Can you recall a year when there has been this much attention with the current draft class? Ten years ago, the NHL was treated to the Sidney Crosby draft, featuring a superstar player that most people probably know about by now. Skip to 2015, and yet again, we have a superstar in the waiting with Connor McDavid.

With the way social media is these days, it’s impossible to escape the NHL’s next great group of future phenoms. It’s a great thing, if you think about it. More than ever, people can follow along with the upcoming batch of youngsters throughout the year, not relying on limited resources to find out more about who’s coming up.

For this list, both I and Brendan Saunders, my TV co-host in Canada, we looked at hundreds of prospects that we had followed at some point over the past two years, either in person, through a stream or through reports from trusted sources. We both tend to follow the sleepers throughout the year, and thus we believe some players, such as Dante Salituro, deserve to have their name called much earlier than they actually are. In many cases, it’s likely a size issue, something that will likely impair smaller talent in an unfair way for a long time.

Most of the picks also came as a combination of what teams may be looking to upgrade with the draft or based off of previous draft history. Some teams tend to skip out on defensemen in the first round every year. Some teams do a good job with their European scouting department. Many factors played in to the picking the 211 players that *potentially* could be chosen this June.

Without further ado, here’s our contribution to the mock draft market.

For extended information on some of the players this year, check out these quick links:

