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Round Totals:

1st Round: 46/155 points

2nd Round: 17/155 points

3rd Round: 10/155 points

4th Round: 5/155 points

5th Round: 4/155 points

6th Round: 7/155 points

7th Round: 5/155 points

Total Points?:

94 points out of 1085 overall


T21 out of 423 mocks (96% Overall)

jmaac1's 2018 NHL Mock Draft Picks - Last updated: 06-15-2018

Rnd. ▴ Pick   Team Player Pos. School
1 1Buffalo BuffaloRasmus Dahlin D Frölunda HC
jmaac1's comments: Franchise D-Man
1 2Carolina CarolinaAndrei Svechnikov RW Barrie
jmaac1's comments: Elite Scorer/Playmaker Best 1on1 Player in the Draft Physical Specimen
1 3Montreal MontrealFilip Zadina RW Halifax
jmaac1's comments: Elite Scorer/Gamebreaker Most Dynamic Forward in the Draft Best Pure Goal Scorer in Draft
1 4Ottawa OttawaBrady Tkachuk LW Boston University
jmaac1's comments: Prototypical Power Forward Swiss Army Knife Leader Physical Specimen Competitor Grittty
1 5Arizona ArizonaQuinton Hughes D Michigan
jmaac1's comments: Top Pairing D-Man Explosif Skater Elite Offensive D-man
1 6Detroit DetroitAdam Boqvist D Brynäs IF
jmaac1's comments: Top 3 D-man Elite Offensive D-man
1 7Vancouver VancouverNoah Dobson D Acadie-Bathurst
jmaac1's comments: Second Best Two-Way Defender in the Draft right behind Dahlin. Winner Leader High Hockey IQ Excellent both offensively and defensively
1 8Chicago ChicagoEvan Bouchard D London
jmaac1's comments: Top 4 D-Man Powerplay Specialist High Hockey IQ
1 9NY Rangers NY RangersOliver Wahlstrom LW Shattuck-St. Marys School
jmaac1's comments: Natural Goal Scorer Wizard With the Puck Fierce Competitor Top 6 Forward
1 10Edmonton EdmontonBode Wilde D US-Under-18
jmaac1's comments: Top 4 D-Man Big Body Powerful Skater Very Good Offensive D-Man Risk Taker Plays with an Edge
1 11NY Islanders NY IslandersJesperi Kotkaniemi C Assat Pori
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Playmaker One of the younger players in draft Average Skater Excellent Size High Ceiling Potential boom or Bust Pick
1 12NY Islanders NY IslandersJoe Veleno C Drummondville
jmaac1's comments: Second Line Center Elite Vision Good Size Leader Excellent Defensive Fierce Competitor Best Center in Draft
1 13Dallas DallasJoel Farabee LW USNTDP
jmaac1's comments: One of the best 200 foot players in draft Elite Skater Fearless Top 6 Potential forward Size is an issue
1 14Philadelphia PhiladelphiaBarrett Hayton C Sault Ste. Marie
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Vision Good StickHandler Strong Skater Swiss army knife type player where you can play him in all situations potential top 6 at worst top 9 center.
1 15Florida FloridaTy Smith D Spokane
jmaac1's comments: Excellent 2 way Defender. Very good all around skill set no elite traits but very good all around. Top 4 d-man Powerplay Specialist Strong skater
1 16Colorado ColoradoJett Woo D Moose Jaw
jmaac1's comments: Meat and Potatos type defender Very good defensively Physical D-man Has some offensive tools projects to be a top 4 D-Man
1 17New Jersey New JerseyMattias Samuelsson D Norwood High School
jmaac1's comments: Best Defensive D-man in the Draft Abosolute Monster Physically Leader Winner Great Size and strength Top 4 D-man with potential to be a Top Pair D-man
1 18Columbus ColumbusRyan Merkley D Guelph
jmaac1's comments: Biggest Boom or Bust Pick from all Prospect. An absolute offensive Dynamo Elite Skater One of the Best offensive d-man in the draft sky is the limit on offense for him. Questionable Character Has Top Pairing D-Man all over him if he puts himself alltogether
1 19Philadelphia PhiladelphiaCalen Addison D Lethbridge
jmaac1's comments: One of the best Skaters in the draft Top 4 D-Man Great Offensive D-Man Excellent Stickhandler Outstanding Hockey Sense. I believe this kid's small stature won't hold him back from falling in this draft.
1 20Los Angeles Los AngelesRasmus Kupari C Karpat Oulu
jmaac1's comments: One of the Dark Horses in this Draft to come out and be one of the 5 best players in the draft. Outstanding offensive Skill set Great Size for a C Strong Skater Top 6 Center Just needs a little time if he where to fall would be one of biggest steals of the draft.
1 21San Jose San JoseSerron Noel RW Oshawa
jmaac1's comments: Physical Specimen Outstanding Skater for his size Excellent Vision Excellent Stick Handler Prototypical Power Forward. To me the best power forward in the draft. Potential Darkhorse candidate to be one of the better ones to come out of this draft
1 22Ottawa OttawaVitali Kravtsov RW Belye Medvedi Polar Bears
jmaac1's comments: Dynamic Forward would place him right behind Sveshnikov and Zadina. Guy is the complete package from a forwards perspective. Excellent Skater Elite Playmaker Capable Scorer High hockey IQ knock here is teams will have to wait a few years until he leaves khl. One of the steals of the draft
1 23Anaheim AnaheimIsac Lundeström C Luleå HF
jmaac1's comments: Solid C Can plug him anywhere in top 9 Meat and potatoes type center Physical Good vision Defensively aware Winner Leader qualities
1 24Minnesota MinnesotaAkil Thomas C Niagara
jmaac1's comments: One of the best Skaters in Draft Offensive Gamebreaker Excellent Stickhandler Tireless Work Ethic Filthy Shot Elite Offensive potential one of steals of the draft
1 25Toronto TorontoAlexander Alexeyev D Red Deer
jmaac1's comments: Solid Two way Defender Top 4 I'd say Physical Specimen Strong Skater Still untapped Potential her Very injury Prone
1 26NY Rangers NY RangersTy Dellandrea C Flint
jmaac1's comments: Offensive Instinct are of the charts Alot of room to grow for him Has very high upside Great shot Excellent Skater Very Gritty Fierce Competitor about 2-3 years from being nhl ready But has top 6 written all over him
1 27Chicago ChicagoGrigori Denisenko LW Yaroslavl
jmaac1's comments: One of the most skilled players in the draft Elite Stickhandler Elusive Skater Great Playmaker Top 6 Forward tremendous value at this point would be a steal if he slips out of first round
1 28NY Rangers NY RangersK'Andre Miller D USNTDP
jmaac1's comments: Bruising Two-way D-man With some untapped offensive potential Physical specimen Solid Skater for his size Excellent Defensively Leader Very Physical Top 4 D-Man with potential
1 29St. Louis St. LouisRyan McLeod C Mississauga
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Size For a center Good offensive Skill Set Excellent Skater Gritty Big and Physical Excellent on draws Second Pairing Center is there for him at the worst a top 9 forward
1 30Detroit DetroitRasmus Sandin D Sault Ste. Marie
jmaac1's comments: One of the Safest Picks in the draft Nothing Flashy but Effective very mobile solid offensive instincts Very solid in his own end Top 4 D-man but more of a defensive D-man
1 31Washington WashingtonDominik Bokk RW Växjö
jmaac1's comments: Best Puck Handler in the draft Explosive Offensive threat Excellent 1on1 player Has top 6 written all over him
2 32Buffalo BuffaloMartin Kaut RW Pardubice
jmaac1's comments: Very Good Skater Excellent defensively for a forward Excellent Playmaker Top 6 winger If he falls this far absolute steal one of the more underated players in the draft
2 33Detroit DetroitJakub Lauko LW Chomutov
jmaac1's comments: Excellent work ethic Competitor Solid offensive skill set Excellent Skater HAS TOP 6 POTENTIAL AT THE WORST A TOP 9 WINGER WHO YOU CAN PLUG ALL OVER THE LINEUP.
2 34Florida FloridaOlivier Rodrigue  G Drummondville
jmaac1's comments: Very Agile Solid Glove Outstanding Reflexes Fiery Competitor Determined Very Atheletic on the smaller side for a prototypical goalie but I don't belive that will hold him back. Needs a few years but has the makings of an excellent goaltender
2 35Montreal MontrealJonathan Tychonick D Penticton
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Skater Excellent Vision Very mobile does cheat here and there but things that could easily be fixed Top-4 D-man
2 36Detroit DetroitXavier Bernard D Drummondville
jmaac1's comments: Big Physical Defender Solid Skater Has Some solid offensive skill Good Iq will fit well in the top 4 pairing
2 37Vancouver VancouverFilip Hållander RW Timrå IK
jmaac1's comments: Constantly Attacking in the offensive zone Relentless Competetive strong skater with excellent offensive tools. Potential is there to crack top 6
2 38Montreal MontrealJared McIssac D Halifax
jmaac1's comments: One of the Smoothest two way D-man in the draft would be a steal if he where to fall this far. Excellent skater Shutdown Defender Big and Physical Very Good first pass Has some untapped offensive potential could be a real steal if he develops that part of his game
2 39NY Rangers NY RangersAdam Ginning D Linköpings HC
jmaac1's comments: Big and Physical Good passer Defensive D-man Good hockey Iq top 9 plug defender, needs to have a mobile partner to excell
2 40Edmonton EdmontonKevin Bahl D Ottawa 67's
jmaac1's comments: On of the Premier Shutdown defenders in draft. Calm and Steady Influence as a defender Solid Skater Physical Specimen one of the best 1on1 defenders if not the best in the draft. Mature beyond his years Physical Nightmare Fantastic value at this point Top 4 defensmen
2 41NY Islanders NY IslandersJacob Olofsson C Timrå IK
jmaac1's comments: Steady 3rd line center that plays a very effective checking game Smooth Skater Very good size for the center position Plug type player Responsible defensively strong on the puck
2 42Carolina CarolinaStanislav Demin D Wenatchee
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Skater 3 zone defender Great Size Mobile Hard Shot Plays beyong his years for the position very nice value here with this pick Top 4 potential
2 43NY Islanders NY IslandersNils Lundkvist D Luleå HF
jmaac1's comments: Not that Big but an excellent puck moving defensemen with solid skill set good vision deceptive shot Defensively there are some questions but definetey has the makings of a top 4 d-man.
