2015 NHL Mock Draft

With one more day until the 2015 National Hockey League Draft, many questions remain as to who will be going where.

What we do know is that top-rated prospect, and generational talent, Connor McDavid will be going to the Edmonton Oilers with the first overall pick in the draft. The Buffalo Sabres, selecting second, will take the other generational-type talent available in Jack Eichel.

After McDavid and Eichel, the Arizona Coyotes have the first pick of the next crop of talent that follows.

The next group of players after McEichel have the potential to become top players in the league in their respected position. Dylan Strome, Mitch Marner, and Noah Hanifin headline this group of players, but players like Lawson Crouse, Ivan Provorov, and Pavel Zacha are in the mix as well.

Of the 30 teams in the NHL, six of them have two picks in the first round of the draft. Those teams are the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Winnipeg Jets.

The only teams in the NHL that do not have a pick in the first round in the draft are the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and the St. Louis Blues.

But the order in which teams are selecting could change on a dime. One team could trade up in the draft to acquire a player who they believe can be an asset to the future of the organization.

Other trades could happen where a team could trade its pick to acquire a player, or players, who is already established in the NHL. We saw it two years ago where the Devils traded the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to Vancouver in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider.

A couple of days ago, you saw the list of the top 100 NHL prospects right here on Better Live Than Dead Sports. Where do these prospects actually land, and who will take a chance on these players?

Here is my final mock draft for the 2015 NHL Draft from picks 1 through 51, where the Sabres have four selections in that span (2nd, 21st, 31st, 51st).

2015 NHL Mock Draft

Draft Position:Team:Player Drafted:Minor/International Team:
First Round
1Edmonton OilersC - Connor McDavidErie Otters (OHL)
2Buffalo SabresC - Jack EichelBoston University Terriers (NCAA)
3Arizona CoyotesC - Dylan StromeErie Otters (OHL)
4Toronto Maple LeafsC - Mitchell MarnerLondon Knights (OHL)
5Carolina HurricanesD - Noah HanifinBoston College Eagles (NCAA)
6New Jersey DevilsRW - Mikko RantanenHC TPS (Liiga)
7Philadelphia FlyersLW - Lawson CrouseKingston Frontenacs (OHL)
8Columbus Blue JacketsD - Ivan ProvorovBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
9San Jose SharksD - Zach Werenski University of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)
10Colorado AvalancheRW - Pavel ZachaSarnia Sting (OHL)
11Florida PanthersRW - Timo MeierHalifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
12Dallas StarsC - Mathew BarzalSeattle Thunderbirds (OHL)
13Los Angeles KingsC - Kyle ConnorYoungstown Phantoms (USHL)
14Boston BruinsC - Travis KonecnyOttawa 67's (OHL)
15Calgary FlamesD - Jakub ZborilSaint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
16Edmonton Oilers (from PIT)G - Ilya SamsonovMetallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
17Winnipeg JetsC - Nick MerkleyKelowna Rockets (WHL)
18Ottawa SenatorsC - Joel Eriksson EkFärjestad BK (SHL)
19Detroit Red WingsLW - Evgeny SvecknikovCape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
20Minnesota WildLW - Paul BittnerPortland Winterhawks (WHL)
21Buffalo Sabres (from NYI)D - Thomas ChabotSaint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
22Washington CapitalsLW - Denis GuryanovLada Togliatti (KHL)
23Vancouver CanucksD - Brandon CarloTri-City Americans (WHL)
24Toronto Maple Leafs (from NSH)RW - Brock BoeserWaterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
25Winnipeg Jets (from BUF via STL)D - Jeremy RoySherbrooke Phœnix (QMJHL)
26Montréal CanadiensC – Colin WhiteUSA U-18 (USHL)
27Anaheim DucksLW – Jake DeBruskSwift Current Broncos (WHL)
28Tampa Bay Lightning (from NYR)RW – Daniel SprongCharlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
29Philadelphia Flyers (from TBL)C – Jansen HarkinsPrince George Cougars (WHL)
30Arizona Coyotes (from CHI)D – Oliver KylingtonFärjestad BK (SHL)
Second Round
31Buffalo SabresG – Mackenzie BlackwoodBarrie Colts (OHL)
32Arizona CoyotesRW – Jeremy BraccoUSA U-18 (USHL)
33Edmonton OilersD – Noah JuulsenEverett Silvertips (WHL)
34Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK via TOR)LW – Jordan GreenwayUSA U-18 (USHL)
35Carolina HurricanesC – Thomas NovakWaterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
36New Jersey DevilsD – Vince DunnNiagara IceDogs (OHL)
37Boston Bruins (from NYI via PHI)D- Gabriel CarlssonLinköping U-20 (SHL Jr.)
38Columbus Blue JacketsC – Jack RoslovicUSA U-18 (USHL)
39San Jose SharksLW – Anthony BeauvillierShawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
40Colorado AvalancheD – Jacob LarssonFrölunda HC (SHL)
41New Jersey Devils (from FLA)C – Filip ChlapikCharlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
42Ottawa Senators (from DAL)D – Travis DermottErie Otters (OHL)
43Los Angeles KingsC – Christian FischerUSA U-18 (USHL)
44Tampa Bay Lightning (from BOS)D – Ryan PilonBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
45Calgary FlamesRW – Nikita KorostelevSarnia Sting (OHL)
46Pittsburgh PenguinsC – Nicolas RoyChicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
47Winnipeg JetsRW – Jens LöökeBrynäs IF (SHL)
48Ottawa SenatorsRW – Zachary SenyshynSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
49Dallas Stars (from DET)D – Brendan GuhlePrince Albert Raiders (WHL)
50Minnesota WildG – Daniel VladarHC Kladno (Czech Jr.)
51Buffalo Sabres (from NYI)LW – Filip AhlHV71 (SHL)

Written by Brayton Wilson

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