Andrew Mangiapane

Jesse Barwell

Matt Luff

Mattthew Stephens

Dante Salituro

Matthias Norstebo

Matthew Stephens

Ben Blacker

Veini Vehviläinen

Chris Martenet

Jackson Keane

Adrian Clark

Brandon Carlo

Mackenzie Blackwood

Jeremy Helvig

Daniel Vladar

RankPlayerNHL TeamNat.Pos.TeamLeagueNCAA    
Round 1
1McDavid, ConnorEdmontonCDNCErie OttersOHL
2Eichel, JackBuffaloUSACBoston UniversityUS - NCAA - H EastBoston College (2014)
3Marner, MitchArizonaCDNC/RWLondon KnightsOHL
4Strome, DylanTorontoCDNCErie OttersOHL
5Hanifin, NoahCarolinaUSADBoston CollegeUS - NCAA - H EastBoston College (2014)
6Provorov, IvanNew JerseyRUSDBrandon Wheat KingsWHL
7Crouse, LawsonPhiladelphiaCDNLWKingston FrontenacsOHL
8Werenski, ZackColumbusUSADUniversity of MichiganUS - NCAA - Big TenUniv. of Michigan (2014)
9Merkley, NickSan JoseCDNC/RWKelowna RocketsWHL
10Zacha, PavelColoradoCZEC/LWSarnia StingOHL
11Rantanen, MikkoFloridaFINC/RWTPS Liiga
12Barzal, MathewDallasCDNCSeattle ThunderbirdsWHL
13Connor, KyleLA KingsUSALW/CYoungstown PhantomsUSHLUniv. of Michigan (2015)
14Svechnikov, EvgenyBostonRUSLWCape Breton Screaming EaglesQMJHL
15Bittner, PaulCalgaryUSALWPortland WinterhawksWHL
16Roy, Ju00e9ru00e9myEdmontonCDNDSherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL
17Meier, TimoWinnipegSUIRWHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL
18Chabot, ThomasOttawaCDNDSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
19Juulsen, NoahDetroitCDNDEverett SilvertipsWHL
20Zboril, JakubMinnesotaCZEDSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
21Bracco, JeremyOttawaUSAC/RWUSA U18 NTDPUSHLBoston College (2015)
22Kylington, OliverWashingtonSWEDFarjestads BKSWE 1 - SHL
23Konecny, TravisVancouverCDNC/RWOttawa 67'sOHL
24Sprong, DanielTorontoNEDRWCharlottetown IslandersQMJHL
25White, ColinWinnipegUSACUSA U18 NTDPUSHLBoston College (2015)
26Beauvillier, AnthonyMontrealCDNCShawinigan CataractesQMJHL
27DeBrusk, JakeAnaheimCDNLWSwift Current BroncosWHL
28Greenway, JordanTampa BayUSALWUSA U18 NTDPUSHLBoston University (2015)
29Boeser, BrockPhiladelphiaUSARWWaterloo Black HawksUSHL
30Eriksson Ek, JoelArizonaSWECFu00e4rjestadSWE 1 - SHL
Round 2
31Harkins, JansenBuffaloCDNCPrince George CougarsWHL
32Carlo, BrandonArizonaUSADTri-City AmericansWHL
33Samsonov, IlyaEdmontonRUSGStalnye Lisy MagnitogorskRUS - MHL
34Novak, ThomasColumbusUSACWaterloo Black HawksUSHLUniv. of Minnesota (2015)
35Trenin, YakovCarolinaRUSC/LWGatineau OlympiquesQMJHL
36Hintz, RoopeNew JerseyFINC/RWIlvesFIN 1 - Liiga
37Siegenthaler, JonasBostonSUIDZSCSUI 1 - NLA
38Yan, DennisColumbusUSALWShawinigan CataractesQMJHL
39Carlsson, GabrielSan JoseSWEDLinku00f6pingSWE 1 - SHL
40Dunn, VinceColoradoCDNDNiagara Ice DogsOHL
41Blackwood, MacKenzieNew JerseyCDNGBarrie ColtsOHL
42Meloche, NicolasOttawaCDNDBaie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL
43Chlapik, FilipLA KingsCZECCharlottetown IslandersQMJHL
44Salituro, DanteTampa BayCDNCOttawa 67'sOHL
45Roslovic, JackCalgaryUSACUSA U18 NTDPUSHLMiami Univ. (2015
46Guryanov, DenisPittsburghRUSCLadia TogliattiRUS - MHL
47Senyshyn, ZacharyWinnipegCDNRWSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL
48Stephens, MitchellOttawaCDNCSaginaw SpiritOHL
49Gropp, RyanDallasCDNLWSeattle ThunderbirdsWHL
50Andersson, RasmusMinnesotaSWEDBarrie ColtsOHL
