Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fringe Signings (Jun 27)

The Washington Capitals didn't qualify forward Brett Connolly, as he was set to go to restricted free agency, but they didn't have to, signing him to a new 2-year, $3 million deal, foregoing any sort of controversy about his contract status.

The 25-year old had 15 goals and 23 points in 66 games last season with the Capitals, setting a new career-high in goals, but was still a couple points short of some more personal records.  He did have some tough stretches this past season, as a healthy scratch, but a good second half of the season led to more playing time.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Methot Heads to Dallas


2017 Season July 1st Status
To Dallas Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Marc Methot D 32 68 0 12 2 $4.9m
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To Vegas Pos Age GP Wins Points Years Cap
Dylan Ferguson G 18 0 0 0 0 USD
2020 2nd Round Draft Pick

Normally, a player with the scoring numbers like Marc Methot's wouldn't get acknowledged on the blog in a trade, but his defensive prowess and his shutdown ability have made this deal notable, thanks to the rampant changes that are going on in Dallas in this off-season, they may finally be starting to build in the right direction.

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired two futures for the big defenseman, including a draft pick that won't actually happen for another three years and Dallas' 7th round pick in last weekend's draft.

I am a bit surprised at how cheap this deal went down for, as Methot was believed to be a well-sought after piece to any team's puzzle on the blueline, especially the Stars.  Dallas can run away like bandits, if they have finally found the guy that can protect John Klingberg when he goes on his rushes or any one of the offensive Dallas defensemen for that matter.

The Golden Knights knew they had to move a piece or two, more likely still to come, and they are all about the futures in moving forward.  George McPhee has said that he likes where his team is already and with their defense and goaltending already looking half decent, he may be right to like his team.  Still not sure he got enough out of this deal though, but maybe everyone was low-balling him after last week.

Fringe Signings (Jun 26)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a new 1-year, $1.95 million deal on Monday, avoiding restricted free agency officially.

The 26-year old Czech was ranked 123rd among all defensemen in scoring, picking up 3 goals and 14 points in 80 games this season for the Lightning, used generally in the second or third pairings for the Lightning last season.  With the departure of Jason Garrison through the expansion draft, there is potential for opportunity for Sustr.  He's got late round potential in the hockey pool, at best and he's now on the board for the 2018 season, so take him into consideration.

The Edmonton Oilers were also in the business of re-signing on Monday, giving forward Zack Kassian a new 3-year, $5.85 million deal.

Kassian was ranked 241st among all forwards in scoring in the 2017 season, notching 7 goals and 24 points in 79 games with Edmonton, a number that could surely improve with a season with this club under his belt already.  The Oilers will certainly be looking to find a little bit more scoring through their lineup, somewhere and somehow, likely looking to those existing players to step it up a notch.

Not too far away from Kassian in the rankings was Tom Pyatt, as he collected 9 goals and 23 points in the 2017 season, playing all 82 games with the Senators, and he was re-upped on a new 2-year deal on Monday, as the Senators have begun their housekeeping this off-season.  Pyatt's deal is said to carry a cap hit of $1.1 million per season, so he gets a decent raise for the coming year and he certainly did well to fit in with this club, so it should go a long ways into keep the chemistry of this team together.



Stars Re-Sign Lindell



The Dallas Stars are really moving and shaking ahead of the free agency period, the next big event this summer, as they have already bought out Antti Niemi (see below) and now they have re-signed pool worthy defender Esa Lindell.

It's been a good day for new names and faces that haven't been picked in the hockey pool yet, as Lindell was one of those blueliners that flew under the radar for the entire 2017 season, finishing the year with 6 goals and 18 points in 73 games, good enough for 90th at the position.

The young Finn is thought to be more of a puck-moving defenseman with a big shot and still needs to work on his overall defensive game (no surprise there!), but should still have a bit of value as an up-and-coming player in the scoring ranks.  If the Stars can help him out with some stay-at-home help, he is one of the kids that we should be looking out for, when it comes to points from the blueline.

