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2018-04-11

WSS MOCK DRAFT 2.0

Post Trade Deadline Edition

One person has asked, so as a "Gentleman of the People", here we are.  Standings for this mock were based off of April 9th, 2018.  Selections are a mix between what I feel the team should do, and what I think they may do.  Hope you enjoy, I do not believe I have Ryan Merkley going twice in this mock, but who knows what else I could have done!  Enjoy.

 

 

  1.    Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frolunda HC (SHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  1st Overall by Calgary
  • Why take him?  The Flames are one loss away from being guaranteed at least one EHE record this season.  Lowest points for a team during a full season.  A striped down “team” that was built for a full rebuild, Calgary enters the EHE 2018 Draft with the best odds.  If the lottery falls in the Flames favor, Dahlin must be the pick.  Hyped all season, and a lock for the number one pick, Dahlin will be entering the EHE in one years’ time.  The Flames will be in for another rough season next year, unless they can come up with a better hashtag than #30to1, and turn it all around dramatically.  Personally, I feel they should just stay the course, 2019-20 should see them add two dynamic Swedes to their line-up. Another dumpster fire of a season will lead them into the Jack Hughes sweepstakes also.  A small flame is softly flickering at the end of this very long tunnel.

      2.    Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)

  • 1.3 Mock:  2nd Overall by Vegas (via St. Louis)
  • Why take him?    Ah the Sabres.  Another rough year puts Buffalo in a familiar place, drafting in the top 10 for the fourth straight year.  The year seemed to be a wash from the start for General Manager Roberto Martucci.  I do tip a hat though to Roberto for this season.   He signed a number of UFA’s at some crazy numbers during the off-season, and then was able to off-load them onto other teams as the year went on.  Roberto was able to get a number of picks, and players to continue to build for the future.  Svechnikov has dominated the OHL in his first season.  His size and strength has been on display all year in the OHL, registering 72 pts in just 44 games.

 

  1. (via )  Filip Zadina, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  3rd Overall by Florida (via Vancouver)
  • Why take him?   Tough spot here, with a number of quality players.  The Knights dealt away a number of prospects and draft picks this season in an attempt to make a run for it.  With only two quality prospects in Ilya Samsonov, and Dylan Samberg, VGK can go anywhere.  Will they trade down again?  Will they make a surprise pick?  All will depend on how much the GM has been drinking on draft day.  At the moment though, he will select Zadina.  Seven goals in seven games at the WJC, and 82 points in 57 games at the moment in his first season in the QMJHL.  Pure goal scorer that can light up the Vegas nights even more.
  • How the pick was acquired:   Vegas acquires St. Louis 2018 1st Round Selection, and Montreal 2017 5th Round Selection from St. Louis for Calvin Pickard 

 

  1.   Adam Boqvist, D, Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit)
  • 1.3 Mock:  5th Overall by Detroit
  • Why take him?  You have to go defense.  Arizona got their boy last year in Nolan Patrick after winning the lottery.  They also grabbed two other highly rated forwards after in Martin Necas, and Kailer Yamamoto.  Then took another three forwards before settling on a defenseman.  Arizona has two quality defensive prospects in Travis Sanheim, and Dante Fabbro.  The addition of an oddity to Arizona (drafting an offensive defenseman from Sweden) would be a welcome addition to the prospect pool.  Editor’s note:  Gut feeling, would not be shocked at Brady Tkachuk here, just have that drunken tingling.

 

  1.   Brady Tkachuk, C/LW, Boston Univ. (NCAA)
  • 1.3 Mock:  4th Overall by Toronto
  • Why take him?   Highest pick in the history for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.  Some rough times currently for the Habs.  No true superstar on the roster, and a fluttering prospect pool.  Brady Tkachuk could mark a starting point for a team that has never drafted higher than 30th overall in any draft.  Tkachuk has put up solid numbers during his Freshman year at Boston University, and could inject life to a Habs team that needs to get going.  A true wet dream for the NHL Canadiens, drafting a highly rated American in the NCAA could go a long way.

 

  1.   Quinn Hughes, D, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA)
  • 1.3 Mock:  6th Overall by Arizona
  • Why take him?   A trade deadline deal that caught many by surprise, saw the Leafs move UFA Drew Doughty to the always loved Rangers.  The Leafs will try to fill that hole next season with Thomas Chabot, as he enters the EHE.  I thought about going Evan Bouchard with this pick, but Toronto’s knack for drafting from the NCAA/USHL over the OHL, led me to grabbing Hughes.  Great skater, put up impressive numbers in his first year.  Should be fun to watch him grow at Michigan for the next few years, and hopefully he continues to stand around while Notre Dame scores game winners on him for many years. 

