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»
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.
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.
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for the 16th and 33rd overall picks. The move gives Edmonton a defenseman who is three years further along in his development than if they had used the 16th pick to acquire one.
One of the smoothest skaters and headiest players in the 2015 NHL Draft is Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. The Carolina Hurricanes obviously took a liking to the player thought by many to be the best defenseman in this draft, making Hanifin the fifth overall selection of the draft. Read more»