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2017 NHL Draft: Eyes on Isles First Round Mock Draft

Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman and Chairman Rocky Wirtz and President John McDonough (left to right) during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman and Chairman Rocky Wirtz and President John McDonough (left to right) during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman and Chairman Rocky Wirtz and President John McDonough (left to right) during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2017 NHL Draft is still a few months away, but now that the lottery is over and the order is set, it’s time to find out what’s actually out there. How will teams stock their next generation of hockey talent? Here’s our mock draft.

When attaching a name to a team for our 2017 NHL Draft we didn’t consider organizational requirements, or what they’ve done in the past at the draft. We went with: “who’s the best player left on the board”.

We went from number one all the way to number 31 with the same mentality. Because that’s the only way to approach the draft. Select the best available player when it’s your turn.

Now that doesn’t mean there’s no debate here. Is Nolan Patrick going to be the number one pick? Or will that fall to Nico Hischier? Both play center. Both can score.

It seems that the honor belongs to Patrick, but is that simply due to him being slightly bigger – by two inches- than Hischier? Or is it because Patrick scored 102 points, last season?

What about in the later stages of the draft? Does the fourth Strome brother, Matthew, does he crack the first round because he’s a Strome? Or does scoring 62 points in 66 games stand out as a first round selection in this seemingly weak draft year?

*Thanks to fellow co-Expert Matt O’Leary for the assist on this list.

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