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Jun 21, 2019

TSN Hockey Final Mock Draft: Intrigue begins at No. 3

With projected pairs of uber-prospects occupying the top two spots each year since 2015, the first truly open-ended question has been: Who goes third overall? Check out the final edition of our Mock Draft to see how it plays out.

TSN Hockey Mock Draft 6.0

By Steve Dryden

VANCOUVER - The intrigue begins at pick No. 3 for arguably the fifth straight NHL draft.

With projected pairs of uber-prospects occupying the top two spots each year since Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel in 2015, the first truly open-ended question has been: Who goes third overall?

In TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button’s final 2019 Mock Draft – posted eight hours before Jack Hughes (New Jersey) and Kaapo Kakko (New York Rangers) become the closest-ever geographical rivals at Nos. 1 and 2 – he is projecting Chicago takes centre Alex Turcotte at No. 3.

Turcotte is not a new choice for third overall – but his competition is. Button thinks it comes down a decision between two centres: USA U-18’s Turcotte, a Jonathan Toews-like player, and Saskatoon’s Kirby Dach, a Ryan Getzlaf-like pivot.

“The temptation to select a player cut from the same cloth as Toews will prove too great,” Button says.

Chicago chose Toews the last time it had the No. 3 overall pick, in 2006.

Button previously had defencemen prospect-rich Chicago selecting Turcotte over blueliner Bowen Byram. He also had Dach going fourth to Colorado and Byram to Los Angeles at No. 5, but today he says Byram won’t get past the Avs.

Button projects draft history will repeat itself.

In 2017, Colorado fell from No. 1 seed in the draft lottery to No. 4 and selected defenceman Cale Makar, who this season won the Hobey Baker Award and joined Colorado in the playoffs. In the 2019 draft lottery, Colorado again fell from No. 1 to No. 4 – and Button projects it will choose Byram.

Byram, who led all CHL defenceman in goals during the regular season and then became the first defenceman to lead the WHL in playoff scoring, would be both the first Canadian and first defenceman picked in the draft.

“Bowen is a complete, elite blueliner destined to be a No. 1 defenceman in the NHL,” Button says. “If the Avs take Byram, it will only increase speculation Tyson Barrie is going to get traded.”

The 6-foot-4 Dach then goes to Los Angeles even though the Kings picked four centres with their choices in each the first and second rounds in 2017 and 2018.

At No. 6, Button projects Detroit will select pure playmaker Trevor Zegras (USA U-18) to complement last year’s sixth-overall pick, pure goal-scorer Filip Zadina.

Next up is Matthew Boldy (USA U-18) to Buffalo at No. 7. Button jokes Boldy has two things going for him: he’s the best power forward in the draft and he doesn’t play in the CHL. The Sabres’ Jason Botterill has picked 12 players in two drafts since taking over as GM and famously not a single one has come from Canadian major junior hockey.

Ken Holland makes his first major player move as Edmonton GM at No. 8, selecting Lethbridge centre Dylan Cozens, dubbed the “Whitehorse Workhorse,” by Button.

“The Oilers need forwards and Cozens is can’t-miss, although he may be better suited as a winger than centre in the NHL,” Button says.

That, of course, would work out well for the centre-centric Oilers.

Another Canadian centre, Winnipeg’s Peyton Krebs, goes to Anaheim at No. 9.

Button says host Vancouver goes back to the future for the 10th overall pick, anticipating the Canucks will have Daniel and Henrik on stage selecting AIK defenceman Philip Broberg – on the 20th anniversary of their own selections at second and third overall in 1999.

“It you put Broberg with Quinn Hughes (last year’s No. 7 overall pick),” Button says, “you would have two of the best young skating defencemen in the league.”

Here are Button’s remaining Canadian team picks:

No. 15, Montreal: Mississauga defenceman Thomas Harley. The offensive blueliner would fill the Canadiens’ urgent need for a left defenceman. After Button had Montreal picking Harley earlier this week, Canadiens’ play-by-play announcer Dan Robertson pointed out Montreal already has a Suzuki and now it would have a Harley. The Canadiens traded for 2017 draft pick Nick Suzuki in the Max Pacioretty deal last September.

No. 19, Ottawa: Hamilton right winger Arthur Kaliyev: The 51-goal, 102-point scoring Kaliyev is an ideal fit for a team that has traded away more goals than any other team over the past season, making deals that dispatched Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone from the Nation’s Capital.

