Category Archives: Draft 2016

Reviewing all trades from the 2016 NHL Draft

Reviewing all the trades (involving players) that took place at the 2016 NHL draft. 

Trade #1:

Montreal receives 2017 & 2018 second round picks 

Washington receives Lars Eller

This is a trade that works out for both teams. Eller can slide into the 3C stole behind Backstrom and Kuznetsov in Washington. A good two way player, he can kill penalties and put up decent offensive numbers. He’ll have a chance to shine with solid wingers in Washington. From Montreal’s perspective, they get two valuable picks for a player that didn’t work in Therrien’s system. 

Trade #2:

Chicago receives #39 and #45 in 2016

Montreal receives Andrew Shaw

The Canadiens brought Shaw in to play in their middle six and to pester teams like Brendan Gallagher does. Shaw, however, is reportedly looking for big money over a 5 to 7 year period. This could spell disaster for Montreal, but only time will tell. They’re supposedly close on a deal. Chicago gets two seconds for a player they couldn’t retain due to cap. They selected Alex DeBrincat with one of those picks which was fantastic. 

Trade #3:

St. Louis receives #35 in 2016 and a conditional third in 2017

Calgary receives Brian Elliott

The Blues’ goalie dilemma came to an end on Friday night when they traded Elliott to Calgary for picks. Elliott reportedly asked the club to explore trade options, and he came cheaper for Calgary than Bishop or Fleury would have. It was a good night for the Flames. Also, expect St. Louis to either go the route of Reimer in a 1A/1B role or sign Al Montoya strictly as a backup. 

Trade #4: 

Detroit receives Joe Vitale, #20 & #53 in 2016

Arizona receives #16 and Pavel Datsyuk

I tweeted about this one, but we’ll quickly review it. Arizona did a good job by moving up to select Jacob Chychrun. However, they should’ve made Detroit pay more for giving up the Datsyuk contract. 

Trade #5:

Buffalo receives Dmitry Kulikov and #33 in 206

Florida receives Mark Pysyk, #38 and #89 in 2016

The Panthers did wind up trading Kulikov, however it was in the division rather than out west. The Sabres got their left-handed defenseman that they were looking for but Tim Murray still wants to add another. The Panthers added picks, but arguably got the worse player in the deal (not to say that Pysyk is bad). Not a bad deal for either, but Buffalo wins out as of now. 

Trade #6:

Tampa Bay receives #37 in 2016

Arizona receives Anthony DeAngelo

Just two years removed from being a first round pick, DeAngelo was traded. He was known to have attitude problems so this does not come as a surprise to many. Chayka picks up a solid, potential offensive defenseman, but gives up yet another high pick. The Lightning used the selection to take another defenseman, the large Hajek. 

Trade #7:

Pittsburgh receives #77 in 2016

New Jersey receives Beau Bennett

Tweeted about this one as well — but, Bennett had no spot in the top-nine of Pittsburgh as is injury prone. A third is a little steep, but Shero knows a lot about the kid. We’ll see how it turns out when it’s all said and done. 

Trade #8:

Dallas receives Nick Ebert

Los Angeles receives Jack Campbell

Dallas gets a defensive bust from LA, who get a goalie bust from Dallas. Not much else to say. Maybe a change of scenery will do them good. 

Trade #9:

Toronto receives Kerby Rychel

Columbus receives Scott Harrington OR a 2017 fifth round pick 

It’s long been rumored that Rychel wanted out of Columbus, but man, this one is rough. Columbus literally gets next to nothing for him. Toronto gets a quality player who is ready to step into the lineup next year. I think we may see a new general manager in Columbus if they flop again next season. 

Trade #10: 

New York Rangers receive Nick Holden

Colorado receives 2017 fourth round pick 

The Rangers get a depth defenseman for a low pick. Not much else to look into. 
I’ll tweet about it if anything else happens. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles


Looming expansion draft could force Bishop, Fleury trades

With the expansion draft slated to take place next offseason, a lot of general managers are fiddling with their rosters to assure they won’t lose anyone of value, particularly in goal. Each team is only allowed to protect one goalie, and although only three goalies will be selected at max, you certainly do not want to find yourself on the short end of the stick.  Read the rest of this entry

2016 NHL Mock Draft: Edition III (Final)

The NHL Files’ final 2016 NHL mock draft Read the rest of this entry

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.  Read the rest of this entry

2016 NHL Mock Draft: Edition II

2016 Mock Draft
The format is as follows…

Pick number: player, position

Listed as: height, weight

Probability of pick being traded  Read the rest of this entry

Toronto wins lottery, Jets move up to No. 2 

The annual NHL draft lottery was held on Saturday night and for the first time in six years the team that finished last in the league won the lottery. That team was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will have the chance to choose either Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine with the pick. 

There will be internal debate, but Auston Matthews is Toronto’s man. The center, currently playing in the Swiss league, will be ready to jump straight into the NHL in sheltered minutes behind Nazem Kadri (at least to start). 

Interest will be there from teams to move up, especially Arizona, but I do not foresee it happening. The Maple Leafs endured a tough season and waited a long time for this to happen, and to relinquish the ability to make the first overall selection would come at a high price. 

In other news and notes, the Winnipeg Jets moved up from #6 to #2. They’ll likely get the chance to take Patrik Laine, the Finnish winger that has drawn comparisons to Alex Ovechkin. 

I think there was a shot that someone like Buffalo or Calgary would have taken Laine first overall, but I don’t think it’ll happen now. 

Most of the teams remained in the spots they were originally at. 

Edmonton is picking at #4 and Jacob Chychrun or Matthew Tkachuk would be nice fits. 

Montreal got the #9 pick and will have a number of options to look at. Can things shake out so that Alex Nylander falls down to them? Entirely possible. 

New Jersey is at #10. Clayton Keller would be good for them. 

The months leading up to the draft will be full of preparation for the fourteen teams involved in the draft lottery plus many more as they are eliminated from the playoffs. The top three players in this year’s draft makes it an exciting one. With things like the salary cap and the expansion draft in play, there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of player movement come June. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

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 


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