2018-19 DailyFaceoff 12-Team Mock Draft

Updated: September 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm by Brock Seguin

Every year we gather some of the finest hockey minds across the NationNetwork to put together a Fantasy Hockey Mock Draft. This year we have nine writers from across the Nation and three loyal Twitter followers to make up our 12-team league. 

We used ESPN Standard Scoring Rules and Rosters when conducting this mock. 

  • Roster: 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 4D, 2G, 4Bench
  • Scoring: Goals, Assists, +/-, Power-Play Points, Shots and Hits (for Skaters) Wins, Shutouts, Goals Against Average and Save Percentage (for Goalies)

Dylan Berthiaume had the No.6 overall pick and I had the No.11 overall pick. Below you can find the results of the Mock Draft and round-by-round analysis from both of us. 

The Draft

Round 1

  • 1. Connor McDavid – EDM, C  (Team Lewis)
  • 2. Nikita Kucherov – TB, RW (Team Kuom)
  • 3. Alex Ovechkin – WSH, RW (Team Bondy)
  • 4. Sidney Crosby – PIT, C (Team Lasarkis)
  • 5. Nathan MacKinnon – COL, C (Team @brewmedic47)
  • 6. Evgeni Malkin – PIT, C (Team Berthiaume)
  • 7. John Tavares – TOR, C (Team Burgess)
  • 8. Blake Wheeler – WPG – RW (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • 9. Auston Matthews – TOR, C (Team Maxwell)
  • 10. David Pastrnak – BOS – LW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • 11. Steven Stamkos – TBL – C (Team Seguin)
  • 12. Claude Giroux – PHI – C (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: Malkin was a no-brainer here. We have him ranked at number 4 in our top 300 rankings, so I was more than happy to see him fall to 6th overall. ESPN has him ranked 9th for some inexplicable reason, which I’m sure helped him slide down the draft board. Malkin played 78 games last year, making me feel a little bit better about his durability. If he plays a full season 100 points isn’t out of the question, and he should only need to play about 60-65 games to break 80.

Brock’s Pick: I was ecstatic to see Steven Stamkos drop to No.11 overall. I have Stamkos ranked No.6 overall, so this is a definite steal at the bottom of the first-round. Stamkos has 40-goal potential and playing with Nikita Kucherov made him an assist machine last year. There is 40-40 upside, which is almost impossible to find, especially with the second-last pick in the first. 

Round 2

  • [13] 12. Tyler Seguin – DAL, C (Team Steitzer)
  • [14] 11. Brad Marchand – BOS, LW (Team Seguin)
  • [15] 10. Filip Forsberg – NSH, LW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [16] 9. Taylor Hall – NJD, LW (Team Maxwell)
  • [17] 8. Patrick Kane – CHI, RW (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [18] 7. Andrei Vasilevskiy – TBL, G (Team Burgess)
  • [19] 6. Jamie Benn – DAL, LW (Team Berthiaume)
  • [20] 5. Brent Burns – SJS, D (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [21] 4. Patrik Laine – WPG, RW (Team Lasarkis)
  • [22] 3. Victor Hedman – TBL, D (Team Bondy)
  • [23] 2. Erik Karlsson – SJ, D (Team Kuom)
  • [24] 1. P.K. Subban – NSH, D (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: Another steal for me in the second-round. I have Marchand safely ranked as a first-round pick (No.8 overall) this season. He has back-to-back 85-point seasons (despite missing 14 games last year) and plays on the most dominant line in hockey. BOS1 is going to have another outstanding season and 40-50 isn’t out of the question for Marchand—he was on a 41-goal, 62 assists (103 points) per 82-game pace last year. 

Dylan’s Pick: Benn somehow dropped all the way to 19th overall in this draft, giving me a premier player at the thinnest position in fantasy. His consistency is second to none and eases any worries I had about taking the injury-prone Malkin with my first pick. Benn’s missed just six regular season games since the start of the 2013-14 season, picking up 403 points in 404 games across that span. I was surprised to see guys like Forsberg, Giroux, Pastrnak, and Vasilevskiy all go before him.

