Day 9 of the SBNation Mock NHL Draft took us right up to number 25. Now you can see what’s left for the Leafs to pick.
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The Vancouver Canucks site selected Noah Dobson with the number 7 pick. They haven’t got an article yet, so here’s a scouting report from another site:
2018 NHL Draft prospect: Defenceman Noah Dobson has size, speed & skill - Eyes On The Prize
A dual-threat defender, Dobson would be a great addition to any NHL team.
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St. Louis chose second-generation NHLer Mattias Samuelsson because of their lack of organizational depth at defence:
The 2018 International Scouting Services Draft Guide confirms that analysis, ranking Samuelsson 31st overall and the third-best Stay-At-Home Defenseman available in this draft (behind consensus top-ten pick Noah Dobson and Swede Adam Ginning, both of whom were also on our radar). ISS Director of Scouting Dennis Macinnis notes that Samuelsson is a “(b)ig mobile two-way defender with more defensive upside at (the) next level,” and one with ”good hands and above average puck control (who) sees the ice and makes good decisions with the puck.”
Winging it in Mowtown, on behalf of Detroit, took Jay O’Brien, a centre:
Dominik Bokk was my lock pick at 30, but he was taken earlier. Since I wanted to take a forward, it wasn’t difficult for me to pick up Jay O’Brien, a prospect who has been grossly underrated in this year’s class. This kid is total workhorse with a toolbox full of skill.
O’Brien can really wheel — his edge work makes tons of space, which makes him difficult to defend. His coach at Thayer, NHL hall-of-famer Tony Amonte calls him a tenacious player who will “chop your leg off” to get the puck if you take it from him. When I watch O’Brien play, I’m really impressed that he doesn’t hesitate to muck it up along the boards to get possession.
And with the last pick, Lighthouse Hockey picked again, with a pick they got in their earlier mock trade and they took Serron Noel:
With the 31st pick, we went “high upside” to select Serron Noel. The Oshawa winger is enticing in part because of his size — but wait! This isn’t a MOAR SIZE kind of pick. He’s a talented kid, too! So this isn’t a case of 1990s-era scouting where teams look at a player’s size and have visions of Lindros dancing in their head. Instead they see real skill and combine it with his size to imagine how that frame and skating will only make the skill that more dangerous.
Discussions of Noel, he’s no doubt heard throughout his life, never begin without mention that he is the son of a former professional football player, the CFLer Dean Noel. The 6’5, 200-lb. Serron has been working with a skating coach the last two years that by several accounts has brought that skill close to NHL level already.
And that’s 31 picks, more than 31 articles about the prospects, the process of picking or trading the picks, and how you make a choice when your player is gone off the board. This is a fun exercise every year, but more than that, it makes the draft come alive in a way a single person’s list never does.
I hope you got something out of the stories of the prospects, and when draft day comes — this Friday! — you’ll enjoy having heard a little about a lot of the top prospects.