2014 May Mock Draft (no trades)!

I didn't want to muck up Jawa's mock draft anymore with the Vanek discussion, so I thought I'd throw out a 2-round mock draft to get folks back in the prospect mode. Some high-risers since the start of the Memorial Cup playoffs. Here we go:

Round One

1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D
2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, C

Reinhart is a slick, shifty centerman with decent size who plays the angles well, makes the little plays especially in the D-zone, and has the best vision in the Draft – IMO, better than Nylander (who is close). Playmaker, sky-high hockey IQ, needs to improve his skating a bit. Thinks the game at speed at a very high level. Can afford to get stronger - but he isn't a physical player. If Drouin can play another year in Junior, so can Rino.

3. Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl, C
4. Calgary Flames: Jake Virtanen, RW
5. New York Islanders: Sam Bennett, C
6. Vancouver Canucks: William Nylander, RW
7. Carolina Hurricanes: Nick Ritchie, LW
8. Toronto Maple Leafs: Michael Dal Colle, LW
9. Winnipeg Jets: Nikolaj Ehlers, LW
10. Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa Senators): Hayden Fleury, D
11. Nashville Predators: Kasperi Kapanen, RW
12. Arizona Coyotes: Brendan Perlini, LW
13. Washington Capitals: Robby Fabbri, C
14. Dallas Stars: Adrian Kempe, C
15. Detroit Red Wings: Kevin Fiala, LW
16. Columbus Blue Jackets: Sonny Milano, LW
17. Philadelphia Flyers: Alex Tuch, RW
18. Minnesota Wild: Ivan Barbashev, LW/C
19. Tampa Bay Lightning: Dylan Larkin, C
20. San Jose Sharks: Jared McCann, C
21. St Louis Blues: Roland McKeown, D
22. Colorado Avalanche: Niki Scherbak, RW
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Nikloai Goldobin, RW
24. Anaheim Ducks: Jakub Vrana, LW
25. Boston Bruins: Connor Bleackley, C
26. Montreal Canadiens: Ryan MacInnis, C
27. Los Angeles Kings: Julius Honka, D
28. Tampa Bay Lightning (from New York Rangers): Travis Sanheim, D
29. Chicago Blackhawks: Josh Ho-Sang, C/LW
30. New Jersey Devils: David Pastrnak, LW

Round Two:

31. Buffalo Sabres: Brett Pollock, C

Pollock has great size, very good skating, heavy shot and a nifty pair of hands. Can play the power game, especially around the net, and has been trending up in his development. PPG guy in the WHL playoffs. Consistency still not there, and there has been some question about his conditioning. Both of those things can be taught/developed. His raw physical tools can’t.

32. Florida Panthers: Jack Dougherty, D
33. St Louis Blues (from Edmonton Oilers): Nick Schmaltz, RW/C
34. Calgary Flames: Anton Karlsson, LW
35. New York Islanders: Thatcher Demko, G
36. Vancouver Canucks: Jack Glover, D
37. Carolina Hurricanes: Vlad Kamanev, C
38. Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Markus Pettersson, D
39. Buffalo Sabres (from Winnipeg Jets via Minnesota): Eric Cornel, C

Add another C who can also play W. Great size, long reach, blistering shot. Potentially very good possession player. Can skate, agile, but not a burner. Still scratching the surface of his offensive game. Strong. Trending upwards. Needs to work on his D and not really a pure scorer, much more of a playmaker. Not especially physical despite his size.

40. Ottawa Senators: Brandon Lemieux, RW
41. New Jersey Devils: John Quenneville, C
42. Nashville Predators: Dysin Mayo, D
43. Arizona Coyotes: Mason MacDonald, G
44. Washington Capitals: Bryce Martin, D
45. Dallas Stars: Alex Peters, D
46. Detroit Red Wings: Andreas Eglund, D
47. Columbus Blue Jackets: Josh Jacobs, D
48. Philadelphia Flyers: Nick Magyar, RW
49. Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota Wild): Anthony DeAngelo, D

Murray said he wants talent first and foremost. As for talent, this kid’s Top 15. He’s a serious risk, but has absolutely elite skating, vision, and offensive IQ. That being said, he gets pushed around down low, has a serious discipline problem, and needs a lot of work on his D-zone positioning and add bulk. Think Brian Campbell. Long wait, but potentially big payoff. And with all these picks, why not take a shot?

50. Tampa Bay Lightning: Alex Vanier, D
51. San Jose Sharks: Brayden Point, C
52. St Louis Blues: Ben Thomas, D
53. Calgary Flames (from Colorado Avalanche) Nelson Nogier, D
54. San Jose Sharks (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Justin Kirkland, LW
55. Anaheim Ducks: Alex Nedjelkcovic, G
56. Boston Bruins: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, LW
57. New York Rangers: Ville Husso, G
58. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Los Angeles Kings): Hunter Smith, RW
59. New York Islanders (from Montreal Canadiens): Chase De Leo, C
60. Arizona Coyotes (from Chicago Blackhawks): AO Matsson, D

Round Three

61. Buffalo Sabres: Juho Lammikko, LW

Steady, 2-way forward with good IQ for the D game. Size, hustle, consistently plays hard all over the ice. Very good playmaker, good vision, operates well out of the corners. Good not great skater, decent shot, but very agile. Makes the simple play. Will need to learn the N American game, but already can play with physicality.

BFLO adds an elite, potentially first-line C, a pair of rapidly improving, skilled offensive players who can play C or W and skate very well, a risky PP QB who could be a star, and a 2-way, hard working forward with some offensive flair. And other than DeAngelo, they all have very good size.

Of course, I would rather move up in the draft to the low 20's or high teens, but I'm playing it straight with this Mock.

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