Wanna blog? Start your own hockey blog with My HockeyBuzz. Register for free today!

Fourth annual Hockey Buzz Mock Draft, Mtl pick is in, WPG up, Gio update

July 21, 2021, 10:57 PM ET [77 Comments]
Jan Levine
New York Rangers Blogger • RSSArchiveCONTACT
The fourth mock Hockey Buzz mock draft driven by the readers and a few special guests is underway. Hank Bailing did not go off the board with the Sabres pick, selecting Owen Power first overall, while Sean Maloughney took Matthew Beniers as the first ever Seattle draft pick and Ryan Armstrong completed the Michigan trifecta with Kent Johnson. Zabber selected Luke Hughes with the Devils' pick. Slimtj selected Simon Edvinsson for Columbus with fed91stammer's grabbing William Eklund for Detroit.

Hockeygm traded San Jose’s pick to Ottawa, who, represented by optimus-rein, selected Dylan Guenther. Dudestar's pick for LA was Brandt Clarke. Nucker101's selected Mason McTavish for Vancouver while Hockeygm's pick for San Jose was Cole Sillinger and Theo Fox's pick for Chicago was Chaz Lucius.  ShallowLarynx selected Fabian Lysell for Calgary while Flyersfan328 pick for the Flyers was Aatu Ray and NYRangers1124’s choice for Dallas was Matthew Coronato. My pick for the NY Rangers at 15 was Fedor Svechkov and Tommycasino's selection for St. Louis at #16 was Xavier Bourgault.

Ross77 traded Winnipeg's pick to Columbus, represented by Slimtj, who selected Jesper Wallstedt for the Blue Jackets. Russ Cohen's pick for the Predators was Carson Ceulemans while maximumbone, Silas Bengtsson's, pick for the Oilers was Sebastian Cossa and Anthony Travaglia selected Zachary Bolduc for Boston to close out the next 10 picks. Jryan88's pick for Minnesota to kick off the last 11 picks was Carson Lambos while fed91stammer's pick for the Red Wings at #22 was Logan Stankoven. 

Jimbo's pick for the Panthers was Brennan Othmann while Ross77 selected Sasha Pastujov for Winnipeg and jryan88 added Nikita Chibrikov for Minnesota. Bingo's pick for Carolina was Zachary L'Heureux while TommyGTrain's selection for Colorado was Francesco Pinelli.  Zabber's pick for New Jersey was Daniil Chayka while Burnt_Juice, Clay Arseniuk's pick for Vegas was Mackie Samoskevich while Karine Hains' selection for Montreal is below as is the voting poll, please weigh in with your view..

First, some logistical information just for this blog: Thanks to all who have agreed to participate. Almost all teams are spoken for, meaning we have close to a full complement of General Managers, but need a few more. As a reminder, when you have your pick, rationale for the selection, who else you considered and if you weighed a trade, please send that to me via email to [email protected] As said previously, for those who agree to participate, please make sure I have your real name to go with your Hockey Buzz ID.

The draft is July 23 and we will start the draft July 8 in the morning. That will give us 15 days or so to complete the draft, even factoring in the Sabbath. For weekdays and Sunday, I will post a pick in the am, theen a second in the pm with voting in between, for around the first 20 picks. The last 11, we will run three per day so we get all 31 picks by or on July 23.

As a reminder, for each pick, included should be: a) Selection and reasoning/scouting report and b) Alternatives considered(both players and trades). Please provide me via email your pick with the aforementioned information following the posting of the prior pick on the site. If I become aware of a pick or a few picks in a row, I will email you to help facilitate moving the mock draft along. I will post the blog with the pick and the voting poll within each blog.

Overall Rules and Process

As mentioned previously, there is a little kicker. After the pick or trade is made, a poll will be posted to rate the selection or deal. If the majority of people like the pick or trade, that selection stands and it moves on to the next team’s picks. If not, the majority rules and that’s what happens with that team and pick. I have the last right of refusal to keep everything on the up and up and avoid ballot box stuffing.

