In preparation for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Eyes on Isles writers have collaborated to bring you a first-round mock draft. We go through the first 30 picks not only to see who the Islanders get, but who goes where.
The writers at Eyes on Isles poured over a number of other mock drafts, scouting reports, and central listings in order to create a list that we felt made sense.
The list won’t be shy on controversial picks, that’s certain. But we feel like it’s a pretty good look at how each team will address their needs or how each views the current prospect talent pool.
Going into this draft there was the growing sense that it may not be that deep in terms of talent. But as we went through picks we constantly found ourselves questioning that line of thought. Just look at Alex DeBrincat.
DeBrincat is a forward for the Connor McDavid-less Eerie Otters, but has put up 101 points this season regardless. And he finds himself in the later stages of the first round by most scouting reports. At what point does the ‘McDavid effect’ get exercised from this kids reputation?
Our mock draft tries to anticipate how each team will approach the draft: do they draft for a current need, or do they just take the best available player? Not every team is the same when they approach the draft and we tried to capture that.
For ease of reading we’ve split up this slideshow into groups of five picks. We hope you enjoy our draft.
Next: Picks No.1 to 5