2016 NHL Mock Draft: Final Mock 7 Rounds
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 24, 2016.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Frederic Allard, D, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
- Frederic Allard had 14 goals, 45 assists, 59 points, and a -7 +/- ratio in 64 games. Allard had 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, and a -2 +/- ratio in 6 games during the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs. Allard is more of an offensive defenseman right now, but the 6-1 178 lb defenseman has the ability to develop into a two-way defenseman in the NHL because he does forecheck and battle for the puck. Allard has great stick handling, but struggles with blocking shots at this stage in his career which is why he needs to remain in the QMJHL to correct his defensive flaws.
Edmonton Oilers: Libor Hajek, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
- Libor Hajek is a good value pick in the third round. Hajek makes a lot of sense for the Oilers at this spot in the third round.
Vancouver Canucks: Dillon Dube, C, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
- Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets was a line 3 center last year. In 2014-2015, Dube had 17 goals, 10 assists, and 27 points in 45 games.
- This season, Dube has moved up to the second line on the defending WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets thanks to Leon Drasaitl getting promoted to Edmonton in the NHL. Dube had 26 goals, 40 assists, 66 points, and a +8 +/- ratio with steady improvement on defense against opposing centers.
- Dube may be this years Nick Merkley. Merkley is the line 1 center on the Kelowna Rockets who went 30th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. Dube was a line 3 center for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Dube had an okay CHL prospects game, it wasn't a bad game, but it wasn't a great game either.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Cameron Morrison, LW, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
- Columbus takes the best available player. There may be a dropoff in USHL guys after the players I described. One player that is emerging is the 6-3 203 lb Cameron Morrison had 34 goals, 32 assists, and 66 points in his rookie season as the Youngstown Phantoms. Morrison has taken over the Phantoms since the departure of Kyle Connor.
Calgary Flames: Sean Day, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
- Sean Day was a top 10 prospect at one point. Day's draft stock took a huge hit. Still, Day should be available in the middle of the second round and may fall even further since Day only had 6 goals, 16 assists, 22 points and a -12 +/- ratio through 57 games in 2015-2016. Day had 1 goal, 2 assists, and 3 points in 7 games.
- Day will play for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Day ended up playing the third line for Team Cherry at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. That's why I did not move him up in my mock draft.
Carolina Hurricanes: Max Zimmer, LW, Chicago Steel (USHL)
- Carolina takes the best player available. Max Zimmer is the final USHL prospect with a second round grade. After that you got the remaining USHL players with B grades projected to go in the third round before a significant drop off with USHL talent in rounds 4-7.
Arizona Coyotes: Andrew Peeke, D, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
- The 6-3 205 lb Andrew Peeke has committed to Notre Dame in 2016-2017. The Coyotes can draft him and develop him as a future starter on their blue line.
Buffalo Sabres: Wade Allison, RW, Tri-City Storm (USHL)
- Buffalo gets a right winger here. Wade Allison had 9 goals, 7 assists, and 16 points in the USHL Playoffs for the Tri-City Storm as they won the 2016 Clark Cup. Allison had 1 goal, 2 assists, and 3 points in game 1 of the 2016 Clark Cup. Allison is now projected to go in the second to third round as a result of this.
Montreal Canadiens: Jack Kopacka, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
- Montreal can go best player available again. Jack Kopacka played on the fourth line for Team Orr in the CHL Prospects Game that featured Pascal Laberge and Pierre-Luc Dubois. That fourth line had so much success that by the third period, that line became the top line. Kopacka should go in the top 100 just by being on that line.
Colorado Avalanche: Zach Sawchenko, G, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
- Zach Sawchenko had a 3.04 GAA and a .916 save percentage with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Sawchenko had a 3.28 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 10 WHL Playoff games. Sawchenko struggled in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game, but he'd be a great goalie for the Colorado Avalanche to develop regardless.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Maxime Fortier, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
- Maxime Fortier ha 31 goals, 46 assists, and 77 points in 2015-2016. Fortier's lack of size and defensive awareness makes me question his ability. Fortier has a god given ability to win face offs and is better on the draw than teammate Otto Somppi.
Ottawa Senators: Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
- Ottawa takes a defender for depth here. Dennis Cholowski is the top defenseman left in the third round. Cholowski is known for his phenomenal stick handling and being 165 lbs is his only weakness. He has ideal height at 6-1, but needs to put on 20 lbs of muscle.
Carolina Hurricanes: Ryan Lindgren, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL)
- Carolina sent Ryan Murphy down to the AHL. Ryan Lindgren of Team USA in the USHL is the top defender left in the third round.
