NHL Mock Draft 2016: Updated First-Round Projections For Every Team

by abournenesn

Jun 17, 2016

The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs ended Sunday when the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth championship by defeating the San Jose Sharks in a six-game Stanley Cup Final.

Now, it’s time for each of the 30 teams to focus on next week’s NHL draft in Buffalo before the free-agent market opens July 1.

It should be a busy week leading up to the draft, particularly on the trade front. Salary cap space is a very valuable asset with the cap ceiling not expected to increase much entering the 2016-17 campaign. We’ve already seen a trade this week that was made for cap reasons, and it involved two draft picks.

Here’s our fourth 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: Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
6. Calgary Flames: Alexander Nylander, RW/LW, Mississauga (OHL)
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: Logan Stanley, D, Windsor (OHL)
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: Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCHL)
17. Nashville Predators: Luke Kunin, C/RW, Wisconsin (NCAA)
18. Philadelphia Flyers: Logan Brown, C/LW, Windsor (OHL)
19. New York Islanders: German Rubtsov, C, Russia U-18
20. Arizona Coyotes (via NY Rangers): Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston University (NCAA)
21. Carolina Hurricanes (via L.A. Kings): Max Jones, LW, London (OHL)
22. Winnipeg Jets (via Chicago Blackhawks): Riley Tufte, LW, Fargo, (USHL)
23. Florida Panthers: Rasmus Asplund, C, Farjestad (SWE)
24. Anaheim Ducks: Samuel Girard, D, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
25. Dallas Stars: Kale Clague, D, Brandon (WHL)
26. Washington Capitals: Julien Gauthier, RW, Val-D’Or (QMJHL)
27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Carl Grundstrom, LW, Modo Hockey (Sweden)
28. St. Louis Blues: Sam Steel, C, Regina (WHL)
29. Boston Bruins (via San Jose Sharks): Markus Niemelainen, D, Saginaw (OHL)
30. Toronto Maple Leafs (via Pittsburgh Penguins): Cameron Morrison, LW, Youngstown (USHL)

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli makes the Oilers pick of Connor McDavid (not pictured) in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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