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Meg Tilley's 2016 Mock Draft

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers



mock drafts: Bob Stauffer | Jack Michaels | Tom Gazzola | Chris Wescott | Meg Tilley
1 TOR Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (SUI) Let's face it. It's hard to argue against what the hockey world seems to be pretty convinced will happen here. Though he's been largely out of the limelight due to his choice to play in the European circuit, he certainly turned heads at both the World Junior Championship and World Championship playing for Team USA.
2 WPG Patrik Laine, LW, Tappara (FIN) Should Matthews end up going first, then I doubt Laine wouldn't go second. He's a confident player both on and off the ice. Throw in his wicked shot that makes a big impact from the top of the circle on the powerplay and you've got one dynamic player.
3 CBJ Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (FIN)
A fluid skater, Puljujarvi's stickhandling and playmaking combined with his ability to get a shot off in tight spaces makes him a force to be reckoned with, and he might just be the power forward CBJ has been looking for, ever since losing Nathan Horton back in 2014.
4 EDM Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL) To trade or not to trade - that is the (ultimate) question. With the Oilers in need of some veteran defencemen, it's hard to turn a blind eye to the debut performance Tkachuk has had in his rookie OHL season with the London Knights. A strong, skilled forward with high offensive IQ, my guess, it will be hard to relinquish this first round, fourth draft pick.
5 VAN Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL) Now, in what appears to be a rebuild, the Canucks are in need of players in the front and back-end. The caliber of players up for selection is considerable for both areas of needs, but my prediction is that Vancouver will aim to pick up a d-man while the getting is good. Juolevi has the speed, size and skill that will provide the Canucks with stability in the back-end. His two-way capabilities makes him a threat on the offense and a reliable force in the d-zone.
6 CGY Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
With a dynamic d-line, it seems that Calgary will look to add to their offense and Dubois - whose style of play has been compared to Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla - may just be the player they're looking for.
7 PHX Alexander Nylander, RW, Mississauga (OHL) An elite skater with a creative skill-set, Nylander - both OHL Rookie of the Year and CHL Rookie of the Year - is just the player the Coyotes could add to their line of forwards.
8 BUF Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnia (OHL) With an already outstanding centre depth, the Sabres saw their blueline faulter slightly after they traded away two NHL defencemen and a top defensive prospect. So it looks as though they'll be looking to restock that portion. As Chychrun brings both size and skill to the table, he could be just the starting point the Sabres need to get the ball rolling.
9 MTL Logan Brown, C, Windsor (OHL) With a wealth of defence, lack of scoring depth seems to be the team's bigger issue, one that Brown, with his size and dangerous shot that can get on net from anywhere on the ice, may very well be the solution to.
10  Tyson Jost, RW, Penticton (BCHL) With quality defencemen waiting to make their mark, the Avalanche are in need of some power forwards to add to their growing list of centres. An agile player that can control the puck, Jost can read the ice well, look for developing lanes and fire a wicked, quick shot on net.
11 NJD Clayton Keller, C, USA U18 (USHL) A small but mighty player, Keller's a playmaker willing to get into the nitty gritty to get the job done. With the Devils impending need to rebuild their offensive lineup due to expiring contracts, big changes will eventually need to be made up front. A dangerous offensive player, having Keller on deck may be just what the Devils need.
12 Mikhail Sergachev, D, Windsor (OHL) With a wealth of young talent on their roster, talented offensive defenceman Sergachev would prove to be a great addition to the Senators lineup. Willing to battle hard in the corners with good physical play, Sergachev's youth will help bolster the already existing potential that is the growing Senators.
13 CAR Michael McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL) With Justin Faulk leading the charge of impressive young blueliners, it seems the team can focus on rounding out their forwards. Adding a centre like McLeod, a dangerous two-way forward who never gives up, could be the start they're looking for. He has the size, skill, and speed to be a top line forward in the NHL.
