The 1st round of The Next Ones NHL Mock Draft Final Edition is already in the books. Let’s dive right into round two.
Round 2 – The Picks
Picks are listed in order as per Pro Sports Transactions.
[If name hyperlinked, takes you to The Next Ones in-depth profile]
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack (BCHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Mobile defenseman finds his stock rising, possessing tremendous upside
Road to the NHL Draft: Dennis Cholowski. https://t.co/FQhJGTi7Md
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) June 14, 2016
- Edmonton Oilers: Kale Clague, D, Brandon (WHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Smart, smooth skating two-way defender. He is positionally sound with tremendous offensive upside.
[Bruins to receive 2015-17 second round pick (Oilers option) from Oilers on 2015-04-24 as compensation for president of hockey operations / GM Peter Chiarelli.]
- Florida Panthers: Samuel Girard, D, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Sublime skating, savvy blueliner is undersized, but another player with the ability to overcome this perceived shortcoming. He was one of the top scoring defenseman in the CHL this season.
Wrote 35 draft profiles over the last few weeks. Prospect who intrigues me most is Samuel Girard. Getting him in Rd 2 would be a huge steal
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 20, 2016
[Canucks sent 33rd overall pick to Panthers in the Gudbranson trade.]
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Alex DeBrincat, RW, Erie (OHL)
Scoring at a ridiculous clip in the OHL. If he was 5’11’’, we’re likely talking top 10 consideration. He has superior hockey sense, elusive mobility, and dynamic offensive ability. He had a frustrating World Juniors tournament – one of those scenarios in which he did not help his stock, but won’t greatly suffer as a result either. With 51 goals scored in the regular season, he was tops for first year draft eligible players in the CHL.
[Blue Jackets to send 2016-18 second round pick (Blue Jackets option) to Canucks on 2015-10-21 as compensation for head coach John Tortorella]
Prospect Profiler Notes: Energetic forward possesses really good puck poise and puck protection skills
- Winnipeg Jets: Carl Grundstrom, LW, MODO (SHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Physical, fast scoring forward
— Last Word On Hockey (@LastWordOnPuck) May 9, 2016
- Arizona Coyotes: Nathan Bastian, RW, Mississauga (OHL)
Stock rising on this banging and crashing big power forward who is smart with the puck.
Prospect Profiler Notes: Tenacious, consistent, reliable forward with good speed can pinch in offensively
- Montreal Canadiens: Will Bitten, C, Flint (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Quick, skilled forward, effective along the boards, does not back down
ICYMI – We started our road to the NHL Draft by naming my steal of this year's draft. Trust me, he's way too low. https://t.co/O1a6OLKB3D
— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) May 10, 2016
- Colorado Avalanche: Vitali Abramov, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL)
Undersized dynamic forward is lighting up the QMJHL.He possesses hyperdrive acceleration. Will he slip in the draft due to size or be a draft day riser because of The Gaudreau Effect?
[Sharks Traded Brad Stuart to Avalanche for 2016 second round pick, 2017 sixth round pick on 2014-07-01. Avalanche traded 2015 second round pick (#31-Jeremy Roy) to Sharks for 2015 second round pick (#39-A.J. Greer), and 2016 second round pick 2017 sixth round pick on 2015-06-27).]
- New Jersey Devils: Sam Steel, C, Regina (WHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: One of the best names of this draft class, the slick centreman possesses patience and poise with the puck.
- Ottawa Senators: Filip Gustavsson, G, Lulea HF U20 (SuperElit)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Super poised – cool, calm, and collective. Top netminder in the draft?
— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) June 1, 2016
- Carolina Hurricanes: Taylor Raddysh, RW, Erie (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Size, shot, and smarts. Power forward especially effective on PP.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Adam Fox, D, US NTDP U18
Prospect Profiler Notes: Confident, poised right handed PMD; 3rd in team scoring on U.S. National U18 Team
[Lightning traded Brett Connolly to Bruins for 2015 second round pick (#44-Matt Spencer) and 2016 second round pick on 2015-03-01]
Prospect Profiler Notes: Amongst the top scoring dmen in the Q, Allard has been flying under the radar
[Sabres Traded Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick to Wild for Torrey Mitchell, 2014 second round pick (#39-Vitek Vanecek), 2016 second round pick on 2014-03-05. Canadiens traded Josh Gorges to Sabres 2016 second round pick on 2014-07-01.]
