2015 NHL Draft: Scouting The 10 Best Players Available Entering Day 2


Thirty NHL hopefuls heard their names called Friday night in South Florida, but the fun is just getting started.

After Round 1 of the 2015 NHL Draft was completed Friday, Rounds 2 through 7 will take place Saturday, beginning bright and early at 10 a.m. ET.

Here’s a look at the top talent available on Day 2, as ranked on NESN.com’s NHL Draft Big Board.

1) Jeremy Roy, 6-0, 185 (Defenseman, Sherbrooke/QMJHL)
5 goals, 43 assists (48 points) in 46 games
Roy impressed as a playmaker and power-play quarterback this season, but his strong suit is defense. He’s a very smart defender who’s rarely caught out of position.

2) Jansen Harkins, 6-1, 182 (Center, Prince George Cougars/WHL)
Stats: 20 games, 59 assists (79 points) in 70 games
Harkins is one of the best defensive centers in this class and uses good patience and vision to make smart, simple plays in high-pressure situations.

3) Oliver Kylington, 6-0, 185 (Defenseman, Farjestad/Sweden)
Stats: 6 goals, 6 assists (12 points) in 35 games between Farjestad and AIX
Kylington is a puck-moving defenseman with tremendous skating ability and a willingness to join the rush and get involved offensively. He’s a bit turnover prone, though.

4) Filip Chlapik, 6-1, 196 (Center, Charlottetown/QMJHL)
Stats: 33 goals, 42 assists (75 points) in 64 games
Chlapik skates well and racks up a ton of points with his passing, vision and goal-scoring ability.

5) Brandon Carlo, 6-5, 196 (Defenseman, Tri-City/WHL)
4 goals, 21 assists (25 points) in 63 games
Carlo is a strong defensive defenseman and would be a great fit for a team lacking shot blocking, penalty killing skill and size on its blue line.

6) Ryan Pilon, 6-2, 206 (Defenseman, Brandon/WHL)
Stats: 11 goals, 41 assists (52 points) in 68 games
Pilon has excellent size and strength, and he uses them to play a punishing style of hockey. He’s also capable of killing penalties. His offensive upside isn’t great, though, and he’s not a great skater.

7) Vince Dunn, 6-0, 187 (Defenseman, Niagara/OHL)
Stats: 18 goals, 38 assists (56 points) in 68 games
Dunn is an offensive defenseman who pushes the pace of play with accurate breakout passes and smooth skating. He needs to improve defensively, but he has the potential to be a good puck-moving blueliner at the NHL level.

8) Daniel Sprong, 6-0, 180 (Center, Charlottetown/QMJHL)
Stats: 39 goals, 49 assists (88 points) in 68 games
Sprong uses his speed to create scoring chances and has a heavy, accurate shot to capitalize on those opportunities.

9) Michael Spacek, 5-11, 187 (Right Wing, Pardubice/Czech Republic)
Stats: 5 goals, 7 assists (12 points) in 40 games
Spacek is a smart player who makes up for a lack of size with an above-average shot and strong work ethic.

10) Paul Bittner, 6-4, 204 (Left Wing, Portland/WHL)
34 goals, 37 assists (71 points) in 66 games
Bittner, much like Florida Panthers draftee Lawson Crouse, combines good offensive skill with tremendous size.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

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