2015 NHL Mock Draft: McDavid a McOiler

The drama of the draft lottery has now played out. We now know Connor McDavid will sport the copper and blue of the Edmonton Oilers. Unless something unforeseen occurs: McDavid pulls a Lindros (don’t see that happening) or Chiarelli pulls a Seguin (think he learned from that deal). Let’s get right to the picks.

NHL Mock Draft: The Picks

Connor McDavid

  1. Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/185 lbs


Team: Erie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Dynamic forward; generational talent

No brainer here. McDavid now a McOiler. Edmonton fourth 1st overall pick in 6 years. This is the one that truly makes the difference, is it not?

[Related: Connor McDavid Worthy of “The Next One” Moniker]

Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid: Top prize for the NHL draft lottery winner (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
  1. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/193 lbs

Position: C

Team: Boston Univ. (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: The 2015 Hober Baker winner is a high octane, cornerstone franchise centre.

Don’t feel bad for the Sabres; Eichel will be phenomenal.


[Related: Jack Eichel: Hockey’s Ultimate Consolation Prize]


Arizona Coyotes: Mitch Marner

Mitch Marner, OHL, Hockey, London Knights
Mitch Marner is a magician with the puck and smart without it. (Photo: OHL Images)

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/164 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: London (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Exceptional acceleration and highly creative, The Magician won’t be denied at the next level; after slow start, perhaps most impressive CHLer this season

Coyotes love their Knights. In somewhat of a surprise pick (to some), Arizona gets a player they feel will be a dynamic sparkplug difference-maker.

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mathew Barzal

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/174 lbs

Position: C

Team: Seattle (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: The Cerebral Catalyst is a visionary playmaking centreman.

Leaf Nation scream for Dylan Strome ; Leafs’ brass opt for the kid they think can evolve into the next coming of Claude Giroux.

  1. Carolina Hurricanes: Dylan Strome

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/177 lbs

Position: C

Team: Erie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: NYI’s Ryan’s brother; creative, visionary offensive centre, defensively responsible; The Comeback Kid came from behind on last day of OHL regular season to overtake Mitch Marner for OHL scoring crown and tie for CHL scoring lead.

  1. New Jersey Devils: Kyle Connor

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/170 lbs


Team: Youngstown (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Two-way, intelligent playmaking centreman; The It Factor of this draft class.

Devils go slightly off the board, but get their guy. Hanifin continues to slip.

  1. Philadelphia Flyers: Noah Hanifin

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/200 lbs


Team: Boston College (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Phenomenal skating ability, high hockey IQ, mature game; has the tools and potential to contend for the title of Next Great American Defenseman.

Flyers can’t pass on this lad.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets: Ivan Provorov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/191 lbs

Position: D

Team: Brandon (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Highly skilled, versatile defender with laser-like precision passing skills, close to NHL-ready

Ivan Provorov, not just a great Bond villain name, but a Russian Factor in the 2015 NHL Draft

  1. San Jose Sharks: Zack Werenski

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/206 lbs

Position: D

Team: Univ. of Michigan (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Versatile combination of size, skating, strength, two-way blueliner; some think Werenski (Mr. Potential) could develop into the best defenseman of this draft class.

  1. Colorado Avalanche: Mikko Rantanen

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/195 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: TPS Turku (a) (SM-liiga)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Great size, high hockey IQ, tough on the boards, good puck protections skills; The Finnish Havoc is the 2015 NHL Draft’s Top European Prospect.

  1. Florida Panthers: Lawson Crouse

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/200 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Kingston (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Burgeoning power forward impressive as draft eligible prospect at World Juniors; he’s Every Coachs Dream and possesses a unique brand of passing.

  1. Dallas Stars: Pavel Zacha

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/200 lbs

Position: C/LW

Team: Liberec (CZE)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Tantalizing combination of size, skill, shot & work ethic

  1. Los Angeles Kings^: Timo Meier

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/209 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Halifax Mooseheads

Prospect Profiler Notes: Good size, strong, responsible Swiss winger with excellent puck skills; the top prospect out of the Q this year delivers the works.

  1. Boston Bruins: Nick Merkley

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/175 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: Kelowna (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Catalyst for positive plays all over the rink

  1. Calgary Flames: Thomas Chabot

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/179 lbs

Position: D

Team: Saint John (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Blueliners’ surging stock reminiscent of that of Travis Sanheim’s in 2014.


