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Mock draft: Laine goes to Jets at No. 2

Finnish forward to be choice after Matthews goes at No. 1 to Maple Leafs, according to's Mike G. Morreale

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (SUI)
Matthews (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) was second in the voting for most valuable player this season and won the Rising Star award in National League A, Switzerland's top professional league, with 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games. 

2. Winnipeg Jets - Patrik Laine, RW, Tappara (FIN)
Laine (6-4, 206) helped Tappara win the championship in Liiga, Finland's top professional league, with 10 goals and 15 points in 18 playoff games. He won the Jari Kurri Trophy as postseason MVP, and also won the MVP at the 2016 IIHF World Championship while helping Finland win the silver medal. 

3. Columbus Blue Jackets - Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (FIN)
Puljujarvi (6-3, 203) led all scorers and was named MVP for gold medalist Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with 17 points (five goals).

4. Edmonton Oilers - Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL)
Tkachuk (6-1, 200) is intelligent and incredibly strong, and shows it in hard areas of the ice. The Oilers could use him in their top six, and adding Tkachuk could allow GM Peter Chiarelli to trade a forward for an established defenseman and fill another need.

5. Vancouver Canucks - Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)
Juolevi (6-2, 182) had nine goals, 42 points and a plus-38 rating while playing big minutes in all situations for London. He also had three goals, 14 points and a plus-15 rating in 18 OHL playoff games.

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6. Calgary Flames - Alexander Nylander, RW, Mississauga (OHL)
Nylander (6-0, 180) has good separation speed and led Mississauga with 28 goals, nine power-play goals and 75 points in 57 games as a rookie.

7. Arizona Coyotes - Pierre-Luc Dubois, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Dubois (6-2, 201) plays with an edge, has good vision and exhibits good hands in tight spaces. He led Cape Breton with 57 assists, 99 points and a plus-40 rating in 62 games.

8. Buffalo Sabres - Tyson Jost, C, Penticton (BCHL)
Jost (5-11, 191) is committed to the University of North Dakota in 2016-17. He had 42 goals, 104 points, 14 power-play goals and seven game-winning goals in 48 games.

9. Montreal Canadiens - Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnia (OHL)
Chychrun (6-2, 205) is a good skater with offensive instincts and defensive awareness. He enjoys playing physical, and had 11 goals, 49 points and a plus-23 rating in 62 games.

10. Colorado Avalanche - Mikhail Sergachev, D, Windsor (OHL)
Sergachev (6-2, 208), named the best defenseman in the OHL, had 17 goals, 57 points, and 31 power-play points in 67 games as a rookie.

11. New Jersey Devils - Logan Brown, C, Windsor (OHL)
Brown (6-6, 220) is the big center the Devils desperately crave for their prospect pool. He has good hands and is difficult to contain when driving to the net. He had 21 goals, 74 points, and 29 power-play points in 59 games. He also won 53.0 percent of his faceoffs (609 of 1,148).

12. Ottawa Senators - Michael McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
The creative McLeod (6-2, 188) led Mississauga in shorthanded goals (four) and was second in goals (21) and points (61). He has a fantastic work ethic that makes him tough to defend.

13. Carolina Hurricanes - Clayton Keller, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
Keller (5-9, 168), committed to Boston University for 2016-17, led USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team with 70 assists and 107 points in 62 games. He had four goals and 14 points in seven games to help the United States to the bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

14. Boston Bruins - Charles McAvoy, D, Boston University (H-EAST)
The right-shot defender (6-0, 208) was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after he had three goals, 25 points, a plus-10 rating and 39 blocked shots in 37 games as a freshman.

15. Minnesota Wild - Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)
The 6-foot, 173-pound left-shot defender Western Hockey League defensemen with 24 goals, and he had 64 points in 68 games in his second full WHL season.

16. Detroit Red Wings - Luke Kunin, C, University of Wisconsin (BIG10)
A lethal finisher capable of creating offense each shift, the right-shooting Kunin (6-0, 193) was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team after leading Wisconsin with 19 goals, five power-play goals and 127 shots on goal in 34 games.

