2015 NHL Mock Draft: New Year’s Edition

Connor McDavid
Will be tough to find a 2015 NHL Mock Draft without Connor McDavid going first overall. (Photo: OHL Images)

Whether it be the Philadelphia Flyers going off the board to take Samuel Morin, the rapid rise of a Swedish blueliner’s stock, or Anthony Duclair slip sliding to the third round, a mock draft can go off the rails quicker than Connor McDavid can execute a wraparound. This draft class could be one for the ages with many pundits comparing it to the revered class of 2003.

2015 NHL Mock Draft: The Next Ones New Year’s Edition

The draft order is based on each team’s points per game played as of January 9th, 2015 taking into account the differing number of games played by various clubs.

1. Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/185 lbs

Position:C

Team: Erie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Dynamic forward; generational talent

2. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/193 lbs

Position: C

Team: Boston Univ. (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: High octane, cornerstone franchise centre

3. Carolina Hurricanes: Noah Hanifin

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/200 lbs

Position:D

Team: Boston College (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Phenomenal skating ability, high hockey IQ, mature game

4. New Jersey Devils: 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

5. Arizona Coyotes: Mitch Marner

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/164 lbs

Position: C

Team: London (OHL)

Mitch Marner
Mitch Marner (Photo: OHL Images)

Prospect Profiler Notes: A hockey magician with exceptional acceleration and highly creative; after slow start, perhaps most impressive CHLer.

6. Philadelphia Flyers: 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

7. Columbus Blue Jackets: Oliver Kylington

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/180 lbs

Position: D

Team: Farjestads BK (SHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Outstanding skating, puck-moving dman; youngest player to score a goal in the SHL.

8. Ottawa Senators: 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

9. Colorado Avalanche: 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

10. Minnesota Wild: Pavel Zacha

Pavel Zacha
Pavel Zacha (Photo: OHL Images)

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/200 lbs

Position: C/LW

Team: Liberec (CZE)

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

11. Calgary Flames: 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

12. Dallas Stars: Kyle Connor

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/170 lbs

Position:C

Team: Youngstown (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Two-way, intelligent playmaking centreman

13. Toronto Maple Leafs: Nick Merkley

Nick Merkley: one of the top forwards available for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Nick Merkley: one of the top forwards available for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/175 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: Kelowna (WHL)

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

Here’s FC Hockey’s head WHL scout on Merkley:

14. Boston Bruins: Mathew (Matt) Barzal

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/174 lbs

Position: C

Team: Seattle (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Cerebral, visionary playmaking centreman

15. Winnipeg Jets: Jansen Harkins

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/177 lbs

Position: C

Team: Prince George (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Bloodlines (son of Todd), character, extremely smart two-way playmaker

16. Los Angeles Kings: 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

17. San Jose Sharks: Travis Konecny

Travis Konecny
Travis Konecny (Photo: OHL Images)

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/172 lbs

Position: C

Team: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Picasso-on-ice – sensational creativity and speed

18. Florida Panthers: Jeremy Roy

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/183 lbs

Position: D

Team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

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

19. Washington Capitals: 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

20. Vancouver Canucks: Nicolas Meloche

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/202 lbs

Position: D

Team: Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Eastern hockey bird-dog, Eldon MacDonald:

“Mr. Poise – NHL size, NHL meanness – effective on the power play.”

21. Buffalo Sabres*: Brock Boeser

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/192 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Waterloo (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: High hockey IQ and lethal shot

22. Detroit Red Wings: Daniel Sprong

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/175 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Flying Dutchman; electrifying offensive spark-plug originally from Amsterdam

23. Tampa Bay Lighting*: 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

24. Chicago Blackhawks: Matthew Spencer

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/190 lbs

Position: D

Team: Peterborough (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: All around blueliner with very good skating, physicality and puck skills

25. Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Novak

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/172 lbs

Position: C

Team: USA U18 NTDP

Prospect Profiler Notes: See ISS scouting report:

26. EdmontonOilers*: Paul Bittner

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/201 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Portland (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Prototypical power forward with a good shot

27. Montreal Canadiens: 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

28. Tampa Bay Lighting: Jakub Zboril

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/184 lbs

Position: D

Team: Saint John (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Well rounded defender with offensive flare

29. Anaheim Ducks: Jordan Greenway

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/214 lbs

Position: LW

Team: USA U18 NTDP (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Mobile power forward

30. Nashville Predators: 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

 

*1st Round Traded Draft Picks

# 21 – Sabres receives Blues’ 2015 1st round pick, Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and William Carrier for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott

# 23 – Lightning receives NYR a 2015 1st & 7th round picks, 2014 1st round pick and Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis and a 2015 2nd round pick.

# 25 – Sabres receives the NYI 2015 1st and 2nd round pick and Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek.

#26 – Oilers receives Penguins’ 2015 1st round pick and Rob Klinkhammer for David Perron.

 

Draft Day Off the Board Candidate

Omaha Lancers forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, JFK, has one of the best names of draft eligible prospects. He also has game, on display in the video/GIF above with a nifty deke. He was forward of the week in the USHL in December at one point registering 9 points in 3 games. There’s quite a degree of uncertainty as to where the Boston University commit ends up on draft weekend.