Each pick also includes the players Central Scouting ranking, represented by CSS, as well as a description of the player. Most descriptions are from eliteprospects.com
1. Edmonton Oilers
Connor McDavid- C- Erie Otters- OHL
The Oilers won the lottery, and would never in a million years pass on the next Canadian hero. Although Eichel outperformed him at the combine, even a debate is ridiculous for the Oilers.
2. Buffalo Sabres
Jack Eichel- C- Boston University- NCAA
The greatest consolation prize in the history of consolation prizes. Eichel inserts himself as the franchise player for the Buffalo Sabres.
3. Arizona Coyotes
|Mitch Marner- C- London Knights- OHL||CSS: #6|
I believe Marner has the third highest ceiling in the draft. He reminds me a lot of former Knight Patrick Kane. Arizona already has his junior linemates Max Domi and Christian Dvorak in the system. Marner fits right in.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs
Dylan Strome- C- Erie Otters- OHL
I believe Strome is overrated. I rank him 6th. The Leafs need a franchise center, and the media hype for Strome along with his massive numbers alongside McDavid will cause Toronto to take him at the 4th pick.
5. Carolina Hurricanes
Noah Hanifin- D- Boston College- NCAA
The Hurricanes have a need for a franchise defenseman, and Noah Hanifin is as close as you will get to that. At 6 foot 3, Hanifin could play in the NHL right away.
6. New Jersey Devils
Mathew Barzal- C- Seattle Thunderbirds- WHL
There are better players on the board, but the Devils are desperate for a potential 1st line center. Barzal missed much time this season due to injury, and without that, he could have been a top 5 pick.
7. Philadelphia Flyers
Ivan Provorov- D- Brandon Wheat Kings- WHL
The Flyers have one really good defenseman prospect in Sam Morin, and that's is. Provorov has rocketed up rankings this season. At 6 feet tall, he's on the shorter end for a defender, but he has the offense and physicality to make himself the complete package.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
Lawson Crouse- LW- Kingston Frontenacs- OHL
Crouse doesn't have elite potential, which is why I don't believe he should be in the top 10. However, his all around game and 6 foot 5 frame fits right in with the Blue Jackets forwards. He could also step into an NHL spot right away.
9. San Jose Sharks
Kyle Connor- LW- Youngstown- USHL
Connor is a very good two way player with above average stick handling. He led the USHL in scoring, and is raising up draft boards as we get closer to the draft. Few have him in the top 10.
10. Colorado Avalanche
Zach Werenski- D- University of Michigan- NCAA
Werenski has been surpassed by many by Provorov as the 2nd best defenseman in the draft. Werenski is an all around defenseman, but lacks the physicality needed at this point to play in the NHL. He's a good 2-3 years away.
11. Florida Panthers||
Mikko Rantanen- RW- TPS- Finland|
CSS: #1 (Int'l)
Rantanen is a combination of elite-level hockey sense, silky smooth hands, and nimble skating. Needs to improve his shot and physical play, as he doesn't take advantage of his size in many situations. Zacha may be better value, but FLA has many centers.
12. Dallas Stars|
Pavel Zacha- C- Sarnia Sting- OHL
Too much value to pass up. Pavel Zacha is an offensively dynamic center with the size, speed, and skill to make a significant impact on the game. He can play physical, but is at his best when using his high-end offensive abilities, such as his shot, stickhandling, and footspeed, to generate numbers in the opposition's end of the ice. |
13. LA Kings||
Travis Konecny- C- Ottawa 67's- OHL||
One word, animal. A talented scoring forward that can play either as a center or on the wing; plays with the bite and intensity of a guy who is willing to do anything to win a game. Possesses dynamic skating ability that allows him to accelerate rapidly with each step, incredible hockey sense, electrifying puckhandling skills, and a lightning release on his shot.