51Vande Sompel, MitchellBuffaloCDNDOshawa GeneralsOHL
52Roy, NicolasCalgaryCDNRWChicoutimi Saguenu00e9ensQMJHL
53Gabrielle, JesseCalgaryCDNLWRegina PatsWHL
54Spencer, MatthewChicagoCDNDPeterborough PetesOHL
55Nu00e4ttinen, JuliusNashvilleFINCJYP-AkatemiaFIN 2 - Mestis
56Carrier, AlexandreSt. LouisCDNDGatineau OlympiquesQMJHL
57Pilon, RyanEdmontonCDNDBrandon Wheat KingsWHL
58Wotherspoon, ParkerColumbusCDNDTri-City AmericansWHL
59Ahl, FilipArizonaSWELWHV71SWE 1 - SHL
60Larsson, JacobNew York RangersSWEDFru00f6lundaSWE 1 - SHL
61Timashov, DmytroPhiladelphiaUKRLWQuu00e9becu00a0RempartsQMJHL
Round 3
62Kovacs, RobinWashingtonSWELWAIKSWE 2
63Vladar, DanielArizonaCZEGHC Kladno CZE 2
64Brisebois, GuillaumeTampa BayCDNDAcadie-Bathurst TitanQMJHL
65Lu00f6u00f6ke, JensTorontoSWEC/RWBrynu00e4sSWE 1 - SHL
66Wagner, AustinCarolinaCDNLWRegina PatsWHL
67Fischer, ChristianNew JerseyUSACUSA U18 NTDPUSHLUniv. of Notre Dame (2015)
68Korostelev, NikitaColumbusRUSRWSarnia StingOHL
69Booth, CallumColumbusCDNGQuu00e9becu00a0RempartsQMJHL
70Malgin, DenisPhiladelphiaSUICZSCSUI 1 - NLA
71Forsbacka-Karlsson, JacobColoradoSWECOmaha LancersUSHLBoston Univ. (2015)
72Speers, BlakeNew York IslandersCDNC/RWSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL
73Knott, GrahamDetroitCDNLWNiagara Ice DogsOHL
74Gavrikov, VladislavLA KingsRUSDLokomotiv YaroslavlRUS - KHL
75Dermott, TravisBostonCDNDErie OttersOHL
76Marsh, AdamCalgaryUSALWSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
77Gawdin, GlennFloridaCDNCSwift Current BroncosWHL
78Jaros, ChristianWinnipegSVKDLuleu00e5SWE 1 - SHL
79Guhle, BrandanEdmontonCDNDPrince Albert RaidersWHL
80Dergachyov, AlexanderAnaheimRUSCSKA-1946 St. PetersburgRUS - MHL
81Greer, Anthony JohnArizonaCDNLWBoston UniversityUS - NCAA - H EastBoston University (2014)
82Musil, AdamNew York IslandersCDNCRed Deer RebelsWHL
83Sandstru00f6m, FelixCalgarySWEGBrynu00e4sSWE 1 - SHL
84Paygin, ZiyatAnaheimRUSDAk Bars KazanRUS - KHL
85Cotton, DavidNashvilleUSACCushing AcademyUS - HS MABoston College (2016)
86Lu00e9veillu00e9, LoikSt. LouisCDNDCape Breton Screaming EaglesQMJHL
87Warren, BrendanMontrealUSALWUSA U18 NTDPUSHLUniv. of Michigan (2015)
88Hill, AdinFloridaCDNGPortland WinterhawksWHL
89Aho, SebastianNew York RangersFINLWKu00e4rpu00e4tFIN 1 - Liiga
90Spacek, MichaelPhiladelphiaCZERWHC PardubiceCZE 1
91Vehvilu00e4inen, VeiniChicagoFINGJYP U20FIN U20
Round 4
92Tomek, MatejBuffaloSVKGTopeka RoadRunnersUS - NAHLNorth Dakota (2015)
93Soy, TylerCarolinaCDNCVictoria RoyalsWHL
94Lindgren, JesperSt. LouisSWEDMODO J20SWE J20
95Foley, ErikTorontoUSALWCedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHLProvidence College (2015)
96Montembeault, SamuelCarolinaCDNGBlainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL
97Lauzon, Ju00e9ru00e9my New JerseyCDNDRouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL
98Gilbert, DennisPhiladelphiaUSADChicago SteelUSHLUniv. of Notre Dame (2015)
99Capobianco, KylePhiladelphiaCDNDSudbury WolvesOHL
100Forsberg, FredrikNashvilleSWEC/RWLeksands J20SWE J20
101Martenet, ChrisColoradoUSADLondon Knights OHL
102Stenlund, KevinFloridaSWECHV 71SWE 1 - SHL
103Appleby, KenDallasCDNGOshawa GeneralsOHL
104Cirelli, AnthonyLA KingsCDNCOshawa GeneralsOHL
105Kase, DavidBostonCZECKLH ChomutovCZE 2
