2017 NHL DRAFT MOCK (73-82)
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.
73. LW Grant Mismash, NTDP (USHL), 6’0, 185
Mismash is a hard-working forward with good skating ability and a nice blend of physicality and a nose for the net. He’s a solid two-way player as well with a competitive edge to his game, offering Carolina the chance to get a versatile, gritty forward who will be able to easily slide into any role in a team’s middle-six forward group once he’s ready for the pro game. (Joseph Aleong)
74. D Jarret Tyszka, Seattle (WHL), 6’2, 190
With a bunch of young forwards throughout the system, the Jets opt to go after a need and bring the lanky defenseman on board. A bit of a risk/reward type player, Tyszka has good tangibles, is above average with the puck and is a great skater. This is a kid who needs to be given time to develop his two-way game but possesses a high ceiling that could pay big dividends if he’s a sponge mentally and plays with an edge. (Justin Froese)
75. C Joel Teasdale, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL), 5’11, 200
Teasedale brings a pro style game to Philadelphia, where his versatility and willingness to occupy whatever role is necessary for the team to have success will fit in nicely. He is reliable at both ends of the ice, and he’ll will continue to work on his scoring in the QMJHL, but his quickness, awareness and work ethic will give him a strong chance at becoming a valuable pro. (Mike Barrett)
76. D Adam Thilander, North Bay (OHL), 6’0, 190
There was a time, in this class, a couple of years ago, when Thilander was regarded as a potential top-10 pick. He was a good player on a bad team, and there’s huge sleeper value in that. Thilander still has some defensive kinks to work out but he’s got the talent to become an NHL player and that’s important in the third round. Tampa adds another young defender to a talented group of prospects. (Scott Wheeler)
77. LW/C Santeri Virtanen, TPS U20 (JR A Liiga), 6’2, 195
Virtanen missed the bulk of the season to injury, but proved very promising when he did play. His game simply looks complete and there are few particular weaknesses, even if he hasn’t shown himself to be the flashiest of players. He simply does what you want a pro to one day do in all three zones. A healthy season certainly would have made him unavailable at this point in the draft. (Chapin Landvogt)
78. LW Austen Keating, Ottawa (OHL), 6’0, 170 (via CGY)
There are few draft-eligible passers in the OHL who are as strong as Keating is at seeing the ice. His vision alone makes him an NHL prospect and while he lacks a heavy shot or blinding speed, he’s still an effective presence. He became a great two-way player in the last two years and he could blossom into a dominant force in the OHL next season. Keating still has tremendous room for growth. (Scott Wheeler)
79. G Keith Petruzzelli, Muskegon (USHL), 6’5, 180 (via TOR)
Scouts love the size and athleticism combination that Petruzzelli possesses, and though the big puck stopper and while he has a few years of developing his technique and filling out his frame at Quinnipiac, he can be seen as someone who could fit in their crease before too long. He has the potential, if patient, to develop into an NHL goaltender. (Dan Stewart)
80. D Clayton Phillips, Fargo (USHL), 5’10, 180 (via BOS)
There is plenty to believe in as far as Phillips’ ability to eventually make a big impact as a puck-moving, top-three defenseman. Phillips is a terrific skater, puck-mover and has a great shot as well. Though he excels offensively, Phillips can defend and knows when to be aggressive and when to sit back. The Fargo star is committed to the University of Minnesota. (Mike Barrett)
81. D Mikey Anderson, Waterloo (USHL), 6’0, 195 (via SJS)
Anderson will help shut down the opposition at the blue line, and has the capability to add offense from the back end of the rink. Attracted to Anderson’s consistency, New Jersey believes this is the best selection for the future of their defensive core and will give him time to develop his first steps and overall speed at the college game with Duluth. (Jake VanBesien)
82. RW Lane Zablocki, Red Deer (WHL), 6’0, 190 (via STL)
The Oilers dip into their backyard and select the Edmonton area native. Zablocki is a high-energy forward who plays the game with spit and vinegar. His versatility and ability to impact the game in all three zones will provide the Oilers with added forward depth. While he likely won’t be an elite scorer, his penalty-killing prowess, play without the puck, and ability to get under the opponents skin provides excellent value. (Donesh Mazloum)