NHL Mock Draft: Joun’s Final Full First Round Mock of 2016

Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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11. New Jersey Devils

US National U18. Clayton Keller. 11. player. 85. The New Jersey Devils cannot deny that their goaltending is a strength that can carry the defense. The offense, though, has been pitiful after the departure of Ilya Kovalchuk. In Clayton Keller the Devils are getting a Patrick Kane-like player who has the potential to be one of the biggest steals in the first round. Although the US development league is not the proven development league that the CHL is, Keller’s stellar numbers undeniably displays his skills, his poise, and his scoring instincts.. C

12. Ottawa Senators

91. Julien Gauthier is a heck of a power forward. The big man at 6-foor-3 comes from a family of bodybuilders and the Ottawa Senators will gladly take the French-Canadian with the 12th-overall pick. Gauthier is a bullish scorer, a poor man’s Tkachuk — simply intimidating to play against at times.. RW. Val-d'Or, QMJHL. Julien Gauthier. 12. player

"Julien Gauthier physically ready to play pro, sort of like Jake Virtanen, but not sure it’s in his best interests. (Bob McKenzie, June 20th)"

13. Carolina Hurricanes

Forward. Penticton, BCHL. Tyson Jost. 13. player. 109. The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to regain their scoring touch after they lost franchise center Eric Staal. A return to Carolina is unlikely for Staal, but the first BCHL-er picked in this year’s draft will certainly not disappoint. Though undersized, many project him as a Jonathan Toews. The Hurricanes cannot miss with this pick. They have to instil in the NHL the notion that Carolina is still a viable NHL market, not to be meddled with in relocation talks.

"Every scout I talked to raved about Jost’s character, maturity and leadership. Doesn’t hurt he beat McDavid’s U-18 scoring records either. (Bob McKenzie, June 20th)"

14. Boston Bruins

70. Charlie McAvoy came into this draft as one of the youngest NCAA players available, and his stock has quietly risen from being a 20th-overall selection at the beginning of the year to now challenging the top 15. The physical  defenseman stil has a lot to learn offensively, but for a Bruins blueline that is full of undersized mobile defensemen, a big tough two-way player like him will certainly add to the Bruins lineup as soon as his NCAA commitment ends.. D. Boston University, NCAA. Charlie McAvoy. 14. player

15. Minnesota Wild

98. As one of the more underrated players in the first half of the first round, the speedy McLeod is a great pick for the Wild who are quite full of blue-chip defense prospects. His character and relentlessness on the ice is sure to make him a good top-six option for Minnesota. TSN’s Craig Button sees him as a Ryan Kesler-like two-way centerman, which is a compliment for a player as long as he keeps his character clean and respectable.. C. Mississauga, OHL. Michael McLeod. 15. player

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