14. Boston Bruins||
Joel Eriksson Ek- C- Farjestads BK- Sweden|
CSS: #4 (Int'l)
|A very competitive center who uses his size, skill, and skating to power to the net and create scoring chances. Possesses an elite-level shot, great vision, and slick puckhandling skills; as a result, it's no surprise that he has a natural knack for scoring big goals. Offensive catalyst, but also defensively responsible. Plays a creative, 200-foot game.|
15. Calgary Flames||
Timo Meier- RW- Halifax Mooseheads- QMJHL||
A physically dominant winger with the ability to play in a skill or character role. In the offensive end, Meier is very aware and gets himself into spaces where he can easily make seeing eye passes or snap hard, accurate shots. Can impact the game in a number of different ways, and is very consistent in his efforts.
16. Edmonton Oilers
Jakub Zboril- D- Saint John Sea Dogs- QMJHL||
CSS: #12||Jakub Zboril is a smart, fleet-footed two-way defenseman that plays to his strengths in all three areas of the ice. While he doesn't aim to impress, he does all of the little things right and plays with an edge. The neutral zone is his launching pad: he is able to take off into the offensive end, or backcheck quickly into his own end. Very sound positionally. Smooth skater with lots of energy to burn. Not afraid to lay the body, or take a hit to make the play; can and will stand up for teammates. Possesses good hands and awareness on the ice, as well as a hard shot that is quite accurate.|
17. Winnipeg Jets
Nick Merkley- C- Kelowna Rockets- WHL|
A playmaking center that has an excellent eye for the game; sees the ice like a hawk from above. Creates scoring chances and on-ice energy through taking advantage of puck-possession and making the most of turnovers. Incredible work ethic; will battle against larger players and isn't afraid to do the dirty work in front of the net. Does not possess the largest frame or a dynamic level of skating; however, he does boast a remarkably high level of Hockey-IQ and a deep understanding of the game. There is something left to be desired having observed his individual skills, such as puckhandling, footspeed, and decision-making, for a prolonged period of time; there is definitely room for improvement in the small areas of his game.
18. Ottawa Senators
Denis Gurianov- RW- Lada Tagliatti- KHL||
CSS: #7 (Int'l)|
A highly skilled forward who intimidates with his speed and proficient puckhandling ability, Denis Guryanov may have one of the highest ceilings as a forward prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Very strong on his skates and uses his size to protect the puck well. Drives the net hard and knows where he will shoot before he is even in a position to do so. Possesses a heavy and accurate release on his shot, which he likes to get off near the faceoff dots; if he can't shoot from there, he will either dangle or bull his way through to the blue paint. While he is proactive and aware defensively, he still needs to work on consistency in his own end.
19. Detroit Red Wings
Thomas Chabot- D- Saint John Sea Dogs
A quick-thinking two-way defenseman that is able to make fast decisions and help his team whenever he is on the ice. Possesses excellent mobility and has good individual puck skills; can catch the opposition off guard with his speed. All-in-all, a player who strives to be better with every shift, staying a student of the game. Has the potential to flourish into a very reliable all-around defenseman that can eat up minutes.
20. Minnesota Wild||
Evgeny Svechnikov- LW- Cape Breton Screaming Eagles- QMJHL||
CSS: #17||Incredibly skilled offensive winger. Has a remarkably accurate shot to go along with some magic hands. Could be better defensively, but his game is based around his acute sense of what is happening on the ice in the offensive zone. All-in-all, a deadly player who possesses good size, elite-level skill, and smooth skating.|
21. Buffalo Sabres
Paul Bittner- LW- Portland Winterhawks- WHL
CSS: #26||A big-bodied power forward that plays with tenacity and an edge. Relentless on the forecheck and is able to bully his way to the net with his size and speed. Has a good stick around the net and has an accurate rocket of a shot. Thinks the game well and is able to frustrate opposing players while playing physically. All-in-all, an impact player that uses his size and skill to his advantage. Gaining consistency will be integral to his future success.|
22. Washington Capitals
Noah Juulsen- D- Everett Silvertips- WHL||
A solid two-way defender, Noah Juulsen is able to force plays and always find ways to support his teammates. Juulsen is a smooth, yet not dynamic skater, and is mobile when he needs to be. Plays with a chip on his shoulder, and isn't afraid to take the hit to make the play. Sees the ice well and has the individual skills to carry out the possibilities he sees. Very poised with the puck; calm and controls the play with authority. Has good hands. Without the puck and in high-pressure situations, Juulsen tends to overthink things and can try to do a little too much; that will go away with time and maturity.
