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Fantasy mock draft 1.0 analysis for 2018-19

Matthews, Tavares go back-to-back in first round; Eichel, Dahlin form potential stack; five Jets players go in first three rounds

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

With the 2018 NHL Draft and free agency behind us, fantasy mock draft season is officially underway.

NHL.com fantasy writers Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and David Satriano collaborated on a preliminary 12-team (16 players per team) standard-category mock draft with each writer being responsible for four teams. Using the top 250 rankings and various strategies, these writers simulated a draft where all 12 fantasy owners are well-researched and aware of trends and lineups around the NHL. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250 rankings | Impact of Tavares' decision | Cheat sheet

 

NOTES: This was a non-keeper mock draft with standard categories (goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal for skaters; wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies). … Positions indicate eligibility in Yahoo leagues from last season. … In addition to any current unrestricted or restricted free agents, any potential 2019 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are also noted below. ... INJ. indicates players with injury concerns.

 

ROUND 1

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (Team 1 - Reese)

2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (Team 2 - Jensen)

3. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (Team 3 - Satriano)

4. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (Team 4 - Reese)

5. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (Team 5 - Jensen)

6. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG** (Team 6 - Satriano)

7. Auston Matthews, C, TOR** (Team 7 - Reese)

8. John Tavares, C, TOR (Team 8 - Jensen)

9. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (Team 9 - Satriano)

10. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL* (Team 10 - Reese)

11. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (Team 11 - Jensen)

12. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG* (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: McDavid was the most-logical choice at No. 1 after improving his NHL-best point total (108 last season; 100 in 2016-17) and being plus-20 even with the Edmonton Oilers' regression. ... Matthews went just ahead of Tavares; the elite Toronto Maple Leafs centers will likely be taken with back-to-back picks in many drafts this fall. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins each had two players taken in the first round. No defensemen or goaltenders went in the opening round, and none of last season's Hart Trophy finalists were selected.

Video: TBL@BOS, Gm4: Pastrnak shows off hand-eye for PPG

 

ROUND 2

13. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (Team 12 - Satriano)

14. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (Team 11 - Jensen)

15. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (Team 10 - Reese)

16. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (Team 9 - Satriano)

17. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL (Team 8 - Jensen)

18. Artemi Panarin, C/LW, CBJ* (Team 7 - Reese)

19. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (Team 6 - Satriano)

20. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI (Team 5 - Jensen)

21. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (Team 4 - Reese)

22. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD - INJ. (Team 3 - Satriano)

23. Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (Team 2 - Jensen)

24. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Hellebuyck went ahead of Vasilevskiy as the first goalie off the board and completed a safe Winnipeg Jets stack. The Dallas Stars duo of Seguin and Benn are stackable if you have two picks among the top 15. Panarin was taken much higher than his NHL.com rank (29), but it's definitely warranted given the Columbus Blue Jackets left wing's upside in his contract year. As surprising as it may be to see MacKinnon go in the second round, Stamkos could be the biggest steal of this frame on a line with Kucherov for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Byfuglien was the first defenseman off the board at No. 23, much different from years past where Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson have been first round targets. Six left wings were taken in the first two rounds, far more than in years past.

 

ROUND 3

25. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL - INJ. (Team 1 - Reese)

26. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (Team 2 - Jensen)

27. Brent Burns, D, SJS (Team 3 - Satriano)

28. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (Team 4 - Reese)

29. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (Team 5 - Jensen)

30. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (Team 6 - Satriano)

31. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (Team 7 - Reese)

32. Erik Karlsson, D, OTT* (Team 8 - Jensen)

33. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (Team 9 - Satriano)

34. P.K. Subban, D, NSH (Team 10 - Reese)

35. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (Team 11 - Jensen)

36. Victor Hedman, D, TBL (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: A high-end Russian forward stack was completed on the wraparound with Kuznetsov and Tarasenko (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp. The Ilya Kovalchuk intrigue influenced the Kopitar pick over Bergeron and Scheifele, who were both ranked higher in NHL.com's top 250. Offseason improvements and the addition of Rasmus Dahlin led to Eichel being picked over Bergeron and Scheifele, who play for much safer teams. Scheifele marked the fifth Jets player taken in the first three rounds, most of any NHL team. The team that took Tavares earlier missed out on Marner to the team that took Matthews earlier, proof that stacking Maple Leafs could be difficult given the fantasy hype surrounding that team. This is much later than expected for Bergeron, but the stack with Marchand brings insane value. Andersen was reached for as the No. 3 goalie because of clear 40-win potential with Tavares boosting an already strong offense (38 wins last season).

