Part three of the Mock Draft has finally arrived! I have had plenty of time since part two to re-evaluate my original selections.
Since part two came out I have graduated, and finished up high school, and so my next chapter begins, as does the next chapter of my mock draft. So, with that being said, who do I have being selected at picks 11-15? Let’s find out.
11th Overall Pick: Philadelphia Flyers select Peyton Krebs, Center, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Krebs played for a not-so-good Kootenay Ice team, but despite all that, still shined. He managed to put up 19 goals and 49 assists (68 points) in 64 games, with low-end talent around him on the wings. When he played internationally for team Canada at the U18 World Junior Championships, he scored 6 goals along with 4 assists for 10 points, in 7 games. Krebs is known to be one of the hardest working players in the entire draft, if not the hardest working player. Fellow Puck77 contributor Tony Ferrari even said Krebs, “Is like a dog on a bone when the puck isn’t on his stick.” Krebs is also praised for his skating ability, where he has high end speed, and fantastic acceleration, reaching his top speed quickly. What really makes his skating jump out, is his outstanding edge work. He’s able to take tight turns, and Tony Ferrari compared his quick cuts to an NFL Wide Receiver. Standing at 5’11, and 181 pounds, he could add some more muscle to better fit in with NHL players, so he does not fit the bill of what many fans consider a Flyer (Broad Street Bullies, anyone?). However, they have recently drafted Travis Konecny (5’10, 174), Shayne Ghostisbehere (5’11, 180), and Joel Farabee (6’0, 161). So, why not keep going with smaller, shiftier and more finesse guys? That’s where the game is evolving, and the Flyers should shift their attention to that. Not only that, his energy and want for the puck to be his, adds to his aggressiveness, and despite not being able to outmuscle guys, he gives them no breathing room. Now, his over-eagerness does cause him to get out of position, but that’s coachable, and his energy is tangible. He would be a huge asset for the Flyers.
Now, there have been rumors surrounding the 11th overall pick, and Philadelphia can go out and acquire a top tier defenseman. They could go out and inquire on Erik Karlsson, opening up a window to sign him on before he hits the open market, similar to the deal with Kevin Hayes. They could send this pick, along with other assets to Nashville for PK Subban. Or, they could acquire Jacob Trouba’s rights from the Winnipeg Jets. All those options are on the table, or, of course, they can hang on and select high-end prospect Peyton Krebs.
Future Role: For the top ten prospects, I looked at next seasons role, but from here on out, there will be no players in the NHL. So, for future role, Krebs has high potential and could easily slot in as the number one center for the Flyers, over former second overall pick, Nolan Patrick.
Update: Multiple reports have indicated that Krebs has torn an Achilles Tendon during an offseason workout.
12th Overall Pick: Minnesota Wild select Cam York, Left-Handed Defenseman, USNTDP
Cam York is the top USNTDP defenseman in this draft, and it shows in his game. He recorded 14 goals and 51 assists (65 points) in 63 games with the U18 teams, and as a defenseman, that’s super impressive. At the U18 World Junior Championships, he put up 4 goals and 7 assists (11 points)in 7 games for team USA, showing he can shine on the international stage as well. You’re probably thinking he is just offensive, but is he really? No, he is not. He has great skating ability, a good stick, and strong positioning, which allows him to close the gap, throw a poke check, and dart down the ice. If he fails, his skating allows him to get back into position, and his positioning takes away any chances the opposition might have. He needs to get stronger (5’11, 174 pounds), but that comes with just about every prospectt, especially defenders. Cam York is a near complete prospect, and could turn out to be a fantastic selection. He is committed to the University of Michigan for next season.
Future Role: He has the ability to quarterback a power play in the future, and if everything goes right, can move into a top pair. However, he projects as more of a second pair guy, who plays well in all three zones. Could take 3 years before he is able to make the jump to the NHL.