Round 3

  • [25] 1. Sergei Bobrovsky – CBJ, G (Team Lewis)
  • [26] 2. Evgeny Kuznetsov – WSH, C (Team Kuom)
  • [27] 3. Artemi Panarin – CBJ, LW (Team Bondy)
  • [28] 4. Anze Kopitar – LAK, C (Team Lasarkis)
  • [29] 5. Mathew Barzal – NYI, C (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [30] 6. Phil Kessel – PIT, RW (Team Berthiaume)
  • [31] 7. Vladimir Tarasenko – STL – RW (Team Burgess)
  • [32] 8. Braden Holtby – WSH, G (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [33] 9. Jack Eichel – BUF, C (Team Maxwell)
  • [34] 10. Aleksander Barkov – FLA, C (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [35] 11. Johnny Gaudreau – CGY, LW (Team Seguin)
  • [36] 12. Leon Draisaitl – EDM, C (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: A run of defensemen at the end of the second round diluted the player pool just enough for Kessel to still be there for my third-round pick. I actually had the choice between him and Tarasenko, which is crazy. There’s an argument to be made for either player here but having the connection of Malkin and Kessel was just too good to pass up.

Brock’s Pick: My plan early in the draft is always to target high-upside wingers because the left wing and right wing positions are so thin. Luckily, Gaudreau fell to me late in the third-round. I have him ranked at No.21, so this is a full-round later than I think he should go, but I’m not complaining. ‘Johnny Hockey’ is coming off of his best season yet (24G / 60A) and should be a point-per-game player again this year. Since coming into the league, Gaudreau is 13th in the NHL in points and 16th in points-per-game (min 100 games) I will happily take that kind of production at No.35 overall. 

Round 4

  • [37] 12. John Gibson – ANA, G (Team Steitzer)
  • [38] 11. Jakub Voracek – PHI, RW (Team Seguin)
  • [39] 10. Mitch Marner – TOR, C/RW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [40] 9. Frederik Andersen – TOR, G (Team Maxwell)
  • [41] 8. Dustin Byfuglien – WPG, D (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [42] 7. Connor Hellebuyck – WPG, G (Team Burgess)
  • [43] 6. Mark Scheifele – WPG, C (Team Berthiaume)
  • [44] 5. Jonathan Marchessault – VGK, C/LW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [45] 4. William Nylander – TOR, RW (Team Lasarkis)
  • [46] 3. Mikko Rantanen – COL, RW (Team Bondy)
  • [47] 2. Shayne Gostisbehere – PHI, D (Team Kuom)
  • [48] 1. Nicklas Backstrom – WSH, C (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: I was really hoping that Tarasenko was going to fall to me in the third-round and I could go Tarasenko and Gaudreau, but since he didn’t I was content with taking Gaudreau and then Voracek. The Czech winger is one of the most consistent producers in the NHL and a late-2nd/early-3rd round fantasy pick and I’m picking him up in the fourth. He has shown to have 20-goal, 60-plus assist upside and rarely misses games. It’s not the flashiest pick, but it is safe and reliable. I’ll have to find some goal-scorers later in this draft though. 

Dylan’s Pick: There were some reaches made in the 3rd and 4th rounds, specifically for goaltenders. I’m not the type to invest highly in my goalies, so I was more than happy to see Gibson, Andersen, and Hellebuyck all go in front of me. I went with the best player available again here and got Scheifele. I’m four rounds in and have four legitimate 75-point guys. Not a bad start.

Round 5

  • [49] 1. Alexander Radulov – DAL, RW (Team Lewis)
  • [50] 2. Jonathan Quick – LAK, G (Team Kuom)
  • [51] 3. Vincent Trocheck – FLA, C (Team Bondy)
  • [52] 4. Seth Jones – CBJ – D (Team Lasarkis)
  • [53] 5. Pekka Rinne – NSH, G (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [54] 6. John Klingberg – DAL, D (Team Berthiaume)
  • [55] 7. Rickard Rakell – ANA, C/LW (Team Burgess)
  • [56] 8. Kris Letang – PIT, D (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [57] 9. Brock Boeser – VAN – RW (Team Maxwell)
  • [58] 10. Martin Jones – SJS, G (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [59] 11. Roman Josi, NSH – D (Team Seguin)
  • [60] 12. Matt Murray – PIT, G (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: I needed to start to fill out my roster but wasn’t about to reach for a goalie given what was left on the board. I made Klingberg the 7th defensemen taken in the draft. He tied for 2nd among defensemen in points last season with 67 and pairs nicely with Benn on the powerplay. He was ranked 35th overall in our top 300 rankings and I got him at 54.

