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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26. Washington Capitals

player. 19. Boris Katchouk is another name that has surfaced in scouts’ first rounds after starting out as a top-80 player. He, like Kunin, is a do-it-all player who figures to be a bonafide option as a middle-six winger. He is not the biggest player but has the bite to his game that the Washington Capitals wouldn’t mind having behind Mr. Ovechkin. Katchouk is also a great leader.. LW. Saulte-Ste. Marie, OHL. Boris Katchouk. 26

27. Tampa Bay Lightning

23. Brett Howden figures to be a solid pick who will become a good middle-six forward in the NHL. His work ethic, his versatility, and his consistency will allow him to perhaps grow into a defense-first utility center of Brock Nelson’s caliber.. C. Moose Jaw, WHL. Brett Howden. 27. player

28. St. Louis Blues

player. 99. With the St. Louis Blues looking to move Kevin Shattenkirk out and add inexpensive pieces to the lineup, Ryan Johansen’s younger brother Lucas may be a solid pick at 28. He currently projects as a potential top-four defenseman who moves the puck like Ben Hutton, with the poise and calmness. His downside, however, is the lack of strength and muscle to compliment his height. With an AHL-seasoned frame, he could be a solid top-four defender.. D. Kelowna, WHL. Lucas Johansen. 28

29. Boston Bruins (via SJS)

70. There is a lot to like about Tage Thompson, including his 6-foot-5 frame at 195 pounds. He could be the next middle-six utility player for the Boston Bruins, embodying the very essence of being the “Big Bad Bruins”. As a physical hard-working forward, Thompson will look to go in the late first round.. F. University of Connecticut, NCAA. Tage Thompson. 29. player

30. Anaheim Ducks (via TOR, via PIT)

D. Mississauga, OHL. Sean Day. 30. player. 105. And with the very last pick of the draft, the Ducks may take a swing at another big-body wild card, but this time at a defenseman. Sean Day is an absolute thrill to watch. He is a fantastic skater. He can make the moves, the passes, and the shots. The biggest issue for the 228-pound blueliner is his consistency and his mental readiness. He breaks down when pressure comes at him. His decision making becomes questionable. He tries to do too much and not use his big body to advantage by simply being in the right position. The Ducks might like the big frame he brings, but it will be crucial for them to make him work. He was ranked as low as 58th by TSN.

"On Sean Day, exceptional status is burden to carry around because he was deemed exceptional as 15 yr old but clearly isn’t as an 18 yr old. (Bob McKenzie, June 20th)"

There definitely  are more picks to be made, and virtually all picks in this mock draft can be debated. But the Canucks are primed to take a good forward as the draft’s fifth overall selection and there are big prospects who will be headed to many rivals, such as the Arizona Coyotes, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Calgary Flames.

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The common theme, however, is that there are a lot of similar players in the later portions of the first round. Many big-body forwards who work hard with two-way upside, many mobile defensemen with good poise yet with a slight want of size. The Canucks will do themselves good to acquire one of those picks, or even acquire an early second to draft a guy like Tyler Benson.