2 44Dallas DallasNando Eggenberger RW Oshawa
jmaac1's comments: 3rd best power forward in the draft, tremendous value here if he falls this far, Sniper has a deadly shot/quick release Excellent skater for his size plays a gritty game can be used in all situations one of the steals of the draft
2 45St. Louis St. LouisJacob Bernard-Docker D Okotoks
jmaac1's comments: Quickness, agility and skating are excellent. Excellent Composure High Hockey IQ Has a hard accurate shot very solid two way defender. Real potential here. one of my favourite under the radar d-man in the draft
2 46Washington WashingtonRiley Stotts LW Calgary Hitmen
jmaac1's comments: Bottom 6 Center who covers alot of ground not particularly great at anything but overall solid player, that uses his speed and forcheck to impact the game. He is strong on the puch which is a big plus is possesion stats. But overall a solid role player who knows his role.
2 47Colorado ColoradoCole Fonstad C Prince Albert
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Playmaker, Very good skater Has some strong tools offensively, is an improving player, has a lot of untapped potential. I believe this kid will get better and better top 6 winger Responsible 2 way player who at the end of the day is an excellent playmaker.
2 48NY Rangers NY RangersAllan McShane C Oshawa
jmaac1's comments: C/F Hybrid can play either at the next level. Elite Playmaker Deceptive shot Tireless work ethic effective 2 way player I project him to be a top 6 center/winger. Like him alot has steal written all over him
2 49Columbus ColumbusJesse Ylönen RW Espoo Blues
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Skater Very Good Puck Handler Boom or bust type prospect/ reminds me a bit of Tj Oshie. Can become that type of scorer if he develops properly about 2- 3years away. but the potential is there for top 6
2 50Philadelphia PhiladelphiaLukas Dostal G Kometa Brno
jmaac1's comments: Another Goalie who does not have prototypical size but makes up for it with great rebound control quick reflexes. Quick Glove and blocker, very athletic but is a competitor and quite composed for his age. Solid Prospect, starter material
2 51Los Angeles Los AngelesBenoît-Olivier Groulx LW Halifax
jmaac1's comments: Well rounded two way center. High Hockey IQ Good skater very high motor Gritty and determined. tough to knock off the puck. Overall a really solid prospect all around has top 6 potential but can play anywhere in the lineup you plug him into value pick if he drops this far
2 52Toronto TorontoSean Durzi D Owen Sound
jmaac1's comments: High Risk Prospect, who plays a very open offensive game for a defensemen. Injury concerns as he never completed a full season in chl. Excellent Skater Very good vision Has a very elite skill set. Another boom or bust prospect and don't forget he's an overager
2 53Pittsburgh PittsburghGiovanni Vallati D Kitchener
jmaac1's comments: Really Smooth Skater in every aspect, sometimes it looks effortless with him, his defensive game has improved considerably this year. Has a very hard and accurate shot, his mobility is excellent especially when joins the rush. Excellent Size. Overall plays a simple yet very effective game both offensively and defensively. To me one of the steals of the draft tremendous value at this point
2 54Anaheim AnaheimNicolas Beaudin D Drummondville
jmaac1's comments: In my opinion one of the best passers in the draft. Elite Vision and Playmaking. Put up insane numbers in the chl. Actually led his team in points and hes a defensemen. Speaks volumes to his offensive capabilities. Excellent Skater as well. Work in progress defensively but his pros far outweigh the cons. Top 4 defensemen. Real solid value here at the end of second round. Master Passer
2 55Arizona ArizonaVladislav Kotkov LW Chicoutimi
jmaac1's comments: Physical Specimen Rugged Power Forward Excellent size Good mobility intriguing talent because his diversified skills have seen him play both point and net front presence on the power play effectively…a threat to create every time he’s on the ice.a goal-scoring winger with top-six upside at the NHL level.Steal at this point
2 56Montreal MontrealJack McBain C Toronto Jr.
jmaac1's comments: NHL size and stength Effective two-way center Excellent vision Good hands Tireless worker McBain has the tools you like to see in a top-line center. But nonetheless I think he will become a very solid Number 2 center. But has massive Potential to become one of the best players in this draft.
2 57Boston BostonBlade Jenkins C Saginaw
jmaac1's comments: Great shot Good passer Hard to play against Good size, I believe he is a better winger than a center, if developed properly can slot nicely in a top 6 role.
2 58Colorado ColoradoIvan Muranov RW Balashikha
jmaac1's comments: Sturdy Goal Scorer with a nasty mean streak. Power Forward. Big and strong body relentless forchecker Lethal snap shot aggressive and competetive. All the tools too be your modern day nhl power forward. Tremendous value at this point
2 59Tampa Bay Tampa BayLenni Killinen RW Espoo United
jmaac1's comments: He has the potential to become a good supportive role player, with his skating abilities and good size. He is also quite solid as a two-way player, although he needs to learn to use his size even more.
2 60Winnipeg WinnipegNathan Dunkley C London
jmaac1's comments: Compete level Playmaking and on-ice vision Net-front presence Needs to improve skating, has some work to do as far as becoming a complete player. Potential is there, ut hes more a stash type of prospect at this point but with high upside if he develops
2 61Las Vegas Las VegasJáchym Kondelik C Muskegon
jmaac1's comments: NHL Size and Strength Strong Defensive Play. Very good skater for his size. very good hands. Upside is a second line center but for now project to be a third line center who can do a little bit of everything
2 62Montreal MontrealAlexander Romanov D CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva
jmaac1's comments: Swiss Army Knife Type Defensemen who can play in any situation. Good combination of size and speed, very smooth skater who always has his head up. Solid Playmaker. Many teams would regret passing on him. Top 4 defender.
3 63Minnesota MinnesotaJakub Skarek G HC Jihlava
jmaac1's comments: Best Goaltender in the draft in my opinion. Has that prototypical size you want for a franchise goaltender. very agile and quick. Athletic for a big man. Played in men's league this year and more than held his own against the competition. Superb Value at this spot if he falls this far.
3 64Pittsburgh PittsburghDamien Giroux LW Saginaw
jmaac1's comments: Size is the issue with him. But a very solid 200 foot skater. Good setup man, excellent skater. High IQ, Good motor. Responsible defensively can plug him anywhere in the lineup swiss army knife top player
3 65Arizona ArizonaDavid Gustafsson C HV71
jmaac1's comments: Natural Center, Excellent on draws. has good size for a c. needs time to develop. Responsible defensively. Solid 3rd line center with good intangibles.
3 66Montreal MontrealJonatan Berggren  C Skelleftea
jmaac1's comments: One of the most Offensively Gifted players in the draft. Has Blazing Speed and loads of skill to beat you in many ways. Defensive game needs work and his size is whats dropping him on draftboards. nevertheless if he falls to this spot, has the potential to be a top line winger in the nhl if developed correctly and take their time with him. One of the younger players in the draft.
3 67Detroit DetroitKevin Mandolese G Cape Breton
jmaac1's comments: Excellent Size for a goaltender. Project, will need a few years to develop physically. Has a good glove and blocker. Solid reflexes. Has starter potential down the line.
3 68Vancouver VancouverFilip Johansson D Leksand
jmaac1's comments: Excellent mobility, no traits that really stand out, solid shot, good passer, reliable defensively, bottom pairing d-man at the next level, penalty kill specialist.
3 69Chicago ChicagoJordan Harris  D Kimball Union Academy
jmaac1's comments: Excellent mobile d-man, small so that would push him back a bit. Good vision and Hockey IQ, has some playmaking abilities. Could be a solid offensive d-man down the line, his defense will make or break his way to get to nhl. Has top 4 potential, but I have him as bottom pair powerplay specialist.
3 70NY Rangers NY RangersIvan D Morozov C Mamonty Yugry
jmaac1's comments: Big Physical Forward, plays with an edge, could be used on the wings as well. He has the makings of well built power forward. Strong on the puck, as well as on the boards. A load to handle in front of the crease, has very good shot often drives play. Defensively a work in progress, will 1-2 years to round out his game. Overall a lot to like here top 6 forward down the line.
3 71Edmonton EdmontonEric Florchuk LW Saskatoon
jmaac1's comments: Effortless skater, heavy shot, competitive and High hockey IQ. 17 years old so their is a lot of room for growth. But he is a solid prospect who currently projects to be a top 9 forward in the nhl. Needs a couple years to grown all around.
3 72NY Islanders NY IslandersJay O'Brien C Youngstown
jmaac1's comments: One of the bigger mysteries in the draft, considering he is one of the few players playing in a high school league. Dominated the league finishing top scorer with 80 points in 30 gp. He oozes skill and is an elite stickhandler. He is primarily a scorer with a lethal wrist shot and an excellent snap shot at his disposal. Can fly on the ice and still improving there. Not the biggest c but has decent size. I believe he can become one of the best players in the draft. Tremendous upside, would be robbery if he falls this far in my opinion. Knock here is can he replicate this type of production in a higher league. I believe he can. Too much skill and potential to pass up.
3 73Arizona ArizonaIgor Sokolov LW Cape Breton
jmaac1's comments: Big winger, who projects to be a power forward. Really strong frame and has an excellent shot to boot. Hard to move off the puck, very strong along the boards. Solid playmaker as well. Dark Horse candidate here. Top 6 written all over him, one of the more underrated prospects in the draft.
3 74Arizona ArizonaRyan Chyzowski LW Medicine Hat
jmaac1's comments: Arguably the best buy low WHL prospect in the 2018 draft. Chyzowski possesses all of the tools necessary to be successful at the next level. Can fly on the ice, never takes a shift off, relentless motor, solid frame with room for growth, and has a great shot to boot. One of my favourite prospects in the draft.
3 75Dallas DallasMilos Roman LW Vancouver
jmaac1's comments: More of Center than a winger, Milos Roman is a player that has consistently shown the ability to make adjustments so that he can continue to use his prodigious offensive talents at a higher level. Very talented offensively, shows signs of an elite playmaker, strong hockey IQ and awareness. Relentless forchecker. I project him to be a second line center at the next level. If things don't improve defensively you have yourself a third line scoring center at worst. Excellent value at this spot.
3 76St. Louis St. LouisJan Jenik LW Liberec White Tigers
jmaac1's comments: A secure two way player who works really hard and has a good amount of skill. I have a second round grade on him. Very similar player to Martin Kaut in the draft. Difference between the two is that jeniks skating needs to improve while physically he needs to fill out as well. I have him dropping a bit because of this but overall has a high upside.
