The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft was held Friday with 30 world class prospects going to teams that are bound to love their talents. The draft resumes Saturday with rounds 2-7 starting at 10 am
Here is your winners of the first day:
1) Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid, Center played for the Erie Otters of the ohl last year in 47 games, as he had 44 goals 76 assists for a total of 120 points. McDavid is An exceptional skater capable of making split-second decisions on the fly. The projected generational-type player is effective on every shift in whatever role given. Named the Canadian Hockey League Sportsnet player of the year, averaging almost 3 points a game. With some experts loving this young man, he is the next Crosby.
2) Buffalo Sabres
Jack Eichel, Center, played for Boston University last year in 40 games, had 26 goals, 45 assists and 71 points. Eichel scored the most points by a college freshman since Paul Kariya had 100 points at the University of Maine in 1992-93. Eichel also led the NCAA with 45 assists, a plus-51 rating, and a 2 points per game. This was a great pick for the Sabres, but the only problem is that Eichel might go back to college for another year.
3) Arizona Coyotes
Dylan Strome, Center, played for the Erie Otters in 68 games, scoring 45 goals with 84 assists for 129 points. Strome led the Ontario Hockey League in assists and points and was third in goals. The brother of New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome, he was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player in the OHL.
4) Toronto Maple Leafs
Mitchell Marner, Center, played for the London Knights in 63 games, with stats of 44-82-126. Marner was second in the Ontario Hockey League in assists and points. Prior to sustaining an upper-body injury April 9, the right-hander had nine goals and 16 points in seven OHL playoff games. He’s often compared to former Knights player and current Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane.
5) Carolina Hurricanes
Noah Hanifin, Defenseman, played for Boston College in 37 games with stats of 5-18-23. He possesses fantastic acceleration out of his own zone, and can confidently lead the transition. Hanifin is the most dynamic “offensive defenseman” of this draft class. The left-handed shot is rarely out of position and he is a great distributor. Hanifin had 52 blocked shots in 37 games as a freshman with the Eagles.
6) New Jersey Devils
Pavel Zacha, Center, playing for the Sarnia Sting in 37 games put up stays of 16-18-34. The Czech Republic native is relentless on the puck and creates scoring chances for teammates with his strength and smart decisions.
With three picks, the Bruins are the big winners. Here are their following picks:
13) Jakub Zboril, Defenseman, played for Saint John Sea Dogs. Regarded as a physical defenseman, Zboril can start a break out of the defensive zone and join the attack. He’s a good skater, has a good shot from the point and shows good mobility. Experts compare him to be the next Chara.
14) Jake DeBrusk, Left wing, played for the Swift Current Broncos in 72 games, having stats of 42-39-81. DeBrusk’s 42 goals, 81 points and 13 power-play goals led the Broncos. He is capable of doing the dirty work in front of the net on the power play. Debrusk has good speed through the neutral zone and can create chances on the fly.
15) Zachary Senyshyn, Right wing, played for the Sault Marie Greyhounds in 66 games. Regarded for his speed and hockey sense, he creates time and space with the puck on his stick and can use his ability to beat defenders wide and drive to the net for scoring opportunities. When he gets the puck off the transition, he can explode down wing while commanding the attention of defenders.