 

  1.   Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  14th Overall by Montreal
  • Why take him?  My former squad.  A little soft spot in my heart goes out to Kyle and the work he has done.  Finally, finally, finally….San Jose has a number one pick.  A long list of questionable moves that left the Sharks fluttering in the breeze without a first for a many years (Editors note: Not by me, btw).  San Jose could use help all around, Bouchard if he is still there could be a great pick up.  The Captain of the London Knights, is an all-around defenseman that put up impressive numbers on the always producing Knights.  Bouchard seems to be jumping up on many boards, and has gone as high as third overall on a few.  Not sure I agree, but, what a pickup it would be for San Jose.

 

  1.   Oliver Wahlstrom, C/RW, USNTDP (USHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  10th Overall by Minnesota
  • Why take him?  Tampa Bay made a number of moves this season that saw many highly talented young forwards get shipped off in an attempt to make a run at the EHE Title.  Those moves have left the prospect group a little thin in areas.  The Lightning have gone forward with every one of their first selections in previous drafts, and I feel that trend will continue if Wahlstrom is there.  A natural scorer who has been dominating with the US Development teams all season.  Slated to go to Harvard next season, the wait for him may be worth it.

 

  1.   Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:   24th Overall by Edmonton
  • Why take him?  The Islanders have an insane amount of young talent on their roster.  With the likes of Patrik Laine, Nathan MacKinnon, Mitch Marner, and many more, the Islanders front six-nine should be set for many years to come.  With that being said, being so well stocked up front, has left the back-end with some holes.  Dobson would be my pick.  A dramatic point increase in his second season with Acadie-Bathurst has help Dobson gain momentum.  Dobson is a very talented two-way defenseman with good heighth, he just needs to fill out a little more as he gets older.

 

  1.   Vitali Kravtsov, RW, Trakto Chelyabinsk (KHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  Undrafted
  • Why take him?   Still a good amount of talent on the boards, so this one may be a head scratcher for many.  I am going to chalk this pick up to the Nashville-Russian factor though. The Preds have taken two Russians in the first round of each of the past drafts.  Highly skilled Russian who could move up or down on many boards as the draft approaches.  I would personally like to see a defenseman go here, someone along the lines of a Ty Smith may be a better selection here.  Also, if a third lottery win falls into Nashville's hand........so help me God.

 

  1. (via )  Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Assat (Liiga)
  • 1.3 Mock:  19th Overall by NY Rangers (via Dallas)
  • Why take him?  The Panthers boast one of the best young blue-lines in the EHE, so a defensive pick is moot at this point. Clayton Keller should be bursting into the Panthers line-up next season to add even more fire power to the current leaders in the East.  Kotkaniemi has been moving up quietly in many mock drafts, and his point per game total in each international tournament could be a strong indication why.  Kotkaniemi has also been impressive in his first season in the Liiga as a seventeen year old.
  • How the pick was acquired:   Florida acquires Urho Vaakanainen, Stephen Johns, Vancouver 2018 1st Round Selection, and Anaheim 2018 4th Round Selection from NY Rangers for Sam Bennett 

 

  1. (via )  Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  7th Overall by Winnipeg
  • Why take him?  A once promising season outlook took a dramatic nose-dive for the Canucks.  This left them selling off many high-level pieces to build towards the future.  The first of four first round picks for the Canucks sees them taking an elite skating defenseman, whom personally I would be shocked if he slid this far down.
  • How the pick was acquired:  Vancouver acquires Jake McCabe, Adam Gaudette, and NY Rangers 2018 1st Round Selection from NY Rangers for John Carlson

 

  1.   Isac Lundestrom, C/LW, Lulea HF (SHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  28th Overall by Pittsburgh
  • Why take him?  The Future Watches top ranked team (hint…), the Red Wings are loaded with prospects, and a lot of Swedes.  Top EHE Prospect Brock Boeser should enter the mix next season in Detroit, giving them another boost to their already deadly firepower.  With the love for Swedes being considered, Lundestrom is my pick.  Lundestrom has not put up big numbers this season, but he is a safe pick for a future second line two-way center.  Side note: Does Detroit maybe try to swing a move up, and get into the Dahlin Sweepstakes?

 

  1.   Joseph Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  18th overall by Philadelphia
  • Why take him?  The Jets are not getting any younger down the middle, and as each year passes, the clock continues to play against them.  Having only one blue-chip center in the prospect pool (Michael McLeod) leads to the pick of Joseph Veleno.  Veleno has been hyped as a top prospect for many years, and seems to have dropped off a little coming into this season.  However, after a trade from Saint John to the more talented Drummondville team, Veleno has really turned it on.

