Draft Order NHL: 2017 NHL Draft Order Round 2: 32. Colorado Avalanche: Connor Timmins, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), 33. Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, RW, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), 34. Vegas Golden Knights: Nicolas Hague, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), 35. Philadelphia Flyers (from Arizona Coyotes): Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, Guelph Storm (OHL), 36. New Jersey Devils: Jesper Boqvist, C, Brynas I.F. (Elitserien), 37. Buffalo Sabres: Marcus Davidsson, C, Djurgardens I.F. (Elitserien), 38. Detroit Red Wings: Gustav Lindstrom, D, Almtuna (Allsvenskan), 39. Dallas Stars: Jason Robertson, LW, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), 40. Florida Panthers: Aleksi Heponiemi, C, Swift Current Broncos (WHL), 41. Los Angeles Kings: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C, Spokane Chiefs (WHL), 42. Carolina Hurricanes: Eetu Luostarinen, C, Kalevan Pallo (SM Liiga), 43. Winnipeg Jets: Dylan Samberg, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL), 44. Arizona Coyotes (from Philadelphia Flyers): Filip Westerlund, D, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), 45. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Alexander Texier, C, Grenoble (Magnus), 46. New York Islanders: Robin Salo, D, Vaasan Sport (SM Liiga), 47. Ottawa Senators (from Calgary Flames): Alex Formenton, LW, London Knights (OHL), 48. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Alexander Volkov, C, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL), 49. San Jose Sharks (from Boston Bruins): Mario Ferraro, D, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL), 50. Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose Sharks): Maxime Comtois, LW, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL), 51. Pittsburgh Penguins (from St. Louis Blues): Zachary Lauzon, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), 52. Carolina Hurricanes (from New York Rangers): Luke Martin, D, Michigan, 53. Boston Bruins (from Edmonton Oilers): Jack Studnicka, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL), 54. Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota Wild): Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, HPK (SM Liiga), 55. Vancouver Canucks (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Jonah Gadjovich, LW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL), 56. Montreal Canadiens: Josh Brook, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 57. Chicago Blackhawks: Ian Mitchell, D, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), 58. Montreal Canadiens (from Washington Capitals): Joni Ikonen, C, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), 59. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Ottawa Senators): Eemeli Rasanen, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), 60. Anaheim Ducks: Antoine Morand, C, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL), 61. Nashville Predators: Grant Mismash, LW, USNTDP (USHL), 62. Vegas Golden Knights (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Jake Leschyshyn, C, Regina Pats (WHL), Round 1: 1. New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 2. Philadelphia Flyers: Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), 3. Dallas Stars: Miro Heiskanen, D, Helsingfors IFK (SM Liiga), 4. Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar, D, Brooks Bandits (AJHL), 5. Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson, C, Timra IK (Allsvenskan), 6. Vegas Golden Knights (Expansion Team): Cody Glass, C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL), 7. New York Rangers (from Arizona Coyotes): Lias Andersson, C, HV71 (Elitserien), 8. Buffalo Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt, C, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), 9. Detroit Red Wings: Michael Rasmussen, C, Tri-City Americans (WHL), 10. Florida Panthers: Owen Tippett, RW, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), 11. Los Angeles Kings: Gabriel Vilardi, RW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL), 12. Carolina Hurricanes: Martin Necas, C, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga), 13. Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets): Nick Suzuki, C, Owen Sound Attack (OHL), 14. Tampa Bay Lightning: Callan Foote, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), 15. Vegas Golden Knights (from New York Islanders): Erik Brannstrom, D, HV71 (Elitserien), 16. Calgary Flames: Juuso Valimaki, D, Tri-City Americans (WHL), 17. Toronto Maple Leafs: Timothy Liljegren, D, Rogle B.K. (Elitserien), 18. Boston Bruins: Urho Vaakanainen, D, JYP (SM Liiga), 19. San Jose Sharks: Joshua Norris, C, USNTDP (USHL), 20. St. Louis Blues: Robert Thomas, C, London Knights (OHL), 21. New York Rangers: Filip Chytil, C, HC Plzen (Extraliga), 22. Edmonton Oilers: Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Spokane Chiefs (WHL), 23. Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota Wild): Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL), 24. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Kristian Vesalainen, RW, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), 25. Montreal Canadiens: Ryan Poehling, LW, St. Cloud State, 26. Dallas Stars (from Chicago Blackhawks): Jake Oettinger, G, Boston University, 27. Philadelphia Flyers (from Washington Capitals): Morgan Frost, C, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), 28. Ottawa Senators: Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL), 29. Chicago Blackhawks (from Anaheim Ducks): Henri Jokiharu, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL), 30. Nashville Predators: Eeli Tolvanen, LW, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL), 31. St. Louis Blues (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Klim Kostin, RW, UHC Dynamo Moscow (KHL)


2017 NHL Draft Results




Round 2




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 24, 2017.


