The NHL playoffs are the focus, but the NHL draft isn’t far off in the distance. Juicy mock drafts are a bonus to all of the Championship coverage. With that said, here is a breakdown of where the notable NHL prospects could land.
- Buffalo Sabres
The 6’5 defenseman for University of Michigan is a slam dunk favorite to be picked first. Owen Power’s slapshot, awareness, and passing at long lengths separate himself from the rest of the elite defenseman. The Anaheim Ducks are wishing they had the chance to get the cream of the top defenseman, but the Buffalo Sabres are in luck. Expect the defenseman to be a star early on.
- Seattle Kraken
Matthew Beniers, another Michigan stud, is in strong contention to be a Top two overall pick. The 6’1 center Hingham, Massachusetts put up 10 goals and 14 assists in 24 games this season — which earned him Big ten all rookie team. Benier’s two way game is what he sets his ego on. He’s not going to be an Alexander Oveckin with a plethora of points, but he can be stout in other facets of the game.
- Anaheim Ducks
The swedish defenseman is a heavy favorite to be a top 5 pick this upcoming draft. His size (6’5, 205) and IQ are outstanding among his peers. The Seattle Kraken are the perfect fit for Edvission. Edvission represents a potent defensive draft.
- New Jersey Devils
Luke Hughes blazes the ice with his skating ability and awareness. Hughes’s processing of reading the ice needs to be improved, but he carries enormous upside. We all know NHL blood runs well in the Hughes family.
- Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandt Clarke just sneaks into the Top 5 of this NHL mock draft — as he should. Clarke has outstanding quickness and he’s also a tremendous passer. He has unique ability and that’s a big part of why he may hold the most upside out of all prospects.
- Detroit Red Wings
Dylan Guenther, who was the top pick in the WHL bantam draft, unveiled 26 goals last year. The young forward would bring the much needed juice to the Detroit Red Wings. Goalie could be a target for the Red Wings, but Guenther would be too much to pass on.
- San Jose Sharks
The top forward in Sweden is suited well with the Vancouver Canucks. Eklund turned heads with his 23 pts in 18 games in the SHL. His age and production early on are very impressive.
- LA Kings
The third Michigan product to crack the top 10 lands with the San Jose Sharks. Kent Johnson was given an A ranking by scouts. Expect the Sharks to have one of the top value picks here.
- Vancouver Canucks
Fabian Lysell rose from a bottom level player to another Sweden gem for the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings fit in well for Lysell’s potential. The offensive unit is aging, but Fysell answers the bell.
- Ottawa Senators
If the LA Kings elect to take Lysell over Cole Sillinger, the Ottawa Senators get a great pickup with Sillinger. Sillinger unleashed 53 pts in the WHL last season. He will be a top notch center in Ottawa for a long time.