We are three days into the SB Nation Mock Draft and so far there are no major surprises. Once again, in this mock draft each blog makes the draft choice for their respective team.
The first three picks went off just as you might expect, Matthews, Laine and Puljujarvi went one, two, and three.
- Toronto Maple Leafs, via Pension Plan Puppets, select center Auston Matthews.
- Winnipeg Jets, via Arctic Ice Hockey, select winger Patrick Laine.
- Columbus Blue Jackets, via The Cannon, select winger Jesse Puljujarvi.
- Edmonton Oilers, via The Copper & Blue, select forward Pierre-Luc DuBois.
- Vancouver Canucks, via Nucks Misconduct, select defenseman Olli Juolevi.
- Calgary Flames, via Matchsticks & Gasoline, select winger Matthew Tkachuk.
- Arizona Coyotes, via Five For Howling, select defenseman Jacob Chychrun.
- Buffalo Sabres, via Die By The Blade, select winger Alexander Nylander.
- Montreal Canadiens, via Eyes On The Prize, select forward Tyson Jost.
Edmonton went off the chart just a bit when they chose Pierre-Luc DuBois instead of Matthew Tuchuk at number four. Then the Canucks went for defense with Juolevi.
Calgary grabbed Tkachuk and the Coyotes went for defense with Chychrun. Then the Sabres chose Alexander Nylander with the Candiens going for Tyson Jost.
There are three more spots to go before we make the 13th overall pick for the Hurricanes and a lot of things can happen.
The top defensemen still available are, Jake Bean, Dante Fabbro, Mikhail Sergachev, and Charlie McAvoy, to name a few. Of course the Canes are more interested in offense and will most likely draft the top forward on their list when they get the chance.
Still left are Logan Brown, Michael McLeod, Clayton Keller, Julien Gauthier, Kieffer Bellows, and Luke Kunin.
There are no slam dunk picks at this point and each of these players have their own special attributes. Brown has got size and skill, Keller is a special offensive threat, McLeod has speed to burn, and Bellows is a pure sniper. Kunin and Gauthier are not to be under-estimated.
For more information about these players, start out by checking this site - My NHL Draft
Who will we pick? Find out on Tuesday morning.