17. Nashville Predators - Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL)
Fabbro (6-0, 189), committed to Boston University for 2016-17, was named the top defenseman in the British Columbia Hockey League after leading all players at his position with 67 points (14 goals, 53 assists) in 45 games. 

18. Philadelphia Flyers - Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
Gauthier (6-3, 225) is a prototypical power forward who can skate well, score and play with an edge. He had 41 goals, including 11 power-play goals, and 57 points in 54 games. He was the only draft-eligible player to earn a roster spot for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

19. New York Islanders - Max Jones, LW, London (OHL)
Jones (6-2, 203) is good at tracking pucks, plays with an edge and knows how to use his size and strength to his advantage. He had 28 goals (including five game-winners), 52 points, 106 penalty minutes and a plus-30 rating in 63 games.

20. Arizona Coyotes (from New York Rangers) - Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack (BCHL)
Cholowski (6-0, 170) had 12 goals and 40 points in 50 games. He thinks and processes the game exceptionally well and knows where to go with the puck to elude forecheck pressure. He's committed to St. Cloud State University for next season.

21. Carolina Hurricanes (from Los Angeles Kings) - Tage Thompson, C, University of Connecticut (H-EAST)
Thompson (6-5, 185) has good size and scoring prowess but needs time to mature and bulk up before moving to the next level. The right-shooting forward led the NCAA with 13 power-play goals and had 14 goals and 32 points in 36 games. 

22. Winnipeg Jets (from Chicago Blackhawks) - Rasmus Asplund, C, Farjestad (SWE)
The 5-11, 176-pound left-shot forward is considered a great competitor and leader on and off the ice. He had four goals and 12 points in 46 games. He compensates for a lack of size with his smarts and how he uses the ice.

23. Florida Panthers - Kieffer Bellows, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Bellows (6-0, 196), committed to Boston University for 2016-17, is a pure goal scorer capable of getting pucks on goal from any angle. He led the NTDP U-18 team with 50 goals, 12 power-play goals and nine game-winning goals, and was second with 81 points in 62 games.

24. Anaheim Ducks - Riley Tufte, LW, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
The 2016 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award winner is committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17. Tufte (6-4, 205) had 47 goals, 78 points, six power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals in 25 games.

25. Dallas Stars - Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
A valuable team player capable of helping the power play, Howden (6-2, 193) had 24 goals and 64 points in 68 regular-season games, and 15 points in 10 WHL playoff games.

26. Washington Capitals - German Rubtsov, C, Team Russia U-18 (RUS)
Rubtsov (6-2, 178) plays an honest, two-way game and is skilled and strong in traffic areas. He had 12 goals, 26 points and a plus-12 rating in 28 regular-season games.

27. Tampa Bay Lightning - Logan Stanley, D, Windsor (OHL)
The left-shot defender has enough mobility to handle speedy forwards and defend well against most rushes. Stanley (6-7, 225) had five goals, 17 points and 103 penalty minutes in 64 games.

28. St. Louis Blues - Boris Katchouk, LW, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Katchouk (6-1, 192) plays an in-your-face style similar to that of Blues forward Troy Brouwer. He had 24 goals, 51 points and 61 penalty minutes in 63 games.

*29. Boston Bruins (from San Jose Sharks) - Pascal Laberge, C, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
The 6-1, 172-pound, right-shot forward is regarded for his high-level competitiveness and willingness to go to the dirty areas to score goals. He led Victoriaville with 68 points in 56 games and was named MVP of the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.

*30. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh Penguins) - Kale Clague, D, Brandon (WHL)
Clague (5-11, 177) can elude defenders and make the solid first pass off the transition. He had six goals, 43 points and a plus-25 rating in 71 regular-season games, and 14 points in 21 playoff games to help Brandon win the WHL championship.

*- to be determined at end of Stanley Cup Final

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