 

  1. (via )  Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  31st Overall by Florida
  • Why take him?   Pick number two for the Canucks.  I went back and forth about taking yet another defenseman here.  The needed help down the middle was too much to look past though.  Hayton is a smart two-way center, who plays a well-rounded game that will look good in the future for a team that needs more than a quick fix.
  • How the pick was acquired:   Vancouver acquires Washington 2018 1st Round Selection, and Washington 2018 4th Round Selection from Washington for Rick Nash

 

  1.   Bode Wilde, D, USNTDP (USHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  8th Overall by Buffalo
  • Why take him?  One of the oldest teams in the league, the Devils are in desperate need of some youthful blood injected into the line-up.  One major addition will be the introduction of Matt Barzal, and in two years possibly Henrik Borgstrom.  With an old team, and not a large prospect group, best player available was my idea.  Wilde, whom is off to the University of Michigan next season will look great in the line-up next to last year’s selection Callan Foote.  A two-way defenseman who uses his size well, will have time to build his game even more at the collegiate level.

 

  1.   Rasmus Kupari, C, Karpat (Liiga)
  • 1.3 Mock:  16th Overall by Tampa Bay
  • Why take him?  Only one draft pick in Wild history has not been from Scandanavia.  Brock Boeser.  So without another BB there, the Wild continue the tradition.  Kupari has a great amount of talent. Speed to kill, and very dangerous with the puck.  Can be inconsistent at times, but the upside is there for him to be a highly talented prospect.

 

  1.   Joel Farabee, LW, USNTDP (USHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  11th Overall by San Jose
  • Why take him?  Ottawa grabbed a falling star last summer with a 19th Overall selection of Eeli Tolvanen.  Farabee could become another great mid-round pick if still there.  High IQ with high temp, and plays a smart two-way game. Off to Boston University next season, where he will join fellow Sen, Shane Bowers.

 

 

  1. (via )  Akil Thomas, C, Niagara (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  29th Overall by St. Louis (via Chicago)
  • Why take him?  New Jersey’s second pick has them filling a hole left by Matt Barzal.  Thomas put up great numbers in both the regular season, and playoffs for Niagara this season which has helped his stock rise.  Can play in all situations due to his skill with the puck, and vision.
  • How the pick was acquired:  New Jersey acquires Chris Tanev, Dillon Dube, Oskar Lindblom, and Boston 2018 1st Round Selection from Dallas for Brayden Schenn, and Clayton Stoner

 

  1. (via )  Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  13th Overall by Buffalo (via Columbus)
  • Why take him?  Once thought of as a possible top five pick, McIsaac has been sliding down boards throughout the season.  With Buffalo’s lack of depth on the blue-line a defenseman would be my pick here if they decide against grabbing one with their top pick.
  • How the pick was acquired:  Buffalo acquires Derrick Pouliot, Anton Khudobin, Columbus 2018 1st Round Selection, and Columbus 2019 2nd Round Selection from Columbus for Jordan Eberle

 

  1.   Martin Kaut, RW, HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech)
  • 1.3 Mock:  Undrafted
  • Why take him?  Not much is known about what GM Lance Lavelle will do at his first draft.  Pittsburgh has some good young building blocks for their defense, so offense is where I go.  Kaut had a fantastic showing at the World Junior Championship this year.  A PPG average has seen him rise up, and would be a great addition for Pittsburgh.

 

  1. (via )  Dominik Bokk, RW, Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  26th Overall by Dallas (via Boston)
  • Why take him?   First of two Rangers picks.  With the addition of Drew Doughty at the deadline, the Rangers have arguably the best defense in the EHE.  They are also loaded at forwards in the prospect ranks.  With this pick, I decided to add to the forward group.  Bokk is a speedster with great offensive upside.  Will fit in nicely with Nico Hischer, and Casey Mittlestadt.
  • How the pick was acquired:  NY Rangers acquire Phil Myers, Nick Paul, Calle Dahlstrom, 2018 Los Angeles 1st Round Selection from San Jose for Josh Morrissey, Miles Wood, Griffen Reinhart, 2018 Los Angeles 5th Round Selection

 

  1.   Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  17th Overall by Ottawa
  • Why take him?  Father time is also not on the side of the Oilers forwards.  Slipping down as time goes on is Ryan McLeod.  Breakout year with Mississauga, has good size, and with good experience at the junior level.

