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2015 NHL Draft: Round 1

2015 NHL Draft - June 27th, 2015 @ 2:15 AM, in BB&T Center - Sunrise, Florida
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Round 1

1 Edmonton Connor McDavid C Erie (OHL) 6' 1" 190
DraftSite's comments:A no-brainer. Generational talents who may become the glue that binds their other early chosen prospects
2 Buffalo Jack Eichel C US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP) 6' 2" 195
DraftSite's comments:Nothing entitled about him as his elite feet, attack skills, physical push and 200 foot commitment.
3 Arizona Dylan Strome C Erie (OHL) 6' 2" 170
DraftSite's comments:Big centres are difficult to find. Arizona gets a pivot who may be there a decade.
4 Toronto Mitch Marner RW London (OHL) 5' 11" 171
DraftSite's comments:The connection to two Toronto management guys makes them comfortable with the pick. Can he be projected as the next Patrick Kane?
5 Carolina Noah Hanifin D US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP) 6' 2.5" 201
DraftSite's comments:Boston native has elite skating ability, offensive talents, speed, and no flaws, and there is hope that his physicality ramps up. This adds a second solid backline prospect to play along Hayden Fleury.
6 New Jersey Pavel Zacha C Sarnia (OHL) 6' 3" 205
DraftSite's comments:May never be a huge point accumulating centre-just a physical second line with upside and plenty of nasty.
7 Philadelphia Ivan Provorov D Brandon (WHL) 6' 0" 200
DraftSite's comments: Provorov is PP QB, with great edging and power to his carries. Nott too shabby in his own end too.
8 Columbus Zack Werenski D Michigan 6' 2" 210
DraftSite's comments:Gets selected here because he is pro-like in his skating and decision making. All the team that selects him gets a solid puck carrier for the next decade.
9 San Jose Timo Meier LW Halifax (QMJHL) 6' 0" 194
DraftSite's comments:Not a fireball- just a tank who knows where to position himself and who to check robustly. Need quicker steps.
10 Colorado Mikko Rantanen RW TPS Turku (SM-liiga) 6' 3.75" 195
DraftSite's comments:Big Finn plays all three forward positions with power, skill and a high compete level. Creative offensive creator with a big time shot. Joins Landeskog as the twin tower. Ready to play sooner than most.
11 Florida Lawson Crouse LW Kingston (OHL) 6' 2.5" 189
DraftSite's comments:The next man-child that has some nasty, soft hands and plenty of bone-rattling checks in his repertoire.
12 Dallas Denis Gurianov RW Tolyatti Lada (KHL) 6' 2" 183
DraftSite's comments:Hardest shot in the draft and the biggest wild card.
13 Boston Trade Icon Jakub Zboril D Saint John (QMJHL) 6' 1" 186
DraftSite's comments:Let the rebound begin with a defensive defenseman with some PP bite.
14 Boston Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current (WHL) 6' 0" 177
DraftSite's comments:Not just tough, not just a competitor, he can get in position and score.
15 Boston Trade Icon Zachary Senyshyn RW Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 6' 1.75" 192
DraftSite's comments:Bruins reach for up and comer with great wheels and compete level. The Bruins take some heat, but this kid climbed the charts and I don't think their eyes were blurry.
16 NY Islanders Trade Icon Mathew Barzal C Seattle (WHL) 6' 0" 174
DraftSite's comments:There is no denying he is one of the top passing play-making centres in the draft, but you want him to take the shot a bit more. Looks like a steal this late.
17 Winnipeg Kyle Connor LW Youngstown (USHL) 6' 0" 183
DraftSite's comments:Not much physicality but plenty of high end skill and scoring ability.
18 Ottawa Thomas Chabot D Saint John (QMJHL) 6' 3" 193
DraftSite's comments:Thin puck handler with great vision, agility, and skating stride. Will develop as an all around player who will excel as a passer carrier and PP QB.
19 Detroit Evgeny Svechnikov LW Cape Breton (QMJHL) 6' 2" 185
DraftSite's comments:Has got a little TvR in him. Size, skill, and speed with quick hands and great passing ability.
20 Minnesota Joel Eriksson Ek C Farjestads BK (SHL) 6' 2" 181
DraftSite's comments:Strong two-way centre with size who does everything well and may be a second line centre.
21 Ottawa Trade Icon Colin White C US-Under-18 (USAH-NTDP) 6' 0" 175
DraftSite's comments:A complete player with a deceptive set of gears who can finish.
22 Washington Ilya Samsonov G Magnitogorsk (KHL) 6' 3" 187
DraftSite's comments:No one doubted that this world class talent that would get selected in the first round. An elite prospect who projects as a future NHL starter. Tall and thick, and has a little Carey Price in his game.
23 Vancouver Brock Boeser C Sioux City (USHL) 5' 11" 176
DraftSite's comments:A sniper plain and simple.
24 Philadelphia Trade Icon Travis Konecny C Ottawa 67's (OHL) 5' 9.25" 162
DraftSite's comments:Smaller American centre who is ultra-skilled ala Tyler Johnson.
25 Winnipeg Trade Icon Jack Roslovic RW USNTDP (USHL) 6' 0.5" 182
DraftSite's comments:Sleeper pick who is shifty with the puck and fearless in heavy traffic. Very versatile and able to slide up & down all forward lines. He may end up a pivot.
26 Montreal Noah Juulsen D Everett (WHL) 6' 0" 170
DraftSite's comments:An outstanding puck mover who excels with his toughness but needs to improve his feet.
27 Anaheim Jacob Larsson D Frölunda HC (SHL) 6' 2" 180
DraftSite's comments:Makes many a turnover at this juncture but has size and time to develop.
28 NY Islanders Trade Icon Anthony Beauvillier C Shawinigan (QMJHL) 5' 10" 172
DraftSite's comments:Tenacious undersized pivot who is strong on his feet with an active stick and fearlessness compete level in traffic. Regular on the PK.
29 Columbus Trade Icon Gabriel Carlsson D Linköpings HC (SHL) 6' 3.5" 177
DraftSite's comments:Could be the next Niklas Hjarlmarsson.
30 Arizona Trade Icon Nick Merkley C Kelowna (WHL) 5' 11" 187
DraftSite's comments:Playmaking centre-forward who is a relentless attacker with a terrific skill set. Needs to improve his first step quickness.

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