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  1. I believe JTech gets 3 points (and the win) for Valimaki's 16th selection. While it irks me that I lost with more exact positions nailed, the guidelines were set out in advance and JTech won it fair and square. *cue the trumpets* Truly, I will always be the bridesmaid....
  2. Besides Oettinger (who's a goalie and unfortunately I'm not a goalie expert), here's the other 4. Frost and Poehling had late-1st round grades but fell just outside my top 31, Klim Kostin would have been as well were it not for other factors, and Joseph was an early 2nd in my opinion: 32. C Morgan Frost, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) [14/05/99] [5'10.75", 173 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [67 GP, 20 G, 42 A, 62 Pts, 36 PIM, +15][NHL Comparable: Tyler Johnson] Potential Peak: Complementary top line playmaking center "Safe" Projection: 2nd line playmaking center Center, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; needs to bulk up to handle bigger defenders Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.0 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.0 Draft Archetype: The Savvy, Skilled All-Rounder Report: A highly underrated pivot who can do it all. A really slick player, finds openings well and can skate through the neutral zone with his stickhandling and mobility. good playmaker who can hit passes with accuracy. A good defensive player, likes to cover passing lanes. Needs to improve his shot, but he's not afraid to take a beating to get to the net. Will need to bulk up a bit, gets thrown around against stronger players, but he has a lot of potential and he's got underrated hockey sense. A personal favorite. 34. C Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State Huskies (NCAA) [03/01/99] [6'1.75", 177 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [35 GP, 7 G, 6 A, 13 Pts, 12 PIM, -8][NHL Comparable: Brandon Dubinsky] Potential Peak: Complementary top line two-way center "Safe" Projection: 2nd/3rd line two-way center, 35-45 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Low; will take some time but looks like a solid bottom 6er at worst Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 8.0 Intangibles: 8.5 NHL-Readiness: 7.0 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.0 Draft Archetype: The Grinder Report: Skilled pivot fast tracked his way into the NCAA with solid results. Good skater, form is a little awkward but the speed is good and with more development he should improve his acceleration. A pass first player who does his best work along the boards, but has the offensive chops to finish off opportunities. Battles hard, supports his defenders in the defensive zone and in general is a tough player to play against; lacks a mean streak, just plain gritty. Not a huge amount of upside, but with development could be that shutdown middle 6 center who can play heavy minutes. 38. RW Klim Kostin, Dynamo Balashikha (VHL) [05/05/99] [6'2.5", 207 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: B+] [9 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 Pt, 4 PIM, -1][NHL Comparable: Nino Niederreiter] Potential Peak: Top line power forward "Safe" Projection:2nd line power winger, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: High; huge upside, but his play was lackluster/inconsistent and the Russian factor plays a role Offense: 8.0 Defense: 7.0 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 7.5 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 55.5 Draft Archetype: The Question Mark Report: Power winger has the skating, strength and shot to make a difference at the NHL level. Strong skater who can beat defenders with his speed. Strong on the puck and can work the boards real well. Good hands and a hard shot make him a threat inside the offensive zone, and his passing abilities are good too. Needs to work on his decision-making and effort, but when he's on he's good and borderline unstoppable. Needs work defensively, especially against the setup; inconsistent backchecker and positioning will need to improve to get prime minutes offensively. Lots of upside but lots of risk. 42. D Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) [01/07/99] [6'2.25", 163 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: B+] [62 GP, 6 G, 33 A, 39 Pts, 54 PIM, +14][NHL Comparable: Calvin de Haan] Potential Peak: Complementary top pairing two-way defender "Safe" Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defenseman, 25-35 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; tall and lanky, but works hard and plays a responsible game Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.0 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 55.5 Draft Archetype: The Project Report: Mobile modern defenseman plays a very good two-way game. Skating and smarts allow him to maintain gaps and cover a wide area of ice. With the puck, has good vision and hands and can make the breakout pass. Has good puck poise and patience, and uses it to move the puck up the ice or control offensive play from the point. Not going to be a big offensive producer, but with improvement to his shot power could be a secondary point option on the PP at the NHL level. Skinny kid, needs to grow out quite a bit in order to handle NHL forwards, but the work is there along the boards.
