Last Minute Final Mock Draft

Here is our final last minute mock draft. I chose each individual ranking by the greatest need for the team and not necessarily the best player available. You might not agree with our rankings, so let us know! Comment below, tweet me @hkyblogger or tell us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog. Without further to do, he is our 2015 NHL Last Minute Final Mock Draft!

1. Edmonton Oilers – Connor McDavid
He’s a generational talent. What more can I say?

2. Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel
Not a bad prize for getting the second overall pick. Can’t say that for many drafts.

3. Arizona Coyotes – Dylan Strome
4. Toronto Maple Leafs – Mitchell Marner
The Leafs would rather get Strome as the team would like to add another big center to build around. Marner is a nice player, but he’s undersized at 5’11. I’d personally like to see the Leafs grab Hanifin and solidify the blue line with Hanifin and Reilly, but all points are pointing the blue and white grabbing Marner instead.

5. Carolina Hurricanes – Noah Hanifin
Any other draft, Hanifin goes 1st overall, but this draft is so top heavy, the Boston College defenseman goes 5th overall. Canes will be beaming from ear to ear to get him.

6. New Jersey Devils – Matthew Barzal
7. Philadelphia Flyers – Mikko Rantanen
Flyers are filled to the brim with young defenders in their system with players such as Morin and Gotishbehere in their system. The young right wing sniper is exactly what the Flyers need.

8. Columbus Blue Jackets – Ivan Provorov
Their GM has openly said they would like to improve the defense in their system. With Hanifin gone, it’s a toss up between Provorov and Werenski.

9. San Jose Sharks – Lawson Crouse
10. Colorado Avalanche – Zach Werenski
11. Florida Panthers – Pavel Zacha
12. Dallas Stars – Timo Meier
13. Los Angeles Kings – Kyle Connor
The Kings would like to shore up on their center prospects. It was a toss up between Kyle Connor and Travis Konecny but the Kings like their centers to have some size. Konecny is 5’9.75 while Connor is 6’1.

14. Boston Bruins – Nick Merkley
15. Calgary Flames – Jeremy Roy
16. Edmonton Oilers (From PIT) – Ilya Samsonov
Oilers aren’t picking anyone else but McDavid with the 1st overall pick. But the Oilers need help with goaltending and defense as well. Samsonov is the best goalie in the draft, but are they willing to lose out on Samsonov for a defenseman they need?

17. Winnipeg Jets – Evgeni Svechnikov
18. Ottawa Senators – Colin White
He’s a good two way forward who doesn’t play a flashy game but he gets the points. Was at a point a pace game last year.

19. Detroit Red Wings – Joel Eriksson Ek
Detroit loves their Swedes. Eriksson Ek is a player

20. Minnesota Wild – Jansen Harkins
Might be a bit of a reach here, but the Wild would like a guy who can all 200ft of the ice. My only issue with him is his offensive game.

21. Buffalo Sabres (From NYI) – Thomas Chabot
After picking up Eichel with the 2nd overall pick, the Sabres will need to restock the defensive prospect cupboard with the best defensema available. Enter Thomas Chabot. His physical game needs a bit more work but his offensive game is very good. He had 29 points in 66 games in the QMJHL last year.

22. Washington Capitals – Paul Bittner
My personal favourite pick. Plays a big game and will develop into a prototypical power forward. Going to be the steal of the draft in my opinion. Needs to work on his shot and bulking up though.

23. Vancouver Canucks – Daniel Sprong
24. Toronto Maple Leafs (From NSH) – Brandon Carlo
The Leafs picked up Marner with the 4th overall pick and will use this pick to pick up some defense. Carlo is sort of like an anti Reilly. He stays in his own zone and plays a physical game while Reilly likes to wheel and deal around the ice. Creates an interesting pairing though. Maybe with Gardiner?

