2016 NHL Entry Draft Results
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 25, 2016.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Yegor Korshkov, RW, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) D Grade
- Toronto adds a right winger. Korshkov had 12 points in 2015-2016 and was ranked the seventh best European Skater according to NHL Central Scouting. I had him going in the sixth round, but NHL had him going in the fourth round plus he's the seventh best European Skater. It's a reach, but not a reach worthy of an F grade.
Edmonton Oilers: Tyler Benson, LW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) A+ Grade
- Tyler Benson was named team captain of the Vancouver Giants for the 2015-2016 WHL season. He was also named captain of Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game before being ruled out with an injury. Benson has suffered 3 different injuries in the past 12 months and durability concerns are really starting to pile up on Benson.
- The 6-0 196 lb Benson was the top pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft for the Western Hockey League up in Canada. Benson posted 45 points in 2014-2015 and looks to have another big season now that he's been named team captain for the Giants.
- Tyler Benson played most of the 2014-2015 season before getting injured down the stretch. An early season injury kept him out to start the 2015-2016 season. Scouts believe Benson has durability issues, and that's caused him to fall out of the top 10.
- That's a big reason why Benson fell to the Oilers in the second round. Despite this Benson has 9 goals, 19 assists, and 28 points in 30 games this season. Benson is finally back from his third injury in twelve months and is finally starting to show flashes of that top 10 pick he was made out to be back in the preseason.
- He's been receiving double teams and continues to deliver when healthy. Benson's leadership and Hockey IQ is at such a high level that he got named Team Captain for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects game despite missing time with injuries.
Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Asplund, LW, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- The Sabres 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.
- Buffalo gets an A+ grade here. They traded for Dimitri Kulikov to provide immediate help on defense and still got this pick while still managing to draft a first round prospect. This is easily an A+ grade.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Andrew Peeke, D, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) B Grade
- The 6-3 205 lb Andrew Peeke has committed to Notre Dame in 2016-2017. The Blue Jackets can draft him and develop him as a future starter on their blue line. I had him going in the third round, but I like what Peeke does on tape and this pick deserves a solid B grade in the second round.
St. Louis Blues: Jordan Kyrou, RW, Sarnia Sting (OHL) B Grade
- Jordan Kyrou had 15 goals, 27 assists, 42 points, and a +10 +/- ratio in 59 games. Kyrou was a line 1 right winger for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game.
- St. Louis too a late second round pick a little too early. That being said, Kyrou is a solid player so I will give this a B grade.
Philadelphia Flyers: Pascal Laberge, C, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) A Grade
- The 6-1 172 lb Pascal Laberge was drafted second overall in the 2014 QMJHL Draft. The Gatineau Olympiques traded him to Victoriaville despite this, Laberge had 10 goals, 21 assists, and 31 points as a rookie along with a -9 +/- ratio.
- This year Laberge had 23 goals, 45 assists, 68 points, and a -3 +/- ratio. Laberge had 3 goals, 2 assists, and 5 points in 5 QMJHL Playoff games. Laberge had 2 goals, 1 assist, and 3 points in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game.
- Pascal Laberge can be a great prospect to develop as he knows how to disrupt his opponents by playing physical on both ends with offense and defense. Philadelphia wanted to add a center and many could argue that Laberge is the top center available at 36. I had Laberge going to Toronto at 31 so this pick gets an A grade.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Libor Hajek, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL) B Grade
- Libor Hajek is a good value pick in the second round. Hajek makes a lot of sense for the Lightning at this spot in the second round.
- Hajek could have gone anywhere in betweens round 1 and round 3. He goes in the second round pretty early so I will give this a B grade. Solid pick by Tampa Bay.
Florida Panthers: Adam Mascherin, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) C+ Grade
- Florida traded the 33rd pick and Kulikov to Buffalo and they moved down to this pick. Mascherin is a late second early third round pick. I gave this a C+ grade because taking Mascherin was a reach.