My request to you is that you take this seriously and not make a mockery of the mock draft, because that would be an insult to the others who are participating and makes the whole process a sham. But by playing this out, we get to have healthy debate and conversation to remain engaged up and possibly beyond the draft. If teams make deals and they occur before a team’s selection is due, that deal will play a part as to when each person’s selection occurs.

Here how this will work: each morning and evening (for now, two picks per day, but we will go to three when we get to latter third of the mock draft, so that we complete on time) the team’s selector will email me at [email protected] their pick and their rationale for that selection.

If making a trade, the same applies, and all the selectors have been listed below along with their screen name if from this site or their twitter handle if external to help facilitate making trades. I will post that pick and rationale on the site and create a voting poll. For now, I was thinking solely just a yes or no vote for the poll, but if people want me to list other options for the selection at that pick number in cases of a no vote, I am happy to do so, to help make it more robust.

With the 30th pick the Montreal Canadiens, represented by Karine Hains, are proud to select from the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, center/wing Colton Dach

Rationale for the selection with scouting report along with alternatives considered (both players and trades):

The Canadiens have an overabundance of right wingers at the moment and they are thin both on the left wing and maybe at centre as well if Phillip Danault ends up leaving as a UFA as expected. Montreal has a good young dynamic core but could use some more size and grit and that’s where Colton Dach comes in.

Just like his brother Kirby, Dach is 6 foot 4 and weighs nearly 200 pounds. The scouting report on him is quite interesting, he has a great hockey sense and plays a good 200 foot game while also being quite physical, he’s grittier than Kirby. Also very interesting for the Habs, he has shown an ability to pick teammates off with long crisp passes that ease a team’s transition game while also creating a lot of goal scoring opportunities.

I’ll admit that I was also tempted to go for Russian sniper Aleksandr Kisakov, a speedy left winger who should become a goal scoring machine on the left wing but given his small frame and the fact that the Habs already have one small scoring machine in Caufield, I thought it would be good to mix things up.

The other options I looked at Zachary Lemieux and Daniil Chayka for the size but also for the potential of becoming a first pairing d-man, something the Canadiens are going to need sooner rather than later with the injuries plaguing Shea Weber, but they were both selected in the last few selections before mine. With 10 more picks in this draft at the time of writing, Montreal should be able to stack its cupboard nicely at pretty much every position.

Montreal Canadiens select Colton Dach
pollcode.com free polls

1. Buffalo Sabres - Hank Bailing, Owen Power, D, Michigan (73%, 267 votes)
2. Seattle Kraken - Sean Maloughney, Matthew Beniers, C, Michigan (85%, 144 votes)
3. Anaheim Ducks - climbdenali12, Ryan Armstrong, Kent Johnson, C, Michigan (20%, 192 votes)
4. New Jersey Devils - Zabber, Luke Hughes, D, USDP (U-18) (81%, 239 votes)
5. Columbus Blue Jackets, slimTJ, TJ Reilly, Simon Edvinsson, D, Frolunda (49% of 140 votes)

6. Detroit Red Wings - fed91tstammer, William Eklund, LW, Djurgardens (SHL) (72%, 162 votes)
7. San Jose Sharks - hockeygm, pick traded to Ottawa who selects Dylan Guenther, RW, Edmonton (WHL) (83%, 82 votes)
8. Los Angeles Kings - dudestar, Nicholas Plazio, Brandt Clarke, RHD, HC Nove Zamhy (87%, 130 votes)
9. Vancouver Canucks - Nucker101, Mason McTavish, C, Peterborough (89%, 168 votes)
10. San Jose from Ottawa- hockeygm, Cole Sillinger, C, Sioux Falls (59%, 68 votes)

11. Chicago Blackhawks - Theo Fox, Blackhawks blogger from site, Chaz Lucius, C, US-NTDP (50%, 109 votes)
12. Calgary Flames - ShallowLarynx, Fabian Lysell, RW, Luleå HF (SHL) (77%, 121 votes)
13. Philadelphia Flyers - Flyersfan328, Phil Brunner, Aatu Raty, C, Oulun Kärpät (Liiga) (58%, 172 votes)
14. Dallas Stars - NYRangers1124, Matthew Coronato, LW, Chicago Steelheads (51%, 43 votes)
15. New York Rangers - Jan Levine, Fyodor Svechkov, C, Ska-1946 (Russia) (59%, 67 votes)

