For the first NHL mock draft post-draft lottery, we decided to shake things up a little and talk to a few outside writers to bring a new perspective to some of these picks. While there’s still a month and change to go until the NHL draft, things are starting to wind down, prospect rankings-wise, and the only major changes you’ll likely see from here on out will be due to either performance at the draft combine or performance in the Memorial Cup.
Note: For picks that aren’t yet set, we used reverse standings order of the remaining teams. Several trades are now reflected in this mock draft, as the terms of those trades have been met.
1. New Jersey Devils — Nico Hischier (C, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL)
Finally, a different team at the top — and what an unexpected team it is. While these aren’t quite your father’s boring Devils of yesteryear, they could still do with a punch of excitement. Selecting the dynamic, speedy Hischier to play alongside someone like Taylor Hall would be quite the punch.