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2015 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Tenth Overall: Colorado Avalanche add a top offensive prospect in Mikko Rantanen

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Tenth Overall: Colorado Avalanche add a top offensive prospect in Mikko Rantanen

Photo: In addition to adding some talented youth with the trade of Ryan O’Reilly, the Colorado Avalanche also added Finnish forward Mikko Rantanen on Day 1 of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The Colorado Avalanche already have some skilled, younger players in hand in the form of Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a potential power forward at the 2015 NHL Draft with their selection of Finland’s Mikko Rantanen. Read more »

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Ninth Overall: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Ninth Overall: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

Photo: The San Jose Sharks looked to bolster their forward ranks with the selection of right winger Timo Meier from the Halifax Mooseheads at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/Hf)

The Sharks used their first round pick in 2013 on Swiss defender Mirco Mueller, and a second round pick (53rd overall) in 2014 on Swiss forward Noah Rod so perhaps it should have come as less of a surprise that the Sharks ended up with Timo Meier, of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Meier put up 90 points this season as part of a line with Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), but the Sharks are betting that the production is good evidence of his skill level and his versatility.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Eighth Overall: Blue Jackets bolster defense by taking Zack Werenski

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Eighth Overall: Blue Jackets bolster defense by taking Zack Werenski

Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets added to their defensive depth with the selection of University of Michigan defender Zach Werenski at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Zach Werenski was not the highest rated defenseman in the draft, but judging from the smile on his face when the Columbus Blue Jackets selected him 8th overall in the first round, that did not matter much. The acquisition addressed the organization’s need for a quality defenseman. Read more »

[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Seventh Overall: Philadelphia Flyers add another top defensive prospect with the selection of Provorov

Photo: Although already stocked with talented, young defensemen, the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t pass up the chance to add talented Brandon Wheat Kings defender Ivan Provorov at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Although possessing several excellent defensive prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers were undoubtedly overjoyed to select Ivan Provorov with the seventh overall pick. It did not necessary represent a position of need for the Flyers, with Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere and Samuel Morin already in the fold. Still, Ivan Provorov rose all season in the draft ranking until he was discussed as a potential third overall. It would have been a great surprise to see the young Russian slip out of the top ten, and he represents a value pick at this slot.

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Sixth Overall: New Jersey Devils add center depth with selection of Pavel Zacha

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[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Sixth Overall: New Jersey Devils add center depth with selection of Pavel Zacha

Photo: The New Jersey Devils addressed a need up the middle with the selection of Pavel Zacha in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the sixth overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected center Pavel Zacha from the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Zacha is a powerful, aggressive and skilled center who might remind observers more of Bobby Holik than of Patrik Elias. That said, the standout for the Sarnia Sting offers incredible upside.

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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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