21. St. Louis – Adrian Kempe (LW) MoDo
Kempe was rated the fifth best defensive forward in this draft according to McKeen’s. He played 47 games with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League but did not see a lot of ice time and managed just five goals and 11 points. Kempe plays a good overall game but could lack scoring touch and that could drop him down the draft list.
St. Louis needs – Scoring up front with some size.
22. Pittsburgh – Jack Dougherty (D) USA NDTP 18
Dougherty is regarded as the fourth best offensive defenseman and third best defensive blueliner in the draft according to McKeen’s. He joined the USA NDTP 18 team at the start of the season and had seven goals and 21 points in 57 games. Dougherty is headed for the University of Wisconsin this season.
Pittsburgh needs – Puck moving defenseman as well as depth on the wings.
23. Colorado – Jakub Vrana (RW) Linkopings
Vrana split the season between Linkopings of the Swedish Elite League where he managed two goals and three points in 24 games as he did not receive a lot of ice time, and their junior team as he had 14 goals and 25 points in 24 games. He is a terrific skater and can find the back of the net as he led the World U18 Championships in goals with eight. He is not a good defensive player at this time and that could make a difference on where he is drafted.
Colorado needs – Playmaking and depth wingers.
24. Anaheim - Dominik Mason (D) Slavia Praha
Masin captained the Czech Republic team to a silver medal at the World U18. He is a solid defensive defenseman and is rated fifth overall in the draft by McKeen’s among blueliners for his defensive play. He is not going to be a scoring defenseman and had only two goals and 21 points in 39 games for his junior team.
Anaheim needs – Scoring wingers and some solid defensive rearguards.
25. Boston – David Pastrnak (RW) Sodertalje
Pastrnak has a lot of offensive upside but needs to fill out. He missed the most of the last quarter of the regular season and all of the playoffs after getting hit in open ice. Pastrnak is a very good stickhandler and his offensive skill should eventually make him a top-six forward in the NHL.
Boston needs – Puck moving defenseman.
26. Montreal – Nikita Scherbak (RW) Saskatoon
Scherbak ranks fifth overall among playmakers in this draft according to McKeen’s. Scherbak was a star for Saskatoon this past season with 28 goals and 78 points. He is tall but like most in this draft, he still needs to fill out. Scherbak has to improve his stamina but certainly has the offensive capabilities to be a top-six forward in the NHL.
Montreal needs – Some size up front as well as a first line center.
27. Chicago – Nick Schmaltz (C) Green Bay
Schmaltz has outstanding offensive skills and needs linemates who are also offensively capable to perform at his best. While this can happen at the NHL level, Schmaltz needs to work on his defensive game which is severely lacking at this time. He had four goals and 12 points in four games at the World Junior A championships which broke the previous record of 11 held by Kyle Turris. He has been a great power play player. Schmaltz had 18 goals and 63 points in Green Bay.
Chicago needs – Some depth forwards and a defensive defenseman.
28. Tampa Bay (via New York Rangers) (D) Anthony DeAngelo
An outstanding offensive defenseman, DeAngelo is ranked second overall by McKeen’s as far as offensive defensemen go. He led the OHL in points by a blueliner with 71 in 51 games as he missed 17 games of action including an eight game suspension for inappropriate comments towards a teammate. DeAngelo needs help on the defensive side but his offense is so good that he is likely to be drafted in the first round.
Tampa Bay needs – Big and skilled wingers.
29. Los Angeles – Ivan Barbashev (C) Moncton
Barbashev has now played two seasons in Moncton after being the first selection in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. Barbashev is becoming a two-way center but he has some great offensive skills as he can make plays at full speed and has a terrific wrist shot. He has gained strength since being drafted as a 5’9”, 135 pound center as he has filled out to six feet even and 185 pounds.
Los Angeles needs – Scoring wingers and some size on the blueline.
30. New Jersey – Roland McKeown (D) Kingston
McKeen’s had McKeown rated as the fifth best player in this draft after the 2012-13 season but he has not progressed as many others have in the draft and subsequently he is on the bubble to be drafted in the first round. He is a very good skater and a great first touch passer which is very important at the NHL level but he has some problems defensively despite being a plus-38 this past season. McKeown had 11 goals and 43 points for Kingston in 2013-14.
New Jersey needs – Scoring from all three forwards and a puck rushing defenseman.