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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, Tappara (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. He only solidified his draft standing at the Memorial Cup, where he scored two goals in London's OT win over the Huskies.

  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

Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)

Watching Juolevi during the Knights Memorial Cup run in Red Deer pushed me to bump him up on my mock draft. Between his time at the tournament, his tremendous year in London, and unbelievable performance at the World Juniors, he's had a season for the ages. He's a poised, smooth skating defenceman with excellent puck skills and an off-the-charts hockey IQ.

  7.PHI

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.

  8. CBJ

Jakob Chychurn, D, Sarnia (OHL)

Chychrun is known as 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. He'll mesh nicely with the youthful Sabres d-corps which includes the likes of Rasmus Ristolainen, Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe, and Zach Bogosian.

  9.SJS

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.

10.COL 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. He also plays with an edge and is willing to use his size to his advantage.

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, LW, 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

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.

  15.CGY

Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)

Size and physicality combined with pure goal scoring skill ability? Every team wants that and that's what Gauthier could bring to an NHL lineup. He posted 41 goals with Val-d'Or this past year, leading all Foreurs skaters. Gauthier also possesses explosive speed, making him difficult to reign in when he busts into the offensive zone.

  16.EDM

Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)

At 6-foot-1 and 170-pounds, the universal "knock" on Bean is that he needs to bigger to be effective at the next level but Detroit has plenty of patience for their prospects and they won't mind waiting for the defenceman to fill out. He's an incredible skater with excellent vision and can log heavy minutes.

  17.WPG

Charles McAvoy, D, Boston University (NCAA)

As a freshman at BU, McAvoy was immediately able to step in and take on big minutes with the Terriers thanks to his poise and high-end skill set. He likes to describe himself as an offensive defenceman but he doesn't sacrifice his defensive play in his quest to produce.

  18.OTT

German Rubtsov, C, Russia U18 (MHL)

The Flyers have plenty of defensive depth in their system but could use some help down the middle. That help comes in Rubstov. Lauded for his vision and on-ice awareness, he distributes the puck intelligently and makes his linemates better. He's got plenty of skill as well, as he showed at the World Jr. A Challenge where he averaged 1.5 points-per-game.

  19.DET

Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL)

With lots of offensive upside, as his 67 points in 45 games with the Penticton Vees shows, Fabbro is also proficient in his own end and doesn't leave a lot of time or space for his opponents to work with. He's committed to Boston University and could step right into a top-four role with the Terriers next season.

  20.MIN

Kieffer Bellows, LW, NTDP U18 (USHL)

Bellows is a bit like a bull in a china shop on the ice, barrelling through his opposition with his 6-foot-1, 194-pound frame, but his physicality isn't his most noticeable asset. He's an excellent puckhandler and is a finisher, as his 50 goals with the US U18 squad this year proves.

  21.BUF

Luke Kunin, C, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)

With 32 points in 34 games as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Kunin impressed scouts all season with his offensive skill and wickedly accurate, heavy shot. He reads plays well and has a knack for spotting quality scoring opportunities.

  22. WSH

Logan Stanley, D, Windsor (OHL)

With Laine in the fold, the Jets can add a hulking 6-foot-6 defenceman into their prospect pool with Stanley. The rearguard plays with a nasty edge, using his frame to its full advantage, and has seen his stock steadily rise all season thanks to a strong season in Windsor.

 23.VAN

Riley Tufte, LW, Blaine (USHS)

The 6-foot-5 winger has some areas of his game he needs to work on - namely in the defensive zone - but has so much raw talent he could be considered a steal at 23 in a few years. He was dominant at the high school level last year, with 78 points in 25 games, and will take his scoring prowess to Minnesota-Duluth next season. The NCAA will give him time to round out his two-way game.

 24.TOR Alexander DeBrincat, RW, Erie (OHL)


DeBrincat wowed Erie fans all season, posting 101 points in the regular season, but at 5-foot-7 and 161-pounds, his biggest knock is his size. He does play with a bit of edge, however, which makes him hard to contain. He's one of the most dynamic players in this year's draft class and could be a big help for Anaheim's offence down the road.

 25.WPG

Rasmus Asplund, C, Farjestad (SHL)

Asplund, the fourth-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting, turned heads at the World Juniors when he took over for an injured William Nylander on Sweden's top line. He has developed into a steady two-way center with a solid skill set and a strong work ethic.

 26.MTL

Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack (BCHL)

NHL scouts have been making trips out to BC not only to see Penticton's stars but also Cholowski. The blueliner, who scored 12 goals and 40 points last season, has high-end hockey sense and is an excellent skater. He's committed to St. Cloud State next season, where he can add much-need muscle to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame.

 27.ANA

Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)

The Manitoba native has the potential to grow into a power forward at the NHL level thanks to his pro-ready frame, nose for the net, and hard-nosed style of play. He scored 24 goals and registered 64 points in 68 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16.

 28.ANA

Vitali Abramov, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL)

The QMJHL Rookie of the Year caught plenty of scouts eyes thanks to his 38-goal and 93-point season. The smaller winger has top-six skill and speed and would be worth taking a risk on for any team looking to bolster their offence.

  29.ARI

Tage Thompson, C, University of Connecticut (NCAA)

Thompson is a versatile forward who had a solid freshman season with UConn in 2015-16. He led the NCAA with 13 power play goals and and was second in team scoring with 32 points. At 6-foot-5, the forward has room to add muscle and make himself even more effective at the pro level.

  30.ARI

Carl Grundstrom, LW, Modo Hockey (SHL)

His offensive totals with Modo don't leap off the charts at you but the Swedish left winger played very well on the international stage, which should elevate his standing with scouts. He plays a simple, effective style of hockey and is frustrates his opponents with relentless, hard forechecking.

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