My Last Minute 2015 NHL Mock Draft: Top 20 Picks

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16. Edmonton Oilers (from Pittsburgh Penguins)

Right Wing. Cape Breton (QMJHL). Evgeni Svechnikov. 16. player. 148. The Oilers haven’t had much like with their other skilled russian winger, Nail Yakupov. However, with their second pick in the 2015 NHL draft Svechnikov is a high risk, high reward forward who could beautifully fit an Oilers group moving forward.

17. Winnipeg Jets

Center/Right Wing. Kelowna (WHL). Nick Merkley. 17. player. 30. After shining in the WHL playoffs and Memorial Cup, Merkley went up in the rankings and stays out west with the Jets’ selection at 17. Winnipeg already has great depth at forward and Merkley adds to the depth in Winnipeg.

18. Ottawa Senators

Saint John (QMJHL). Thomas Chabot. 18. player. 91. With players like Konecny, Svechnikov and Merkley off the board, the Senators make a selection for average sized, Thomas Chabot. This leaves teammate Jakub Zboril on the board, but Ottawa like Chabot’s game as he better projects to the NHL level with his speed and skating skills.. Defense

19. Detroit Red Wings

20. Minnesota Wild

20. player. 98. A little bit of a drop for White, who could go as high as 12-14 in the draft. White joins a Minnesota system who has developed players well recently and projects nicely as a centerman in their system.. Center. USA NTDP (USHL). Colin White

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