Brock’s Pick: Again, I was nervously waiting for Klingberg to fall to me in the fifth, but Dylan made a great pick. So, I settled for the next defenseman on my board, Roman Josi. He is another extremely reliable player. He doesn’t miss a lot of time and has averaged 14 goals and 41 assts (55 points) over the last five years. He’s ranked as my No.5 defenseman, so I will happily take him as my anchor on the blueline. 

Round 6

  • [61] 12. Nikolaj Ehlers – WPG, LW (Team Steitzer)
  • [62] 11. Patrice Bergeron – BOS, C (Team Seguin)
  • [63] 10. Torey Krug – BOS, D (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [64] 9. Dougie Hamilton – CAR, D (Team Maxwell)
  • [65] 8. William Karlsson – VGK, C (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [66] 7. Drew Doughty – LAK, D (Team Burgess)
  • [67] 6. John Carlson – WSH, D (Team Berthiaume)
  • [68] 5. Evander Kane – SJS, LW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [69] 4. Tuukka Rask – BOS, G (Team Lasarkis)
  • [70] 3. Gabriel Landeskog – COL, LW (Team Bondy)
  • [71] 2. Sebastian Aho – CAR, C/RW (Team Kuom)
  • [72] 1. Joe Pavelski – SJS, C/RW (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: I strongly considered beefing up my blueline again here and taking John Carlson, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pair Bergeron with Marchand. I’ve always been a fan of stacking lines, especially the best ones in hockey. Bergeron used to be a “safe pick,” good for a 30-30 season but limited upside. Now, he’s an absolute stud—he was on a 38-goal, 42-assist (80 points) per 82-game pace last year. I have him ranked at No.39 overall and picked him up at No.62. Great value. 

Dylan’s Pick: In round 6 I picked up the only defenseman who had more points than Klingberg last season. There’s no red flags in Carlson’s underlying numbers, suggesting a repeat performance is more than doable in 2018-19. His career high 237 shots last year is what has me most excited. Well, that and playing with Ovie on the powerplay. Him and Klingberg give me a solid 1-2 punch on the blueline and it allows me to wait on drafting my third and fourth defensemen.

Round 7

  • [73] 1. Andrei Svechnikov – CAR, RW (Team Lewis)
  • [74] 2. Brayden Point – TBL, C (Team Kuom)
  • [75] 3. Tyson Barrie – COL, D (Team Bondy)
  • [76] 4. Morgan Rielly – TOR, D (Team Lasarkis)
  • [77] 5. Mikael Granlund – MIN, C/RW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [78] 6. Marc-Andre Fleury – VGK, G (Team Berthiaume)
  • [79] 7. Matt Dumba – MIN, D (Team Burgess)
  • [80] 8. Ilya Kovalchuk – LAK, LW (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [81] 9. Alex Pietrangelo – STL, D (Team Maxwell)
  • [82] 10. Brayden Schenn – STL, C (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [83] 11. Ben Bishop – DAL, G (Team Seguin)
  • [84] 12. Jeff Carter – LAK C/RW (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: I came into round 7 still without a goaltender. I knew there was a serious drop in value after the top three or four goalies left available (Fleury, Dubnyk, Bishop, Schneider) so I needed to take a goalie here. I made Fleury the 11th goalie taken in this draft. He doesn’t need to be anywhere close to as good as he was last year for me to justify this pick. If he’s healthy, 30 wins should be a lock. If I can get league average SV% and GAA from him I’m laughing.

Brock’s Pick: With 12 goalies off of the board, it was time to address my goalies. I was happy to see both Devan Dubnyk (G12) and Ben Bishop (G14) available and planned on taking them both. I went with Bishop first because I thought there was a higher chance of Dubnyk making it through the next two picks, we’ll see if it works. 

Round 8

  • [85] 12. Clayton Keller – ARI, C/LW (Team Steitzer)
  • [86] 11. Devan Dubnyk – MIN, G (Team Seguin)
  • [87] 10. Alex DeBrincat – CHI, RW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [88] 9. Jeff Skinner – BUF, LW (Team Maxwell)
  • [89] 8. Jonathan Toews – CHI, C (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [90] 7. Reilly Smith – VGK, RW (Team Burgess)
  • [91] 6. Cory Schneider – NJD, G (Team Berthiaume)
  • [92] 5. Evgenii Dadonov – FLA, RW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [93] 4. Matthew Tkachuk – CGY, LW (Team Lasarkis)
  • [94] 3. Carey Price – MTL, G (Team Bondy)
  • [95] 2. Max Pacioretty – VGK, LW (Team Kuom)
  • [96] 1. Ryan Ellis, NSH – D (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: Boom! It worked. Now I have two goalies who will play 60-plus games with 35-plus wins and GAA under 2.50 and SV% over .915. The only way I can make this goaltending situation better is if I can steal Antti Raanta late, like I plan to do. 

