2015 NHL Mock Draft

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6. New Jersey Devils

player. 85. When Mathew Barzal was injured during the beginning of the season he fell quite a few picks on many draft boards due to the significant play of other potential first round picks. Prospects like Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome were taking over the spotlight and Barzal was forgotten. Then when he returned from injury he made sure that everyone knew that he could go into the top ten. Barzal’s stats may not look flattering compared to a Marner or Strome, but he was one of the best players in the WHL and on Canada’s U18 World Championship team. Barzal is arguably the best passer in this draft class. His playmaking abilities are superb and it goes hand in hand with his vision and fluid skating. Barzal seems like an obvious choice for the Devils. With the aging Patrik Elias and the declining skill of Scott Gomez, Barzal has a good chance to make the NHL roster in his first year.. Center. Seattle (WHL). Mathew Barzal. 6

7. Philadelphia Flyers

68. Mikko Rantanen will offer the Flyers a for sure great player and prospect that Philly does not have in their pipeline. They also lack depth in the centerman pipeline and skillful wingers on the NHL club. Rantanen is a very smooth skater and his playmaking skills are superb. He has very good offense and his size can be used to his advantage. He is 6’4″ and 209 lbs but he lacks in physical play. Being a big forward, he has the body type in his favor. If he can work on his physical play he could become a very good player to play alongside of a Wayne Simmonds.. Right Wing. TPS (SM Liiga). Mikko Rantanen. 7. player

8. Columbus Blue Jackets

9. San Jose Sharks

9. player. 120. Timo Meier started the season as a prospect who had a strong possibility of being drafted in the first round. As the year progressed on Meier impressed with the Mooseheads, but his stint with team Switzerland during the World Juniors was the turning point. After his play on that big stage became consistent almost every game he shot up into the top 10 on many draft boards. Meier is a big winger who body and hands to take advantage. He plays a type of game that puts him into physical situations that he often comes out as the victor. His hands are a tad underrated as well. He can make crisp, accurate passes to teammates that turn into goals. He is also good at breaking out from the neutral zone using his speed and body, but could use additional help. Meier could fill a bottom six wing spot at the NHL level, but most likely won’t. Another season in the minors could do him quite well in becoming an effective scorer.. Right Wing. Halifax (QMJHL). Timo Meier

10. Colorado Avalanche

With the 2nd half surge from Ivan Provorov, Zach Werenski has been somewhat overlooked. Werenksi has been solid on the blue line all year for Michigan and impressed many during the 2015 World Juniors. Werenski has great vision and is offensively gifted. Future Considerations quotes him as “a good skater with a smooth stride and fluid movements…handles the puck well with decent hand-skill, good strength and some elusiveness with it as he moves through the neutral zone” and that can be seen every shift with Werenski. He also lacks the physical play a defenseman should have. To counter that, Werenski covers his zones very well and doesn’t let his match-ups sneak away from him.. Defense. Michigan (NCAA). Zach Werenski. 10. player. 103

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