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Can I be as off base with my mock draft this year as I was last year?

Lord Bennington preparing to make Jake Virtanen his first draft pick as a GM
Lord Bennington preparing to make Jake Virtanen his first draft pick as a GM
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We are within a week of my favorite day of the hockey season: Draft Day!  There's all of the excitement surrounding potential trades, 18 & 19 year old kids realizing that their hard work has brought them to this moment, and the instant analysis of the experts weighing in on decisions that organizations have spent all year pondering.  It's like Christmas, New Year's eve, and Halloween rolled up in one in this fella's world!

Before we look at 2015, let's take a brief moment to review my first mock draft... Yeesh the results weren't very good...On second thought, let's not.  Well, I probably should disclose that I only ended up getting 3 players/teams/draft slot correct in round one.  I'm pretty sure a deaf, blind raccoon could have done better, hopefully I'm a touch more accurate this time around!

Without further adieu, may I present my 2015 mock draft:

Pick Team Player Current Team Pos. Ht
1. EDM Connor McDavid Erie (OHL) C 6-0
2. BUF Jack Eichel Boston U (NCAA) C 6-2
3. ARI Dylan Strome Erie (OHL) C 6-3
4. TOR Mitch Marner London (OHL) RW 5-11
5. CAR Noah Hanifin Boston C (NCAA) D 6-2
6. NJD Mathew Barzal Seattle (WHL) C 5-11
7. PHI Pavel Zacha Sarnia (OHL) C 6-3
8. CBJ Lawson Crouse Kingston (OHL) LW 6-4
9. SJS Ivan Provorov Brandon (WHL) D 6-0
10. COL Mikko Rantanen TPS (SM Liiga) RW 6-3
11. FLA Zach Werenski Michigan (NCAA) D 6-1
12. DAL Nick Merkley Kelowna (WHL) C/RW 5-10
13. LAK Kyle Connor Youngstown (USHL) LW/C 6-1
14. BOS Timo Meier Halifax (QMJHL) RW 6-1
15. CAL Jakub Zboril Saint John (QMJHL) D 6-0
16. EDM Joel Eriksson Ek Farjestad (SHL) C 6-1
17. WPG Evgeni Svechnikov C. Breton (QMJHL) RW 6-1
18. OTW Travis Konecny Ottawa (OHL) RW 5-9
19. DET Colin White USA NTDP (USHL) C 6-0
20. MIN Paul Bittner Portland (WHL) LW 6-4
21. BUF Brandon Carlo Tri-City (WHL) D 6-4
22. WSH Thomas Chabot Saint John QMJHL D 6-1
23. VAN Oliver Kylington Farjestad (SHL) D 6-0
24. TOR Daniel Sprong Charlottet'n (QMJHL) RW 6-1
25. WPG Jérémy Roy Sherbrooke (QMJHL) D 5-11
26. MTL Denis Gurianov Togilatti 2 (MHL) RW 6-2
27. ANH Jansen Harkins Prince George (WHL) C 6-0
28. TB Jake Debrusk Swift Current (WHL) LW 5-11
29. PHI Nicolas Meloche B. Comeau (QMJHL) D 6-2
30. ARI Brock Boeser Waterloo (USHL) RW 6-0

According to my mock draft logic, Lord Bennington has been reading all of the Canucks fans's comments and does us a solid and drafts a blue chip D prospect!  Oliver Kylington has had an interesting season where his draft stock has risen as high as #10 at Christmas and as low as #50 towards the end of the season.  He plays an offensive style which has led to comparisons to fellow countryman Erik Karlsson.  The Swedish blue liner is a strong skater who likes to carry the puck deep into the offensive zone which is both good and bad.  The real question about the youngster from Sundbyberg is related to his attitude, which is not uncommon for an 18 year old who has played in the Pro leagues at the tender age of 17.  The other knock on him has been his defensive play.  When you watch some footage of the speedy Swedish rear guard you will notice that he has no problem driving possession deep into the offensive zone... It becomes pretty tough to play a strong defensive game when you are below the goal line, but if you build your defensive scheme around this style of play it can work out nicely.

If you want to play along, feel free to put your mock in the comments or drop a fan post.  If you feel like criticizing what I've done, feel free!