We had our first Puck77 Mock NHL Entry Draft.
In our draft, we did the first three rounds of the upcoming NHL Draft and we had some outside help. CJ Turtoro of All About The Jersey (New Jersey Devils blog), Ryan Quigley of Knights On Ice (Vegas Golden Knights blog), Tom Hunter of Mile High Hockey (Colorado Avalanche blog), Steven Ellis of The Hockey News, Jesse Marshall of The Athletic, James Reeve of SenShot (Ottawa Senators blog) and Tip Of The Tower, Josh Walfish of Daily Hampshire Gazette, Jeff Chapman of Copper and Blue (Edmonton Oilers blog) and Drew Stevenson (Puck Prose) joined us as “GMs”.
Below are the picks! Take a look at who your team selected.
- New Jersey Devils – Jack Hughes, Centre, USNTDP (CJ Turtoro)
- New York Rangers – Kaapo Kakko, Right Wing, TPS (Connor Criscuola)
- Chicago Blackhawks – Alex Turcotte, Centre, USNTDP (Matthew Spagnuolo)
- Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators) – Kirby Dach, Centre, Saskatoon (Tom Hunter)
- Los Angeles Kings – Bowen Byram, Defense, Vancouver (WallMaz)
- Detroit Red Wings – Trevor Zegras, Centre, USNTDP (Tony Ferrari)
- Buffalo Sabres – Cole Caufield, Right Wing, USNTDP (Jan Brentjens)
- Edmonton Oilers – Dylan Cozens, Right Wing, Lethbridge (Ryan Boonstra)
- Anaheim Ducks – Matthew Boldy, Left Wing, USNTDP (Jacob Lariviére)
- Vancouver Canucks – Thomas Harley, Defense, Mississauga (Cody Rusan)
- Philadelphia Flyers – Arthur Kaliyev, Left Wing, Hamilton (Spencer Teixeira)
- Minnesota Wild – Vasili Podkolzin, Right Wing, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (Olli Huotari)
- Florida Panthers – Victor Söderström, Defense, Brynas IF (Jacob Langsam)
- Arizona Coyotes – Alex Newhook, Centre, Victoria (James Reeve)
- Montreal Canadiens – Cam York, Defense, USNTDP (Gabriel Béland)
- Colorado Avalanche – Peyton Krebs, Centre/Left Wing, Kootenay (Tom Hunter)
- Vegas Golden Knights – Spencer Knight, Goaltender, USNTDP (Ryan Quigley)
- Dallas Stars – Bobby Brink, Right Wing, USNTDP (Josh Tessler)
- Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets) – Philip Broberg, Defense, AIK (Daniel Gagnon)
- New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets) – Pavel Dorofeyev, Left Wing/Right Wing, Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk (Connor Criscuola)
- Pittsburgh Penguins – Ryan Suzuki, Centre, Barrie (Jesse Marshall)
- Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs) – Nils Höglander, Left Wing, Rogle BK (WallMaz)
- New York Islanders – Brett Leason, Centre, Prince Albert (Jeff Chapman)
- Nashville Predators – Jakob Pelletier, Left Wing, Moncton (Steven Ellis)
- Washington Capitals – Philip Tomasino, Centre, Niagara (Drew Stevenson)
- Calgary Flames – Lassi Thomson, Defense, Kelowna (Alex Hobson)
- Tampa Bay Lightning – Raphaël Lavoie, Centre, Halifax (Kyle Pereira)
- Carolina Hurricanes – Samuel Poulin, Left Wing, Sherbrooke (Chris Bradley)
- St. Lous Blues – Moritz Seider, Defense, Adler Mannheim (Tony Ferrari)
- San Jose Sharks – Connor McMichael, Centre, London (Josh Walfish)
- Boston Bruins – Ville Heinola, Defense, Lukko (Josh Tessler)
- Ottawa Senators – John Beecher, Centre, USNTDP (Daniel Gagnon)
- Los Angeles Kings – Brayden Tracey, Left Wing, Moose Jaw (WallMaz)
- New Jersey Devils – Matthew Robertson, Defense, Edmonton (CJ Turtoro)
- Detroit Red Wings – Albin Grewe, Right Wing/Left Wing, Djurgardens IF J20 (Tony Ferrari)
- Carolina Hurricanes (from Buffalo Sabres) – Nicholas Robertson, Left Wing, North Central Predators Mdgt AAA (Chris Bradley)
- Carolina Hurricanes (from New York Rangers) – Anttoni Honka, Defense, Jukurit (Chris Bradley)
- Edmonton Oilers – Egor Afanasyev, Left Wing, Muskegon (Ryan Boonstra)
- Anaheim Ducks – Nolan Foote, Left Wing, Kelowna (Jacob Lariviére)
- Vancouver Canucks – Ludvig Hedstrom, Defense, Djurgardens IF J20 (Cody Rusan)
