Cousin Eddie and Bahds’ 2018 NHL Mock Draft

Hey everybody, I’m back with a quick look at the upcoming 2018 NHL draft being held in Dallas Texas. This will be the first draft run by the Leafs new management team and while the 2014 draft gives us a bit of an idea what to expect, to me it is still very unexpected what the Leafs will do. The team is now at a different stage of it’s development.

The Leafs could easily use assets to move up in the draft to get a player they really want, they could stand pat and pick at 25, they could trade that pick down to get two picks in the second round or they could trade that pick with a more assets to get a high end defenceman. The options aren’t endless but there are definitely several possibilities here.

What this piece will focus on is what I, and several other members of Leafs Nation (plus Evil Bergy picking for the Habs), think will happen in terms of picks at the draft. We won’t try to predict any trades or player movement. Just who each team will draft either based on who it the best player available in their opinion or what their needs are. It is my opinion that anyone who thinks each team only drafts the best player available and doesn’t consider need is a bit naive. If you listened to GMs last year, they mentioned need over and over again.

The members of Leafs nation that participated:

  1. @Sandy11611 2,13 and 23
  2. @leafknowitall64  4,15 and 26
  3. @EvilBergy #3 of course.
  4. @danielroyyyy 5, 16 and 27
  5. @6_8_5_13 6,17 and 28
  6. @JillianMcLeod05 7,18 and 29
  7. @OFFSIDETALK 8,19 and 30
  8. @FarmerRob17 9,20 and 31
  9. @ingy56 10, 21 and 25 (Leafs pick)
  10. @inmateMack 11, 14 and 22 
  11. me with picks 1, 12 and 23.

The descriptions provided are pretty much verbatim from those making the picks.

I’ll just use this Rickyism instead of explaining the rest.

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#1 Sabres Rasmus Dahlin. Buffalo will absolutely be selecting Dahlin. He might be the best prospect at the defense position in over a decade. This will set up the Sabres to have elite players at 1C and 1D. He’s big at 6’2.75, has terrific puck skills, and great skating ability.

#2 Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov – RW scoring for Staal. He has good size, a lightning quick release, and had 72 points in 44 games with Barrie this season.

#3 Habs Noah Dobson. He’s a big puck moving defender who can carry a team to a championship. We don’t need to buy a dog for loyalty because Noah has more than enough.

#4 Senators I’m going to go with Brady Tkachuk. He is a a lot like his dad Keith, but has the puck hound ability of Zack Hyman

#5 Coyotes At #5 I am pleased to select from the University of Michigan of the NCAA: Quinn Hughes.  Hughes is arguably the best skater in the draft. Watched him play a couple full games in the NCAA this year and he absolutely dominated as an 18 year old playing against older guys in a great league. He’s going to be a zone exit/entry wizard at the next level and has higher offensive upside than all of Werenski, McAvoy and Hanifin.

#6 Red Wings With the 6th pick of the 2018 NHL draft Detroit Red Wings select from the Halifax Mooseheads Filip Zadina. An excellent skater who possesses a lethal release of a shot that will be punishing goalies for years to come. With Detroit needing an elite winger to compliment a fast centre like Larkin, Filip will blend right in and become the sniper they’re missing.

#7 Canucks Happy to select out of Boston College & the US Development program Oliver Wahlstrom At 6’2″ 207 lbs. He is a fierce competitor that has natural instincts, is a lethal scoring threat & has great hockey sense…if you want a guy that can create plays this is him he isn’t afraid of the corners.

#8 Blackhawks Jared McIssac. Jared is a solid top potential defender with physical upside and a boom of a shot from the point and given time to grow he will become a top 4.

#9 Rangers With the 9th pick out of London in the OHL Evan Bouchard. Evan is an elite passer with high hockey IQ. Had the ability to step in 2 the NHL next season.

#10 Oilers Serron Noel. Power winger, 6 points in 5 games at the U18’s 6’4″, 205 lbs. Comes from an athletic family, seen him play a couple of games here in town.

#11 Islanders OK fuckers and fuckettes At #11 I’ m going with Jakub Skarek. Quick agility and crease control and has a great glove hand.

#12 Islanders (from CGY) Adam Boqvist  He’s a great puck rusher with a great shot . He’ll need to add a few lbs before playing in the NHL but he should be a great asset to complement either Tavares or Barzal .

#13 Stars Joe Veleneo – High risk pick to complement Dallas’  firepower of Seguin and Benn.

#14 Flyers (from Blues) Joel Farabee. Great play maker, mature and just fits the flyers type of player.

#15 Panthers Ty Smith – Two way defender, great skater, great poise.