The new deal is reported to be a 2-year contract, worth $4.4 million, which means there are some much higher expectations in the 2018 season for this 23-year old and you may want to bump up his projections, after he got a fairly full season last year.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Jamie Benn 9.500 John Klingberg 4.250 Kari Lehtonen 5.900
Jason Spezza 7.500 Dan Hamhuis 3.750 Ben Bishop 4.917
Tyler Seguin 5.750 Esa Lindell 2.200
Antoine Roussel 2.000 Julius Honka 0.863
Denis Gurianov 0.925 Greg Pateryn 0.850
Jason Dickinson 0.894 Dillon Heatherington 0.771
Devin Shore 0.870 Stephen Johns 0.725
Remi Elie 0.745 Andrew Bodnarchuk 0.725
Curtis McKenzie 0.700
MattIas Janmark 0.700
Adam Cracknell 0.675
Justin Dowling 0.650


Salary CapWith the Stars buying out Niemi tomorrow, something already reflected in the table above, I am showing the Stars with $17.6 million in cap space with this 22-man projected roster.  The Stars are going to be buyers when the free agency window opens, as they are looking exceptionally raw at the forward position below Antoine Roussel and they could really use some help beyond Julius Honka on the blueline, namely someone who can actually play defense.  With as much cap space as they are projected to have here, they should be able to do something with it.

Buyout Period (Jun 26)

The Dallas Stars were out to solve the goaltending issues on Monday, placing Antti Niemi on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, as they were likely unable to facilitate a trade for Niemi to move him out of town for something in return.

Niemi had one year remaining on his current deal at $4.5 million, but with the acquisition of Ben Bishop in the off-season, he became the third goalie on the depth chart and at that kind of cap hit, it wasn't going to last, clearly.

As per CapFriendly, Niemi's buyout will last for the next two seasons on the salary cap, at a hit of $1.5 million per season, which isn't too bad, considering what he'd be worth in the minors, assuming he'd make it down there.

The 33-year old Finn will now be an unrestricted free agent, who posted 12 wins and 24 points in 37 appearances for the Stars, but I wouldn't hold Niemi completely accountable for his poor numbers, as the Stars had no defense in front of him and I think he would be a very cost-efficient keeper on most teams with a reasonable defense corps.  I would pay close attention to where he lands, as he is a pool worthy goalie.

Ducks Liked What They Got From Eaves



Somewhere along the line, I missed the signing of forward Patrick Eaves in Anaheim, so I'll have to make up for it right now.

On Friday, Eaves re-signed with the Ducks, getting a new 3-year deal, worth $9.45 million in total, a $3.15 million cap hit per season.

Obviously, the Ducks were very pleased with the performance that they got after acquiring the veteran winger from the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline, to the point where a new deal was offered and they fully expect him to do much of the same for the next few seasons.

After the trade to the Ducks, Eaves played in 20 games, scoring 11 goals and 14 points, before suffering a leg injury, forcing him to miss the last 10 games of the playoffs, the time of year he was brought in to help the team with.

In the overall scope, however, the 33-year old veteran finished with 32 goals and 51 points in 72 games between Dallas and Anaheim, which had him ranked 85th among all forwards and with his goal-scoring prowess improved by the move to Anaheim, the prospect of a good season in 2018 is certainly there.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Corey Perry 8.625 Hampus Lindholm 5.250 John Gibson 2.300
Ryan Getzlaf 8.250 Sami Vatanen 4.875 Dustin Tokarski 0.650
Ryan Kesler 6.875 Cam Fowler 4.000
Rickard Rakell 3.800 Brandon Montour 0.925
Jakob Silfverberg 3.750 Korbinian Holzer 0.900
Patrick Eaves 3.150 Shea Theodore 0.863
Andrew Cogliano 3.000 Josh Manson 0.825
Antoine Vermette 1.750
Jared Boll 0.900
Nick Ritchie 0.894
Ondrej Kase 0.670
Logan Shaw 0.650
Chris Wagner 0.638
Corey Tropp 0.625

Salary CapThe Ducks also re-signed a fringe defenseman in Korbinian Holzer over the weekend, as they are starting to round out their roster. The 22-man group above is now coming in at $66.4 million, which includes their buyout totals and it leaves them about $8.6 million in cap space for the rest of the summer.

Anaheim doesn't have a lot of in-house work left to do, so they should be able to use most of that space for upgrades, if they so choose.  There are still some young names on their current projected roster, which will likely be addressed, but their defense is already rounding into form.

