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Mock Draft

The Top 100

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It's not easy to do a top 100 list in hockey as most players are only 18 years old. 


Special thanks go to Gus Katsaros who was an integral part of this article. Here is his mock draft for the first round.


Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld's Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and@mfinewaxhockey on Twitter.


1 Connor McDavid C Erie (OHL) 6-1/195 13-Jan-97 Consensus number 1. Unbelievable skill. May be better than Crosby
2 Jack Eichel C Boston University (HE) 6-2/195 28-Oct-96 Would be number 1 any other year since Sid the Kid
3 Noah Hanifin D Boston College (HE) 6-3/205 25-Jan-97 Mixed bag of expectations for wildly talented blueliner
4 Dylan Strome C Erie (OHL) 6-3/190 7-May-97 Tall, lanky pivot. Led the OHL in scoring. Great on the draw
5 Mitchell Marner C London (OHL) 5-11/160 5-May-97 Undersized but ultra-skilled, superbly talented sparkplug
6 Ivan Provorov D Brandon (WHL) 6-0/195 13-Jan-97 His ability with puck from blueline is tempting for any GM.
7 Pavel Zacha c Sarnia (OHL) 6-3/210 6-Apr-97 Potentially the biggest steal of draft if he puts it together as a pro.
8 Zach Werenski D Michigan (B1G) 6-2/205 19-Jul-97 Expect more of a two-way rearguard than an offensive first blueliner.
9 Mathew Barzal C Seattle (WHL) 5-11/175 26-May-97 Injury derailed talented pivot's draft year. Great potential.
10 Lawson Crouse LW Kingston (OHL) 6-4/210 23-Jun-97 Man's body and power, but can skills translate to the next level?
11 Travis Konecny C Ottawa (OHL) 5-10/175 11-Mar-97 Oozing skill and will. Could be a smart fantasy bargain too.
12 Mikko Rantanen RW TPS Turku (Fin) 6-3/210 29-Oct-96 Playing among men in Sm-liiga. Slick playmaker.
13 Timo Meier RW Halifax (QMJHL) 6-1/210 8-Oct-96 Strong World Juniors and post tournament production. Moving up.
14 Kyle Connor C Youngstown (USHL) 6-1/185 9-Dec-96 U. of Michigan commit continues to impress on International stage
15 Thomas Chabot D Saint John (QMJHL) 6-1/180 30-Jan-97 Solid puck moving skills
16 Jakub Zboril D Saint John (QMJHL) 6-1/185 21-Feb-97 Czech import paired with Chabot, missed 19 games to knee injury
17 Paul Bittner LW Portland (WHL) 6-4/210 4-Nov-96 Late birthday. Size & board play convince an NHL GM to take chance
18 Joel Ek Eriksson C Farjestads (Swe) 6-2/180 29-Jan-97 Fantastic showing at Five Nations Cup. Stash away on prospect list
19 Colin White C NTDP (USA) 6-0/185 30-Jan-97 Think support player with a strong work ethic as upside