- Florida drafts a center for depth. Adam Mascherin had 35 goals, 46 assists, 81 points, and a +19 +/- rating in 2015-2016. The 5-10 201 lb center also has the versatility to play left wing or right wing. Mascherin had 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points in 7 OHL Playoff games. He wins faceoffs well and was drafted second overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Maschern already moved up from line 3 to line 1 on the Kitchener Rangers this season.
Chicago Blackhawks: Alex Debrincat, LW, Erie Otters (OHL) A+ Grade
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Debrincat provides first round production on tape with his ability on offense. Chicago gets an A+ grade for getting Debrincat at 39.
Colorado Avalanche: Cameron Morrison, LW, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) A- Grade
- I really like Cameron Morrison on tape, but I thought teams would shy away from him. Colorado liked him and Alan Wepple knows what he's doing.
- Colorado 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.
New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian, RW, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) A+ Grade
- New Jersey 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.
Ottawa Senators: Jonathan Dahlen, C, Timra I.K. (Allsvenskan) A Grade
- Jonathan Dahlen has excellent versatility with the ability to play any of the three forward spots at left wing, center, or right wing. He's also extremely agile. Dahlen could go anywhere between the first and the third round. Getting him at 42 in the second round is terrific value.
Carolina Hurricanes: Janne Koukkanen, RW, Oulun Karpat (SM Liiga) D+ Grade
- Carolina drafts another winger for depth. Janne Koukkanen played on the second line of Oulun Karpat behind Jesse Puljujarvi.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Boris Katchouk, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) A Grade
- Tampa Bay gets a left winger. Boris Katchouk has more points than Tim Gettinger. Both left wingers are second round picks. Katchouk had 24 goals, 27 assists, and 51 points in 2015-2016.
Chicago Blackhawks: Chad Krys, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) A+ Grade
- Chicago goes with the top defender. That has to be Chad Krys. Krys is the top defensemen available at this point and has great ability as an offensive defender with 2 goal, 11 assists, and 13 points in 18 games in the USHL. He'll have plenty of time to bulk up and improve his defensive game at Boston University before joining the Panthers in the NHL.
- Krys entered midseason as the #3 USHL player behind teammates Clayton Keller and Keiffer Bellows. Riley Tufte of the Fargo Force jumped him.
Detroit Red Wings: Givani Smith, C, Guelph Storm (OHL) B Grade
- Detroit 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.
Nashville Predators: Samuel Girard, D, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) A+ Grade
- I mocked Samuel Girard to Nashville at this exact spot at 47 in my 2016 NHL Mock Draft. Obviously I love where Nashville took Girard.
- Nashville grabs one of the top offensive defenseman in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Samuel Girard. Girard is a top 40 talent who may fall to as far as 50 due to size while some think Girard has an outside shot at making the first round.
- Samuel Girard had 10 goals, 64 assists, and 74 points in 67 games. Girard has 1 goal, 17 assists, and 18 points through 3 rounds of the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs in 16 games. Girard may only be 5-10 161 lbs. He plays with a ton of heart though and deserves to go in the first two rounds. Girard is a guy who could shoot up boards if he continues to impress.
Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Hart, G, Everett Silvertips (WHL) A- Grade
- Hart started 30 games in 2014-2015. He posted a 2.29 GAA and a .915 save percentage before playing 11 games with a 2.28 GAA and a .929 save percentage in the 2015 WHL Playoffs.
- Hart has started 61 games in 2015-2016. He had a 2.14 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 63 games this year. Hart had a 2.39 GAA and a .929 save percentage in the 2016 WHL Playoffs Carter Hart is playing like a first round goalie right now so I don't think you can blame Philadelphia for taking Carter Hart as the first goalie in the 2016 NHL Draft.
- Carter Hart started for Team Orr in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Hart gave up an early goal, but bounced back. It wasn't Hart's best game.
Boston Bruins: Ryan Lindgren, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) D Grade
- Ryan Lindgren was a third round prospect. This is a huge reach by Boston and to be honest, I don't understand why Boston made this pick.
Chicago Blackhawks: Yegor Korshkov, RW, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) D+ Grade
- Chicago adds another right winger. Korshkov had 12 points in 2015-2016 and was ranked the seventh best European Skater according to NHL Central Scouting.
