C, Djugardens (SHL)
With the Penguins first pick it’s obvious to choose center Marcus Davidsson the Pens need depth down the middle and Davidsson is one of those guys that could potentially step in from training camp. At 6’0” and 190 pounds he has the potential to be a top six or bottom six center. His skating is probably his strongest attribute next to his puck handling and hand eye cordination. Davidsson could become a quick fix for the Pens.
D, Sport (Liiga)
It’s no surprise Nashville is going to lose a defenseman in the expansion draft, and with the prospects to fill the void, they will need someone to fill that void. So why not draft Robin Salo? he’s an incredible two way defenseman who has been playing in every situation in the Finnish Elite League so he’s already accustomed to playing against seasoned pro’s. It’s only a matter of time before he makes his impact on the NHL.
Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin." >
D, JYP (Liiga)
Ottawa doesn’t need defensive help right now but they will in the future and by the time Urho is NHL ready the Sens will need him and he’ll be able to step into a bottom four role.
LW, Guelph (OHL)
With the Blues second pick in the first round, I have them choosing depth winger Isaac Ratcliffe who will provide some grit to the club and some clutch scoring.
Scott Darling to Carolina it became evident that the club needed a kick start when it came to goaltending prospects. And Dipietro is one of those guys that can give the boost that’s needed." >
G, Windsor (OHL)
When the Blackhawks moved backup Scott Darling to Carolina it became evident that the club needed a kick start when it came to goaltending prospects. And Dipietro is one of those guys that can give the boost that’s needed.
LW, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Comtois is an excellent winger that can play a top nine or even top six roles. So no matter where he ends up he’s going to have solid linemates and score with ease.
D, Kelowna (WHL)
The Blue Jackets had an amazing rookie performance from defenseman Zach Werenski, and with the team wanting to go the youth route the selection of defenseman Callan Foote is perfect.
C, St. Cloud State (NCAA)
With Arizona’s second pick in the first round, I have them choosing center Ryan Poehling. The team needs help down the middle and Poehling can fill a bottom six role quite easily.
D, Rogle (SHL)
Even though he’s fallen in the draft, Liljegren is still a top tier defenseman. And defense is something the Oilers need desperately.
Brady Skjei and Sean Day ready to make an impact next season, the selection of Nicolas Hague would give the Rangers three great puck moving defenseman and scorers alongside Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi." >
G, Boston University (NCAA)
With the Blues first selection in the first round, I have them choosing goaltender Jake Oettinger since the team is lacking big time when it comes to goaltending prospects.
Tommy Wingels was moved to Ottawa during the season, the Sharks have needed someone to help fill the void but they also moved Nikolay Goldobin too. So now what should the team do? Select Kristian Vesalainen who can jump in and play a bottom six position on the right side." >
RW, Frolunda (SHL)
C, Owen Sound (OHL)
Like many teams, Boston needs help down the middle as well. And even though he’s fallen in the draft rankings Nick Suzuki can still come in right away and play a bottom six role.
Brian Boyle meaning AHL center Frederik Gauthier will take over that spot. But who will take over his in the A? That’s where Rasmussen comes in." >
Sam Bennett you know he’s going to provide some offense." >
RW, Dynamo Moskva (KHL)
Kostin didn’t have the best season in 16-17 in the KHL, but he’s still a top-tier goal scorer and if he’s put on a line with Sam Bennett you know he’s going to provide some offense.
RW, Spokane (WHL)
The Isles have some great winger prospects already with Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, but the team is in need of more and goal scorer Kailer Yamamoto can provide even more scoring for the team.
C, HV-71 (SHL)
Lias Andersson is a very talented center and since Tampa moved two solid centers in 2016-17, they definitely need some help. And Andersson can help provide that instantly.
Jacob Trouba, the Jets could use an instant fix and that is Erik Brannstrom." >
D, HV-71 J20 (Superelit)
It’s no surprise that Winnipeg is loaded up front with prospects, and with so many rumors surrounding defenseman Jacob Trouba, the Jets could use an instant fix and that is Erik Brannstrom.
Jeff Skinner and Sebastian Aho would be a fantastic scoring line for the team. Even if he falls to the second or third line he’s still going to put up a solid amount of points." >
C/W, Brno (Czech Extraliga)
The Kings need some definite help down the middle and the selection of Martin Necas is great since he can fill out a potential top six role.
Keith Yandle and Jason Demers. But they showed that they are slowing down fast, and Aaron Ekblad, as well as Michael Matheson, will need help, and this is where Juuso Valimaki comes in." >
D, Tri-City (WHL)
C, Portland (WHL)
Cody Glass is a tremendous center which will help the Red Wings big time, he can skate, shoot, score and hit. Plus another bonus is he can fill a top-six role giving the team a number two and possible number one center.
Jack Eichel, that’s going to be a nasty line for the Sabres." >
RW, Sioux City (USHL)
Tolvanen showed in the NCAA that he can score goals by the barrel which is a piece that would help Buffalo big time. Now imagine when he’s ready for the pro game and put alongside Jack Eichel, that’s going to be a nasty line for the Sabres.
D, Brooks (AJHL)
Arizona is loaded up front with prospects and youthful players, so what should they do in the draft? Select a potential cornerstone defenseman with Cale Makar.
C/W, Eden Prairie (USHS)
Vegas is going to be building their team through the expansion on June 21st and then the draft on June 23rd. Since they will already have a roster full of NHL vets, youth isn’t at the forefront at the moment. And this is perfect because, by the time the team needs a young number one center, Casey will be ready.
Bo Horvat, the Canucks are going to need a youthful winger to play alongside him in the future. And with Daniel and Henrik Sedin nearing retirement, by the time he’s ready for top line minutes him and Bo will have no issues filling those two roles." >
RW, Mississauga (OHL)
C/W, Windsor (OHL)
Since the Aves lost out on the lottery they still have a chance to select a solid player. Vilardi has shown in the Memorial Cup that he can drive play and is hard to knock off the puck, something the Avalanche need desperately.
D, HIFK (Liiga)
Dallas needs more help on the defensive end so selecting top ranked d-man Miro Heiskanen is a smart move. He can jump into a top-four role with the team right away.
C, Halifax (QMJHL)
Philly definitely needs center’s another thing they need is help on the wings, and Hischier is one of those players that can fill either role.
C, Brandon (WHL)
Patrick is still the best option for the Devils, he will thrive in a third line role much like Matthews did in Toronto.