3 77Boston BostonCurtis Douglas LW Windsor
jmaac1's comments: Biggest player in the draft at 6'8. Not the fleetest of foot, but he is strong the puck, excellent along the boards, nightmare screener for opposing goalies. Also has an outstanding reach and physicality to his game. Must work on his defense and must improve his skating to make an impact at the next level. If he develops properly can see him as a top 9 forward at the next level. Needs a few years.
3 78Colorado ColoradoKirill Marchenko  LW Mamonty Yugry
jmaac1's comments: Marchenko pierces opposing defences with ease, and it leads to some incredible plays. Highlight machine with an incredible skill set. One of the best gamebreakers in the draft. Offensively has the whole package, on the other end defensively needs a lot of work hence reason why he would drop. But just on Offensive talent I think he can be easily a second round pick. Huge reward if he develops properly.
3 79Anaheim AnaheimCameron Hillis C Guelph
jmaac1's comments: Hillis improved his game immensely as the season progressed, to the point where he was the most reliable scorer on his team. He’s a good skater with a never-quit attitude, plus he’s capable of setting up quality scoring chances off of board battles. Hillis won over 50 percent of his draws and can run a power play as well. Great value pick here and one of the better skilled prospects in the draft.
3 80Columbus ColumbusBlake McLaughlin LW Grand Rapids Junior Academy
jmaac1's comments: Can fly on the ice, excellent wrist shot. Playmaker. Can be utilized on both the PK AND PP. Has an edge and grittiness when he plays. Needs to fill out and mature his game. But their is a lot to like about him excellent value at this point.
3 81Detroit DetroitAidan Dudas C Owen Sound
jmaac1's comments: One of the smaller players in the draft at 5'7. But he never let that stop him from becoming one of the most dynamic players in the draft. Elusive and has speed to burn. Can deke you out of your skates, has gamebreaker written all over him as he can beat you with his playmaking or his natural scoring ability. Solid defensively as well, powerplay QB. If he where 6 feet would be one the top prospects in the draft.
3 82Los Angeles Los AngelesPhilipp Kurashev C Quebec
jmaac1's comments: Kurashev is a good all-around player who wants to get involved in the play any way he can…strong playmaking abilities with excellent creativity and vision. More passer than scorer, has excellent speed with an explosive first step. Excellent hands a testament to his playmaking ability. Defensively he is solid with room for improvement needs to work on his draws to be an nhl centreman as well as needs to fill out his frame to be a solid possession player. Has Top 6 potential.
3 83Toronto TorontoKyle Topping C Kelowna
jmaac1's comments: Effective passer and puck distributor Strong on-ice vision and anticipation Responsible two-way player Very effective at winning face-offs. Doesn’t play a particularly physical game Could stand to take a few more risks with the puck Arguably doesn’t have any “elite-level” attributes, but rather a collection of very strong ones. Topping projects as a third line center at the NHL level
3 84Detroit DetroitDanila Galenyuk D Mamonty Yugry
jmaac1's comments: Galenyuk is physically gifted with good mobility and I'd say that looks like he got some puckmoving potential too. Strong in his own end, has a robust playing style, gets dirty. Overall a solid prospect who has top 4 potential.
3 85Anaheim AnaheimNiklas Nordgren RW HIFK Helsinki
jmaac1's comments: Nordgren is a very talented offensive winger who works hard and understands his defensive responsibilities so that he’s not a liability defensively. He seems to be more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer but also has an excellent wrist shot.Nordgren has very soft hands and great vision but the one thing holding him back is skating which is especially worrisome for a small player like him. Overall I'd say offensively talented winger who is a big boom or bust prospect in this draft. Gamble
3 86Minnesota MinnesotaJake Wise C Central Catholic High School
jmaac1's comments: Not the biggest or strongest propsects in the draft. But wise has some outstanding hands, magician with the puck, very good possession player. one of the best 1on1 players in the draft. Also has a solid shot and can create in many ways for his teammates. Knock on him is he will need to get stronger and prove to be less injury prone as well as working on his defensive game. Overall Wise has the potential to be a two-way, top-six centre at the NHL level
3 87Chicago ChicagoAlec Regula  D London
jmaac1's comments: One of my favorite players coming out of the ohl. Regula is a late riser in the draft who is a very solid yet raw two way player. Physical specimen standing at 6'4 210 pounds. He is an excellent skater for his size. Solid first pass, very strong 1on1 defender, physical presence constantly when on the ice. Still growing in confidence and still very raw. He untapped potential and if met can see him as a Top 3 D-man in the nhl.
3 88NY Rangers NY RangersAmir Miftakhov G Kazan
jmaac1's comments: Was the best goalie at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Competes at a high level, does not have ideal size for a goaltender but works hard, has very agile and quick reflexes moves very fluid. Solid draft and stash pick at this point. Reminds me of Jaroslav halak.
3 89Nashville NashvilleSampo Ranta LW Salzburg
jmaac1's comments: Tremendous value here if he where to fall this far. Already has NHL Size at 6'2 195 pounds. One of the better skaters in this Draft class, can make plays at very high speeds. He battles very hard every possession. Possesses a deceptive shot, has crafty hands and is not afraid to get dirty. Overall a very solid prospect with very few holes in his game. Will be in Nhl alot sooner than people think.
3 90Tampa Bay Tampa BayAlexander Khovanov C Moncton
jmaac1's comments: Highly-touted prospect for a number of years. Major Injury Risk considering he got sick and lost a ton of weight thus hindering his development. Been in catch up mode ever since. On the Positive side he does offer a ton of skill. He is a dynamic playmaker with elite vision. He also displays great stickhandling abilities. But his skating needs to improve so he can take advantage of his skill set. Does not have great size for a C, does not show a willingness to engage in physical play,Weak on draws, needs to get his strength back and more, and needs to work on his explosion as well. Overall I'd say he is the riskiest Boom or bust prospects in this draft.
3 91Winnipeg WinnipegChase Wouters  LW Saskatoon
jmaac1's comments: He’s a heart-and-soul, character type of guy. Has a strong work ethic and brings a lot of leadership skills. Does the little things, can chip in offensively, decent size. Top 9 winger, who you van can plug in play in your lineup. 17 years old so there is room for growth as well.
3 92Minnesota MinnesotaFilip Král  D Spokane
jmaac1's comments: Filip Kral is a bit of an enigma based on what he projects to be in north America. Has had a lot of trouble adjusting to the smaller rink, thus hindering his on ice-awareness and spacing in the defensive end. He plays small, not that physical either. But the thing that stands out most is that he is agile and an excellent skater, especially when he has the puck. He has quite a skill set for a defensemen but does not flash it enough. He is a good passer as well, and although he has been caight out of position a lot he is a solid defender. In my opinion he's one of the bigger risks when it comes to D-man especially with so many quality D-man in this draft. I look at him as strictly a gamble who can turn out to be a top 4 player. Buyer Beware though.
3 93Washington WashingtonMatej Pekar LW Muskegon
jmaac1's comments: Solid two-way forward who has very good speed and plays hard in every inch of the ice.Pekar’s positioning is impeccable and he consistently evades detection. I see Pekar as a dual threat that can set up plays off the cycle but also finish in open ice and bury chances at the side of the net. Strong on the boards as well. Has decent size but will need to fill out to play his type of game in the pros. But overall I have him as one of my sleepers in this draft to surprise sooner rather than later. Top 9 scoring winger is my projection for him. USHL Rookie of the year.
4 94Buffalo BuffaloAnderson MacDonald LW Moncton
jmaac1's comments: I like this prospect even though there are questions about his work ethic and willingness to engage and drive play consistently. He has excellent size at 6'2 200 pounds, absolute lethal shot that can beat you in many ways. Very quick hands, with a very quick release. Very smooth skater with a great first step. One of the best shooting percentages in the draft which tells me he become an excellent scorer. If he fixes some of those holes in his game, you have the makings of a Scoring Power Forward. At this point would be considered a steal for me, considering what he brings to the game offensively. But can become a legitimate prospect in the pipeline.
4 95Ottawa OttawaGabriel Fortier LW Baie-Comeau
jmaac1's comments: Speedy, hard-nosed center who plays a 200-foot game and competes hard every shift. Fortier is a threat to score in any situation, including while on the penalty kill. He’s shown great patience and a soft touch around the net, and he’s capable of setting up chances off of board battles. Fortier is more of a finisher than a set-up guy, but he plays a high-speed game and the puck always seems to find him. He is small, does not engage in physical play can easily knock him off the puck, but uses his speed to help in that matter. Overall solid value at this point in draft, hes a top 9 scoring winger who you can plug and play anywhere in the lineup.
4 96Carolina CarolinaJustus Annunen G Kärpät
jmaac1's comments: Annunen is a rigid butterfly goalie who doesn’t do anything particularly flashy and relies heavily on his wingspan and flare while positioned deep inside the crease to fend off chances from below the hash marks. Being married to the posts has its advantages, as he rarely loses awareness and reveals little white space when square to a shooter from any angle. Playing the puck or actively thwarting hard-arounds is something he doesn’t seem comfortable doing, partly because he barely does it and leaves little to the imagination. But overall he does have starter potential considering his size and length. But is a project will need to develop for a few years.
4 97Montreal MontrealCurtis Hall C Youngstown
jmaac1's comments: He is a big and powerful Center who is a load to handle. Dominates the game from a physical standpoint, he is a natural goal scorer who excels from the blueline in. Plays a responsible game. Has tremendous upside, in my opinion one of the 5 best Centers in the draft. Needs a couple of years of development but the rewards would be huge.
4 98Detroit DetroitTy Emberson D Eau Claire Memorial High Schoo
jmaac1's comments: Quick puck rusher who reads plays at an extremely high level and knows precisely when to attack. Emberson’s combination of size and speed makes him a prospect with serious NHL upside. He loves to take the puck deep and makes the right choices, and he seems to identify and react properly when his partner is close to isolation. Taking the NCAA route to further hone his skills. Dark Horse Candidate here.
4 99Las Vegas Las VegasLinus Lindstrand Kronholm D Malmo
jmaac1's comments: Draft and stash player, has decent size at 6'1, solid mobile d-man who is responsible in his own end. Will be playing in Sweden for the next two years at least nonetheless he is a project with raw potential.