Los Angeles Kings: Kale Clague, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) A+ Grade
- Los Angeles goes with the best defensive player. That has to be Kale Clague.
- The Brandon Wheat Kings drafted Kale Clague sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. There's a chance that Clague finally cracks the top line in Brandon with Ivan Provorov potentially making an immediate jump to the NHL with the Flyers. Even if Clague remains on the second line, he's still a first round pick.
- Kale Clauge was the only WHL player to represent Team WHL in the CHL VS Russia prospects series. In 52 games Kale Clague had 6 goals, 37 assists, 43 points, and a +25 +/- ratio. Clauge had 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points, and a +5 +/- ratio in 21 WHL Playoff games. The downside is that he plays on the Brandon Wheat Kings second line rather then their first line. Despite this being the only WHL player to get invited to an international series does separate him from other WHL prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft to an extent this year.
- Clauge did not just get invited to the CHL VS Russia prospects series. He also got invited to the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Clauge played on the first line next to Jacob Chychrun. Clague struggled in that game on NHL Network. He also struggled on Friday in another game on NHL Network that was televised the following day.
Philadelphia Flyers: Wade Allison, RW, Tri-City Storm (USHL) A Grade
- Philadelphia 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.
Detroit Red Wings: Filip Hronek, D, Mountfield HK (Extraliga) D Grade
- Filip Hronek feels like a major reach here. I'm not going to give Detroit an F grade though because the Red Wings have a track record for knowing what they are doing on draft day.
Calgary Flames: Tyler Parsons, G, London Knights (OHL) B- Grade
- 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. That was due to a strong supporting cast on London. Calgary left the best goalie in the entire draft on the board.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Filip Gustavsson, G, Lulea HF (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- Pittsburgh drafts the top goalie prospect to develop with this pick. The 6-2 185 lb Gustavsson had a 2.17 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 6 games in the Elitserien league this season. Gustavsson may be rough around the edges, but Pittsburgh can develop him into a franchise goalie. The scary thing is Pittsburgh has their backup goalie to replace Marc Andre-Fleury with this pick when they decide to move on from him.
- I found it strange that Gustavsson did not start for Sweden in the 2016 World Junior Championships at goalie. That makes this goalie race wide open with Gustavsson being the only goalie to get an A grade from NHL scouts in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Calgary Flames: Dillon Dube, C, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) A- Grade
- 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.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Carl Grundstrom, LW, Modo Hockey (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- Toronto needs needs a left winger to develop, the one at 31 isn't a true winger. Carl Grundstrom is still available.
- 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 Maple Leafs at this point.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Taylor Raddysh, RW, Erie Otters (OHL) A+ Grade
- Tampa Bay 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 Tampa Bay an excellent prospect to develop in the NHL.
St. Louis Blues: Evan Fitzpatrick, G, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) A Grade
- St. Louis gets a goalie to develop. Evan Fitzpatrick of the Sherbrooke Phoenix is the top goalie left . Fitzpatrick a top 5 pick in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft. The 6-2 223 lb Fitzpatrick had a 3.42 GAA and a .896 save percentage. Fitzpatrick had a 3.51 GAA and a .920 save percentage in the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs. Fitzpatrick started in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game where he went 17/17 when making saves. Fitzpatrick should remain in the QMJHL. Over time he could develop into a future starter for the St. Louis Blues.
San Jose Sharks: Dylan Gambrell, C, Denver F Grade
- Dylan Gambrell was a fourth round pick. I feel like the Sharks wasted this pick.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Kasper Bjorkqvist, RW, Espoo Blues (SM Liiga) D- Grade
- Pittsburgh picks here. They go with Kasper Bjorqvist of Espoo Blues to wrap up the second round.
- I had this guy going in the sixth round. Most scouting services had this guy going in the fourth through sixth round. Bob McKenzie had this guy 79th in his rankings which is why I'll give this a D- grade instead of an F grade. It's a huge reach, but its not big enough to warrant an F grade which is a good thing for Pittsburgh.
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