2016 NHL Mock Draft: Final Mock 7 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 24, 2016.
Detroit Red Wings: Michael McLeod, C, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
- Detroit takes the best available player. The Red Wings go with Michael McLeod here at 16.
- The Detroit Red Wings get Michael McLeod at 16. McLeod was a top 10 to top 12 pick, but his stock is starting to fall so he slips to 16 in this mock. McLeod's performance in the OHL Playoffs was so bad that he's moving out of the top 15 on some boards. At the same time, some GMs think so highly of McLeod that he could play in the league for 10-15 years. I cannot see McLeod slipping out of the top 20.
- McLeod had 21 goals, 40 assists, and 61 points in 57 games this season. He also had 3 goals, 6 assists, and 9 points in 7 OHL Playoff games in 2016. McLeod ended up being a line 2 center instead of a back 6 center at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. He struggled against Team Orr's defenseman on the second line which is why you cannot consider him a top 10 prospect even though some mocks have McLeod in the top 10 overall.
Nashville Predators: Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
- Nashville takes the top winger available here. Luckily for them the top sniper Julien Gauthier is available. The 6-4 225 lb Gauthier had 41 goals, 16 assists, and 57 points in 54 games this season. Gauthier had 2 goals, 3 assists, and 5 points in the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs.
- Gauthier struggled for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Gauthier also struggled in practice and ended up getting bumped down to the third line. Gauthier is now projected to go in the back half of the first round because of this. One team that loves him as a prospect is the Nashville Predators who could consider Julien Gauthier, Kieffer Bellows, and Luke Kunin at 17.
Philadelphia Flyers: Luke Kunin, C, Wisconsin
- Philadelphia gets a center in Wisconsin center Luke Kunin. Kunin may end up jumping into the late first round as some NHL teams have him as high as seventeenth overall.
- The 6-0 196 lb Luke Kunin had 19 goals, 13 assists, and 32 points in 34 games with the Wisconsin Badgers. Philadelphia may take him due to the fact that he's the best player on the board.
- Luke Kunin not Auston Matthews, was captain for Team USA's Under 18 Team at the World Junior Championships. Kunin had 6 assists in 7 games for Team USA so that will get him drafted in the top 20 with many teams having Kunin graded out as a top 20 prospect.
New York Islanders: Max Jones, LW, London Knights (OHL)
- The New York Islanders take the best player available at 19. Jones has 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points in 4 games after missing most of the 2016 OHL Playoffs with an injury. Jones is a line 2 left winger on the London Knights who could be a line 1 left winger by 2019 in the NHL.
- The 6-2 201 lb Max Jones anchors London's second line at left wing. Jones had 28 goals, 24 assists, and 52 points in 63 games. The +30 +/- ratio by Jones makes him a great defender against opposing left wingers on defense.
- The biggest concern with Max Jones would have to be the fact that he had 116 penalty minutes last season in the USHL. Jones already has 106 penalty minutes in 63 games with the London Knights this season. Jones is a great defensive forward that can create scoring chances, but he has to continue to play well as a forward without taking so many penalties.
- Max Jones was a line 1 left winger for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. He did a good job defending Matthew Tkachuk aiding Jacob Chychrun while double teamming Tkachuk at times.
Arizona Coyotes: Dante Fabbro, D, Penticon Vees (BCHL)
- Arizona goes with a defenseman here. Dante Fabbro is the top defenseman available at this spot.
- Dante Fabbro has 14 goals, 53 assists, and 67 points in 38 games this season. He also posted 8 assists in the BCHL Playoffs. Some think Fabbro is a top 10 prospect, Fabbro fell out of our first round in one mock, but he's a first round talent. In this mock Arizona picks up Fabbro at 20.
- I've had Tyson Jost ahead of Dante Fabbro in every single mock, but Fabbro is just as heralded and highly regarded as Jost. I thought that was crazy at first, but Penticon's coaching staff put Dante Fabbro in charge of the teams defensive neutral zone assignments since his Hockey IQ is that high. The guy has pinpoint accuracy with his stick when manipulating the puck.
- Fabbro holds up a clipboard that he brings to every game and communicates with the other defensemen that are on the bench during the game telling them what adjustments they need to make. He's practically a head coach on the ice with his vision and speed despite weighing only 6-1 185 lbs.
