2017 NHL DRAFT MOCK (32-41)
The New Jersey Devils are on the clock.
After winning the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, the Devils will have the first overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. They will be followed by the Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2, and the Dallas Stars at No. 3.
Future Considerations asked a few of our evaluators, who have been in the rinks all season scouting 2017 eligible prospects, to give their input on who they think NHL teams will be looking to add to their prospect pool in this first round mock draft.
32. D Henri Jokiharju, Portland (WHL), 5’11, 175
Colorado goes defense with their second pick of the draft, and find an average-sized defenseman with a lot of skill and strong mobility throughout his game. Jokiharju can provide offensive production in many ways and is efficient on the other side of the puck to compliment his ability as a true asset. This skill set and ability to cover 200 feet is too hard to pass on. (Jake VanBesien)
33. C Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane (WHL), 5’11, 190
Anderson-Dolan is unlikely to become the Sedin successor, but he can become an important piece of the middle-six for many years. There are several other center options available that could be picked here, but the Canucks believe Anderson-Dolan brings the best mix of low risk and solid upside. He’s a speedy center who can score goals and set up plays, all while playing a responsible two-way game. (Janik Beichler)
34. G Michael DiPietro, Windsor (OHL), 6’0, 200
Vegas is in position where they will just select the best player available on their board and at this point that’s DiPietro. In him, the Golden Knights are drafting a goalie who could be the best the draft has to offer. He has shown that he is an outstanding prospect with his excellent season with Windsor at 17. With this pick Vegas believes that they are drafting their franchise’s future starting goalie for many years to come. (Austin Broad)
35. LW Jason Robertson, Kingston (OHL), 6’2, 195
Robertson thrived on one of the worst offensive teams in the OHL and his blend of size (with room to grow) and skill fits in perfectly in the NHL’s Western Conference. He’s still a couple of years away from being ready, but Arizona has waves of prospects coming and can afford to wait. He’s got the potential to be a top six forward at the next level. (Scott Wheeler)
36. D Conor Timmins, Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 6’1, 185
Timmins improved significantly as the year progressed and shows decisiveness and fluidity in the offensive game. He’s a strong puck-moving option who can play tough defensively but needs to add strength. The Devils not only get one of the best players available at this point, but also a kid who has a high ceiling and could quarterback their offense from the back end in a few years. (Justin Froese)
37. D Cale Fleury, Kootenay (WHL), 6’1, 200
Long term, the Sabres need an infusion of talent at the blue line to support their offense, and it starts with Fleury. He is a player that sees the lanes well, who’s assertive and decisive in moving the puck and who had to face a lot of challenges defensively with struggling Kootenay. He hasn’t peaked and displayed resilience, leadership and character — all traits that will surely help him on his way to the pros. (Simon Rouillard)
38. D David Farrance, NTDP (USHL), 5’11, 190
The Wings add one of the drafts top puck-moving blueliners to their stable of prospects, an area identified as a need. While his play has been up and down at times this year, Farrance showed well making consistently smart decisions towards the end of the season and at the U18’s. He has the ability to distribute the puck and also rush it up ice himself when he sees the time and space to do so. He could also help their struggling power play in a couple seasons. (Dan Stewart)
39. G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK U20 (Liiga Jrs), 6’4, 195
The Stars look to solidify their goaltending future by taking Luukkonen. Seen by many as the top goaltender in the draft, the goal would be for him to take over the mantle from Bishop down the road. With Vilardi, Hague, and now Luukkonen in tow, the Stars have added three quality players who also address organizational weaknesses. (Donesh Mazloum)
40. D Robin Salo, Sport (Liiga), 6’1, 185
The Panthers, having fulfilled a need with their first selection in Tippett, and fulfil another they have on the blue line. Salo, a two-way defenseman, sees the ice well which he uses to close lanes in his own zone, and breaking the puck up ice with good outlet passes. Although he lacks high-end foot speed, Salo offers the Panthers a solid option on the back end and give them more depth than what they currently have. (Dylan Galloway)
41. RW Kole Lind, Kelowna (WHL), 6’1, 175
Lind brings pedigree as a scorer and playmaker off the wing in a pool of prospects that lacks both. He’s one of the better offensive threats at right wing in the entire 2017 class, and is well-rounded in his defensive game. His draft year helped him grow and develop as the Rockets’ best forward alongside Dube and surpass former first round pick Merkley. (Scott Wheeler)