16. St. Louis Blues - Tommycasino, Tom Dueck, Xavier Bourgault, C, Shawinigan (39%, 46 votes)
17. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Winnipeg Jets) -  slimTJ, TJ Reilly, Jesper Wallstedt, G, Lulea (61%, 122 has Winnipeg winning deal) (67%, 66 votes)
18. Nashville Predators - Russ Cohen, Corson Ceulemans – Defense – Brooks Bandits – AJHL (45%, 47 votes)
19. Edmonton Oilers - maximumbone, Silas Bengtsson, Sebastian Cossa, Goalie, Edmonton Oil Kings (81%, 64 votes)
20. Boston Bruins -  Anthony Travalgia, Bruins blogger on site, Zachary Bolduc, C, Rimouski (QMJHL) (55%, 53 votes)

21. Minnesota Wild - jryan88, Carson Lambos, LHD, Winnipeg Ice (75%, 28 votes)
22. Detroit Red Wings (from Washington Capitals) - fed91tstammer, Logan Stankoven, (48%, 33 votes)23. Florida Panthers - jimbo, Jimmy Reilly, Brennan Othmann, LW, Flint (OHL) (79%, 24 votes)
24. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets from Toronto Maple Leafs) - Ross77, Darren Ross, Sasha Pastujov, RW, U.S. NTDP-USHL (68%, 28 votes)
25. Minnesota Wild (from Pittsburgh Penguins) - jryan88, Nikita Chibrikov RW SKA Saint Petersburg (73%, 22 votes)

26. Carolina Hurricanes - Bingo, Chris Cote, Zachary L'Heureux, LW, Halifax (89%, 28 votes)
27. Colorado Avalanche - TommyGTrain, Francesco Pinelli C/W  HDD Jesenice (57%, 21 votes)
28. New Jersey Devils (from New York Islanders) - Zabber, Daniil Chayka D, CSKA (64%, 28 votes)
29. Las Vegas Golden Knights - Burnt_Juice, Clay Arseniuk, Mackie Samoskevich, RW, Chicago (USHL) (29%, 14 votes)
30. Montreal Canadiens - Karine Hains, Montreal blogger on site, Colton Dach, C/W, Saskatoon
31. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus Blue Jackets from Tampa Bay Lightning) - Ross77, Darren Ross,Thursday, July 22, am

Looking forward to running this again. We had a ton of fun the last few seasons. That should be the same again this year with New York having the 15th pick in the first round.

Seattle officially announced that they selected Colin Blackwell from the Rangers, meaning Julien Gauthier remains for now, and Marc Giordano from Flames. However, no trades were announced, as news broke that Seattle made no side deals before the draft, which to me is crazy to say the least. In addition, Kraken GM Ron Francis said after the draft that the team may have made fewer deals that we have been thinking, though that doesn't mean few in general.

To add to the intrigue Gio was introduced on stage and made the following remarks after the draft. Giordano still could be traded, but it sure looks less likely than it did earlier in the day. Elliotte Friedman did say that the Blueshirts are kicking the tires and exploring deals for a LHD. Gio would certainly fit the bill and New York could be engaged on Vince Dunn (update: or possibly Carson Soucy, whose name came up by commenters on this blog a few times last season). Between the two, talent wise, give me Gio, but that might not be an option. it is possible a deal is done and just was not reported to the league Per Pierre Lebrun, the asking price by Seattle to Calgary to not take Gio was a first and a third, meaning Francis really misread the market, as that looked to be a stock price for several prices. If this is the case, the likelihood of getting Giordano becomes more remote.

Join the Discussion: » 77 Comments » Post New Comment
More from Jan Levine
» Chytil inks two-year deal, Reaves acquired for a third, Wilson shaking....
» Day 1 of free agency: no big splashes, third-pair D & bottom-six forwards
» Eichel, Danault, Nemeth, Free agency, Buchnevich, Pre-season schedule
» The Rangers weekend that was: the good, the bad and maybe the ugly
» Goodrow signing official, blueline options, schedule released, draft today