NHL Mock Draft 2016: Predicted First-Round Picks Pre-Stanley Cup Final

by NESN Staff

May 27, 2016

The 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks begins Monday night, but the other 28 teams already have shifted their focus to next month’s NHL draft.

It’s certainly possible we could see some trades go down before Round 1 commences June 24.

A few teams have multiple first-round picks that they might use to acquire additional assets, whether it be more draft picks or roster players. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are among the teams with more than one first-rounder.

Here’s our second 2016 NHL mock draft.

1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews, C ZSC Lions (SWI)
2. Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine, RW Tappara (FIN)
3. Columbus Blue Jackets: Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (FIN)
4. Edmonton Oilers: Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL)
5. Vancouver Canucks: Alexander Nylander, RW/LW Mississauga (OHL)
6. Calgary Flames: Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
7. Arizona Coyotes: Jakob Chychrun, D, Sarnia (OHL)
8. Buffalo Sabres: Olli Juolevi, D, London (OHL)
9. Montreal Canadiens: Mikhail Sergachyov, D, Windsor (OHL)
10. Colorado Avalanche: Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL)
11. New Jersey Devils: Tyson Jost, C/RW, Penticton (BCHL)
12. Ottawa Senators: Clayton Keller, LW, US-NTDP
13. Carolina Hurricanes: Michael McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
14. Boston Bruins: Jake Bean, D, Calgary (WHL)
15. Minnesota Wild: Kieffer Bellows, C/LW, US-NTDP
16. Detroit Red Wings: Logan Brown, C/LW, Windsor (OHL)
17. Nashville Predators: Max Jones, LW, London (OHL)
18. Philadelphia Flyers: Luke Kunin, C/RW, Wisconsin (NCAA)
19. New York Islanders: Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-D’Or (QMJHL)
20. Arizona Coyotes (via NY Rangers): Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston University (NCAA)
21. Carolina Hurricanes (via L.A. Kings): German Rubtsov, C, Russia U-18
22. Winnipeg Jets (via Chicago Blackhawks): Riley Tufte, LW, Fargo, (USHL)
23. Florida Panthers: Rasmus Asplund, C, Farjestad (SWE)
24. Anaheim Ducks: Kale Clague, D, Brandon (WHL)
25. Dallas Stars: Samuel Girard, D, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
26. Washington Capitals: Logan Stanley, D, Windsor (OHL)
27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Carl Grundstrom, LW, Modo Hockey (Sweden)
28. St. Louis Blues: Boris Katchouk, LW, Sault Ste. Marie (USHL)
29. Stanley Cup runner-up
30. Stanley Cup champion

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

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