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2015 NHL Mock Draft: Final Mock 7 Rounds

Round 1 Picks 16-30

Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June, 26, 2015

  1. Edmonton Oilers: Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

    Edmonton gets this pick thanks to trading David Perron to the Penguins. The Oilers can use this pick to reload on the blue line.

    Our source for Oilers information who has with ties with the Edmonton Oilers front office at the Edmonton Sun Journal told us Leon Drasaitl would go third and that Connor McDavid would go first in this years draft. Last week, he told me the Oilers are high on defensemen Oliver Kylington, Brandon Carlo, and Jeremy Roy at 16. The Oilers also believe that Ilya Samsonov or MacKenzie Blackwood would be an excellent addition at 33.

    After watching tape on all three players, I believe that Edmonton takes Jeremy Roy here. Roy seems to be the best player on tape among those 3. I could also see Kylington going to Edmonton since he played at Farjestads B.K. which was the same team Oskar Klefbom played at when the Oilers drafted him with their second first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

    Previous Pick: Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City Americans

  2. Winnipeg Jets: Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

    Winnipeg saw two player stand out during interviews at the 2015 NHL Combine in Buffalo. Those players were Jansen Harkins of the Prince George Cougars and left winger Jake DeBrusk of the Swift Current Broncos.

    DeBrusk has seen his stock skyrocket as he's gone from the 27th to 19th best player available on boards. His 42 goals, 39 assists, and 81 points in 2014-2015 may explain why his stock is skyrocketing. That and his 6-1 170 lb height has teams speculating on whether or not DeBrusk is a top 20 pick. DeBrusk interviewed with 29 of 30 teams with the Los Angeles Kings being the only team not to interview him.

    Jake DeBrusk makes total sense for a team like the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets lost Evander Kane in the trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Adding Jake DeBrusk would be a great way to replace Kane. Some will point out that the Jets got Nikolai Ehlers in the 2014 NHL Draft. I saw Ehlers tape last year and thought he was overrated. That's why I have no problem with mocking DeBrusk here. Even if Ehlers steps up this guy has the versatility to play left wing or right wing in the NHL.

  3. Ottawa Senators: Daniel Sprong, RW, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

    Ottawa goes with a right winger here. Daniel Sprong had an excellent season in 2014-2015. Sprong posted 30 goals, 38 assists, and 68 points. He reminds me a little of Corey Perry and could be a tremendous value pick in the first round.

    Previous Pick: Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa 67's

  4. Detroit Red Wings: Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City Americans (WHL)

    Detroit can take the best player on the board. The Red Wings never reloaded on defense after Niklas Lidstrom left.

    Carlo was projected to weigh in at 6-5 185 lbs at the 2015 NHL Combine. He weighed in at 6-5 190 lbs. That's probably why his stock is up right now. Not just that, the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings all interviewed Carlo.

    Previous Pick: Jeremy Roy, D, Sherbrooke Phoenix

  5. Minnesota Wild: Nick Merkley, C, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

    Minnesota needs more depth at center. Nick Merkley is a top 20 talent that has the best chance among this group to go in the top 15. Getting Merkley here would be a tremendous fit at this spot.

  6. Buffalo Sabres: Denis Guryanov, RW, Lada Togilatti (KHL)

    Buffalo could use a winger here. Denis Guryanov had an awesome NHL Combine and is drawing NHL comparisons to Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a hat trick in a 7-4 win over Sweden which is what really stands out on tape with his 6-2 189 lb size.

    Alexander Dergachev was the top KHL skater for most of the NHL Draft process. That's changed as Guryanov is really beginning to turn the corner after he made his debut in my 5 round NHL Mock Draft last week.

    Buffalo believes that Guryanov is a top 15 prospect. I think that's insane, but Guryanov could realistically end up in Buffalo since the Sabres could use more depth at right wing. We see NHL teams reach for players in the back half of the first round every year during picks 21-30 so don't count out Guryanov going to one of those teams picking in picks 21-30.

  7. Washington Capitals: Colin White, C, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL)

    Washington failed to beat the New York Rangers in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs because they failed to score goals. With the Hershey Bears in the AHL and South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL, the Capitals have one of the best farm systems for developing talent so there's no need for them to rush their prospects.

  8. Vancouver Canucks: Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien)

    Vancouver takes the best available player. The Canucks go with Joel Eriksson Ek here.

  9. Toronto Maple Leafs: Paul Bittner, LW, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

    Paul Bittner plays like Bobby Ryan and Paul Kariya at times on left wing. He's exactly what the Maple Leafs need. Bittner had 34 goals, 37 assists, and 71 points in 2014-2015 making him a suitable starter.

    Toronto scouted Paul Bittner and loved him. If he's here at 24, it's hard to see the Maple Leafs passing on the USA native.

    Previous Pick: Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestads B.K.

  10. Winnipeg Jets: Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

    If the rumors about the Winnipeg Jets having Noah Hanifin ranked ahead of both Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are true then they will spend one of their two first round picks on a defenseman. I cannot see Winnipeg packaging their picks to move up in the draft.

    Winnipeg has both defenseman on the Brandon Wheat Kings graded out as first round prospects. Despite the fact that Ryan Pilon of the Brandon Wheat Kings is here at 26, I just believe that Jakub Zboril is too good to pass on at this spot if he's here at 25.

  11. Montreal Canadiens: Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

    Montreal loves Thomas Chabot. This is a no brainer if Chabot slips this far since many would argue that Chabot is a steal if he slips out of the top 25. Chabot could be everything that Nathan Beauleau was supposed to be. The Canadiens 2011 first round pick played for the Saint John Sea Dogs when they won the Memorial cup back in 2011.

  12. Anaheim Ducks: Oliver Kylington, D, Farjestads B.K. (Elitserien)

    The Anaheim Ducks have the luxury of going with the best player available. If Oliver Kylington slips to this pick, they will take him and end up getting a steal the same way they got a steal in 2010 when Cam Fowler made the roster.

    Imagine what this defense could do with Francois Beauchemin and Hampus Lindholm on the first line while Oliver Kylington compliments Cam Fowler on the second line. Can you say 2016 Western Conference Champions? The Western Conference Champion has only lost the Stanley Cup twice since 2007. If they faced the Lightning I could see the Lightning winning that series, but you have to like the Ducks odds of winning a cup if they can win the Western Conference.

    Previous Pick: Paul Bittner, LW, Portland Winterhawks

  13. Tampa Bay Lightning: Gabriel Karlsson, D, Linkopings H.C. (Elitserien)

    Tampa Bay takes the best player available. Gabriel Karlsson is a safe player to take with tremendous value near the end of the first round as most believe he is either 29th or 30th on NHL draft boards.

  14. Philadelphia Flyers: Jansen Harkins, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

    Jansen Harkins had 20 goals, 59 assists, and 79 points with the Prince George Cougars in 2014-2015. Philadelphia needs more help at center. Sean Couturier got bumped up to the second line when Brayden Schenn moved over from center to left wing. Couturier is a line 3 center at best and has never had a season of above 40 points.

    I gave the Flyers Lawson Crouse at 7. To get Jansen Harkins at 29 would be a nice direction to go in.

  15. Arizona Coyotes: Filip Chlapik, C, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

    Arizona got this pick from the Blackhawks thanks to the Antoine Vermette trade. They use this pick to add another center. Filip Chlapik had 75 points in 2014-2015 with the Charlottetown Islanders.

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