2016 NHL Mock Draft: Fans Edition 

We decided to take fans of each NHL team with a first round pick and do a mock draft with them to see how it would shake out. These were the results. 

1. Toronto: Auston Matthews

Selected by: @balkaran_leafs

“The #1 center the Leafs have needed since Sundin”

2. Winnipeg: Patrik Laine

Selected by: @TimSinclair58

“Brings a shoot first mentality that the Jets need”

3. CBJ: Jesse Puljujarvi

Selected by: @RSimmons9

“The big bodied first liner the Blue Jackets have needed”

4. Edmonton: Matthew Tkachuk

Selected by: @s_vo11

“Big, strong forward who works in the dirty areas, can score goals, and can potentially replace Yakupov”

5. Vancouver: Pierre-Luc Dubois 

Selected by: @Jibs10

“Big centerman who can put up points and be a potential #1 center of the future”

6. Calgary: Alex Nylander

Selected by: @colinayles11

“Pure offensive talent, playmaking ability, and the ability to see lanes at the level only elite players can see”

7. Arizona: Julien Gauthier

Selected by: @CeezusIV

“Big bodied forward who is speedy and fits the Coyotes’ system”

8. Buffalo: Jacob Chychrun

Selected by: @ConorStainsby

“Solid defenseman with offensive talent. Would fit in with Sabres behind Ristolainen”

9. Montreal: Olli Juolevi 

Selected by: [FORFEITED]

“Defenseman that can do it all”

10. Colorado: Mikhail Sergachev

Selected by: @McNeill79

“Avs are thin on D and with the speculation of Barrie being dealt, Sergachev is the best defenseman available”

11. New Jersey: Clayton Keller

Selected by: @vtlptp

“He is intriguing for his ability to set plays up and has a great ability to finish. Could turn into a dynamic NHL scorer.”

12. Ottawa: Logan Brown 

Selected by: @jdeschamps6

“Sees the ice well, good puck mover, and responsible in his own end”

13. Carolina: Alex DeBrincat 

Selected by: @reiserjersemy

“Elite scorer that can replace Staal in the future”

14. Boston: Jake Bean

Selected by: @ItsKrejci46

“A puck moving offensive defenseman that Boston could really use”

15. Minnesota: Michael McLeod 

Selected by: @DWNJD

“The legit #1C Minnesota needs”

16. Detroit: Charles McAvoy

Selected by: @PlayOnJake

“Heavy shot, puck moving defenseman helps fill a void on the back end”

17. Nashville: Dante Fabbro

Selected by: @S4RC4STROPHE

“Adds depth to Nashville’s weak defensive prospect pool”

18. Philadelphia: German Rubtsov

Selected by: @lonis119

“Ultra-skilled Russian forward who fits the way in which the game is trending”

19. New York (I): Rasmus Asplund

Selected by: @chrishowrad

“With promising prospects in all areas, Isles can take a chance with the #19 pick”

20. Arizona (NYR): Cliff Pu

Selected by: @CeezusIV

“Off the board a little, but has the tools to be an effective NHL scorer”

21. Carolina (LAK): Brett Howden

Selected by: @reiserjeremy

“Complete center who competes game in and game out”

22. Winnipeg (CHI): Logan Stanley

Selected by: @TimSinclair58

“Tall defenseman that can eat minutes potentially left behind by Stuart/Trouba”

23. Florida: Evan Fitzpatrick

Selected by: @Reemer13

“Goalie to develop as Luongo gets older”

24. Anaheim: Max Jones

Selected by: [FORFEITED]

“Big winger that can hit and score”

25. Dallas: Tyson Jost

Selected by: @KMKTNF

“Dynamic scorer, best player left on the board”

26. Washington: Marcus Niemelainen

Selected by: @KP8Design

“Big defenseman that can fit with Bowey on a team known for taking Europeans late in Round 1”

27. Tampa Bay: Luke Kunin

Selected by: @Jayslightning79

“Similar to Joe Pavelski and the best player available on the board”

28. St. Louis: Riley Tufte

Selected by: @flowsidon314

“Huge winger that’s extremely quick for his size”

29. Boston (SJS): Kale Clague

Selected by: @ItsKrejci46

“Another puck moving defenseman that can be used on the powerplay”

30. Toronto: (PIT): Lucas Johansen

Selected by: @balkaran_leafsa

“Strong skating defenseman who can play a two way game”

Thank you to all who participated.

-Kevin, @KMKTNF

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