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46 Nashville Predators (Donesh Mazloum):Brett Pollock
Brett Pollock's up this years rankings cannot be described as anything less than meteoric. After starting the season a relative unknown Pollock developed into one the most dangerous forwards on the Memorial Cup winning Edmonton Oil Kings. Despite the strides made this season Pollock is still a very raw prospect with plenty of room to improve. He already boasts solid size and oozes offensive potential. Pollock has the ability to make defenders look silly and is equally comfortable attacking off the rush or cycling down low. Pollock has impressive control and creativity in his puck handling and also possesses a strong shot. Consistency and confidence are the only things holding him back at this point. Pollock is a potential high reward pick and if he continues his progression he could be one of the better prospects from this draft ten years down the road. With the selections of Virtanen, Cornel, and Pollock, Nashville would go a long way to overhauling a pretty bare offensive cupboard.
47 Columbus Blue Jackets (Chris Bagwell):Jayce Hawryluk
The Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to select Jayce Hawryluk with the 47th overall selection. Hawryluk may not seem like much, at 5-10, 192 - but he plays with a very physical edge. He's not afraid to get to the greasy areas in the ice and mix it up with opposition. He has a solid shot with good offensive instincts, showcased by his sophomore campaign in the WHL (64 points in 59 games). Hawryluk is hard to knock of the puck, which is a testament to his balance and strength. His acceleration and speed is above average as well.
48 Philadelphia Flyers (Dobber):Edgars Kulda
A late ‘94 birthdate, Edgars Kulda has already been passed over in one NHL draft however his impressive season this year capped off with a Memorial Cup MVP award makes it unlikely he’ll have to wait long this year. Kulda brings an Energizer Bunny type attitude to the game. He is constantly churning his feet and there are no easy shifts against him. Kulda’s biggest improvement however has been in his offensive game. Kulda has the ability to play a north/south dump and chase game however he also has a very underrated passing ability and some pretty nifty hands. Philadelphia is looking to beef up the wings in the system and Kulda fits the bill perfectly. His relentless playing style coupled with the potential to add some solid secondary scoring could make him a fan favorite sooner rather than later. As seen in his time with the Edmonton Oil Kings he’s the kind of player who elevates his game when it matters and is the kind of player seen on the rosters of championship teams.
49 Buffalo Sabres (Travis Watson):Spencer Watson
With the 49th overall pick this year, the Sabres are happy to select Spencer Watson. At 5-10 and 170 pounds, Watson may not appear to be the ideal NHL player, but his goal-scoring ability cannot be ignored. He skates extremely well and has a terrific shot to boot. In his second year with the OHL, he was able to accumulate 69 points in 65 games. If he can bulk up and continue to progress, it's easy to see Watson with an NHL team as a potent offensive player.
50 Tampa Bay Lightning (Randy Buschmann): Dominik Masin
Tampa Bay adds the 10th ranked European skater on Central Scouting's draft rankings with their pick in the second round, 50th overall. The 6-2, 194 lb. Masin is an emerging two-way threat on the blueline who recently captained his native Czech Republic to a silver medal at the recent World Junior Championship. Masin's strength is his above average defensive positioning and ability to play in all-situations. He has some puck moving ability and a solid point shot but projects as a mobile, defensive defenseman in the NHL, which Tampa Bay could really benefit from adding to their system. Second pairing upside but projects favorably to be a bottom paring defenseman at minimum in the NHL.
51 San Jose Sharks (Tim Graveline):Sebastian Aho
He may be small, but his playmaking skills and his fearless play very well could translate to a great puck moving defenseman in today’s NHL. With not much defensive depth, the Sharks will look towards Sebastian Aho at pick 51, a pint-sized defenseman with a lot of offensive ability. Dynamic in the offensive zone, he also plays defense just as well and provides a ton of leadership to the dressing room. His willingness to play defense as well as his ability to jump in the rush could make him a highly coveted asset come draft day.
52 St. Louis Blues (Eric Daoust):Josh Jacobs
Jacobs is not going to fill up any score sheets but possesses many of the assets that teams covet. His stabilizing presence on the blueline and good skating ability make him a very attractive pick at this spot. The Blues are a good landing spot for him, as he can be a nice fit in a depth role behind their more offensive-minded defenseman. As with the other Blues' picks, do not expect to see Jacobs anytime soon and even if he does break out offensively do not expect Jacobs to ever be more than a secondary point-producer. Instead, look for him to emerge as a strong defensive defenseman over the years and help his goaltenders post better numbers.