Hurricanes Re-Sign Unfamiliar Ryan



The Carolina Hurricanes had themselves a hidden gem in forward Derek Ryan, who took a very long road to a full-time NHL job, but when he finally cracked it, he also cracked the top 200 in forward scoring, finishing 198th last season.  It would probably come as no surprise, that no one had him in last year's hockey pool and there still might be some hesitance to pick him up, but I can assure you, he was pool worthy, by definition.

The 30-year old veteran was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, if he wasn't re-signed by the Hurricanes, but over the weekend and confirmed on Monday, the deal was done, as Ryan signed a 1-year, $1.425 million deal, ensuring that he gets a good raise and the potential for more regular playing time in 2018.

In the 2017 season, Ryan played in 67 games for the Hurricanes, scoring 11 goals and 29 points and he does have 30-point potential for the 2018 season.

The team is slowly coming around and with three goalies in tow, they are likely in the market to make a swap with someone, trying to improve their forward ranks even further.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Jordan Staal 6.000 Justin Faulk 4.833 Scott Darling 4.150
Jeff Skinner 5.725 Noah Hanifin 0.925 Cam Ward 3.300
Victor Rask 4.000 Klas Dahlbeck 0.850 Eddie Lack 2.750
Teuvo Teravainen 2.860 Trevor Van Riemsdyk 0.825
Elias Lindholm 2.700 Brett Pesce 0.809
Lee Stempniak 2.500 Ryan Murphy 0.788
Derek Ryan 1.425 Jaccob Slavin 0.743
Joakim Nordstrom 1.275
Sebastian Aho 0.925
Julien Gauthier 0.925
Andrew Poturalski 0.859
Janne Kuokkanen 0.843
Warren Foegele 0.747

Salary CapThe Hurricanes could be taking on a contract or two via trade or they could be strong in the free agency market here in the coming weeks, as their roster is still below the new salary cap floor of $55.4 million, almost $3.6 million below to narrow it down a little further.  With this much space, something has to happen, possibly pushing for a player like Radim Vrbata or even Alexander Radulov, trying to push that cap number up to a suitable number.

Nico, Then Nolan



The New Jersey Devils led the draft off by taking Nico Hischier, leaving Nolan Patrick to be snapped up by the Philadelphia Flyers and rounding out the top three was defenseman Miro Heiskanen, going to the Dallas Stars.  Many believe both Hischier and Patrick are NHL-ready and should jump in to the league right away, so the rookie class of 2018 should have their headliners and they'll make for interesting picks at the next draft.

Out of the 2016 draft, I am showing that 67 players taken in that class now have contracts, while only nine players were able to crack their respective NHL lineup for at least one game in the 2017 regular season.  Four of those nine players were pool worthy, but that exactly stop a few teams jump on the rookie bandwagon, running the risk of the lack of a rookie pool and in fact, there wasn't one.

It's certainly difficult to gauge just how many rookies we'll see in the 2018 regular season, but of course, we can't just expect those from this past draft to make the leap, as we saw already, there are a lot of 2016 drafted players yet to make their mark and they're a year older now and some will certainly be ready to make the jump.  Six of the top 10 picks last year will still have rookie status and they include Pierre-Luc Dubois, Olli Juolevi, Clayton Keller, Alexander Nylander, Mikhail Sergachev and Tyson Jost, the latter four we've already seen in the NHL.  It could be a big year for the 2016 class.

Dylan Strome is the only top 10 player from the 2015 class that still has his rookie status, but we should prepare for just more than him this season, as Matthew Barzal, Thomas Chabot, Joel Eriksson Ek, Colin White and Brock Boeser are all starting to make noise around their clubs, poised to make their mark here soon.

We've even got two players in the 2014 class' top 10 still carrying their rookie status, as Michael Dal Colle on the island hasn't yet broke through and defenseman Haydn Fleury in Carolina is taking the long road to the big game.  Josh Ho-Sang and Adrian Kempe finally found some semi-regular time at the end of last season, but neither hit the 26-game mark in their career, so they will open next season as rookies and they could be full-time players with reasonable scoring rates.

