TRADE!: Detroit trades the 18th pick to San Jose for #20 and a 2nd round pick.
18. The Sharks went with defenseman Mirco Mueller. Big defenseman (which seems to be a trend this year) with a lot of offensive potential who is constantly getting better every game.
19. Columbus selected Kerby Rychel from Windsor. Gritty, with good hockey sense, with NHL bloodlines.
20. Detroit selects one of the pure snipers in the draft, Anthony Mantha, the only 50 goal scorer in the draft.Has power play specialist written all over him.
21. Toronto selects Frederik Gauthier, a big, rangy centre who is a solid two-way player who gives the Leafs depth in the middle but not likely a top end offensive player.
22. Calgary steps to the podium for their second pick of three in the first round. After drafting a centre (Monahan) at #6 they stay in the National Capital region and select Emile Poirier from the Gatineau Olympiques.
23. Washington goes and gets Swedish forward Andre Burakovsky, who is a solid player with offensive upside and a good skater.
24. Vancouver, after making the biggest splash earlier with the Schneider trade, picked for the second time in the first round, taking Hunter Shinkaruk, who was ranked much higher and was the big dropper in the first round.
25. Montreal goes a little off the board to draft project defenseman Michael McCarron from the US National development program.
26. Anaheim takes defenseman Shea Theodore, a tall, lanky blueliner who needs to add strength and bulk to compete in the NHL, but there is no rush.
27. Columbus takes Marco Dano, a bit of a surprise first rounder. Dano is a gritty player who will go to the dirty areas to score.
28. Calgary chooses Morgan Klimchuk form Regina. A good goal scorer with a nose for the net. Not big but competitive.
29. Dallas selects Jason Dickenson, who is a good two-way centre who will be more defensively oriented in the NHL.
30. Chicago selects pest Ryan Hartman from Plymouth. He is a Chicago native who is reminiscent of a Dave Bolland type player, a good skater with a great offensive upside.
That concludes the first round of the draft. Stay tuned for more on the Senators’ selections and major trades.