2017 NHL Draft: Janik Beichler’s full first-round mock

Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Michael McCleod greets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the number twelve overall draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Michael McCleod greets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the number twelve overall draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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21. Columbus Blue Jackets

22. Arizona Coyotes (from MIN)

Spokane Chiefs, WHL. Kailer Yamamoto. 22. player. 121. Yamamoto could be the shortest NHL first-round pick of all time, but the Coyotes just don’t care. With GM John Chayka as the decision-maker, what matters is the numbers and talent. And Yamamoto, a 99-point scorer this season, makes a case for himself in both regards. Makar is a bit of a gamble at seventh, and Yamamoto is one at 22nd — but if they work out, it will be huge for the ‘Yotes.. Right Wing

23. Chicago Blackhawks

Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL. Maxime Comtois. 23. player. 94. Comtois looked like a promising scorer last season but fell nine points short of his 2015-16 point total this year. At this point, he looks like a bottom-nine guy who might just be a third-line grinder who can contribute on the PK. The Blackhawks get someone who’s almost a lock to make the NHL in one role or another.. Left Wing

24. Nashville Predators

Thomas has the talent to be a top-20 pick in this draft, so the Preds are happy to get him at 24. A center who can fill just about any role, including both special teams. He has top-six potential but might have better chances of being a third-round player who can contribute in multiple ways.. Center. London Knights, OHL. Robert Thomas. 24. player. 151

25. Ottawa Senators

Defense. Kelowna Rockets, WHL. Callan Foote. 25. player. 91. Scouts’ opinions differ greatly on this prospect. The son of NHL legend Adam Foote may be profiting from his name, putting him in the mid-first conversation. Looked at objectively, though, he is just a big D-man that has been racking up points thanks to a strong forward group in Kelowna that probably did a lot of the offensive work for him.