#16 Avalanche Jesperi Kotkaniemi  Quick, play making center with great skating, play making, hard worker and good size.

#17 Devils With the 17th pick in the 2018 nhl entry draft New Jersey Devils select from the USA U18 NTDP Bode Wilde. An excellent skater with a love for hitting. Bode is a offensive defenseman who has really good breakout and puck carrying ability made effortless with his smooth skating. Wilde can also run a 1st unit power play and has a bomb of a shot from the point.

#18 Blue Jackets Proud to select from the University of Wisconsin NCAA Program…. K’andre Miller 18 yr old left shooting beast of a defenseman that is the whole package. Has diversity coming from playing forward & moves well for being 6’4″ & 205 lbs He sees the ice well & is calm & poised under pressure. He will be one of the surprises that will be a top 2 Dman in the NHL one day. Other players won’t be thrilled to play against him a la Big Buff!

#19 Flyers Benoit-Olivier Groulx. Groulx is a project but has skill and has the ability to put it all together and make other players miss. His hockey IQ is very high.

#20 Kings With the 20th pick I select Ryan McLeod. Ryan’s foot speed is at the very top of this draft class. In today’s game you can never have 2 much speed and he has it in spades. He used it to propel himself to a better than a point a game average this year in Mississauga.
#21 Sharks At 21, the San Jose Sharks pick Jacob Olofsson. A 6’2″ C from Sweden, models his play after Auston Matthews. With Pavelski entering his UFA season and Thornton possibly leaving or retiring, the Sharks will need prospects down the middle. Ranked as the 9th Euro prospect in the draft.
#22 Senators (from Pens) Barrett Hayton. Hard hitting blue collar type of guy. Drives to net with force great hockey sense and good puck skills.
#23 Ducks Vitali Kravtsov – A big winger with very good straight line speed, and balance, quick feet, and scoring ability.
#24 Wild Akil Thomas. Great speed. Hard working player and difficult to knock off the puck. Has very good hands .
#25 Leafs Mattias Samuelsson. 6’4″ LD, father played with the Flyers and Pens. The Leafs need help at C. but this kid is going to be good.
#26 Rangers ( from Bruins) Dominik Bokk. C/RW Agile, and quick hands. Good speed.
#27 Blackhawks (from Preds) There’s a few players I like with this pick butttt I am proud to announce from Skelleftea of the SuperElit league the Blackhawks select Jonatan Berggren. Berggren is one of the most elusive players in the draft and one of the best in tight spaces. His skating ability at the same age reminds me a lot of our very own William Nylander. Great agility, vision, skating and puck handling skills and his spatial awareness combined with his speed will set him apart at the NHL level.
#28 Rangers (from Bolts) With the 28th selection of the NHL draft New York Rangers select from Lulea Isac Lundestrom. Isac is a dynamic 2 way forward that plays with creative play making skills and can protect the puck in all 3 zones. His hockey sense is excellent and his skating ability is effortless, Lundestrom will wear opponents down on the attack with his relentless ability to get the puck back to create an offensive chance. A complete package as far as 2 way player goes.
#29 Blues (from Jets) – Proud to announce from the Karpat in the Finnish League Liiga, Rasmus Kupari. A talented centreman with incredible potential, he has incredible offensive skill & play making abilities. He also has a wicked shot & can make huge plays. He needs to work on his defensive side but he’ll surprise a lot of people.
#30Red Wings (from Vegas)- #30. With 30 we take Jack Mcbain. Had the pleasure of talking with his coaches this year and had first hand accounts of how this kid is all world. He is the type of guy who stirs the team drink and has the potential given the time to develop will become a solid number 2 center.
#31 Capitals With the 31st pick I select Rasmus Sandin from the Soo. Sand in is a Smart guy safe pick. Does a lot of things well. Lots to Like about his game.
So to summarize:
1 Dahlin
2 Svechnikov
3 Dobson
4 Tkachuk
5 Hughes
6 Zadina
7 Wahlstrom
8 McIsaac
9 Bouchard
10 Noel
11 Skarek
12 Boqvist
13 Veleno
14 Farabee
15 Smith
16 Kotkaniemi
17 Wilde
18 Miller
19 Groulx
20 McLeod
21 Olofsson
22 Hayton
23 Kravtsov
24 Thomas
25 Samuelsson
26 Bokk
27 Berggren
28 Lundestrom
29 Kupari
30 McBain
31 Sandin
That’s it, that’s all kids. I hope we’re right or even just a little bit close.
Until next time, #GoLeafsGo
Cousin Eddie Leafs
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