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The Waite Scouting Service Mock 2.0:

Nothing beats a Genny.


1)   Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   When the lottery balls fall at the EHE League Office in a few months, the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge should pray to the hockey Gods that the number one pick falls in their favor.  A collective dumpster fire of a roster from top to bottom this year leads to the selection of Lafreniere.  A rudderless team without a General Manager, and no real changes on the forefront, expect another top five pick for 2020-21.
    • MOCK 1.0 Canadiens Selection:  Alexis Lafreniere (1st Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Montreal (1st Overall)


2)   Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Two major holes for the Ducks are on defense, and in goal.  Sitting at number two though, the offensive talent is too much to pass on.  My thought process was either go for a one-two punch of Larkin and Byfield for the future, or a line of Larkin and Stutzle.  I like the thought of the next 5-10 years of a Larkin/Byfield one-two combo.
    • MOCK 1.0 Ducks Selection: Quinton Byfield (2nd Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Anaheim (2nd Overall)


3)  Tim Stutzle, LW, Mannheim (DEL)

    • Why take him?   If I am Boston, I like the thought of Stutzle, but I like the thought, and feel of Byfield better, and would try to swing a move to move up a spot.  With Stutzle’s high-end skill, and the option of being able to play either wing or center, if this is the option, no brainer.
    • MOCK 1.0 Bruins Selection: Tim Stutzle (3rd Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Boston (3rd Overall)


4)Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Rossi finished the season as the overall points leader in all of the CHL (120 points in 53 games, 2.26 PPG AVG….NBD).  An electrifying player with dynamic puck handling and playmaking skills.
    • MOCK 1.0 Blues Selection:  Marco Rossi (5th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  St. Louis (5th Overall)


5)Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Mirroring Eugene Melnyk, the EHE Senators 2020 season has been a series of head scratchers, and what the hell moments.  The latest being a fresh start coming to the Nation’s Capital.  Ottawa is still hanging onto five 1st Round Picks for the next two drafts, so being able to select the number one rated defenseman is a good start for using them.  Not on the level as Bowen Byram (last years top defenseman), but still will be a future top pairing defenseman after a few years.
    • MOCK 1.0 Senators Selection:  Alexander Holtz (7th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Winnipeg (4th Overall)


6)Lucas Raymond, RW/LW, Frolunda HC (SHL)

    • Why take him?   I still like the thought of Askarov here, but the only time I have seen a Fin take a Russian, Simo Häyhä was at the helm, so I do not see that happening.  Offense is the one thing on Raymond’s mind.  Whether is be by creating or finishing plays, Raymond is always a threat when on the ice, and is living up to the hype that has been placed on him over the years.
    • MOCK 1.0 Wild Selection:  Yaroslav Askarov (8th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  New Jersey (6th Overall)


7)Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgardens IF (SHL)

    • Why take him?   New Jersey has an impressive group of young talent, and most of it is right down the middle, or on the blue line.  I like the thought of a winger being available here, and one is.  Holtz is a highly skilled winger, whom has a solid brain in his dome.  Some comparisons to Kyle Connor.
    • MOCK 1.0 Devils Selection:  Lucas Raymond (6th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Ottawa (7th Overall)


8)Yaroslav Askarov, G, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)

    • Why take him?   The rich get richer.  U24 Report leader (one day it might get released…), the Flyers add a major building block towards their future. Philly is set all over, except in goal.  Adding the best goaltending prospect since Carey Price is a wet dream come true for all of the classy mouth breathing fans living in their mom’s basement in Philadelphia.  What a town, hope that cheese clogs up your arteries.  However, after speaking with an unnamed high ranking source from within the Flyers organization they are claiming they will not be taking a goalie in the first round.  We shall see though if this is a smoke screen.
    • MOCK 1.0 Flyers Selection:  Jacob Perreault (20th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Minnesota (8th Overall)


9)Jake Sanderson, D, USNTDP (USHL)

    • Why take him?   Canucks are in a tough spot here.  Falling out of the playoff hunt from the last mock, and in a draft spot surrounded by quality centers when they are overflowing with them in the pipeline.  Trade down candidate?  If not, I do like Perfetti here, I feel like he is a Canucks type player, but that black-hole on the blue-line is sucking the Canucks down.  Sanderson had an impressive second half of the year, which has seen him jump up on several scouting boards.  Geoff Sanderson’s boy, that should be enough right there for the selection.
    • MOCK 1.0 Canucks Selection:  Justin Barron (24th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Anaheim (19th Overall)


10) via Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw (OHL)

