Edmonton - Nail Yakupov (original pick) - Ryan Murray (updated pick) - The Oilers decide to take the best defenseman in defence first draft. In Murray they get a their first steady, top pairing defenseman since Chris Pronger left town. Yakupov slips because of his inconstancy combined with the team’s surplus of elite forwards and dearth on defence.
Columbus - Ryan Murray - Jacob Trouba - Missing out on Ryan Murray, the Jackets take the player who has turned into the second best d-man in the draft. None of the elite forwards in the draft (Yakupov, Galchenyuk, Forsberg, Grigorenko) suit the blue collar attitude of the team.
Montreal - Alex Galchenyuk - Alex Galchenuk - Montreal sticks with their man. Best centre in the draft; plays a mature game and has amazing hands. Fits team needs.
New York Islanders - Griffin Reinhart - Nail Yakupov - Islanders grab a winger to play with Tavares for foreseeable future. Need d-men, but Yakupov’s skill is too much for Garth Snow to ignore.
Toronto - Morgan Reilly - Filip Forsberg - Toronto switches from a very skilled d-man to a very skilled forward who steps it up in big game situations. Team likes Reilly, but Forsberg cements the team’s top six wingers as tops in the league, and his skills are duplicated in Jake Gardiner.
Anaheim - Hampus Lindholm - Hampus Lindholm - Team sticks with their off the board choice (which pays off in a big way). He’s proven himself to be a top-5 d-man in his draft. Solid rookie season with the Ducks underway.
Minnesota - Matthew Dumba - Tomas Hertl - Team get an immediate top-6 wing/centre. Emergence of Brodin as top pairing d-man makes Dumba’s position less important.
Pittsburgh - Derrick Pouliot - Olli Matta - Pens switch from their first first-round pick to their second (taken 14 spots later). Matta’s emergence this year has been remarkable. Great olympics. Solid, smart all around d-man.
Winnipeg - Jacob Trouba - Teuvu Teravainen - Jets take the Patrick Kane-esq Teravainen in hopes that he can become their first true first-line centre in two decades. Given his performance at the WJC this year, it’s not a stretch. Him and Scheifele make a fine 1/2 c option down the road.
Tampa Bay - Slater Koekkoek - Morgan Reilly - Steve Yzerman values players with high hockey IQs, and Reilly’s is near the top of his draft year. He is the best skater in his draft year.
Washington - Filip Forsberg - Griffin Reinhart - Washington takes the future top pairing defensemen. Carlson - Reinhart as a top pairing in the future is enticing.
Buffalo - Mikhail Grigorenko - Matthew Dumba - Dumba slides 5 spots, but is still an elite prospect. He is a good skater with heart. Grigorenko, who has been among the worst managed prospects in hockey the past two years, sighs in relief and…
Dallas - Radek Faksa - Mikhail Grigorenko - … slides one spot. Dallas takes the super skilled Grigoenko who, despite his flaws, still has a much higher ceiling than Faksa, who is looking more like a 3rd line centre.
Buffalo - Zemgus Girgensons - Zemgus Girgensons - Buffalo takes their olympian over again. The man-child is physically mature and plays a style which is hard to play against. He is the type of player teams win with.
Ottawa - Cody Ceci - Cody Ceci - Ottawa, happy with the development and playing style of Ceci, maintains their pick. He provides an immediate boost to the Ottawa d corps.
Washington - Tom Wilson - Andrei Vasilevski - Wilson is a fine player, but his ceiling as a player is not comparable to that the Vasilevski, who is (thus far) the best goaltending prospect in his draft year.
San Jose - Tomas Hertl - Scott Laughton - The power forward prospect plays a style not present in the Shark’s top six. Hertl is looking like the best pick of the draft.
Chicago - Teuvu Teravainen - Derrick Pouliot - Chicago loses out on one of the best forwards in the draft, but get the slow developing, smooth skating defenseman instead. Deep enough on backend to let him fully develop.
Tampa Bay - Andrei Vasilevski - Slater Koekkoek - Yzerman gets his man (who was seen as a pretty big reach) 9 picks later. Loves his smart players.
Philadelphia - Scott Laughton - Tom Wilson - The Flyers take the more immediately ready Wilson. Wilson’s ceiling is lower than Laughton’s, but his frame and skill set are an enticing mix.
Calgary - Mark Jankowski - Malcolm Subban - Flames decide to take their goalie of the future in Subban. He is big and athletic, and plays a style similar to that of M-A Fleury. Flames are (should be) in no hurry to get him to the league quickly, so he can have time to develop.
Pittsburgh - Olli Matta - Michael Matheson - Pittsburgh loses out on Pouliot, but gains the services of Boston College star Matheson. He’s smart and big.
Florida - Michael Matheson - Stefan Matteau
Boston - Malcolm Subban - Oscar Dansk - Boston misses out on Subban, but gain the services of the workhorse goalie who played on the worst team in junior last year and the best team in junior this year. Solid player.
St. Louis - Jordan Schmaltz - Damon Severson
Vancouver - Brendan Gaunce - Henrick Samuelson
Phoenix - Henrick Samuelson - Brady Skjei
NY Rangers - Brady Skjei - Radek Faksa
New Jersey - Stefan Matteau - Connor Carrick
Los Angelas - Tanner Pearson - Tanner Pearson