Sadly, teams did not stick to the order of players in our Mock, Mock Draft and instead appear to have selected kids based on “talent.” Pfft…boring. Will will not know how the 2019 selections will turn out for two to four years, but a few teams appear to be 2019 NHL Draft winners at first glance in light of the particular picks noted below.
- 1st. Ryan Suzuki – Could be great if he develops some balls.
- 2nd. Jamieson Rees – Canada’s best player at U18. Energy, skills, a pest from hell. We’ll soon have a new catchphrase in the NHL – a “Rees Hat Trick” – a steal and assist, a crushing hit, and a major for intent to injure.
- 2nd. Patrik Puistola – Skills, skills, skills, but skating can be iffy.
- 3rd. Anttoni Honka – Slick offensive defenseman who is awful in d-zone. If Canes can get him to be average in the d-zone, a great pick. Unlikely, however, which is why he was selected in the third.
- * Leafs first-rounder for…well, nothing but cap space.
- 1st. Seider – Yeah, high, but could be a difference-maker if works out. Fast for a big guy.
- 2nd. Tuomisto – Another big defender who can move. Yzerman building from the back out. Yes, it is boring, but also the foundation of a Cup team.
- 2nd. Mastrosimone – Smallish forward, but can score and set up teammates.
- 3rd. – Albin Grewe – Mean with skill. Wings fans will love. Opponents will hate.
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- 1st. Turcotte – Perfect pick for center-starved Kings.
- 2nd. Kaliyev – Boom or bust. Worth a shot in the second given the upside.
- 2nd. Fagemo – Charges the net with abandon and skill. Kings drafting offensive talent? Shocking.
- 3rd. Lukas Parik – Czech goalie who carried his team. Let Bill Ranford do his magic.
- 1st. Podkolzin – Goes to the net with ill intent. Tkachuk vs. Podkolzin should be fun.
- 2nd. Hoglander – Release the hogs of war! Best hands in the draft. Will create chaos in the defensive structures of opponents. People will wonder why he didn’t go in the first round.
- 4th. Ethan Keppen – High compete level and skills. Needs to take skating lessons, but a sleeper.
- 1st. Krebs – A steal at 17. Comes with own scooter.
- 2nd. Korczak – Stay at home d-man who will take down 25 minutes a game.
- 3rd. Dorofeyev – Goalscorer, great vision, smart – could be a second liner.
…and now we wait. Check back in a few years to see who developed into a key component of a Cup-winning team, who didn’t progress after discovering both marijuana and Krispy Kreme in the same year, and which three or four players died after being strangled to death mid-game by one of their coaches. [Kaliyev and Honka carry the best odds.] Then we can proclaim the 2019 NHL Draft winners and losers.