  3. Mock Draft made it in time for the 1st pick! Congrats to Nico Hischier, what a rise for the prospect over the 12 months.

  4. 2017 Mock Draft: 1. NJD: Nico Hischier: This one's gonna be tight, but word is there's a bit of a split among NJ staff; scouts supposedly like Hischier while some members of management like Patrick more. I still think they pick Hischier, he fits what they're trying to build towards, with the speed and transition game, more than Patrick does. 2. PHI: Nolan Patrick: Easy one for Philly, they just take whoever NJ doesn't. Patrick gives them more size and strength up the middle and will help move Schenn to the wing on a permanent basis, where he's been very good. 3. DAL: Miro Heiskanen: Arguably the best defenseman available, it's rare that the potential BPA this high perfectly matches a team's need; Dallas could use a potential franchise LHD and Heiskanen is exactly that, bringing some two-way gumption to a very offense-oriented group of young D in Dallas. 4. COL: Gabriel Vilardi: Plays both C and RW, which could be a plus for an Avalanche team ready to move on from Matt Duchene. More importantly, Vilardi acquitted himself well in the Memorial Cup and plays a heavy game, which could make him a strong tandem with the likes of Tyson Jost and Mikko Rantanen in the near future. 5. VAN: Cale Makar: Benning wants a PP QB? Well, here ya go; Makar is the consensus best offensive defenseman in the draft. 6. VGK: Cody Glass: The Knights have a lot of ties to the WHL among their staff (Kelly Kisio from the Hitmen, Kelly McCrimmon from the Wheat Kings....) and they'll be awfully familiar with Glass. If he can be their top matchup center in the NHL they've made out like bandits. 7. NYR (via ARZ): Elias Pettersson: The Rangers have needed some bluechip talent in their pipeline for years, and Pettersson could be a real homerun pick witth their need for offensive creativity. 8. BUF: Casey Mittelstadt: Combine results aside, Mittelstadt is a dynamic talent, and with him Buffalo is building a strong arsenal of right-handed talents (Eichel, Reinhart, Nylander etc.) and a potent top-6 moving forward. 9. DET: Martin Necas: Looking for some more punch up the middle, the Wings have a number of options at play here. I believe they're looking at a Euro more than a North American skater and Necas' skill and speed could help act as a complement to Larkin as future top-6 centers. 10. FLO: Owen Tippett: Steelheads' winger brings some needed high-end skill, and perhaps more importantly a tendency to shoot wherever possible. For an org. lacking in skilled RH shooters, Tippett has a chance to crack the roster immediately. 11. LAK: Kristian Vesalainen: Will the Kings move away from size and skill with a new GM? Stay tuned. Vesalainen checks off a lot on the Kings' old list of skills to look for and he was dominant at the U18s against his peers. 12. CAR: Nick Suzuki: Word is that the Hurricanes staff are high on the little engine that could; Suzuki could slot in at center or wing with his right-handed shot and his ability to produce offensively. 13. VGK (via WPG): Michael Rasmussen: Biggest body ranked in the top 10 by McKenzie's scouts; he's got some skill and can skate, and if he can fill out the Knights have a hell of a forward to play with. 14. TBL: Klim Kostin: Lots of smoke here regarding the Lightning and Kostin, who's trying to get out of his contract in Russia to play NA pros. He would be a high-reward pick for a team that could use some bluechip talent at wing with the loss of Drouin. 15. VGK (via NYI): Juuso Valimaki: The Tri-City defender is a teammate of Rasmussen, and has done a tremendous job as a big minutes guy. Vegas could really like the two-way play, and with a need for young talent at all positions it wouldn't be a bad idea to grab him at this point. 16. CGY: Robert Thomas: Calgary has gone to the London Knights well recently; Thomas is a right-handed shot, plays well at both ends of the ice, has tremendous playmaking skills and can play multiple positions. 