- Philadelphia Flyers – Jackson LaCombe, Defense, Shattuck – St. Mary’s Prepatory – Minnesota (Spencer Teixeira)
- Minnesota Wild – Marshall Warren, Defense, USNTDP (Olli Huotari)
- Chicago Blackhawks – Mikko Kokkinen, Defense, Jukurit (Matthew Spagnuolo)
- Ottawa Senators – Kaeden Korczak, Defense, Kelowna (Daniel Gagnon)
- Arizona Coyotes – Jamieson Rees, Centre, Sarnia (James Reeve)
- Montreal Canadiens – Ilya Nikolayev, Centre, Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (Gabriel Béland)
- Colorado Avalanche – Tobias Björnfot, Defense, Djurgardens IF J20 (Tom Hunter)
- Vegas Golden Knights – Jordan Spence, Defense, Moncton (Ryan Quigley)
- New York Rangers (from Dallas Stars) – Antti Tuomisto, Defense, Assat Jr. (Connor Criscuola)
- Montreal Canadiens (from Columbus Blue Jackets via Vegas Golden Knights) – Patrik Puistola, Right Wing, Tappara Jr. (Gabriel Béland)
- Winnipeg Jets – Henry Thrun, Defense, USNTDP (Justin Miner)
- Florida Panthers (from Pittsburgh Penguins) – Vladislav Firstov, Left Wing, Waterloo (Jacob Langsam)
- Toronto Maple Leafs – Vladislav Kolyachonok, Defense, Flint (Tyler Kuehl)
- Detroit Red Wings (from New York Islanders via Vegas Golden Knights) – Samuel Fagemo, Left Wing, Frolunda HC (Tony Ferrari)
- New Jersey Devils (from Nashville Predators) – Alex Beaucage, Right Wing, Rouyn-Noranda (Steven Ellis)
- Washington Capitals – Nathan Légaré, Right Wing, Baie-Comeau (Drew Stevenson)
- New York Islanders (from Calgary Flames) – William Constantinou, Defense, Kingston (Jeff Chapman)
- New York Rangers (from Tampa Bay Lightning) – Daniil Misyul, Defense, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Connor Criscuola)
- Carolina Hurricanes – Simon Holmström, Right Wing, HV71 (Chris Bradley)
- St. Louis Blues – Yegor Spiridonov, Center, Magnitogorsk 2 (Tony Ferrari)
- Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose Sharks) – Alex Vlasic, Defense, USNTDP (Tony Ferrari)
- New Jersey Devils (from Boston Bruins) – Ryan Johnson, Defense, Sioux Falls (CJ Turtoro)
- Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators) – Adam Beckman, Center, Spokane (Tom Hunter)
- Los Angeles Kings – Robert Mastrosimone – Left Wing, Chicago (WallMaz)
- Philadelphia Flyers (from New Jersey Devils via Edmonton Oilers) – Alexander Campbell, Left Wing, Victoria (Spencer Teixeira)
- Detroit Red Wings – Tuukka Tieksola, Right Wing, Karpat Jr. (Tony Ferrari)
- Buffalo Sabres – Artemi Kniazev, Defense, Chicoutimi (Jan Brentjens)
- New York Rangers – Shane Pinto, Centre, Tri-City (Connor Criscuola)
- Florida Panthers (from Edmonton Oilers) – David Levin, Left Wing/Right Wing, Sudbury (Jacob Langsam)
- New Jersey Devils (from Anaheim Ducks) – Karl Henriksson, Center, Frolunda Jr. (CJ Turtoro)
- Vancouver Canucks – Albert Johansson, Defense, Farjestad Jr. (Cody Rusan)
- Philadelphia Flyers – Dustin Wolf, Goaltender, Everett (Spencer Teixeira)
- Minnesota Wild – Hunter Jones, Goaltender, Peterborough (Olli Huotari)
- Arizona Coyotes (from Chicago Blackhawks) – Nikita Alexandrov, Centre, Charlottetown (James Reeve)
- Nashville Predators (from Florida Panthers) – Colten Ellis, Goaltender, Rimouski (Steven Ellis)
- Arizona Coyotes – Blake Murray, Centre, Sudbury (James Reeve)
- Montreal Canadiens – John Farinacci, Centre, Dexter School – High School – Massachusetts (Gabriel Béland)
- Colorado Avalanche – Trent Miner, Goaltender, Vancouver Canucks (Tom Hunter)
- Vegas Golden Knights – Cole Mackay, Right Wing, Sault Ste. Marie (Ryan Quigley)
- New Jersey Devils (from Dallas Stars) – Mads Søgaard, Goaltender, Medicine Hat (CJ Turtoro)
- Columbus Blue Jackets – Kirill Slepets, Right Wing, Yaroslavl 2 (Macalem Henley)
- Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets) – Drew Helleson, Defense, USNTDP (Ryan Quigley)
