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Mock Draft: Torie Peterson

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Peterson's Draft
  1.EDM

Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (SWISS)

Even with Laine's surge, Matthews remains the top talent in the 2016 draft class. A generational talent.

  2.BUF

Patrik Laine, RW, Tapparra (LIIGA)

An elite sniper, it's a pretty sure bet Laine will light the lamp for the Jets as soon as he enters the NHL and will be a fan favourite with the Winnipeg crowd for years to come.

  3.ARI

Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (LIIGA)

Slightly overshadowed by his countryman Laine, Puljujarvi will be an excellent pick-up for 'Lumbus. Known for his playmaking skills and incredible hockey sense, the winger can also finish thanks to his heavy, accurate shot.

  4.TOR

Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL)

Yes, the Oilers have plenty of skilled forwards ... but can they pass up on the top power forward available in the draft? He plays with a nasty edge but has plenty of skill, as his 107-point season shows.

  5.CAR

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

Not only can Dubois produce plenty of offence, he plays a very responsible game in his own end. His strong two-way game could be a boon for Vancouver.

  6.NJD

Alexander Nylander, RW, Mississauga (OHL)

Offensive creativity and speed: two traits the youngest Nylander is known for. The right winger possesses skill in spades, always finding new ways to outsmart his opponents, and could stickhandle in a phone booth. He averaged 1.32 points-per-game in his rookie OHL season with the Steelheads and played a big role for Sweden at the World Juniors.

  7.PHI

Jakob Chychurn, D, Sarnia (OHL)

The Coyotes add some much-needed depth to their defence corps with Chychurn, a two-way defenceman with a pro-ready frame and a high hockey IQ. There aren't a lot of holes in his game and he may be able to make the leap to the NHL faster than most defencemen.

  8. CBJ

Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)

Often compared to Olli Maatta, Juolevi is a smooth skater who plays a strong two-way game. He's poised with a puck, making smart decisions with the puck and doesn't panic under pressure. He really elevated his game at the 2016 World Juniors, where he captured gold with Finland.

  9.SJS

Mikhail Sergachev, D, Windsor (OHL)

The offensively-minded blueliner is one of the best skaters among this year's draft-eligible defencemen. He can hit top speed in a few strides and uses his explosiveness to leap into the rush. Sergachev also plays with an edge and is willing to use his size to his advantage.

10.COL Michael McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)


One of the Steelheads most responsible forwards, McLeod made big gains offensively in his second OHL season. He registered 61 points in 57 skates and was second in team scoring. More of a playmaker, his vision allows him to find teammates all over the ice and set them up for scoring chances.

11.FLA

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

Dubbed as a creative genius by some scouts, Keller's skill is the off the charts. At 5-foot-10, he's one of the smaller players on the ice but his size hasn't been a detriment. He flies past his opposition and slides away from hits, getting in open ice and finding endless ways to burn defenders.

12.DALTyson Jost, RW, Penticton (BCHL)


The best player in the BCHL, Jost is a speedy goal scorer with strong hockey sense. He reads plays very well and is willing to battle in the hard areas of the ice to gain or maintain possession. Jost put up a whooping 104 points in 48 games with the Vees this season.

13.LAK

Max Jones, LW, London (OHL)

With a plethora of talented defencemen in their pipeline, the Hurricanes can add a powerful winger into the mix with Jones. He has some nastiness to his game, high skill level, and wants to be an impact player every game. He is also a strong skater and tough to knock off balance.

14.BOS

Logan Brown, C, Windsor (OHL)

Brown is a big boy. At 6-foot-6 and 218-pounds, he's a hulking presence on the ice. He has more speed than one would expect for a player of his stature and is steady on his skates. Brown is a playmaker who could stand to be a bit more selfish with the puck as he also has the skill to finish. He finished second in team scoring this year with 21 goals and 74 points in 59 games.

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