- Detroit Red Wings: Filip Hronek, D, HK Hradec Kralove (Czech)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Intelligent puckmoving blueliner; super sleeper
- Nashville Predators: Markus Niemelainen, D, Saginaw (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Big Finnish intelligent defender is very mobile.
- Philadelphia Flyers: Dillon Dube, C, Kelowna (WHL)
Complete 200 ft player, never gives up; responsible, speedy forward with a deceptive shot.
- Boston Bruins: Cliff Pu, C/RW, London (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Pu’s stock has been on the rise. On a talented Knights squad, he put up 8 points over his last 8 regular season games. He has also been important cog in their playoff run with 13 points in 18 games.
“He seems to find a way to be in the right positions when he’s in the offensive end and shows significant progress in developing his hockey I.Q.” – Andrew Forbes (THW)
[Bruins traded traded Johnny Boychuk to Islanders for 2015 second round pick (#37-Brandon Carlo) • 2015 conditional third round pick (if Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team during 2014-15 season) (not exercised), 2016 second round pick on 2014-10-04]
- Chicago Blackhawks: Ryan Lindgren, D, US NTDP U18
Prospect Profiler Notes: “Lindgren is a strong skater and possesses powerful strides which he can use to outskate opponents not only with his decent top speed but also with his powerful skating style. Although he focuses on his own zone game, he does have some offensive upside as well.” – Dennis Schellenberg, THW
[Blackhawks traded Teuvo Teravainen and Brian Bickell to Hurricanes for 50th pick 2016 and 2017 third round pick. Hurricanes traded Eric Staal to Rangers for Aleksi Saarela, 2016 second round pick, 2017 second round pick on 2016-02-28]
- Los Angeles Kings: Carter Hart, G, Everett (WHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Calm. Athletic. Quick. Next Braden Holtby?
- Philadelphia Flyers: Wade Allison, RW, Tri-City (USHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Surging stock alert. Winner. Strong. Pro style. Powerful in the slot.
— USHL (@USHL) June 17, 2016
[Flyers traded Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks for 2015 second round pick (#61-Jeremy Bracco to Leafs in another deal) and 2016 conditional round pick (second round if Blackhawks advance to 2015 Stanley Cup Finals and Timonen plays in at least 50% of the games, third round if Blackhawks advance to third round of 2015 playoffs and Timonen plays in at least 50% of the games, else fourth round) on 2015-02-27]
- Arizona Coyotes: Sean Day, D, Mississauga (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Former exceptional status OHL talent has superior skating ability
[Compensation for not signing Connor Bleackley]
- Calgary Flames: Adam Mascherin, LW, Kitchener (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Built like a tank, the creative winger has a deceptive shot and sees the ice well
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) June 14, 2016
[Flames traded Jiri Hudler to Panthers for 2016 second round pick and 2018 fourth round pick on 2016-02-27]
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Noah Gregor, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Intelligent 200-foot player and plays a very up-tempo game
[Canucks traded Kevin Bieksa to Ducks for 2016 second round pick on 2015-06-30. Penguins traded Brandon Sutter, 2016 third round pick (more favorable of Canucks, Islanders picks) to Canucks for Nick Bonino, Alex Clendening, and 2016 second round pick on 2015-07-28.]
- Calgary Flames: Jonathan Dahlen, C, Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Ulf’s son is a creative forward with deft hands, agile skating; high compete level
[Flames traded Kris Russell to Stars for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, 2016 conditional round pick (first round if Stars reach 2016 Western Conference Finals and Russell plays at least half the games in rounds 1 and 2, or else second round) on 2016-02-29]
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Jacob Moverare, D, HV71 J20 (SuperElit)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Intriguing combination of size, skill and mobility
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) May 29, 2016
[Leafs traded Daniel Winnik and 2016 fifth round pick to Capitals for Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and 2016 second round pick on 2016-02-28]
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Janne Kuokkanen, C, Karpat U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Smart, playmaking two-way responsible forward
- St. Louis Blues: Luke Green, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Sublime skating, offensive creativity, driven to improve 2-way game
- San Jose Sharks: Henrik Borgstrom, C, HIFK U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Talented forward with good size, plays straightforward game. Intriguing upside.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Cam Dineen, D, North Bay (OHL)
Prospect Profiler Notes: Outstanding skill, good skater, processes game at extraordinary speed
From earlier – Talking sleeper picks in the 2016 NHL Draft: Cam Dineen tops the list https://t.co/Q7twk9rqbJ
— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) June 7, 2016
*2nd Round Traded Draft Pick Notes via ProSportsTransactions
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