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NHL Mock Draft 2015: May Edition

NHL Mock Draft 2015: May Edition
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The results of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery determined that the Edmonton Oilers would have the first-overall selection. The first-round draft order for the 14 non-playoff teams is now set, but the order for the 16 non-playoff teams is to be determined. The final four teams in the conference final round will be given the final four draft selections in the first round.

We used the authentic draft order based on reverse regular season standings, though division leaders are awarded the lowest possible picks regardless of points for playoff teams.

All stats are accurate as of April 29. Here is our post-draft lottery mock draft.

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  • Franklin Steele

    Great stuff as always Robert. Things get really interesting after those first two picks obviously. Earlier in the year it looked like one through three was set, but now it’s kinda’ up in the air. Draft is going to be a lot of fun.

  • Steve Ives

    Fantastic mock, Robert. You and I are now the only two writers on earth who have Barzal going in the top six, but the more I watch that kid the more impressive he is — exactly what the Devils need.

    • Franklin Steele

      You two are the *real* draft kings. Great work across the board.

      • Robert Nasso

        Thanks Franklin!

        • Franklin Steele

          Anytime.

    • Robert Nasso

      Thanks Steve! I believe Barzal is a lot better than most may think. It really showed at the U18 World Championships

  • jason spencer

    I thought the Leafs pick via Nashville now stood no lower than 24?

    • Robert Nasso

      We just reversed the league standings for this one since the draft order is still not set, the next will be more authentic though. Thanks!

  • Leafs Rebuild

    I hate the Hanifin pick over Marner I don’t understand this pick. This draft is deep for d men and you don’t get to draft too many Patrick Kane’s every year. Leafs have drafted 4 d men in the first round the last 4 of 6 drafts and only one is on the current roster. They need more top end forward talent with the likes of kessel and lupul probably on their way out.

    • Robert Nasso

      Hanifin would be the safest pick at #4 if Strome goes to Arizona at #3. I think Hanifin will be on an NHL roster on opening night this fall, can’t say the same about Marner. But I know Shanahan has gone on record saying that the Leafs are not in a position to be picky when it comes to size, alluding to the fact that he would not be against drafting Marner.

      If you want my honest opinion though, I think Toronto trades up to the third pick to take Strome.

    • Franklin Steele

      From what it sounds like, Hanifin would be a No. 1 pick in a handful of the last 10 drafts. Some scouts have said that he has higher upside than Seth Jones and is more NHL ready than he was… and Jones was pretty darn NHL-ready.

      The gap between Hanifin and another first-round pick like Stuart Percy is substantial.

    • Steve Ives

      Robert is absolutely correct that the Leafs would not pass on Hanifin. Marner is terrific and a “Kane-type” player, but there is only one Patrick Kane. Though Marner’s style of play is more similar to Kane, his talent ceiling is more similar to, well… Kessel. Hanifin’s talent ceiling is a perennial Norris contender. Seeing as the Leafs need pretty much everything, they will go for the best available player, and if Hanifin is on the board there will be no doubt who that will be.

  • Leonard A. Hodges III

    Flyers drafting another dman is unlikely. Hextall already said he is leaning toward a forward. If the draft falls the way you say thru the top six they are more likely going to take rant an or merire imo

    • Michael Clark

      I think the Flyers go best possible player, and with two picks in the first round I’d be shocked if one wasn’t a defensemen. I think they go with Barzal or Crouse at 7 and Roy or Meloche at 23(or whatever that Tampa pick is). They need an elite Right D prospect.

      • Robert Nasso

        I agree about taking the best player available. Should Barzal go to the Devils at #6, I can see the Flyers debating whether to take Werenski or Crouse. Werenski projects as a top-4, possibly top-2 defender, and the jury is still out on what Crouse will be at the NHL level.

        I think both would be great fits in Philadelphia, just thought that Werenski could be a legit top defender for the Flyers in the future.

        • Franklin Steele

          Robert, do you think Crouse is NHL-ready or does he need another year or two in the minors?

          • Robert Nasso

            I’ve heard that he is the most NHL-ready in the draft class in terms of physical maturity, so I think he can play next season in the NHL. But he could use another year in Kingston to improve his offensive game/production

        • Michael Clark

          If Werenski shot right I’d agree, does he play the right side? Philly has Morin, Sanheim, Ghost and Hagg who all shoot left. They need a Roy, Carlo, Juulsen for balance.

          • Robert Nasso

            I know he has played the right side before, but not sure if that’s something he can do full-time. Only problem with this draft is that there are not a lot of promising right-handed D-men to choose from beyond Carlo and Roy (not so sure Juulsen is going to be a first-round choice)

      • Franklin Steele

        Man.. Crouse would automatically become a fan favorite in Philly. Just seems like a player Flyers fans would love. Big, smart, not afraid to take the body.

    • Robert Nasso

      I don’t see them taking Rantanen or Meier with the seventh pick. If they go the forward route, I think it’d either be Crouse or Zacha at that spot, unless they trade down.

      • Leonard A. Hodges III

        Mere and ratanen are big wingers that play physical. Crouse is ok but his lack of offensive production in juniors scare me. Meier is a big winger that is a pure scorer which is something the flyers lacked last year outside the first line.

    • Steve Ives

      Robert is correct that Werenski offers far more upside than any defenseman currently in the Flyers’ organization. However, I agree with Michael that they are more likely to fill an organizational hole with a “Flyers-type” intimidator on the LW with Crouse, then hope for a high-upside, right-shooting defenseman like Carlo or Roy with their second first-round pick.

    • Christopher Wilson

      Really looking for Barzal, Konecny, or Connor at 7. Hoping Hexy leaves the Holmgren and Clarke style behind… which Crouse, Rantanen, and Zacha would fit. I want nothing to do with them. Give me kids that can fly and have a playmaking/scoring touch. Would also love one of Merkley, Bracco, or Sprong to fall to 26. Need scoring in the system.

      • Robert Nasso

        Konecny would be a steal for any team picking beyond the obvious top five (McDavid, Eichel, Strome, Marner, Hanifin)… lots of teams are going to regret passing him up if he does fall to mid-first round.

  • Soccermom420

    Love the Bracco pick for Buffalo, however I doubt he’s not still on the board at 31.

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Robert Nasso

Rob is a New York Rangers fan from New Jersey. He writes primarily about NHL prospects, as well as hockey prospects playing in the CHL, NCAA, and other junior circuits. He currently goes to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he studies both sports communication and public relations, and has written for both Blades of Teal and Too Many Men On The Site (both branches of Fansided) before coming to Todays SlapShot.

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