5th Round Mock Draft (Picks 122-151): June Edition
|LHD CASEY FITZGERALD: The U.S. U18 team was not reliant on offense from the back end, but this Boston College-bound blueliner can still dish the puck with accuracy. Extremely high on-ice IQ and had he been a bit taller (5’11) he’d likely end up in the 2nd or 3rd round.
|LHD SEBASTIAN AHO: Can’t quetion this Swede’s skill or compete level, but at 5’9 he’s going to have limitations. Was passed over last draft but he’s played well enough in the SHL to get a second chance.
|LHD SIMON BOURQUE: Might be shortchanging him as a fifth rounder, but he probably falls because he’s essentially a defensive defenseman (albeit a quite capable one). Took on a leadership role with aplomb on a Rimouski team loaded with stars.
|C TYLER SOY: Lanky puck wizard who had a great second half while carrying understrength Victoria, earning him a late addition to Canada’s U18 team which won bronze in Switzerland.
|RW JONNE TAMMELA: Skilled speed burner who plays too much of a reckless (and certainly defendable) game. This Finn can bring you out of your seat with excitement but can get knocked off balance with a quick stiff-arm shove. Canes could use the juice, so he’s a good gamble in the fifth.
|ST. LOUIS via NEW JERSEY
|RHD ALEXANDRE CARRIER: Superb puck mover and distributor who led all QMJHL defensemen with 35 primary assists. So why the low selection? His trouble with speedy forwards in the Q makes you wonder how in the world he’ll handle the big boys who get paid millions to do the same thing.
|LW VLADIMIR TKACHEV: Makes you wonder if the Oilers let a guy they once signed go elsewhere, especially this late. A brilliant puck distributor and PP specialist nonetheless, and his zone entries are NHL caliber. Doing it against NHL defensemen will be interesting to see, if he ever gets the chance.
|C TROY TERRY: Underrated Colorado native who is heading back home to play for Denver in the fall. One of Don Granato’s most indispensable forwards, Terry produced despite battling for opportunities on a stacked NTDP team.
|LHD STEPHEN DESROCHER: Don’t you just love it when a kid steps up when it matters most? Desrocher had an outstanding second half as Oshawa marched on to a Memorial Cup. Don’t let the loaded roster make you think Desrocher was not a huge part of their postseason success.
|MONTREAL via COLORADO
|C J.C. BEAUDIN: Nobody seems to be talking (at least publicly) about how 41 of the sparingly-used Beaudin’s 53 points for Rouyn-Noranda were at even strength, and he finished top-30 in the entire QMJHL in eP/60 (sixth among centers). Great find here for the Habs.
|LW RIHARDS BUKARTS: Although he stopped playing alongside Florida draftee Jayce Hawryluk, the Cats probably got several looks at this Latvian puck magnet, who was one of the WHL’s most prolific set-up men from the wing. He’s only 5’9 but it’s hard to imagine Dale Tallon and staff not coming away impressed from watching him play.
|LW DRYDEN HUNT: If you’re a WHL winger who can score, there’s a good bet the Dallas Stars will draft you with a later pick. Hunt was 13th in Dub scoring in 2015, but a history of concussions and a marginal second half keep him from going higher.
|LHD COLTON WHITE: Super-dependable stay-at-home defensemen for the Soo Greyhounds who didn’t stay at home becasue he wanted to. He stepped up his offense when Darnell Nurse was out, and some believe there some untapped offensive potential there.
|LHD BRIEN DIFFLEY: Don’t think the regime change dissuades the Bruins from their tradition of taking at least one player from the area. The BU Terrier freshman has NHL size (6’2), makes a hard, quick first pass and can play both sides.
|C NIKITA PAVLYCHEV: Towering over his USHL opponents with his 6’6 frame didn’t do much for him in the offensive end, but he’s a very reliable checking center with very good foot speed for his size.
|RW TAGGART CORRIVEAU: If the last name rings a bell, it’s probably because his dad, Yvon, was a Caps’ first rounder in 1985 and played his best hockey with the Hartford Whalers. His son plays a similar game: quick-strike mentality and an excellent wrist shot. He’ll be a freshman at St. Lawrence in the fall.
|CAROLINA via WINNIPEG
|C KEVIN STENLUND: Power center with size who plays a reliable game. You just wish he provided more offense. Finished top-40 in scoring in Sweden’s SuperElit and had 17 games SHL experience. Upside is likely a hard-working. 3rd line checker.