 

ROUND 4

37. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (Team 12 - Satriano)

38. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (Team 11 - Jensen)

39. Braden Holtby, G, WSH (Team 10 - Reese)

40. Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (Team 9 - Satriano)

41. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (Team 8 - Jensen)

42. Seth Jones, D, CBJ (Team 7 - Reese)

43. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (Team 6 - Satriano)

44. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ* (Team 5 - Jensen)

45. John Klingberg, D, DAL (Team 4 - Reese)

46. Roman Josi, D, NSH (Team 3 - Satriano)

47. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (Team 2 - Jensen)

48. Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Three selections in a six-pick span were goalies after three players at the position were taken in the first three rounds combined. The bounce-back appeal of Draisaitl was more intriguing than safe veterans Joe Pavelski and Jakub Voracek. Draisaitl still reached 70 points last season and has much room for improvement on the power play (11 PPP). It was surprising to see Kane go before his San Jose Sharks linemate Pavelski, but the left wing has a high floor of category coverage. Barkov and Quick could be potential steals given the offseason improvements and offensive firepower of the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings.

 

ROUND 5

49. John Carlson, D, WSH (Team 1 - Reese)

50. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* (Team 2 - Jensen)

51. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK (Team 3 - Satriano)

52. Matt Murray, G, PIT (Team 4 - Reese)

53. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (Team 5 - Jensen)

54. Pekka Rinne, G, NSH* (Team 6 - Satriano)

55. Ben Bishop, G, DAL - INJ. (Team 7 - Reese)

56. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK** (Team 8 - Jensen)

57. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (Team 9 - Satriano)

58. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN - INJ.** (Team 10 - Reese)

59. Mikko Rantanen, LW/RW, COL** (Team 11 - Jensen)

60. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: The MacKinnon-Rantanen stack was obtained within the top 60, and Rantanen should be easily attainable among the top 75. Rinne, who finished first among goalies in Yahoo last season, tumbled in this mock because of age (35), contract status (potential 2019 UFA) and concerns of Juuse Saros cutting into his playing time. Barzal was selected 10 spots behind his NHL.com rank (50). With Tavares gone, Barzal will shoulder a heavy workload on the Islanders' top line, which should mean another productive season but also a step back facing the opponent's best competition. The Anaheim Ducks have had a quiet offseason, but Getzlaf had 61 points (11 goals 50 assists) in 56 games and is as safe of a fantasy bet as you'll find outside the first four rounds.

Video: Barzal wins Calder Trophy, joins Islanders greats

 

ROUND 6

61. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (Team 12 - Satriano)

62. Martin Jones, G, SJS (Team 11 - Jensen)

63. Sean Monahan, C, CGY - INJ. (Team 10 - Reese)

64. Torey Krug, D, BOS (Team 9 - Satriano)

65. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (Team 8 - Jensen)

66. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR** (Team 7 - Reese)

67. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (Team 6 - Satriano)

68. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (Team 5 - Jensen)

69. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (Team 4 - Reese)

70. John Gibson, G, ANA (Team 3 - Satriano)

71. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (Team 2 - Jensen)

72. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY - INJ.** (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Dahlin was selected within the top 70, making the Buffalo Sabres rookie the 13th defenseman off the board. Although this pick may seem like a reach, the Eichel-Dahlin stack could return value if Buffalo's power play reverts back to its NHL-leading 24.5 percent from 2016-17. Team 4 had already taken Klingberg as the first defenseman, adding insurance to the Dahlin pick. All three fantasy writers recommend taking Dahlin as a No. 2 fantasy defenseman. In most drafts, it's safe to assume Gibson and Fleury might be taken in earlier rounds.