17. TOR: Timothy Liljegren: Liljegren's upside and skill are somewhat overshadowed by his poor play this year, but the talent level makes him a strong pick at this point in the draft and with the Leafs' interest in defensemen, this seems like an easy pick to make. 18. BOS: Ryan Poehling: The lanky project center has some upside in addition to his ability to play a reliable two-way game. Could he be in play with Boston's trust in their U.S. scouts? 19. SJS: Filip Chytil: The Sharks reach on a skilled winger, but there's some solid reasons to do so considering the skill, the fit (potential replacement for Marleau) and the nationality. The Sharks aren't afraid to reach either. 20. STL: Nic Hague: Really acquitted himself well playing top pairing minutes for the Steelheads. His size and mobility make him a real threat with St. Louis' big, mobile and skill blueline. 21. NYR: Cal Foote: The Rangers now have a need for skill at the defense position, and Cal Foote brings bloodlines and some beef to the table. 22. EDM: Lias Andersson: The stocky center isn't likely to be a big scorer, but he's gritty and can play hard minutes against top players and still come out on top. 23. ARZ (via MIN): Henri Jokiharju: The right-handed defenseman can move the puck and skate well. He might have the most upside of any player left at this point. 24. WPG (via VGK-CBJ): Josh Norris: The U.S. center really rose quietly over the year, but he's got a lot of jam and the development curve is intriguing. 25. MTL: Eeli Tolvanen: The elite sniper has supposedly slid down draft boards. We shall see, but I don't see him falling even farther with his skill. 26. CHI: Urho Vaakanainen: The Finnish defenseman was once hyped as what Heiskanen is now, and could still have that upside in the right system. 27. STL (via WSH): Shane Bowers: The hockey sense and ability to make plays is intriguing, and he's already used to playing in a defense-first system. 28. OTT: Maxime Comtois: The big body has gone from a favorite to a sleeper in the span of one year. The multi-tool forward could be a rael treat in the nation's capital. 29. DAL (via ANA): Jason Robertson: Odds are that this pick is gone by the end of the night to another team, but Jason Robertson looks like a fit for almost any franchise. 30. NSH: Jesper Boqvist: The winger is a bit of a one-dimensional player, but his electric speed could make him a future premier asset on the wings in Nashville. 31. PIT: Pierre-Olivier Joseph: The defenseman can make plays and could be a steal for Pittsburgh at the end of the 1st with his ability to move the puck.
  5. Part 3 of my Final Rankings are up! I wasn't able to finish everything in time, so if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer or respond accordingly!

  6. Part 3: 32. C Morgan Frost, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 33. C Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 34. C Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State Huskies (NCAA) 35. RW Jesper Boqvist, Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 36. RW Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 37. RW Joni Ikonen, Frolunda HC (SHL) 38. RW Klim Kostin, Dynamo Balashikha (VHL) 39. D Josh Brook, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 40. F Grant Mismash, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 41. RW Lukas Elvenes, Rogle BK (SHL) 42. D Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 43. LW Jason Robertson, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 44. LW Isaac Ratcliffe, Guelph Storm (OHL) 45. D Robin Salo, Vaasan Sport (Liiga) 46. C Evan Barratt, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 47. RW MacKenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs 48. C Alex Formenton, London Knights (OHL) 49. C Vanya Lodnia, Erie Otters (OHL) 50. LW Ostap Safin, HC Sparta Praha (Extraliga) 51. RW Nick Henry, Regina Pats (WHL) 52. D Artem Minulin, Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 53. C Alex Chmelevski, Ottawa 67s (OHL) 54. D David Farrance, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 55. F Ivan Chekhovich, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) 56. C Scott Reedy, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 57. D Dylan Samberg, Hermantown High Hawks (USHS-MN)* 58. D Cale Fleury, Kootenay Ice (WHL) 59. F Jonah Gadjovich, Owen Sound Attack (OHL) 60. LW Matt Strome, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) 61. D Reilly Walsh, Chicago Steel (USHL) 62. RW Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 63. LW Rickard Hugg, Leksands IF (SHL) 64. C Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 65. C Ben Jones, Niagara Icedogs (OHL) 66. LW Yaroslav Alexeyev, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) 67. D Filip Westerlund, Frolunda HC (SHL) 68. F Jesse Koskenkorva, Karpat Oulu (FIN-U20) 69. D Max Gildon, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 70. D Jakub Galvas, HC Olomouc (Extraliga) 71. C Austen Keating, Ottawa 67s (OHL) 72. C Emil Bemstrom, Leksands IF J20 (SWE-J20) 73. C Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) 74. F Kirill Slepets, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)* 75. F Pavel Shen, Mamonty Yugry (MHL)* 76. F Kalle Miketinac, Frolunda HC (SWE-J20) 77. D Michael Anderson, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) 78. D Brady Lyle, North Bay Battalion (OHL) 79. D Dmitri Samorukov, Guelph Storm (OHL) 80. C Brady Gilmour, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 81. C Zach Gallant, Peterborough Petes (OHL) 82. F Denis Mikhnin, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 83. F Alexandre Texier, Grenoble (France)* 84. F MacAulay Carson, Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 85. C Jake Leschyshen, Regina Pats (WHL) 86. D Thomas Miller, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 87. D Tyler Inamoto, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 88. D Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) 89. D Brendan De Jong, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 90. D Jarret Tyszka, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 91. D Adam Thilander, North Bay Battalion (OHL) 92. F Joel Teasdale, BlainvilleBoisbriand Armada (QMJHL) 93. D Gustav Lindstrom, Almtuna IS (SWE-2) Goalies 1. G Jake Oettinger, Boston University Terriers (NCAA) 2. G Daniil Tarasov, Tolpar Ufa (MHL)* 3. G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK U20 (FIN-U20) 4. G Michael DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 5. G Keith Petruzelli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 6. G Dayton Rasmussen, Tri-City Storm (USHL) 7. G Maxim Zhukov, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 8. G Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 9. G Olle Eriksson Ek, Farjestad BK J20 (SWE-J20) 10. G Tomas Vomacka, Corpus Christi Ice Rays (NAHL) *Limited Viewing Player ***** Unfortunately I wasn't able to get everything done before it was too late, so if you'd like my thoughts on a particular player(s), please ask! I do have the profiles even if they aren't here right now, but it would take too long to put them all down at once so the prospects from the 2nd round and onwards will have to be more of a case by case basis as people make requests.
  7. That's been shot down as false, Vegas starting in 2018 will have to draft wherever they finish in the standings. Good thing is that the next two drafts look really promising so if teams in the lotto draft well they could pull themselves out of the gutter fairly easily.
  8. Seems like the answer in Anaheim was Theodore after all....Las Vegas leveraged all their moves. This is a team that is talented enough to make the playoffs right now with a bit of elbow grease and luck, but more importantly they have the assets elsewhere to really draft a strong core group as well. Masterful job by McPhee, and he's still got Free Agency and all the extra players he'll have to deal.
  9. Would I be revealing my mock draft too early if I did this now? 1. Nico Hischier 2. Nolan Patrick 3. Miro Heiskanen 4. Gabriel Vilardi 5. Cale Makar 6. Cody Glass 7. Elias Pettersson 8. Casey Mittelstadt 9. Martin Necas 10. Owen Tippett 11. Kristian Vesalainen 12. Nick Suzuki 13. Michael Rasmussen 14. Lias Andersson Klim Kostin 15. Eeli Tolvanen Juuso Valimaki 16. Robert Thomas
  10. Part 2 of my Final Rankings has been posted! That's my top 31, with more coming (probably).

     

    If you have any questions, ask away!