4 100Dallas DallasZach Solow C Dubuque
jmaac1's comments: 2017 USHL Forward of the Year, One of the smaller forwards in the draft at 5'9. Nonetheless he is a skilled offensive player who makes his linemates better…excellent passer who keeps his head up at all times at looks for multiple options. strong for his size and will finish checks. very difficult to contain along the wall or in the corner and will win puck battles despite being outnumbered…short stride but is a very good skater and can outpace most defenders…owns a hard, accurate shot and can label it for top corners. I think fit will have to do more with him being a top 6 forward in the future. H e is solid value at this point in draft.
4 101NY Rangers NY RangersJohnny Gruden LW US-Under-18
jmaac1's comments: Scoring Winger, excellent even strength numbers which indicates pro scoring potential at the next level. Strong skater, who is agile and elusive. He has decent size and is not afraid to engage in physical play. I have a third round grade on him, very good value if he drops to this point. Top 9 scoring winger
4 102Montreal MontrealXavier Bouchard D Baie-Comeau
jmaac1's comments: Another Big Mobile D-man here. He has excellent size at 6'3 and is a very smooth skater. 17 years old. Very solid in is own end but still needs to develop his raw offensive tools to see what he is truly capable of. He is what you call a safe pick to be an nhl d-man with potential to be a top 4 d-man if he develops somewhat of an offensive game.
4 103NY Islanders NY IslandersMartin Bodák D Tappara Tampere
jmaac1's comments: One of the older players in the draft. Owns a Cannon of a shot, solid size at 6'1. Good mobility and hockey IQ. Solid intangibles, does not play flashy a game but is effective using his own methods. Solid talent here who will need a couple of years to hone his skills. But could be solid down the line. 3rd pair nhl defender who can play on the powerplay.
4 104Carolina CarolinaMichal Ivan D Acadie-Bathurst
jmaac1's comments: Not the sexiest prospects among wjc hopefuls. He plays a simple game with the notion of moving the puck before skating with it — but he can do the latter as well. Will need a few years to hone his defensive skills, yet to be seen if he ever develops somewhat of an offensive game.
4 105Calgary CalgaryKody Clark LW Ottawa 67's
jmaac1's comments: Hockey bloodlines here as he is the son of wendel clark. He plays a very good two-way game with a solid work ethic in all three zones. Like his father before him, he plays with some grit and is always willing to finish his checks without going out of his way to do so. He's fearless driving to the net, and does have a quick and accurate shot. He needs to work on his skating and explosion as well as he needs to fill out physically. If he improves in these areas could be a force down the line. Really like this prospect I think he has a solid future ahead of him.
4 106Dallas DallasPavel Gogolev RW Peterborough
jmaac1's comments: Pavel is one of the top skilled players in the HEO midget league this season. He possesses a combination of size, skill and skating that not many players have. Pavel is an intimidating presence when he is in full flight flying through the neutral zone and has made many a defender look very average as he blows by them. He is very dangerous when he has the puck on his stick and is always a threat offensively. He has great instincts for the net and has the ability to find open ice well. Conclusion he is a dynamic offensive player who projects to be a gamebreaker/playmaker at the next level. One of the more underrated players in the draft.
4 107St. Louis St. LouisLiam Kirk C Sheffield
jmaac1's comments: One of the most interesting players in the draft. He is extremely raw and a long term project. However he does have some solid tools and skills. He has great size at 6'2 190 pounds, excellent stick handler, has scoring potential considering he scored 20 goals in his first season in the men's league in Britain. He has improved year to year which bodes well for his future development. What makes this more impressive is that he is learning and developing in a non traditional hockey market. He is a 100% homegrown talent. In a few years we will truly find out what he is all about. I would not be surprised if he becomes a top 6 center one day on the other hand I would not be surprised if he ends up being a fringe NNHL/AHL player as well.
4 108Calgary CalgaryCarson Focht C Calgary Hitmen
jmaac1's comments: 4 line center who will bring a strong work ethic and sandpaper to lineup. Does the little things blocks shots, plays on the penalty kill and plays a strong defensive game.
4 109Colorado ColoradoJack Drury RW Waterloo
jmaac1's comments: Hockey Bloodlines here as his father is ted drury. Had a monster year in the ushl, broke a ushl record by scoring in 22 consecutive games. Team Captain, and just has a very nice balance to his game. Although he is not the biggest of players he competes, and uses his skill set to offset those disadvantages. Overall Drury has the potential to be a two-way middle-six centre at the NHL level. He may never be a top line centre, but he can be an important piece if he develops.
4 110New Jersey New JerseyMatej Blümel LW Waterloo
jmaac1's comments: Has speed, slick hands & can make quick decisions. Needs some time to develop but has some scoring ability while playing a feisty checking game. Top 9 winger in time.
4 111Nashville NashvilleBrodi Stuart LW Kamloops
jmaac1's comments: Project who projects to be in a checking role in the pros. Can chip in here and there offensively is defensibly responsible and can skate. Solid depth player for pipeline and future.
4 112Philadelphia PhiladelphiaMatthew Struthers C North Bay Battalion
jmaac1's comments: 6’2” he has pretty good size. I don’t project Struthers to be an offensive stalwart at the next level, but more a bottom-six forward who plays hard on pucks drives the net and will park himself there and will end up being a decent faceoff guy. Struthers has a long, powerful stride in his skating and is extremely strong on his skates. But he lacks an explosiveness in his first few strides and really doesn’t possess a separation gear. Is a smart hockey player so he knows how to make up his deficiencies y using his smarts.
4 113Los Angeles Los AngelesVladislav Syomin D SKA-1946
jmaac1's comments: Second year draft eligible played in the VHL this past year. He has good size, plays a physical game but skating is a bit of a concern, yet to be seen if he has anything to offer offensively at the next level.
4 114San Jose San JoseTyler Tucker D Barrie
jmaac1's comments: When it comes to the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, Barrie Colts’ defenseman Tyler Tucker may just be one of the biggest enigmas there is. stay-at-home-defender who can take care of business in his own zone against top players. He is a bruising blueliner who relishes the physical part of the game. He is not the world’s fastest skater, but he possesses a powerful stride that allows him to keep his gaps closed or close them sufficiently. He is hard to beat one-on-one and rarely gets overpowered in the physical department.
4 115Las Vegas Las VegasLuka Burzan LW Brandon
jmaac1's comments: Burzan’s not huge physically. He arguably doesn’t have elite-level talent, but he’s a tremendous worker and uses his tenacity and hockey IQ to make his teammates better. It’s unclear what his developmental ceiling is – it’ll become more clear with more time as a primary contributor with Brandon – but his floor seems to be as a useful complementary player who elevates his teammates. If he can continue to unlock his offensive potential with the Wheaties, Burzan could be a tremendous value pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. I have a third round grade on him
4 116Anaheim AnaheimRiley Damiani C Kitchener
jmaac1's comments: 5'9 little dynamo. Riley is a skilled center that never takes a shift off and is constantly working. He is a very good skater and is extremely quick off the mark with good explosive stops and starts. He uses his skating and skill set to generate offense each and every shift. You always know what you are going to get with him because of his work ethic and compete level. Riley is not a physical player, but he will go up against anyone at any time. He battles hard for pucks and wins a lot of races for loose pucks.
4 117Buffalo BuffaloPaul Cotter LW Lincoln
jmaac1's comments: Was the top performer in the skills testing at the top prospects game. Has blazing speed can blow by defenders, Explosive first step, Crafty stick handler, good 1on1 player. Decent size at 6'0. The player I would compare cotter to the most is Paul byron, difference being he has more size, which can make him a more effective player down the line. Solid value pick here.
4 118Toronto TorontoRiley Sutter RW Everett
jmaac1's comments: Deep Hockey Bloodlines again over here. Sutter is a responsible two-way player with size, hockey sense and a playing style that lends itself to the pro game. However his skating’s arguably his biggest gap – his acceleration and maneuverability aren’t high-end – but at the WHL level his smarts and situational awareness have allowed him to get by. His offense is still a work in progress but their are some people out there who believe he has untapped potential in this department. Draft and stash pick here who can become a very solid nhler down the line.
4 119Boston BostonJoey Keane D Barrie
jmaac1's comments: Team USA’s best defender from their silver-medal-winning squad at the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka has bounced back from a rough rookie season in a big way, as he’s among the OHL’s top-scoring rearguards. Keane is a fluid skater with excellent vision and has significantly improved his decision making and reads. Solid developmental prospect who can crack an nhl lineup in a few years.
4 120Chicago ChicagoJeremi Gerber LW Bern
jmaac1's comments: Swiss Goal-scoring winger with good size who is a mainstay on the power play due to a hard, rising shot that he hammers off the pass with accuracy. Gerber seems to end up with at least three to four quality scoring chances per game, and he maintains a low center of gravity while controlling the puck near the net. He’s very reliable on breakouts and is an accurate passer, and he is willing to take a beating deep in his own zone in order to slip the puck onto the stick of a teammate who is looking to breakout. One of the steals in the later rounds of this draft, I see top 6 upside in him.
4 121Tampa Bay Tampa BayKrystof Hrabik RW Kladno
jmaac1's comments: Physical Specimen standing at 6'4 200 pounds. Excellent size for a center but he is extremely raw at this point for a Center. He has soft hands, solid on draws, and not afraid to get physical. Skating is a question mark, not much of an offensive player, but potential is there for him to be a 3rd line shutdown center in a few years.
4 122Montreal MontrealAlbin Eriksson LW Skelleftea
jmaac1's comments: Albin Eriksson is big. That is what everyone seems to agree upon. The left-winger stands at 6’4” and weighs in at 209.5 pounds. The fact that he is one of the younger prospects in the draft makes him a very interesting prospect with hi physical tools.Eriksson has very good hands, and his technical ability stands out, be it with a deke or with a fast snapshot when pouncing on a rebound. Using his handling abilities, he can get himself out of tight situations and create a lane to the net where one wasn’t available. Eriksson's skating is one of his strengths, and it is especially impressive for his size. With Eriksson, the positives far outweigh the negatives. He has shown that he can produce, be a physical presence, and that he has a heavy shot, which is of a different calibre to many players in his age group. Add to this elite shot his great hands and the fact that he isn't afraid to try his dangles, plus his relentless forecheck and his good skating ability, and it’s easy to imagine more than a few NHL general managers wanting take a chance on the big winger, especially considering that he already has pro experience. In my opinion could be one of the steals in the draft developing into one of the better power forwards in a few years.