- Ottawa Senators (from Pittsburgh Penguins via Vegas Golden Knights) – Graeme Clarke, Right Wing, Ottawa (Daniel Gagnon)
- Toronto Maple Leafs – Martin Has, Defense, Tappara Jr. (Tyler Kuehl)
- Edmonton Oilers (from New York Islanders) – Hugo Alnefelt, Goaltender, HV 71 Jr. (Ryan Boonstra)
- Vegas Golden Knights (from Nashville Predators) – Leevi Aaltonen, Right Wing, Kalpa Jr. (Ryan Quigley)
- Los Angeles Kings (from Washington Capitals) – Michal Teply, Left Wing, Benatky N.J. (WallMaz)
- Calgary Flames – Nikita Okhotyuk, Defense, Ottawa (Alex Hobson)
- Tampa Bay Lightning – Maxim Cajkovic, Right Wing, Saint John (Kyle Pereira)
- Carolina Hurricanes – Pyotr Kochetkov, Goaltender, Ryazan (Chris Bradley)
- St. Louis Blues – Domenik Fensore, Defense, USNTDP (Tony Ferrari)
- San Jose Sharks – Zachary Jones, Defense, Tri-City (Josh Walfish)
- Boston Bruins – Bryce Brodzinski, Right Wing, Blaine High School – Minnesota (Josh Tessler)
Notes From Several Of The GMs
In addition, several of the GMs submitted notes/commentary about their draft selections. Check out their notes.
Detroit Red Wings – Tony Ferrari
Detroit’s draft class from the first three round is a high upside masterpiece. With top selection Trevor Zegras being the premier playmaker in the draft, at least on par with Jack Hughes in that department, the Wings add a player that has a different element than anyone else in the system. Zegras is an elite playmaker unlike anyone else is their system. With Grewe and Fagemo, Detroit adds two wingers with good 200-foot games and high offensive upside. Both forwards have been projected as high as the first round so getting them where they went was a steal. Grewe is a bit undersized but doesn’t play like it. He attacks the puck carrier and drives to the net when he has it. A bit of a bulldog mentality. Fagemo is a speed machine and the fact that he’s an overager shouldn’t matter, he should have been drafted last year. His speed will carry him and his good hands will allow his offensive ability to show. Detroit finally gets some help on defence with the selection of Alex Vlasic out of the USNTDP. He’s an intriguing prospect with the size scouts covet and decent skating ability. He isn’t overly offensive but he’s not a black hole offensively. He has a lot to improve by the raw skills are there. Tuukka Tieksola is a player that many see as a player who could tune into something special down the line. He is a playmaker who is highly skilled. A third round selection that could be reminiscent mid-late round picks of Red Wings selections of years gone by.
Philadelphia Flyers – Spencer Teixeira
Comparison – Zach Parise
Strong scoring presence, provides dynamic offensive tendencies (ie he’s not afraid to go anywhere in the offensive zone)
Comparison – Brent Burns
Speedy Dman with great offensive skills. Is a little inconsistent and playing at a high school
Level may have boosted his stats. All around great offensive player. (Boom/Bust pick, think Ryan Merkley or PK Subban)
Comparison – Johnny Gaudreau
Extremely speedy centre with great hands, played with Alex Newhook in the BCHL. Defense is lacking
Comparison – Frederik Andersen
One of the youngest players in the draft, Wolf has been a big contributor to Everett’s recent success. A goalie of fair size, Wolf is very calm in the net and isn’t shaken very often (from my understanding). (Warning: could be like Jack Campbell and take longer than expected to reach his potential)
Tampa Bay Lightning – Kyle Pereira
Raphaël Lavoie adds size to a relatively small forward core. With the likes of Alex Barre Boulet among other forward prospects likely to make the jump due to several depth forwards likely on their way out in free agency, they must add into their forward prospect pool.