If there is a rookie pool or not, I don't think anyone is going to touch the rookie scoring record that Scott's team set last season, as he desperately wanted to win his money back, but it just didn't pan out for him on the spin of the wheel.  He picked up eight rookies, including the rookie of the year in the hockey pool, Pittsburgh's Matt Murray, who finished with 74 points, and the Calder Trophy winner, Auston Matthews of the Leafs, who finished with 69 points, among other big freshmen.

If you're going to want rookies this year, you're probably still going to have to fight Scott for them, but you won't know if it will win you your money back until after the draft is finished!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fringe Signings (Jun 24)

The Winnipeg Jets announced that they re-signed potential restricted free agent Ben Chiarot to a new 2-year deal, reportedly worth $2.8 million. The 26-year old played in 59 games for the Jets last season, scoring 2 goals and 12 points, ranking him 148th among all defenders in scoring.

Chiarot is more of a role-playing defender, getting the fill-in minutes, but he does seem to get some points when he's getting those minutes, so he could be a very late round sleeper, if he can somehow crack the Winnipeg lineup full-time.

Flames Trade Big for Hamonic


2017 Season July 1st Status
To Calgary Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Travis Hamonic D 26 49 3 14 3 $3.857m
Conditional 2018 4th Round Draft Pick
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To Long Island Pos Age GP G/W Points Years Cap
2018 1st Round Draft Pick
2018 2nd Round Draft Pick
Conditional 2019 2nd Round Draft Pick

The numbers don't exactly lie, Travis Hamonic wasn't quite a pool worthy defender in the 2017 season, but that isn't to say he won't be one in the 2018 season, assuming he can put a good year together in Calgary now.

The Flames acquired the veteran defenseman from Long Island on Saturday, giving up on three big picks, including a 1st round pick in the 2018 draft and a couple of 2nd round picks later on.

Hamonic has been pool worthy in seasons previous to the 2017 season, but three different injuries in the year limited his playing time significantly and he wasn't able to produce for the Islanders, as much as he normally would.

In the 2015 season, Hamonic finished with 5 goals and 33 points to be 46th among all defensemen in scoring that year, just to give you an idea of what he is capable of for us hockey poolies.

The soon-to-be 27-year old is handy at both ends of the ice and he should be a big fixture in the Flames' own end in front of their new number one goalie, Mike Smith, so things are coming together for Calgary and it could be a pretty big year for them, if this goes in the right direction.

Blues Add Schenn


2017 Season July 1st Status
To St. Louis Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Brayden Schenn F 25 79 25 55 3 $5.125m
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To Philadelphia Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Jori Lehtera F 29 64 7 22 2 $4.7m
2017 1st Round Draft Pick (27th overall, Morgan Frost)
Conditional 2018 1st Round Draft Pick

The biggest splash during the entry draft itself, came late into the opening round on Friday night, when the St. Louis Blues acquired forward Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers for a package that included forward Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick last night and a conditional 1st round pick on top of that.

From what is floating around the web, it sounds like this is a move for the Flyers to open up a spot for their top draft pick from Friday night, the 2nd overall selection, Nolan Patrick.  In opening up that spot, they also pad their futures with another 1st round pick in Morgan Frost and the Blues will give them another 1st rounder, either in 2018 or 2019, as the Blues could defer their pick, if it's a top 10 pick next year.

The Blues, on the other hand, gain a very talented centre, who has already put up good numbers in his NHL career and has consistently been a good hockey pool option for those filling out their forwards in the middle of the draft.  Last season, Schenn was ranked 82nd overall in scoring, 57th among all forwards, which would place him in the 4th round or so, and it may line him up with scoring talents like Vladimir Tarasenko and/or Jaden Schwartz, which looks awfully good on paper.

The Blues paid a hefty premium for a player like Schenn, but the early looks at how the roster is shaping up, it doesn't look like a terrible gamble, especially since the Blues made two 1st round picks already yesterday, taking Robert Thomas with the 20th pick and Klim Kostin with the 31st pick, they didn't appear to mortgage their future too badly to do this.