106McBride, NickSan JoseCDNGPrince Albert RaidersWHL
107Garland, ConorTorontoCDNCMoncton WildcatsQMJHL
108Suter, PiusWinnipegSUICGuelph StormOHL
109Marino, JohnOttawaUSADSouth Shore KingsUS - USPHLHarvard Univ. (2016)
110Noel, NathanDetroitCDNCSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
111Opilka, LukeMinnesotaUSAGUSA U18 NTDPUSHLUniv. of Wisconsin (2015)
112Marody, CooperNew York IslandersUSACMuskegon LumberjacksUSHL
113Nielsen, AndrewWashingtonCDNDLethbridge HurricanesWHL
114Karnaukhov, PavelVancouverBLRCCalgary HitmenWHL
115Schemitsch, ThomasNashvilleCDNDOwen Sound AttackOHL
116Richard, AnthonySt. LouisCDNCVal d'Or ForeursQMJHL
117Bondra, RadovanEdmontonSVKLW/RWTeam Slovakia U18SVK 2
118Sharpipzyanov, DamirTampa BayRUSDOwen Sound AttackOHL
119Sideroff, DevenNew York RangersCDNRWKamloops BlazersWHL
120Mangiapane, AndrewTampa BayCDNC/WBarrie ColtsOHL
121Henley, DavidChicagoCDNDCharlottetown IslandersQMJHL
Round 5
122Schweri, KayBuffaloSUICSherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL
123Betz, NickArizonaUSARWErie OttersOHL
124Bouramman, GustavEdmontonSWEDSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL
125Sadek, JackTorontoUSADLakeview North HSUS - HS MNUniv. of Minnesota (2015)
126Kolesar, KeeganCarolinaCDNRWSeattle ThunderbirdsWHL
127Vainio, VeetiSt. LouisFINDBlues U20FIN U20
128Bourque, SimonPhiladelphiaCDNDRimouski OceanicQMJHL
129Aho, SebastianColumbusSWEDSkellefteu00e5SWE 1 - SHL
130Gabriele, GrantSan JoseUSADUSA U18 NTDPUSHLWestern Michigan Univ. (2016)
131Borgen, WillMontrealUSADMoorhead HSUS - HS MN
132Niku, SamiFloridaFINDJYP-AkatemiaFIN 2 - Mestis
133Deluca, AnthonyDallasCDNLWDrummondville VoltigeursQMJHL
134Morrison, BradLA KingsCDNCPrince George CougarsWHL
135Cernak, ErikBostonSVKDHC KosiceSVK 1
136Bear, EthanCalgaryCDNDSeattle ThunderbirdsWHL
137Saariju00e4rvi, ViliPittsburghFINDGreen Bay GamblersUSHL
138Corriveau, TaggartWinnipegUSAC/RWWestminster HSUS - HS CT
139Kaprizov, KirillOttawaRUSFMetallurg NovokuznetskRUS - KHL
140Addison, JeremiahNew JerseyCDNLWOttawa 67'sOHL
141Boka, NicholasColumbusUSADUSA U18 NTDPUSHLUniv. of Michigan (2015)
142Gardiner, ReidNew York IslandersCDNCPrince Albert RaidersWHL
143Jones, CalebWashingtonUSADUSA U18 NTDPUSHL
144Dove-McFalls, SamuelVancouverCDNCSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
145Cecconi, JosephNashvilleUSADMuskegon LumberjacksUSHLUniv. of Michigan (2015)
146Olson, TateSt. LouisCDNDPrince George CougarsWHL
147Kielly, KameronFloridaCDNRWCharlottetown IslandersQMJHL
148Hobbs, ConnorAnaheimCDNDRegina PatsWHL
149Gates, BrentVancouverUSACGreen Bay GamblersUSHLUniv. of Minnesota (2015)
150McKenzie, BrettTampa BayCDNCNorth Bay BattalionOHL
151Cox, TrevorChicagoCDNC/LWMedicine Hat TigersWHL
Round 6
152McCool, HaydenBuffaloCDNCNiagara Ice DogsOHL
153Terry, TroyTampa BayUSAFUSA U18 NTDPUSHLUniveristy of Denver (2015)
154Beaudin, Jean-ChristopheEdmontonCDNCRouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL
155Reilly, WillTorontoCDNDNorth York RangersCDN JR A - OJHL
156Tkachev, VladimirCarolinaRUSRWQuu00e9becu00a0RempartsQMJHL
157Barwell, JesseNew JerseyCDNCSaginaw SpiritOHL
158Jau0161ek, Luku00e1u0161PhiladelphiaCZEFHC TrinecCZE 1
159Vorobyev, MikhailColumbusRUSLWu00a0Tolpar UfaRUS - MHL
