2017 NHL DRAFT MOCK (83-93)
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.
83. C/LW Filip Chytil, Zlin (Czech), 6’0, 180 (via NYR)
Chytil is a skilled, smart and fast prospect with very good offensive skills who will need to put on some pounds but could be one of the top forwards in this class when he puts it all together. He is a speedy player with good hockey sense and offensive skill. He is a very good skater, with balance on his edges that allows him to generate good power from every stride and high-end acceleration in his first few steps. (Dan Stewart)
84. D Noel Hoefenmayer, Ottawa (OHL), 6’0, 190
Hoefenmayer has been a steady riser up the draft charts this year. He is poised with the puck and makes smart reads on the ice. While he’s not flashy, Hoefenmayer is consistent asset in the possession battle and finds himself in the right position more often than not. With added strength, Hoefenmayer has the potential to be a fixture on the Oilers back-end. (Donesh Mazloum)
85. G Ian Scott, Prince Albert (WHL), 6’3, 170
The Wild jump on the goalie train to help bolster their depth. Scott is a technically-sound goaltender who showed a strong mental approach on an inferior club this past season. The combination of size and mobility allows him the ability to play an athletic game and battle on every play. With two more years as a starter in junior awaiting him, the Wild see it as a long-term investment but one that could pay off in spades as he gets groomed.
86. RW/LW Kirill Maksimov, Niagara (OHL), 6’2, 190
The Blue Jackets take a chance on a potential home run pick here with the super-skilled goal scorer who has been very inconsistent during his time on the OHL, but also started to find his game after a mid-season trade from Saginaw to Niagara. He possesses the size, the speed, the shot and the instincts to eventually develop into a dangerous scorer but he must want it and put in the work first. (Dan Stewart)
87. C Alexandre Texier, Grenoble (France), 6’0, 185
Texier will fit in Montreal nicely, not just because to his native-tongue, but due to his skilled and cerebral style of play. Playing in France certainly raises question marks about his level of competition, but his International performances (including at the U20 level) are impressive. Texier is a project who is more than just a couple of years away, but he is one the Canadiens hope will pay dividends as a top-six scorer. (Mike Barrett)
88. C Jack Studnicka, Oshawa (OHL), 6’1, 170 (via CHI from CAR)
The Red Wings find another top-ranked prospect with this pick and wasted little time making this selection of an athletic, intelligent, two-way prospect who just needs a little more strength to really boost his effectiveness. Studnicka’s skills and senses are solid, but it is his work ethic and determination that really could make him a third-line staple within a few years. (Dan Stewart)
89. C Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat (WHL), 5’8, 180 (via WSH)
You can never have enough skill in your pipeline, and that is what Shaw provides in spades despite his size. Shaw is a slick stickhandler with good lateral movement, who always seem to be in the right position to shoot, make a play or get a rebound. He is an undersized, but highly-touted prospect who has a true passion and inner-drive for the game. (Simon Rouillard)
90. D Luke Martin, University of Michigan (NCAA), 6’2, 205 (via OTT from CAR)
The host Blackhawks nab another big physical defenseman who they hope will help solidify their back-end after his time with the Wolverines. He plays a safe, simple game and is smooth and calm under pressure. Martin has the size, physicality, mobility, defensive chops and ability to make a solid pass to compliment a puck mover at the NHL level. (Dan Stewart)
91. D Nate Knoepke, NTDP (USHL), 6’3, 200
Knoepke is a big, defensive-minded defenceman with good skating ability who can play under pressure and play physically using his size and strength. He was a key player of the USA at World Under-18 Championship, where they won gold. He’s likely to become a third pair defender and could compete for the place in Ducks roster in a couple of seasons. (Anton Vasyatin)
92. C Ben Jones, Niagara (OHL), 6’0, 185
Jones is a very talented player who at times he can dominate and be the best player on the ice. He possesses decent size and strength to win loose puck battles and help generate scoring chances for his teammates. While Jones may lack consistency at times, there is no questioning his skill at both ends of the ice. The luxury of selecting Jones is that they have plenty of time for him to develop and come into his own. (Austin Broad)
93. D Eemeli Rasanen, Kingston (OHL), 6’7, 205
The concerns about Rasanen’s feet are huge, but for a player with his frame, that’s to be expected. He not only has the perfect frame to be a defensive impact player, but he also possesses surprising puck skills, and has great offensive upside. If Rasanen works out, the teams that didn’t pick him in the third round will wish they had. The Penguins believe the Finn is a risk well worth taking. (Janik Beichler)