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It’s the first post in a VERY long time, and of course, it is something as original as a mock draft of the first round, I mean really who does these right?I figured that with the draft only being a week away, I might as well give my opinion on what team selects who and where, and why they fit.

Here goes my first ever mock draft and of course we start with the dreaded Maple Leafs

    1. Toronto Maple Leafs-Auston Matthews(C) Zurich Lions 6″2 215 lbs
      Skills: Great Skater, Strong two-way game, confidence, quick hands and mature beyond his years with a high-level scoring ability.
      NHL Comparison: Evgeni Malkin
      Why he’s a fit: He is the big bodied franchise center the organization has lacked and needed for years.
    2. Winnipeg Jets-Patrik Laine(LW)Tappara 6″4 201 lbs
      Skills: NHL level release, Excellent shooter, Large frame, high hockey IQ, can create chances for himself all over the ice, Pure scorer.
      NHL Comparison: Alexander Ovechkin/ Mario Lemieux
      Why he’s a fit: He is the pure scorer and game changing player they need to push them forward, not to mention him on the wing alongside Little or Schiefele is just the boost the 21 ranked scoring team needs.
    3. Columbus Blue Jackets- Jesse Puljujarvi(RW) Karpat 6″3 200 lbs
      Skills: Big body, strong two-way game, smart with and without the puck, great work ethic, and great attitude.Fantastic speed, soft hands, elite playmaking ability and uses skill, size, speed all together to be a great all-around player.
      NHL Comparison: Jamie Benn
      Why he’s a fit: It will be tough to see Finnish GM Jarmo Kekalainen, not draft this high flying finn, that just adds an element the team doesn’t have in that core group of players and adds a for sure player this team can build around, alongside the likes of Ryan Murray and Brandon Saad.
    4. Edmonton Oilers- Matthew Tkachuk (LW) London 6″1 200 lbs
      Skills: Work Ethic, Leadership, no limit to his offensive creativity, plays with a bit of an edge and grit and has an NHL ready two-way hockey game, putting defense first.
      NHL Comparison: Who other than his Dad Keith Tkachuk
      Why he’s a fit: After a gutsy showing at the Memorial Cup, playing on one leg basically, he is 100% the prototypical player that GM Peter Chiarelli looks for when building a team. There isn’t much he does wrong, and the game he brings would change the complex of that forward group in a heartbeat.
    5. Vancouver Canucks-Logan Brown (C) Windsor Spitfires – 6’6″ 220lbs
      Skills: Big body and uses it to his advantage, takes care at both ends of the ice, a pro like vision when passing.Finishes his checks and with an underrated release.
      NHL Comparison: Joe Thornton
      Why he’s a fit: With the lack of size down the middle, and lack of depth and skill down the middle. The aging Henrik Sedin is on his last legs and the jury I believe is still out on Bo Horvat, this gives them a big strong centre who can match up with the biggest in the west and starts to give them more overall skilled forward depth.
    6. Calgary Flames-Pierre-Luc Dubois (C) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – 6’2″ 200lbs
      Skills: Plays both Centre and wing, incredible two-way game, the most complete player in the draft, defensive awareness. Agile, work ethic. Puck protection.
      NHL Comparison: Anze Kopitar
      Why he’s a fit: Aside from Monahan they don’t have anyone at centre like him, they don’t have a player at all like him. He’s going to be able to take some pressure off Monahan with defensive duties as he develops and will create a great 1-2 punch almost immediately. He adds size and speed and a good work ethic to an already hard working Flames team.
    7. Arizona Coyotes: –Mikhail Sergachev (D) Windsor Spitfires – 6’2″ 221lbs
      Skills: High compete level, dominates both ends of the ice, creates the rush with his skating, calm and poised game. Smooth skater, offensive touch, high hockey IQ.
      NHL Comparison: Roman Josi
      Why he’s a fit: This team lacks defensive depth, they have two d men signed, OEL and Zbynek Michalek. Everyone else is an RFA, and none is of the caliber this player is. This gives them a second option other than having to rely on OEL to constantly move the play and move the puck, another threat at both ends of the ice. Can’t see them passing up on the best D-man in the draft.
    8. Buffalo Sabres: Jacob Chychrun (D) Sarnia Sting – 6’2″ 194lbs
      Skills: Physical, strong defensive awareness. A two-way defenseman, excellent vision, makes a great first pass, can slow the game down. Composed, underrated shot from the point.
      NHL Comparison: Brent Seabrook
      Why he’s a fit: With a few contracts expiring in Buffalo and the talks that Bogosian is being shopped, the Sabres prospect pool on defence is running thin. He adds something that no other prospect brings, and is a player who can make a large, heavy impact on a softer defence and will make it very hard for teams to play against him as he grows older and stronger.
