2019 TCB Mock Draft 2.0

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In our first mock draft for 2019, Joe had Sabres selecting Matt Boldy 7th while Bill had Trevor Zegras coming to Buffalo. See what has changed and who we predict the Sabres pick with their 2nd first round pick.

Without further delay, TCB’s 2019 Mock Draft 2.0.

@JoeTCBNHL

1. NJD C Jack Hughes (NTDP)

2. NYR RW Kaapo Kakko (Liiga)

3. CHI D Bowen Byram (WHL)

4. COL (OTT) C Alex Turcotte (NTDP)

5. LAK C Dylan Cozens (WHL)

6. DET RW Vasili Podkolzin (RUS)

7. BUF RW Cole Caufield (NTDP)

8. EDM C Trevor Zegras (NTDP)

9. ANA LW Matt Boldy (NTDP)

10. VAN D Victor Soderstrom (SHL)

11. PHI D Philip Broberg (SHL)

12. MIN C Kirby Dach (WHL)

13. FLA G Spencer Knight (NTDP)

14. ARI C Peyton Krebs (WHL)

15. MTL C Alex Newhook (BCHL)

16. COL C Raphael Lavoie (QMJHL)

17. VGK D Thomas Harley (OHL)

18. DAL D Cam York (NTDP)

19. OTT (CBJ) C Phil Tomasino (OHL)

20. NYR (WPG) RW Arthur Kaliyev (OHL)

21. PIT C Ryan Suzuki (OHL)

22. LAK (TOR) D Moritz Seider (DEL)

23. NYI C Connor McMichael (OHL)

24. NSH RW Jakob Pelletier (QMJHL)

25. WSH D Ville Heinola (Liiga)

26. CGY C Bobby Brink (USHL)

27. TBL D Matthew Robertson (WHL)

28. ANA (STL) LW Nils Hoglander (SHL)

29. CAR LW Nick Robertson (OHL)

30. BUF (SJS) C John Beecher (NTDP)

31. BOS C Brett Leason (WHL)


@BillTCB

1. NJD C Jack Hughes (NTDP)

2. NYR RW Kaapo Kakko (Liiga)

3. CHI D Bowen Byram (WHL)

4. COL (OTT) C Dylan Cozens (WHL)

5. LA C Alex Turcotte (USDP)

6. DET RW Vasili Podkolzin (RUS)

7. BUF LW Matt Boldy (USDP) 

8. EDM RW Cole Caufield (NTDP)

9. ANA C Trevor Zegras (USDP)

10. VAN D Philip Broberg (SHL)

11. PHI C Peyton Krebs (WHL)

12. MIN C Kirby Dach (WHL)

13. FLA C Alex Newhook (BCHL)

14. ARI  D Victor Soderstrom (SHL)

15. MON C Raphael Lavoie (QMJHL)

16. COL D Thomas Harley (OHL)

17. VGK D Cam York (NTDP)

18. DAL C Phil Tomasino (OHL)

19. OTT (CBJ) RW Arthur Kailiyev (OHL)

20. NYR (WIN) C Connor McMichael (OHL)

21. PIT C Ryan Suzuki (OHL)

22. LA (TOR) D Ville Heinola (Liiga)

23. NYI C Bobby Brink (USHL)

24. NSH D Matthew Robertson (WHL)

25. WAS D Moritz Seider (DEL)

26. CGY (LW) Brayden Tracy (WHL)

27. TB LW Nils Hoglander (SHL)

28. ANA (BUF-STL) C Brett Leason (WHL)

29. CAR LW Egor Aganasyev (USHL)

30. BUF (SJ) RW Jakob Pelletier (QMJHL)

31. BOS C John Beecher (NTDP)


Joe’s Picks:

7th – Cole Caufield’s Draft stock has skyrocketed over the past couple of months and has put himself in the conversation to be a top ten pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. With goal scoring being a huge need for the Buffalo Sabres, Caufield would easily help fill the goal scoring void that has haunted this franchise for over a decade now. Take into account the possibility of Jeff Skinner leaving as well, the Sabres need more scorers in their organization and Cole Caufield can help them in that area for sure.

In the event that Caufield is selected by Buffalo with the seventh overall pick, he’d be the highest profile goal scorer selected by Buffalo since Thomas Vanek was picked by Buffalo fifth overall in the 2003 NHL Draft. Caufield is set to go to the University of Wisconsin and could possibly be a one and done in the NCAA and considering his size, he may need a season in the AHL. But don’t be surprised if he can step into the NHL for the 2020-2021 season.

30th – Johnny Beecher was just a victim of being on a team with ridiculously good center depth this year on the NTDP. He was buried behind the likes of Jack Hughes, Trevor Zegras, and Alex Turcotte so naturally, his production wouldn’t be as high because of the caliber of wingers he has and the role that he was placed in throughout the season. With that being said, had Beecher been in a top six role throughout the season I have no doubt that he would’ve put up eye popping numbers for the development team.

Beecher plays a very solid two-way game and is a really good skater as well on top of that. He’s not the type of player that is going to blow you away offensively but he’s a very safe bet to be a good second or third line center at the NHL level. He’d be a wise selection for the Sabres with the later first round pick in the event that it’s not traded for immediate NHL help.

Bill’s Picks:

7th – If the Sabres truly believe Mittelstadt is their future 2C, then pick Boldy. If the plan is to eventually pull another Reinhart and convert Mittelstadt to a winger, then I think Zegras would be a great pick here.

Why not Caulfield? Personally, I have Boldy ranked higher than Caufield, left wing is a big area of concern for me (what isn’t though) and I believe he does so many things well, which is desperately needed in the Sabres lineup. They need someone that can be effective on all four forward lines, in all situations and different roles. I think Boldy does that the best in this draft.

He hustles, he’s physical on the forecheck (more using his body to gain positioning and battling, less throwing big hits), he’s hard to knock off the puck, he has a powerful stride, he’s agile for his size, he can be a net front presence, has he has a cannon of both a wrist and slap shot and as far as I’m concerned, he’s an underrated playmaker. He’s a good skater with solid acceleration and his hockey sense keeps him in good positon. He is able to keep up with fast teammates, but he’s probably not matching them step for step.

Boldy – Mittelstadt- Nylander/Thompson (pray that the two latter names fulfill their top six potential) as a second line would be exciting to watch. That’s assuming Skinner is still with Buffalo and on Eichel’s wing. Reinhart can also fill in on that second line if Thompson or Nylander can handle first line duties.

30th – I think ultimately this pick gets packaged in some kind of deal for immediate help. Regardless, I’m picking Jakob Pelletier out of the QMJHL. We all know Botterill is not keen on drafting players from the CHL, but 150 points (62 goals and 88 assists) in his first two seasons (125 games) speaks for itself. Drafting one guy from the CHL isn’t going to ruin your prospect pool by having too little Year’s of eligibility. You can’t ignore three Canadian junior leagues. I get the with later round picks that need more time to develop, but I’d like to see Botterill snag Pelletier if he’s available in the 29-31 range.

He’s undersized, but definitely has the skill to be a first round pick. I think he slides to Buffalo due to his size and, from what I gather, an injury or two popped up this year keeping him out of some games that would get scouts eyes on him (in person).

He’s slippery with the puck and a natural playmaker, he just needs to put on weight and muscle with another year in juniors, then a season and some change in Rochester before being ready to battle for a top-nine roster spot.


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