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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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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Haydn Fleury poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Haydn Fleury poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

21. Carolina Hurricanes

109. . . C/RW. Alex DeBrincat . 21

22. Winnipeg Jets

30. . . D. Dennis Cholowski . 22

23. Florida Panthers

23. 87. . . LW. Riley Tufte

24. Anaheim Ducks

. . C. Rasmus Asplund . 24. 105

25. Dallas Stars

119. . . C/RW. Pascal Laberge . 25

Alex Debrincat to the Carolina Hurricanes is the pick of this section. The 19-year-old from Farminton Hills, Michigan has put up over 100 points in each of his last three seasons playing for the Eerie Otters and Lake Forest of the USHL.

The first year of his Eerie Otters career DeBrincat played alongside Edmonton Oiler phenom, Connor McDavid. This year DeBrincat is playing alongside Phoenix Coyotes third overall draft pick Dylan Strome.

It seems that every year DeBrincat is defined by the players around him rather than what he brings to the table. Which is why the Hurricanes selected him with the 21st pick in this year’s draft. And why Ron Francis is walking around the draft floor looking like he’s applying for a grant from the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Monty Python joke aside, the Winnipeg jets get their second turn at the podium in the first round. And select defenceman Dennis Cholowski of the Chilliwack Chiefs.

The 6’1″ 176lbs out of Langley, BC is rather slight of frame but has been climbing the rankings for some time thanks to, as the Chilliwack Prospects puts it: “A solid showing at the World Junior A Challenge, where he helped Canada West to gold, boosted his stock significantly. A strong BCHL regular season was trumped by an even stronger playoff performance.”

Next: Picks No. 26 to 30

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