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Final 2017 NHL Mock Draft (June 2017) 

This is the final edition (and subsequently the third edition) of the 2017 NHL mock drafts on this site. Due to travel, I do not have time to put an explanation behind these picks. But I do have a few notes first:

For one, I believe that the Devils are one of the few teams that Nolan Patrick fits better on than Nico Hischier. However, I think the Devils will go Hischier. Still, neither is a poor choice. 

Furthermore, this draft has gotten the reputation of being a weak draft. It certainly does not have a “generational player” like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews at the top, but it is still solid through and through. There is leeway for players to slide and rise, but the stock of the draft is still impressive. It is not a throwaway, although some fans are treating it like that. 

Lastly, we could see a few trades involving picks on draft day. Dallas’ third pick and Vegas’ picks are key pieces that could be moved, with the former being more likely than the latter. The movement of picks will significantly affect the draft as many players have the capability to jump in the rankings. 

With that being said, here is my final NHL mock draft: 

1. New Jersey: Nico Hischier 

2. Philadelphia: Nolan Patrick

3. Dallas: Mirco Heiskanen 

4. Colorado: Cale Makar 

5. Vancouver: Cody Glass 

6. Vegas: Gabriel Vilardi 

7. Arizona: Elias Pettersson 

8. Buffalo: Cal Foote 

9. Detroit: Casey Mittlestadt 

10. Florida: Michael Rasmussen 

11. Los Angeles: Owen Tippett

12. Carolina: Nick Suzuki 

13. Vegas (via WPG): Martin Necas 

14. Tampa Bay: Timothy Liljegren  

15. Vegas (via NYI): Jusso Valimaki 

16. Calgary: Eeli Tolvanen 

17. Toronto: Uhro Vaakaninen

18. Boston: Nicolas Hague 

19. San Jose: Kailer Yamamoto 

20. St. Louis: Shane Bowers 

21. NY Rangers: Klim Kostin

22. Edmonton: Lias Andersson 

23. Arizona (via MIN): Erik Brannstrom 

24. Winnipeg (via VGK via CBJ): Kristian Vesalainen

25. Montreal: Ryan Poehling 

26. Chicago: Robert Thomas 

27. St. Louis (via WSH): Jason Robertson

28. Ottawa: Jonah Gadjovich 

29. Dallas (via ANA): Pierre-Oliver Joseph 

30. Nashville: Isaac Racliffe 

31. Pittsburgh: Maxime Comtois 

See you tomorrow for draft day. 

Kevin, @TheNHLFiles


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