Carolina Hurricanes: Tyler Parsons, G, London Knights (OHL)
- The 6-1 185 lb Tyler Parsons has had back-to-back seasons with a save percentage above .900 in both the regular season and the postseason. Parsons had a 2.33 GAA in the regular season and a 2.27 GAA in the postseason. Parsons looks like a future starting goalie if he can continue to develop, and is great value at pick 74.
Nashville Predators: Stefan Falkovsky, D, Ottawa 67s (OHL)
- Stepan Falkovsky is 6-7 244 lbs. Nashville drafts for size and goes with the best player available here.
New Jersey Devils: Connor Bunnaman, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
- New Jersey can take Connor Bunnaman. Bunnaman had 16 goals, 22 assists, and 38 points. Bunnaman has posted 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 points in 7 games. Bunnaman has the versatility to play left wing or center in the NHL.
Nashville Predators: Riley Stillman, D, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
- Nashville adds a defenseman here. Riley Stillman is the top defenseman available. Riley Stillman is a project offensive defenseman that is the son of two-time Stanley Cup Champion Cory Stillman. Cory won two cups with the Lightning and the Hurricanes following the NHL lockout so he could be a role player on defense around 2020, but he's gonna need some time to develop.
Philadelphia Flyers: Trent Frederic, C, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL)
- Philadelphia takes another center to develop. The 6-2 205 lb Trent Frederic will replace Luke Kunin at Wisconsin in 2016 after getting 4 goals, 10 assists, and 14 points in the USHL.
New York Islanders: Vojtech Budik, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
- The New York Islanders take the best player available. Vojtech Budik of the Czech Republic made the jump to the CHL where he plays for the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL. The Islanders can draft Budik, keep him in the WHL until he's 20, send him to Bridgeport in the AHL and patiently develop Budik. That's why this pick could work.
New York Rangers: Brandon Hagel, LW, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
- The Rangers take the best player available. At this point that player is Brandon Hagel of the Red Deer Rebels.
Philadelphia Flyers: Adam Fox, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL)
- Philadelphia drafts one more defenseman for depth. Adam Fox had 5 goals, 17 assists, and 22 points in the USHL in 2015-2016.
Chicago Blackhawks: Mitchell Matson, C, Bloomington Thunder (USHL)
- The 6-4 190 lb Mr. Hockey nominee from Grand Rapids played for the Bloomington Thunder at center. He's going to play college at North Dakota. Matson can develop at Jonathan Toews alma matter before going to the AHL upon graduation.
Florida Panthers: Givani Smith, C, Guelph Storm (OHL)
- Florida goes with a center in Givani Smith that has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing. The 6-1 196 lb skater had 23 goals, 19 assists, and 42 points in 2015. He's fast and has good hands plus his versatility makes him an offensive threat every time he touches the puck. Smith has a ton of weaknesses defending against other skaters and that may keep him in the AHL.
Anaheim Ducks: Nick Pastujov, LW, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL)
- Nick Pastujov is the top Russian prospect in the USHL. Anaheim takes him as a left winger for depth in the third round.
Buffalo Sabres: Cole Candella, D, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
- Cole Candella becomes the first Hamilton Bulldogs player drafted into the NHL. The Hamilton Bulldogs used to be the Montreal Canadiens AHL team before switching places with the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League.
St. Louis Blues: Marco Miranda, LW, ZSC Lions (National League A)
- Marco Miranda plays on the same line as Auston Matthews. Playing on that line will get him drafted in the top 100 and possibly bumped up to the late third round.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Matthew Phillips, C, Victoria Royals (WHL)
- Matthew Phillips is undersized at 5-7 161 lbs. Phillips had 37 goals, 39 assists, and 76 points in 72 games with a +11 +/- ratio. Phillips had 5 goals, 3 assists, and 8 points in 13 2016 WHL Playoff games. Phillips is arguably the best WHL prospect when it comes to winning face offs against opponents despite being 5-7 161 lbs. That makes Phillips sort of a bargain in the third round.
Buffalo Sabres: Ryely Mckinstry, D, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
- Buffalo uses this pick from the Blues as they continue to boost the blue line. Ryely Mckinstry is the best player left at this point.
Dallas Stars: Jordan Sambrook, D, Erie Otters (OHL)
- Jordan Sambrook weighs 6-2 188 lbs. He had 9 goals, 18 assists, 27 points, and a +11 +/- ratio. Sambrook had 4 assists in the 2016 OHL Playoffs. Sambrook has ability as a two way defenseman on an NHL teams second or third line, but he needs time to develop in the OHL and AHL first.
Edmonton Oilers: Rem Pitlick, C, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
- Edmonton drafts a forward for depth. Rem Pitlick can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Pitlick had 43 goals, 46 assists, and 89 points in 56 games.
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