2015 NHL Mock Draft: Stanley Cup Final Edition – Round 1

The drama of the NHL draft lottery has long since played out. With the Lightning and Blackhawks duelling it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the final order of the draft is almost set. Let’s get right to the picks.

Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid: Top prize for the NHL draft lottery winner – the Edmonton Oilers. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Round 1

  1. Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/190 lbs

Position: C

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]

  1. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/194 lbs

Position: C

Team: Boston Univ. (NCAA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: The 2015 Hobey 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]

  1. Arizona Coyotes: 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; has the tools and potential to contend for the title of Next Great American Defenseman.

Coyotes contemplate both Strome and Marner, but can’t pass on this blueliner with scintillating skating.

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Dylan Strome

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/187 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.

Leafs Nation become immediately enamoured with the talented centreman with desirable size and extraordinary upside.

  1. Carolina Hurricanes: Mitch Marner

Ht/Wt: 5’11″/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

The Canes cannot pass up the best player available – they rightfully feel he will be a dynamic spark plug difference-maker.

  1. New Jersey Devils: Mathew Barzal

Ht/Wt: 6’0″/183 lbs

Position: C

Team: Seattle (WHL)

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

Devils’ brass opt for the kid they think can evolve into the next coming of Claude Giroux, much to the chagrin of Flyers faithful.

  1. Philadelphia Flyers: 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.

Flyerss go slightly off the board, but get their guy.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets: 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. San Jose Sharks: 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. Colorado Avalanche: Ivan Provorov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/191 lbs

Position: D

Team: Brandon (WHL)

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

The Avs might have just snagged ultimately the best blueliner in this draft class

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

  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 Coach’s Dream and possesses a unique brand of passing.

  1. Dallas Stars: 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. Los Angeles Kings: 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. Boston Bruins: 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. 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 (via Pittsburgh Penguins): 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. Winnipeg Jets: 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. Ottawa Senators: Jansen Harkins

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/177 lbs

Position: C

Team: Prince George (WHL)

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


  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: Brock Boeser

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/192 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Waterloo (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: High hockey IQ and lethal shot

The Wild land the Burnsville, Minnesota native, hoping he develops into elite finisher.

  1. Buffalo Sabres (via New York Islanders): 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. 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: Paul Bittner

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/201 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Portland (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Prototypical power forward with a good shot

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Nashville Predators): 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

Shanny and crew cannot believe their fortune as Merkley slips to them at 24. Size and skating have been criticized by some, but this lad is too smart and too determined to be denied. 

  1. Winnipeg Jets (via St. Louis Blues): 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. Montreal Canadiens: Denis Guryanov

Ht/Wt:6′ 2″/183 lbs
Team: Togliatti 2 (RUS-JR.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Lethal offensive weapons; tantalizing combination of size and skill

  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. Tampa Bay Lighting (via New York Rangers): Noah Juulsen

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/175 lbs
Position: D
Team: Everett (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Two-way blueliner with lethal shot and mean streak

  1. Arizona Coyotes (via Chicago Blackhawks): Joel Eriksson Ek

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/180 lbs
Position: C
Team: Farjestad Jr. (SWE-JR.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Smart, skilled, complete centreman with high compete level 

  1. Philadelphia Flyers (via Tampa Bay Lightning)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

Often compared to Phil Kessel. It only seems fitting that the Netherlands native sports orange in the big league.

*For Round 2 results, click here.

[Related: THW’s War Room Top 180 Draft Rankings]