“Whether it be the Boston Bruins going off the board to take Zachary Senyshyn, the rapid rise or fall of a Swedish blueliner’s stock, or Nikita Korostelev free-falling to the seventh round, a mock draft can go off the rails quicker than Auston Matthews can execute a dynamic, game-changing play. This draft class, though maybe not as heralded as the 2015 McEichel special one, possesses great depth.”
- ^As stated in the 2016 NHL Mock Draft: The Next Ones Offseason Edition
*NHL Draft Lottery Order determined by team points per game and simulation ran on Tankathon; visit this link to see how the NHL lottery is to be ran in 2016.
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Auston Matthews, C, Zurich (SUI)
Were he born two days earlier, Auston “Powers” would have given Jack Eichel a run for his money for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 Draft. Team USA and is eventual NHL team hopeful he develops into an American version of Jonathan Toews.
- Carolina Hurricanes: Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL)
Son of Keith is a chip off the old block and is currently torching the OHL.
- Calgary Flames: Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnia (OHL)
Tantalizing combination of size, skating ability, skill and hockey smarts.
- Edmonton Oilers: Jesse Puljujarvi, C/RW, Karpat (FIN)
— HockeyProspect.com (@ScoutingService) November 17, 2015
- Colorado Avalanche: Julien Gauthier, C/RW, Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
Size. Shot. Skating. A offensive power forward’s hat trick of goodness. 23 in just 27 games played thus far.
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Alexander Nylander, LW/RW, Mississauga (OHL)
Alex’s brother is indeed Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander.
— Rob Leth (@RobLeth) December 2, 2015
- Buffalo Sabres: Logan Brown, C, WIndsor (OHL)
The son of veteran NHL blueliner Jeff Brown is a mammoth 6’6” centre who can skate and possesses enticing skillset.
- Anaheim Ducks: Patrik Laine, LW, Tappara (FIN)
Gifted Finnish forward can certainly finish, but does possess some red flags.
— Mark Edwards (@MarkEdwardsHP) December 1, 2015
- Winnipeg Jets: Mike McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
ISS has the relentless centreman as a top 5 pick.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL)
— FCHockey (@FCHockey) December 2, 2015
- Philadelphia Flyers: Max Jones, C/LW, London (OHL)
- Vancouver Canucks: Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Dubois possesses desirable size, outstanding compete level, and is simply a well-rounded forward overall.
- Florida Panthers: Kieffer Bellows, C/LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
American Sniper, the hockey prospect.
- New Jersey Devils: Clayton Keller, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
Slightly undersized centreman is an adaptive, explosive offensive catalyst with a marksman shot.
- Arizona Coyotes: Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) November 18, 2015
- Chicago Blackhawks: Mikhail Sergachyov, D, Windsor (OHL)
Talented two-way Russian defender surging up the draft rankings.
- Boston Bruins (via San Jose Sharks): Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)
Super-poised blueliner is an apprentice to Philadelphia Flyers’ first rounder Travis Sanheim, and himself looks more than capable of running a NHL powerplay QB.
- New York Islanders: Libor Hajek, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
Multi-faceted minute-munching defenseman.
- Detroit Red Wings: Vitali Abramov, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL)
Undersized dynamic forward is lighting up the QMJHL.
- Ottawa Senators: Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Brett Howden looks like total pro. Big, mobile winger that uses his smarts to compliment his linemates and keeps things simple with the puck
— Zenon Herasymiuk (@ZenonHerasymiuk) October 16, 2015
- Minnesota Wild: Tyson Jost, C/LW, Penticton (BCHL)
Tremendous speed and hockey IQ.
- Boston Bruins: Sam Steel, C, Regina (WHL)
One of the best names of this draft class.
— The Draft Analyst (@TheDraftAnalyst) September 25, 2015
- Nashville Predators: Chad Krys, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
Undersized, puck-moving, two-way defender makes up for size concerns with his high hockey IQ and the way he processes the game.
- Toronto Maple Leafs (via Pittsburgh Penguins): Alex DeBrincat, RW, Erie (OHL)
Scoring at over 2 points-per-game clip in OHL. If he was 5’11’’, we’re talking top 5 pick.
- Carolina Hurricanes (via Los Angeles Kings): Samuel Girard, D, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Sublime skating, savvy blueliner is undersized, but another with the ability to overcome.
- St. Louis Blues: Tyler Benson, LW, Vancouver (WHL)
Has been highly touted since he was a 14-year-old. His game is really seeming to come together after some difficulties, and could be a riser as the season progresses.
- Arizona Coyotes (via NY Rangers): Kale Clague, D, Brandon (WHL)
Don’t let the stat line fool you when it comes to this smart, two-way defender.
- Washington Capitals: Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston University (H-EAST)
Mature, confident two-way defenseman with good hockey instincts.
- Dallas Stars: Rasmus Asplund, C, Färjestad BK (SHL)
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) November 28, 2015
- Montreal Canadiens: Luke Kunin, C, University of Wisconsin (BIG 10)
Luke Kunin, still with the Badgers, popping the water bottle in the second period pic.twitter.com/HrTGP2e8zZ
— Jashvina Shah (@icehockeystick) November 21, 2015
1st Round Traded Draft Picks
as per MyNHLdraft
- Boston receives San Jose’s 2016 1sts round pick and Sean Kuraly for Martin Jones.
- Toronto receives Pittsburgh’s 2016 1st round pick (conditional – lottery protected) and a 3rd round pick, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington and Nick Spaling for Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Exiron and Pittsburgh’s 2016 2nd round pick (previously acquired, and is conditional).
- Carolina receives Los Angeles’s 2016 1st round pick and Roland McKeown for Andrej Sekera.
- Arizona receives the NY Rangers 2016 1st round pick (lottery protected), a 2015 2nd round pick, Anthony Duclair, and John Moore for Keith Yandle (50 percent of his salary retained by the Coyotes), Chris Summers and a 2016 4th round pick.
Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com