NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Here is my mock draft for the upcoming draft:

1. Colorado: Seth Jones
2. Florida: Nathan MacKinnon
3. Tampa Bay: Jonathan Drouin
4. Nashville: Alexsander Barkov
5. Carolina: Sean Monahan
6. Calgary: Darnell Nurse
7. Edmonton: Nikita Zadorov
8. Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen
9. New Jersey: Hunter Shinkaruk
10. Dallas: Valery Nichushkin
11. Philadelphia: Max Domi
12. Phoenix: Ryan Pulock
13. Winnipeg: Elias Lindholm
14. Columbus: Adam Erne
15. New York Islanders: Josh Morrissey
16. Buffalo: Frederik Gauthier
17. Ottawa: Alexander Wennberg
18. Detroit: Valentin Zykov
19. Columbus: Kerby Rychel
20. San Jose: Curtis Lazar
21. Toronto: Robert Hagg
22. Calgary: Zach Fucale
23. Washington: Ryan Hartman
24. Vancouver: Madison Bowey
25. Montreal: J.T. Compher
26. Anaheim: Samuel Morin
27. Columbus: Jacob De La Rose
28. Boston: Mirco Mueller
29. Calgary: Bo Horvat
30. Chicago: Ian McCoshen

Reasoning:
I put Seth Jones 1st even though ISS recently said Nathan MacKinnon was the best prospect available. I do believe MacKinnon may end up the better player, but Colorado already has a lot of very good, young offensive players such as Landeskog and Duchene.

I put Valery Nischushkin much lower than most mock drafts because his KHL contract scares me. I know he has publicly stated that he will be playing for the NHL, but what if he doesn’t like the contract being offered or the team he gets drafted to? He can bolt for the KHL.

Teams to Watch:
Calgary: If i’m Calgary, I try to move down from 6th to about 15th, or try to trade the 22nd pick up. Kippur is in the twilight of his career and there isn’t anyone in the system who can replace him. In the draft, there is one goalie I see that can replace Kippur and it’s Zach Fucale. Teams know that and may use that as a bargaining chip.

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