|1 || ||Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL) || |
Big defenseman has NHL size (6-foot-3, 213 pounds), and game and maturity make him most NHL-ready prospect available.
|2 || ||Sam Reinhart, C, |
Off-the-charts hockey IQ makes him strong foundation for Sabres to set their rebuilding efforts around.
|3 || ||Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL) || |
Size up the middle is needed desperately, and the 6-1, 208-pound German-born center would be a good fit.
|4 || ||Samuel Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL) || |
Feisty two-way center will make a nice complement to 2013 first-round pick Sean Monahan.
|5 || || |
Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
Power forward another strong piece to put around captain John Tavares. Showcased skills with 39 goals and 95 points in 67 games.
|6 || || |
Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL)
Power forward with great speed had 45 goals in 71 games. Offseason shoulder surgery shouldn't be something that plagues him long-term.
|7 || || |
Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Smart, skilled center would give Hurricanes great depth down the middle.
|8 || || |
Nicholas Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
Defense might be area of more immediate need, but passing on this big, talented power forward would be too tough.
|9 || || |
Kasperi Kapanen, RW, KalPa (FIN)
Shoulder issues part of what Kapanen called a season he'd like to forget, but scouts saw enough to know how skilled a power forward he can be.
|10 || (From OTT) ||Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL) || |
Ducks add another talented power forward to their strong pipeline of front-line talent; had 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games.
|11 || || |
William Nylander, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
Smart, crafty playmaker knows how to put the puck in the net; will need time to get bigger and stronger but likely will be worth the wait.
|12 || || |
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
Danish-born forward showcased electric skills in his first season in North America, with 49 goals and 104 points in 63 games.
|13 || || |
Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
Big, strong defender (6-2, 208) has talented offensive game. Has the look of a cornerstone defenseman.
|14 || || |
Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)
The Finn made his first season in North America a special one, showcasing his offensive gifts with 16 goals and 56 points in 62 games.
|15 || || |
Jack Dougherty, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
Red Wings have added youth and skill to their forward group the past few years; now is the time to focus on smart, skilled defensemen.
|16 || || |
Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)
Big and strong (6-foot, 195), with an outstanding shot from the point; he trains with Gary Roberts, so there's no questioning his conditioning.
|17 || || |
Alex Tuch, C/RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Power forward fits the Flyers' mold: He's big (6-4, 213), skilled (29 goals, 63 points in 61 games) and can play a physical game.
|18 || || |
Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (H-EAST)
The best goaltender in the draft fills a big organizational need; excelled in freshman college season despite being youngest player in NCAA hockey (turns 19 Dec. 8); likely U.S. starter at 2015 World Juniors.
|19 || || |
Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Talented but feisty forward will take his developing game to Boston College; had 29 goals and 87 points in 58 games.
|20 || || |
Dylan Larkin, C, USNTDP (USHL)
Skilled center more than willing to go into the dirty areas of the ice to battle for pucks; will spend some time at the University of Michigan developing his game.
|21 || || |
Nikita Scherbak, LW, Saskatoon (WHL)
Versatile forward had an outstanding first North American season with 28 goals and 78 points in 65 games.
|22 || || |
Joshua Ho-Sang, C/RW, Windsor (OHL)
Penguins need skilled forwards to play alongside their talented centers, and there are few with better offensive games than this 5-11, 175-pound player.
|23 || || |
Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)
At 5-10, 170 pounds he'll never be the biggest player on the ice, but with his high-end offensive game, it won't matter.
|24 || || |
Ryan MacInnis, C, Kitchener (OHL)
After nice first season in OHL, the 6-3, 185-pound forward only needs to continue getting stronger to take his game to the next level.
|25 || || |
Adrian Kempe, RW, Modo Jr. (SWE-JR)
Power forward is a straight-line player who knows how to get to the net. Also knows how to play in the defensive zone and is a useful penalty killer.
|26 || || |
Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
His size (5-9, 178) certainly wasn't an issue this season while he was piling up 38 goals and 94 points in 67 games.
|27 || || |
Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)
Got better as season went on, winning OHL playoff MVP and helping team reach Memorial Cup; scouts certainly liked what they saw.
|28 || |
|Ivan Barbashev, LW, Moncton (QMJHL) || |
Good playmaker with quick hands allowed him to total 25 goals and 68 points in 48 games; gained experience helping Russia win bronze medal at 2014 World Juniors.
|29 || || |
Jakub Vrana, C, Linkoping (SWE-2)
Creative, skilled, Czech-born center was a point-per-game player in Swedish junior league and looked good in his time at the top level.
|30 || || |
Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL)
He patterns his game after his father, Claude Lemieux, who did pretty well in his time with the Devils.