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Mock Draft: Jason Johnson

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

Johnson's Draft

Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (SWISS)

The Leafs officially launched a "scorched earth" rebuild last fall and Matthews is a near perfect catalyst to kick-off year two. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound centre made an unorthodox decision to turn pro at the start of last season and suit up with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss league, where he solidified his number one status putting up 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games. Toronto fans are drooling at the thought of Matthews leading the charge along with William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Morgan Reilly.


Patrik Laine, RW, Tapparra (LIIGA)

It's fitting that nearly three decades after drafting Teemu Selanne and watching his record-setting 76-goal rookie campaign that the Jets have a crack at adding another Finnish Flash to their arsenal of prospects. Laine has the ability to be a game-changer with his speed and size and is a pure sniper.


Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (LIIGA)

Luck was on the Blue Jackets' side in the Draft Lottery as they managed to get into the top three to nab Puljujarvi. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward is a nice consolation prize and will provide Columbus with a nice blend of size and high-end skill. His big-league shot will haunt NHL goaltenders for years to come.


Jakob Chychurn, D, Sarnia (OHL)

The Oilers simply can't afford to pass on a blueliner and will look to Chychurn to fill their most pressing organizational need. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenceman possesses a well-rounded two-way game and adds a physical element the Oilers covet.


Pierre-Luc Dubois, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

Dubois gives the Canucks some size up front and will compliment youngsters Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat nicely. The 6-foot3, 201-pound forward vaulted himself all the way up to the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.


Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL)

A prototypical power forward, Tkachuk found the back of the net 30 times for the London Knights, which has a knack for producing top-end talent. Tkachuk has size and an edge to his game which would be a perfect fit for the Flames. His father Keith tormented defenceman and goalies around the league for years and Calgary will look forward to his son doing the same.


Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)

The Coyotes can solidify their blueline nicely by adding Juolevi, an effortless skater who starred for Finland at the World Juniors. Arizona could go with a forward but Juolevi is just too good to pass up.

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Alexander Nylander, RW, Mississauga (OHL)

The younger brother of Maple Leafs' prospect William and son of former Flames forward Michael, the 6-foot-0 and 176-pound forward was named the OHL's rookie of the year. Nylander possesses much of the same type of skill as his father and brother and could be a steal for the Sabres at 8th.


Tyson Jost, RW, Penticton (BCHL)

Jost lit up the BCHL this season with 104 points in 48 games and captured Vern Dye Memorial Trophy recipient as league MVP. He also impressed at the under-18 Championships recently, breaking Connor McDavid's Canadian record for points in the tournament.

10.COL Mikhail Sergachev, D, Windsor (OHL)

The Avs have been searching for help on the back end for a while and Sergachev could fit the bill. The big Russian defenceman notched 47 points with the Spitfires in his first season on North American soil. His 17 goals led the OHL in goal scoring among blueliners and he was just named the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year.


Clayton Keller, C, USA Under-18 (USHL)

The Devils have a history of drafting smaller skilled forwards and Keller is no different. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound forward is as offensively dynamic as any other forward available in the Draft. He chalked up 96 points in just 56 games with the U.S National Under-18 Team and could be the second coming of Zach Parise.

12.DALJake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)

Bean was passed up in the WHL Bantam Draft but has quickly established a name for himself. At 6-foot-0 and 165-pounds, he isn't the biggest blueliner but makes up for it with his ability to make solid decisions on the ice. Bean set a franchise record for defenceman with the Hitmen this season sniping 24 goals.


Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d’Or (QMJHL)

The hulking winger measures in at 6-foot-4, 221-pounds. Gauthier would inject some much needed scoring punch and net-front presence to the 'Canes lineup. The forward was the only draft-eligible player to represent Canada at the World Juniors.


Logan Brown, C, Windsor (OHL)

Brown definitely fits the mold of the Big, Bad Bruins. The 6-foot-6 and 218-pound middle-man could be exactly what Boston fans have been missing since the departure of Milan Lucic. It doesn't hurt that he can put the puck in the net. The 18-year-old scored 21 goals and added 53 assists to finished second in team scoring.

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