*Draft order as of June 13, and does not reflect unofficial trades or reports
Easy choice for me. The next coming of Patrick Kane. Small but still bigger; skilled and highly competitive. He's also American which is the final checkmark on my list of reasons he will be chosen first.
He's big and he's strong (6-foot-2,194-pounds). Has already proven he can play with men and succeed as shown at recent World Championship. He could be the next great power forward in hockey.
This may be a little higher than expected but it's a need-driven selection. With Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith starting to slow down a little, the high-scoring d-man is a perfect fit.
Colorado can be a little more patient than the other high drafting teams. He's a little bit of a mystery but the two years remaining on his KHL deal is not an issue. No rush to get the talented winger to North America.
Good fit almost immediately for L.A. Has skill and size. Eighty-four points and plus-32. Sounds like a current Kings centreman. He's a Kopitar-like player. From the Yukon to L.A. - a script only to be written in Hollywood.
Can't teach size and he has an abundance of it at 6-foot-4 and 198-pounds. A top-line forward and quite likely a first unit power-play guy. The Red Wings can afford to leave him in the WHL for another season. Would be a necessary piece for the team's rebuild.
Make it two straight Swedish defencemen for Buffalo with its top pick. Last year's pick was Rasmus Dahlin. This year, Broberg will be the choice. He's rangy with two-way ability. Perfect fit for his countryman as the top Sabres pairing for years to come.
The Oilers cupboard is pretty full at defence but the team needs and wants wingers. He's not very big but it doesn't matter if he can score. Twenty-seven goals in 37 games last season for the U.S. National Development Team. Turcotte would be a great fit with Edmonton's current centres. His father Alfie played in the NHL and his son reminds some of Alex DeBrincat - a huge success in Chicago.
Son of Adam Foote. A good role model along with an older brother who was chosen in the first round of his draft year. Shoots left, which fills a need on the wing. 6-foot-4 and 195-pounds. Has a chance to be a playoff-type build of a body. Played entire year not knowing he had a fractured wrist. Toughness aplenty.