Mock Draft 2.0Saturday, May 31, 2014
16. Columbus - Dylan Larkin (C)
Larkin is a hard working center who can shoot and skate. A fearless competitor and relentless forechecker, he fits in well with the new workmanlike playing style of the Jackets. He had 17 goals and 26 points in 26 games for the United States National Under 18 team this season.
17. Philadelphia - Alex Tuch (C/RW)
Big and skilled, Tuch is a finesse power forward who gives the Flyers depth on the wing. Playing with more intensity would round out his game- thankfully he has time on his side. Tuch was a member, along with Dylan Larkin on the US National Under 18 team this past season where he had 13 goals and 32 points in 26 contests.
18. Minnesota - Robby Fabbri (C)
Fabbri tore apart the OHL playoffs capturing the MVP title as he had 13 goals and 28 points in only 16 games for the Guelph Storm. Fabbri brings excitement and skill to each shift. He is under-sized at 5'10" and 160 pounds, but plays the game at a high tempo and doesn't give up an inch.
19. Tampa Bay - Kasperi Kapanen (RW)
Kapanen has a lot of speed and slick offensive skills. He is difficult to handle one-on-one and plays with moxy in the offensive zone but needs to work on his play without the puck. Kapanen played 13 games as a 16-year-old in the Finnish SM-liiga, scoring four times and had seven goals and 14 points in 47 games this past season playing in Finland's top league.
20. San Jose - Thatcher Demko (G)
Demko was the youngest player to suit up in the NCAA this season. He stole the starting duties in February and came within one win of reaching the Frozen Four final. Sizeable and technically sound, the Sharks need to shore up their goaltending depth and he is the best in the draft. Demko was 16-5-3 this season for Boston College, with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
21. St. Louis - Adrian Kempe (LW)
A powerful and explosive skater with a good physical disposition however Kempe's offensive ceiling may be limited. Nonetheless his skills should at the very least see him become a solid depth player. He had five goals and 11 points for Modo of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14.
22. Pittsburgh - Jack Dougherty (D)
Dougherty made strides all season in all facets of his game culminating in a gold medal at the World U18 Championships. He provides good offensive ability with a penchant for playing physical and tough. Dougherty had four goals and 12 points for the US National U18 team, a squad that is well represented in this draft.
23. Colorado - Jakub Vrana (C)
A fast and an opportunistic scorer, Vrana needs work on his game without the puck but his play with it is electrifying and gives the Avs skill to challenge for a top six spot in a few years. Vrana played in Sweden and had two goals and three points in 24 games with Linkopings.
24. Anaheim - Dominik Masin (D)
Masin's calm defensive presence is a big plus and he is able to make calculated outlet passes. He was a standout for Team Czech at the World U18 Championships helping to capture a silver medal. Led the Czech Jr. league with 102 PIM's exhibiting layers to his game.
25. Boston - David Pastrnak (RW)
Blueline needs are set aside for the Bruins to grab the best player available. Pastrnak excelled on the International stage this season due to his speed and talented one-on-one play. He needs to add weight and work on his play without the puck but he has game breaking ability. Pastrnak played for Sodertalje in the Swedish first division where he had eight goals and 24 points in 36 games.
26. Tampa Bay (via New York Rangers) - Anthony Deangelo (D)
Despite having off ice issues and questionable character, the Lightning roll the dice with Deangelo whose skills are elite. He missed 17 games this year yet still led the OHL in defenseman scoring. Deangelo had 15 goals and 71 points in 51 games with Sarnia of the OHL, the same squad that Steve Stamkos played for in his junior career.
27. Los Angeles - Ivan Barbashev (LW)
A gritty, character forward who plays a North American style of game and thrives in pressure situations. Barbashev attacks scoring areas and has a wicked release. His solid two-way play was exemplified by skating on both special teams for Moncton in 2013-14. He had 25 goals and 68 points in 2013-14.
28. Montreal - Nikita Scherbak (LW)
Rail thin, he has a good frame to fill out. Mr. Everything for Saskatoon this year offensively as he produced at an alarming rate considering his supporting cast. Oozes skill and untapped potential. Scherbak had 28 goals and 78 points this past season for the Blades of the WHL.
29. Chicago - Nick Schmaltz (C)
Schmaltz is an offensive dynamo whose vision and play making savvy make him an ideal selection to the Blackhawks style of play. He is another player who would benefit from playing with a solid forward nucleus as his skills are NHL ready. Schmaltz had 18 goals and 63 points in 55 games for Green Bay of the USHL
30. New Jersey (awarded #30) - Roland McKeown (D)
McKeown's defensive game comes into question however he is an elite skater who can anchor a PP. His shot needs work but he is a solid puck distributor. McKeown had 11 goals and 43 points for Kingston of the OHL in 2013-14.