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2019-07-14

Typical disclaimer:  This is just what I think, and feel could be the best picks.  2019, is in the books.  Mock 3.0, enjoy.  Sorry it is not as fancy as versions 1, 1.74, and 2.

 

 

  1. Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?   Anaheim jumps into the cat bird seat for the EHE Entry draft.  Now the question is, do they go with an elite playmaking center or winger.  I personally love Kakko, but Hughes will be the selection.  Having the elite talent down the middle is too much to pass on.

 

  1. Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS (Liiga)
    • Why take him?  Stephen Gough and his Calgary Flames just continue to build on amazing top end talent.  They may have lost out on the draft’s top spot, but Kakko is a enjoyable surprise.  NHL teams would kill to have this kind of rebuild, and Stephen should be penning a how-to-guide on how to own the future of a league.

 

  1. Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)
    • Why take him?  Even before Philadelphia made the deal with Arizona to get another top five selection, I had Byram slated for the Flyers.  The exceptionally gifted defenseman gives the Flyers another highly touted blue-liner who could should be the highest rated one of the bunch.

 

  1.  via Alex Turcotte, C, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  Travis made the push to get up in the draft with a trade with New Jersey.  If only they were able to move up one slot, Byram would have a been an exceptional pick for a team needed a top end defenseman.  However, it is what it is, and a gifted play maker, and future Wisconsin Badger is a nice consolation prize.
      1. How the pick was acquired: Vancouver acquires New Jersey 2019 1st Round Selection (4th Overall) from New Jersey for Sean Durzi, Vancouver 2019 1st Round Selection (11th Overall), and Vancouver 2019 2nd Round Selection (42nd Overall)

 

  1.  via Vasili Podkolzin, RW, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
    • Why take him?  This pick should raise some questions, but with the Flyers wealth of young talent down the middle, I opted to go with a winger.  Another reason for Podkolzin this high is because of Vancouver owning his rights in the NHL.  Podkolzin should be another high flyer in that offense, and should be putting up top numbers when he eventually gets over from Russia.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Philadelphia acquired Martin Necas, Nick Ritchie, 2019 Montreal 1st Round Selection from Philadelphia for Gabriel Landeskog, and $2.5M
      2. Arizona acquired Ben Hutton, Alexander Wennberg, Montreal 2019 1st Round Selection, NY Rangers 2020 2nd Round Selection, and $6,000,000 from the NY Rangers for Logan Couture, and Tampa Bay 2019 4th Round Selection
      3. NY Rangers acquired Brandon Montour, Oskar Sundqvist, and Montreal 2019 1st Round Selection from Florida for Elias Lindholm
      4. Florida acquired Devin Shore, Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Ivan Morozov, Montreal 2019 1st Round Selection (5th Overall), Montreal 2019 3rd Round Selection (65th Overall), and Montreal 2020 2nd Round Selection from Montreal for Mikael Granlund

 

  1.  via Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
    • Why take him?  The Habs and their barren waste land of a prospect pool gets some much-needed help with a big bodied exceptional two-way center.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Montreal acquired Sonny Milano, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection (6th Overall), Edmonton 2019 1st Round Selection (16th Overall) from the NY Rangers for Andrei Svechnikov
      2. NY Rangers acquired Frans Nielsen, Noah Hanifin, Evan Bouchard, Vladimir Sobotka, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection (6th Overall), Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection (30th Overall), Florida 2019 2nd Round Selection (37th Overall), Florida 2019 3rd Round Selection (68th Overall) from Florida for Tyler Seguin, 2019 Chicago 1st Round Selection (21st Overall), 2020 San Jose 1st Round Selection, and 2020 Columbus 2nd Round Selection

 

  1.  via Philip Broberg, D, AIK (Allsvenskan)
    • Why take him?  Broberg gives the Coyotes a much-needed potential number one defenseman.  The only question is, if here, will it be Broberg, Seider, or someone else?  The Coyotes are set down the middle for the next ten years, so a winger could be a possibility here also.
      1. How the pick was acquired: Offer sheet compensation for Nikolay Goldobin

 

 

