7. Noah Dobson | Vancouver Canucks
With Wahlstrom off the board, the Canucks are going to take a defenseman because that’s the best available on the board. That player is Noah Dobson.
Dobson has size (6’3, 179 lbs), is a right-handed shot, has great skating ability, and plays both ends of the ice. When this youngster fills out and adds some weight, look out.
Dobson at a minimum will be a future top-four blueliner for the Canucks.
8. Evan Bouchard | Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have to plan for a future without Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Both are on the wrong side of 30. Evan Bouchard might be the kid.
With 87 points in 67 games for the London Knights of the OHL, Bouchard has some serious potential when it comes to the NHL. And what better place to go then Chicago where he can learn from at least one future hall of fame defender, and Brent Seabrook.
9. Quinton Hughes | New York Rangers
At 5’9″ I expect Quinton Hughes to fall in the draft. Depending on the mock draft you consult, Hughes has been seen as high as sixth overall. Dropping three spots is still a big drop, unfortunately, the Rangers will stop that trend and pick him at number nine.
Hughes has some fantastic production in the NCAA this season with 29 points in 37 games. And he can skate. Think Nick Leddy like skating, just three inches shorter.
10. Joel Farabee | Edmonton Oilers
Poor kid. Sure he might someday have the chance to play with Conor McDavid, but he’ll also be part of the Edmonton Oilers system. Which means he’s immediately available to be traded for a second to third pair defenseman by Peter Chiarelli.