  11. Part 2: 16. LW/C Filip Chytil, HC Zlin (Czech Extraliga) [05/09/99] [6'2.25", 192 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [38 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 Pts, 16 PIM, -5][NHL Comparable: Patrick Marleau] Potential Peak: Top line scoring forward Projection: 2nd line scoring winger, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; shows good two-way responsibility and could be a good depth guy Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Fast Riser Report: Czech sniper has blown me away with his play this year. Very good skater, very smooth, excellent acceleration and with added lower-body muscle should have the top speed to be a ++ speedster. Shoot-first player who can use his body effectively in order to position himself in front of the net, but also has the puck skills and creativity to play off the rush or along the walls. A good defensive player with his positioning and active stick, who’s trusted by his national team coaches to help anchor the PK. Late riser, really young birthdate who started the year with no attention but is quickly becoming a darkhorse favorite among some scouts; a personal favorite. 17. D Conor Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) [18/09/98] [6'1.5", 183 lbs][Righty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [67 GP, 7 G, 54 A, 61 Pts, 69 PIM, +53][NHL Comparable: Mark Giordano] Potential Peak: Top pairing two-way defenseman Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defenseman, 35+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; not the biggest name, but could be a very valuable asset Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 8.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Jack-of-all-Trades Report: Didn’t even have him on the preliminary list of names to watch, but boy does he have game. Skates well, bit of a choppy stride and something that should continue to improve as it’s grown leaps and bounds compared to last year; his current abilities allow him to hold pucks in the zone and weave through traffic. Defensively, is a sheer pain to play against; will box you out of scoring areas and hits well above his weight class. Likes to skate with the puck, not the type to go for the low-percentage long bomb stretch pass unless he sees an opportunity, but he’s a very good passer in all situations and plays a good short game. Has a high panic threshold, can make good support plays in the face of aggressive defenses. Shoots well, but isn’t likely to be a main triggerman on the PP without more power. In general, shows smarts and the kind of well-rounded game that earns minutes with coaches. 18. RW Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) [16/02/99] [6'0.5", 203 lbs][Righty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [60 GP, 44 G, 31 A, 75 Pts, 36 PIM, +24][NHL Comparable: Evander Kane] Potential Peak: Top line scoring winger Projection: 2nd line scoring winger, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; has a lot of physical tools, but needs more guidance away from the puck Offense: 8.5 Defense: 7.5 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 9.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The High-Potential Speedster Report: An energetic scoring winger. Excellent skater with explosive acceleration and top speed, and decent agility and all-around mobility. Powerful shooter with sick hands. Not a smart player, makes odd decisions and has a bit of a case of tunnel vision offensively. Plays a hard physical game which helps create space for himself and his teammates. Needs to improve his sense of positioning, but the upside based on his speed and shot alone is incredible. 19. LW/RW Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) [29/09/98] [5'7.5", 146 lbs][Righty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [65 GP, 42 G, 57 A, 99 Pts, 46 PIM, +14][NHL Comparable: Johnny Gaudreau] Potential Peak: Top line playmaking winger Projection: 2nd line playmaking winger, 50+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: High; size and some injury concerns (concussions, etc.) Offense: 9.0 Defense: 7.5 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 9.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Dynamic Forward Report: Small, offense-first winger. Complete offensive arsenal, accurate wrister with some sizzle, excellent playmaker and hands of silk that enable him to break down defensive schemes. Quick, agile skater with shifty moves, but could use some more strength to improve balance when being leaned on. Can be feisty and gets to scoring areas, but his lack of size is a major detriment to retrieving the puck. Has good stick defensively and backchecks, but he can burst out of the zone early and will need to continue development on that side of his game. 20. LW/RW Kristian Vesalainen, HPK (Liiga) [01/06/99] [6'3.75", 209 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [9 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 Pt, 0 PIM, -1][NHL Comparable: Rick Nash] Potential Peak: Top line power forward Projection: 2nd line two-way winger, 40-50 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; could be a good depth player with his size and skating if he is willing to grind Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 9.