  1. via Trevor Zegras, C/W, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  Seems to be a lot of chatter and rumors about the Rangers liking Zegreas.  Could it all be a smoke screen?  I do not know, but I am taking the bait and grabbing an elite two-way forward who tore up with the Development Program last season.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. NY Rangers acquired Mikhail Vorobyev, 2019 St. Louis 1st Round Selection (8th Overall), 2019 Vancouver 2nd Round Selection (42nd Overall), $500K from New Jersey for Evan Bouchard, Vladimir Sobotka, and Victor Olofsson
      2. New Jersey acquired Jake Oettinger, David Farrance, St. Louis 2019 1st Round Selection, St. Louis 2019 4th Round Selection, and $1,000,000 from St. Louis for Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Thomas Di Pauli, and Mike McMurtry

 

  1. Moritz Seider, D, Adler Mannheim (DEL)
    • Why take him?  The Islanders are still set for several years up front, with almost two full lines of highly rated players under 23 years old.  A selection last year of Noah Dobson was a great way to start, and a selection of the mobile German who already has one-year player pro-level hockey in the DEL, would be a perfect compliment.

 

  1. Cole Caufield, C/RW, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  Caufield dropped in the NHL draft, I do not see him dropping the EHE Entry Draft.  I like the thought of Spencer Knight being selected by Buffalo, but with still so much high-level talent on the board, maybe Knight could slip to the next Buffalo pick.  Caufield set records last year with the Development team, but questions are still out there about his size.  Hopefully everyone still questions it, and he falls to pick number 25.

 

 

  1. via Matthew Boldy, LW, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  The Devils slide back from fourth overall, and grabbed another second, and Sean Durzi.  This pick comes down to a need for a left winger over another center.  Boldy is heading to Boston College this fall, and his playmaking abilities will be on full display for at least one season with the Eagles.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. New Jersey acquired Sean Durzi, Vancouver 2019 1st Round Selection (11th Overall), and Vancouver 2019 2nd Round Selection (42nd Overall) from Vancouver for New Jersey 2019 1st Round Selection (4th Overall)

 

  1. via Dylan Cozens, C/RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
    • Why take him?  What a win this would be for St. Louis.  I would be shocked to see Cozens slip this bad, but with him being selected by Buffalo, this has turned me off to him a little bit.  However though, on the brighter side, Cozens is another solid two-way center with exceptional skating.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. St. Louis acquired Vancouver 2018 4th Round Selection, and Los Angeles 2019 1st Round Selection from NY Rangers for Jimmy Vesey
      2. NY Rangers acquired Jaroslav Halak, Jannik Hansen, Laurent Brossoit, Los Angeles 2019 1st Round Selection, and $3,000,000 from Los Angeles for Henrik Lundqvist, Robin Kovacs, Chicago 2019 2nd Round Selection

 

  1. Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas IF (SHL)
    • Why take him?  The ultra-competitive two-way defenseman already has one season under his belt in the SHL.  Dangerous with the puck, and able to make quick decision without it, gives the Jets a blue-liner with an outstanding all around game.

 

  1. Spencer Knight, G, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  This pick breaks the hearts of a few teams, but it gives the Maple Leafs one of the most highly touted goaltending prospects to come out in several years.  Knight will be at Boston College at least for one year, I have a feeling for at least three, but that is just me however.

 

 

  1. Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)
    • Why take him?  Newhook destroyed the BCHL last year, racking up 102 points in 53 games.  A high motor, and skating ability puts Newhook at another level at times.  This fall should be interested to see how he transitions to playing in the NCAA with Boston College.

 

  1. via Cam York, D, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  The Habs are back with their second first round selection.  Impressive hockey sense, and his ability to read plays is what sets York apart from some other defenseman and leads me to the selection here.  New GM in Montreal however, leads to many open ideas on this pick.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Montreal acquired Sonny Milano, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection (6th Overall), Edmonton 2019 1st Round Selection (16th Overall) from the NY Rangers for Andrei Svechnikov
      2. NY Rangers acquired Logan Stanley, Alex Chiasson, Gemel Smith, Edmonton 2019 1st Round Selection from Edmonton for Alex Galchenyuk, Devane Smith-Pelly, Pittsburgh 2019 5th Round Selection

 

  1. Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga (OHL)
    • Why take him?   The once former power house Bruins still have a few high-quality pieces remaining from their powerful past.  Still strong on forwards, a selection of another defenseman with strong hockey senses would be a welcome addition to the defensive group.

