2016 NHL Mock Draft: Part III (21-30)

2016 nhl mock draft

Here is my 2016 NHL Mock Draft Part III.

21.       Carolina Hurricanes (From Los Angeles Kings) 35-31-16 86PTS

C Luke Kunin (USA) 5’11 192LBS

U. of Wisconsin (NCAA) – 34GP 19G 13A 32PTS 34PIM -9

Playing as a freshman in University and scoring almost a point per game is an automatic eyebrow raiser to anyone. Kunin has explosiveness and power in his shot. Needs time but the potential for a gifted forward is there.

22.       Winnipeg Jets (From Chicago Blackhawks) 35-39-8 78PTS

D Charlie McAvoy (USA) 6’0 198LBS

Boston U. (NCAA) – 37GP 3G 22A 25PTS 56PIM +10

A grit defenseman who at times has shown he has offensive upside. McAvoy is eye catching to scouts because he has confidence even if it means he makes a mistake. The decision-making needs work but McAvoy is a low-risk, high-reward pick.

23.       Florida Panthers 47-26-9 103PTS

RW Alex DeBrincat (USA) 5’7 165LBS

Erie (OHL) – 60GP 51G 50A 101PTS 28PIM +18

DeBrincat possesses an offensive mind like no other. Playing alongside Connor McDavid helped his stats out last year but this year he continued to show he’s no pushover. Size is a concern but he makes up for it with his ability to space himself from defenders and he has goal scoring capabilities.

24.       Anaheim Ducks 46-25-11 103PTS

C Brett Howden (CAN) 6’2 190LBS

Moose Jaw (WHL) – 68GP 24G 40A 64PTS 61PIM -7

Shadowed in Moose Jaw by Lightning prospect Brayden Point, Brett Howden still had a great year playing second line minutes. A “complete, average” player scouts call him. Plays with some edge and has good size. Watch for Howden to break out with more ice time in Moose Jaw come next season.

25.       Dallas Stars 50-23-9 109PTS

D Logan Stanley (CAN) 6’7 225LBS

Windsor (OHL) – 64GP 5G 12A 17PTS 103PIM +7

Stanley is massive and scary. Not only will he clear the crease and throw the body, Stanley can chip in on the scoreboard when needed. Unlike other big players, Stanley uses his size night in and night out.

26.       Washington Capitals 56-18-8 120PTS

LW Carl Grundstrom (SWE) 6’0 194LBS

MODO (SHL) – 49GP 7G 9A 16PTS 53PIM -2

By no means is Grundstrom a highlight reel player, but scouts are impressed by his work ethic. With two years under his belt playing in Sweden’s highest level of pro hockey, the adjustment to North America might be easy. Will score in the dirty areas of the ice.

27.       Tampa Bay Lightning 46-31-5 101PTS

RW Nathan Bastian (CAN) 6’3 207LBS

Mississauga (OHL) – 64GP 19G 40A 59PTS 50PIM -3

Shadowed by Alex Nylander and Michael McLeod, Bastian quietly did his part in Mississauga. Not a very good skater, he makes up for it by hard work along the boards and at the net. Won’t be the one to lead the rush but the one to support it.

28.       St. Louis Blues 49-24-9 107PTS

RW Vitali Abramov (RUS) 5’9 174LBS

Gatineau (QMJHL) – 63GP 38G 55A 93PTS 36PIM +36

Quick and agile Abramov brings elite skill with a small frame. Being small doesn’t stop him from having a bite in his game. Doesn’t put himself in situations that could injure him and has a nice set of hands that can finish.

29.       Boston Bruins (From San Jose Sharks) 42-31-9 93PTS

C Pascal Laberge (CAN) 6’1 174LBS

Victoriaville (QMJHL) – 56GP 23G 45A 68PTS 64PIM -3

A good skater that’s quick, seems to excel more offensively and has an edge to him. Seems to shine in big moments. Strength is a concern but has the frame to build.

30.   Anaheim Ducks (From Toronto Maple Leafs, From Pittsburgh Penguins) 46-25-11 103PTS

G Carter Hart (CAN) 6’1 181LBS

Everett (WHL) – 63GP 35-23-4 .918SV% 2.14GAA

The first goalie in this mock draft, Hart has shown he has a high end skill set. Technically sound, he always performs at a high level and uses everything in his ability to keep the puck out of the net.

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