Carolina Hurricanes: Taylor Raddysh, RW, Erie Otters (OHL)
- Carolina needs a winger for depth. The 6-2 198 lb Taylor Raddysh would help. Raddysh has 24 goals, 49 assists, and 73 points in 67 games. Raddysh had 4 goals, 6 assists, and 10 points in 12 OHL Playoff games. Raddysh will be a front 9 player on one of the top 3 lines for Team Orr in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. He gives Anaheim an excellent prospect to develop in the NHL.
Winnipeg Jets: Logan Stanley, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
- Winnipeg goes with a defenseman here. Logan Stanley is the top defenseman available at this spot.
- The Jets draft a big defenseman in Logan Stanley. Stanley is huge and reminds me of Jamie Oleksiak coming out of Northeastern. I don't think Stanley will be successful, but his size may get him drafted in the late first round.
- Logan Stanley is 6-7 224 lbs. Stanley had 5 goals, 12 points, and 16 assists in 60 games with a +9 +/- ratio. Stanley had one goal in 5 OHL Playoff games. He has the size that you look for and CSS ranked him 22nd among North American Skaters and another scouting service has him 30th on their NHL draft board. You have to think the Jets would draft Stanley knowing they need an extra defenseman for depth if he slipped to the second round. Stanley went 12 games in a row without a point, but has been so consistent on defense as s defensive defender in the past twelve games which is why he won't fall out of the top 40.
- Stanley played the top line with Mikhail Sergachev in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game on the first line for Team Orr. Stanley goes to Winnipeg with this pick.
Florida Panthers: Riley Tufte, LW, Fargo Force (USHL)
- Florida takes the best available player. The Panthers go with Riley Tufte here.
- Riley Tufte was a two year captain for Blaine HS in Minnesota. Many considered Tufte to be the top high school senior in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft before Tufte went to the USHL.
- Well it turns out Tufte was playing hockey for both his hometown team and the Fargo Force in the USHL. He wanted to stay home to keep up with his grades during Blaine's Winter Hockey season after doing well in 12 games. Blaine High School's Hockey Season is over and now Tufte is on the Fargo Force.
- Tufte had 47 goals, 31 assists, and 78 points in 25 games at Blaine High School in Minnesota in 2015 averaging 3 points a game in high school during the regular season averaging nearly 2 goals a game. In 2 playoff games with Blaine High School Tufte had 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points carrying his high school team. Before that Tufte had 3 points as a freshman, 35 points as a sophomore, 51 points as a junior, and 78 points as a senior at Blaine High School.
- Tufte played 15 more games for the Fargo Force since then. He finished with 10 goals, 4 assists, and 14 points in 27 games this season. Tufte may be rough around the edges, but he can develop into a solid sniper with the right coaching.
- Tufte is the one USHL player outside of the 3 on Team USA Clayton Keller, Keiffer Bellows, and Chad Krys with a shot at cracking the first round. Tufte is ranked higher on NHL Draft boards then Krys.
Anaheim Ducks: Carl Grundstrom, LW, Modo Hockey (Elitserien)
- Anaheim needs needs a left winger. Carl Grundstrom is available at 24.
- The 6-0 194 lb Carl Grundstrom is the top prospect from the Elitserien league in Sweden. Grundstrom has the versatility to play left wing or right wing. Grundstrom has 7 goals, 9 assists, and 16 points in 49 games this season. Grundstrom had 1 goal, 3 assists, and 4 points in 7 games in the 2016 Elitserien Playoffs. Grundstrom is the top player available, and makes too much sense for the Ducks at this point.
Dallas Stars: Alex Debrincat, LW, Erie Otters (OHL)
- Dallas has a ton of prospects on center, left wing, and defense. Alex Debrincat has been too dominant not to be a top 20 pick and he's a small dynamo that Dallas is looking forward.
- Alex Debrincat got 51 goals, 53 assists, and 104 points on the Erie Otters in 2014-2015 on the second line next to Dylan Strome in 2014-2015.
- Debrincat had 50 goals, 51 assists, and 101 points in 60 games. Debrincat had 8 goals, 11 assists, and 19 points in 13 OHL Playoff Games. The biggest reason NHL scouts didn't take Debrincat seriously was due to his 5-7 161 lb size. Dallas will look past that since they need a small dynamo with down line speed.
- Debrincat has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing. Being the line 1 left winger next to Dylan Strome at center and Taylor Raddysh at right wing makes Debrincat a late first round prospect.