No. 20, Winnipeg: Barrie centre Ryan Suzuki: Button says the playmaker would eventually plug in perfectly behind Mark Scheifele in the No. 2 centre slot.

No. 26, Calgary: USA U-18 centre John Beecher: “There is a lot of helium in his balloon,” Button says of draft buzz surrounding the fast-rising Beecher, who is listed as the No. 41 consensus prospect in the final TSN pre-draft rankings. Beecher is one of the best skaters in the draft and would give Calgary game-disrupting speed.

Here are all 31 first-round picks in Button’s final Mock Draft:

 

The 31 Picks

New Jersey Devils
1. Jack Hughes - New Jersey

C | USA U18 (USHL) | 5'10 | 168 lbs. | May 14, 2001 | Last Mock: 1

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    50
  • G
    34
  • PTS
    112
  • +/-
    46
New York Rangers
2. Kaapo Kakko - NY Rangers

RW | Turku (SM Liiga) | 6'2 | 194 lbs. | Feb. 13, 2001 | Last Mock: 2

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    45
  • G
    22
  • PTS
    38
  • +/-
    1
Chicago Blackhawks
3. Alex Turcotte - Chicago

C | USA U18 (USHL) | 5'11 | 189 lbs. | Feb. 26, 2001 | Last Mock: 3

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    34
  • G
    27
  • PTS
    62
  • +/-
    33
Colorado Avalanche
4. Bowen Byram - Colorado

D | Vancouver (WHL) | 6'1 | 194 lbs. | Jun. 13, 2001 | Last Mock: 5

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    67
  • G
    26
  • PTS
    71
  • +/-
    33
Los Angeles Kings
5. Kirby Dach - Los Angeles

C/RW | Saskatoon (WHL) | 6'4 | 199 lbs. | Jan. 21, 2001 | Last Mock: 4

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    62
  • G
    25
  • PTS
    73
  • +/-
    15
Detroit Red Wings
6. Trevor Zegras - Detroit

C | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'0 | 166 lbs. | Mar. 20, 2001 | Last Mock: 6

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    60
  • G
    26
  • PTS
    87
  • +/-
    41
Buffalo Sabres
7. Matthew Boldy - Buffalo

LW | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'2 | 187 lbs. | Apr. 5, 2001 | Last Mock: 10

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    64
  • G
    33
  • PTS
    81
  • +/-
    27
Edmonton Oilers
8. Dylan Cozens - Edmonton

C | Lethbridge (WHL) | 6'3 | 181 lbs. | Feb. 9, 2001 | Last Mock: 9

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    68
  • G
    34
  • PTS
    84
  • +/-
    32
Anaheim Ducks
9. Peyton Krebs - Anaheim

C | Winnipeg (WHL) | 5'11 | 180 lbs. | Jan. 26, 2001 | Last Mock: 12

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    64
  • G
    19
  • PTS
    68
  • +/-
    -50
Vancouver Canucks
10. Philip Broberg - Vancouver

D | AIK (SWE-Als) | 6'3 | 199 lbs. | Jun. 25, 2001 Last Mock: 8

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    41
  • G
    2
  • PTS
    9
  • +/-
    -1
Philadelphia Flyers
11. Moritz Seider - Philadelphia

D | Mannheim (DEL) | 6'4 | 183 lbs. | Apr. 6, 2001 | Last Mock: 11

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    29
  • G
    2
  • PTS
    6
  • +/-
    2
Minnesota Wild
12. Cole Caufield - Minnesota

RW | USA U18 (USHL) | 5'7 | 162 lbs. | Jan. 2, 2001 | Last Mock: 7

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    64
  • G
    72
  • PTS
    100
  • +/-
    41
Florida Panthers
13. Vasili Podkolzin - Florida

RW | St. Petersburg (MHL) | 6'1 | 183 lbs. | Jun. 24, 2001 | Last Mock: 16

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    12
  • G
    6
  • PTS
    8
  • +/-
    9
Arizona Coyotes
14. Alex Newhook - Arizona

C | Victoria (BCHL) | 5'10 | 190 lbs. | Jan. 28, 2001 | Last Mock: 14

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    53
  • G
    38
  • PTS
    102
  • +/-
Montreal Canadiens
15. Thomas Harley - Montreal