25. Winnipeg Jets (From STL via BUF) – Jakub Zboril
26. Montreal Canadiens – Anthony Beauvillier
The Habs have been linked with the young small sniper.  He will need to bulk up as he is only 173 lbs., but he skates fast, and has a wicked shot.

27. Anaheim Ducks – Jeremy Bracco
28. Tampa Bay Lightning (From NYR) – Denis Guryanov
29. Philadelphia Flyers (From TBL) – Jordan Greenway
The Flyers like their guys big and Jordan Greenway is 6’4.75. He’s physical and has plays a pretty good offensive game, but his defense will need some work.

30. Arizona (From CHI) – Oliver Kylington

Who Do The Leafs Draft With The 24th Pick?

Quite possible the most popular team in the NHL, there is no other team with the immense pressure and spotlight as the Toronto Maple Leafs. If there wasn’t enough pressure before, adding the most sought after free agent before the Stanley Cup is even awarded has made Toronto the center of the hockey world’s attention once again.

The Leafs are looking forward to the upcoming draft. They have both the 4th and 24th pick in the first round after acquiring the 24th pick from Nashville. The 4th pick is widely believed to be used to select either Dylan Strome, Mitchell Marner, or Noah Hanifin. Of course, if for some reason Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid is still available, that pick will be used to select who’s left. There’s 3 legitimate options for the 4th pick and 2 highly unlikely options. They’ve also been written to death about, so let’s change it up! What about the 24th pick? There’s not a lot of stuff written on it in comparison. But here’s our suggestions for the 24th pick!

A name that has been mentioned quite a bit is Oliver Kylington. He’s a 6’0 defenseman who played in the Swedish Hockey League when he was 16. From what i’ve read and seen, he’s a very strong skater and plays a good offensive game. His shot is a plus, but it’s his skating that is a plus plus tool. For the Leafs fan out there compare him to Morgan Rielly but not that high of a ceiling. Still a very serviceable player. I can’t imagine the Leafs picking Kylington if they pick Noah Hanifin with the 4th pick. He’s been dropping in the rankings as he’s had a poor Five Nations tournament and it seems like scouts feel that he’ll need to bulk up quite a bit. He seems like one of the biggest wildcards in the draft. The Leafs have two picks in the 1st round which allows them to be a bit more aggressive in the draft. His NHL ceiling is a powerplay quarterback who could be a 3D in the NHL.
Fun fact: He’s both Swedish and Eritrean!

Personally, I’d like to see the Leafs draft Paul Bittner if he’s still available at 24. He’s a big power forward who likes to use his size shovel goals in. His only issue is that he is still very raw and will need to work on his defensive game, but his offensive game is very good already. One of the biggest strengths he has is his size. He isn’t a goon on the ice, but he uses his size very well. When he needs to get infront of the net, he uses the entire six feet four inches he has to push people around. He will have to work on his defensive game to succeed at the next level. The NHL comparison for him is James Van Riemsdyk. If the Leafs got a player who is as good as JVR at 24, wouldn’t most Leafs fans be happy?

Our black horse unlikely pick is Ilya Samsonov. I’m suggesting this pick mostly because of preparation of the future and the lack of depth in the system. Goalies tend to take longer to develop in comparison to skaters. Yeah yeah, I know Bernier and Reimer are 26 and 27 respectively so they have a few years before it’s a necessity, but Samsonov is an intriguing prospect. He’s a high reward goalie with relatively low risk. He’s going to be developing in the KHL as he’s signed a 3 year contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Being able to develop in the second best league in the world (Sorry AHL and SHL, it’s not even close) would do wonders for a guy like him. With the 24th pick, the Leafs have a much higher risk tolerance as the 4th pick will be a guy who will be a star in the league in a few years. I’d love to see Samsonov in a Leafs jersey some day but I’m not sure if he’ll be there at 24.

We considered players such as Jansen Harkins and Jeremy Roy but the Leafs already have players similar to them in organization with Harkins being a comparison to Frederik Gauthier and Roy comparing to Matt Finn.

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