    • Why take him?  Undersized?  Yes.  Unbelievable scoring ability?  Yes.  Wasn’t this last years pick for Winnipeg?  Yes, and that was Cole Caufield.  I liked that pick so much, I will do it again.  A selection by Winnipeg would be a blessing for the poor kid who played in Saginaw that past two years.  During that time of depression though, 185 pts in 124 games.
    • MOCK 1.0 Jets Selection via Colorado:  Jamie Drysdale (4th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  NY Islanders (9th Overall)
    • How the pick was acquired:  
      • Winnipeg acquired Patrick Marleau, Ryan Hartman, Brett Howden, Calen Addison, Scott Perunovich, and Colorado 2020 1st Round Selection from Colorado for Blake Wheeler, and 2020 Winnipeg 2nd Round Selection


11)Anton Lundell, C/LW, HIFK (Liiga)

    • Why take him?   A solid two-way center who has two years already in the Finish pro league.  The Panthers still have Clayton Keller as their number one center, adding Lundell would give them a solid number two center with more of a defensive side to his game.
    • MOCK 1.0 Florida Selection:  Hendrix Lapierre (16th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Buffalo (10th Overall)


12)Braden Schneider, D, Brandon (WHL)

    • Why take him?   This pick is a little odd.  Buffalo & Detroit are tied on everything.  Points, games played, wins, ROW, but Detroit is up 2-1 on head to head so they go to the playoffs, and Roberto sits out looking in again.  With that, come on Roberto, you are so close!  If Buffalo is here in the lottery zone again, I like another defenseman.  The Sabres have their number one franchise defenseman in Miro Heiskanen, along with Matt Dumba right there with him for the next five years at least.  Behind those two though, it is a ghost town of “Oh yeah I remember him, he went to RIT”, or “Yeah I remember him, he got blown up by Lisa Ann online”, and “oh those guys, they will all not be here in two years”.  Schneider gives the Sabres a durable two-way defenseman, and a solid number three in that line-up.  (Editors note:  This is where the drinking picked up on the end of night one of this, lets see if it continues)
    • MOCK 1.0 Buffalo Selection:  Anton Lundell (10th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Arizona (14th Overall)


13)Connor Zary, C, Kamloops (WHL)

    • Why take him?   The Penguins are at cross-roads I feel.  Still sound talent on the roster, but not much under 30 years old.  Also, they are on the outside of the playoffs looking in on a tough Metro Division.  Two big names are franchised for this summer and can sign long term deals going forward.  Is it time for a sign and trade this off season, and restock for the future?  The Penguins need some help to fill out the ranks in the prospect pipeline.  On the blue line they have two solid chips, but up front….(tumble weed blows through)…..  Zary would give the Penguins a future center who might be able to creep up as a future number one on the high end but should become a solid number two.
    • MOCK 1.0 Penguins Selection:  Dylan Holloway (15th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Detroit (11th Overall)


14)Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Brandyn and the Kings have solid foundations all around.  Best player available here for now.  The battle for the last spot in the Pacific is going to be rough til the end.  Quinn finished 2nd in goals in the OHL this year with 52.  Throws it into the net, what else do you want.
    • MOCK 1.0 Kings Selection:  Noel Gunler (17th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Carolina (21st Overall)


15)Kaiden Guhle, D, Prince Albert (WHL)

    • Why take him?   Like LA, the Oilers are in the Pacific suck-zone.  One game here or there, and you are in the playoffs or out.  But being out, the Oilers desperately need a defensive prospect.  Shutdown defenseman for a team with two defensive players under 23 in the entire organization. 
    • MOCK 1.0 Oilers Selection:  Kaiden Guhle (25th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Edmonton (25th Overall)


16)Dylan Holloway, C, Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA)

    • Why take him?   Cisco swung a deal to get Quinn Hughes.  Every GM rebuilding his team then punched their computer monitor.  The two-time reigning U24 Champs added another ace into their already deep arsenal.  Draft wise the newest addition in Holloway may have had a slow start in the NCAA, but things should come around for the young Canadian.  If not, hopefully he falls to pick 29.
    • MOCK 1.0 Red Wings Selection:  Connor Zary (11th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Pittsburgh (15th Overall)


17)Rodion Amirov, LW, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)

    • Why take him?   Man, it feels good to be drafting for a playoff eligible Flames team.  Calgary continues to have one of the greatest groups of top end talent in the entire EHE.  Amirov may be one of, if not the best two-way winger in the draft.  Amirov knows where to position himself at all times on the ice in order to score.
    • MOCK 1.0 Flames Selection:  Dawson Mercer (12th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  NY Rangers (18th Overall)


18)Seth Jarvis, C/RW, Portland (WHL)