4 123San Jose San JoseMartin Fehérváry D Oskarshamn
jmaac1's comments: “Fehervary is rather big in size but is a powerful skater. He is using his mobility and pivoting nicely, making him a smooth-skating defenseman. He possesses a powerful pass, but will need to work on his passing accuracy a bit as his passes were not always on the teammates’ blades but rather in the skates. Fehervary has the potential to develop into a solid NHL defenseman, with time on the penalty kill and the occasional shift on the power play.
4 124Washington WashingtonDemetrios Koumontzis C Edina Senior High School
jmaac1's comments: Committed to Arizona State University, Koumontizs spent this season dominating the Minnesota High-school league. He’s short, but solid and doesn’t look small on the ice. He’s got explosive offensive capabilities any just needs to learn how to stay consistent. There’s a lot of development needed in his game, and he could stand to work with a skating coach to improve his edge work, but Koumontzis is the kind of player you want to take a flier on at the end of the draft.
5 125Buffalo BuffaloNicolas Guay C Drummondville
jmaac1's comments: Team Captain, shows poise and leadership skills, one of the overagers in the draft, has a strong work ethic and the key with him is that he battles for every inch of the ice. I see Nhl potential here, as a future 4th line c.
5 126Ottawa OttawaTristen Nielsen LW Calgary Hitmen
jmaac1's comments: Bottom 6 forward here who can chip in offensively. Excellent skater, solid shot, and stickhandler. Plays a tenacious game, always gritty on the ice. Overall yu can define him as sandpaper with some offensive punch. Needs a few years to fill and round out his game.
5 127Philadelphia PhiladelphiaJoel Hofer G Swift Current
jmaac1's comments: The 17-year-old goaltender logged a 2.61 goals-against-average, a .914 save-percentage, and an 8-3-1-1 record in 19 appearances during the regular season. One of the youngest goalies in the draft. That also means he is very raw, has very good size standing a 6'3 , very fluid athlete, has quick reflexes. I'd say he is a 4-5 year project but has all the tools to be a starting goaltender in the nhl.
5 128Montreal MontrealScott Perunovich D Minnesota-Duluth
jmaac1's comments: One of the best sleepers in the draft who should be drafted alot higher than this slot. He was the CHN Rookie of the year, broke Justin Faulk's school record for points by a freshman defenseman. He's a highly-skilled playmaker whose feet power his game. He sees options develop quickly. He's an excellent power-play quarterback who can move the puck at the right time to good spots. And he defends well, which is an underrated part of his game. He's got legit talent and this point it really would shock me if he falls, but his size is a major factor here hence the reason why I see him dropping. He has all the makings a of a Top 4 D-man.
5 129Pittsburgh PittsburghOscar Bäck C Farjestads BK
jmaac1's comments: Another big swedish Center at 6'2 200 pounds, currently playing in the pro league SHL. He has solid offensive potential, deceptive shot, above average skater and is good on draws. He's a project that has some potential down the line as a future 3rd Line C if developed properly.
5 130Vancouver VancouverSeveri Lahtinen LW Peliitat U-20 Fin
jmaac1's comments: He has astonishing hands, he is able to make crafty dekes and he carries the puck with a lot of confidence. He is able to give really good and precise passes. He is also physically mature and it was extremely hard to knock the puck away from him while he was next to board. However he occasionally does not help back on defense as he supposed to. Also tries to make things happen all by himself, and often falls in love with holding on too the puck too much. Overall he's worth a flier in the later rounds, considering he has some solid assets established.
5 131Nashville NashvilleAxel Andersson D Djurgården
jmaac1's comments: Andersson has been a mainstay on the Swedish national teams throughout his development.Andersson is a smooth skating defenceman who is skilled with the puck. He makes a good first pass, can skate with speed and precision and very smart with the puck. He allows forecheckers to commit and then will just go the other direction and carry the puck out. He plays the game the way that many teams are building their defence in the sense that he is extremely mobile with the puck, smart with his reads and movements and makes a crisp first pass. Has a cannon of a shot, and will be a future PP QB because of his skating and offensive skill set. Saying that he is a long term project, that needs to stop gambling, mature physically, and develop a better hockey sense in terms of reading the right plays. But he has very good upside long term.
5 132NY Rangers NY RangersRadim Salda D Saint John
jmaac1's comments: Physical but low-key defender who uses his physicality to gain and take away the puck. Salda ia an excellent penalty killer and does a good job reacting to plays off the cycle. He’s got good speed and a heavy, accurate shot, but his puck skills are pretty much limited outside of the occasional home run or slap pass. Never one to back down from a challenge or be intimidated, Salada is tough to knock off the puck and can maintain control despite a feverish hounding from a trailing checker. He’s been an international tournament mainstay for the Czechs for several years. Like him alot as far as physical defensive d-man in draft.
5 133Edmonton EdmontonDavid Tendeck  G Vancouver
jmaac1's comments: Probably the most intriguing Goaltender in the draft considering he's a late riser in the rankings. Tendeck can be best described as a read-and-react type of goaltender. The aforementioned run-and-gun style of the Giants led to a number of defensive breakdowns. His ability to read tough plays before they developed was the only thing that saved him on a lot of occasions. He is very adept at closing off the lower portion of the net, and his edgework, especially when down in the butterfly, is quite excellent. That creates a trickle-down issue with his game, though. Because of this ability, he is sometimes too reliant on pushing from the butterfly. This hurts him in situations when he would have been better off staying on his feet and holding his edges. Overall I can see him becoming one of the best goaltenders in this draft if he improves his consistency and work ethic.
5 134NY Islanders NY IslandersVladislav Yeromenko D Calgary Hitmen
jmaac1's comments: Yeryomenko could be selected as early as the late third round or as late as the sixth round. He still has a fairly limited sample size in North American hockey, but his performances in the latter half of this season provided clarity regarding where the holes are in his game. Teams that are really optimistic about his offensive game translating to the pros might try to jump on him early. Yeryomenko projects as a second or third pairing offensive defenseman. He could also prove to be useful on the power play, as long as his shooting and puck distribution continues to develop.
5 135Las Vegas Las VegasMax Paddock G Regina
jmaac1's comments: Improbable ascent from little-known backup to Memorial Cup all-star.ended up playing 16 of Regina’s final 20 regular-season games, staking his claim to the No. 1 job with a 13-2-1 record, 2.33 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Max has forced his way into the the 2018 NHL draft, and is one of the biggest risers in the draft. He's got an athletic frame at 6'2, excellent glove and blocker, he is a gamer, not afraid of the moment. Competes hard and his a very good understanding of the game. He will need time to develop, and teams will be curious to see if he is just a one hit wonder. Definitely worth a flier considering what he showed at the memorial cup. Intriguing developmental prospect.
5 136New Jersey New JerseyEgor Zamula D Calgary Hitmen
jmaac1's comments: Big, physical and raw D-man. 17 years old so there's a lot of time for growth. Had a decent season adjusting to the north American rinks. Still developing an offensive game so don't know what there yet. He is a solid but not great skater but again that's all part of his development. Project wait and see in a few years how he turns out.
5 137Dallas DallasToni Utunen D Tappara Tampere
jmaac1's comments: Smooth-skating defenceman, Utunen reads the play well and his positioning is solid but I thought he gave bit too much open space for the opponents. While the defenceman is not especially flashy, he is offensively pretty good, he can keep the puck even in tight space and he usually makes the right decisions with the puck. His best part however is his skating. He is quick and especially his agility and first steps really stands out. He has the makings of an nhl d-man who can play the point on the PP if he develops physically and hones his skills offensively.
5 138St. Louis St. LouisMikhail Bitsadze C Balashikha
jmaac1's comments: One way to characterize him is speedy and tenacious. Injurys really put a hamper on his season and pretty much played catch up the rest of the way. when healthy he is a two way center and an explosive skater with excellent lateral quickness. He can play extended shifts, applies pressure everywhere and finishes his checks. Bottom 6 forward, that can kill penalties and chip in offensively here and there. Solid value if he falls this far.
5 139San Jose San JoseKirill Nizhnikov RW Barrie
jmaac1's comments: Nizhnikov is a skilled, flashy forward with good size…he moves well with a smooth stride that generates healthy speeds…has impressive elusiveness for a guy his size…agile and balanced on his feet…creates offensive chances by making moves to get to prime scoring areas before unleashing a dangerous shot and isn’t shy to get to the areas he needs to on the ice…good snap on his shot and a release that can easily fool a goaltender…has some playmaking abilities as well with smooth passes and good vision but definitely leans towards the shot whenever the option is given…has a tendency to rest on his natural talent as he can coast when he should be covering his man on the backcheck, or fly the zone instead of making sure the puck is in possession…not overly physical but does use his size to get to desired areas on the ice…will need to improve his two-way play, consistency and add some more strength…has electrifying offensive upside at the NHL level in a dynamic goal-scoring role, but he also a fair amount of bust potential in his game to be concerned with as well.
5 140Colorado ColoradoLukas Rousek C Sparta Praha
jmaac1's comments: Small for a center, but makes it up with his speed and offensive capabilities. Very good playmaker and on ice awareness. Has a lethal shot that he should utilize more. Defensively there is much to be desired. But at this point in the draft most prospect will have holes and deficiencies. One trick pony at he next level and that trick is offense.
5 141New Jersey New JerseyDmitri Zavgorodny LW Rimouski
jmaac1's comments: His stock rise and fall throughout the course of the 2018 season as he had some really promising periods of time during the year but he is always fighting an uphill battle as a 5’9″ centre. Zavgorodny is a crafty centre who has a good shot and playmaking abilities. He will be playing on the same team as wonder kid Alexis Lafreniere next season and could see another step offensively. Tremendous Ivan Hlinka tournament got him on the radar, but this undersized winger has the speed, hands and vision to be a producer in the NHL if placed in the right situation.
5 142Chicago ChicagoAlexis Gravel G Halifax
jmaac1's comments: He’s tall, quick and his big frame covers the majority of the net. He tends to square up to the shooter and maintains a steady glove – holding it up when the play calls for it. While his post-to-post movement can use a little work, he is able to contain rebounds and cover up when the puck does get away from him. if he works out the kinks in his mechanics and utilizes his size in net, there’s no reason why he can’t push his way to the NHL at some point down the road – at least in some kind of backup role.