 

  1.  via Peyton Krebs, C/LW, Kootenay (WHL)
    • Why take him?  Not an area of need for Buffalo, especially with the selection of Caufield, however Krebs could become something special in the future depending on how he recovers from his Achilles injury.  Krebs would be a great risk/reward type of player in this years draft, especially for a team with two first round picks.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Buffalo acquired Filip Chytil, Tim Soderlund, Jake Walman, Boris Katchouk, and Colorado 2019 1st Round Selection from Colorado for Jake Gardiner, Jakob Silfverberg, and Buffalo 2018 5th Round Selection

 

 

  1.  via Philip Tomasino, C, Niagara (OHL)
    • Why take him?  Tomasino’s all around game with the benefit of his high end skating gives the Kings a player that can play in all positions.  Described as a “swiss-army knife forward”, Los Angeles goes BPA, and grabs a gem.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Los Angeles acquired Nic Hague, Collin Delia, Arizona 2019 1st Round Selection (19th Overall) from Vancouver for Ben Bishop, and Boston 2019 3rd Round Selection (79th Overall)
      2. Vancouver acquired Dante Fabbro, Arizona 2019 1st Round Selection from Arizona for $15M.  Peter Pocklington approved.

 

  1. via Arthur Kaliyev, LW, Hamilton (OHL)
    • Why take him?  This is the pick I am most likely looking forward to in the draft besides my own.  This pick will either be traded, an off the wall player is selected here, or hopefully a high-risk player with a couple question marks, but can put up numbers like no one’s business.  With three first round picks as of now, the Rangers are granted the ability to take the highest risk/reward player in the draft.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. NY Rangers acquired Jakob Chychrun, Milan Lucic, Ryan Poehling, Blake McLaughlin, Pittsburgh 2019 1st Round Selection (20th Overall) from Pittsburgh for Ryan Suter

 

  1.  via Ville Heinola, D, Lukko (Liiga)
    • Why take him?  WTF, another blue-liner?  Yes.  Boston also acquired Kieffer Bellows in this deal, but like I said with the 17th overall selection, the Bruins have Eichel, Tkachuk, Zacha, Wood, Gaudette, and Ryan Poehling (waiting in the wings) already up front.  Heinola already a Liiga, and WJC vet, joins Thomas Harley to form a dynamic one-two combo on the blue line.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. Boston acquired Kieffer Bellows, Chicago 2019 1st Round Selection (21st Overall), and 2020 Columbus 2nd Round Selection from Florida for Jaden Schwartz, and 2019 San Jose 2nd Round Selection
      2. Florida acquired Tyler Seguin, 2019 Chicago 1st Round Selection (21st Overall), 2020 San Jose 1st Round Selection, and 2020 Columbus 2nd Round Selection from the NY Rangers for Frans Nielsen, Noah Hanifin, Evan Bouchard, Vladimir Sobotka, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection (6th Overall), Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection (30th Overall), Florida 2019 2nd Round Selection (37th Overall), Florida 2019 3rd Round Selection (68th Overall)
      3. NY Ranges acquired Nick Foligno, Chicago 2019 1st Round Selection from Ottawa for David Perron
      4. Ottawa acquired Boone Jenner, Antoine Vermette, Noel Acciari, and Chicago 2019 1st Round Selection from Chicago for Jordan Staal, Luke Glendening, and 2018 Ottawa 3rd Round Selection

 

 

  1. via Lassi Thomson, D, Kelowna (WHL)
    • Why take him?  St. Louis is back again with their second first round selection.  Not know for taking many Fins (one to be exact), St. Louis goes with the highest rated d-man left, and one from the defensive factory in Kelowna.  Thomson is slated to be headed back to Finland to play for Ilves next season.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. St. Louis acquired Jacob Larsson, and NY Rangers 2019 1st Round Selection from the NY Rangers for Brandon Carlo

 

  1. Samuel Poulin, RW/LW, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
    • Why take him?  Jameson always seems to take the player I like in the draft, so with that he will take Samuel Poulin and leave me kicking my computer.  Poulin is a hard competitor, with strong leadership skills, someone who already seems like a future Senator.

