2016 NHL Entry Draft Results
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 25, 2016.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Adam Brooks, C, Regina Pats (WHL) A Grade
- Toronto adds the 5-10 174 lb Adam Brooks. The 5-10 174 lb Adam Brooks had 38 goals, 82 assists, and 120 points in 72 regular season games in 2015-2016. Brooks had 7 goals, 16 assists, and 23 points in 17 games of the 2016 WHL Playoffs. Questions about his speed, size, and lack of versatility are the biggest reason why Brooks drops to the fourth round, but he has the tools to be a line 2 NHL playmaker if you can wait 6-8 years on him.
Anaheim Ducks: Jack Kopacka, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) A+ Grade
- Anaheim gets an A+ grade for taking a third round player in the fourth round. 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.
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Ang, C, Peterborough Petes (OHL) A- Grade
- Jonathan Ang needs to bulk up in the OHL. He has line 4 ability in the NHL, but probably has the ceiling of an AHL player at this point.
New York Islanders: Anatoli Golyshev, LW, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) D Grade
- Avtomoilist Yekaterinburg got off to a 5-0-0-0 start in the KHL. That's why I will give the Islanders a D grade instead of an F grade for reaching on this undrafted prospect in the fourth round.
Calgary Flames: Linus Lindstrom, C, Skelleftea A.I.K. (Elitserien) A Grade
- Linus Lindstrom was previously considered a mid second round prospect. The fact that he plays on Skelleftea's Under 18 and Under 20 teams rather than on Skelleftea's main roster tells you he's not ready for the NHL yet. Despite this getting him in the fourth round is tremendous value so Lindstrom gets an A grade going at this spot in the fourth round.
Winnipeg Jets: Jacob Cederholm, D, HV71 (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- Jacob Cederholm is a first round prospect on some NHL draft boards. Winnipeg gets an A+ grade for drafting him in the fourth round.
New York Rangers: Tarmo Reunanen, D, TPS (SM Liiga) D Grade
- Tarmo Reunanen is a seventh round propsect. The Rangers get a D grade for reaching for him in the fourth round.
Buffalo Sabres: Brett Murray, LW, Carleton Place Canadians (BCHL) D Grade
- Buffalo has stockpiled at left wing. Murray feels like a reach, but he could be a solid left winger in teh AHL so I will give this a D grade.
Montreal Canadiens: Victor Mete, D, London Knights (OHL) A+ Grade
- Victor Mete may not be a top 50 pick after not playing in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Mete should still be a late second round pick, and a team like San Jose who could use more defense would love to add Victor Mete. Mete has posted more points then his teammate Olli Juolevi.
- It's unbelievable that someone as talented as Victor Mete fell to the 100th pick. This is easily an A+ grade.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Keaton Middleton, D, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) A+ Grade
- Keaton Middleton seems like a good pick to add here at 6-5 233 lbs. He is a big physical imposing defender with great size at the next level.
New Jersey Devils: Mikhail Maltsev, LW, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) C Grade
- Mikhail Maltsev was a line 4 player on the SKA Saint Petersburg team that won the KHL in 2014-2015. I can understand why the Devils took a flyer on him here.
Ottawa Senators: Todd Burgess, RW, Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) A Grade
- Todd Burgess is a seventh round prospect. He really impresses me on tape with his speed, shooting, passing, and vision so I'm giving this an A grade since I think Burgess may be a future NHL player on an active roster by 2020.
Carolina Hurricanes: Max Zimmer, LW, Chicago Steel (USHL) A+ Grade
- 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.
- I had Max Zimmer going in the third round to Carolina. To get him here is excellent value easily another A+ grade for the Hurricanes.
New Jersey Devils: Evan Cormier, G, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) B Grade
- Evan Cormier will probably be an AHL goalie at best on the Albany Devils. The Devils have MacKenzie Blackwood as their future starter after taking him in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Minnesota Wild: Brandon Duhaime, RW, Tri-City Storm (USHL) B Grade
- Brandon Duhaime was a top 9 forward on the 2016 Clark Cup Champions. I see him as a future top 6 player on the Iowa Wild so this is a solid pick as this guy could develop into a line 1 or line 2 AHL player.
Detroit Red Wings: Alfons Malstrom, D, Orebro HK (Elitserien) C Grade
- Detroit loads up with antoher defender. This is a solid pick by the Red Wings that deserves a C grade.
Nashville Predators: Hardy Haman Atkell, D, Skelleftea A.I.K. (Elitserien) D Grade
- Nashhville clearly rerached for Hardy Haman Atkell. He was ranked the 240th best player available.
Philadelphia Flyers: Connor Bunnaman, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) A+ Grade
- Philadelphia 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.
Chicago Blackhawks: Lucas Carlsson, D, Brynas I.F. (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- I had Lucas Carlsson going two picks earlier to Nashville in my final mock draft. Lucas Carlsson provides fantastic value at this juncture so the Blackhawks get another A+ grade.
San Jose Sharks: Noah Gregor, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) C Grade
- Noah Gregor is a solid pick. Some would make a case for Brody Wilms going ahead of him which is why the Sharks got a C grade.
Los Angeles Kings: Jacob Moverare, D, HV71 (Elitserien) A+ Grade
- Some NHL Draft boards have the 6-2 198 lb Jacob Moverare going ahead of his more experienced teammate Jacob Cederholm. Los Angeles is getting a clear steal here.
Chicago Blackhawks: Nathan Noel, C, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) B Grade
- Nathan Noel was a third round prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft before going undrafted. This was a solid pick by the Blackhawks in the fourth round.
Florida Panthers: Riley Stillman, D, Oshawa Generals (OHL) A+ Grade
- Florida 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.
Anaheim Ducks: Alex Dostie, C, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) A Grade
- Alex Dostie had 25 goals, 48 assists, and 73 points in 2015-2016. The 5-10 172 lb Dostie had a +31 +/- ratio in 2015.
Dallas Stars: Rhett Gardner, C, North Dakota B Grade
- Rhett Gardner has the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing. This is a good spot for Gardner to get drafted.
Washington Capitals: Damien Riat, LW, Geneve-Servette HC (National League A) F Grade
- Damien Riat feels like a huge reach. I'm giving this pick an F grade.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Ross Colton, C, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) C Grade
- Ross Colton is a good addition here. Taking Colton makes a lot of sense at this spot.
St. Louis Blues: Tanner Kaspick, C, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) B Grade
- Tanner Kaspick is a project line 3 center on the Brandon Wheat Kings. Kaspick is a good project here.
New York Islanders: Otto Koivula, LW, Ilves (SM Liiga) F Grade
- I'm not sure how the Islanders got this pick. I feel like the decision to take Otto Koivula was a reach.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Ryan Jones, D, Lincoln Stars (USHL) C Grade
- Ryan Jones is a solid pick at this spot. At the same time I can relate to someowhone who said he's a reach. I gave this a C grade.
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