5 143Philadelphia PhiladelphiaChristian Krygier  D Lincoln
jmaac1's comments: Now we reach one of the first twins in the draft. He is committed to the university of Michigan state with his brother. He’s displayed quite a bit of grit in his rookie USHL campaign. at 6-02, 194-pounds the 17-year-old Christian is a large-framed shutdown defender earning a “B” ranking from NHL Central Scouting. Overall he has the physical tools and is above average skater to become a minutes eater and shutdown D-man. He is a bit more further along than his brother. Would be a steal at this point in draft, I believe there is upside here with him.
5 144Los Angeles Los AngelesAdam Gajarsky LW Kometa Brno
jmaac1's comments: Gajarsky is easily my favorite Czech 00' who lacks size to be ranked higher. His numbers won't blow you out of water, but he did make a debut in the Extraliga. And for a reason. I would describe him as a complete player, he can rip the puck, he can be used on both PP and PK, he isn't afraid to get physical. You name it. If he grows he could rise really high, but at 5'10" he should still be a solid pick since he plays very mature game. He has middle six upside and is a monster value pick here.
5 145San Jose San JoseSergei Sapego D Prince Albert
jmaac1's comments: Big and physical D-man. Decent Skater, who is a defensive D-man and will be nothing more than that considering hes 19 year old and does not have much of an offensive game. I Project him as depth D-man at the next level.
5 146Pittsburgh PittsburghPatrick Giles C US-Under-18
jmaac1's comments: Physical Specimen at 6'4 200 pounds. Ideal size for a Center, Strong on the puck, very difficult to contain on the boards, parks himself in front of the net and displays soft hands from there. He drives play and is an excellent possession player. He needs to work on his skating and first step. Needs to become more of a playmaker and expand his on ice vison, needs to tighten up defensively but that will come with improved skating. Overall he is a project who can become a top 9 center in the pros one day. Tremendous value at this spot.
5 147Anaheim AnaheimOlof Lindbom G Djurgården
jmaac1's comments: Don't have much info on him, he's a butterfly Goaltender who is 6 feet and displays good traits for goaltender. He had an excellent playoff run with Djurgarden in Sweden. Project, could surprise and Crack an NHL Lineup one day.
5 148Minnesota MinnesotaWyatte Wylie D Everett
jmaac1's comments: There’s a lot to like about Wylie’s game besides his name. Wylie’s bread and butter is his defensive game. Simply put, at the WHL level he’s established himself as a reliable, responsible two-way defender. He has effective mobility and skates well, but he’s elevated by his superb defensive awareness and ability to anticipate offensive attacks from the other team. He uses his size well, and just seems to know where to be in his own zone to minimize enemy offensive rushes. He’s also not afraid to block shots. His offense is a work in progress. He has NHL potential, and make his living one day there being a mobile minute eating shutdown defender.
5 149Toronto TorontoDaniel Kurovský LW Vitkovie
jmaac1's comments: Kurovsky is the real gem the scouts will be watching, though, as he has put his 6'3", 200-pound frame to good use this winter, putting up 42 points in 35 games for Vitkovice's U20 program. He is a left wing who loves to create danger and bring the puck to the net from the sideboards. Top 9 scoring forward potential at the next level if he can continue to work and hone his skills. But a lot to like in this prospect at this point in the draft.
5 150Winnipeg WinnipegConnor Corcoran D Windsor
jmaac1's comments: Connor has played both defense and forward for his team this season. He is a good skater with good mobility and puck skills which allow him to carry the puck from the back end and beat forecheckers. Connor is strong along the boards at both ends of the rink and uses his physical size to his advantage. Connor’s versatility will be a big asset for him moving forward in his hockey career. One thing you can call him is versatile considering he played all over the lineup. Corcoran is a two-way defender who is a very good skater with excellent straight-line speed and very good mobility. Defensively, he closes his gaps extremely well. His speed and mobility allow him to keep players wide. He has good size and doesn’t shy away from the physical game and plays the body well to separate the opposition from the puck. Corcoran plays calm in his zone and does not buckle under pressure. He can beat the forecheck with his skating or make a good first pass out of the zone. He makes quick, decisive decisions and shows to have a high hockey IQ.
5 151Nashville NashvilleColby Enns D Minot High Central Campus
jmaac1's comments: Enns (6'1/175) is in his first full season with the Minotauros after joining the teams after the North Dakota high school season ended last season. In 37 career games as a Tauro Enns has posted seven goals and eight assists; three of his five goals this season have been game winners including two in overtime. His 12 points this season are second among Tauro defensemen and his +6 rating is third among all Tauro skaters.
5 152Tampa Bay Tampa BaySemyon Kizmov LW Tolyatti Lada
jmaac1's comments: Projects as a depth forward at the next level, good skater, decent shot plays fast, and not afraid to get dirty.
5 153Winnipeg WinnipegAlbert Michnac LW Mississauga
jmaac1's comments: 20 year old overager, had a breakout season offensively, solid skills for a winger. Quick and agile, deceptive shot, decent size. Bottom 6 forward and the next level not too far away either as he is one of the seasoned prospects in this draft.
5 154Las Vegas Las VegasMac Hollowell D Sault Ste. Marie
jmaac1's comments: Another overager here, although his development was slow, he did improve this year. Strong skater, who is elusive with a excellent first step. Not big at all for a d-man at 5'10 170, has some offensive skills like his hockey iq, and his passing which are both very solid. He does not engage physically, nor is he strong on the puck. His speed is his defense.
5 155Minnesota MinnesotaDeclan Chisholm D Peterborough
jmaac1's comments: Declan is one of the top defenders in this age group. He does everything very well. He’s a slick skating defenseman that has excellent mobility and very good top end speed. He logs a ton of minutes and because of his skating ability, he looks like he could play all day long. He is a very good passer, sees ice well and makes excellent simple outlet passes. He uses his mobility on the offensive blue line to his advantage, gets pucks on net and makes good shot/pass decisions. One of the better late round prospect with good upside. With the right coaching and structure he has potential to become a top 4 d-man.
6 156Buffalo BuffaloAdam Samuelsson D USNTDP
jmaac1's comments: Hockey Bloodlines here as he is Ulf Samuelsson son. He’s a monstrous 6-5, 240-pounder so he already has NHL size. has good mobility for a player of his size and age. He has an above average initial pivot and has an adequate stride. His reach will certainly stick out to observers as will his active stick. He does a good job keeping opposing forwards to the outside and using his reach to pokecheck. He’s solid on gap control and was just consistently very solid overall. A lot to like here at this point in the draft, another high upside prospect in which would be very surprising if he were available this late.
6 157Ottawa OttawaRyan Savage RW Omaha
jmaac1's comments: I like how versatile savage's play is. He wins puck battles and shows a very good scoring touch. He's committed to the university of Miami. Has bottom 6 forward potential at the next level, who would be a grit and glue guy in your lineup.
6 158Arizona ArizonaBogdan Zhilyakov D 1946
jmaac1's comments: smooth skater who pivots extremely well and has first-step quickness. One thing that certainly stands out is his poise under pressure, as he routinely spins and curls away from aggressive forecheckers before connecting with a hard tape-to-tape pass. He plays it safe in the offensive zone, but his teammates trust him with the puck, especially during cycles. Zhilyakov has a hard, accurate shot and is capable of running a power play thanks to his quick feet and ability to draw opponents out of position. He can be guilty of overcommitting to the strong side, but he otherwise seems to communicate well with his forwards. Late round Gem in my opinion, diamond in the rough D-man. With proper tutelage and maturing physically he can be a top 4 defender at the next level.
6 159Detroit DetroitDaniil Zhuravlev D Kazan
jmaac1's comments: Decent Size at 6'0 feet. Very goo skater, with an excellent point shot. Project a lot of holes he needs to work on. will see how he turns out.
6 160Detroit DetroitTyler Madden RW Avon Old Farms
jmaac1's comments: Hockey Bloodlines here as his father was john madden. Tyler is almost a carbon copy of his father in terms of how he plays the game. He is fast. He plays tenaciously at both ends of the ice. He is a pain in the rear to play against. And just when you’ve had enough, he’s scoring big goals to beat you. “He’s blazing fast on skates and moves with amazing agility, versatility and explosiveness. He has a great mind for the game, at which he excels both on offense and defense, and really takes charge of matters when he’s out there. A true leader at age 18. He is one of the steals of the draft and one of the most underrated forwards in the draft.
6 161Vancouver VancouverJack Jensen LW Eden Prairie High School
jmaac1's comments: PPG player in the high school league. He's 17 years old so he is very raw, good size, excellent skater, good playmaker and solid shot. Great value pick at this point with some tools to be an asset in the future.
6 162Chicago ChicagoEli Zummack C Spokane
jmaac1's comments: 5'9 center with a lot of raw ability offensively. Great Skater, very good vision, solid playmaker who plays a tenacious game. Strong for his size and tough to know off the puck. Eli is a draft and stash prospect. He can develop into a top 9 winger in a few years. Development is key for him.
6 163NY Rangers NY RangersAngus Crookshank LW Langley
jmaac1's comments: Sturdy, fearless forward with good hands and a nose for the net who can finish in a variety of ways. Crookshank, who is committed to the University of New Hampshire, played top-line minutes and saw significant time on the power play. He is a strong skater with good speed and is difficult to knock off the puck. Once in full flight, Crookshank maintains control of himself and doesn’t look like an erratic player who will make low-percentage plays — he will stop on a dime with his head up to look for cutters or make a quick directional change towards the cage. Once he’s inside the circles, Crookshank can unload a lethal shot with an incredibly quick release, but also has a high success rate when he takes the puck strong to the net, especially when he goes to his backhand. As good a goal scorer as he is, Crookshank has excellent vision and is capable of executing passes that lead to quality scoring chances. His stock has rised recently and would not be surprised to see him picked somewhere in the 4th round. Interesting prospect with potential.
6 164Edmonton EdmontonDylan Plouffe D Vancouver
jmaac1's comments: Another Overager who was passed over in last years draft, this year he started the season injured and missed some games. But when he came back to the giants he did not miss a beat. Strong skater, who has excellent quickness to his game. Makes a good first pass, decent size at 6'0 195 pounds, experienced, solid in his own end nothing spectacular offensively. He is a late riser, scouts are intrigued with his speed and skating, possible bottom pair defender at the next level.
6 165Los Angeles Los AngelesKristian Kovacik C Trenčín
jmaac1's comments: very raw 17 year old center with solid offensive skills and potential top 9 upside. Will need a few years to develop, not very big for a c, but hes a strong skater with good speed and craft playmaker. Decent shot as well. Definitely has value at this point in the draft worth a flier to see what he becomes.
