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2016 NHL Entry Draft Results




Round 5



Max Lajoie was as second round prospect at one point. Find out who got him in the fifth round.



Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 25, 2016.


  1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Vladimir Bobylev, RW, Victoria Royals (WHL) D Grade

    I know Toronto needs a right winger to replace Kessel. Bobylev just seems like a future Marlie rather than a future Maple Leaf.


  2. Edmonton Oilers: Dylan Wells, G, Peterborough Petes (OHL) A+ Grade

    Dylan Wells is an incredible value pick at this spot. Wells was a third round pick heading into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He dropped a round after a poor NHL Combine despite a very strong CHL Prospects game. Edmonton has a future AHL starter worst case scenario. This is easily an A+ grade.


  3. Montreal Canadiens: Casey Staum, D, Hill-Murray HS (MN) C Grade

    Casey Staum was the top high school skater in this draft outside of Riley Tufte. Riley Tufte also played for the Fargo Force in the USHL. Montreal gets a solid C grade for taking Casey Staum in the fifth round.


  4. St. Louis Blues: Nolan Stevens, C, Northeastern A+ Grade

    St. Louis gets a college center to develop. The 6-3 185 lb Nolan Stevens had 20 goals, 22 assists, and 42 points in 2015-2016. He's sort of an intriguing prospect and a good steal in the fifth round as I had Stevens graded out as a fourth round prospect.



  5. Calgary Flames: Mitchell Matson, C, Bloomington Thunder (USHL) A+ Grade

    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.


  6. Winnipeg Jets: Jordy Stallard, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) A+ Grade

    Winnipeg gets Jorday Stallard in the fifth round. Stallard had 21 goals, 28 assists, and 49 points this season. He's a borderline late third or fourth round pick. The Jets get another A+ grade.


  7. Dallas Stars: Colton Point, G, Carleton Point Canadians (BCHL) A Grade

    Colton Point had a 2.16 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 33 games in his only season with the Carleton Point Canadians. Point also had a 1.82 GAA and a .933 save percentage. I had point as a seventh round pick in my mock because most teams don't need goalies, but he's a fifth round talent that can develop into a future goalie. I'm giving this pick an A grade since Point is a 6-4 220 lb goalie.


  8. Buffalo Sabres: Philip Nyberg, D, Linkopings H.C. (Elitserien) D Grade

    The 19-year-old Philip Nyberg was the 257th best player. The Sabres get a D grade for reaching him in the fifth round. Linkopings H.C. develops quality defenseman so I won't give this pick an F grade.



  9. Buffalo Sabres: Vojtech Budik, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) A+ Grade

    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.


  10. Colorado Avalanche: Adam Werner, G, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien) C Grade

    Colorado needs to draft a goalie to develop for the future. This looks like a solid fifth round pick.


  11. New Jersey Devils: Yegor Rykov, D, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) B Grade

    Yegor Rykov could be a solid defender. He will probably arrive quicker on the Albany Devils then most of the Devils draft picks drafted from the CHL.


  12. Ottawa Senators: Max Lajoie, D, Swift Current Broncos (WHL) A+ Grade

    Max Lajoie has a first round grade and is one of 34 players in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft with an A grade. The downside is that he did not get invited to the 2016 CHL Prospects Game and that's something scouts are going to take into consideration as well as the fact that Lajoie is an offensive defender who needs to work on his defensive fundamentals.



  13. Carolina Hurricanes: Jeremy Helvig, G, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) A+ Grade

    The Hurricanes grab a goalie to groom for the future. Jeremy Helvig posted a 2.13 GAA and a .929 save percentage in 27 OHL starts during the regular season. Helvig also posted a 2.40 GAA and a .908 save percentage in the 2016 OHL Playoffs.


  14. Boston Bruins: Joona Koppanen, LW, Ilves (SM Liiga) C+ Grade

    Boston adds another winger. Joona Koppanen could be better than sixth round pick Otto Koivula.


  15. Boston Bruins: Cameron Clarke, D, Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) C Grade

    Cameron Clark will be a good player on the Providence Bruins. The question is will he play well enough to reach the NHL in a few years.



  16. Detroit Red Wings: Jordan Sambrook, D, Erie Otters (OHL) A+ Grade

    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.


  17. Nashville Predators: Patrick Harper, C, Avon Old Farms HS (CT) D Grade

    Parick Harper feels like a reach. I'm giving Nashville a D grade in the fifth round.


  18. Philadelphia Flyers: Linus Hoberg, D, Vaxjo Lakers (Elitserien) C Grade

    Linus Hoberg was a line 2 defenseman on the Vaxjo Lakers team that defeated Skelleftea A.I.K. to win the 2015 Elitserien Championship.


  19. Vancouver Canucks: Cole Candella, D, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) A+ Grade

    Cole Candella was a third round pick. Vancouver gets an A+ grade here.


  20. New York Rangers: Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) A+ Grade

    Tim Gettinger got promoted to alternate captain for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015-2016. Gettinger was also a Line 2 left winger for Team Cherry In the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Gettinger was a second round prospect so getting him in the fifth round is a huge steal.



  21. Los Angeles Kings: Michael Eyssimont, C, St. Cloud State C Grade

    Some teams had this guy going as high as the third round. I had him as an undrafted prospect so this is an okay pick.


  22. Chicago Blackhawks: Mathias From, LW, Rogle B.K. (Allsvenskan) C+ Grade

    Mathias From could have gone anywhere between the fifth and seventh round. I'm giving the Blackhawks a C+ grade for taking From in the fifth round.


  23. St. Louis Blues: Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer Rebels (WHL) A+ Grade

    Conner Bleackley was a first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He never signed with the Colorado Avalanche and fell to this pick. Great selection by the Blues.


  24. Washington Capitals: Beck Malynstyn, LW, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) B Grade

    Beck Malystein is a solid player. I like this addition by the Capitals.


  25. Dallas Stars: Nicholas Caamano, RW, Flint Firebirds (OHL) A+ Grade

    Nicolas Caamano was a third round prospect. Getting him in the fifth round is quite the steal.



  26. Washington Capitals: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, LW, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien) D Grade

    Washington reached for an undrafted player. I'm gonna give them a D grade for doing that this late in the fifth round.


  27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Christopher Paquette, C, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) C Grade

    I'm not sure how I feel about Christopher Paquette. I'll give this a C grade since I have mixed feelings about the pick.


  28. Edmonton Oilers: Graham McPhee, LW, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) B Grade

    I think this pick could work out. I'll give the Edmonton Oilers a solid B grade here.


  29. San Jose Sharks: Manuel Wiederer, C, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) C Grade

    This is an okay pick by the Sharks in the fifth round. The Sharks reached for other players way earlier in the draft.


  30. Pittsburgh Penguins: Niclas Almari, D, Jokerit (SM Liiga) C- Grade

    Niclas Almari is a reach. Jokerit produces NHL defensemen so this pick gets a C- grade.








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