. Needs to add some muscle to his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame but took a huge leap in Central Scouting’s rankings midway through the season. Chabot racked up 12 goals and 42 points in 66 games with Saint John last season.

  16.EDM

Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City (WHL)

At 6-foot-5 and 196-pounds, this blueliner is exactly what the Oilers covet. If they don't move this pick for help on the blueline for the upcoming season Carlo would be a good pick to help solidify their blueline for the future.

  17.WPG

Kyle Connor, C, Youngstown (USHL)

A highly skilled, creative pivot with explosive speed. Conner topped all scorers in the USHL last season and will test his skills with the University of Michigan in the upcoming season.

  18.OTT

Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

A well-rounded defenceman who could slot into Ottawa's top-four eventually. Roy possesses good hockey sense with plenty of poise. He was Sherbrooke's top scoring defenceman last season and had 38 assists in 46 games.

  19.DET

Joel Ek Eriksson, C, Farjestad (SWE)

His big league shot is his greatest asset and is what fueled his 21 goal performance with Farjestad last season. The Red Wings covet highly skilled Europeans and Ek Eriksson falls into that category.

  20.MIN

Nick Merkley, RW, Kelowna (WHL)

A Calgary native who is undersized but makes up for it with his character. Merkley was a big part of Kelowna's offence last season leading the team in scoring with 20 goals and 90 points in 20 games.

  21.BUF

Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestad (SWE)

A superior skater who can read the play and move the puck. Would be a great fit in Buffalo with their abundance of young talent and could quarterback the power play.

  22. WAS

Evgeny Svechnikov, RW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

A big, skilled winger that enjoyed success in his first season playing in North America. The 18-year-old scored 32 goals in 55 games with Cape Breton in the QMJHL but also has a knack for setting up goals. He could be a future linemate of Alex Ovechkin.

 23.VAN

Jeremy Bracco, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

Small in stature but big in skill and heart, Bracco is one of the most talented players on the NTDP U18 squad. He has excellent puck skills and is a gifted passer who reads the game at a high level.

 24.TOR Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping (SWE)


The Leaf's will continue to drive Don Cherry crazy by selecting a Swedish defenceman. Carlsson is a 6-foot-4 shutdown defender who is a good skater and high hockey IQ. He could be a good addition in Toronto's 'scorched earth' rebuild.

 25.WPG

Noah Juulsen, D, Everett (WHL)

A strong skating defenceman that can quarterback the powerplay and match up against the opposing team's top unit. Juulsen would be a fine additional to Winnipeg's growing list of highly ranked prospects.

 26.MTL

Filip Chlapik, C, Charlottetown (QMJHL)

The Czech born pivot can play in any situation and scored 33 goals in his rookie season with Charlotttown of the QMJHL. Chlapik is a two-way centre with skill that could be a nice addition to the Canadiens roster.

 27.ANA

Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current (WHL)

The Ducks are set on the blueline for many years to come so they will look to complement their already talented group of forwards. Plenty of skill in this son of former NHLer Louie DeBrusk. The winger brings some jam to the table and tallied 42 goals with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.

 28.TBL

Colin White, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

Chalk up yet another character addition for the Lightning who have rebuilt their roster into a highly competitive team the past few years. White's combination of skill and hockey IQ will make him a target for Steve Yzerman.

  29.ARI

Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown (QMJHL)

A natural goal scorer, Sprong brings a healthy blend of offence and competitiveness. The Dutch born forward collected 39 goals last season with Charlottetown and the Flyers will need some skill upfront as they begin to dismantle their roster in an attempt to fix their salary cap issues.

  30.PHI
Paul Bittner, LW, Portland (WHL)

A big power forward that can put the puck in the net. He could play a big part in Arizona’s future as they get set to embark on significant rebuild.

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