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2019 EHE Mock Draft

2019-07-07

Another one of these? Yes, another one.

2019 EHE MOCK DRAFT

C Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team

No surprise here. Hughes was the top ranked prospect coming into the draft, billed as a "can't miss" prospect for years. He gives the Ducks a potential franchise-changer at center. The 18-year-old forward has a dynamic and electrifying set of skills to pair with strong vision/IQ, and the total package makes him an extremely dangerous playmaker with the puck. But Hughes' greatest asset is his skating ability. Not only does he have explosive acceleration and speed, but he's also incredibly gifted in his ability to control himself and the puck at high rates of speed. His edge work is great. Hughes has spent the last two years with the USA National Development program, where he scored 34 goals and racked up 112 points in 50 games last year.

RW Kaapo Kakko, HC TPS (Finland)

The Finnish winger is believed to be the other "can't miss" talent in this draft. Kakko is a tremendous offensive talent. Though not incredibly fast, he's very strong on the puck and has great hands and vision. He thinks the game very well and adapts quickly on the fly, making him a dangerous playmaker. Kakko also has good size (6-foot-2, 190 lbs.) and has already seen success playing against adults. In 45 Liiga games last year, Kakko scored 22 goals and had 38 points.

C Kirby Dach, Saskatoon (WHL):

The Flyers pass on the top defenseman in Bowen Byram in order to add down the middle. Dach is an intimidating presence that has the ability to be a nightmare matchup for opposing defenders. The Canadian center brings a rare mix of size, skill and speed that could make him a fixture at the top of the lineup for an EHE team down the road. The 6-foot-4 Dach has soft hands and high-end playmaking abilities as a passer, but he's also capable of driving to the net and finishing with defenders hanging off of him. Dach had 25 goals and 73 points in 62 games for the WHL's Saskatoon Blades this past season.

D Bowen Byram, Vancouver (WHL)

In a draft that is somewhat thin on lottery-caliber defensemen, Byram is widely considered to be the best blue line prospect of the class and a potential first-pairing defenseman. The Canadian prospect should be a high-tier possession player, as he's a great skater with the ability to handle and move the puck very well, and is also strong facilitator and has enough offensive ability to finish himself. He's the type of defenseman that the EHE has seemed to cater more heavily to over the last few years, working to close gaps and utilize his creativity to push play towards the offensive end of the ice. Vancouver gets a kid from Vancouver!

C Alex Turcotte, U.S. Development Program 

Turcotte is a solid all-around player with a great sense for the game. He's a strong skater with a dynamic offensive skill set that can beat you in a number of ways. His footwork, good hands, great vision and high IQ make him a dangerous and creative playmaker down the middle. But one of Turcotte's biggest strengths is his ability to contribute on both ends of the ice. He's a competitive two-way guy with a complete 200-foot game that mixes skill with grit, making him an incredibly versatile and valuable player to have on a roster. He's been described as a coach as a combination of "sandpaper and silk."

F Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Program 

Zegras is a dynamic and versatile guy up front that can play multiple positions and fill multiple roles. He's a two-way presence with an ability to disrupt and drive. Zegras has a really solid toolbox at his disposal, as he can beat you with his high-end offensive abilities, but he also has the ability to win physical battles and score in the dirty areas. 

D Philip Broberg, Skelleftea (SHL, Sweeden) 

The Swedish defenseman is an outstanding skater with two-way ability, though there's room for improvement in decision-making with the puck and on the defensive side of his game. But he's explosive and is very strong on the fly, so he could eventually thrive in a fast-paced offensive attack in Arizona.


RW Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Program

The American winger has size issues (5-foot-7) but he's a prolific goal scorer with an outstanding release. Caufield is capable of creating time and space for that great shot thanks to his quickness, great vision and puck-handling abilities. Caufield scored 72 goals (yes, seventy-two) and had 100 points while playing 64 games for the USDP last year

C Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL)

Cozens is a Canadian forward with a very solid two-way game highlighted by his great speed and skating work. That speed becomes even more dangerous and intimidating when you consider the fact that Cozens has a pretty big frame at 6-foot-3. Trying to slow him down is a tough task. He's described as a highly competitive, high-motor player that also brings a strong hockey IQ to the table.


RW Vasili Podkolzin, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL, Russia):

Podkolzin is the first Russian player off the board. He's a dangerous offensive threat on the wing with impressive skills with the puck and a knack for finishing with emphasis, making him a valuable scoring piece. His speed isn't otherworldly but it's enough to get the job done. He's also a player that has been heralded for his competitiveness. He's described as a fierce gamer and admirable leader who will do whatever it takes to beat you on the ice. Buffalo will have to wait, though, as Podkolzin has committed to finishing out the final two years of his KHL deal.

 

THE FIRST ROUND:

 

 

Best,

GM of the New York Rangers, Martin Auzins




Stu Hopkins

Interesting

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Kevin Lacy I know... Hughes at #1 is completely shocking! You won't believe your eyes at who was mock drafted as 2nd!
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Kevin Lacy

My favorite part about this is how you incorporated the full EHE emblem into the draft logo. Now that you've created a visualization of it, I think I'll be doing that from now on.

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Tommy Barr

Will be interesting to see how close you get ... At least we know who's going 6 if 3-5 go as planned ;)

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Martins Auzins I didn't list my preferences though.
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