 

  1.  via Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)
    • Why take him?  I almost took McMichael with the 22nd overall pick, because I forgot that St. Louis had this Tampa pick.  McMichael turned his game on in his first full season with London.  Top end speed, and a nose for the game.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. St. Louis acquired Caleb Jones, Nic Aube-Kubel, and Tampa Bay 2019 1st Round Selection (24th Overall) from the NY Rangers for Josh Bailey
      2. NY Rangers acquired Sami Vantanen, K’Andre Miller, Tampa Bay 2019 1st Round Selection, 2019 Calgary 3rd Round Selection, 2020 Tampa Bay 5th Round Selection from Tampa Bay for Ryan McDonagh, 2019 Vegas 4th Round Selection, and $1M

 

  1. John Beecher, C/LW, USNTDP (USHL)
    • Why take him?  Because their GM does not know what a prospect is, so he plans on taking the highest rated, closest to his home.  NY represent.  Also though, VGK need a center, and Beecher has solid size, and has a quality shot, and passing ability.

 

  1. Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)
    • Why take him?  Not as dynamic as his brother, Nick, Ryan is no slouch though.  Smooth skater, and very deceptive.  Suzuki added 31 extra points in one extra game from last season to the previous year.

 

  1. Tobias Bjornfot, D, Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit)
    • Why take him?  Everyone knows which continent Harald is going to be selecting from.  Bjornfot is an exceptional two-way d-man with few flaws in his game.  Nice consolation prize for the Wild who had high hopes for this season.

 

  1. Simon Holmstrom, RW, HV-71 J20 (SuperElit)
    • Why take him?  Kevin and his love for the Swedes.  Almost as bad as Cisco, Holmstrom gives the Hurricanes an offensive weapon.  The great character player is currently slated to be on the J20 team, but should be moved up sooner rather than later and become a SHL regular this season.

 

  1. Pavel Dorofeyev, LW/RW, Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk (MHL)
    • Why take him?  The Predators are going to need another forward in the system once Connor McDavid gets an offer sheet of the largest contract in EHE history, and they have to start moving out players.  Oh, “rumor has it…”

 

  1. via Bobby Brink, RW, Sioux City (USHL)
    • Why take him?  Not sure what is going to happen on this pick.  But I felt Bobby Brink was one player that dropped that should have went in the first round.  Shifty, crafty, and a deceptive forward.
    • How the pick was acquired:
      1. NY Rangers acquired Frans Nielsen, Noah Hanifin, Evan Bouchard, Vladimir Sobotka, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection (6th Overall), Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection (30th Overall), Florida 2019 2nd Round Selection (37th Overall), Florida 2019 3rd Round Selection (68th Overall) from Florida for Tyler Seguin, 2019 Chicago 1st Round Selection (21st Overall), 2020 San Jose 1st Round Selection, and 2020 Columbus 2nd Round Selection
      2. Florida acquired Max Domi, Dylan McIllrath, Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection, and Boston 2019 2nd Round Selection from NY Rangers for Ryan Suter, and Jesper Fast
      3. NY Rangers acquired Nico Hischier, and Adam Huska from Vancouver for Tuukka Rask, Joe Veleno, Troy Terry, Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection, and Boston 2019 2nd Round Selection
      4. Vancouver acquired Alex DeBrincat, Mikkel Boedker, Nic Hague, Troy Terry, Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection, and $1,500,000 from Dallas for Alex Ovechkin, and Colorado 2019 4th Round Selection

 

  1. Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle BK (SHL)
    • Why take him?  Another Swede going to Detroit.  Hoglander and his crafty hands has lead to some nice Youtube moments, but Detroit gets a benefit from a first round talent dropping into the second round of the NHL draft.



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