14 Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL) The Bruins might lean towards drafting a right-handed defenceman because they have a bounty of left-handed defence prospects, and Bean is arguably the best fit and next available for that spot. Nearly a point-per-game player in the WHL, Bean has the vision, skating ability and hockey sense to run a power play at the NHL level.
15 German Rubtsov, C, Russia MHL 98 (RusJr) A highly competitive player that finishes his checks and has high-end skill, Rubtsov is a determined two-way forward who isn't afraid to do the little things to win.
16 DET Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL) A smooth and savvy two-way defender who brings confidence and composure and is positionally sound. His attitude both on and off the ice has been compared to that of a 10-year veteran, which would fit seamlessly into Detroits lockerroom with their mix of veteran and young players.
17 Max Jones, LW, London (OHL) Having lost a few of their free agent players to the European system this off-season, Nashville will be looking to refill some of those spots. Jones could be the dynamic and fresh forward they're looking for. On top of his skill and scoring ability he has size and a fierce physical playing style.
18 PHI Kieffer Bellows, LW, USA U18 (USHL) Bellows is a big guy with a powerful shot and tenacious mindest that can play on both sides of the puck. His size and stature and strong skating would fit in seamlessly with the Broad Street Bullies.
19 Luke Kunin, RW, Wisconsin (NCAA) A natural goal-scorer with good anticipation and hockey sense, Kunin may be the right-winger the Islanders will soon be in need of, especially with a few free-agent signings up in the air. A potential top-two line sniper, Kunin isn't afraid to fight through checks and will dish out a few body checks himself.
20 PHX
(From NYR)
Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL) An intelligent player with good skills and a physical edge, Howden is a power forward that plays a pro-level style of game with a good competitive edge.
21 CAR
(From LA)
Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) Big body, big talent and big potential is what Gauthier brings to the table. He's powerful and a fluid skater that has a great stride. A strong scoring winger, he's very good with his hands and uses his frame to his advantage.
22 WPG
(From CHI)
Riley Tufte, LW, Blaine (MN-HS) A big, skilled power forward, Tufte has a great sense of identifying and making the right plays at key moments. He is also quite effective in using his size to his advantage, which would bode well for the Jets.
23 FLA Vitalii Abramov, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL) Slick playmaking winger who lacks size but has hockey sense. He possesses a very good offensive skill set and is shifty and evasive with the puck.
24 ANA Alexander DeBrincat, RW, Erie (OHL) What he lacks in size he makes up for in tenacity. DeBrincat is an elite scoring threat whose crafty offensive play can get him out of tight places and into space that allows for a quick-release shot.
25 DAL Boris Katchouk, LW, S.S. Marie (OHL) A highly intelligent forward with a 200-foot awareness, Katchouk has a slick skill-set on the puck and is hard working. His physical edge gets him in hard on the forecheck and causes turnovers.
26 WSH Logan Stanley, LD, Windsor (OHL) A two-way defender with nice combination of size, skating, compete and hockey sense.
27 Charles McAvoy, D, Boston U (NCAA) He may be on the smaller side but McAvoy is highly competitive and offensively gifted. He had 25 points in 37 games at Boston this season. A smart, two-way defenceman who displays good hockey sense.
28 Tage Thompson, C, Connecticut (NCAA) A big, skilled centre who possesses an arsenal of offensive weapons and good speed for his size who can complement highly skilled teammates.
(From SJ)
Lucas Johansen, LD, Kelowna (WHL) With their second pick in the first round, Boston shouldn't waste any time grabbing this solid two-way defenceman. Johansen has very good mobility, skill set and potential.
30 TOR
(From PIT)
Cam Dineen, D, North Bay (OHL) An offensive defenceman who thrives on the puck and when manning the point in the offensive zone. His passes are crisp and on the tape and he loves to jump up into the rush and is aggressive in sliding down into the slot to look for scoring chances.
31 TOR Carter Hart, G, Everett (WHL) An average size goalie, Hart shows good focus and concentration and has a lot of good physical skills and understanding of the game. He ended third in Goals Against Average and posted six shutouts in the WHL this season.
32 EDM Jacob Moverare, D, HV71 (SweJE) A big defenceman that plays a simple game. Has good stick and body positioning defensively and is a blueline who brings confidence and composure on the puck


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