Both teams are going to look drastically different to start next season and it's probably for the best, either way.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oshie Gets Max Term in DC



Well, as if the entry draft day needed any more intrigue and/or excitement, the Washington Capitals did their best, throwing their hat into the ring, signing forward T.J. Oshie to a new 8-year contract extension on Friday.  If you're new around here, this is the maximum amount of term allowed by the CBA and it is accompanied by an annual cap hit of $5.75 million, a $46 million total.

The 30-year old forward was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next weekend, but is now locked in with the Capitals, where he has made himself a decent fit, but has still yet to really wow anyone in the US capital.

Last season, Oshie scored 33 goals and 56 points in only 68 games for Washington, which was good enough for 75th overall in pool scoring, 52nd among all forwards and if he could string together a full season, those numbers could look much better.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Alex Ovechkin 9.538 Matt Niskanen 5.750 Braden Holtby 5.100
Nicklas Backstrom 6.700 John Carlson 3.967 Vitek Vanecek 0.714
T.J. Oshie 5.750 Brooks Orpik 5.500
Marcus Johansson 4.583 Taylor Chorney 0.800
Lars Eller 3.500 Kristofers Bindulis 0.793
Tom Wilson 2.000 Madison Bowey 0.695
Jay Beagle 1.750 Aaron Ness 0.613
Riley Barber 0.925
Jakub Vrana 0.863
Garrett Pilon 0.776
Nathan Walker 0.650
Tyler Graovac 0.625
Zach Sill 0.613

Salary CapSo, it's a rough looking preliminary roster, well before the draft and the free agency window opening, but the Capitals are not in terrible shape, even with the Oshie deal under wraps.  Certainly, giving the player term helped with the cap number, but with this current 22-man roster above, subject to change mightily before opening night, it has $12.8 million in cap space to work with.  The Capitals still have Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Dmitry Orlov and Philipp Grubauer still to sign, so it probably isn't a lot of money to work with, but with the way trades have been working this summer, anything is possible.

Fringe Signings (Jun 23)

The Edmonton Oilers opted to use some of their new found cap space after the Jordan Eberle/Ryan Strome deal to re-sign defenseman Kris Russell, giving him a new 4-year deal, reportedly worth $4 million per season.

Russell, normally a good hockey pool option, had his 2017 season interrupted a few times to injury, missing out on 14 games in total and that hampered his scoring numbers, leaving him with only 1 goal and 13 points in total.  If he can get his health together and find some consistency in the Oilers' lineup, he should have some real hockey pool value.

Rangers Acquire Another 1st for Stepan


2017 Season July 1st Status
To Arizona Pos Age GP G/W Points Years Cap
Derek Stepan F 27 81 17 55 4 $6.5m
Antti Raanta G 28 30 16 41 1 $1m
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To New York Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Anthony DeAngelo D 21 39 5 14 2 $863k
2017 1st Round Draft Pick

The New York Rangers made a big splash as well on draft day, sending forward Derek Stepan and back-up goalie Antti Raanta to the Coyotes for the 7th overall pick tonight and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

The Rangers reportedly were not keen on Stepan's scoring numbers for another four years and they were obviously keen to take advantage of another solid pick in this year's draft, now occupying the 7th and 21st overall picks tonight.  New York is also operating with far more cap space than we normally see them with, projected to be around $19 million with a 21-man roster.

The Coyotes, on the other hand, get an experienced scoring forward and an experienced goalie on their roster, which goes well with Niklas Hjalmarsson, who they acquired in a deal earlier this morning.  All of a sudden, the Coyotes are a little harder to play against and they might be able to find the net a little more with Stepan in tow.

The Coyotes are going all kinds of crazy, making changes, adding players and parting ways with their coaches.  This add gives them a little bit more scoring, in theory, assuming they can find someone to play with him.  Arizona is still a little ways away from being competitive in the Pacific Division, but these moves are at least a commitment to making the changes in that direction.

The Rangers are going to be big players again in the free agent market with all this cap space, so making any assumptions on what they are going to do next season is a little premature, but for their long-term plans, you have to be pleased with the direction they're going in there.

Now, is it worth while going back to the mock draft?  Hmmmm...