  1. Colorado Avalanche: Connor Timmins, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) A Grade

    The 6-1 181 lb Connor Timmins is a two-way defender who is drawing late first round consideration. I came away extremely impressed with his tape which is why the Avalanche get an A grade here.


  2. Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, RW, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) A+ Grade

    Vancouver can take the best player available. Kole Lind is a top 25 talent and the clear cut best player available here.


    The 6-1 176 lb Kole Lind is a goal scoring right winger with 30 goals, 57 assists, and 87 points during the regular season this year. Lind had 6 goals, 6 assists, and 12 points in the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Lind may have the best shooting power and shooting accuracy of any right winger in the 2017 NHL Draft. He's a sound passer, but needs to improve defensively.



  3. Vegas Golden Knights: Nicolas Hague, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) A+ Grade

    Nicolas Hague is a 6-6 212 lb defender with two-way ability. He got suspended for the 2017 OHL Playoffs and has character concerns which is why he fell to this pick, but he talked about the importance of Academics and seemed like he grew up since his last suspension.


  4. Philadelphia Flyers: Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, Guelph Storm (OHL) A Grade

    The Philadelphia Flyers draft the top player available at this pick. Isaac Ratcliffe was a top 15 prospect at one point.



  5. New Jersey Devils: Jesper Boqvist, C, Brynas I.F. (Elitserien) B- Grade

    Jesper Boqvist can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Boqvist may end up getting called up to the AHL right away which is why the Devils have nothing to lose by taking a flyer on him in the second round. It's a reach, but a solid pick still.


  6. Buffalo Sabres: Marcus Davidsson, C, Djurgardens I.F. (Elitserien) A+ Grade

    Marcus Davidsson is versatile enough to play center, left wing, or right wing. Davidsson seems like a player that Buffalo would stash and develop.



  7. Detroit Red Wings: Gustav Lindstrom, D, Almtuna (Allsvenskan) C Grade

    Detroit needs defense. Most teams had a fourth to sixth round grade on him. The reason this pick gets a C grade is because Detroit may feel Niklas Lidstrom magic with Gustav Lindstrom here in the second round despite this pick being a reach at a position of need.


  8. Dallas Stars: Jason Robertson, LW, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) A+ Grade

    Jason Robertson is a 6-2 194 lb left winger who had 42 goals, 39 assists, and 81 points this season. Robertson is raw, but has the vision to be a playmaker and sniper in the NHL. Robertson has fallen out of the first round on a lot of NHL Draft Boards.



  9. Florida Panthers: Aleksi Heponiemi, C, Swift Current Broncos (WHL) B Grade

    Aleksi Heponiemi had a second round grade. He's undersized though at 5-9 168 lbs. Dale Tallon usually drafts for size so I'm shocked that Heponiemi went this early, but it could end up being a good pick down the road.


  10. Los Angeles Kings: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) A+ Grade

    Los Angeles gets a center for depth. Jaret Anderson-Dolan was line mates with Kailer Yamamoto. He's done so well that he could go anywhere from the late first to mid second round. His tape wasn't as impressive as Yamamoto, but he's still too talented to slip out of the first two rounds.



  11. Carolina Hurricanes: Eetu Luostarinen, C, Kalevan Pallo (SM Liiga) D Grade

    This was a huge reach by Carolina since Eetu Luostarinen has a sixth round grade according to most scouts. Eetu Luostarinen defends well and has good size at 6-2 179 lbs.


  12. Winnipeg Jets: Dylan Samberg, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) C Grade

    Dylan Samberg has hardly any experience in the USHL. Samberg could go anywhere between the third and fifth round. The captain of Hermantown High School did so well that he got on the Waterloo Blackhawks where he played with Shane Bowers on Waterloo's top line. He's a good future prospect for Winnipeg to develop.


    I gave this a C grade. The reason I gave this a C grade is because he's a fourth round prospect projected in the third to fifth round, but he has good tape so while this is a huge reach, you cannot fault Winnipeg too much.



  13. Arizona Coyotes: Filip Westerlund, D, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien) C Grade

    I had a fourth round grade on Filip Westerlund. He's one of the better defensive defenseman in the draft though so I'll give the Coyotes a C grade here.


