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New York Islanders 2018 NHL Mock Draft 1.0

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 4: Brady Tkachuk #7 of United States skates during warmups before the game against Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 4: Brady Tkachuk #7 of United States skates during warmups before the game against Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /

4. Brady Tkachuk (C) | Montreal Canadiens

BU, 6’3″, 196 lbs | 40 games, 31 points (8G, 23A)

Brady Tkachuk can play either center or left wing which makes him extremely versatile at the next level. Plus he has impressive size for his age.

Tkachuk is a powerful two-way forward. He likes to mix in physicality in his games and finished checks with some gusto.

At the next level, he can be a top-line playmaker type while also being on a team’s penalty kill. Goals are the name of the game, but playmakers who play on the PK are tough to come by.

5. Adam Boqvist (D) | Detroit Red Wings

Brynas IF J20, 5’11”, 170 lbs | 25 games, 24 points (14G, 10A)

In a highly competitive league, Adam Boqvist produced at almost a point per game pace as a defenseman. That’s impressive stuff.

Boqvist is a playmaker and is considered a highly offensive defenseman. Some believe he could play as a top line forward with his offensive skills.

Detroit gets a fun one, who can project to a top-pairing defenseman. His puckhandling is going to be extremely fun to watch at the next level.

6. Oliver Wahlstrom (C) | Vancouver Canucks

USDP, 6’1″, 205 lbs | 60 games 92 points (47G, 42A)

If you look up natural goal scorer in the dictionary, Oliver Wahlstrom’s face pops up. He had 47 goals in 60 games last year, a pace of .78 goals a game.

He can either play center or right wing as he possesses a right-handed shot. He’s considered a dominant power forward with elite puck skills, a rare find.

With his awareness in the defensive zone, Wahlstrom is the entire package. He seems like a slam dunk pick for Vancouver.

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