A look at the 2017 NHL Draft

 

After an eventful offseason (so far), the Nation Hockey League Entry Draft is here. At 7:00 PM ET on Friday, June 23, the first round will begin and will last for 31 picks. The second through seventh rounds will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 10:00 AM ET. Without any further ado, let’s get to the mock.

 

  1. New Jersey Devils – Nico Hischier, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Nico is the most explosive player in the draft this year. He has 86 points in 57 games this past season and gives NJ the scoring forward they’ve needed desperately for years.2

      2. Philadelphia Flyers – Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Nolan is the most complete player in the draft this year and the Flyers are incredibly lucky that Nolan had some injury problems this past year. With Hakstol developing youth there, watch out for this guy next year.

      3. Dallas Stars – Miro Heiskanen, D, HIFK (Sm-Liiga)

It may take a little bit of time for Miro to be NHL ready, but once he is, he could end up reminding a lot of people of Ryan Suter.

      4. Colorado Avalanche – Cale Makar, D, Brooks (AJHL)

The Avs need some help everywhere on their team, but they’ll go after some blue-line assistance this time around.

      5. Vancouver Canucks – Gabriel Vilardi, C, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

A big center who could potentially be the scoring threat the Canucks need.

6. Vegas Golden Knights – Cody Glass, C, Portland (WHL)

7. Arizona Coyotes – Casey Mittelstadt, C, Eden Prairie HS (MN)

8. Buffalo Sabres – Owen Tippett, RW, Mississauga (OHL)

9. Detroit Red Wings – Martin Necas, C, Brno (CZE)

10 .Florida Panthers – Timothy Liljegren, D, Rogle Jr20 (SWE)

11. Los Angeles Kings – Elias Pettersson, C, Timra IK (SWE)

12. Carolina Hurricanes – Nick Suzuki, C, Owen Sound (OHL)

13. Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets) – Juuso Valimaki, D, Tri City (WHL)

14. Tampa Bay Lightning – Callan Foote, D, Kelowna (WHL)

15. Vegas Golden Knights (from New York Islanders) – Lias Andersson, C/LW, HV71 (SWE)

16. Calgary Flames – Michael Rasmussen, C, Tri City (WHL)

17. Toronto Maple Leafs – Erik Brannstrom, D, HV71 (SWE)

18. Boston Bruins – Eeli Tolvanen, LW/RW, Sioux City (USHL)

19. San Jose Sharks – Klim Kostin, C/RW, Dynamo (VHL)

20. St. Louis Blues – Kristian Vesalainen, LW, Frolunda (SWE)

21. New York Rangers – Urho Vaakanainen, D, Blues (FIN)

22. Edmonton Oilers – Kailer Yamamoto, C/LW, Spokane (WHL)

23. Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota Wild) – Nicolas Hague, D, Mississauga (OHL)

24. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets) – Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, Guelph (OHL)

25. Montreal Canadiens – Ryan Poehling, C, St. Cloud St. (NCHC)

26. Chicago Blackhawks – Jason Robertson, LW, Kingston (OHL)

27. St Louis Blues (from Washington Capitals) – Robert Thomas, C, London (OHL)

28. Ottawa Senators – Filip Chytil, LW/C, Zlin (CZE-JR)

29. Dallas Stars (from Anaheim Ducks) – Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo (USHL)

30. Nashville Predators – Josh Norris, C, NTDP U18 (USHL)

31. Pittsburgh Penguins – Jake Oettinger, G, Boston University, (HEA)

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Dylan is an aspiring author, copy-editor, rancher, sports writer, and soon-to-be father who spends his free time devouring sports statistics in an attempt to be the best armchair general manager his family has ever had the pleasure of ignoring. His wife watches more football. Despite that, he still thinks you care about what he has to say. He’s an avid Minnesota Vikings and University of North Dakota fan. He can be reached at schnabel.dylan@gmail.com

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