20 Nick Merkley RW Kelowna (WHL) 5-11/190 23-May-97 Skill at the end of the blade is his distinguishing characteristic. Undersized.
21 Brandon Carlo D Tri-City (WHL) 6-5/200 26-Nov-96 Big, mobile, mean, physical, methodical.
22 Jeremy Roy D Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 6-0/190 14-May-97 Solid all round blueliner with a big shot and potential pp qb
23 Evgeni Svechnikov LW Cape Breton (QMJHL) 6-2/200 31-Oct-96 Powerful upper body and core strength add to the power game
24 Jacob Larsson D Frolunda (Swe) 6-2/190 29-Apr-97 All round blueliner utilizes simple approach with size & sandpaper
25 Oliver Kylington D Farjestads (Swe) 6-0/185 19-May-97 Exceptional puck rusher with flash & ability to bring fans out of seats
26 Jonas Siegenthaler D ZSC Zurich (Sui) 6-2/220 6-May-97 Skills on display during an excellent showing at the Under-20's
27 Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current (WHL) 5-11/170 17-Oct-96 Exceptional skill & hockey sense. Stealth like positioning in offensive zone
28 Brock Boeser RW Waterloo (USHL) 6-0/195 25-Feb-97 Solid all round worker with exceptional release. Complete 200-foot game
29 Anthony Beauvillier LW Shawinigan (QMJHL) 5-10/175 8-Jun-97 Undersized but tenacious winger had 42 goals and 94 points in QMJHL
30 Jack Roslovic C NTDP (USA) 6-0/185 29-Jan-97 Miami of Ohio commit could play 4 years. Attractive last pick in 1st round
31 Daniel Sprong RW Charlottetown (QMJHL) 6-0/190 17-Mar-97 Dutch-born. Great skillset but needs to play full 60 minutes.
32 Filip Chlapik C Charlottetown (QMJHL) 6-1/195 3-Jun-97 Nice two-way player. Needs to fill out
33 Erik Cernak D Kosice (Svk) 6-3/200 28-May-97 Large defensive defenseman. Could sneak into the first round.
34 Guillaume Brisebois D Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 6-2/170 21-Jul-97 Strong leader. Makes nice first pass. Not physical at this time
35 Jeremy Bracco RW NTDP (USA) 5-9/175 17-Mar-97 Small speedy winger. Not afraid to go into the corners. Lots of skill
36 Jansen Harkins C Prince George (WHL) 6-1/180 23-May-97 Two way center. Good playmaker. Son of former NHLer Todd.
37 Ilya Samsonov G Magnitogorsk (Rus) 6-3/200 22-Feb-97 Russian could be the first goalie taken in the draft.
38 Tom Novak C Waterloo (USHL) 6-0/180 28-Apr-97 Great playmaker. Highly skilled. Needs to fill out
39 Vince Dunn D Niagara (OHL) 6-0/185 29-Oct-96 Diminutive d-man with world class instincts and wheels
40 Jordan Greenway LW NTDP (USA) 6-5/225 16-Feb-97 Big power forward but inconsistency will cost him on draft day.


