2017 NHL Mock Draft: The Next Ones Summer Edition

Why even bother  go through the futile task of mock-draft creation? Given there is a complete season yet to be played, eligible players’ stocks will rise and fall, as will NHL teams’ placement in the standings. It is admittedly intriguing this far out to envision where teams may slot in for the 2017 draft and which prospects are potentially available when they are on the clock to select.

The Mock Draft Order

NHL Power Rankings

Consider this my offseason NHL Power Rankings (in reverse order).

This will mark the first time the new expansion Las Vegas franchise makes an entry draft selection. As per the NHL announced 2017 expansion rules, “The Las Vegas franchise will be given the same odds in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery as the team finishing with the third-fewest points during the 2016-17 regular season.”

The Picks

As always, this is not my personal draft rankings (The Next Ones Preliminary Rankings published separately – here) – rather, this is a guesstimate (at this point a slap shot in the dark) at what might go down June 23–24 2017, at the United Center in Chicago.

# TEAM PLAYER POS HT WT TEAM Prospect Profiler Notes
1 VAN PATRICK, NOLAN RC 6’02” 193 BRANDON (WHL) Dominating #1 centre
2 ARI LILJEGREN, TIMOTHY RD 6’00” 190 ROGLE J20 (SWE J20) Dynamite skater; PMD
3 TOR YAMAMOTO, KAILER RW 5’09” 160 SPOKANE (WHL) Sublime skills, instincts
4 LV VILARDI, GABRIEL RC 6’02” 193 WINDSOR (OHL) Cornerstone centre
5 OTT HISCHIER, NICO LC 6’00” 172 SC BERN (NLA) Swiss Crosby?
7 CAR TOLVANEN, EELI LW 5’10” 172 SIOUX CITY (USHL) Skilled sharpshooter
8 COL FOOTE, CALLAN RD 6’03” 198 KELOWNA (WHL) Huge, mobile, skilled
9 CGY TIPPETT, OWEN RW 6’01” 181 MISSISSAUGA (OHL) Strong, scoring winger
10 EDM HAGUE, NICOLAS LD 6’05” 207 MISSISSAUGA (OHL) Size. Skill. Skating.
11 WPG MITTLESTADT, CASEY LC 5’11” 190 EDEN PRAIRIE (HS-MN) Smart, skilled 2-way C
12 BUF VESALAINEN, KRISTIAN LW 6’03” 203 FROLUNDA HC (SEL) Power winger, soft hands
13 BOS REEDY, SCOTT RC 6’01” 187 USA NTDP U17 (USHL) Powerful, skilled C
14 MTL KOSTIN, KLIM RW 6’03” 190 HK MVD BALASHIKHA (MHL) Power winger, goal scorer
15 NJD STROME, MATTHEW LW 6’03” 190 HAMILTON (OHL) Ryan & Dylan’s brother
16 NYR POPUGAEV, NIKITA A. RW 6’04” 204 MOOSE JAW (WHL) Size. Agility. Skill.
17 DET PETTERSSON, ELIAS LC 6’01” 152 TIMRA IK (ALLSVENSKAN) Speedy. Creative. Energetic.
18 PHI RASMUSSEN, MICHAEL LC 6’05” 200 TRI-CITY (WHL) Blend of power & skill
19 NYI ANDERSSON, LIAS LC 5’11” 198 HV71 (SEL) High hockey IQ; 2-way C
20 MIN DAVIDSSON, MARCUS LC 6’00” 185 DJURGARDEN J20 (SWE) All-around playmaking C
21 STL VAAKANAINEN, URHO LD 6’01” 187 BLUES (SM LIIGA) Poised, smart 2-way D
22 NSH OKSANEN, EMIL RW 6’00” ESPOO BLUES (SM LIIGA) Agile, lethal scoring winger
23 LAK BOQVIST, JESPER RC 5’11” 175 BRYNAS JR20 (SUPERELIT) Lightning fast, playmaker
24 SJS LODNIA, VANYA RC 5’09” 171 ERIE (OHL) Visionary, speedy forward
25 DAL SKINNER, STUART G 6’04” 197 LETHBRIDGE (WHL) Future money goalie
26 ANA GILDON, MAX LD 6’02” 179 USA NTDP U17 (USHL) All-situation 2-way D
27 FLA MORAND, ANTOINE LC 5’09” 170 ACADIE-BATHURST (QMJHL) Offensive catalyst
28 PIT BOWERS, SHANE LC 6’01” 170 WATERLOO (USHL) Versatile all-around C
29 CHI KOTKANSALO, KASPER LD 6’02” 190 ESPOO BLUES (SM LIIGA) 2-way D; potential!
30 TBL VALIMAKI, JUUSO LD 6’02” 200 TRI-CITY (WHL) Rock solid, 2-way D
31 WSH SALO, ROBIN LD 6’00” 181 SPORT (SM LIIGA) All-around D; big shot