2015 NHL Mock Draft

The 2015 NHL Entry draft is only days away as the 1st round goes underway on June 26th, and the remainder of the draft on June 27th. The draft will take place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, home of the Florida Panthers.

3 writers from All About The Habs has compiled a full 1st-round 2015 NHL mock draft with potential selections from each team in order. Thank you to the contributors who took time to bring you this mock draft:

Zachery Ellis: Ellis is a university student majoring in Sports Management from the Niagara Region in southern Ontario. He has written over 100 articles for All About The Habs since joining the team on January 26th, 2014. (Twitter: @ZEllis96)

François Carignan: Carignan covers the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), more specifically the Sherbrooke Phoenix for several different medias. Since joining the team on September 4th, 2014, he has been writing monthly QMJHL prospect updates for All About The Habs. (Twitter: @CarignanTQN)

Sid Wood: Wood was a season ticket holder of the Canadiens AHL-affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. Along with being a season ticket holder, he provided All About The Habs with a everything you needed to know about each Bulldogs game in a review piece titled “A Numbers Game”. With over 200 articles, he has been part of the All About The Habs family since February 2nd, 2013.

Credit to sportslogos.net for the NHL team logos in the article.

Credit to the NHL.com draft prospect rankings for players’ official positions and teams.

Now, let’s see how Zachery, François, and Sid envision the 1st-round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to play out:

oilers1. Edmonton Oilers
Zachery E. - Connor McDavid (C) - Erie Otters/OHL
François C. - Connor McDavid (C) - Erie Otters/OHL
Sid W. - Connor McDavid (C) - Erie Otters/OHL


sabres2. Buffalo Sabres
Zachery E. - Jack Eichel (C) - Boston University/NCAA
François C. - Jack Eichel (C) - Boston University/NCAA 
Sid W. - Jack Eichel (C) - Boston University/NCAA


coyotes3. Arizona Coyotes
Zachery E. - Dylan Strome (C) - Erie Otters/OHL
François C. - Noah Hanifin (D) - Boston College/NCAA
Sid W. - Noah Hanifin (D) - Boston College/NCAA


maple leafs4.Toronto Maple Leafs
Zachery E. - Mitch Marner (RW) - London Knights/OHL
François C. - Dylan Strome (C) - Erie Otters/OHL
Sid W. - Dylan Strome (C) - Erie Otters/OHL


hurricanes5.Carolina Hurricanes
Zachery E. - Noah Hanifin (D) - Boston College/NCAA
François C. - Mitch Marner (RW) - London Knights/OHL 
Sid W. - Mitch Marner (RW) - London Knights/OHL


devils6. New Jersey Devils
Zachery E. - Ivan Provorov (D) - Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL
François C. - Mathew Barzal (C) - Seattle Thunderbirds/WHL
Sid W. - Lawson Crouse (LW) - Kingston Frontenacs/OHL


flyers7. Philadelphia Flyers
Zachery E. - Lawson Crouse (LW) - Kingston Frontenacs/OHL
François C. - Ivan Provorov (D) - Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL
Sid W. - Pavel Zacha (C) - Sarnia Sting/OHL


blue jackets8. Columbus Blue Jackets
Zachery E. - Mathew Barzal (C) - Seattle Thunderbirds/WHL
François C. - Lawson Crouse (LW) - Kingston Frontenacs/OHL 
Sid W. - Ivan Provorov (D) - Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL


sharks9. San Jose Sharks
Zachery E. - Mikko Rantanen (RW) - TPS/Liiga
François C. - Mikko Rantanen (RW) - TPS/Liiga
Sid W. - Mikko Rantanen (RW) - TPS/Liiga


avalanche10. Colorado Avalanche
Zachery E. - Zach Werenski (D) - University of Michigan/NCAA
François C. - Zach Werenski (D) - University of Michigan/NCAA 
Sid W. - Zach Werenski (D) - University of Michigan/NCAA

 
panthers11. Florida Panthers
Zachery E. - Pavel Zacha (C) - Sarnia Sting/OHL
François C. - Pavel Zacha (C) - Sarnia Sting/OHL  
Sid W. - Mathew Barzal (C) - Seattle Thunderbirds/WHL


stars12. Dallas Stars
Zachery E. - Timo Meier (RW) - Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL
François C. - Nick Merkley (RW) - Kelowna Rockets/WHL
Sid W. - Kyle Connor (LW) - Youngstown Phantoms/USHL


kings13. Los Angeles Kings
Zachery E. - Kyle Connor (LW) - Youngstown Phantoms/USHL
François C. - Kyle Connor (LW) - Youngstown Phantons/USHL
Sid W. - Travis Konecny (C) - Ottawa 67's/OHL


bruins14. Boston Bruins
Zachery E. - Travis Konecny (C) - Ottawa 67's/OHL
François C. - Timo Meier (RW) - Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL 
Sid W. - Timo Meier (RW) - Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL


flames15. Calgary Flames
Zachery E. - Nick Merkley (RW) - Kelowna Rockets/WHL
François C. - Colin White (C) - U.S. U18 National Development Team/USHL
Sid W. - Brock Boeser (RW) - Waterloo Black Hawks/USHL


oilers16. Edmonton Oilers
Zachery E. - Jeremy Roy (D) - Sherbrooke Phoenix/QMJHL
François C. - Thomas Chabot (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL 
Sid W. - Jakub Zboril (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL
Notes: Pick acquired via Pittsburgh in David Perron, Rob Klinkhammer trade.