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The High-Energy Competitor Report: Another toolsy project pick of a big man. Elite skater, top speed and acceleration are good and he’s pretty mobile to boot. Gives effort on the backcheck and is a solid two-way player. Protects the puck well for his age, although he could use more muscle mass and a mean streak. Offensively, has good hands and a hard shot, but needs to improve accuracy and release. Pretty good at using his teammates, but not a pure playmaker. Concerning lack of killer instinct, isn’t a natural finisher, but gets involved and tries to contribute in other ways. Could be a home run pick or a bust, some similarities to a Magnus Paajarvi type that keeps him from being a surefire star player, but no complaints about the work ethic. 21. D Nicolas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) [05/12/98] [6'5.5", 207 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [65 GP, 18 G, 28 A, 46 Pts, 107 PIM, +22][NHL Comparable: Pavel Kubina] Potential Peak: Top pairing two-way defenseman Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defenseman, 30+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: High; will need a lot of polish in order to acclimatize to the pro-style game Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 8.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Big Body Report: What scouts wished Logan Stanley was, at least in the offensive zone. A two-way blueliner with ridiculous wingspan. A bomb of a shot from the point and good passing abilities make him an offensive threat. Could use a bigger mean streak, but his size makes him a tough customer and he’s a ***** to play against in the corners. Skating is above average for a big man, but still needs work on his footwork and acceleration. Not bad defensively, has great reach and an active stick, but needs to improve his sense of positioning and his panic threshold. Hands need work, not going to be a puckhandler. Not going to be an elite transition player, probably excels more when the puck is already in the offensive or defensive zone. A very intriguing player with some holes but a lot of upside. 22. C Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans (WHL) [17/04/99] [6'5.5", 221 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [50 GP, 32 G, 23 A, 55 Pts, 50 PIM, -13][NHL Comparable: James van Riemsdyk] Potential Peak: Top line power forward Projection: 2nd line power forward, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; heavily reliant on PP production thus far Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 8.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Big Body Report: Absolutely massive; nobody can consistently defend someone of that size and he knows it. A very vanilla player offensively, and not super creative, but he’s got a good shot and he parks himself in the crease where he can pop in the tough goals. Very good skater, especially for his size, and plays a well-rounded game. Will not be an offensive dynamo or a gamebreaker, but NHL GMs salivate over that blend of size and scoring ability. The jury is out in terms of whether he’s the next Brian Boyle or a legitimate offensive threat, at least in my opinion, but he shows a lot of interesting qualities. 23. D Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) [17/06/99] [5'11.75", 188 lbs][Righty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [71 GP, 9 G, 39 A, 48 Pts, 38 PIM, +14][NHL Comparable: T.J. Brodie] Potential Peak: Complementary top pairing two-way blueliner “Safe” Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defender, 30+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; needs to build muscle to make himself more of a threat at both ends Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.5 Draft Archetype: The Puckmover Report: Underrated Finnish blueliner is one of the best transition players in the draft. Great skater with excellent agility can escape forecheckers and lead the rush. Great vision and passing abilities allow him to hit streaking forwards from distance. Good positional defender and should continue to improve in his own zone as he builds more strength to handle forwards. Has lots of puck poise and isn’t afraid to challenge players when he has the puck. Shot is a muffin which keeps him from threatening offensively, will need to improve his upper body strength, but has a lot of good tools for the modern game. A personal favorite. 24. C/LW Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) [08/01/99] [6'1.75", 207 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [64 GP, 22 G, 29 A, 51 Pts, 88 PIM, -7][NHL Comparable: Andrew Ladd] Potential Peak: Complementary top line power forward Projection: 2nd line power forward, 40+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; could potentially translate into a good depth player Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 8.