13th Overall Pick: Florida Panthers select Arthur Kaliyev, Left Wing, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL
The Florida Panthers are getting a mid-round steal with Kaliyev, I’m telling you now. He put up 51 goals and 51 assists (102 points) in 67 games, which is un-real. How he isn’t ranked higher by experts is beyond me. But here we are at 13, and there’s no way they pass up Kaliyev. His skating is not the best, but he has gotten better, and that’s a positive for coaches who can get their hands on Kaliyev at the draft. He’s tough to knock off his skates, but struggles battling along the boards. But what makes him such an astonishing prospect is his shooting ability. Like Caufield, he is a sniper, and burying over 50 goals with Hamilton, he backs that up. But where Caufield is purely a sniper, Kaliyev can utilize his stick handling ability and effectiveness in the cycle to open up teammates, and he can thread the needle. His passing can be just as accurate as his shooting, and his vision is great. When you have a guy as offensively skilled as Kaliyev currently is, why not select him? Because he is not good defensively. He shows no effort, and he is not good positionally. Kaliyev does not like to battle along the boards. He is strictly all offense, and that is not exactly a good thing. Development will be key, and for Florida, they’ve developed Aleksander Barkov, and Jonathan Huberdeau, as well as kickstarting Reilly Smith’s career and saving Frank Vatrano’s. They have the tools, and they’re willing to take a risk on an immensely skilled winger in Kaliyev. But remember, there’s a similarly high-skilled, offensively oriented winger, who is not great in the defensive zone. Now, he isn’t a well known player, but maybe you’ve heard the name Alex Ovechkin?
Future Role: If development goes right, he can easily be an elite winger for the Panthers, centered by Barkov. He would realistically need about 3 years to make the jump, so it will be a while before he makes an impact, but it could be well worth the wait. Or, he could be a bust, with a lack of effort outside of the offensive zone, and be a journeyman, looking for a fit all around the league.
14th Overall Pick: Arizona Coyotes select Vasili Podkolzin, Winger, SKA St. Petersburg, KHL
I’m just going to say it, Podkolzin is my least favorite prospect. That being said, I’m strictly going off of what Tony Ferrari said in his deep dive on Podkolzin, but in a shortened evaluation. He feeds off of board battles on offense, “bullying” his opponents there. He is hard to get out from in front of the opposing goalie. Podkolzin is a tough competitor, working harder than almost every prospect (with Krebs as the exception there). He is thought of as a boom or bust prospect, similar to Kaliyev, but in a different way. Where Kaliyev’s one major weakness is the catalyst for his potential bust status, Podkolzin has only found success internationally with his age group, where as he could not produce effectively against men in Russia. A very powerful skater, Podkolzin recorded 8 goals and 5 assists (13 points) in 29 games combined in Russia, playing in the KHL, MHL and VHL. It’s important to note that he recorded 0 points in 3 KHL games. As the captain for team Russia in the U18 World Junior Championships, he recorded 1 goal and 3 assists (4 points) in 7 games. In the U20 WJC, he posted just 3 assists in 7 games. Ferrari does note that his lack of club team production could be because of his constant moving through the 3 major leagues in Russia, and his inability to find chemistry and stability on a team. Next season, however, will be telling of how good he truly is, as he should stick in the KHL for most of, if not all, of next season.
Future Role: Has a good skill level, arguably top 5. But his being in Russia, makes contracts more difficult to figure out, as his rights belong strictly to his KHL club. If he does make the jump, he could wind up being a top 6 power forward, similar to Mark Stone, or as Last Word On Hockey’s Ben Kerr says, Rick Nash.
15th Overall Pick: Montreal Canadiens select Philip Broberg, Left-Handed Defenseman, AIK, Allsvenskan
Broberg plays in the second tier Swedish league (Allsvenskan) instead of the top league (SHL). He’s a big kid, standing at 6’3, 203 pounds, and that’s something that the Habs would love to have. Considering they have Shea Weber (6’4, 230), and Jordie Benn (6’1, 204), they seemingly love bigger blue liners. Broberg put up 2 goals and 7 assists (9 points) in 41 games played with AIK, and added another 2 goals and 4 assists (6 points) in 7 games with Sweden in the U18 WJC. In the U20 WJC, he had 1 assist in 4 games. He was up and down with production, not piling up points in Allsvenskan or the U20’s, but nearly was point per game in the U18’s. This is mainly due to his outstanding speed, and for a guy as big as he is, it’s very impressive. His shooting isn’t great, but he has very good passing skills. He is an inconsistent scorer, but his skating opens up a world of opportunities, and his frame makes it hard for players to knock him off the puck. Defensively, he possesses an outstanding IQ, knowing where to be, and when to be there. He is positionally sound and, again, his skating helps him a ton. His transition game is fueled by his speed and passing abilities, making him the safest pick in the entire draft. He is slated to play in the SHL with Skelleftea AIK.
Future Role: He has a high ceiling, although he may not reach an elite level, but certainly a top pair defenseman, playing both penalty kill and powerplay.
All stats via eliteprospects
Evaluations inspired by Tony Ferrari and LastWordOnSports