Dylan’s Pick: I’m actually pretty sure the only reason I got Schneider this late is because ESPN forgot to project his stats and he got ranked 946th overall by default. That’s why you print out a copy of the DFO top 300 before your draft, kids! Great second goalie for me at this point in the draft.

Round 9

  • [97] 1. Keith Yandle – FLA, D (Team Lewis)
  • [98] 2. Zach Werenski – CBJ, D (Team Kuom)
  • [99] 3. Pierre-Luc Dubois –  CBJ, C/LW (Team Bondy)
  • [100] 4. Jonathan Huberdeau – FLA, LW (Team Lasarkis)
  • [101] 5. Ryan Suter – MIN, D (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [102] 6. Sean Monahan – CGY, C (Team Berthiaume)
  • [103] 7. Rasmus Dahlin – BUF, D (Team Burgess)
  • [104] 8. Corey Crawford – CHI, G (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [105] 9. Viktor Arvidsson – NSH, RW (Team Maxwell)
  • [106] 10. Ivan Provorov – PHI, D (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [107] 11. Oliver Ekman-Larsson – ARI, D (Team Seguin)
  • [108] 12. Jake Allen – STL, G (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: I spent the last few rounds filling out my roster and now I can get back to taking the best player available in round 9 and LOL OMG Sean Monahan is still there. I debated picking him two rounds earlier. I already have two centres on my roster, but the value is just too good here. Getting a guy who’s pretty much a lock for 30-30 in the ninth round is silly.

Brock’s Pick: With almost all of my forward slots filled, my goalies addressed, I turned my focus back to the defensemen. Much to my surprise, Ekman-Larsson was still available. O.E.L is my No.18 ranked defenseman, so now I have a quality No.1 and No.2 defensemen. 

Round 10

  • [109] 12. Mark Stone – OTT, RW (Team Steitzer)
  • [110] 11. Cam Atkinson – CBJ, RW (Team Seguin)
  • [111] 10. Jake Gardiner – TOR, D (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [112] 9. Patric Hornqvist – PIT, RW (Team Maxwell)
  • [113] 8. Ryan Johansen – NSH, C (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [114] 7. Dylan Larkin – DET, C (Team Burgess)
  • [115] 6. Ryan Getzlaf – ANA, C (Team Berthiaume)
  • [116] 5. Sean Couturier – PHI, C (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [117] 4. Nazem Kadri – TOR, C (Team Lasarkis)
  • [118] 3. Cam Talbot – EDM, G (Team Bondy)
  • [119] 2. Nico Hischier – NJD, C (Team Kuom)
  • [120] 1. Wayne Simmonds – PHI, LW/RW (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: This was easily my least favourite pick of the draft. The right wings were getting really thin and I needed to add one to my starting lineup. Fully believing Jordan Eberle (still available) would drop down the board because of his situation in New York, I reached for Atkinson. He has fired over 200 shots in five straight seasons and is a safe bet for 25 goals and has 30-30 upside while playing on a line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin. I don’t love it, but I’m O.K. with it. 

Dylan’s Pick: Same thing as round 9 but now Getzlaf. The man had 61 points in 56 games last year. Low goal totals be damned, I should never be getting a point per game player in the 10th round.

Round 11

  • [121] 1. James van Riemsdyk – PHI, LW (Team Lewis)
  • [122] 2. Anthony Mantha – DET, RW (Team Kuom)
  • [123] 3. Charlie McAvoy – BOS, D (Team Bondy)
  • [124] 4. Kevin Shattenkirk – NYR, D (Team Lasarkis)
  • [125] 5. Rasmus Ristolainen – BUF, D (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [126] 6. Mike Hoffman – FLA, LW (Team Berthiaume)
  • [127] 7. Mikhail Sergachev – TBL, D (Team Burgess)
  • [128] 8. Dmitry Orlov – WSH, D (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [129] 9. Logan Couture – SJS, C (Team Maxwell)
  • [130] 10. Ryan O’Reilly – STL, C/RW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [131] 11. Mark Giordano – CGY, D (Team Seguin)
  • [132] 12. Noah Hanifin – CGY, D (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: After spoiling myself in rounds 9 and 10, I needed to get back to filling out my roster in round 11. I’m still without a 2nd left and right winger, but I feel fine about it given what’s left on the board. Hoffman is by far the best winger available at this point and should be in for a career year on the Panthers’ second line. For some reason he only has left wing eligibility on ESPN, but he should pick up right wing sooner than later.