160Karrer, RogerSan JoseSUIDGC Ku00fcsnacht LionsSUI 2 - NLB
161Stezka, AlesColoradoCZEGBili Tygri Liberec U20CZE U20
162Parsells, AdamFloridaUSADWausau West HSUS - HS WIUniv. of Wisconsin (2016)
163Diffley, BrienDallasUSADBoston UniversityUS - NCAA - H EastBoston Univ. (2014)
164Yudin, DmitriChicagoRUSDSKA St. PetersburgRUS - KHL
165Luff, MattBostonCDNRWBelleville BullsOHL
166Cho, AustinCalgaryCDNDSt. Andrew's College HSCDN - HS ONRPI (2016)
167van Pottelberghe, JorenPittsburghSUIGLinku00f6ping J20SWE J20
168Fortin, AlexanderCarolinaCDNCRouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL
169Fronk, JiriWinnipegCZERWCedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL
170Baillie, Tyson DetroitCDNC/RWKelowna RocketsWHL
171McNiven, MichaelMinnesotaCDNGOwen Sound AttackOHL
172Godla, DennisNew York IslandersSVKGTeam Slovakia U20SVK 1
173Wilkie, ChristopherWashingtonUSARWTri-City StormUSHLUniv. of North Dakota (2015)
174Tuulola, JoniVancouverFINDHPKFIN 1 - Liiga
175Mercier, Mu00e9dric NashvilleCDNDSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL
176Saarela, AleksiSt. LouisFINCu00c4ssu00e4tFIN 1 - Liiga
177Palmu, PetrusMontrealFINFOwen Sound AttackOHL
178Laberge, SamuelAnaheimCDNRWRimouski Ocu00e9anicQMJHL
179Webster, BaileyNew York RangersCDNDSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
180Pearson, ChaseTampa BayCDNCYoungstown PhantomsUSHLUniv. of Maine (2015)
181Tammela, JonneChicagoFINCKalPaFIN 1 - Liiga
Round 7
182Bradley, MattBuffaloCDNLW/CMedicine Hat TigersWHL
183Vela, MarcusArizonaCDNCLangley RivermenCDN JR A - BCHL
184Alain, AlexandreEdmontonCDNCGatineau OlympiquesQMJHL
185Dvou0159u00e1k, Filip TorontoCZEFHC Kometa Brno U20CZE U20
186White, ColtonCarolinaCDNDSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL
187Joseph, MathieuLA KingsCDNLWSaint John Sea DogsQMJHL
188Fox, TrentPhiladelphiaCDNCBelleville BullsOHL
189Gennaro, MatteoColumbusCDNCPrince Albert RaidersWHL
190Lemcke, JustinSan JoseCDNDBelleville BullsOHL
191Galipeau, OlivierColoradoCDNDVal d'Or ForeursQMJHL
192Cherepanov, NikitaFloridaRUSDLoko YaroslavlRUS - MHL
193Michaud, LucasDallasUSARWu00a0Portland Jr. PiratesUS - USPHLUniv. of Maine (2016)
194Morris, CaleLA KingsUSAGWarterloo Black HawksUSHLUniv. of Notre Dame (2016)
195Werner, AdamBostonSWEGFu00e4rjestadu00a0J20SWE J20
196Volkov, ArtyomCalgaryRUSDHK MVD JrRUS - MHL
197Radke, RoyPittsburghUSARWBarrie ColtsOHL
198Keane, JacksonWinnipegUSACWinnipeg BluesCDN JR A - MJHL
199Stephens, DevanteOttawaCDNDKelowna RocketsWHL
200Freytag, MatthewDetroitUSALWTri-City StormUSHLUniv. of Wisconsin (2015)
201Pfeifer, TristenMinnesotaUSADEverett SilvertipsWHL
202Estephan, GiorgioSan JoseCDNCLethbridge HurricanesWHL
203Fitzgerald, CaseyWinnipegUSADUSA U18 NTDPUSHLBoston College (2016)
204Shea, RyanMinnesotaUSADBoston College HSUS - HS MANortheastern Univ. (2016)
205Ordos, JanNashvilleCZEFu00a0Bili Tygri Liberec U20CZE U20
206Sharov, AlexanderFloridaRUSCCSKA MoskvaKHL
207Desrocher, StephenMontrealCDNDOshawa GeneralsOHL
208Moynihan, ConnorTampa BayUSALWHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL
209Morrisey, JakeNew York RangersCDNGKelowna RocketsWHL
210Texeira, KeoniNew York IslandersUSADPortland WinterhawksWHL
211Sorensen, GeorgeChicagoDENGHerningDEN 1

 

Photo credit of Mitch Marner: Aaron Bell – OHL Images