2016 NHL Entry Draft Results
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June, 24, 2016
Arizona Coyotes: Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnis Sting (OHL) A Grade
- I like Jakob Chychrun. This is an A+ value pick for the Coyotes. The reason I'm giving the Coyotes an A grade is because the Coyotes also got Pavel Datsyuk's contract meaning they lose $7.5 million if they don't sign him. That's why the Red Wings GM was laughing like the dog in Duck Hunt following the trade with the Coyotes at 16.
- Jakob Chychrun makes a ton of sense here. Chychrun weighed 6-2 194 lbs last season before going up to 6-2 215 only to drop to 6-2 198 lbs following the 2016 NHL Combine. The assistant captain for the Sarnia Sting impressed rookie with 16 goals, 17 assists, and 33 points as a rookie which was 4 more than the 29 points Ekblad posted as a rookie. Chychrun had 11 goals, 38 assists, 49 points, and a +23 +/- ratio in 62 games this season. Chychurn's 49 points bested the 34 points Ekblad posted in year 2, but Ekblad also posted 53 points in the year he was eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. Jakob Chychrun had 2 goals, 6 assists, and 8 points in 7 2016 OHL Playoff Games.
- Chychrun dominated during the Broad Jump during the 2016 NHL Combine. Chychrun was the second best prospect behind Auston Matthews back in the preseasson, but some draft boards have him falling to the fourteenth best overall player and the fifth best defensemen in the 2016 NHL Draft.
- Jakob Chychrun was originally alternate captain for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. When Tyler Benson was ruled out with an injury, Chychrun became the team captain for Team Cherry. Chychrun did a good job blocking shots and showing off his complete ability in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Colorado needs someone like Chychrun with this pick.
Nashville Predators: Dante Fabbro, D, Penticon Vees (BCHL) A Grade
- 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 fact Fabbro is the only top 5 defenseman left so Nashville had to take him here.
- 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.
Winnipeg Jets: Logan Stanley, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) A- Grade
- 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.
- 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.
- This pick may be a reach. Stanley was not one of 34 prospects with an A grade. At the same time Winnipeg needs a defender with the top 5 defensemen gone and Stanley was the only sure fire first round defenseman despite being a B grade prospect. That's why you can make a case that trading up to this pick was necessary for the Jets. That's why the Jets got an A- grade here.
New York Islanders: Kieffer Bellows, LW, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) A+ Grade
- The Islanders get our fourth A+ grade. Bellows was the only player from the top 15 of my final mock draft still on the board at 19. You really have to credit the Islanders for getting two top 15 talents in Matthew Barzal and Kieffer Bellows in the top 20 with Barzal at 16 and Bellows at 19 with this pick in the last two drafts.
- Bellows a native from Edina, MN posted 52 points in 58 games and led the Sioux Falls Stampede to the 2015 Clark Cup in the United States Hockey League where they won the 2015 Clark Cup for best team in the USHL thanks to Bellows 9 goals, 3 assists, and 12 points in 12 USHL Playoff games. Now Bellows will play for the United States National Team Developmental Program in 2015-2016 before playing college at Boston University in 2016-2017.
- Whether it's skating as a kid in Minnesota to leading the Stampede to a Clark Cup, to playing for Team USA, to playing for Boston University, you have to like the fact that Bellows keeps traveling to different teams. In 15 USHL games in 2015-2016, Bellows has 14 goals, 13 assists, and 27 points in 18 games. Before playing for the United States National Team Developmental Program, he had 1 goal in the 2015 USA Prospects Game.
- Bellows has tremendous puck handling. He has the shooting accuracy you look for on tape with wrist shot power and slap shot power. This guy forechecks well. He also wins face offs when lined up at center. Bellows is physical at 6-1 194 lbs and will wear an opposing line down. Bellows has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing and will be utilized as a power forward in the mold of Brenden Morrow in the NHL.
Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) C+ Grade
- This does feel like a reach. At the same time many scouts believe Cholowski is the best defenseman after the top 6 defensemen in this draft after Logan Stanley. The 6-1 165 lb defenseman is a natural playmaker on offense. He needs to add muscle and improve defensively, but he's a natural offensive defender on tape due to his phenomenal stick handling. I'm gonna give this a C+ grade even though I had Cholowski in the third round since there were some who had him as high as 27 as well as him being the top defenseman left.
Carolina Hurricanes: Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL) A+ Grade
- Carolina only had 1 right winger on their roster heading into the season with other left wingers and centers on this roster having to slide into right wing roles on lines 2-4. Carolina gets a 40 goal scorer at 21 who should have gone earlier than this. I think this pick deserves an A+ grade because of that.
- 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: German Rubtsov, C, Vityaz Chekhov (KHL) A Grade
- Philadelphia 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. Philadelphia took him at 22. I'm giving this pick an A grade because I don't think this pick warrants an A+ grade with Max Jones still there. At the same time, Rubtsov provides great value for the Flyers at 22.
Florida Panthers: Henrik Borgstrom, C, Helsingfors IFK (SM Liiga) F Grade
- Henrik Borgstrom was a fourth round pick. There were better players available and the Panthers get our first F grade of the night at 23.
Anaheim Ducks: Max Jones, LW, London Knights (OHL) A+ Grade
- The Anaheim Ducks take the best player available at 24. Max Jones was the only top 20 prospect left so this is such a steal by the Ducks. 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.
Dallas Stars: Riley Tufte, LW, Fargo Force (USHL) A+ Grade
- Dallas takes the best available player. The Stars 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 and he was one of the 4 USHL skaters with an A grade that I watched on tape. Fantastic pick by Dallas.
St. Louis Blues: Tage Thompson, RW, Connecticut C- Grade
- Tage Thompson is listed as a center prospect. He plays right wing for Connecticut though with 14 goals, 18 assists, and 32 points in 36 games with Connecticut. Unlike Wisconsin center Luke Kunin who excels in leadership, Tage Thompson thrives in being versatile. Thompson came in as the 24th best North American skater, so he should go fairly early in the second round.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Brett Howden, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) B+ Grade
- Tampa Bay drafts Brett Howden. 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 Tampa Bay 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.
- Brett Howden is a great pick who can play right away. He doesn't have as much of a ceiling in terms of potential. I like him on tape though so I'll give this a B+ grade.
Washington Capitals: Lucas Johansen, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) B- Grade
- Lucas Johansen of the Kelowna Rockets is the top prospect left. Johansen has 10 goals, 39 assists, 49 points, and a +11 +/- ratio this season. Johansen has 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 points in 9 WHL playoff games. Johansen played on Line 3 for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Johansen could have gone anywhere from 28th overall to the late third round. I'm gonna give this a B- grade as I thought this was a solid pick.
Boston Bruins: Trent Frederic, C, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) D Grade
- Boston 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.
- Trent Frederic is a mid third round pick. You are getting a line 3 center at best that can play offense and defense well in the mold of Nick Bonino. This is a reach that deserves an F grade. I'm gonna give Boston a D grade though because the Bruins are the one team smart enough to keep him on the third line with Krejci and Bergeron on the roster.
Anaheim Ducks: Sam Steel, C, Regina Pats (WHL) B+ Grade
- Sam Steel posted 54 points in 2014-2015 after being the second overall pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft picked one spot after Tyler Benson. Steel had 23 goals, 47 assists, and 70 points in 72 games. Sam Steel had 6 goals, 10 assists, and 16 points through 12 WHL Playoff games.
- Sam Steel did get promoted to alternate captain for the Regina Pats in 2015-2016. The four concerns with Steel are that he is 5-11 176 lbs, is a center only, has a -7 +/- ratio, and that he barely made Team Cherry at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game.
- Sam Steel was a line 4 center at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game for Team Cherry. He did set up an assist so that's why I think he's a good late first round prospect that could fall to the second round.
- I like this pick a lot. I think Steel will be a good center prospect for Anaheim to develop despite being a second round prospect, and I cannot really blame the Ducks for taking him at 30.
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