Brock’s Pick: I was really happy to see a run of centres in the 10th round because I was set with Stamkos and Bergeron. I thought about adding Getzlaf, but was worried how bad my starting RW would be if I didn’t take Atkinson. In the 11th I was very surprised to see Giordano still on the board. I have him ranked as the No.24 defenseman, so he’s an excellent option as a No.3 fantasy blueliner. Noah Hanifin doesn’t pose as much of a threat to his power-play time as Dougie Hamilton did, so Giordano could enjoy a return to 45-50 points. 

Round 12

  • [133] 12. Colton Parayko – STL, D (Team Steitzer)
  • [134] 11. Jordan Eberle – NYI, RW (Team Seguin)
  • [135] 10. Teuvo Teravainen – CAR LW/RW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [136] 9. Antti Raanta – ARI, G (Team Maxwell)
  • [137] 8. Kyle Connor – WPG, LW (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [138] 7. Yanni Gourde – TBL – LW (Team Burgess)
  • [139] 6. Jaden Schwartz – STL, LW (Team Berthiaume)
  • [140] 5. Henrik Lundqvist – NYR, G (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [141] 4. Mike Smith – CGY, G (Team Lasarkis)
  • [142] 3. Aaron Ekblad – FLA, D (Team Bondy)
  • [143] 2. Travis Konecny – PHI, C/RW (Team Kuom)
  • [144] 1. Semyon Varlamov – COL, G (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: Parayko was my 12th round target, but Jon stole him right in front of me. So, I shifted my focus to bolstering my right wingers. Atkinson is solid, but I would like a strong third option, so I took Eberle. Like I expected he dropped—I have him at No.101 but drafted him at No.134. Losing Tavares is a tough pill to swallow, but Eberle should see a lot of playing time with Barzal…so he’ll be just fine. 

Dylan’s Pick: Taking Schwartz here leaves me without a second right winger, but I do expect Hoffman to pick up the eligibility soon. Schwartz should be back on the top line with Tarasenko this season and was by far the best winger available. I should still be able to pick up Corey Perry or Kyle Palmieri to play right wing with one of my next few picks.

Round 13

  • [145] 1. Brandon Montour – ANA, D (Team Lewis)
  • [146] 2. Elias Pettersson – VAN, C (Team Kuom)
  • [147] 3. Eric Staal – MIN, C (Team Bondy)
  • [148] 4. Roberto Lu(Team Lasarkis)
  • [149] 5. Justin Schultz – PIT, D (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [150] 6. Corey Perry – ANA, RW (Team Berthiaume)
  • [151] 7. Jason Zucker – MIN, LW(Team Burgess)
  • [152] 8. T.J. Oshie – WSH, RW (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [153] 9. Ryan Pulock – NYI, D (Team Maxwell)
  • [154] 10. Will Butcher – NJD, D (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [155] 11. Cam Fowler – ANA, D (Team Seguin)
  • [156] 12. Thomas Chabot – OTT, D (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: Taking two left wingers in rounds 11 and 12 set the stage for me to take Perry here. He’s not the prolific goal scorer he once was, but he should continue to see heavy minutes on the top line with his buddy Getzlaf, whom I drafted earlier. He still has 25-goal, 60-point upside.

Brock’s Pick: Fowler is ranked just two spots below Parayko in my Top 300, so I was happy to get him 22 spots after Parayko went. He plays massive minutes in Randy Carlyle’s system and has been a consistent source of goals and 30-plus points on the blueline. As my No.4 defenseman, I’ll gladly take the No.31 ranked D. 

Round 14

  • [157] 12. Valeri Nichushkin, DAL – RW(Team Steitzer)
  • [158] 11. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – EDM, C (Team Seguin)
  • [159] 10. Scott Darling – CAR, G (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [160] 9. Oscar Klefbom – EDM, D (Team Maxwell)
  • [161] 8. Duncan Keith – CHI, D (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [162] 7. Kyle Palmieri – NJD, RW (Team Burgess)
  • [163] 6. Carter Hutton- BUF, G (Team Berthiaume)
  • [164] 5. Kevin Fiala – NSH, C/LW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [165] 4. Travis Dermott – TOR, D (Team Lasarkis)
  • [166] 3. Anders Lee – NYI, C/LW (Team Bondy)
  • [167] 2. Sami Vatanen – NJD, D (Team Kuom)
  • [168] 1. Esa Lindell – DAL, D (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: Nugent-Hopkins will get dual-position eligibility (C/LW) eventually, so he fills two needs for me, plus he’s expected to play with McDavid this season. That’s enough for me to take a chance on the former No.1 overall pick in the 14th round. 