 

ROUND 7

73. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (Team 1 - Reese)

74. Keith Yandle, D, FLA (Team 2 - Jensen)

75. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (Team 3 - Satriano)

76. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (Team 4 - Reese)

77. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR (Team 5 - Jensen)

78. Kris Letang, D, PIT (Team 6 - Satriano)

79. Brayden Point, C/RW, TBL** (Team 7 - Reese)

80. Sean Couturier, C, PHI - INJ. (Team 8 - Jensen)

81. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (Team 9 - Satriano)

82. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (Team 10 - Reese)

83. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (Team 11 - Jensen)

84. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: This is the first time in years that Letang went outside the top 15 defensemen and top 75 overall. After a breakout 76-point (31 goals, 45 assists) season, Couturier was selected at No. 80. The Flyers signed free-agent left wing James van Riemsdyk, who should improve their top six and power play. It remains to be seen whether Couturier will maintain his elite fantasy standing, but he's a lock for another 50-plus point season if he stays healthy in a loaded top six. Keller was selected 11 spots higher than his top 250 rank (94), but his tri-eligibility and the Arizona Coyotes' offseason improvements made the 19-year-old worth reaching for.

 

ROUND 8

85. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI - INJ.* (Team 12 - Satriano)

86. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (Team 11 - Jensen)

87. Tyson Barrie, D, COL (Team 10 - Reese)

88. Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN (Team 9 - Satriano)

89. Antti Raanta, G, ARI (Team 8 - Jensen)

90. Mark Giordano, D, CGY (Team 7 - Reese)

91. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL (Team 6 - Satriano)

92. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (Team 5 - Jensen)

93. Jake Allen, G, STL (Team 4 - Reese)

94. Mark Stone, RW, OTT (INJ.)* (Team 3 - Satriano)

95. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR - RFA (Team 2 - Jensen)

96. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS** (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: After signing a three-year contract with Arizona, Raanta looks to be the No. 1 goalie for years to come. He was one of the most-valuable fantasy goalies from Jan. 1 to the end of the season, going 16-6-4 with a .942 save percentage (first; min 12 games) in the final 27 games. If this trend continues into next season, Raanta should be viewed as a legitimate workhorse goalie option. It was surprising to see Marchessault fall to the eighth round after a breakout 75-point season for the Vegas Golden Knights, who made the Stanley Cup Final. But it marked the third Vegas player to fall shy of his Yahoo finish (Marchessault: 18; Fleury: 26; Karlsson: 27) in fear of team regression.

 

ROUND 9

97. Mike Smith, G, CGY* (Team 1 - Reese)

98. Teuvo Teravainen, C/LW/RW, CAR** (Team 2 - Jensen)

99. Jeff Carter, C, LAK (Team 3 - Satriano)

100. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL - INJ.* (Team 4 - Reese)

101. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN (Team 5 - Jensen)

102. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (Team 6 - Satriano)

103.Zach Werenski, D, CBJ - INJ.** (Team 7 - Reese)

104. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (Team 8 - Jensen)

105. Ryan Ellis, D, NSH (Team 9 - Satriano)

106. Cam Talbot, G, EDM* (Team 10 - Reese)

107. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (Team 11 - Jensen)

108. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: Team concerns caused Montreal Canadiens left wing Pacioretty to fall to No. 100. This is still great value for a player that ranks ninth in goals since 2011-12 (206). Pacioretty could be traded before or during his contract year and would gain significant fantasy value in the right situation. Talbot was selected much higher than his top 250 rank (132nd), but workhorse goaltenders were hard to come by at this stage of the mock draft. Talbot is a safer option than others in the range (Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov, Roberto Luongo) and could be a steal if the Oilers get back to their winning ways of 2016-17. Safe fantasy centers Carter, Trocheck and Johansen will likely be available in middle rounds if you want to prioritize other positions earlier.