D | Mississauga (OHL) | 6'3 | 188 lbs. | Aug. 19, 2001 | Last Mock: 15

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    68
  • G
    11
  • PTS
    58
  • +/-
    -15
Colorado Avalanche
16. Spencer Knight - Colorado

G | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'3 | 193 lbs. | Apr. 19, 2001 | Last Mock: 13

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    39
  • GAA
    2.36
  • SV%
    .913
  • SO
    2
Vegas Golden Knights
17. Victor Soderstrom - Vegas

D | Brynas (SHL) | 5'11 | 179 lbs. | Feb. 26, 2001 | Last Mock: 19

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    44
  • G
    4
  • PTS
    7
  • +/-
    -11
Dallas Stars Logo
18. Philip Tomasino - Dallas

C | Niagara (OHL) | 6'0 | 178 lbs. | Jul. 28, 2001 | Last Mock:18

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    67
  • G
    34
  • PTS
    72
  • +/-
    37
Ottawa Senators
19. Arthur Kaliyev - Ottawa

C | Hamilton (OHL) | 6'1 | 190 lbs. | Jan. 26, 2001 | Last Mock: 17

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    67
  • G
    51
  • PTS
    102
  • +/-
    -13
Winnipeg Jets
20. Ryan Suzuki - Winnipeg

C | Barrie (OHL) | 6'0 | 178 lbs. | May 28, 2001 | Last Mock: 24

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    65
  • G
    25
  • PTS
    75
  • +/-
    7
Pittsburgh Penguins
21. Raphael Lavoie - Pittsburgh

LW/RW | Halifax (QMJHL) | 6'4 | 191 lbs. | Sept. 25, 2000 | Last Mock: 21

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    62
  • G
    31
  • PTS
    73
  • +/-
    36
Los Angeles Kings
22. Cam York - Los Angeles

D | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'0 | 175 lbs. | Jan. 5, 2001 | Last Mock: 22

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    63
  • G
    14
  • PTS
    65
  • +/-
    56
New York Islanders
23. Connor McMichael - NY Islanders

C/LW | London (OHL) | 5'11 | 172 lbs. | Jan. 15, 2001 | Last Mock: 20

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    67
  • G
    36
  • PTS
    72
  • +/-
    15
Nashville Predators
24. Samuel Poulin - Nashville

C/LW | Sherbrooke (QMJHL) | 6'1 | 212 lbs. | Feb. 25, 2001 | Last Mock: 23

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    67
  • G
    29
  • PTS
    76
  • +/-
    8
Washington Capitals
25. Bobby Brink - Washington

C/RW | Sioux City (USHL) | 5'10 | 163 lbs. | Jul. 8, 2001 | Last Mock: 25

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    43
  • G
    35
  • PTS
    68
  • +/-
    22
Calgary Flames
26. John Beecher - Calgary

C/LW | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'3 3/4 | 212 lbs. | Apr. 5, 2001 | Last Mock: 30

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    63
  • G
    15
  • PTS
    43
  • +/-
    27
Tampa Bay Lightning
27. Jamieson Rees - Tampa Bay

C | Sarnia (OHL) | 5'10 | 173 lbs. | Feb. 26, 2001 | Last Mock: 27

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    37
  • G
    10
  • PTS
    32
  • +/-
    -10
Carolina Hurricanes
28. Brayden Tracey - Carolina

LW | Moose Jaw (WHL) | 6'0 | 177 lbs. | May 28, 2001 | Last Mock: 28

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    66
  • G
    36
  • PTS
    81
  • +/-
    33
Anaheim Ducks
29. Ryan Johnson - Anaheim

D | Sioux Falls (USHL) | 6'0 | 170 lbs. | Jul. 24, 2001 | Last Mock: 29

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    54
  • G
    6
  • PTS
    25
  • +/-
    26
Boston Bruins
30. Alex Vlasic - Boston

D | USA U18 (USHL) | 6'5 3/4 | 198 lbs. | Jul. 5, 2001 | Last Mock: -

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    61
  • G
    4
  • PTS
    27
  • +/-
    13
Buffalo Sabres
31. Nolan Foote - Buffalo

LW | Kelowna (WHL) | 6'3 1/2 | 195 lbs. | Nov. 29, 2000 | Last Mock: 31

2018-19 Statistics

  • GP
    66
  • G
    36
  • PTS
    63
  • +/-
    -1