6 166Carolina CarolinaBulat Shafigullin LW Nizhnekamsk
jmaac1's comments: One of my favorite late round prospects. Has darkhorse written all over him. Shafigullin dominated in the MHL, with numbers that few other prospects put up in that league. He scored 20 goals and 16 assists for 36 points in just 22 games. He also added four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in just nine playoff games. He led the MHL playoffs in both points and assists.Shafigullin is not the fastest skater, but is very shifty and has good balance. Shafigullin is a natural sniper. He is gifted with an excellent wrist shot, and very good snapshot. He varies his release points which can fool goaltenders. Shafigullin also has an excellent one-timer. Much to be desired defensively, Overall he is a very under the radar prospect with huge boom or bust projection. His numbers are outstanding and he has an offensive skill set that reminds me of nikita kucherov. I would not be surprised at all if he goes alot higher in the draft than most expect.
6 167Calgary CalgaryConnor Roberts RW Flint
jmaac1's comments: A 6’2″, 205 lbs. centreman, he is the type of player that every coach wants on his team. He is powerful in every aspect of his game, skating, battling and competing. He shoots the puck like a pro already and can shoot it in stride which is something most kids his age can’t do. Connor is a powerful skater with a long, explosive stride, enabling him to gain ground on the opposition very quickly. He’s shown the ability to dominate the game physically at the Minor Midget level. I see a future top 9 Center here with him. One of the better prospect in the later rounds and would be a steal at this point in the draft.
6 168Dallas DallasDawson Barteaux D Red Deer
jmaac1's comments: Project, decent size at 6'0 feet, good skater and good speed. needs to develop physically to really hold up in his own end, solid first pass, but not much of an offensive player yet. Wait and see in a few years. Draft and stash prospect.
6 169St. Louis St. LouisJack Randl  C Omaha
jmaac1's comments: A smart and skilled player, not overly big at 5'10 160 so theres alot of work to do from a physical standpoint. Not a strong skater, but he has good hands and shows an eye for the net. One trick pony at the next level and that would be chipping in offensively here and there.
6 170Florida FloridaHugo Leufvenius C Sarnia
jmaac1's comments: Big and strong Center who plays in the swedish elite league. He has a very good compete leve, hockey sense, and overall grit to his game. Needs to continue working on his skating as i would label him as a below average skater. he's got a good shot but does not use it enough on ice awareness needs work and that will go along way for his playmakings skills. Overall he is a project, and will need a few years
6 171Colorado ColoradoSeth Barton D Trail
jmaac1's comments: The six-foot-two Barton netted six goals and 27 assists for the Smoke Eaters in his rookie season, and is an intelligent, poised and physical defender, who is considered a third- or fourth-round draft candidate. So he's
6 172New Jersey New JerseyJustin Almeida C Moose Jaw
jmaac1's comments: One of his biggest standout attributes is his skating. Almeida has incredibly quick and agile feet, allowing him to gain separation from opponents in no time. Offensively, Almeida displays all the necessary tools. He can play creative, accurate passes to set up teammates for chances, but he possesses an excellent release and heavy shot as well. With that, Almeida can develop into an all-around player offensively while playing a 200-foot game and killing penalties. He can be used in all situations. If he develops a bit of an edge to his game and plays a little meaner and grittier, he could develop into the kind of bottom-six forward coaches love and opposing teams hate.
6 173Columbus ColumbusJack Perbix C Elk River Ind School Dist 728
jmaac1's comments: Made the cutoff by 2 days, so he is one of (if not) the youngest players in this draft class. Had similar production in Minnesota HS hockey as Mittelstadt in his draft year, but did not produce much in the USHL. Decent size at 6'0 and is a strong skater. Has some good skills in a developmental kind of way. Classic draft and stash pick. Could surpise and make it to nhl as a bottom-6 center in the league
6 174Philadelphia PhiladelphiaJackson Leppard LW Prince George
jmaac1's comments: power forward with lots of grit. Works hard in the corners and the d-zone. He has some skill and uses his strength to get on the puck and puts it in the net. Gritty and physical and will score a lot of ugly goals. A lot teams would want him in their bottom 6 as he is one of those glue/sandpaper guys who does a bit of everything for the team.
6 175Los Angeles Los AngelesBrett Kemp C Edmonton Oil Kings
jmaac1's comments: Depth Player who is gritty and tenacious, good skater, strong on the forcheck. Will make his living doing the dirty work and giving maximum effort every shift. 4th line/depth forward at the next level.
6 176San Jose San JoseLuke Henman C Blainville-Boisbriand
jmaac1's comments: Henman is the definition of a sleeper pick when it comes to the NHL draft. There’s no guarantee that his name is called during the draft weekend but, if it is, he has the skills and potential to develop into a draft day steal. If Henman can continue to add bulk to his frame, he has a chance to reach the NHL as a complimentary point-producer and power play specialist. Henman’s vision and hockey sense could set him apart from other prospects.
6 177Pittsburgh PittsburghLibor Zábranský  D Kelowna
jmaac1's comments: Zábranský projects to be a smooth skating, two-way defenceman. He has tremendous offensive upside, which is where the excitement will primarily come from. As of this year, he was able to fit into a league where not many 17-year-olds find success. If he continues his development against men in the pro league he has upside down the line to be an everyday d-man in the nhl.
6 178Anaheim AnaheimLogan Hutsko C USNTDP
jmaac1's comments: Boom or bust prospect. I like this kid a lot. Although he is not very big. He is determined and competitive and utilizes a great skill set to impact the game. Very good playmaker, solid passer, fly's on the ice, is very shifty and a solid stickhandler with puck. He is fearless and is not afraid to engage physically. I think he should be drafted somewhere in the fourth round. But his height and ushl production is whats gonna scare teams off. But he had an excellent year in the college hockey ranks scoring 12 goals and 19 assists in 37 GP for boston college.
6 179Minnesota MinnesotaJoël Teasdale LW Blainville-Boisbriand
jmaac1's comments: Joel Teasdale is a tough, two-way forward that has been on an upward developmental path in the QMJHL. Gritty winger with decent puck skills who for most of the second half of the season played on the Armada top line alongside Blue Jackets’ prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois. More of a playmaker than a finisher, Teasdale is a thick, strong forward who battles and competes in any zone. His skating is average but he takes direct routes to the net regardless if a lane is clear or not. Teasdale’s never-quit attitude led to a lot of scoring chances and goals that you won’t find attached to his name in a box score. I definitely see a role for him in the bottom-6 for an NHL Team. Sandpaper and heart.
6 180Las Vegas Las VegasHunter Holmes C Flint
jmaac1's comments: Really intriguing offensively oriented center. Center with decent size who flashes potential to be able to control the middle of the ice. Looks comfortable working in close to the net and displays good hands in close. Because he lacked strength, he struggled a bit as an OHL rookie. But as he gets stronger, he could be a very interesting prospect. Good size, good skating, good hands, and the potential to control the tempo in the offensive end if he adds more intensity to his game. Boom/bust type prospect.
6 181Boston BostonNico Gross D Oshawa
jmaac1's comments: Gross is the type of high-risk, high-reward type of player that could make an NHL team jump early on him or cause him to slide a bit in the draft. He certainly has plenty of experience playing against older players and already having some professional games under his belt. Wherever he is drafted, I think an NHL team will come away happy with him.
6 182San Jose San JoseRyan O'Reilly RW Madison
jmaac1's comments: The name might trigger something in Avalanche fans. Unlike NHLer by the same name, this Ryan O’Reilly wants to play in Denver as he is committed to the DU Pioneers for the 2019-20 season. Before being diagnosed with Mono at the start of 2018, O’Reilly was the leading goal scorer among rookies in the USHL. He finished the season with 21 goals in 45 games. I have a fourth round grade on him would be surprised to see him fall this far.
6 183Tampa Bay Tampa BayMaxime Grondin C Saginaw
jmaac1's comments: Big, physical and bruising center. Strong on the boards as well as the penalty kill. Not a strong skater, no offensive game, not afraid to engage and play a smash mouth type of game. Overall, he quite an amount of sandpaper to his game. Potential depth forward at the next level
6 184Winnipeg WinnipegMitchell Gibson D Lone Star
jmaac1's comments: Long term project, who projects to be an ahl goaltender.
6 185Las Vegas Las VegasJack St. Ivany D Sioux Falls
jmaac1's comments: Solid two-way defender with size who moves very well and keeps himself engaged at all times..keeps a tight gap and possesses very good backwards mobility…is quick to the puck and makes crisp, accurate breakout passes…owns a very hard slap shot but gets his wrister off in a hurry…aggressive mindset and looks to line up a shot below the circles…Turned the puck over in the middle of the ice twice on one shift…can fumble around with the puck at times but has a general understanding of where pressure is coming from…makes proper reads and times his pinches well.
6 186Washington WashingtonJames Malm C Vancouver
jmaac1's comments: Slick and sly are two words that describe James Malm’s game. The diminutive forward doesn’t get hit much. He slips around out there. And he always ends up with the puck when he’s going through someone. Hes produced monster seasons year after year and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. He has a plethora of moves and skills to beat you in many ways. For me one the most underated players in this draft, who has a ceiling reminicent of brandon gallagher. Could be a huge steal if he falls this far.
7 187Buffalo BuffaloChase Harttje D Brandon
jmaac1's comments: Hartje entered the season simply looking to crack the Warriors roster and earn a regular spot in the lineup. He was given a C rating by NHL’s Central Scouting and is hoping to continue to open the eyes of scouts in the second half. Hartje’s skating ability has helped him get out of trouble and his vision and passing have helped him rack up 16 assists in 27 games with the Warriors.
7 188Ottawa OttawaAlex Kannok-Leipert D Vancouver
jmaac1's comments: Scrap paper, I see an ahl defensemen here. To limited in all departments.
7 189Arizona ArizonaDuncan McGovern G Kootenay
jmaac1's comments: Another project who has a solid frame at 6'2 200 pounds. Aggressive, fiery goaltender who competes. Needs a lot of work to hone his skills 4-5 year player we will see how he turns out down the line.
7 190Philadelphia PhiladelphiaBilly Moskal C London
jmaac1's comments: While Moskal’s speed is an incredible tool in his repertoire, his hands haven’t caught up to his legs yet at the OHL level. He can score and creates plays off of the rush, but at an average pace to this point in his career. On top of that, he tends to shy away from a lot of the physical play for the most part. At this point, his skating ability might be the one thing that teams will look at with hopes that they can further develop the rest of his game. His ceiling is as high as some of the other prospect in the later rounds but he could still draw attention based on the fact that there is a starter-skill set to work with here.