 Video: WPG@NSH, Gm5: Johansen nets SHG on two-on-one

 

ROUND 10

109. Corey Crawford, G, CHI - INJ. (Team 12 - Satriano)

110. Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (Team 11 - Jensen)

111. James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (Team 10 - Reese)

112. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (Team 9 - Satriano)

113. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI - INJ.** (Team 8 - Jensen)

114. Eric Staal, C, MIN* (Team 7 - Reese)

115. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (Team 6 - Satriano)

116. Roberto Luongo, G, FLA (Team 5 - Jensen)

117. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (Team 4 - Reese)

118. Carey Price, G, MTL (Team 3 - Satriano)

119. Semyon Varlamov, G, COL - INJ.* (Team 2 - Jensen)

120. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Van Riemsdyk will play an instrumental role in the Flyers offense with at least one valuable fantasy forward on his line in Giroux, Voracek, Couturier or Simmonds and for a power play that could be among the NHL's best. Provorov was taken soon after because Philadelphia's forward talent should spill over to the second power-play unit. Getting Landeskog in the 10th round is great value given his exposure to MacKinnon and Rantanen at even strength and on the power play. But it was too risky for Team 11 to draft all three Avalanche forwards. It's safe to invest in Landeskog's category coverage if you miss out on MacKinnon and Rantanen.

 

ROUND 11

121. Matt Dumba, D, MIN - (Team 1 - Reese)

122. Philipp Grubauer, G, COL (Team 2 - Jensen)

123. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL - INJ. (Team 3 - Satriano)

124. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, CAR (Team 4 - Reese)

125. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL (Team 5 - Jensen)

126. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL (Team 6 - Satriano)

127. Jake Gardiner, D, TOR* (Team 7 - Reese)

128. Dylan Larkin, C/RW, DET (Team 8 - Jensen)

129. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, NYR - INJ. (Team 9 - Satriano)

130. Ryan Suter, D, MIN - INJ. (Team 10 - Reese)

131. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT** (Team 11 - Jensen)

132. Anders Lee, LW, NYI* (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: Grubauer was selected by the same team as Varlamov because of the injury concerns surrounding the Russian goalie in his contract year. Until there are updates going into training camp about Varlamov's knee, drafting the Avalanche tandem is a must if you're taking one or the other. Team 2 selected Fleury at No. 71 and then handcuffed Varlamov and Grubauer. Rielly and Gardiner each went among the top 130 overall because of exposure to Toronto's coveted offense in all situations. Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft by the Hurricanes, can return value as a rookie if he lands a top-line role with Aho and Teravainen.

 

ROUND 12

133. Jake Muzzin, D, LAK (Team 12 - Satriano)

134. Carter Hutton, G, BUF (Team 11 - Jensen)

135. Shea Weber, D, MTL - INJ. (Team 10 - Reese)

136. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (Team 9 - Satriano)

137. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (Team 8 - Jensen)

138. Cory Schneider, G, NJD - INJ. (Team 7 - Reese)

139. Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR - INJ. (Team 6 - Satriano)

140. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (Team 5 - Jensen)

141. Will Butcher, D, NJD** (Team 4 - Reese)

142. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (Team 3 - Satriano)

143. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (Team 2 - Jensen)

144. Colton Parayko, D, STL (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Injury note: Weber will miss an extended period of time because of knee surgery. His recovery period is expected to be 5-6 months. Lundqvist is another household name to fall further than ever before, even below Hutton. The Rangers goaltender has had two straight below-average seasons and plays behind a shaky defense. Horvat and Dubois are young, top-line centers with breakout potential.

 

ROUND 13

145. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (Team 1 - Reese)

146. Tom Wilson, LW/RW, WSH (Team 2 - Jensen)

147. Justin Faulk, D, CAR - INJ. (Team 3 - Satriano)

148. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (Team 4 - Reese)

149. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR (Team 5 - Jensen)

150. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (Team 6 - Satriano)

151. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI - INJ. (Team 7 - Reese)

152. Shea Theodore, D, VGK - RFA (Team 8 - Jensen)

153. Corey Perry, RW, ANA (Team 9 - Satriano)

154. Nico Hischier, C, NJD - INJ. (Team 10 - Reese)

155. Nick Leddy, D, NYI (Team 11 - Jensen)

156. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: After being traded to the St. Louis Blues, center Ryan O'Reilly is a safe option in late rounds. He's likely to be in his usual 55-65 point range and should contribute power-play points on a unit with Tarasenko, Pietrangelo and Schwartz. Jonathan Toews is another safe bet in late rounds and could benefit from a team bounce-back. Leddy was a plus/minus liability last season but will likely improve under defensive coach Barry Trotz and carries 45-50 point potential. This round saw category coverage assets Wilson, Kadri, Perry and Gallagher go in an 11-pick span.

