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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21. Carolina Hurricanes (via LAK)

F. University of Wisconsin, NCAA. Luke Kunin. 21. player. 109. As a second attempt to re-vamp their scoring prowess, the Hurricanes will be doing themselves good by taking a top-six do-it-all player in Luke Kunin. Kunin is an offensively flashy prospect with a lot of things to like about. His character is second to none. Although he does not have the most complete defensive game, his work ethic and on-ice accountability makes him the coach’s delight. Because of his determination, he can be played in all forward positions and do just about everything well.

22. Winnipeg Jets (via Chicago)

30. Dennis Cholowski has quietly risen up the ranks as one of the WHL’s top draft-eligible defensemen. He projects as a decent top-four defenseman who plays a calm, effective game with his good skating abilities. He seems like the smart player who will need some time to develop into an NHL defenseman but will thrive when given the time to get stronger. He is committed to the NCAA, so the Jets will not have to worry too much. He should fill in nicely when Dustin Byfuglien’s prime starts to close in Winnipeg. After picking offense, there isn’t a need for more scorers. The next player is also a good option for WPG.. D. Chilliwack, BCHL. Dennis Cholowski. 22. player

23. Florida Panthers

Kale Clague is a Ben Hutton-like player. His is slightly undersized but poised at all times, always having the presence of mind to find a good passing lane. For the Panthers who are loaded up front with great talent including Jared McCann, Clague will follow in Aaron Ekblad’s footsteps to be a part of a solid top-four.. D. Brandon, WHL. Kale Clague. 23. player. 87

24. Anaheim Ducks

Riley Tufte is a wild card. While his big frame at 6-foot-5 is certainly what Randy Carlyle and the Mighty Ducks want, his unexpected emergence to the scene has scouts wondering if he is the right pick to make in the first round. He dominated in the high school ranks scoring at a three-points-per-game , but what does that mean when put into comparison with the CHL, the NCAA, and the international ranks? The Ducks have two picks close together at the end of the first round and it will be worth it to use one on a wild card, especially with the Ducks being quite full on the blueline.. LW. Blaine, USHSW. Riley Tufte. 24. player. 105

25. Dallas Stars

109. Rubtsov does not deserve to fall so low in the rankings, but with the “Russian Factor” weighing him down amongst a tight race for the bottom half of the 1st round, he falls into the hands of the Dallas Stars. He is just a very capable all-around player with good hands and great playmaking traits.. C. Team Russia U18, MHL. German Rubtsov. 25. player

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