Sunday, June 18, 2017
NHL Mock Draft: Picks 9-15
9. Detroit Red Wings- Eeli Tolvanen, LW, Sioux City (USHL)
Detroit was awful offensively, and short of guys like Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist finding their offensive games again, they need a game-breaker badly. Tolvanen has the potential to be just that.
10. Florida Panthers- Owen Tippett, RW, Mississauga (OHL)
Florida has plenty of young talent in the pipeline, but it doesn't hurt to have another player ready, especially if Jaromir Jagr eventually hangs it up. Tippett is the biggest boom or bust pick of the potential first round players, but the upside is great here.
11. Los Angeles Kings- Martin Necas, RW, Brno (Czech Republic)
The Kings have been left behind when it comes to the changing game, which is speed. Necas provides their best chance at catching up, but he also brings a reliable two-way game up front, so it isn't just one dimension.
12. Carolina Hurricanes- Nick Suzuki, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
The Hurricanes are lacking down the middle, and while Suzuki isn't a gamebreaker down the middle, he is reliable and has enough offensive talent to one day be a number one center.
13. Winnipeg Jets- Michael Rasmussen, C, Tri-City (WHL)
The Jets don't have that intimidating presence up front, and while it is a folly to suggest that Rasmussen will be a great power forward, there is a lot to like, with his offense being no worse than third-line. At best, he would open up opportunities for the likes of Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele.
14. Tampa Bay Lightning- Maxime Comtois, LW, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
While it is possible that the Lightning could lose some talent up front (Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat), they do have pretty good talent in the pipeline. Comtois would add a two-way element that has largely been missing from the forward unit, with potential for above average offensive output.
15. New York Islanders- Juuso Valimaki, D, Tri-City (WHL)
Because it is unknown whether the Islanders will ever put their young talent on display, one can never know how the defensemen will pan out. In the event that most don't, it may be wise to pick one, and Valimaki is more developed offensively than defensively, but the puck mover type is what they sorely need the most.