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm1: Theodore finishes sweet passing play

 

ROUND 14

157. Erik Johnson, D, COL - INJ. (Team 12 - Satriano)

158. Brandon Montour, D, ANA (Team 11 - Jensen)

159. Sam Reinhart, C/LW/RW, BUF - RFA (Team 10 - Reese)

160. Jeff Skinner, LW, BUF* (Team 9 - Satriano)

161. Mike Green, D, DET - INJ. (Team 8 - Jensen)

162. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI (Team 7 - Reese)

163. Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (Team 6 - Satriano)

164. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI (Team 5 - Jensen)

165. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (Team 4 - Reese)

166. Cam Fowler, D, ANA - INJ. (Team 3 - Satriano)

167. Duncan Keith, D, CHI (Team 2 - Jensen)

168. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: Skinner, who's entering a contract year, will go much higher than this in the next mock draft after being traded to the Sabres, where he's likely to flank Eichel. Green and Galchenyuk can benefit from team offseason improvements and become fantasy steals based on draft position. The Red Wings are going in a younger direction with forwards Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeny Svechnikov each projected to compete for roster spots and improve the power play. Galchenyuk gets a much-needed change of scenery, should play center again and can form instant chemistry with Keller or Derek Stepan, potentially getting the 24-year-old back to 30-goal territory.

 

ROUND 15

169. Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, NYR** (Team 1 - Reese)

170. Matt Duchene, C/RW, OTT* (Team 2 - Jensen)

171. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI** (Team 3 - Satriano)

172. Derek Stepan, C, ARI - INJ. (Team 4 - Reese)

173. Filip Zadina, LW, DET (Team 5 - Jensen)

174. Juuse Saros, G, NSH (Team 6 - Satriano)

175. Petr Mrazek, G, CAR (Team 7 - Reese)

176. Dustin Brown, LW/RW, LAK - INJ. (Team 8 - Jensen)

177. Tyler Myers, D, WPG* (Team 9 - Satriano)

178. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM (Team 10 - Reese)

179. Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI* (Team 11 - Jensen)

180. Noah Hanifin, D, CGY - RFA (Team 12 - Satriano)

 

Analysis: The Zibanejad-Buchnevich first-line stack has enormous upside for the New York Rangers under new coach David Quinn as well as low risk this late in a fantasy draft. Zadina, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft, has the potential to flank Larkin on the top line and first power play and is worth a late-round flier. Hurricanes goaltender Mrazek could easily earn the starting job and become a fantasy steal if they contend for a playoff spot. It'd be too risky to take Mrazek as your No. 2 goalie but stashing him on the bench in a wait-and-see strategy could pay off. Brown had shoulder surgery April 26 but is expected to be ready to training camp. Nugent-Hopkins (with McDavid) and Eberle (with Barzal) have formed chemistry with young, elite centers and could be lineup locks next season.

 

ROUND 16

181. Tyler Toffoli, C/RW, LAK (Team 12 - Satriano)

182. Mike Matheson, D, FLA (Team 11 - Jensen)

183. Justin Schultz, D, PIT (Team 10 - Reese)

184. Aaron Dell, G, SJS (Team 9 - Satriano)

185. Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL (Team 8 - Jensen)

186. James Neal, LW/RW, CGY (Team 7 - Reese)

187. Nikita Zadorov, D, COL** (Team 6 - Satriano)

188. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (Team 5 - Jensen)

189. Craig Smith, RW, NSH (Team 4 - Reese)

190. Zdeno Chara, D, BOS* (Team 3 - Satriano)

191. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN (Team 2 - Jensen)

192. James Reimer, G, FLA (Team 1 - Reese)

 

Analysis: If you're looking for an upside bench defenseman, Matheson plays on a strong second power-play unit with Ekblad. Neal, who signed with the Flames, has upside if he plays with any of Gaudreau, Monahan or Tkachuk in the top six. Hughes, who could potentially make the Canucks' opening-night roster, is worthy of a late-round flier with potential power-play exposure to Boeser and Horvat. Reimer is worth drafting in late rounds given his Florida teammate Luongo's age (39) and injury history. Reimer could split starts or even be counted on as the No. 1 at times, like last season. Reimer and Dell were selected by teams that did not have Luongo or Jones, proving each has standalone value.

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