Eyes on Isles 2016 Mock NHL Entry Draft

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan (left) and new head coach Mike Babcock share a laugh during a media conference to announce Babcock signing with the club at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
May 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan (left) and new head coach Mike Babcock share a laugh during a media conference to announce Babcock signing with the club at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Toronto Maple Leafs

2. Winnipeg Jets

30. . . RW. Patrik Laine . 2

3. Columbus Blue Jackets

4. Edmonton Oilers

. . LW. Matthew Tkachuk . 4. 148

5. Vancouver Canucks

D. Olli Juolevi . 5. 104. .

As expected Auston Matthews was the first overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The hopes of all beleaguered Toronto fans are rightly or wrongly placed on the shoulders of the young American.

There might be a debate over how Patrik Laine had a great end of year helping Finland win the world championships in Russia, but we felt that Matthews was still the number one overall. Playing with men in Switzerland and being an elite player, 46 pts in 45 games, is just too good of a result and show to not take him first overall.

We had Columbus take Jesse Puljujarvi the winger from Finland. For a bigger guy at 6’3” 201 lbs he still has pretty solid speed. Puljujarvi has more of a reputation as a playmaker more so than a scorer but still a good pick for the Blue Jackets

Edmonton while needing defensive help just couldn’t pass Matthew Tkachuck. The son of former Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets Keith Tkachuck, Matthew scored 107 points last year for the London Knights.

Tkachuk has great instincts offensively, many draw a comparison to his father’s game. He will have big shoes to fill but Matthew Tkachuk seems to have the skillset to do so.

We also decided that Vancouver goes for a defenseman in the draft simply to shore up that weak back-end. At the fifth spot we have the Canucks taking Fin Olli Juolevi.

The 6’2″ 188lbs Juolevi, also playing for the London Knights finished 2015-16 with 42 regular season points and another 14 in 18 playoff games.

Next: Picks No. 6 to 10

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