 

  1. (via )  K’Andre Miller, D, USNTDP (USHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  27th Overall by Vegas
  • Why take him?  I would like to take another forward here just because of what the Rangers will have on the blue-line for many years, but I voted against it.  Miller already has great size as an eighteen-year-old, and skates well.  He however is still very raw for a prospect.  Off to the University of Wisconsin next season.
  • How the pick was acquired:  NY Rangers acquires Max Domi, Casey Mittlestadt, Kieffer Bellows, and Dallas 2018 1st Round Selection from Dallas for David Pastrnak, and Chicago 2018 2nd Round Selection

 

  1.   Jacob Olofsson, C, Timra IK (SHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  24th Overall by NY Rangers (via Los Angeles)
  • Why take him?  I don’t know why, but Olofsson just feels like a Hurricanes type player.  Smart, two-way player with excellent speed.  Olofsson has played on every level of International hockey for his age, and already played for Sweden at the World Juniors this season.

 

  1. (via )  Grigori Denisenko, LW, Loko Yaroslavl (KHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  20th Overall by Nashville
  • Why take him?  Another team not afraid of the Russian factor, the Canucks.  Denisenko has been slipping due to this, and his inconsistencies this season.  With three other picks in the first round, this could be a risk worth taking.
  • How the pick was acquired:     Vancouver acquires Zach Aston-Reese, and Vegas 2018 1st Round Selection from Vegas for Kris Letang

 

  1. (via )  Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  30th Overall by Boston (via Anaheim)
  • Why take him?  Disappointing season to say the least for the Blues.  Noel is a beast of a kid already, whom might help soften the blow on this year.  Not afraid to go anywhere on the ice, and use his size. 
  • How the pick was acquired:  St. Louis acquires Jimmy Vesey, Zach Hyman, Chicago 2018 1st Round Selection, and NY Rangers 2018 3rd Round Selection from Chicago for Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray, and 2018 St. Louis 2nd Round

 

  1.   Jack Drury, C, Waterloo (USHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  Undrafted
  • Why take him?  A great turn around for Philadelphia this season.  Drury could be a reach for many, but I can’t go against those family bloodlines.  If GM Wes Mucyk can make his picks on time this yearwink, I feel this will also go into his thinking.  Drury is slated to go off to Harvard for next season.

 

  1. (via )  Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  9th overall by New Jersey & 15th Overall by NY Islanders…….indecision
  • Why take him?   Merkley is another prospect whom seems to be dropping like a stone as this season progressed.  Merkley is an offensive minded defenseman who put up very impressive numbers for Guelph this season.
  • How the pick was acquired:    Vancouver acquires Sam Reinhart, Thatcher Demko, Scott Glennie, and Anaheim 2018 1st Round Selection from Boston for Ryan O’Reilly, Dustin Tokarski, and St. Louis 2018 3rd Round Selection

 

  1.   Jack McBain, C, Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  22nd Overall by Carolina
  • Why take him?  Panthers second pick, and second forward being selected by them.  McBain has great size, and I feel he may be going in this range to a team who falls in love with it.  McBain is also off to Boston College next season where he is expected to make an immediate impact for the Eagles.

 

  1. (via )  Benoit-Olivier Groulx, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  • 1.3 Mock:  21st Overall by Washington
  • Why take him?  Groulx is not a point machine.  However, he is a nightmare to play against.  A truly determined two-way center who will give it all out on the ice.
  • How the pick was acquired:  Pittsburgh acquires Alex Golifoski, Frank Corrado, and Colorado 2018 1st Round Selection from Colorado for Kris Letang

 

Players who have dropped out from Mock 1.3:

  • Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)-12th Overall by NY Rangers
  • Mattias Samuelsson, D, USNTDP (USHL)-25th Overall by Pittsburgh (via Colorado)

 

There she is.  Version 2.0 is in the books.  Hope you enjoyed.  Keep an eye out for something big dropping in the coming weeks....




Kevin Lacy

"Only one draft pick in Wild history has not been from Scandanavia. Brock Boeser." Yeah and that's because I drafted Brock "I don't see what the big deal is" Boeser for him... Obviously a total bust.

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Harald Geissler point for u juuse said he wants to be ville husso2.0
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Harald Geissler

GREAT write and the only not scandinavian pick in the wild history was proudly selected by kevin lol looking forward to 2020 draft it looks like an austrian gets picked in first round............

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Bob McGugan

Hey - you forgot the Stars!.. Wait, what?! We traded ALL of our first round picks?! Who authorized THAT bullshit?? Oh fack....

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Stephen Gough

Love it, that small Flame will turn into a roaring fire over the next couple of years as the Flames burn up the standings to a playoff spot. Giving a new meaning to the Red Mile.

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Travis Fleming

Great read Doug! Interesting to get your take. With four picks in the first round this year I can't afford to screw it up!

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Duran Size

As shitty as our season has been, being in the top 5 conversation feels nice!

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Cisco Valle

I did ask for an updated one, and you definitely delivered "Thumbs Up"

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