Dylan’s Pick: Loading up on Klingberg and Carlson earlier afforded me the luxury of waiting on taking my next defenseman. At this point, there’s still about 5 or 6 defensemen available that I really like, but only one guy I’m interested in as my third goalie. Hutton led the league in SV% last season and comes into 2018-19 with an uncontested number-one job for the first time in his career. Playing for the Sabres will hurt his GAA, but he can provide a ton of value as my 3rd goalie if I’m smart about when to play him. Cupcake matchups only for you, Carter.

Round 15

  • [169] 1. Timo Meier – SJ, RW (Team Lewis)
  • [170] 2. Alex Galchenyuk – ARI, C/LW (Team Kuom)
  • [171] 3. Robin Lehner – NYI, G (Team Bondy)
  • [172] 4. Casey Mittelstadt – BUF, C (Team Lasarkis)
  • [173] 5. Josh Bailey – NYI, LW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [174] 6. Colin Miller – VGK, D (Team Berthiaume)
  • [175] 7. J.T. Miller – TBL, C/LW (Team Burgess)
  • [176] 8. Jake Muzzin – LAK, D (Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [177] 9. Brian Elliott – PHI, G (Team Maxwell)
  • [178] 10. Jacob Trouba – WPG, D (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [179] 11. Bo Horvat – VAN, C (Team Seguin)
  • [180] 12. Samuel Girard – COL, D (Team Steitzer)

Dylan’s Pick: Miller is one of my favourite targets on defense this pre-season, and I won’t be surprised if he ends up on every one of my teams. He put up 10 goals and 177 shots despite playing under 20 minutes a game last season. He already mans the point on the Golden Knights’ top powerplay unit, and he’s due for an increase in 5v5 time given the suspension to fellow right-handed defenseman Nate Schmidt. He’s got an absolute bomb from the point and should have no problem getting back to 10 goals and 40 points this season. Great value at this point in the draft.

Brock’s Pick: With Eberle as my reserve RW and RNH as my backup LW eventually, I solidified my centres with Horvat. He was on-pace for a 30-30 season last year before getting hurt and will play huge minutes with Brock Boeser atop the Canucks lineup this year. He’s a great reserve C with a lot of upside. 

Round 16

  • [181] 12. Nolan Patrick – PHI, C (Team Steitzer)
  • [182] 11. Brendan Gallagher – MTL, RW (Team Seguin)
  • [183] 10. Nick Schmaltz – CHI, C/LW (Team @fromtapetotape)
  • [184] 9. Roman Polak – DAL, D (Team Maxwell)
  • [185] 8. Jake Guentzel – PIT, LW(Team @JohnnyElias)
  • [186] 7. Filip Zadina – DET, RW (Team Burgess)
  • [187] 6. Justin Faulk – CAR, D (Team Berthiaume)
  • [188] 5. Chris Kreider – NYR, LW (Team @brewmedic47)
  • [189] 4. Darnell Nurse – EDM, D (Team Lasarkis)
  • [190] 3. Matt Duchene – OTT, C (Team Bondy)
  • [191] 2. Philipp Grubauer – COL, G (Team Kuom)
  • [192] 1. Joe Thornton – SJS, C (Team Lewis)

Brock’s Pick: My defensemen and goalies are rock-solid, my only concern is at right wing. Voracek, Atkinson and Eberle isn’t terrible, but adding Gallagher in the last-round gives me another winger with 30-plus goal upside—especially since he’s seemingly the only shooter left in Montreal. 

Dylan’s Pick: Speaking of great value this late in the draft! I only feel better about this pick this morning after reading that Faulk and Dougie Hamilton are working on the top powerplay unit together. Hamilton was a serious threat to Faulk’s PP time, but it looks like the Hurricanes will opt to go with two defensemen on their top unit. His 3.8 SH% is due for a bounce back this year, and maintaining that top powerplay spot will go a long way towards getting Faulk back to 15 goals.