7 191Detroit DetroitJordan Kooy G London
jmaac1's comments: At the moment, he’s a legitimate backup at best. But if Kooy can develop his skills into the game that some believe he has, he could find a job in the NHL at some point. That said, goalies tend to develop into NHL-calibre players later in their careers, so it will take some hard work for Kooy to find a place in the big leagues. As an OHL rookie this season, Kooy posted an OHL rookie best goals against average of 3.11 in 24 games for the Knights.
7 192Vancouver VancouverRuslan Iskhakov C CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva
jmaac1's comments: Tenacious and explosive skater with quick hands and excellent footwork who pivots like a pro and makes sharp cuts while moving at a high rate of speed. He is a flashy player who can beat you with a variety of shots delivered via deadly moves made close to the goal. He also has pro-level vision and delivers his set-ups perfectly. He is a strong stickhandler and will get busy on the forecheck. Iskhakov also has a hard accurate shot with a quick release, and he still picks his corners while shooting off the pass. He has no problem taking the puck right to the net and draws a lot of penalties.
7 193Chicago ChicagoJeremy McKenna RW Moncton
jmaac1's comments: McKenna is a second-year eligible player so there’s no guarantee that he’s selected at all. His year-over-year offensive improvement has garnered some well-deserved attention and his willingness to put in the work definitely plays in his favor. McKenna enjoyed substantial improvement in a multitude of areas this past season. He tripled his offensive production from 2016-17 and will be looking to make another jump next season. If McKenna can continue to improve his speed then he will have a chance to reach the NHL as a complementary scorer. McKenna’s heavy shot is already pro-level.
7 194Ottawa OttawaOwen Lalonde D Sudbury
jmaac1's comments: Sandpaper type player who is gritty and tenacious on the forcheck and constantly in pursuit of the puck. Solid penalty killer, good size at 6'1. Depth D-man at the next level.
7 195Edmonton EdmontonSean Comrie D Spruce Grove
jmaac1's comments: Put up solid numbers every season hes been in AJHL. Mobile, good puck distributor, solid shot from the point not that big at 6 feet, needs to work on his defensive skills, needs to mature, needs to make better decisions on the ice and stop gambling.
7 196NY Islanders NY IslandersThomas Éthier RW Blainville-Boisbriand
jmaac1's comments: Big physical specimen at 6'4 200 pounds. Hes rugged and gritty, and eats a lot of ice. Nightmare in the crease and is a load to handle on the boards. Has some tools offensively but nothing special. He is raw and will need time to develop. He is projected to be a bottom 6 forward at the next in a few years.
7 197Carolina CarolinaCaleb Everett D Saginaw
jmaac1's comments: aleb is one of the top American defenders this season. He isn’t a player that is going to wow you with his skills and offensive flashes, he plays a simple and safe game. He is solid defensively and makes very few mistakes during the course of a game. He takes a calculated approach in his game. He makes the simple play and moves the puck up to his skilled forwards. He is the type of defender that coaches love because you always know that you are going to get a very effective and competitive effort. Bottom pair defender wo should see time as an everyday d-man in the league a couple of years from now. excellent value pick at this point since I have slotted more towards the 5th round.
7 198Calgary CalgaryJacob Herauf D Red Deer
jmaac1's comments: Solid size at 6'1 190 pounds. Good mobility, he has a solid first pass, responsible in his own end. Solid depth value at this point can possibly develop into an nhl d-man down the line . He will need a few years which would be the case for most 7th round picks.
7 199Dallas DallasAdam Thilander D North Bay Battalion
jmaac1's comments: A common theme surrounding Thilander is that no one seems to know how he will translate to the National HoDefensively, Thilander plays with an awareness you can’t teach. He knows where everyone is on the ice and rarely does he let the offense to the inside. He’s a good skater, strong on his feet and is very good directionally, but he lacks the speed – both first step and overall – to be able to close gaps and doesn’t have the long stick to make up for it. He lacks size and will need to add some strength to be able to physically handle players at the NHL level.
7 200St. Louis St. LouisRiley McCourt D Flint
jmaac1's comments: McCourt, a defenceman who plays for the Flint Firebirds, played his way into the rankings after not receiving a placement in the midterm report. He's a project who lacks size. Will need a few years
7 201Florida FloridaCarter Robertson D Ottawa 67's
jmaac1's comments: Raw is what you would describe Robertson. I would be shocked if he fell this far considering he has a 4th round grade, but hey thats why they call them mock drafts. Robertson has good size at 6’2”. Since his OHL draft, he’s grown an inch and has added some much-needed bulk to his frame as well. But he has a way to go in the bulk department, weighing in at 179 pounds. Robertson is a smooth skating defenceman with excellent mobility.His skating and size are an advantage defensively. He controls his caps with his mobility and he closes those gaps very quickly. He can transition to skating backwards easily and is adept at keeping players to the outside. He is winning more one-on-one battles along the walls and uses his size effectively in front of his goal. Robertson is a very intelligent player. He sees plays develop and is almost always in position to defend. Potential is there is just a matter of can he put it all together. Has everyday D-man written all over him at the next level.
7 202Colorado ColoradoRoman Kalinichenko D Tri-City
jmaac1's comments: Kalinichenko played with CSKA Moskva and is a bit of a project. He’s quite young (a July birthday) and has a big, skinny frame (6’2″, 183 pounds), but he’ll need some time to adjust to the WHL game before it’s clear what his developmental ceiling could be in North America.
7 203Philadelphia PhiladelphiaLogan Cash LW Kimball Union Academy
jmaac1's comments: Don't really know much of this player besides he has decent size and a cool name.
7 204Columbus ColumbusCole Krygier D Lincoln
jmaac1's comments: This is the other twin and found it weird that I have him dropping this far but cole is more of an unfinished product compared to his brother. He also has excellent size at 6-2 190. He is a safe and simple d-man that plays a physical game. He needs to learn how to read plays better, make quicker decisions and hopefully develops some type of offensive game. Has some potential
7 205Philadelphia PhiladelphiaJoel Craven D Medicine Hat
jmaac1's comments: Very Raw prospect, has good size at 6'1 but needs to fill out 150 pounds . One of the younger players in the draft. Strong skater, good speed. Developmental project.
7 206Tampa Bay Tampa BaySamuel Fagemo LW Frölunda HC
jmaac1's comments: Fagemo is a goal scorer with a terrific shot, and good speed and hands. He has a few years left on his deal, long term project but has potential.
7 207Florida FloridaJack Gorniak LW West Salem High School
jmaac1's comments: Put up monster numbers in his high school league, very quick and has excellent hands. He is a goal scorer, but is very much raw. Needs to develop physically, and learn to play defense and engage a little more.
7 208Pittsburgh PittsburghTommy Miller D USNTDP
jmaac1's comments: Two-way defenseman with a greater focus on the defensive side of the puck, Miller is a lanky and efficient blue liner that will only get better as he adds muscle, displays good positioning in his own zone and is a very smooth skater with the puck on his stick, can play with a physical edge as well.
7 209Toronto TorontoKristian Reichel C Litvinov
jmaac1's comments: The son of former NHLer Robert Reichel, Kristian is a prospect who can make a big impact on the game. An explosive skater who plays with an edge and owns great shooting ability. Projects as a high-end third liner who can play tough minutes and also contribute on offense. Will need time but with enough patience he could turn out to be a late round steal.
7 210Minnesota MinnesotaJack Wismer RW Flint
jmaac1's comments: depth/ahl player, plays with grit and physicality but not much else.
7 211Toronto TorontoArttu Nevasaari RW Karpat Oulu
jmaac1's comments: The U18 league’s best player has been known for his scoring ability for already some time. Nevasaari is a dangerous shooter who puts pucks to the net with precision and can beat goalies up high. He’s a quick, agile skater and utilizes his speed effectively on the rush. Uses his puck solid protection skills to keep puck possession. However, Nevasaari is not the most skilled passer and I would like to see improvement in this regard. Could be one of the steals of the draft with proper development, filling out physically, and honing his skills.
7 212Boston BostonVit Seemann D Chomutov
jmaac1's comments: Salty defender who excels in his own zone, but offers little to nothing offensively. needs to continue working on his skating needs to fill out. project, who can crack an hl lineup one day as a fourth liner.
7 213Nashville NashvillePeetro Seppälä D KooKoo
jmaac1's comments: eppälä has usually been considered as more defensive-minded defenceman and he has some nice qualities for the own end. He has the size, he battles hard in front of net and he is pretty fluid skater for a player of his size. He also doesn’t make too many risky moves. Defensively he relies maybe too much on his long reach and defending with his stick and he often gave too much space for opponent’s forwards. He did couple of strange decisions while defending and he was out of position couple of times but overall he read the game pretty well.
7 214Tampa Bay Tampa BayRyan Peckford C Victoria Royals
jmaac1's comments: He plays a quiet game and he’s not flashy but he’s oan intelligent player who sees the entire ice. He does a good job of keeping up with the pace of the play. Peckford is a smooth skater with clean strides and good acceleration. He’ll make sure his zone is taken care of and is solid in the face-off circle. He’s responsible defensive forward who is a real tight fore checker. Has a knack for scoring the big goal in timely situations and creates a stir when he battles for loose pucks in the crease. Provides secondary scoring and will see some PP time. Could surprise in a few years. Is intelligent and saavy enough to figure it out.
7 215Winnipeg WinnipegJakub Adamek D Trinec
jmaac1's comments: Hulking Defender standing at 6'6 220, extremely rugged and physical. Plays smashmouth type of game. His biggest is issue is his skating and speed. If he does not improve in this regard, he won't be able to crack the new Nhl. He is smart and knows how to be in right position to defend. He has a rocket of a shot. If he improves his skating and mobility you have yourself a minute eating, nasty, physical D-man in your bottom 6 pairing.
7 216Carolina CarolinaRiley Hughes RW St. Sebastian's School
jmaac1's comments: Scrap paper, physical player. Project, will see if he can crack an nhl lineup.
7 217Washington WashingtonLiam Kindree RW Kelowna
jmaac1's comments: short diminutive center, who adds speed and skating to an nhl franchise. He will need time but shows decent qualities to tske a flier on.