Blackhawks Ship Panarin to Columbus for Saad


2017 Season July 1st Status
To Columbus Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Artemi Panarin F 25 82 31 74 2 $6m
Tyler Motte F 22 33 4 7 2 $925k
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To Chicago Pos Age GP G/W Points Years Cap
Brandon Saad F 24 80 24 53 4 $6m
Anton Forsberg G 24 1 0 0 0 RFA

The Chicago Blackhawks continue to roll on this entry draft day, as they are apparently wanting to change their culture back to how they may have had it during their Stanley Cup runs, reacquiring Brandon Saad and sending a fellow $6 million man, scoring forward Artemi Panarin the other way.

In both deals that Chicago had made today, the reports are suggesting that the Blackhawks wanted more long-term stability in the deals that they have acquired, while still managing to get a little bit younger.  The familiarity of Saad was a big selling point, especially to the core of the team already and they do get to add a little bit more goaltending depth in Anton Forsberg, who has plenty of AHL experience already.

The Blue Jackets add some significant scoring, not only in Panarin, who is a top 10 forward in the pool rankings, but they get a very good quality prospect in Tyler Motte, who was likely penciled in to make the Blackhawks' lineup in 2018, as a full-time skater.  This sort of scoring depth doesn't just land in your lap everyday and it is no surprise that the Blue Jackets may have jumped on this deal, since Saad didn't feel like the right fit in their playoff run.

This is a bit of a game changing deal, one could say. as the Metropolitan Division adds another top end scorer to the mix, the Central Division may get a little harder to play in, as the Blackhawks added some serious grit to their side.  I don't think anyone saw this deal coming on draft day, but it certainly makes the hockey world a little more intriguing this summer, as we speculate what this could do to both teams going forward.

Hjalmarsson for Murphy


2017 Season July 1st Status
To Arizona Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Niklas Hjalmarsson D 30 73 5 18 2 $4.1m
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To Chicago Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Connor Murphy D 24 77 2 17 5 $3.85m
Laurent Dauphin F 22 24 2 3 0 RFA

The Chicago Blackhawks have made a sizable effort to try and get younger, ahead of tonight's entry draft, acquiring defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.  The Coyotes, on the other hand, add a little bit more veteran experience to their roster with their half of the acquisition, but it is pretty much a wash, when it comes to scoring, as both defenders were considered pool worthy, albeit on the back end, in the defenseman spectrum.

The Blackhawks are aiming to get a bit younger and a little bit more flexible underneath the salary cap ceiling, given that it didn't move up too much in this off-season, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Coyotes do add a presence in this deal and it sounds like they are far from done as well on this draft day.  We shall see!

My Mock Entry Draft, Version 2

With the expansion draft now passed us, we did see a few 1st round picks get shifted on Wednesday night, which means there will need to be an adjustment to the mock draft, with picks moving to and fro, back and forth and so on and so on.

Upon further reading, I think a couple of opinions needed to shift, especially since I was doing the mock draft without a lot of materials and scouting reports early on and the more one reads, the more informed they may be.  So, with that being said, here is the updated list I want to go with, heading into the weekend's fun.  Of course, we could still see picks shift, but if I don't get to this list now, I probably won't have a shot at a decent result.

Team Player Name POS Pick
Nolan Patrick F 1
Nico Hischier F 2
Miro Heiskanen D 3
Gabriel Vilardi F 4
Casey Mittelstadt F 5
Michael Rasmussen F 6
Cale Makar D 7
Cody Glass F 8
Timothy Liljegren D 9
Kristian Vesalainen F 10
Owen Tippett F 11
Ryan Poehling F 12
Eeli Tolvanen F 13
Lias Andersson F 14
Callan Foote D 15
Juuso Valimaki D 16
Pierre-Oliver Joseph D 17
Martin Necas F 18
Robert Thomas F 19
Nicolas Hague D 20
Nick Suzuki F 21
Urho Vaakanainen D 22
Elias Pettersson F 23
Connor Timmins D 24
Klim Kostin F 25
Isaac Ratcliffe F 26
Jesper Boqvist F 27
Kailer Yamamoto F 28
Erik Brannstrom D 29
Josh Brook D 30
Shane Bowers F 31

I still think Vegas, who now has three picks in this round, is still going to look for some sexy picks and picking up a sniper, like Tolvanen and a hulking defenseman like Foote has a lot of upside for this franchise, which is going to take the express elevator to the top of competitive balance.