So we have stockpiled 3 picks in this draft. Assuming Stl makes the playoffs which I believe they will. I am curious who you guys take and why with those 3 picks. Assuming the draft was today, sort of like a mack draft. Obviously this is just based on speculation that the player will still be available.
3rd Overall Pick(Flames) - Jonathan Drouin - QMJHL - I strongly believe that Jones and Mackinnon go first and second. I know we have strived for that number 1 center for years, but I don't pass on Drouin to take Barkov or Lindholm. Drouin has shown this year even without Mackinnon at times... Looking just as dominant as ever. He had nearly a 2ppg in the Q, and in the playoffs has 10 points in 4 games! Incredible Talent. Future star.
17th Overall Pick(Blues) - Nikita Zadorov - OHL - Okay... I do not know if he falls to 17th. I have looked at lots of mock drafts which have him going any were from top 10 to 2nd round. I feel he most definitely has the size and talent to go top 10, but he is Russian and is still having trouble with English. This may scare some teams off. Now if you don't know who Zadorov is... He is a giant stay at home Dman with some offensive upside. The kid stands 6'5 and 230 pounds. Everything I read and see about this kid makes me think he is perfect for a 17th pick if possible. He has 25 Pts +33 in 63 games +with the London Knights. He most definitely still needs work in all areas of his game, but he definitely has the talent and the size to be a great top pairing dman in the league one day. I take him and give him the time to develop.
29th Overall Pick(Penguins) - Bo Horvat/Jason Dickinson - If I can get either of these guys here I do. Both strong on the puck, and decent skaters. The thing I like about both of them is they have some grit and look to be good 3rd line penalty killers, who will put up points.