4th Round Mock Draft (Picks 92-121): June Edition
|92||BUFFALO||T6C/T6LW/PPQB||C/LW YAKOV TRENIN: The Pavel Datsyuk of the Quebec League. Well, more like a poor man’s Datsyuk, but a solid two-way forward with size nonetheless. Can do it all, but playmaking’s his strength.|
|93||CAROLINA via WAS/ARI||T6RW/T6LW/T2D||C ADAM MUSIL: An expected breakout season didn’t happen but still an intriguing power forward who can duke it out and battle hard every night.|
|94||ST. LOUIS via EDMONTON||T6LW/T6RW/2WF||LW KIRIL KAPRIZOV: KHL’s top pick in their 2014 draft who tore up the 2014 Hlinka and was one of Russia’s better players at the U18’s despite being injured.|
|95||TORONTO||T3C/T4D/G||RHD THOMAS SCHEMITSCH: Strapping puck mover (6’3/200) whose solid season with Owen Sound took a back seat to Chris Bigras’ monster year. Adept and getting puck out of harms way.|
|96||CAROLINA||T6RW/T6LW/T2D||RHD WILLIAM BORGEN: Canes go a little off the board to draft an excellent all-around blueliner. He’s big, can skate and punish you physically. Borgen is headed to St. Cloud State in the fall.|
|97||NEW JERSEY||T3C/G/T3RW||LW ANDREW MANGIAPANE: Slick uberscorer who shredded the OHL alongside Barrie teammate (and Devils prospect) Joe Blandisi. Rose 62 spots from midterm to final thanks to a 43-goal, 104-point season.|
|98||PHILADELPHIA||T6LW/G/T4D||LHD JEREMY LAUZON: Has the resume to be a top-50 pick but the defense is a massive work in progress. At this point he’s a gifted offensive defenseman who likely needs a few years in the minors to improve in his own end.|
|99||PHILADELPHIA via COLUMBUS||T6LW/G/T4D||LW RYAN GROPP: Hard to say whether this Seattle winger scored as much as he did at even strength because of the benefit from riding shotgun alongside Matt Barzal, or he would have had a good season regardless. Had a strong showing at the combine so he could go a bit higher, but will likely end up being depth player at the next level.|
|100||NASHVILLE via SAN JOSE||T3C/T6LW/T6RW||RHD ERIK CERNAK: Physical defenseman who offers glimpses that he can contribute offensively. Plays a risky game but Nashville has a great reputation developing young blueliners.|
|101||COLORADO||T6RW/T6 LW/T4D||RW BRAD MORRISON: Brendan Gallagher/Brad Marchand type who may not even last past the 2nd round. Great work ethic and displays skill in tight.|
|102||FLORIDA||G/T3RW/T3LW||LW BRENDAN WARREN:Roadrunner who’s heading to Michigan on the fall. At 6’0, 190 he’s perfect for an in-your-face checking role since his speed and tenacity generates chances. Has difficulty finishing.|
|103||DALLAS||T4D/G/2WF||LHD BRENDAN GUHLE: Smooth-skater with offensive instincts who had a solid season for Prince Albert. He likes to join the rush but can be indecisive at times. Plays like John Moore in that he can wow you one shift then vanish for the rest of the game.|
|104||LOS ANGELES||T4D/T6LW/T6C||C ANTHONY CIRELLI: Memorial Cup hero who had an excellent second half to his season despite being buried behind Oshawa’s ridiculous scoring depth. Great vision and can finish off the rush.|
|105||BOSTON||T6LW/T6C/T2D||C COOPER MARODY: Ryan Callahan type who plays with tremendous desire and determination. Not flashy but can surprise you skill plays during a cycle. Also part of Michigan’s outstanding 2016 recruiting class.|
|106||SAN JOSE via CALGARY||T6C/T4D/T6LW||LW/C ALEKSI SAARELA: Skilled Finn who is suited for the wing but not a bad playmaker. Had a strong U18 including OT winner is semis against Switzerland. Great balance and plays well under pressure.|
|107||TORONTO via PITTSBURGH||T3C/T4D/G||C BRETT MCKENZIE: Underrated two-way power center who embodied North Bay’s commitment to defense. Showed he can make plays despite his limited role. Should be groomed as a 2nd or 3rd line center.|
|108||WINNIPEG||G/T4D/2WC||RHD ANDREW NIELSEN: Meat-and-potatoes defenseman who can physically wear opponents down. The Jets have a ton of skill on the farm but a late bloomer like Nielsen offers them a solid stay-at-home type.|
|109||OTTAWA||T4D/2WF/G||RW KEEGAN KOLESAR: Powder keg who progressed marvelously until a broken arm late in the season. Can play mean, tough, smart and is a very dependable role player. This guy can change the momentum of a game with one shift|
