Western Conference Scout Mock Draft
Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
Another shrewd move by general manager Tim Murray as they add another character player.
Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
There are needs on the blue line.
Samuel Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL)
A very good complementary player for Aleksander Barkov; he's also a Doug Gilmour clone.
Michael Dal Colle, C/LW, Oshawa (OHL)
He knows how to finish and will be a good fit with John Tavares, who is an Oshawa alum.
Jake Virtanen, RW, Calgary (WHL)
He plays a Brian Burke style of game and can move his hockey gear right down the hallway.
Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
Building up front along with the acquisition of Calle Jarnkrok from the Detroit Red Wings.
Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
He is the best of the defense corps remaining in the draft; has good size (6-foot-2.5, 203) and skill.
(From Ottawa)William Nylander, C/RW, Modo (SWE)
Will be the next Teemu Selanne in Anaheim.
Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)
Jets add more forward depth; undersized (5-10.25, 170) but highly skilled, and his compete level is off the charts.
Alex Tuch, C/RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Fits the Canucks mold; a big, strong power forward to maybe replace Ryan Kesler.
Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Kalpa (FIN)
He'll help replace Jarnkrok within their system, and then some
Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
Dallas GM Jim Nill loves skill, and this guy will more than fill the need.
Ivan Barbashev, C/LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
A Russian with North American flair; he'll be a good fit for Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Jared McCann, C, Sault St. Marie (OHL)
Another highly skilled forward for the Blue Jackets to build upon.
Sonny Milano, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Great, skilled player to add to their young talent base.
Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)
He is a much-improved, highly skilled player with speed to burn.
Nicholas Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
A big (6-2.25, 226) strong power forward that fits in the Flyers' mold of old.
Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)
Adding some depth to their defensive corps with a steady player on the back end.
Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
GM Steve Yzerman will like an Igor Larionov-style of player once again.
David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (SWE-2)
Wild add some more skill to their young forward pool of prospects.
Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon (WHL)
Good-sized (6-1, 175) forward that has come leaps and bounds since last season; fits the Kings mold.
Joshua Ho-Sang, C/RW, Windsor (OHL)
Another undersized (5-11, 175), highly competitive player with a really good skill set.
Anton Karlsson, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
An honest, hard-working player with skills to complement all their other young prospects.
Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL)
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy will want to add the clone to his ex-teammate, Claude Lemieux.
Kevin Fiala, LW, HV 71 Jr. (SWE-JR)
Highly skilled player for the Penguins to add to their prospect pool.
Alexis Vanier, D, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Fits the Sharks mold; excellent size (6-4.5, 215) and overall skill to develop nicely.
Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
A highly skilled player that needs time to develop in college; he fits Ducks mold.
Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (H-EAST)
Hard to pass on him here; will add to their goaltending depth with this guy in a big way.
Ryan MacInnis, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
No-brainer for the Blues. Just needs time to develop, and no better spot to do it than with family.
Dylan Larkin, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
Good, solid player with high-end skill; will get the time he needs to develop in college.