    • Why take him?   I would like to see GM Tony Chiu grab a defenseman in the draft, but for a team whom never drafts defenseman in the first round (1 for 8 in club history) the trend continues.  Jarvis has seen a spike in his draft stock after an impressive ending to the 19-20 season.  He ended it by putting up 58 points in his final 23 games for the Winterhawks.
    • MOCK 1.0 Islanders Selection:  Cole Perfetti (9th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Ottawa (28th Overall)


19)William Wallinder, D, MODO (Allsvenskan)

    • Why take him?   In Mock 1.0, the first pick for the Jets was on defense, and the second on a forward.  Mock 2.0, has a forward first, so a defenseman is ideal at 19.  Wallinder, as a seventeen-year-old is currently 6’4”, 192 lbs.  Still a raw prospect but with massive upside.
    • MOCK 1.0 Jets Selection:  Jan Mysak (22nd Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Tampa Bay (27th Overall)


20)via via Jeremie Poirier, D, Saint John (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   Dangerous offensive player with a high hockey IQ.  Poirier added 32 points in just three extra games this season compared to last season with Saint John.
    • MOCK 1.0 Panthers selection via San Jose pick:  Jeremie Poirier (13th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Florida (13th Overall)
    • How the pick was acquired:
      • ​​​​​​​Florida acquired Tyler Seguin, Chicago 2019 1st Round Selection, San Jose 2020 1st Round Selection, and Columbus 2020 2nd Round Selection from the NY Rangers for Frans Nielsen, Noah Hanifin, Evan Bouchard, Vladimir Sobotka, Dallas 2019 1st Round Selection, Florida 2019 1st Round Selection, Florida 2019 2nd Round Selection, and Florida 2019 3rd Round Selection
      • NY Rangers acquired Denis Malgin, Jacob Larsson, Filip Kral, Gilles Senn, Michael Brodzinski, San Jose 2020 1st Round Selection, NYR 2019 3rd Round Selection, Arizona 2019 4th Round Selection, and Florida 2019 5th Round Selection from San Jose for Brady Skjei, Calle Dahlstrom, and Roland McKeown


21)via via ​​​​​​​Dawson Mercer, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   This would be a fantastic grab for the Rangers if they could grab a falling Mercer here.  Do I see him falling this far in the actually draft, no, not even sure how he did in this Mock.  A skilled two-way forward, when given time to build his game, he could become a special player within five years in the EHE.  
    • MOCK 1.0 Rangers selection via the Chicago pick:  Rodion Amirov (18th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Calgary (12th Overall)
    • How the pick was acquired:
      • ​​​​​​​NY Rangers acquired Sean Durzi, Colton Point, Chicago 2020 1st Round Selection, Vancouver 2020 2nd Round Slection, Vancouver 2020 3rd Round Selection, and Tampa Bay 2020 5th Round Selection from New Jersey for Alexander Georgiev, Ilya Mikheyev, and Miles Wood
      • New Jersey acquired Alex Barre-Boulet, Eric Comrie, Jeremy Davies, Chicago 2020 1st Round Selection, and $2M from Chicago for Cory Schneider


22)via ​​​​​​​Noel Gunler, RW/LW, Lulea HF (SHL)

    • Why take him?   While the Ducks grabbed the number two center in the draft with their first pick, a flashy winger whom has style and flair to his game goes with their second pick.  One of the purest scorers in the draft.
    • MOCK 1.0 Ducks selection via the Rangers pick:  Jake Sanderson (19th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Los Angeles (17th Overall)
    • How the pick was acquired:
      • Anaheim acquired Jake Gardiner, Jimmy Vesey, Troy Terry, Bode Wilde, and NY Rangers 2020 1st Round Selection from the NY Rangers for Seth Jones


23)​​​​​​​Justin Barron, D, Halifax (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   Arizona is in desperate need of a defensive prospect.  Only four within their organization under 24 years old.  Barron may be a little bit of a reach here, but with a draft low on high end defensive talent, the end of the first round may see some lower rated defenseman go higher.  Questions about his durability could become another issue with Barron.  If he can stay healthy though, he could be one of the top defensive players from this draft.
    • MOCK 1.0 Coyotes Selection:  Braden Schneider (14th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Vancouver (24th Overall)


24)​​​​​​​Jan Mysak, C/LW, Hamilton (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Mysak is one of the youngest players in the draft, and hands down the best player from the Czech Republic.  25 points in 22 games for Hamilton in his first time over in North America this season.  Mysak could morph into a solid number two center on the high end.
    • MOCK 1.0 Capitals Selection:  Mavrik Bourque (23rd Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Winnipeg (22nd Overall)


