2015 NHL Mock Draft: Stanley Cup Final Edition – Round 2

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.  Round 1 of this edition of The Next Ones’ mock draft is in the books. Let’s get right to the second round picks.

The 2014 City of Brotherly Love NHL Draft Floor, Philadelphia (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2014 City of Brotherly Love NHL Draft Floor, Philadelphia (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Round 2 Selections

*For Round 1 results, click here.

  1. Buffalo Sabres: Ilya Samsonov

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/200 lbs
Position: G
Team: Magnitogorsk 2 (RUS-JR.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Toolsy, confident, poised goaltender

  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. Edmonton Oilers: Daniel Vladar

Ht/Wt: 6′ 5″/185 lbs
Position: G
Team: Kladno (CZE Jr.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Agile, athletic, technically sound netminder with desirable size

Oilers hopeful they’ve found a longterm solution between the pipes.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Toronto Maple Leafs): Jack Roslovic

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/183 lbs

Position: RW


Prospect Profiler Notes: Intelligent, energetic, quick forward

The Blue Jackets select the hometown kid.

35. Carolina Hurricanes: 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.”

  1. New Jersey Devils: 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. Boston Bruins (via Philadelphia): 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

Carlo found his stock falling as the season evolved; Bruins hope they have found a Johnny Boychuk clone.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets: Rasmus Andersson

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/209 lbs

Position: D

Team: Barrie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Excellent offensive instincts; adventurous in his own zone; high upside

  1. San Jose Sharks: Parker Wotherspoon

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/209 lbs

Position: D

Team: Tri-City (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Poised, physical two-way defenseman; brother of Flames’ Tyler

  1. Colorado AvalancheVince Dunn

Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/187 lbs

Position: D

Team: Niagara (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Mobile, creative puckmoving defenseman

  1. New Jersey Devils (via Florida): Guillaume Brisebois

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/175 lbs

Position: D

Team: Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Opposition won’t breeze by this blueliner; defensively sound two-way defenseman

  1. Ottawa Senators (via Dallas): Zachary Senyshyn

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/192 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Smart, fast, two-way forward has seen stock trending up

Senators select hometown kid.

  1. Los Angeles Kings: Jonas Siegenthaler

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/220 lbs

Position: D

Team: ZSC (SUI 1 – NLA)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Big, mobile defender with precision passing

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (Via Boston): Gabriel Carlsson

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/183 lbs
Position: D
Team: Linkoping (SWE-JR.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Smart shutdown defenseman with tremendous frame; keeps the game simple

  1. Calgary Flames: Jacob Larsson

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/191 lbs
Position: D
Team: Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR.)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Smooth, smart, complete defender.

Flames think they have a real gem on their hands, surprised to find him still on the board mid-way through the second round.

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins: Dennis Yan

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/184 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Dynamic goal-scoring potential; really good vision and skating

  1. Winnipeg Jets: Alexander Dergachev

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/200 lbs
Position: C/RW 
Team: SKA-St.Petersburg (MHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: A Russian Lawson Crouse (stick tap to Eldon MacDonald) and can score

  1. Ottawa Senators: Roope Hintz

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/185 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: Ilves (SM-liiga)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Energetic two-way forward plays a simple, smart game


  1. Dallas Stars (via Detroit): Mitchell Stephens

Ht/Wt: 5′ 11″/188 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: Saginaw (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Speedy, resilient forward with high compete level and excellent intangibles; had outstanding U18s tournament

  1. Minnesota Wild: Christian Fischer

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/212 lbs

Position: RW


Prospect Profiler Notes: Powerful winger with good puck protection skills and high compete level

  1. Buffalo Sabres (via New York Islanders): Mackenzie Blackwood

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/205 lbs

Position: G

Team: Barrie (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Possesses the size, athleticism and tracking ability that you want in a potential franchise netminder. Some have dubbed him Luongo-esque.

  1. Calgary Flames (via Washington): Nicolas Roy

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/203 lbs

Position: C

Team: Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: High level hockey sense, really good hands, obvious size; skating needs work

  1. Calgary Flames (via Vancouver Canucks): Mitchell Vande Sompel

Ht/Wt: 5′ 10″/182 lbs

Position: D

Team: Saginaw (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Versatile special teams demon; PPQB and can play forward on the PK. Though undersized, powerful and smooth skater, and is a visionary, creative offensive catalyst.

  1. Chicago Blackhawks (compensatory pick): Erik Foley

Ht/Wt: 5′ 11″/185 lbs

Position: LW

Team: Cedar Rapids (USHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Relentless, playmaking forward; many dub him a sleeper in this draft class

  1. Nashville Predators: Ryan Pilon

Ht/Wt: 6′ 2″/210 lbs

Position: D

Team: Brandon (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Good sized two-way defenseman with a hard shot and desirable passing skills; Rich Pilon’s nephew a calm defender, but seems to lack urgency.

  1. St. Louis Blues: Nikita Korostelev

Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″/195 lbs

Position: RW

Team: Sarnia (OHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Tremendous collection of offensive tools; lacks consistency

Blues can afford to swing for the fences; doesn’t hurt to have Tarasenko as a mentor.

  1. Edmonton Oilers (via Montreal): 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

Though he didn’t have the season many projected, Oilers feel he has the potential to be an impactful defenseman at the next level.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Anaheim): Gabriel Gagne

Ht/Wt: 6’5″/185 lbs
Position: RW
Team: Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Sleeper prospect with power forward potential; mobile with quality finishing ability

  1. Arizona Coyotes (via New York Rangers): Adam Musil

Ht/Wt: 6′ 3″/210 lbs

Position: C/RW

Team: Red Deer (WHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: Has the makings of a devastating power forward; he exhibited his tremendous upside with an excellent start to the WHL season, but production drastically tailed off after that; look out if he can put it all together.


60. Philadelphia Flyers (via Chicago): Jordan Greenway

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4″/214 lbs

Position: LW


Prospect Profiler Notes: Mobile power forward

  1. New York Rangers (via Tampa Bay): Anthony Beauvillier

Ht/Wt: 5’10″/173 lbs
Position: C/LW
Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Prospect Profiler Notes: As East Coast hockey bird dog Eldon MacDonald sums him up: “Always on fire, wheels always a-turning; the Q’s version of Nick Merkley.”

*For Round 1 results, click here. 

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