  14. Columbus Blue Jackets: Alexander Texier, C, Grenoble (Magnus) B- Grade

    Columbus gets a center for depth. Alexander Texier is a bit of an unknown. He's a huge hockey star over in France in the Magnus league though and has third round potential so he comes off the board here. While this is a reach, some scouting outlets had him as high as 42.


  15. New York Islanders: Robin Salo, D, Vaasan Sport (SM Liiga) B Grade

    Robin Salo is a great two-way defender on tape. Salo had 1 goal, 15 assists, and 16 points in 54 games this season and was sound defensively. If the Islanders took this guy in the third round this would be an A grade, but I'll give this a B gade since I like what Salo does on tape.



  16. Ottawa Senators: Alex Formenton, LW, London Knights (OHL) B Grade

    Alex Formenton was a guy that had a second round grade in the eyes of scouts. He wasn't a guy seen in a lot of mock drafts, but he's talented. Good pick by Ottawa here.


  17. Tampa Bay Lightning: Alexander Volkov, C, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) A Grade

    I didn't hear of this guy until he got picked. I loved his tape though because I saw some of his tape seconds after he got picked. This is easily an A grade for me.


  18. San Jose Sharks: Mario Ferraro, D, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) F Grade

    I had a third round grade on Mario Ferraro. Other scouting services had lower grades on him so this is another F grade for San Jose.



  19. Anaheim Ducks: Maxime Comtois, LW, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) A+ Grade

    Maxime Comtois underperformed after entering the year a top 15 pick. Comtois falls to this pick in the second round.


  20. Pittsburgh Penguins: Zachary Lauzon, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) C Grade

    Zachary Lauzon has a fifth round grade. He's 6-0 185 lbs. Lauzon had 3 goals, 18 assists, and 21 points. Lauzon also had an unreal +42 +/- ratio for a defenseman and that's one reason why I think the Penguins took him a lot earlier than most experts expected. I gave the Penguins a C grade for moing out of 31 to move down to get Lauzon here, but don't be surprised if Lauzon pans out since Pittsburgh can take their time to develop him.



  21. Carolina Hurricanes: Luke Martin, D, Michigan A Grade

    The 6-1 200 lb Luke Martin was once considered a preseason first round pick. Carolina has a lot of good defenders so Martin can play with Michigan and when he signs with the Hurricanes he can go bbe a top-line player for the Cahrlotte Checkers in the AHL.


  22. Boston Bruins: Jack Studnicka, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL) C Grade

    This feels like a reach. This is still a solid pick here.



  23. Buffalo Sabres: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, HPK (SM Liiga) A- Grade

    Some teams have a second round grade on Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Some teams in Finland believe he's the Finish version of Marc-Andre Fleury. Some teams had him as the second best goalie so while I had a third round grade on him, this is a safe pick since Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is the top International goalie in the 2017 NHL Draft.


  24. Vancouver Canucks: Jonah Gadjovich, LW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL) A+ Grade

    The 6-2 201 lb Jonah Gadjovich is a natural goal scorer. Gadjovich had 46 goals, 28 assists, 74 points, and a +35 +/- ratio. He could go anywhere from the first to third round, but he looks like he's a better sniper at times than Nick Suzuki who is a playmaker so this is a good player for Vancouver to develop here which is why the Canucks got an A+ grade.


  25. Montreal Canadiens: Josh Brook, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) A Grade

    The 6-2 185 lb Josh Brook is a good value pick for Montreal. Brook can continue to develop in Moose Jaw.



  26. Chicago Blackhawks: Ian Mitchell, D, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) D Grade

    Chicago takes Ian Mitchell here. Mitchell could go anywhere between the third and fifth round, but he's undersized at 5-10 165 lbs and that may hurt his stock


  27. Montreal Canadiens: Joni Ikonen, C, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien) C- Grade

    Montreal gets a developmental prospect. Joni Ikonen could go as high as the second round, but could also fall to the fifth round. It's okay value, but also a slight reach so Montreal gets a C- grade here.



  28. Toronto Maple Leafs: Eemeli Rasanen, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) A- Grade

    The 6-5 215 lb Eemeli Rasanen has good two way ability. He's a solid addition for Toronto here.


  29. Anaheim Ducks: Antoine Morand, C, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) A Grade

    Antoine Morand is a decent playmaker. He's someone that can develop into a solid role player on Anaheim.



  30. Nashville Predators: Grant Mismash, LW, USNTDP (USHL) A+ Grade

    Grant Mismash was a first round prospect at one point. Mismash has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing.


  31. Vegas Golden Knights: Jake Leschyshyn, C, Regina Pats (WHL) A Grade

    I had Leschyshyn going to Vegas a few picks later in the third round. Great pick by Vegas taking him to wrap up the second round.











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