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Question Mark Report: A very toolsy project player; fits the same kind of “big player with skill” mold of Quebecois players like Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nicolas Roy. A well-rounded player, plays the body and cycle game really well. A relatively strong defensive player who uses his strength to win puck battles and is generally where he needs to be. Skating speed is good, although he could be even more dynamic with better footwork and acceleration. Massively snakebitten this year; a major candidate to bounce back next year, but also a major candidate to disappoint production-wise. 25. D Erik Brannstrom, HV71 (SHL) [02/09/99] [5'9", 179 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [35 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 Pts, 2 PIM, +10][NHL Comparable: Kimmo Timonen] Potential Peak: Complementary top pairing two-way defenseman Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defenseman, 35+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: High; size will limit him severely at the NHL level, but skill and smarts are there Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 9.0 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The High-Risk, High-Reward Talent Report: Small defenseman with a lot of talent. Elite skater with excellent mobility allows him to toe the blueline and play aggressive defense. Strong lower body allows him to play even against bigger players. Good puck poise and reads allow him to dodge forecheckers and start the breakout. All the tools offensively except a threatening, powerful shot; can pass, stickhandle and get the puck on net with precision. Not great on puck battles for obvious reasons, but is solid defensively and if all else fails can contribute defensively by making the breakouts with speed and precision. Huge risk pick but if he works out he’s a real gem of a player. 26. D Callan Foote, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) [13/12/98] [6'4", 215 lbs][Righty][PROSPECT GRADE: A] [71 GP, 6 G, 51 A, 57 Pts, 41 PIM, +39][NHL Comparable: Aaron Ekblad] Potential Peak: Complementary top pairing defensive defenseman Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defender, 25-35 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; smart player but can’t skate well and isn’t a great puck handler Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.5 Physicality: 8.5 Skating: 7.5 Intangibles: 8.5 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 57.0 Draft Archetype: The Big Body Report: Massive blueliner from a noted prospect/defenseman factory in Kelowna. Has a good, hard shot, but needs to use it more. Can make an accurate first pass and is pretty smart on the breakout selection, and plays on the powerplay well all things considered. Has a wide defensive range and plays a physical, if unintimidating, brand of defensive hockey. Good active stick and positioning, the most polished defensive player in the draft out of the WHL and possibly the entire draft. Not a great puckhandler. Hangs high and needs to start moving before other players in order to keep up, speed is ok but the lack of mobility and acceleration are issues, thanks to his huge and still growing feet. Skating needs a lot of work, but the mind is there and the bloodlines are excellent. 27. C Joshua Norris, USA-U18s (USNTDP) [05/05/99] [6'0.5", 189 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [61 GP, 27 G, 34 A, 61 Pts, 36 PIM, +18][NHL Comparable: Ryan O’Reilly] Potential Peak: Complementary top line two-way center Projection: 2nd line two-way center, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; will need to get stronger to defend bigger opponents Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.5 Draft Archetype: The High-Energy Competitor Report: Gritty center has quick feet and a nose for the net. Good playmaker, but lacks a real threatening shot. Shows a lot of smarts, doesn’t tend to overplay the puck but just makes good reads. More quick than fast but gets around well and forechecks with attitude. Has an active stick and blocks shots. With his smarts and his workmanlike effort, he could be a sleeper pick for a major breakout next year. 28. C Shane Bowers, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) [30/07/99] [6'1.5", 178 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [60 GP, 22 G, 29 A, 51 Pts, 20 PIM, +14][NHL Comparable: Derick Brassard] Potential Peak: Complementary top line two-way winger Projection: 2nd line two-way forward, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; strength and consistency need to improve Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality:7.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.5 Draft Archetype: The Savvy, Skilled All-Rounder Report: Well-rounded talent performed very well offensively on a very defense-oriented team. Former top Q prospect is a quick skater with good jump, and plays a very solid defensive game with an emphasis on good backchecking and pressure. Still needs to fill out, but is a competitor and takes the puck to the net. Solid shooter from a distance and has the hands and skill to make plays in tight spaces, as well as score goals from in close. Intriguing skillset with another gear that has yet to be shown. 29. LW/C Marcus Davidsson, Djurgardens IF (SHL) [18/11/98] [6'0", 192 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [45 GP, 5 G, 4 A, 9 Pts, 6 PIM, -4][NHL Comparable: Nick Bonino] Potential Peak: Complementary top line two-way forward Projection: 2nd/3rd line two-way Center, 35-45 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Low; should make for a good depth player at worst Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.5 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.5 Draft Archetype: The Jack-of-all-Trades Report: Well-rounded prospect with some jump in his step. Quick acceleration allows him to drive the net and win races to loose pucks. Good positional player defensively who can pressure the puck carrier and transition the puck up the ice. Gets most of his goals through being a good netfront presence with quick hands. Not going to be a gamebreaker, but his well-roundedness makes him suitable to be a defensive stopper on one of the middle 6 spots. 