- Debrincat has been taking more face offs over Taylor Raddysh and he may even move up to where Raddysh is because of his consistent scoring. At the same time, being 5-7 161 lbs basically makes him a winger in the NHL. Dallas may look past his size at 25.
- Alex Debrincat was the line 2 right winger for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Debrincat did a good job defending teammate Taylor Raddysh despite being so small and that's why he's now in my top 20.
Washington Capitals: German Rubtsov, C, Vityaz Chekhov (KHL)
- Washington can take the best player available. German Rubtsov is considered one of the five best European skaters outside of the United States.
- Rubtsov could go in the top 25. He is a B grade prospect and not one of my top 34 prospects with A grades. That being said, one of my writers spoke very highly in their scouting report of Rubtsov. That convinced me to finally put him in my first round.
- German Rubtsov should go in the top 25. He slipped to 26 where the Washington Capitals pick and they have a tendency to take Russian skaters with their picks.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Nathan Bastian, RW, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
- Tampa Bay can take the best player on the board. At this point Nathan Bastian is that player.
- The 6-4 208 lb Nathan Bastian had 19 goals, 40 assists, and 59 points in 64 games this season. Bastian also had 4 assists in the 2016 OHL Playoffs. Nathan Bastian will be tested more as a two way forward in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Bastian lined up as a line 3 right winger and struggled against his teammate Sean Day.
- Some teams have Bastian falling to the third round. One team that may take a flyer on Bastian is the Tampa Bay Lightning who did interview him during the 2016 NHL Combine.
St. Louis Blues: Vitali Abramov, LW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
- St. Louis traded left winger T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals. Getting Vitali Abramov at 28 would be terrific value for the Blues.
- This year through 63 games, Abramov had 38 goals, 55 assists, 93 points, and a +36 +/- ratio. Abramov has 7 goals, 6 assists, and 13 points in 10 QMJHL Playoff games. Abramov has the numbers of a first round prospect, but the B draft grade of a second round pick drops him. Being a 5-9 175 lb winger also hurts.
- Abramov also is expected to play line 1 left wing on the power play for Team Cherry. Abramov played line 4 right winger for Team Cherry after there was hype about him being a line 1 guy. That really hurt Abramov's draft stock.
- Despite that, Abramov is still a first round winger. I think Vitali Abramov is a great fit for the St. Louis Blues at 28.
Boston Bruins: Rasmus Asplund, LW, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien)
- Don Sweeney is the worst GM since Mike Milbury. Not only does he trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton for extra first round picks, he also does nothing with those first round picks to boost this teams chances of winning right away after blowing a golden opportunity to trade up for Jack Eichel or Noah Hanifin who both played in Boston.
- The Bruins draft an offensive player here. Asplund has the versatility to play left wing or center. He's better suited at left wing, but either way Asplund is a two way forward with great defensive awareness at 5-11 176 lbs. This guy can win face offs at center or use his stick to block shots while covering opposing left wingers in one on one situations by skating with them.
- Asplund only had 2 goals, 1 assist, and 3 points in 35 games last season. He has 4 goals, 8 assists, and 12 points in 46 games in 2015-2016. Asplund has struggled in the 2016 Elitserien Playoffs in the Swedish Hockey League with 0 points in 3 games.
- Asplund has incredible awareness and the hockey IQ to pick apart defenses. Asplund should take off in a year or two in the Elitserien League so I think he returns to the SHL to play for Farjestads B.K. in 2016-2017, but Boston can take him here and develop him.
Previous Pick: Logan Stanley, D, Windsor Spitfires
Anaheim Ducks: Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
- Anaheim grabs a center with the pick they got from Toronto in the Frederik Andersen trade. The 6-2 190 lb Brett Howden has the ability to have an early impact in the NHL. Howden is just one of those guys that Toronto craves when it comes to versatile forwards.
- Howden had 22 goals, 24 assists, and 46 points in 2014-2015 during 68 games. This season Howden has 24 goals, 40 assists, and 64 points in 68 games. Howden has 3 goals, 8 assists, and 11 points in 7 WHL Playoff games.
- Howden lined up as a line 1 center for Team Orr in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Howden did a good job winning face offs and has validated his status as a top 30 pick after a strong NHL Combine. Howden can play well on both offense and defense and that could be why Howden sneaks into the late first round.
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