53 San Jose Sharks (Tim Graveline):Ville Husso
Husso has had a strong campaign in the SM-Liga and with how well Finnish goalies have done in the NHL, this seems like a great pick for us to restock our cupboards with the top European goalie. Husso was passed over in last year’s draft, but absolutely dominated as an 18 year old in Finland’s top men’s league. He posted a sub-2.00 GAA and a .923 SV% in 41 games, among the league leaders in both stats, on a team that lost more games than it won. Husso has excellent technique and profiles to a number one goaltender at the NHL level. Stylistic comparisons have been made between Husso and Kari Lehtonen. He could end up being a top goaltender in the NHL, and is already a year ahead of his competition in development.
54 Calgary Flames (Brad Wilson):Ryan MacInnis
The son of hall of fame Calgary defenceman Al MacInnis, Ryan doesn’t have the quite the same booming shot as his dad, but he deserves to be judged on his own merits. At 6’4” and 185lb, Ryan has dominant long-term potential once he fills out his big frame. As it stands, he has a rounded offensive game with pretty good hands, very good passing, and high-end hockey sense. This year was his rookie OHL year, and it took him a while to get up to speed; after 7 points in 19 games, he scored 30 points in his last 47. His defensive game is very good, especially on the penalty kill, but he could stand to gain some quickness. Like most players his size, he could end up being a long-term project, but his upside as a power-forward makes him worth the wait for the flames.
55 Anaheim Ducks (Kevin Won):Chase de Leo
The Ducks would be pleased to add more skill into their already impressive cupboard of prospects and they will do that by adding Portland Winterhawks centre Chase de Leo. An exceptional skater with a very strong shot who will crash the net for dirty goals. Already a veteran of 270 WHL games, along with 64 playoff games, he is mature beyond his years. His point totals have increased every year and so has his confidence in his own skills. Ranked #36 in NHL Central Scouting the Ducks feel they have gotten prime value out of this selection.
56 Boston Bruins (Brendan Ross):Ondrej Kase
The Boston Bruins are thrilled to select Ondrej Kase from Chomutov of the Czech League. Kase has been an international standout and our scouts have taken notice identifying his playmaking skills and excellent mobility as real assets. We believe that Ondrej can develop into a top-six winger and his advanced puck skills and overall speed and acceleration will pose as constant offensive threats. Ranked much higher than 56th on our scout's lists, we are ecstatic that he'll be wearing the B on his chest.
57 New York Islanders (Brad Wilson):Oskar Lindblom
The New York Islanders gladly select Oskar Lindbolm with the 57th overall pick. He has proven to be a winger that does not shy away from the dirty areas of the ice. At 6-2 and 187 pounds, there is no doubt he has the physical capabilities to make it in the NHL. Lindbolm excelled in his international play this year, piling up 21 points in 20 games. If he continues to progress his excellent two-way game, Lindbolm should be a solid NHLer for years to come.
58 Arizona Coyotes (Keith Duggan):Ryan Donato
Ryan Donato, the son of Harvard hockey coach and former NHLer Ted, dominated against prep school laden competition this past season. The skilled pivot has a great set of hands and excellent offensive instincts. It will be a while before we see him in Arizona; Ryan will play in the USHL this coming season then for his Dad at Harvard in 2015-16 for at least a couple years. Has the potential to be a top six forward skill wise but the next couple years will get a better gauge on him playing against better competition. Rated as a high second round pick on some scouts lists, for the Coyotes to grab Donato at 58th overall is a great pickup.
59 New York Rangers (Josh Kurtosi): Dysin Mayo
When watching Mayo play it is instantly apparent that he thinks the game at a different level than most players. Mayo’s game both defensively and offensively revolves around his ability to cleverly move the puck to teammates. Mayo is additionally a very smooth skater and packs an underrated shot. Mayo is just starting to find his legs offensively and after a slow start he poured in the points in the second half of the season and logged big minutes for the Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton OilKings. While Mayo has sky high potential he still has work to do especially in his own end. The Rangers however, have the flexibility to wait for his progression and could have an absolute gem ten years down the road.
60 Columbus Blue Jackets (Chris Bagwell):Adam Ollas Mattson
The Columbus Blue Jackets are honored to finish off the second round by selecting defenseman Adam Ollas Mattson. He is a towering individual at 6-4 and 214 pounds with a knack for timely poke-checks. He uses his big frame very well, but could work on his mobility. Mattson is a defensive-minded defenseman who continually puts his body in front of shots and the opposition. This next year will be important for his development as he continues to compete against men in Sweden. Accompanied with his size is a long reach that he uses to control opposing forwards in his own end. He will make a solid shutdown defenseman in a few years time.
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