25)via ​​​​​​​Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   Lapierre season was cut short due to several injuries this season.  When healthy though Lapierre is a skilled playmaker with elite skill in many areas of his game.  The question is, can he stay healthy.
    • MOCK 1.0 Senators selection from Columbus:  Seth Jarvis (28th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Florida (16th Overall)
    • How the pick was acquired:
      • Ottawa acquired Kirill Kaprizov, Logan Brown, Ryan Murray, Jared McCann, Nikita Okhotyuk, Columbus 2020 1st Round Selection, and Columbus 2021 1st Round Selection from Ottawa for Evgeni Malkin, Mike Hoffman, and Keith Yandle


26)​​​​​​​Jake Neighbours, LW, Edmonton (WHL)

    • Why take him?   A tank of a player.  5’11”, 201 lbs.  Neighbours uses his size to model his game into being a solid two-way player.  Nashville has a solid group of prospects already, Neighbours adds a little grit to that mix.
    • MOCK 1.0 Predators Selection:  Thomas Bordeleau (26th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Not selected​​​​​​​


27)​​​​​​​Jacob Perreault, C, Sarnia (OHL)

    • Why take him?   Perreault had an impressive season with Sarnia.  Leading the team in goals and finishing second in points for the Sting.  Perreault owns a solid shot, puck skills, and a solid hockey IQ.
    • MOCK 1.0 Lightning Selection:  William Wallinder (27th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Philadelphia (20th Overall)


28)​​​​​​​Mavrik Bourque, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

    • Why take him?   Bourque is a solid prospect.  Not the best skater, but he can put up points.  Bourque may not be overly flashy, but he could become a player who sticks around for several years in the EHE.
    • MOCK 1.0 Hurricanes Selection:  Jack Quinn (21st Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Washington (23rd Overall)


29)​​​​​​​Brendan Brisson, C, USNTDP (USHL)

    • Why take him?   VGK are in desperate need of a solid defensive prospect, and with no second-round pick, a reach for one is a real possibility.  But…..not happening here.  Brisson is a center that has put up points at every level.  The future Wolverine is going to be given time to grow in Michigan, but if his trends continue, he could be a solid prospect, and late 1st round steal.
    • MOCK 1.0 Golden Knights Selection:  Lukas Comier (29th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Not selected


30)​​​​​​​Ty Smilanic, C, USNTDP (USHL)

    • Why take him?   Back to back from the USNTDP.  Insert copy & paste from Mock 1.0 because I still feel the same:

      “I for one would be surprised to see Smilanic still around at this point.  Just something about him that I like.  A speedy forward, who has not really wow’d in the USNTDP but has played solid overall”
    • MOCK 1.0 Maple Leafs Selection:  Ty Smilanic (30th Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Toronto (30th Overall)


31)via ​​​​​​​Lukas Reichel, LW, Eisbaren Berlin (DEL)

    • Why take him?   Columbus sold off most of their high-end prospects to acquire every star from Ottawa.  So, time to restock.  Reichel had a solid first year in the DEL.  A goal scorer first whom possesses a deadly shot.
    • MOCK 1.0 Stars Selection:  John-Jason Peterka (31st Overall)
    • MOCK 1.0 Player Selected by:  Not selected
    • How the pick was acquired:
      • Columbus acquired Charlie Coyle, and Dallas 2020 1st Round Selection from Tampa Bay for Anthony Mantha, and $2M



Players who have dropped out from Mock 1.0

-Thomas Bordeleau, C, USNTDP (USHL)-26th overall by Nashville

-Lukas Comier, D, Charlottetown (QMJHL)-29th overall by Vegas

-John-Jason Peterka, LW, EHC Munchen (DEL)-31st Overall by Columbus



Standings Explained:

Game Number: 121
Based on Winning Percentage number


1. Montreal (.264)

2. Anaheim (.398)

3. Boston (.429)

4. St. Louis (.430)

5. Ottawa (.455)

6. Minnesota (.462)

7. New Jersey (.463)

8. Philadelphia (473)

9. Vancouver (.482)

10. Colorado (.509)

11. Florida (.509) Fewer games played

12. Buffalo (.536)

13. Pittsburgh (.538)

14. Los Angeles (.544)

15. Edmonton (.564)

-X-16. Detroit (.536)

-X-17. Calgary (.571)

-X-18. NY Islanders (.577)

-X-19. Winnipeg (.579)

-X-20. San Jose (.582)

-X-21. Chicago (.598)

-X-22. NY Rangers (.602)

-X-23. Arizona (.609)

-X-24. Washington (.620)

-X-25. Columbus (.625)

-X-26. Nashville (.630)

-X-27. Tampa Bay (.655)

-Y-28. Carolina (.627)

-Y-29. Vegas (.667)

-Y-30. Toronto (.700)

-Y-31. Dallas (.818)


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I haven't had 8 first round picks in my tenure...

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