Once again, special thanks go to Gus Katsaros who was an integral part of this article.


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41 Alexander Dergachev RW SKA St. Petersburg (Rus) 6-4/201 27-Sep-96
42 Zachary Senyshyn RW Sault Ste Marie (OHL) 6-1/195 30-Mar-97
43 Mackenzie Blackwood G Barrie (OHL) 6-4/215 9-Dec-96
44 Gabriel Carlsson D Linkopings (Swe) 6-4/185 2-Jan-97
45 Nikita Korostelev RW Sarnia (OHL) 6-1/195 8-Feb-97
46 Matthew Spencer D Peterborough (OHL) 6-1/200 24-Mar-97
47 Denis Guryanov RW Lada Togliatti (Rus) 6-2/185 7-Jun-97
48 Ryan Pilon D Brandon (WHL) 6-2/210 10-Oct-96
49 Dennis Yan LW Shawinigan (QMJHL) 6-1/180 14-Apr-97
50 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson C Omaha (USHL) 6-1/195 31-Oct-96
51 Blake Speers C Sault Ste Marie (OHL) 5-11/180 2-Jan-97
52 Travis Dermott D Erie (OHL) 5-11/195 22-Dec-96
53 Christian Fischer RW NTDP (USA) 6-1/215 15-Apr-97
54 Yakov Trenin LW Gatineau (QMJHL) 6-2/195 13-Jan-97
55 Adam Musil RW Red Deer (WHL) 6-2/200 26-Mar-97
56 Glenn Gawdin C Swift Current (WHL) 6-1/190 25-Mar-97
57 Robin Kovacs RW AIK (Swe) 6-0/170 16-Nov-96
58 Brendan Guhle D Prince Albert (WHL) 6-1/185 29-Jul-97
59 Mitchell Vande Sompel D Oshawa (OHL) 5-10/180 11-Feb-97
60 Austin Wagner LW Regina (WHL) 6-1/180 23-Jun-97
61 Sebastian Aho RW Karpat Oulu (Fin) 5-11/175 26-Jul-97
62 Keegan Kolesar RW Seattle (WHL) 6-1/215 8-Apr-97
63 Jens Looke RW Brynas (Swe) 6-0/180 11-Apr-97
64 Nicolas Roy C Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 6-4/200 5-Feb-97
65 Ryan Gropp LW Seattle (WHL) 6-2/185 16-Sep-96
66 Michael Spacek C Pardubice (Cze) 5-11/190 9-Apr-97
67 Daniel Vladar G Kladno (Cze) 6-5/185 20-Aug-97
68 Graham Knott LW Niagara (OHL) 6-3/195 13-Jan-97
69 Jesper Lindgren D MoDo (Swe) 6-0/160 19-May-97
70 Kevin Davis D Everett (WHL) 6-0/185 14-Mar-97
71 Mikhail Vorobyev C Salavat Ufa (Rus) 6-2/195 5-Jan-97
72 Nathan Noel C Saint John (QMJHL) 5-11/175 21-Jun-97
73 Mitchell Stephens C Saginaw (OHL) 5-11/185 5-Feb-97
74 Callum Booth G Quebec (QMJHL) 6-3/200 21-May-97
75 Nicolas Meloche D Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 6-2/200 18-Jul-97
76 Lukas Jasek RW Trinec (Cze) 5-11/165 28-Aug-97
77 Roope Hintz LW Ilves Tampere (Fin) 6-2/185 17-Nov-96
78 Filip Ahl LW HV 71 (Swe) 6-3/210 12-Jun-97
79 Felix Sandstrom G Brynas (Swe) 6-2/190 12-Jan-97
80 John Marino D South Shore (USPHL) 6-0/175 21-May-97
81 Chaz Reddekopp D Victoria (WHL) 6-3/220 1-Jan-97
82 Adam Marsh LW Saint John (QMJHL) 6-0/165 22-Aug-97
83 David Kase C Chomutov (Cze) 5-11/170 28-Jan-97
84 Parker Wotherspoon D Tri-City (WHL) 6-0/170 24-Aug-97
85 Dennis Gilbert D Chicago (USHL) 6-2/200 30-Oct-96
86 Loik Leveille D Cape Breton (QMJHL) 5-11/220 25-Sep-96
87 Justin Lemcke D Belleville (OHL) 6-2/200 13-Feb-97
88 Gabriel Gagne RW Victoriaville (QMJHL) 6-5/190 11-Nov-96
89 Bailey Webster D Saint John (QMJHL) 6-3/210 8-Sep-97
90 Thomas Schemitsch D Owen Sound (OHL) 6-3/205 26-Oct-96
91 Adam Gaudette C Cedar Rapids (USHL) 6-1/175 3-Oct-96
92 Jesse Gabrielle LW Regina (WHL) 5-11/205 17-Jun-97
93 Samuel Montembeault G Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 6-2/165 30-Oct-96
94 Adam Werner G Farjestads (Swe) 6-5/185 2-May-97
95 Jonne Tammela LW KalPa (Fin) 5-10/180 5-Aug-97
96 Jean-Christophe Beaudin RW Rouyn Noranda (QMJHL) 6-1/185 27-Mar-97
97 Brendan Warren LW NTDP (USA) 6-0/190 7-May-97
98 Brent Gates C Green Bay (USHL) 6-1/202 12-Aug-97
99 Veeti Vainio D Blues (Fin) 6-2-170 16-Jun-97
100 Julius Nattinen C JyP Jyvaskyla (Fin) 6-2/190 14-Jan-97
Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.