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2014 MOCK DRAFT: #16, #15

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
With the 2014 NHL Draft set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia, Kris Baker from has meticulously compiled his list of the top 30 players. We'll reveal two players each weekday complete with analysis and video, leading up to the unveiling of Kris' top two picks on June 20.

The full mock draft as it's revealed
can be found here.

#16 –
C, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
6’ 0.25”, 179 lbs.
2013-14: 64 games, 27-35-62, 51 PIM

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A smart “heart and soul” forward, McCann is a polished, high-skill playmaker with an elite caliber shot and honest two-way work ethic. McCann’s hands and vision are excellent, and his sense in reading the action sees him hounding the puck with regularity.

The London, Ont. native got his draft season off to hot start with a four-goal game on opening night.

He finished the year just shy of a point-per-game pace with 62 (27+35) in 64 contests for the West Division-champion Greyhounds before adding another goal and two helpers for Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championship.

In between, McCann scored the game-winning goal to earn Player of the Game honors for Team Orr at the CHL Top Prospects Game.

While his offensive consistency continues to develop, McCann’s all-situations dependability makes him an effective worker on both the power play and penalty kill units.

The creative speed bursts that beat defenders also appear when engaging in puck battles. Some players just look like a pro, and despite the occasional lulls in production, McCann’s ultra-competitive nature and knack for finishing plays without breaking stride oozes first line NHL potential, making him a surefire top-20 draft commodity.
RW, Sodertalje (Sweden-2)
6’, 167 lbs.
2013-14: 36 games, 8-16-24, 24 PIM

Shifty and instinctive, Pastrnak combines speed, playmaking and elements of grit to project as a high-end top-six forward at the NHL level.

With quick hands and a purely offensive mind, Pastrnak is an exciting player to watch when the puck comes his way. The slick Czech boasts a very robust skating game, relying on elusive speed bursts and lateral quickness to cut into space and keep defenders at bay.

His vision sees him thread soft passes and wire accurate darts, and his timing and agility make him an effective one-on-one threat.

The nifty offensive package came together for eight goals and 24 points in 36 games while playing for Sodertalje in Sweden’s second tier professional league as a 17-year old.

Pastrnak’s season was cut short in February with an upper-body injury, but not before racking up the most points for an under-18 player in that league in over 40 years of stat keeping.

Pastrnak, who displayed terrific chemistry on a line in Sodertalje with fellow draft prospect William Nylander, brings a consistent effort and well-rounded offensive arsenal that should see him make an impact at the NHL level with a few more years of strength and conditioning work.

The cream of the crop in an up year for Czech draft prospects, Pastrnak has one year to play on his SHL contract before testing the North American waters.
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