NHL Lottery Mock Draft

The NHL Lottery usually doesn’t take place the day before the postseason, but it did this year! The New Jersey Devils will pick number one overall for the second time in three seasons. The New York Rangers will have the second overall pick and the Chicago Blackhawks will have the third overall pick.

  1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes, C, U.S. U18: Hughes is the best player in this draft. He will be a game changer with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. Jack Hughes is only 18 years old and he could keep the Devils as legit contenders for a long team. Hughes scored 23 goals and recorded 43 goals, in 41 games with the U.S. National U18 team. In the USHL, he played in 24 games and scored 12 goals and recorded 36 assists. His plus/minus was 17.
  2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS Turku (SM-Liiga): Kakko is going to be an elite goal scorer in the NHL for a long time to come. The Rangers have not had an elite goal scorer for years. In a division with a ton of superstars, Kaapo Kakko could develop into one in a hurry. New York is in the midst of a rebuild. In 45 games in the SM-Liiga league, he has scored 22 goals and recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus is 1. In five postseason games, Kakko has scored four goals and recorded one assist. His plus/minus is -2.
  3. Chicago Blackhawks: Matt Boldy, LW, U.S. U18: Boldy could help improve the Blackhawks right away. The Blackhawks have missed the postseason the last two years. Chicago still has Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane around, but they need other help around them. Matt Boldy is an elite goal scorer and he could be a top liner in the NHL for years to come. In 55 games with the U.S. 18 team, Boldy has scored 30 goals and recorded 39 assists. In 28 games in the USHL, he has scored 17 goals and recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus is 14.
  4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators): Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. U18: Zegras has the ability to play both wing and center. Colorado would love his versatility. They have this pick because of a Matt Duchene trade during the 2017-2018 season. Trevor Zegras also has superstar potential in the NHL and he could be really dangerous playing with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Ratanen. The Avalanche have reached the postseason for the past two years and the future is looking even brighter for them. Zegras has scored 26 goals and recorded 52 assists in 54 games for the U18 team. He has also scored 14 goals and recorded 26 assists, in 27 games in the USHL. His plus/minus is 18.
  5. Los Angeles Kings: Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge (WHL): The Kings slipped from the two spot to the five spot. Los Angeles has missed the postseason for the last two years and they are going to be in for a long rebuild ahead. Cozens was an offensive machine and player maker in juniors. He would be the face of the franchise in the long run. Dylan Cozens scored 34 goals and recorded 50 assists, in 68 games. His plus/minus was 32. In seven postseason games, he scored four goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus is -2/
  6. Detroit Red Wings: Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL): The Red Wings went offense in the first round of the NHL Draft last season and they need to take a defenseman in the first-round of the draft this season. However, this defenseman is an offensive defenseman and this would be a very good pick in the long run for them. Detroit doesn’t have enough defenseman to run offense from the back end. He is only 17 years old and Bowen Byram has a ton of potential. Byram scored 26 goals and recorded 45 assists, in 67 games in juniors. In eight postseason games, he scored three goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus is nine.
  7. Buffalo Sabres: Vasili Podkolzin, RW, SKA-Neva (VHL): It looked as if early in the season Buffalo wasn’t going to need a lottery pick, but here they are now. The Sabres haven’t reached the postseason since the 2010-2011 season. He is only 17 years old and Podkolzin will need a couple of more years to develop overseas, but his upside is enormous. Vasili Podkolzin is an underrated two-way player. In 14 games in the VHL, he scored two goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus was six. In eight postseason games, Podkolzin scored two goals and recorded one assist and his plus/minus was 1.
  8. Edmonton Oilers: Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas (SHL): The Oilers need to complete overhaul a terrible roster and it begins with drafting well. Edmonton should use this pick on another defenseman. Soderstrom has some polishing to do, but he plays extremely hard. In 44 games in the SHL, he scored four goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus is -11.
  9. Anaheim Ducks: Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. U18: Turcotte will be playing hockey next season at the University of Wisconsin. Alex Turcotte will be able to polish his game even more in the NCAA. He is very quick and can play at a high level. In 30 games with the U.S. 18 team, Turcotte scored 23 goals and recorded 30 assists. In 16 games in the USHL, he scored 12 goals and recorded 22 assists. His plus/minus is 27.
  10. Vancouver Canucks: Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL): Vancouver is building a nice foundation for the near future. They have Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser as some of the core pieces. Krebs would be another good addition to that core as well. Both of their knacks is goal scoring, but Peyton Krebs is a play maker. In 64 games in juniors, he scored 19 goals and recorded 49 assists. His plus/minus was -50. His defensive game needs to improve.
  11. Philadelphia Flyers: Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL): Philadelphia has missed the postseason for the second time in three years. They made a general manager and coaching change during the regular season and the Flyers need to figure out what direction they need to head in. Dach would be a nice piece to add into the system. He scores and makes play. Kirby Dach could even be the captain of this team in the long run. He has more upside at the moment than former number two overall pick Nolan Patrick does. Dach has played in 62 games in juniors so far this season and he has scored 25 goals and recorded 48 assists. His plus/minus was 15. In six postseason games, Kirby Dach has scored four goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus is two.
  12. Minnesota Wild: Cam York, D, U.S. U18: The Wild have teams in the division with solid blue line play and they need to add more of that. York would be a very good pick with the 12th selection. He will be playing at the University of Michigan next season. Cam York is an excellent two-way defenseman and he is a solid play maker as well. York has scored 10 goals and recorded 41 assists with the U.S. U18 team. He has played in 28 games in the USHL. Cam York has scored seven goals and recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus is 40.
  13. Florida Panthers: Pavel Dorofeyev, LW, Stalnye Lisy (MHL): The Panthers will be looking to be serious contenders in the near future after hiring Joel Quenneville as the next head coach. Dorofeyev would be an intriguing pick in this situation. He has the tools to be very good at the NHL. Pavel Dorofeyev can score the puck no question. How good will he be at making plays for others and playing defense in the NHL? In 19 games in the MHL, he scored 17 goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus is 21. In three postseason games, Dorofeyev has recorded two assists and his plus/minus rating is even.
  14. Arizona Coyotes: Arthur Kaliyev, LW, Hamilton (OHL): Kaliyev is only 17 years old and he was an offensive force in juniors this season. Arthur Kaliyev scored 51 goals and recorded 51 assists, in 67 games. His plus/minus was -13. In four postseason games, he has scored one goal and recorded one assist. His plus/minus is -8. Arizona doesn’t have a lot of offensive firepower in their system and Kailyev could be one of the forces in the near future. This team is heading in the right direction.
  15. Montreal Canadiens: Raphael Lavoie, RW, Hailfax (QMJHL): He is very versatile and I am sure Montreal has been scouting this player closely considering the fact Montreal plays in Quebec and considering the fact that Lavoie plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 62 games, he has scored 32 goals and recorded 41 assists. His plus/minus is 36. In nine postseason games, Raphael Lavoie has scored 11 goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus is 10. The Montreal Canadiens was one of the worst teams in hockey last season and they improved in a big way this season.  Montreal has a bright future ahead of them and Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be one of the bright spots moving forward for this team. He is only 18 years old.

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