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NHL Mock Draft 2015: Projecting the 1st and 2nd Round

NHL Mock Draft 2015: Projecting the 1st and 2nd Round
Steven Ives
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The 2015 NHL Draft is certain to be a memorable one, headlined by perhaps the most talented one-two punch in entry draft history with Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Beyond that, the draft is also deep and multi-faceted, filled with impact players and several notable sleepers.

Though the back end of the draft is still to be determined by how the playoffs shape up, we have compiled a two-round mock draft extravaganza to help familiarize hockey fans everywhere with what each team is looking for come June and the players likely to be taken with those selections. Keep in mind that this isn’t an attempt to predict the final outcome of the playoffs. Rather, fans should get familiar with where certain players are projected to be picked and whether or not they could help their favorite team.

Here it is: your 2015 NHL draft, picks one through 60.

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  • Brian Johnson Robar

    You left out Arizona’s 2nd round pick acquired from the Rangers in the Yandle Trade……

    • Franklin Steele

      Thanks for pointing that out Brian.

      I made a mistake when editing the post earlier this morning. Not on Steven at all. Hope the rest of the mock up was enjoyable for you.

    • Franklin Steele

      Steven’s original 61st pick has been added back to the end of the last slide. Thanks again for noticing Brian. Have a good one.

  • FlareKnight

    Hanifin and Ek-Eriksson…yeah I’ll gladly take that for the Leafs. The makings of a really successful first round as far as I’m concerned.

    • Franklin Steele

      Leafs are landing a franchise D at No. 4. Tough to be too upset about that ya’ know? Still would be mildly surprised if Coyotes pass on Hanifin.

      • Steve Ives

        Arizona’s franchise player is a left-shot D in Edman-Larsson. Granted, taking Hanifin could guarantee the Coyotes would have a Norris-talented D on the ice 50 minutes per game, but the organization would still be without a #1 center, and the Coyotes love their NHL-legacies.

        Also, don’t rule out Philadelphia or Columbus swooping in with a big offer for the #3 pick and a shot at Hanifin.

        • Franklin Steele

          I know it’s not the same thing at all, but I think about that Ducks team that had either Pronger or Niedermayer on the ice at all times… what that was defensively for Anaheim, Arizona could have a similar set up on offense.

          Constantly have one defenseman on the ice that is elite at moving the puck up the ice. That’s my only hangup with the Coyotes passing here. Hanifin seems pretty close to a slam dunk and having a 23-year-old OEL and a teenaged Hanifin.. that’s 10 years of not having to worry about an elite defenseman.

          You’re right though. They’d still be short that No. 1 center, depending on how you feel about Domi. Not sure he’s going to be a top-line guy but we shall see.

          • Steve Ives

            Domi is not the ideal #1 in a division with Kopitar, Getzlaf, Thornton, etc. And studying the Coyotes drafts under Maloney shows clearly that they do not draft the “best available player” when an NHL bloodline is available.

            Though the smartest pick is clearly Hanifin, but Robert and I agree that the Coyotes will not do the smartest thing.

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Steven Ives
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Steven Ives is an extremely unsuccessful cryptozoologist who, when finding himself unable to find Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, considers himself a writer. He was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in New Jersey and somehow survived both of these things. He now lives in an area of Brooklyn where people used to shoot each other and now just shoot independent movies. He has immense experience in sports journalism, having contributed over a billion words of content to mlb.com and several hockey writing websites. He has also written for DC Comics, but that had more to do with Wonder Woman than with Pavel Datsyuk though, if you ask Steven, they both have super powers. Unlike certain former Vice Presidents of the United States, Steven admits he has made many mistakes in his life. He often finds himself in the throes of unspeakable angst due to the fact that People Magazine has never once included him in its “50 Most Beautiful People” edition. He now writes about hockey stuff for todaysslapshot.com and is hard at work on a novel which he hopes will vault him into a rarified air of artistic obscurity.

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