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:|
|1||Edmonton Oilers||C - Connor McDavid||Erie Otters (OHL)|
|2||Buffalo Sabres||C - Jack Eichel||Boston University Terriers (NCAA)|
|3||Arizona Coyotes||C - Dylan Strome||Erie Otters (OHL)|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||C - Mitchell Marner||London Knights (OHL)|
|5||Carolina Hurricanes||D - Noah Hanifin||Boston College Eagles (NCAA)|
|6||New Jersey Devils||RW - Mikko Rantanen||HC TPS (Liiga)|
|7||Philadelphia Flyers||LW - Lawson Crouse||Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)|
|8||Columbus Blue Jackets||D - Ivan Provorov||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|9||San Jose Sharks||D - Zach Werenski||University of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)|
|10||Colorado Avalanche||RW - Pavel Zacha||Sarnia Sting (OHL)|
|11||Florida Panthers||RW - Timo Meier||Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)|
|12||Dallas Stars||C - Mathew Barzal||Seattle Thunderbirds (OHL)|
|13||Los Angeles Kings||C - Kyle Connor||Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)|
|14||Boston Bruins||C - Travis Konecny||Ottawa 67's (OHL)|
|15||Calgary Flames||D - Jakub Zboril||Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)|
|16||Edmonton Oilers (from PIT)||G - Ilya Samsonov||Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)|
|17||Winnipeg Jets||C - Nick Merkley||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|18||Ottawa Senators||C - Joel Eriksson Ek||Färjestad BK (SHL)|
|19||Detroit Red Wings||LW - Evgeny Svecknikov||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)|
|20||Minnesota Wild||LW - Paul Bittner||Portland Winterhawks (WHL)|
|21||Buffalo Sabres (from NYI)||D - Thomas Chabot||Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)|
|22||Washington Capitals||LW - Denis Guryanov||Lada Togliatti (KHL)|
|23||Vancouver Canucks||D - Brandon Carlo||Tri-City Americans (WHL)|
|24||Toronto Maple Leafs (from NSH)||RW - Brock Boeser||Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)|
|25||Winnipeg Jets (from BUF via STL)||D - Jeremy Roy||Sherbrooke Phœnix (QMJHL)|
|26||Montréal Canadiens||C – Colin White||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|27||Anaheim Ducks||LW – Jake DeBrusk||Swift Current Broncos (WHL)|
|28||Tampa Bay Lightning (from NYR)||RW – Daniel Sprong||Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)|
|29||Philadelphia Flyers (from TBL)||C – Jansen Harkins||Prince George Cougars (WHL)|
|30||Arizona Coyotes (from CHI)||D – Oliver Kylington||Färjestad BK (SHL)|
|31||Buffalo Sabres||G – Mackenzie Blackwood||Barrie Colts (OHL)|
|32||Arizona Coyotes||RW – Jeremy Bracco||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|33||Edmonton Oilers||D – Noah Juulsen||Everett Silvertips (WHL)|
|34||Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK via TOR)||LW – Jordan Greenway||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|35||Carolina Hurricanes||C – Thomas Novak||Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)|
|36||New Jersey Devils||D – Vince Dunn||Niagara IceDogs (OHL)|
|37||Boston Bruins (from NYI via PHI)||D- Gabriel Carlsson||Linköping U-20 (SHL Jr.)|
|38||Columbus Blue Jackets||C – Jack Roslovic||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|39||San Jose Sharks||LW – Anthony Beauvillier||Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)|
|40||Colorado Avalanche||D – Jacob Larsson||Frölunda HC (SHL)|
|41||New Jersey Devils (from FLA)||C – Filip Chlapik||Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)|
|42||Ottawa Senators (from DAL)||D – Travis Dermott||Erie Otters (OHL)|
|43||Los Angeles Kings||C – Christian Fischer||USA U-18 (USHL)|
|44||Tampa Bay Lightning (from BOS)||D – Ryan Pilon||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|45||Calgary Flames||RW – Nikita Korostelev||Sarnia Sting (OHL)|
|46||Pittsburgh Penguins||C – Nicolas Roy||Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)|
|47||Winnipeg Jets||RW – Jens Lööke||Brynäs IF (SHL)|
|48||Ottawa Senators||RW – Zachary Senyshyn||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)|
|49||Dallas Stars (from DET)||D – Brendan Guhle||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)|
|50||Minnesota Wild||G – Daniel Vladar||HC Kladno (Czech Jr.)|
|51||Buffalo Sabres (from NYI)||LW – Filip Ahl||HV71 (SHL)|