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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Fourth Overall: Toronto Maple Leafs add more skill with Mitch Marner

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Fourth Overall: Toronto Maple Leafs add more skill with Mitch Marner

Photo: Mitch Marner is the newest Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, selected fourth overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

One of the more pure offensive talents in the 2015 NHL Draft is London Knights forward Mitch Marner. The slightly-built winger was a scoring dynamo for the Knights in 2014-15, but ultimately lost out on the OHL scoring title on the last day of the season after Dylan Strome‘s offensive outburst in his season finale. With a fluid game based in part on creative distribution of the puck, Marner is one of the most offensively gifted players in the draft class and a solid pick at this spot.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Third Overall: Arizona Coyotes add yet another elite OHL talent in Dylan Strome

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Third Overall: Arizona Coyotes add yet another elite OHL talent in Dylan Strome

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes plucked center Dylan Strome from the Erie Otters with the third pick overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With the exception of a two-month period where he was thrust into the role of first-line center due to an injury to Erie Otters’ star forward Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome played in the shadow of McDavid over the course of the 2014-15 season. But Strome will be stepping out of that shadow in the not too distant future after having been chosen third overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Second Overall: Buffalo Sabres add the centerpiece to their rebuild with the selection of Jack Eichel

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Second Overall: Buffalo Sabres add the centerpiece to their rebuild with the selection of Jack Eichel

Photo: Jack Eichel, drafted 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres, greets the fans at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

While the Buffalo Sabres made it fairly obvious that their desire was to select Connor McDavid had they won the NHL Draft Lottery, they instead used the second pick overall at the 2015 NHL Draft to land a player that should lead them for the next decade or more, center Jack Eichel from Boston University.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, First Overall: Edmonton Oilers add Connor McDavid to stable of young guns

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, First Overall: Edmonton Oilers add Connor McDavid to stable of young guns

Photo: Connor McDavid answers questions after being taken 1st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. (Courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Edmonton Oilers used the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to select Erie Otters phenom, Connor McDavid. McDavid has long been considered the top talent in his draft class, and probably the top draft-eligible talent available to the NHL since Sidney Crosby was chosen in the 2005 NHL Draft.

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Top Prospects: Leagues

NCAA

  1. 1. Jack Eichel
  2. 2. Noah Hanifin
  3. 3. Zach Werenski
  4. 4. Gavin Bayreuther
  5. 5. Scott Savage
  6. 6. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  1. 7. Tyler Moy
  2. 8. Nick Schilkey
  3. 9. John Stevens
  4. 10. Brendan Harms
  5. 11. Shane Conacher
  6. 12. Mika Ilvonen

OHL

  1. 1. Connor McDavid
  2. 2. Dylan Strome
  3. 3. Mitch Marner
  4. 4. Lawson Crouse
  5. 5. Pavel Zacha
  6. 6. Travis Konecny
  7. 7. Vince Dunn
  8. 8. Mitchell Vande Sompel
  9. 9. Darby Llewellyn
  1. 10. Josh Sterk
  2. 11. Ryan Foss
  3. 12. Blake Clarke
  4. 13. Zach Bratina
  5. 14. Phil Baltisberger
  6. 15. Alexander Protapovich
  7. 16. Dmitrii Sergeev
  8. 17. Dakota Mermis
  9. 18. Max Iafrate
  10. 19. Gianluca Curcuruto

QMJHL

  1. 1. Timo Meier
  2. 2. Thomas Chabot
  3. 3. Evgeny Svechnikov
  4. 4. Filip Chlapik
  5. 5. Jakub Zboril
  6. 6. Daniel Sprong
  7. 7. Jeremy Roy
  8. 8. Dennis Yan
  9. 9. Anthony Beauvillier
  10. 10. Gabriel Gagne
  11. 11. Vladimir Tkachyov
  12. 12. Alexandre Goulet
  13. 13. Daniel Moynihan
  1. 14. Julio Billia
  2. 15. Matt Murphy
  3. 16. Anthony DeLuca
  4. 17. Emil Aronsson
  5. 18. Nikita Lyamkin
  6. 19. Mark Simpson
  7. 20. Kurt Etchegary
  8. 21. Scott Oke
  9. 22. Eric Brassard
  10. 23. Sebastien Auger
  11. 24. Denis Gorbunov
  12. 25. Philippe Gadoury
  13. 26. Jacob Sweeney

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Colin White
  2. 2. Edwin Minney
  3. 3. Ryan Hitchcock
  1. 4. Mitch Slattery
  2. 5. Nick Wolff
  3. 6. Dylan Malmquist

USHL

  1. 1. Kyle Connor
  2. 2. Brock Boeser
  3. 3. Thomas Novak
  1. 4. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
  2. 5. Seamus Malone
  3. 6. Karson Kuhlman

WHL

  1. 1. Mathew Barzal
  2. 2. Ivan Provorov
  3. 3. Paul Bittner
  4. 4. Jansen Harkins
  5. 5. Jake DeBrusk
  6. 6. Noah Juulsen
  7. 7. Nick Merkley
  8. 8. Ryan Pilon
  9. 9. Brandon Carlo
  10. 10. Austin Wagner
  1. 11. Reid Gardiner
  2. 12. Adam Helewka
  3. 13. Luke Philp
  4. 14. Riley Stadel
  5. 15. Dallas Valentine
  6. 16. Tyson Baillie
  7. 17. Kris Khenkel
  8. 18. Ty Edmonds
  9. 19. Austin Lotz
  10. 20. Spenser Jensen
  11. 21. Ty Stanton

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