2015 NHL Re-Draft

6812 13 1 640x427By: Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood)

The 2017 World Junior Championship has freshly come to a close with the United States taking home the gold medal against a tough Canadian team, in a game that could have went any which way. It was a tournament stacked full of players selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and while it’s probably too early to visit a topic, attempting a 2015 NHL Re-Draft is a fun exercise.

Before diving into the rankings, it’s best to remind the readers that there are countless variables that play into deciding between Player A and Player B. Several of the following players are already competing and leaving their impact on NHL teams. Many others were selected by their teams, knowing that these players may take five years to really come into their own. So, let’s reiterate that this process is meant to be for fun and that in two or three years, could look entirely different as players undergo and fulfill their development game plans. Recency bias could certainly play an effect to some extent (see Kaprizov, Terry, and company), especially coming off the World Juniors, but given the amount of skill displayed, we will trust the eye-test and get a little excited about what these exciting prospects showed.

For the sake of simplicity, the draft order will remain in tack as it unfolded at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft site. The teams who traded for draft picks (Boston, New York Islanders, etc.) maintain those picks. Secondly, we are not taking into account team drafting styles but rather placing players in an order that we feel is based on a combination of NHL value (current and/or future) derived from their playing style and skills. Third, many players are only shuffled one, two or three spots from their original order making it important to understand that slight variances in a few spots isn’t all that significant – particularly lower in the first round (i.e. Jacob Larsson moving from 27th to 29th). It’s just how the players fell. Lastly, it’s a nearly impossible task to dissect every player’s performance to date from the 2015 draft crop so there’s a very real chance that players have been unintentionally omitted – we apologize for that!

It’s very early to assess the 2015 draft crop but early showings and productions have us believing that it’s a strong crop and each of the following players listed below have bright NHL futures.  

Complete seven round 2015 NHL Entry Draft (Courtesy of






1st EDM Connor McDavid, C 1st EDM 1st
2nd BUF Jack Eichel, C 2nd BUF 2nd
3rd ARI Mitch Marner, C/RW 4th TOR 3rd
4th TOR Zach Werenski, D 8th CBJ 10th
5th CAR Ivan Provorov, D 7th PHI 8th
6th NJD Kirill Kaprizov, C $$ 135th MIN 54th
7th PHI Noah Hanifin, D 5th CAR 4th
8th CBJ Thomas Chabot, D $$ 18th OTT 34th
9th SJS Dylan Strome, C 3rd ARI 5th
10th COL Travis Konecny, RW/C  $$ 24th PHI 15th
11th FLA Sebastian Aho, W/C  $$ 35th CAR 56th
12th DAL Kyle Connor, LW/C 17th WPG 12th
13th BOS Matthew Barzal, C 16th NYI 9th
14th BOS Colin White, C 21st OTT 22nd
15th BOS Mikko Rantanen, RW 10th COL 11th
16th NYI Joel Eriksson-Ek, C 20th MIN 23rd
17th WPG Denis Gurianov, RW/LW 12th DAL 14th
18th OTT Ilya Samsonov, G 22nd WSH 30th (1st G)
19th DET Pavel Zacha, C/LW 6th FLA 6th
20th MIN Jeremy Bracco, C $$ 61st TOR 17th
21st OTT Timo Meier, LW 9th SJS 13th
22nd WSH Daniel Sprong, C $$ 46th PIT 24th
23rd VAN Brock Boeser, RW 23rd VAN 31st
24th PHI Lawson Crouse, LW 11th FLA 7th
25th WPG Jack Roslovic, C/RW 25th WPG 37th
26th MTL Jakob Zboril, D 13th BOS 20th
27th ANA Zach Senyshyn, LW 15th BOS 42nd
28th NYI Evgeny Svechnikov, LW/RW 19th DET 18th
29th CBJ Jacob Larsson, D 27th ANA 36th
30th ARI Brendan Guhle, D  $$ 51st BUF 94th


Honourable Mentions

An argument could be made to include any of the following players in a re-draft of the 1st round:




Anthony Beauvillier, LW/C 28th NYI 38th
Brandon Carlo, D 37th BOS 29th
Vince Dunn, D 56th SJS 33rd
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C 45th BOS 50th
Noah Juulsen, D 26th MTL 28th
Matt Spencer, D 44th TBL 53rd
Philippe Myers, D Undrafted/Signed TBL NR


Out of 1st Round

The following players were originally selected in the 1st round but did not make the cut this time around:




Ethan Bear, D 124th EDM 98th
Anthony Beauvillier, LW/C 28th NYI 38th
Gabriel Carlsson, D 29th CBJ 32nd
Jake Debrusk, LW 14th BOS 27th
Caleb Jones, D 117th EDM 88th
Oliver Kylington, D 60th CGY 21st
Noah Juulsen, D 26th MTL 28th
Nicholas Merkley, RW/C 30th ARI 16th
Philippe Myers, D Undrafted/Signed TBL NR



Rapid Risers

$$ - indicates prospects who have outperformed their original draft slots significantly (particularly in the 2016-17 season)





$$ Ethan Bear, D 124th EDM 98th
$$ Stephen Desroschers, D 155th TOR NR
$$ Adam Huska, G 184th NYR NR
$$ Caleb Jones, D 117th EDM 88th
$$ Oliver Kylington, D 60th CGY 21st
$$ Denis Malgin, C/RW 102nd FLA 39th
$$ Philippe Myers, D Undrafted/Signed TBL NR
$$ Troy Terry, C/RW 148th ANA 145th
$$ Mitchell Vande Sompel, D 82nd NJD 48th



1. Shane Wright, Don Mills Flyers
2. Brennan Othmann, Don Mills Flyers
3. Brandt Clarke, Don Mills Flyers
4. Mason McTavish, Pembroke Lumberkings
5. Sasha Pastujov, Compuware 16U
6. Francesco Pinelli, Toronto Red Wings
7. Connor Lockhart, Kanata Lasers
8. Dylan Duke, Compuware 16U
9. Roman Schmidt, Don Mills Flyers
10. Jeremy Wilmer, North Jersey Avalanche 16U

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