jets17. Winnipeg Jets
Zachery E. - Evgeny Svechnikov (LW) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles/QMJHL
François C. - Denis Guryanov (RW) - Lada Togliatti/MHL  
Sid W. - Thomas Chabot (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL


senators18. Ottawa Senators
Zachery E. - Thomas Chabot (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL
François C. - Travis Konecny (C) - Ottawa 67's/OHL
Sid W. - Nick Merkley (RW) - Kelowna Rockets/WHL


red wings19. Detroit Red Wings
Zachery E. - Jakub Zboril (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL
François C. - Joel Eriksson-Ek (C) - Farjestad/SHL
Sid W. - Joel Eriksson-EK (C) - Farjestad/SHL


wild20. Minnesota Wild
Zachery E. - Joel Eriksson-Ek (C) - Farjestad/SHL
François C. - Jake DeBrusk (LW) - Swift Current Broncos/WHL 
Sid W. - Paul Bittner (LW) - Portland Winterhawks/WHL


sabres21. Buffalo Sabres
Zachery E. - Colin White (C) - U.S. U18 National Development Team/USHL
François C. - Daniel Sprong (RW) - Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL 
Sid W. - Oliver Kylington (D) - Farjestad/SHL
Notes: Pick acquired via New York Islanders in Thomas Vanek trade.

capitals22. Washington Capitals
Zachery E. - Denis Guryanov (RW) - Lada Taliatti/MHL
François C. - Evgeny Svechnikov (LW) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles/QMJHL
Sid W. - Evgeny Svechnikov (LW) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles/QMJHL


canucks23. Vancouver Canucks
Zachery E. - Daniel Sprong (RW) - Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL
François C. - Oliver Kylington (D) - Farjestad/SHL
Sid W. - Nicolas Roy (C) - Chicouimi Sagueneens/QMJHL


maple leafs24. Toronto Maple Leafs
Zachery E. - Oliver Kylington (D) - Farjestad/SHL
François C. - Jakub Zboril (D) - Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL 
Sid W. - Jeremy Roy (D) - Sherbrooke Phoenix/QMJHL
Notes: Pick acquired via Nashville in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli trade.

jets25. Winnipeg Jets
Zachery E. - Jansen Harkins (C) - Prince George Cougars/WHL
François C. - Jeremy Roy (D) - Sherbrooke Phoenix/QMJHL
Sid W. - Colin White (C) - U.S. U18 National Development Team/USHL
Notes: Pick acquired via Buffalo in Kane, Bogosian, Kasdorf trade.

canadiens26. Montreal Canadiens
Zachery E. - Paul Bittner (LW) - Portland Winterhawks/WHL
NHL Central Scouting's Justin Williams describes Bittner as: "a 
smooth skater with really good hands who can make plays and is 
strong in tight along the wall. He protects the puck well and 
can retrieve pucks on the forecheck. With his size, strength and reach, he's tough 
to handle." The 6'4", 204lbs winger uses his size to his advantage that has allowed
him to be a goal scorer since playing for his high school when he was 15. Between
NHL Central Scouting, ISS Hockey, TSN's Bob McKenzie, Hockeyprospects.com and Future
Considerations, Bittner is expected to go anywhere from 17th - 30th overall in the
2015 NHL Draft.

François C. - Paul Bittner (LW) - Portland Winterhawks/WHL
That big power forward the Habs need may just be available when draft
pick at #26. Bittner is a solid 6-foot-4 guy that likes to drive the net.
He scored 34 goals and picked up 27 assists last season with the Winterhawks,
while pivoting the second line. He had a +39 differential, good for 3rd on the
team. His main strengths are obviously his big body and his ability to play a physical 
game, but he also is an excellent offensive weapon. He will however need to be more
consistentand improve his already decent skating. I like how Bittner could eventually 
play with Galchenyuk. Paul is a very good shooter and could really complete the #27’s
plays well. He also could form a great duo with McCarron on a checking/crashing line. 

