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Mock Draft: Paul Mawdsley

by Paul Mawdsley / Calgary Flames

Mawdsley's Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

He is the clear number one choice in this draft and could be a franchise-altering player for the Oilers.

  2.BUF

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

He’d be the first overall pick in almost any other draft. The Sabres get a future star with this pick.

  3.ARI

Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL)

Max Domi doesn’t seem destined to be a centre at the next level, which leaves the Coyotes without a true number one centre. Strome is that guy.

  4.TOR

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

The Leafs have struggled defensively over the past few years and could bolster their back-end with the best defenceman in this year's class.

  5.CAR

Mitchell Marner, C, London (OHL)

The diminutive winger may be as talented as Strome, but his size and inability to stay at centre going forward drop him here.

  6.NJD

Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL)

The Devils like to build from the back out and by adding Provorov, they get stronger defensively and add a future power play quarterback.

  7.PHI

Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL)

The Flyers have a need at left wing and the 6-foot-4 Crouse can fill that need right away.

  8. CBJ

Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (FIN)

With a great shot, good playmaking abilities, and good size, Rantanen could become a top line winger for the Blue Jackets.

  9.SJS

Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL)

While the Sharks have needs on the defensive end, it is time to start thinking about a future replacement for Joe Thornton. Zacha’s two-way game and pure scoring ability make him an enticing option.

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


The Avalanche have a caveat of talent offensively, but have glaring needs defensively. The smooth-skating d-man helps fix some of those issues, while still bringing some offensive fire power.

11.FLA

Timo Meier, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

The average age of the Panthers current right wingers is 33.5 years old. Getting the top ranked winger still on the board fills a big need.

12.DAL

Evgeny Svechnikov, RW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

Strong power forward with good play making ability will help fill a need on the left side for the Stars.

13.LAK

Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle (WHL)

Considered a top-10 pick by some, Barzal drops a bit because of knee injury that cost him a large chunk of time this season. He is a tremendous puck handler with great vision and excellent wrist shot

14.BOS

Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

After trading Johnny Boychuk and losing Zdeno Chara to injury, the Bruins were thin on defence. Chabot brings strong play in his own end and a great skating ability that keeps him in position.

  15.CGY

Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

A smooth-skating defencemen who is strong in his own zone, he makes smart decision with the puck. He adds a cannon of a shot on offence, which will work well in the Flames system as they like to have their defencemen jump up on the play.

  16.EDM

Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrookie (QMJHL)

The Oilers biggest need is on defence, so they will take Roy with their second pick in the first round. He is a gifted two-way defencemen who would certainly help Edmonton in all facets of the game.

  17.WPG

Paul Bittner, LW, Portland (WHL)

He brings some offensive skill and some physicality with his size. Add in a powerful wrist shot and good skating ability and you have a replacement for the departed Evander Kane.

  18.OTT

Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestad (SWE)

He is one of the best skaters in the draft class. With great vision and puck handling, he is a solid two-way defender who can push the offence.

  19.DET

Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa (OHL)

With an aging offensive core, the Red Wings get a very talented player who drops because of his size. Konecny is a great skater with incredible puck handling skills and great hockey sense.

  20.MIN

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad (SWE)

The big two-way forward is a hard-worker in all three zones. While not an elite offensive player, he has the ability to do everything well.

  21.BUF

Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown (QMJHL)

The Dutch-born winger is one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. Pairing him will Eichel would give the Sabres plenty of fire power for the future.

  22. WAS

Kyle Connor, C, Youngstown (USHL)

With some aging forwards, especially on the wing, adding a player like Connor helps the Capitals. He is a great skater with a good shot and great passing ability.

 23.VAN

Jansen Harkins, C, Prince George (WHL)

With Henrik Sedin not getting any younger, the Canucks take a young centre who can possibly create a future 1-2 punch with Bo Horvat.

 24.TOR Filip Chlapik, C, Charlottetown (QMJHL)


After missing out on a number one centre with their first pick, the Leafs take Chlapik who is a good two-way centre. His defensive prowess and offensive upside make him a good bet to contribute at the next level.

 25.WPG

Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current (WHL)

He is a player who can contribute in all zones and make a difference by doing the little things right. Mix in some scoring ability and he can have a big impact.

 26.MTL

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

Should Guryanov leave Russia, he will be a great value pick for the Canadiens. He is a talented power forward with a great shot who is solid in his own zone.

 27.ANA

Brandon Carlo, D, Tri City (WHL)

The Ducks add another big defensive to their stable. Carlo has limited offensive potential, but he brings good awareness and range in his own zone.

 28.TBL

Jacob Larsson, D, Frolunda (SWE-JR)

All round blueliner who utilizes a simple approach with size and sandpaper.

  29.ARI

Nick Merkley, C, Kelowna (WHL)

Merkley is an undersized forward with great offensive ability. While not strong in the defensive zone, he is a good play maker and scorer.

  30.PHI

Brock Boeser, RW, Waterloo (USHL)

The winger is a pure sniper who adds depth to an offence corps.

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