Welcome to the first mock draft of the season. Positions 15-30 still have yet to be determined so we’ve named the top 14 picks according to team and then finished off the rest of the round with the 15-30 picks according to our scouting.
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1. Edmonton - Connor McDavid (C)
An embarrassment of riches continues in Edmonton, with a generational player in which to kick start rebuild. McDavid is the best prospect in the draft in the last ten years.
2. Buffalo - Jack Eichel (C)
This consolation prize would have topped the majority of previous drafts, his only knock was being in the same draft year as McDavid …Will light it up in Buffalo.
3. Arizona - Dylan Strome (C)
4. Toronto - Mitchell Marner (C)
Ultra skilled, superbly talented sparkplug with every report coming with a mandatory size disclaimer … there's a spot in the NHL for undersized talent, and Maple Leafs Mark Hunter understands this player.
5. Carolina - Noah Hanifin (D)
6. New Jersey - Pavel Zacha (C)
Classic solid upside with intervals of lapses …Potentially the biggest steal of the draft if he puts it together as a pro.
7. Philadelphia - Zach Werenski (D)
An all-round seasoned package, bringing a mix of skill, size to compliment puck skills…Expected more of a two-way then offensive first blueliner.
8. Columbus – Ivan Provorov (D)
Sky-rocketing to the top of the rankings, the Russian's ability with the puck from the blueline is tempting for any GM.
9. San Jose - Mathew Barzal (C)
Unfortunate injury derailed talented pivot's draft year, but don't sleep on potential despite the long layoff.
10. Colorado - Lawson Crouse (LW)
Easily the most controversial prospect of this draft class, ranked puzzlingly high without the offensive support to justify the ranking … man's body and power, but can the skills translate to the next level?
11. Florida - Mikko Rantanen (RW)
12. Dallas - Travis Konecny (C)
Ottawa 67's pivot is another steady riser, oozing skill and will …Will hover around that 10 range, could be a smart fantasy bargain too.
13. Los Angeles - Timo Meier (RW)
14. Boston - Kyle Connor (C)
University of Michigan commit continues to impress with the USHL Phantoms and on the International stage
Source : http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nhl/53624/218/nhl-mock-draft