2016 NHL Mock Draft: Edition I (January) 

Standings as of 1/19/15
Edition I of my mock drafts. January’s is always tough to predict, especially because of the standings. 

1. CBJ: Auston Matthews: best player available in draft, almost sure fire #1 overall 

2. TOR: Jesse Puljujarvi – explosive offensively, good in WJC for gold medal winning Finland 

3. BUF: Patrik Laine – another Finland native, could easily go second 

4. EDM: Matt Tkachuk – best player available, plays tough and aggressive. Would be a good add for Edmonton. 

5. CGY: Jakob Chychrun – best defenseman in the draft but not ready to immediately step in 

6. WPG: Alex Nylander – high profile scorer, brother of William. Will fit in nicely with core of Ehlers and Petan

7. ANA: Julien Gauthier – one of the better Canada players at the WJC 

8. CAR: Michael McLeod – big, two-way center. Carolina needs a forward at their pick. 

9. VAN: Olli Juolevi – good skater and two way defender. Vancouver could go with a number of options, however. 

10. NSH: Pierre-Luc Dubois – big scorer who fits Nashville’s size and skill model

11. PHI: Clayton Keller – small in size but good skater with skill; similar to Konecny

12. NJD: Kieffer Bellows – skilled winger that New Jersey needs

13. PIT: Jake Bean – quick defenseman who fits Pittsburgh’s quick style of play

14. OTT: Mikhail Sergachev – big, smart defenseman. Ottawa could go F here too but hard to see Sergachev slip further 

—CURRENT PLAYOFF CUTOFF—

15. COL: Dante Fabbro – good puck moving defenseman that Colorado needs

16. ARZ: Max Jones – big powerforward that would complement Domi nicely in the future 

17. BOS (SJS): Tyson Jost – playmaker, big in size and fits Boston’s mold  

18. MTL: Tyler Benson – one of the better scoring forwards that could slip later in the draft if MTL gets it together 

19. BOS: Logan Brown – another big, skilled forward for the B’s 

20. TBL: Dimitry Sokolov – Russian, good all around offensively

21. MIN: Charles McAvoy – smart skater and breakout in college. Represented USA at WJC

22. ARZ (NYR): Logan Stanley – huge defenseman but has a tendency to take penalty minutes

23. NYI: Alex DeBrincat – high scoring forward who will slip due to size 

24. DET: Rasmus Asplund – skilled forward and quietly great at WJC 

25. FLA: Kale Clague – good defensively & skating wise 

26. CAR (LAK): Sam Steel – good all around playmaker 

27. STL: Riley Tufte – good shot, big player too which fits St. Louis 

28. DAL: Brett Howden – good all around powerforward

29. CHI: Markus Niemelainen – not flashy but gets job done defensible 

30. WSH: Vitalii Abramov – small but skilled like Vrana 

More mock drafts will come in the future. The earliest ones are always the hardest, but we’ll get a clearer look once the draft comes nearer and we can get past the trade deadline to see which team is doing what.
-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles
 

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