Sid W. - Jake DeBrusk (LW) - Swift Current Broncos/WHL
The Habs don't need another defenceman or a center that they will only convert to a
winger so why not grab a winger? My pick would be Jake DeBrusk, a left winger who plays
for the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. He is a good two-way player that can put
the puck in the net. In just his 2nd season in the WHL, DeBrusk scored 42 goals and 39
assists in 7 games. Over the last two seasons he has 57 goals and 63 assists for 120
points in 144 games played. He's an even 6 foot 0, shoots left, and weights in at 176lbs.
He has a great worth ethic and goes to the dirty areas in front of the net. With any luck
he could turn into a bigger version of Brendan Gallagher. I like his size, scoring ability,
and toughness.

ducks27. Anaheim Ducks
Zachery E. - Jake DeBrusk (LW) - Swift Current Broncos/WHL
François C. - Gabriel Carlsson (D) - Linkoping/SHL  
Sid W. - Gabriel Carlsson (D) - Linkoping/SHL


lightning28. Tampa Bay Lightning
Zachery E. - Jacob Larsson (D) - Frolunda Jr./SHL
François C. - Jacob Larsson (D) - Frolunda Jr./SHL  
Sid W. - Daniel Sprong (RW) - Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL
Notes: Pick acquired via New York Rangers in Callahan trade.


flyers29. Philadelphia Flyers
Zachery E. - Brandon Carlo (D) - Tri-City Americans/WHL
François C. - Mackenzie Blackwood (G) - Barrie Colts/OHL 
Sid W. - Jansen Harkins (C) - Prince George Cougars/WHL


coyotes30. Arizona Coyotes
Zachery E. - Brock Boeser (RW) - Waterloo Black Hawks/USHL
François C. - Anthony Beauvillier (LW) - Shawinigan Cataractes/QMJHL 
Sid W. - Filip Chlapik (C) - Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL
Notes:

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Below, we have a bonus report from All About The Habs writer François Carignan. He comments on the reasoning for his top-10 selections and how he believes each player would fit in to those teams. Also, he expresses his thoughts on a certain projected mid-late 1st round prospect that he has had the pleasure of seeing more than several times.

1. Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid
Does Connor McDavid really need any presentation? The Oilers simply can’t ignore him.
He’s the next big thing.

2. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel
Eichel is a must for the Sabres. He’s got the ability to change the game with just one 
shift. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s fast. He can score and set up teammates, or beat 
you one-on-one. 

3. Arizona Coyotes: Noah Hanifin
Noah Hanifin is the “other one” after McDavid and Eichel. He is praised for his great 
offensive abilities, but also is great in his own zone and plays well under pressure. 
He will very soon be able to provide great support to Ekman-Larsson. 

4. Toronto Maple Leafs: Dylan Strome
Islanders’ Ryan Strome’s brother is an offensive dynamo. While many of his 129 and 84 
assists points could be explained by the fact he could count on McDavid on the power 
play, he still managed he could produce by himself, scoring 45 goals in 62 games. 

5. Carolina Hurricanes: Mitch Marner
Marner finished second in OHL scoring, behind the one that will be selected right 
before him, Dylan Strome. He led his team in both goals and assists at 17 years old, 
besting a certain Max Domi… 

6. New Jersey Devils: Mathew Barzal
Seems like an eternity since the Devils have drafted an impact forward, and Matt 
Barzal would be a great fit with New Jersey. He’s a small but very talented playmaker 
that also is able to score goals. His stats don’t look that amazing, but he’s been 
dealing with injuries all year long.

7. Philadelphia Flyers: Ivan Provorov
The Flyers need some help at the blue line. Samuel Morin is a very good prospect 
but is a defense-first guy that will take time to develop. Provorov, on the other 
end, is an offensively gifted D-Man. He won Silver medal at the last WJHC with Russia.

8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Lawson Crouse
A 6-foot-3 power forward with some good hands that loves to use his body to deliver some
good hits, and that also can drop the gloves when required. He fits right in the Blue 
Jackets mold.

9. San Jose Sharks: Mikko Rantanen
Rantanen is a 6-foot-4 and 210 lbs center that can play a 200-feet game. He’s been
playing with men in Finland and proved he could stand his ground as he finished 2nd
in team scoring. He also wore an “A” as a 17-year-old with TPS, and was the best 
player on his team at the last WJHC.

10. Colorado Avalanche: Zach Werenski
The Avs are packed on offense for a while now with the likes of Landerskog, Duchene
and MacKinnon. Now, they need defense to support Barrie and Johnson. Werenski is a
complete defender that can generate offense as well as block shots. A must for the 
Avs in order to reach the next level.

***Bonus*** 25. Winnipeg Jets: Jeremy Roy
I have seen Roy play more than 100 times. He’s excellent with the puck and is able 
to generate offense off the rush, and can be used in every situation. An OK skater,
but a future power play quarterback. His numbers look decent, but could have been 
even better should he not have been injured three times.
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