  1. Edmonton Oilers*: Jakub Zboril

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/184 lbs

Position: D

Team: Saint John (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Well rounded defender with high hockey IQ; some offensive upside, but more smooth than flashy

  1. Winnipeg Jets: Jansen Harkins

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/177 lbs

Position: C

Team: Prince George (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Bloodlines, character, smart two-way playmaker

  1. Ottawa Senators: Paul Bittner

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/201 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Portland (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Prototypical power forward with a good shot

  1. Detroit Red Wings: Oliver Kylington

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/180 lbs

Position: D

Team: Farjestads BK (SHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Stock has taken a beating this season, but the tools remain – outstanding skating, puck-moving dman; youngest player to score a goal in the SHL.

Swedish prospect. Slipping stock. Falls to Red Wings. How does this story end?

  1. Minnesota Wild: Travis Konecny

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/172 lbs

Position: C

Team: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Picasso-on-ice; sensational creativity, speed and blistering shot; CHL Top Prospects game MVP

  1. Buffalo Sabres*: Jeremy Roy

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/183 lbs

Position: D

Team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Offensive, great puck skills, puckmoving defenseman, powerplay QB

  1. Washington Capitals: Colin White

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/175 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: USA U18 NTDP

Prospect Profiler Notes: Patrice Bergeron 2.0 – does all the small things coaches covet

  1. Vancouver Canucks: Evgeni Svechnikov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/180 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Cape Breton (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Ridiculous upside; smooth North American transition for big, skilled forward

  1. Arizona Coyotes*: Thomas Novak

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/172 lbs

Position: C

Team: USA U18 NTDP

Prospect Profiler Notes: High octane, skilled playmaking centre has high hockey IQ and a wicked wrister

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs*: Brock Boeser

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/192 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Waterloo (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: High hockey IQ and lethal shot

  1. Philadelphia Flyers*:Daniel Sprong

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/175 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Flying Dutchman; electrifying offensive sparkplug originally from Amsterdam; has to continue to develop team game

  1. Winnipeg Jets*: Jake DeBrusk

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/177 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Swift Current (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Louie’s son has explosive scoring ability and contributed on over one-third of the Broncos’s points registered.

  1. Anaheim Ducks: Jeremy Bracco

Ht/Wt: 5′ 9″/156 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: USA U18 NTDP

Prospect Profiler Notes: Undersized but limitless offensive upside – creative, energetic, slick puck skills

Ducks fans hope for another Paul Kariya in the making.

  1. Montreal Canadiens: Filip Chlapik

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/194 lbs
Position: C
Team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Not flashy, but intelligent two-way, playmaking centre sees the ice well; deceptive skating ability that could still use improvement

  1. Tampa Bay Lighting*: Brandon Carlo

Ht/Wt: 6′ 5″/198 lbs

Position: D

Team: Tri-City (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Desirable monster sized defenseman who skates really well; understands defensive side of the puck, developing offensive side

*1st Round Traded Draft Picks (via MyNHLdraft)

# 16 – Edmonton receives Pittsburgh’s 2015 1st round pick and Rob Klinkhammer for David Perron.

# 21 – Buffalo receives the NY Islanders 2015 1st and 2nd round pick and Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek.

# 24 – Arizona receives Chicago’s 2015 1st round pick and Klas Dahlbeck for Antoine Vermette.

# 25 – Toronto receives Nashville’s 2015 1st round pick, Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli.

# 26 – Philadelphia receives Tampa Bay’s 2015 1st round pick, a 3rd round pick and Radko Gudas for Braydon Coburn. If Tampa wins the draft lottery, the Flyers would receive the Rangers 1st round pick that Tampa Bay previously acquired.

# 27 – Winnipeg receives the lesser of Buffalo’s acquired 1st round picks (either STL or NYI), Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf. Buffalo receives St. Louis’s 2015 1st round pick, Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and William Carrier for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott

# 30 – Tampa Bay receives the NY Rangers a 2015 1st and 7th round pick, 2014 1st round pick and Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis and a 2015 2nd round pick.

– Carolina receives Los Angeles’s 2015 1st round pick (lottery protected this year) and Roland McKeown for Andrej Sekera.