*Draft order as of June 13, and does not reflect unofficial trades or reports
The consensus No. 1 pick and the all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. national program, which may produce as many as seven of the draft's top 20 picks.
Again, almost a certainty that the player who scored the winner for Finland at the World Juniors will go second behind Hughes.
The Draft really starts here, as many believe the 'Hawks will take the homegrown Alex Turcotte. I'm not one of them.
The Avalanche could've ended up with Hughes by way of a killer deal with Ottawa, but the lottery ended those hopes. Another elite centre (who will eventually slot in nicely behind Nathan MacKinnon) out of the U.S. program proves to be a more than an adequate consolation prize.
The Kings desperately need offence to jumpstart a toothless attack. An elite scorer and gifted skater like Caufield could put up big numbers early alongside veteran centres like Anze Kopitar or Jeff Carter.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs showed that size still means something in today's game, and the 6-4, 200-pound St. Albert product should be an appealing option for the Red Wings down the middle as they enter stage two of their rebuild.
Similar to Turcotte, Trevor Zegras eventually figures to slot in at 2nd-line centre behind one of the game's elite (Jack Eichel). Filled in for the injured Turcotte this season and showed high-level offensive upside.
The Oilers got a close-up look at the 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenceman at last year's Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He'll still be 17 on Draft Day.
Most scouting services had Matthew Robertson going at the tail end of the first round. I have a sneaking suspicion that because of his pedestrian offensive numbers, he'll still be available early in the second round. Do not confuse quiet offensive numbers with an inability to move the puck; Robertson has that ability, as well as a bite to his game that will make this a high-value pick for the Oilers.