Hockey 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