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Adam Kimelman mini-mock Draft @NHLdotcom

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1 COL Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
Franchise blueliner grew up an Avs fan and learned to skate in the Denver suburbs
2 FLA Nathan MacKinnon, C,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Panthers lose Lottery, but still are able to land the most gifted offensive player in the draft
3 TBL Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)

Already excelling against men in top Finnish pro league and won't turn 18 until September

4 NSH Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL) The dynamic offensive performer needs to get stronger, but skill earned him his league's MVP and best pro prospect award
5 CAR Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (RUS) Talented power forward met every challenge thrown his way; helped Russia win bronze at WJC, earned promotion to KHL
6 CGY Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa (OHL)
Smart, skilled center plays a 200-foot game and can be the foundation of the Flames' rebuilding effort
7 EDM Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Fast-rising blueliner comes from an athletic family -- dad played in the CFL, uncle is Donovan McNabb
8 BUF Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Versatile forward excelled while being the target of every team he faced
9 NJD Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
Playmaker with great skating ability and vision already excelling in Swedish Elite League
10 DAL Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) Big, talented center can put up points, and is equally well-regarded for his skating and defensive ability
11 PHI Rasmus Ristolainen, D,
Big, tough, nasty blueliner is something the Flyers have needed since Chris Pronger left the lineup
12 PHX Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) Big, strong and talented power forward put up 50 goals this season
13 WPG Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Skilled with the puck, but also able to use size and strength to his advantage
14 CBJ Mirco Mueller, D,
Everett (WHL)
Swiss-born blueliner could be reunited in Columbus with Everett defense partner Ryan Murray
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