|RW JEREMIAH ADDISON: Well-rounded player whose maturity has helped him deal with some consistency issues. Well, after the explosive second half following his trade from Saginaw to the 67’s, you can say he dealt with them accordingly. Has one of the best shots in the draft.
|C MATTEO GENNARO: Prince Albert center who almost played himself out of draft potential with a disastrous first half before going finally going on a tear. He’s got potential to be a very solid depth center.
|COLUMBUS via MINNESOTA
|LHD JOSEPH MASONIUS: Another one of the NTDP’s business-as-usual defensemen who quietly had a strong U18 tournament and led all team draft eligible rearguards in scoring during the regular season. He’s committed to New Hampshire.
|SAN JOSE via NEW YORK ISLANDERS
|LW LUKE STEVENS: Less-agressive version of his father, Kevin Stevens, but still a potential boom pick. Stevens is 6’4, has a smooth stride and really good hands. Going to play for Yale next season.
|C ANTHONY RICHARD: Tremendous skater and a pure offensive machine for the Val-d’Or Foreurs but gets a bad rap for not being physical enough and failing to keep his emotions in check. If the Caps chalk that up to being young, they can take a shot of one of the draft’s best scorers.
|C CAMERON HEBIG: Took a dismal start on a dismal team right on the chin, then turned in an excellent second half with 25 points in his last 34 games. Played in all 72 games, leading the WHL-worst Saskatoon Blades in even strength points with 26.
|C SEBASTIAN OLSSON: Shark-like predator when it comes to capitalizing on a mistake. This Swede is the wrong guy to be fiddling around with the puck if you’re a defenseman trying to make a play at the other blue line.
|RHD CONNOR HOBBS: Dependable and intelligent two-way defenseman who hurt his draft stock when he missed two months demanding a trade from Medicine Hat after butting heads with the staff. His play was rejuvenated once he got to Regina so no real issues with his NHL potential.
|FLORIDA via MONTREAL
|LW SAMUEL DOVE-MCFALLS: The Cats can take a gamble on this power center prospect who can provide all the intangibles, including faceoff proficiency. Possession types might want to keep an eye on him. He led Saint John in shots and won 54% of his draws.
|RHD VEETI VAINIO: The Ducks seem to be set with their young, mobile defense, but they go BPA with the Finnish Vainio, who fits their identity as quick and slick blueliners.
|VANCOUVER via NEW YORK RANGERS
|LW MATT BRADLEY: The Canucks need help on the wings and go their traditional CHL route to increase the likelihood the issue gets addressed. Bradley can provide versatility as he produced for Medicine Hat in a variety of situations.
|RW/LW CHRIS WILKIE: North Dakota-bound sniper tied for the USHL lead in goals with 35 and led the circuit with an astonishing 300 shots in just 59 games. His father, Dave, was a first round pick of the Habs in 1992 and played briefly for the Bolts.
|LW ROY RADKE: American power forward who chose Barrie over the NCAA but was a victim of coach Dale Hawerchuk’s overuse of his top two lines. Difficult to contain he’s attacking with speed and is expected to realistically compete for top minutes next season.
- St. Louis owns New Jersey’s 2015 5th round pick (127th overall) from the conditions of the Matt D’agostini trade. The Blues received this pick rather than a 2015 4th round pick when D’agostini did not re-sign with the Devils.
- Montreal owns Colorado’s 2015 5th round pick (131st overall) from the Daniel Briere/Pierre Parenteau trade.
- Carolina owns Winnipeg’s 2015 5th round pick (138th overall) from the conditions of the Jiri Tlusty trade. The Hurricanes received an additional pick (this pick) when the Jets qualified for the 2015 postseason.
- Columbus owns Minnesota’s 2015 5th round pick (141st overall) from the Jordan Leopold trade.
- San Jose owns the New York Islanders’ 2015 5th round pick (142nd overall) from the conditions of the Dan Boyle trade. The Sharks received this pick when Boyle did not sign with the Islanders.
- Florida owns Montreal’s 2015 5th round pick (147th overall) from the Mike Weaver trade.
- Vancouver owns the New York Rangers’ 2015 5th round pick (149th overall) from the Raphael Diaz trade.