30. D Urho Vaakanainen, JYP (Liiga) [01/01/99] [6'1.25", 188 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [41 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 Pts, 12 PIM, +5][NHL Comparable: Gabriel Landeskog] Potential Peak: Complementary top pairing two-way defender Projection: 2nd pairing two-way defender, 25-35 point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; should be able to fill a role on the bottom pairing at worst Offense: 8.0 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 8.0 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.0 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.0 Draft Archetype: The Question Mark Report: Talented defenseman with good skating plays a very safe game. Good transitional player with an accurate pass and the mobility to escape forecheckers. Not a creative or dynamic player, prefers to make the safe play and isn’t one to hold the line with pressure. Strong sense of balance. Plays a very solid defensive game based around good body positioning; doesn’t chase players. A very vanilla player, but his skills suggest more potential that he hasn’t quite tapped into. 31. C Alexei Lipanov, Dynamo Balashikha (VHL)* [17/08/99] [6'0.25", 168 lbs][Lefty][PROSPECT GRADE: A-] [21 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 Pts, 8 PIM, +5][NHL Comparable: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins] Potential Peak: Complementary top line playmaking center Projection: 2nd line playmaking center, 45+ point player in his prime Bust Factor: Moderate; Russian factor, lack of strength are all issues Offense: 8.5 Defense: 8.0 Physicality: 7.5 Skating: 8.5 Intangibles: 8.0 NHL-Readiness: 7.0 Potential: 8.5 Aggregate Score: 56.0 Draft Archetype: The Hardworking Skill Player Report: Rail-thin center has the skills to be a top-6 player on an NHL team. Primarily a playmaker, who uses his puck skills and vision to extend possession time until an opening is found. Good speed, acceleration and mobility but his lack of strength makes him prone to losing balance when leaned on. A good defensive player, strong positioning and an active stick, who anchors his national team’s PK whenever he’s available. A personal favorite. *Limited viewings
  12. Montour is not eligible for selection, so I am running on the assumption that you meant Manson. Technically yes, but the way I look at it is McPhee technically controls Manson/Vatanen as an asset now. If you're a rival GM, you're paying whatever value either would be worth in a trade in order to keep them. Even if Manson is protected, you now have Vatanen available or vice versa. What's the full value of either player in a hockey trade? The value will likely be slightly lower for one or the other based on contract and other factors but that's still a sizable amount, still not enough for any savings to be meaningfully cheap. Whatever Manson/Vatanen is worth to Anaheim, GM Bob Murray will have to pay in order to make any deal worthwhile. Whether that includes either Vatanen/Manson plus a smaller pick or a straight boatload of smaller assets doesn't matter as long as value matches up. At the end of the day one would have been exposed regardless and Anaheim would have to pay fair value in order to keep it. Is the full value of Vatanen Larsson and a 1st? Your answer to that probably decides what kind of deal you think Anaheim made, whether it's a full protection of both Manson and Vatanen or simply protecting one by sending small assets and allowing the other to leave. The decrease in value doesn't move on a scaled basis, which is why in the end it doesn't really matter whether Bieksa waived or not because odds are it wouldn't make much of a difference in terms of cost for Anaheim to protect both vs. protecting just one of Manson or Vatanen.
  13. They're loaded on quality defenders, so I would guess one of Jacob Larsson or Shea Theodore plus the 1st at minimum. Ideally for Vegas Theodore, ideally for Anaheim Larsson. With Lindholm under contract and Fowler being a top priority, the Ducks have the left-side top 4 filled for the next half-decade. Now I like Brandon Montour a lot and I would've been willing to just let Vatanen go without giving up assets if I had to, but they have a certain Cup window around Getzlaf and Perry and I guess they prefer the experience Vatanen would bring over the cap savings having Montour and Theodore would.
  14. It could, but I'd hope we aren't drafting by position that early and it doesn't explain Markus Granlund at 45. Late round picks are for filling out depth charts, I'd like to think that most teams try to pick off their list ignoring positional needs (knowing that it does play a role in making a first round pick, but it shouldn't be the primary factor, only the tiebreaker).
  15. I assume the playcall was to get both, hoping that Kucherov would fall to the 4th and Gaudreau even further (in which case they would have made out like bandits). But it's clear that at the very least Tod Button liked them both enough to prefer them over some of the actual ranked guys on the list. Again, on some level personal preferences go into a final list, but you don't want to be the guy who makes that call only to find out that his instincts were a bust, although in this case Tod would have had a job for life if he got both Kucherov and Gaudreau and they both panned out the way they have. How much sway should a hunch have on an evaluation sheet made of number?