    9. Montreal Canadiens-  Mike McLeod (C) Mississauga Steelheads – 6’2″ 185lbs
      Skills: Size, Excellent skater, highly skilled, highly competitive, excellent puckhandling, physical.
      NHL Comparison: Ryan Kesler
      Why he’s a fit: The Montreal Canadiens are in some dire need to get bigger down the middle with some skill, especially with a centre group that’s aging and not the largest group of guys. He has some weight to grow into as he develops, but he brings a hard, skilled, in your face game that’s hard to play against. He is someone who could make a real significant impact in a few years and take some heat off the emerging Galchenyuk.
    10. Colorado Avalanche- Olli Juolevi (D) London Knights – 6’2″ 185lbs
      Skills: Well rounded, calm under pressure. High-level playmaking abilities, good vision to rush the puck. Offensive awareness, versatile in all situations, hockey sense.
      NHL Comparison: Kris Letang
      Why he’s a fit: I think the Avs would be lucky to have him fall into their lap at number 10, they do have some older players contracts expiring, and more or less they are 5/6/7 d men. They have a chance to add one more reliable puck mover to an offense that could use some kickstarting with the talent it as. He has size and furthermore helps in the bigger division and conference, along with his versatility that lacks on the back end in the Colorado.
    11. New Jersey Devils-Alex Nylander (LW) Mississauga Steelheads – 6’1″ 178lbs
      Skills: Dynamic scorer, can score from anywhere on the ice, accurate and deadly shot. Soft, quick hands. Excellent skater, playmaking abilities.
      NHL Comparison: Mike Cammalleri
      Why he’s a fit: With the drafting last year of an already dynamic centre in Pavel Zacha, this team needs to start loading up on some highly skilled players. So that they can develop them properly. Having those two in the lineup together in a few years is going to cause some problems for other teams, especially on the 30th ranked goal scoring team, adding some skill and scoring is never a bad thing.
    12. Ottawa Senators- Clayton Keller (C) USNTDP – 5’10” 190lbs
      Skills: Highly skilled, offensive machine, Magnificient vision and offensive awareness, quick feet, patience with the puck, smart hockey sense, great in the faceoff circle.
      NHL Comparison: Tyler Johnson
      Why he’s a fit: While the Sens are deep at centre, Keller is committed to Boston University, so there is no rush to get him into the lineup, and they can take their time with him. Anytime you can add a highly skilled player like this, who all he does is put up points to an already potent offence. He will fit nicely in with this group, and brings a nice set of versatility to the lineup when he’s eventually ready.
    13. Carolina Hurricanes- Tyson Jost (C) Penticton Vees – 6’0″ 190lbs
      Skills: Energy player, pure goal scorer, offensive catalyst, great in all 3 areas of the ice.
      NHL Comparison: Joe Pavelski
      Why he’s a fit: Once again another player committed to the NCAA at North Dakota, so this is a player that although the team lacks centre depth, they don’t need to rush him and can let him develop. He adds scoring and offense and the ability to make the rest of the guys around him better, something the Canes need if they want to build this team right again.
    14. Boston Bruins- Charlie McAvoy (D) Boston University – 6’0″ 198lbs
      Skills: Solid all around Defenseman, defensive awareness, loves joining the rush, moves the puck with elite vision, strong skater, powerplay specialist with a heavy shot.
      NHL Comparison: Drew Doughty
      Why he’s a fit: Zdeno Chara is on his last legs, and the loss of Dougie Hamilton on the backend hurt them. They have stop gap D-men for the time being, but no one other than Torey Krug that can move the puck, and create havoc in the transition game. He’s going to add that all round, 200-foot game that the Boston Bruins back end is missing.
    15. Minnesota Wild- Kieffer Bellows (LW) USNTDP – 6’0″ 185lbs
      Skills: Hard forechecker, strong skater, smooth puck handling, plays a hard game and goes to the dirty areas. All around finisher, physical, accurate shooter.
      NHL Comparison: Corey Perry
      Why he’s a fit: This team has an aging top 6, with not much help on the way in the prospect pool, he is an elite sniper, and although he’s committed to Boston University, it’ll be tough for the Wild to keep him away from the main roster for so long. He plays a heavy game on top of scoring, mix that in with a team that was 29th in hits, he’s going to add something fresh to a stale Wild lineup.Thanks for reading everyone! I will have 16-30 as well who the Oilers pick in the second round, and third round, or what they possibly do with the three third round picks.

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