TSN 2022 Mock Draft Jan 18, 2018 18:37:43 GMT -5
Post by Bob McKenzie - TSN on Jan 18, 2018 18:37:43 GMT -5
TSN'S 2022 MOCK DRAFT
Welcome to our first ever TSN Mock Draft! With the New York Islanders taking home the 1st overall pick, there has been lots of speculation as of who will go first overall. Most scouts agree that Luca Hischier is the top prospect, with Oliver LeBlanc not too far behind. Most hockey people concur that taking the best player available is typically the best route, but in this case, drafting for a positional need might make sense. We will take a look at who we project to go in the top 10 of this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
1. - 2. D Olivier LeBlanc 78 OFD – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL
With Tavares, Barzal, Larkin, and Duchene down the middle, it’s a clear strength on Long Island. Other than Jokiharju, the Islanders have zero NHL quality defenseman under the age of 30. This pick makes too much sense. LeBlanc is extremely dynamic and has franchise defenseman upside. His mobility and offensive capabilities separate him from all other defenseman in this draft.
2. – 1. C Luca Hischier 79 PLY* – SC Bern NATIONAL LEAGUE
This would be the ultimate win situation for Pittsburgh. After deciding to rebuild the team, Pittsburgh is still lacking that top piece, and Hischier has potential to fill that void. Luca plays a similar game to his older cousin Nico. He has great vision and plays a solid two-way game. Franchise potential
3. – 3. C Keegan Iverson 77 PWF – Portland WHL
Zetterlund-Iverson has potential to be a dangerous one-two punch down the middle. With Couture declining, the Bruins could use some help in this area. Iverson plays a similar style to former great Eric Lindros. He’s a big kid that can bulldoze his opposition. He’s an in-tight specialist and uses his frame effectively to work down low.
4. – 5. LW* Dmitry Sokolov 75 PWF *- Sudbury OHL
With the youth movement shaping up in LA, Sokolov would add another valuable piece to their core. He possesses a large frame and can shoot the puck. He’s great at finding open space for himself and is effective at driving the net on the rush. While his commitment to a 200 foot game is questioned, Sokolov has potential to be a dynamic offensive force.
5. (from TB) - 7. LW Vitalli Abramov 74 SNP – Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL - RUSSIA)
What a deal this turned out to be. No disrespect to Yamamoto, but I’m sure both teams weren’t expecting this to turn into a 5th overall pick. With Buffalo positioned well for the now and the future, taking a chance for a star makes sense, and Abramov already has potential to be the steal of the draft.
6. - 4. C Carson MacKinnon 76 TWF – Rimouski Oceanic QMJHL
It’d be tough to pass on MacKinnon at this point. Not related to Nate, Carson plays a great two-way game. There are no glaring errors in his game, his does every well. While he might not have the offensive skill that others share, his hockey IQ is arguably the top in the draft. He plays on the right side of the puck and is rarely caught out of position.
7. - 9. RW Christophe Boivin 73 PLY – Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL
After just squeaking into the playoffs last year, the Canucks officially missed this year. This team had potential to win their division and a lot of questions are being asked. With the core no doubt in question, Boivin adds a future offensive threat. Boivin is known for his creativity and aggressive play for a kid of his size. He’s quick on the forecheck, but size may be an issue at the next level.
8. - 6. D Jonathan Deschamps 74 DFD – Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL
After a disappointing season in Winnipeg, the defense core has been questioned. Deschamps adds a quality blueline prospect to the fold. While he might take a few years to get there, Deschamps is poised to become a quality top 3 defenseman, and that’s needed in Winnipeg.
9. (from SJ) - 12. G Xavier Potvin 71 HYB – Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL
Some might think this would be a little early for Potvin to be taken, but it makes sense for the Flyers. Although Schneider hasn’t shown in this season, he is 35 years old and will inevitably need to be replaced. If they choose to go in this direction, Potvin offers a potential star replacement for the future.
10. - 10. C Isac Brannstrom 72 PLY* - HV71 SHL
Although I’m sure St. Louis wishes they were picking higher, they won’t be disappointed to get their hands on Brannstrom. Although some suspect he might take a couple years, Brannstrom’s offensive potential is elite. With a need up the middle, Brannstrom makes sense for the Blues moving forward.