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NHL scouts agree -- Jones will be No. 1 pick

Related mock draft: Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
1 FLA Seth Jones, D,
Portland (WHL)
Impossible to pass on him.
2 CBJ Nathan MacKinnon, C,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Has very good skill level and tons of character to go with it.
3 BUF Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk-2 (RUS-JR) Most talented player in the draft; eventually will play alongside Mikhail Grigorenko.
4 TBL Jonathan Drouin, LW,
Halifax (QMJHL)
Could be a Patrick Kane clone.
5 COL Darnell Nurse, D,
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Will be a horse on their blue line for years to come.
6 CGY Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN) Already playing with men and he could be NHL ready next season.
7 PHI Sean Monahan, C,
Ottawa 67's (OHL)
Slips a little just like Sean Couturier did in his year. Same team; similar player.
8 CBJ Elias Lindholm, C,
Brynas (SWE)
One of three first-rounders. They'll start with a highly-skilled Euro for the new general manager.
9 EDM Nikita Zadorov, D,
London (OHL)
Time to start filling in on the blue line. Not a bad start with this stud.
10 NYI Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL) Another talented forward to add to their stable.
11 DAL Jason Dickinson, C,
Guelph (OHL)
Once he grows into a man's body, he will be dominant.
12 NSH Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden Jr. (SWE-JR.) They have a good Swedish presence and this guy has huge upside.
13 WPG Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-D'Or (QMJHL) Once he fills out, he'll be hard to shut down. Very good player to complement 2011 pick Mark Scheifele.
14 SJS Michael McCarron, RW, USA-U18 (USHL) Fits the bill for the Sharks -- he's a big and mobile player.
15 MIN Joshua Morrissey, D,
Prince Albert (WHL)
Size is the only knock, but what a pairing it would be with Jonas Brodin.
16 CBJ
(From NYR)
Rasmus Ristolainen, D,
The second pick of three for Columbus. You figure it out. (By the way, he is a stud).
17 DET Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) Big guy that plays both ends of the ice equally as well. Adds some more size to Wings' lineup.
18 PHX Ryan Pulock, D,
Brandon (WHL)
A solid character defenseman with a bomb of a shot.
19 STL
(belongs to Flames if Blues make playoffs)
Adam Erne, LW,
Quebec (QMJHL)
Another skilled forward to add to a very talented group of prospects.
20 VAN Morgan Klimchuk, LW, Regina (WHL) Skilled guy with a good touch around the net.
21 CBJ
(From LAK)
Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL) A player you win with. He'll be a solid addition to their lineup.
22 NJD Justin Bailey, RW, Kitchener (OHL) Solid two-way, Devils-style player with a good upside -- and a New Yorker to boot.
23 TOR Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL) Very tough player to play against, and has the skill to back it up.
24 CAR Max Domi, C/LW,
London (OHL)
Plays a foot taller than he actually is and has very good skill; a competitor.
25 OTT Bo Horvat, C,
London (OHL)
Solid two-way player that every team covets.
26 BOS Kerby Rychel, LW,
Windsor (OHL)
Another player to score for them -- like they need it.
27 CGY
(From PIT)
Mirco Mueller, D,
Everett (WHL)
Smooth, composed defenseman capable of playing in all situations.
28 MTL Anthony Duclair, LW, Quebec (QMJHL) Canadiens would luck out by getting this very good Quebec-born player.
29 ANA Jacob de la Rose, LW, Leksand (SWE-2) Another big forward that will be tough on the opponents' defense.
30 CHI Robert Hagg, D,
Modo Jr. (SWE-JR.)
Good-size, skilled defenseman with a bomb of a shot to help out their power play.

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