Hockey Collectors Key In on 2015 NHL Entry Draft

2015_NHL_DraftHockey Collectors Key In on 2015 NHL Entry Draft – The future stars of the NHL met their new teams this weekend with the conclusion of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. There was no drama with the first two picks with the Edmonton Oilers selecting “The Next One”, Connor McDavid, and the Buffalo Sabres selecting, Boston University standout, Jack Eichel.

The United States was well represented in the first round with several NCAA and USHL players being selected. International skaters from Sweden and Russia also featured prominently in the first round.

The Boston Bruins owned the middle of the draft with the trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic as the team seeks to rebuild and add cap space.

Several of the top picks are considered to be NHL ready. Others will need some seasoning with their respective pro team’s AHL and OHL affiliates.

A complete listing of draft selections from all seven rounds can be seen on the NHL.com website.

Here is a look at the First Round selections of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft:

1. Edmonton Oilers – Connor McDavid, C, Erie Otters

2. Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel, C, Boston University

3. Arizona Coyotes – Dylan Strome, C, Erie Otters

4. Toronto Maple Leafs – Mitch Marner, C, London Knights

5. Carolina Hurricanes – Noah Hanifin, D, Boston College

6. New Jersey Devils – Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia Sting

7. Philadelphia Flyers – Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon Wheat Kings

8. Columbus Blue Jackets – Zach Werenski, D, University of Michigan

9. San Jose Sharks – Timo Meier, RW, Halifax Mooseheads

10. Colorado Avalanche – Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS

11. Florida Panthers – Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston Frontenacs

12. Dallas Stars – Denis Gurianov, RW, Togliatti 2

13. Boston Bruins (traded from Kings) – Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John Sea Dogs

14. Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk, LW, Swift Current Broncos

15. Boston Bruins (traded from Flames) – Zachary Senyshyn, RW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

16. New York Islanders (traded from Oilers) – Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle Thunderbirds

17. Winnipeg Jets – Kyle Connor, LW, Youngstown Phantoms

18. Ottawa Senators – Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John Sea Dogs

19. Detroit Red Wings – Evgeny Svechnikov, LW, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

20. Minnesota Wild – Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad

21. Ottawa Senators (traded from Islanders) – Colin White, C, USA U-18

22. Washington Capitals – Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk

23. Vancouver Canucks – Brock Boeser, RW, Waterloo

24. Philadelphia Flyers (traded from Maple Leafs) – Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa 67s

25. Winnipeg Jets (traded from Blues) – Jack Roslovic, C, USA U-18

26. Montreal Canadiens – Noah Juulsen, D, Everett Silvertips

27. Anaheim Ducks – Jacob Larsson, D, Frolunda

28. New York Islanders (traded from Lightning) – Anthony Beauvillier, LW, Shawnigan Cataractes

29. Columbus Blue Jackets (traded from Maple Leafs) – Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping

30. Arizona Coyotes (traded from Blackhawks) – Nick Merkley, RW, Kelowna Rockets

Rob Bertrand

Director of Marketing at GTS Distribution - Sports & Entertainment
Rob has been involved in developing hobby related, multi-media content for over 18-years. An avid collector himself, he is the former co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. Rob got his start on the business side of the hobby as the lead content developer for Card Corner Club before the site’s merger with Cardboard Connection. He also has an extensive article archive on the collectibles website WorthPoint as one of their sports card and memorabilia experts. In addition to hobby related news coverage, he has also been a contributor for Sportsology.net.