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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26. St. Louis Blues

99. Vaakanainen and Heiskanen seemed to be at roughly the same level to start the year. Today, Heiskanen is a potential top-three pick and Vaakanainen could fall out of the first round. He is a great skater who can defend against speedy, skilled players, but has some issues in the defensive zone and has little to no offensive upside. Full profile: <a href=. Defense. JYP, Liiga. Urho Vaakanainen. 26. player

27. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton selected four defensemen in the late rounds of the 2016 draft, so it might be time to get another first-round D-man into the organisation. But when the opportunity isn’t there, the Oilers go with who they believe to be the best player available at 27 — and that’s Bowers, a two-way center with a very high floor.. Center. Waterloo Blackhawks, USHL. Shane Bowers. 27. player. 148

 28. New York Rangers

Left Wing. Guelph Storm, OHL. Issac Ratcliffe. 28. player. 95. The Rangers get a big power winger at 28th overall. Ratcliffe needs to work on his foot speed but has excellent puck skills and a wicked release. Scouts’ opinions vary on this one, as he is ranked anywhere between 13th and 30th.

29. Anaheim Ducks

A promising two-way defenseman who can play in all situations but needs some time to develop. Jokiharju had some question marks at the start of the year that he is erasing one by one. A few more years and teams might wish they had picked him much earlier than 29th.. Defense. Portland Winterhawks, WHL. Henri Jokiharju. 29. player. 105

30. Pittsburgh Penguins

Max Gildon. 30. player. 92. The Penguins get a promising American defenseman who had a slow start into the year but was able to prove he can be a first-round pick. Gildon was arguably Team USA’s best player at the U18 worlds where they won the gold medal. He is not ranked in the first round by any of the major scouting services (yet), but don’t be surprised if he gets scooped up at 30.. Defense. US U-18, NTDP

31. St. Louis Blues (from WSH)

99. With the final pick of the first round, the St. Louis Blues select another European prospect in Jesper Boqvist. The Swede can play all three forward positions and has produced in Sweden’s top-two men’s tiers in his draft year. A speedy skater who can shoot the puck but also has good playmaking ability.. Center. Brynas IF, SHL. Jesper Boqvist. 31. player

Next: Canucks Could Get a Franchise Player at 5th Overall

The 2017 draft is one of the hardest to predict in a long time. Once more information leaks and we find out what teams’ preferences are, there will be at least one updated mock draft. Plus, the 2017 NHL Draft Combine, held May 28 to June 3 in Buffalo, could change a few picks including the top two.

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