|110||DETROIT||T2D/T6C/PMD||C NATHAN NOEL: How the mighty (are expected to) have fallen. Once considered a possible first rounder, Noel has a boatload of skill and is a tireless worker, but sometimes to a fault as he tries to do to much. Oozes top-6 potential.|
|111||MINNESOTA||T3C/T6RW/T6LW||RHD JACK SADEK: Could have (and maybe should have) been first defenseman to win Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey since Nick Leddy in 2009. Great combo of smarts and speed, Sadek will be a Golden Gopher next season.|
|112||NEW YORK ISLANDERS||G/PMD/2WC||G SAMUEL MONTEMBAULT: Blainville-Broisbriand’s pro-sized workhorse who had a breakout season. Very poised in net and sound positionally. His size (6’3) does not limit him quickness.|
|113||WASHINGTON||T6C/T6LW/T3RW||C CHASE PEARSON: Power forward with NHL bloodlines (father Scott Pearson was the sixth overall pick in 1988) who was a power play specialist for a stacked Youngstown team but struggled to score at even strength. Committed to the University of Maine.|
|114||VANCOUVER||T2D/T3RW/T3C||LW JESSE GABRIELLE: Was putting up points until an early-season trade from Brandon to Regina. Physical, high-energy type forward who probably would have gone higher had he stayed with the Wheaties and posted better numbers.|
|115||NASHVILLE||T3C/T6LW/T6RW||C MIKHAIL VOROBYOV: Russia’s top line center at U18’s had a better showing in Lucerne than at the 5 Nations and Junior A Challenge. Plays a solid two-way game and can blanket an opponent away from the puck.|
|116||ST. LOUIS||T6LW/T6RW/2WF||LW ADAM MARSH: Chicago native who had a solid rookie season until a high ankle sprain in March. Finished fourth among QMJHL rookies with 24 goals, 20 of which were at even strength.|
|117||EDMONTON via MONTREAL||G/T2D/T6C||C/RW NICK BETZ: Inexplicably removed from CSB’s final rankings despite having a solid year as Erie’s do-it-all two-way forward. Passed over the previous two drafts, but he won’t be in 2015. Tremendous teammate who had a solid postseason.|
|118||TAMPA via ANAHEIM||T4D/2WC/T6F||LHD DENNIS GILBERT: Notre Dame-bound Western New Yorker who plays a sound two-way game. Probably won’t develop into an offensive threat but he can be counted on to make proper decisions in his own end.|
|119||NEW YORK RANGERS||T4D/T6LW/T6RW||LW PAVEL KARNAUKHOV: Up-and-down season for the KHL’s eighth overall pick in their 2014 draft but still a highly-skilled sniper. Picked up the slack in the postseason when Calgary was hurt by injuries.|
|120||TAMPA||T4D/2WC/T6F||RHD JOHN MARINO: Bay State’s second best draft-eligible defensemen after Noah Hanifin, but with a bit of a gap in defending his zone. Has good mobility and instincts.|
|121||CHICAGO||T6C/T6LW/T6RW||C PIUS SUTER: Dominant second half for top-heavy Guelph where he had 33 points in his last 21 games despite drawing top matchups. Headed to his native Switzerland to play for the ZSC Lions|
- Carolina owns Arizona’s 2015 4th round pick (93rd overall) from Washington in the Tim Gleason trade. The Capitals previously acquired this pick from the Coyotes in the Martin Erat trade.
- St. Louis owns Edmonton’s 2015 4th round pick (94th overall) from the David Perron trade.
- Philadelphia owns Columbus’s 2015 4th round pick (99th overall) from the Scott Hartnell trade.
- Nashville owns San Jose’s 2015 4th round pick (100th overall) from a 2014 Draft Day trade where the Sharks traded a 2014 2nd round pick (51st overall – Jack Dougherty) and this pick for Detroit’s 2014 2nd round pick (46th overall – Julius Bergman). Nashville previously acquired the Red Wings’ 2014 2nd rounder in the David Legwand trade.
- San Jose owns Calgary’s 2015 2nd round pick (106th overall) from the T.J. Gagliardi trade.
- Toronto owns Pittsburgh’s 2015 4th round pick (107th overall) from the Daniel Winnik trade.
- Edmonton owns Montreal’s 2015 4th round pick (117th overall) from a condition in the Jeff Petry trade. The Oilers would receive this pick if the Canadiens advanced to the second round of the 2015 playoffs, which they did after eliminating the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
- Tampa owns Anaheim’s 2015 4th round pick (118th overall) from the Nate Thompson trade.