Very late post draft lottery mock draft

I guess it’s about time I publish my first NHL Mock Draft of the year following last months NHL Draft Lottery.

We know who’s picking where for most of the picks this year, but in this list I’ll be going through picks 1 – 15, and while you all know who’s going number one you may want to start at pick two.

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Why you won’t see a goalie go in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft

Since the Pittsburgh Penguins took Marc-Andre Fleury first overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, making him just the third goalie taken first overall in the draft (behind Michel Plasse in 1968 and Rick DiPietro in 2000) and also the last goalie taken first overall, 18 other goaltenders have gone in the first round of the draft since.

The trend for taking goaltenders in the first round is dying out. Jake Oettinger was the lone goaltender taken in the first round last year by the Dallas Stars, while goalies had to wait until the Philadelphia Flyers took Carter Hart in the second round of the 2016 draft as the first goalie taken that year.

In the mid-2000s it did seem a bit more of a trend for teams to take who they hoped would be their future shot stopper in the first round.

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Svechnikov or Zadina? Who should go after Rasmus Dahlin

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that when the 2018 NHL Draft gets underway in June, Rasmus Dahlin will be the first name off the board.

The Buffalo Sabres retained the first overall pick so will either get the privilege of wasting his potential or having him turn their franchise around, so there is little to no point wasting a blog post explaining exactly why he should be the first overall pick. Just watch his highlights, he’s going number one and that’s all you need to know.

But then it gets more tricky, it’s the toughest choice (and more difficult to spell) since if you were Team Edward or Team Jacob from the Twilight series.

So for the team picking second, that’s the Carolina Hurricanes, are you Team Zadina or Team Svechnikov?

It appears that most pundits (whether they are qualified or not to comment on the upcoming draft, I myself am part of the latter) have Andrei Svechnikov of the OHLs Barrie Colts  as their second pick behind Dahlin, and this was even before the Hurricanes moved up in the draft, while Filip Zadina who plays in the QMJHL for the Halifax Mooseheads is likely the third overall pick.

So who should actually go second, and who should go third? Or should one of them slip out of the top three completely? That would be more exciting no matter how unlikely.

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