Lavoie is also versatile, something that many teams covet, as he can play all three forward positions. It’s also a good thing that he has improved so quickly in his defensive zone work, making him a near complete player
Of the remaining players I looked into, Cajkovic had the most upside and was one of the more well rounded players. Once my pick rolled around, he was the BPA, and I could not pass up that kind of pick.
Arizona Coyotes – James Reeve
The Arizona Coyotes need to stock up on goalscoring forwards in this year’s draft. Rick Tocchet‘s team is build around one of the strongest defensive corps in the league and there are still a number of intriguing D prospects in the system. The offensive side of the ice, however, is somewhat lacking – particularly in front of the net. Newhook is a slam-dunk future NHLer that will continue his development in college – something the Yotes will have no issues with. Jamieson Rees is an underrated forward that fits the mould of the Coyotes, with GM John Chayka often taking a gamble on players he believes will develop further down the line. Blake Murray is arguably the biggest dark horse of the entire draft this year, with a penchant for goalscoring (30 in 50 games for Sudbury) but somewhat inconsistent play. If he can play consistently, something that will come with coaching, then he could easily be a steal in the third round.
Washington Capitals – Drew Stevenson
Caps draft selection thing: After several of restocking the blue-line cupboard, the Capitals now need to get game changers at forward. Philip Tomasino is not only one of the most prolific goal scorers in the draft, he’s also one of the youngest.
New York Rangers – Connor Criscuola
Kaapo Kakko was the consensus number two for the past year, and with his play at World Championship has brought himself into the discussion for #1. He’s only 18, but has dominated amongst men in the Liiga and now at the worlds.
San Jose Sharks – Josh Walfish
As the core of the Sharks gets older, no position group has more NHL experience than the centers. Looking to fortify that position for the future, San Jose was hopeful to use the depth at center in this draft to its advantage, and did so with Connor McMichael pick in the first round.
Two rounds later, the Sharks go back to a well that has been kind to it in the past and secures the rights to UMass commit Zac Jones. The Sharks had two prospects on last year’s team and watched how the Minutemen let their top-four defensemen bloom this season in their own way. They commit to the long-term project with the USHL’s Rookie of the Year and how much he can grow under Greg Carvel and Ben Barr in Amherst, Mass.
Carolina Hurricanes – Chris Bradley
Samuel Poulin, LW
Good size and physically ready for the pro game. Excellent bloodlines, son of ex-NHLer Patrick Poulin.
Excellent leadership abilities and a future power play specialist.
NHL comparison: Vladimir Tarasenko
Nicholas Robertson C/LW
Though still very early in the learning curve, has tremondous upside as a top-six NHL forward.
Small in stature, will need to add mass to his 5’9″ frame.
Very quick and agile, not many possess his first-step break. Patience is a must when developing Robertson.
NHL comparison: Yanni Gourde
Antonni Honka, D
Super-skilled with the puck. Wonderful skater and puck handler.
Future power play quarterback. Doesnt let his lack of size keep him from standing up opponents at the blueline.
NHL comparison: Jake Gardiner
Simon Holmstrom, LW
Sneaky-fast skater and very shifty. Injuries have held him back, but no denying his top-six line potential.
Has high-end offensive mindset, can improvise on the fly with the best of them.
NHL comparison: Jonathan Huberdeau
Pyotr Kochetkov, G
Surprisingly nimble given his stature (6’3″ 208lbs.).
Cool and poised under pressure, really found his game this year after being passed over the previous two NHL drafts
NHL comparison: Frederik Andersen
Dallas Stars – Josh Tessler
Even though the Stars only had one pick in the first three rounds, Bobby Brink is a great addition to their farm system. Great two-way forward and he’s great goal scorer. He’s a University of Denver commit and we’ll likely see some time on the USNTDP squad next season.
Boston Bruins – Josh Tessler
The Boston Bruins love drafting European defensemen, so I had to give them another. Ville Heinola is great puck-moving defenseman and will be a great fit for the Bruins down the road.
In addition, Bryce Brodzinski is a solid late third round selection. He’s a big body forward, who can play at centre and right wing. Brodzinski had an excellent season for Blaine High School and is a University of Minnesota commit.