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Chris Wescott's 2015 Mock Draft

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

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ORDER TEAM PLAYER LOWDOWN
1 EDM Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL) The Oilers will likely sprint to the stage to make this pick. McDavid is a game-changer and could be a perennial all-star franchise centre.
2 BUF Jack Eichel, C, Boston University (NCAA) It’s rare to see a draft with two talents like McDavid and Jack Eichel at the top. Both can change the fortunes of a franchise.
3 PHX Noah Hanifin, D, Boston College (NCAA)
I have Noah Hanifin in this spot, but Dylan Strome is a VERY real possibility. If Hanifin slips, it’s likely due to the rise by Ivan Provorov.
4 TOR Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL) Picking fourth is not really a consolation prize in this deep draft. Dylan Strome is a fantastic hockey player who is exceptional with the puck. Had 129 points in 68 games this season.
5 CAR Mitchell Marner, RW, London (OHL) Patrick Kane-like skills help Mitchell Marner overcome his lack of size to be one of the top prospects in this draft. He’s an explosive talent.
6 NJD Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia (OHL)
Big and skilled power forward that seems to be climbing up draft boards.
7 PHI Mikko Rantanen, RW, (SM Liiga) Another big forward with skill. Rantanen is NHL Central Scouting’s top-ranked European skater.
8 CBJ Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL) You keep hearing people think he’s ready to play in the NHL this year. Led WHL rookies in scoring with 61 points in 60 games. Might not make it this far.
9 SJS Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle (WHL) A knee injury that cost him a chunk of the season may hurt his stock. However, he finished with 57 points in 44 games and scouts love his elite skating and play with the puck.
10  Zack Werenski, D, Michigan (NCAA) Big, strong defenceman that provides some offence.
11 FLA Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston (OHL) Best player available. Gives Florida a big, powerful and talented forward.
12 DAL Kyle Connor, C, Youngstown (USHL) Kyle Connor continues to be a popular name heading into the draft. An American top-end scorer, who led the USHL with 80 points in 56 games, makes sense to Dallas.
13 Timo Meier, RW, Halifax (QMJHL) This Swiss forward has all the makings of an excellent player. Big and skilled, Meier had 44 goals this season.
14 Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John (QMJHL) Two-way defenceman who can play with a physical edge. I think he’d be a fit in Boston, but local boy Colin White is also an option.
15 CGY Nick Merkley, RW, Kelowna (WHL) His size might be the only thing that pushes him down the draft. A Calgary boy with high compete level and a lot of offensive skill. Don’t be surprised if defence is the pick here though.
16 EDM
(From PIT)
Evgeny Svechnikov, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL) The Oilers have kept close tabs on the Russian winger chatting with him a couple times, including at the combine. Svechnikov is a big, physical presence that possesses a lot of skill. Beefing up the wing is a good thing. A defenceman or a trade here is possible.
17 WPG Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa (OHL) Named Ottawa’s captain this season after being named OHL Rookie of the Year in 2013-14. Finished second on his team in scoring with 68 points.
18 Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John (QMJHL) A two-way defenceman with some offensive skill. Led his team in defensive scoring with 41 points. Could be a reliable minute-eating defenceman.
19 DET Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestad (Sweden) The Red Wings haven’t taken a defenceman with their first pick since Brendan Smith  (27th overall) in 2007. I have them taking the polarizing Kylington. Touted as the best skating d-man in the draft. Had a down draft year, but the talent is there.
20 Colin White, C, US U-18 (USHL) You hear the name Patrice Bergeron when it comes to White. He’s a great story, battling through injury and illness to still be considered a first-round candidate.
21 BUF
(From BUF)
Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown (QMJHL) A defenceman here makes sense, but Sprong could be a fit. He has a lot of speed and an excellent shot. Sabres get their big-time centre, Eichel, at two and a winger here.
22 WSH Paul Bittner, LW, Portland (WHL) NHL size, smooth skater, good puck retrieval and possession. If he reaches his full potential, he’ll be hard to play against.
23 VAN Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad (Sweden) The scouting report on him is he does a lot of things right, including going to the net. Most points of any under-18 eligible player in the SHL.
24 TOR
(From NSH)
Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke (QMJHL) If he’s still here, he’s likely the best player available. If Arizona takes Strome and Toronto takes Hanifin or Provorov at four, this pick could look different.
25 WPG
(From STL via BUF)
Denis Guryanov, RW, Togliatti 2 (Russia Jr.) Good performance at Under-18 World Championship. Another one of the first-round power forwards available in this draft.
26 MTL Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City (WHL) Montreal gets their hulking presence (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) on the blueline. Likely not going to last until the 33rd pick where Oilers would definitely take a look.
27 ANA Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current (WHL) I feel like this is the perfect match. The son of former Oilers enforcer Louie DeBrusk has a knack for scoring, coming off a 42-goal season. He goes to the dirty areas, not afraid to crash the net.
28
(From NYR)
Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping Jr. (Sweden Jr.) I think Tampa Bay will go with who they feel is the best defenceman available here. Carlsson is not projected as an offensive guy, more shutdown.
29 PHI
(From TBL)
Noah Juulsen, D, Everett (WHL) A great power play option.
30 PHX
(From CHI)
Brock Boeser, RW, Waterloo (USHL) Tied for lead in USHL goal scoring with 35 this season. Some have him much higher than this spot.
31 BUF Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk (Russia) The Sabres spent last season shipping out goaltenders and now they’ll bring in a guy they hope can be their future.
32 PHX Jansen Harkins, C, Prince George (WHL) Playing for his father (GM of Prince George Todd Harkins), he set a single-season franchise record for assists with 59.
33 EDM Mackenzie Blackwood, G, Barrie (OHL) Samsonov is off the board, but Blackwood is a mountain of a goalie that is quick and athletic. He may take a couple more years to develop, but he can compete with Laurent Brossoit to be the future. Also, the best thing about young goaltenders is they become tradable assets. Like quarterbacks in football, I’m a fan of drafting goalies until you find your franchise guy and competition at the position is always a good thing.
 
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