The 2015 NHL Draft is touted as the deepest in years. Picks in the second and third rounds have a chance at becoming impact players in the NHL. The top 10 are potential all-stars, and there are two franchise centres at the very top.
Edmontonoilers.com assembled their team of analysts to break down how they believe the first round will shake out at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.
Making the picks will be Oilers TV Reporter and Host Tom Gazzola, edmontonoilers.com Head Writer Chris Wescott, Oilers Play-by-Play Broadcaster Jack Michaels and Colour Analyst Bob Stauffer.
No trades were allowed in these mocks, which include picks 1-33. The Oilers hold the 1st, 16th and 33rd overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Connor McDavid is the consensus first-overall pick and Jack Eichel follows at number two. After that there are varying opinions throughout the first round. However, all four agree that Cape Breton forward Evgeny Svechnikov is the pick for the Oilers at 16 if there is no trade.
McDavid recorded 120 points (44-76-120) in just 47 games this season. He is touted as a generational talent and franchise all-star centre.
Svechnikov is a big, physical winger who can also play up the middle. He finished second among QMJHL rookies with 78 points (32-46-78) in 55 games this season.
At 33, Gazzola, Stauffer and Wescott all think a goaltender may be in play. Michaels goes for a hometown favourite.
Both Gazzola and Wescott believe Barrie Colts netminder Mackenzie Blackwood is a possibility for the Oilers at 33. Stauffer chose Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. Michaels went with Jake DeBrusk, the son of former Oilers enforcer Louie DeBrusk.