23. Vancouver Canucks||
Colin White- C- US Under 18- USHL||
A prolific scoring threat, Colin White is a strong 3-zone player with an eye for scoring chances. Thinks the game at a high level and always seeks to make an impact on the ice, with or without the puck. Never seems to be outbodied and is an exceptional skater. Puck-possession is definitely a strength.|
|24. Toronto Maple Leafs||
Oliver Kylington- D- Farjestads BK- Sweden||
CSS: #6 (Int'l)|
A prolific scoring threat, Colin White is a strong 3-zone player with an eye for scoring chances. Thinks the game at a high level and always seeks to make an impact on the ice, with or without the puck. Never seems to be outbodied and is an exceptional skater. Puck-possession is definitely a strength.
25. Winnipeg Jets||
Gabriel Carlsson- D- Linkopings- Sweden||
CSS: #2 (Int'l)||Carlsson is an agile skater, which he combines with his fantastic reach to shut down opposing forwards. He likes to make the safe play, although he does possess decent stickhandling skills. Scouts love his defensive positioning, as well as his high hockey IQ.|
26. Montreal Canadiens|
Jeremy Roy- D- Sherbrooke- QMJHL
Carlsson is an agile skater, which he combines with his fantastic reach to shut down opposing forwards. He likes to make the safe play, although he does possess decent stickhandling skills. Scouts love his defensive positioning, as well as his high hockey IQ.
27. Anaheim Ducks
Jansen Harkins- C- Prince George Cougars- QMJHL||
CSS: #15||Has been getting many comparisons, due to his high-end playmaking ability and all-around game, to the player David Krejci. Comparable adaptive game and ability to shoot as well as pass the puck.|
28. Tampa Bay Lightning||Jake DeBrusk- LW- Swift Current Broncos- WHL|
A two-way winger with good mobility and scoring ability. Willing to battle in the dirty areas and can always find the puck and make the smart play below the hashmarks. Shows good creativity and deception with the puck. Good individual skills and makes good use of any time and space found. DeBrusk won't beat you up physically, but he can definitely beat you up on the scoreboard.
29. Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon Carlo- D- Tri-City Americans- WHL||
CSS: #25||Brandon Carlo is an industrious, shift-by-shift defenceman who lets the game come to him rather than chasing the play; he is able to quickly adapt to the pace of the game on the fly. Through maneuvering his way around the ice and making high-percentage, skilled decisions in all three zones, he is able to shut opposition offense down before it begins to take shape. Carlo is a smooth skater who can control the puck very well and get into open areas for scoring chances; that being said, he does and will need help finding offense due to his natural defensive style of play.|
30. Arizona Coyotes||
Brock Boeser- RW- Waterloo- USHL|
|A dynamic offensive winger and natural goal scorer. Has great instincts and is able to quickly get into position for premium scoring chances; possesses an accurate release on his shot which he can get off in the blink of an eye. He always knows where his linemates are, and is a great passer; that being said, his individual puck possession play is incredible and sets him apart as an offensive player. He will need to work on defensive zone coverage and a slew of small details such as board battles, but Brock Boeser has a ton of elite-level scoring potential due to the way he can read, make, and finish plays.|
31. Buffalo Sabres
Ilya Samsonov- G- Magnitogorsk- KHL
CSS: #1 (Int'l Goalie)
Lots of raw talent. Some fear he will stay in Russia, but he says he doesn't want to. Needs a few years of development, but is the top goalie in this draft. If the Sabres want a future starting goalie in this draft, he's the guy.