Craig Button’s TSN Hockey Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Edition

  • With the Devils earning the first pick in the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Craig Button does a post-lottery mock draft and says Jack Hughes will be a great fit in New Jersey and also looks at who the Oilers, Canucks and Canadiens could all grab with their picks in the first round.
  1. Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP, 5-foot-10, 168 pounds: At the head of a prestigious class as the most prolific point producer the USNTDP has ever seen. Headed to the U18s next, will he play at the men’s worlds in May?
  2. Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS (Liiga), 6-foot-2, 194 pounds: Head-to-head against Hughes at the U18s would be every scouts preference. Since that won’t happen, Kakko can level the playing field or jump to No. 1 if his game at the men’s worlds is the same as it has been all season in the Liiga.
  3. Vasily Podkolzin, RW, SKA St. Petersburg (MHL), 6-foot-1, 190 pounds: High character and off-the-charts compete combined with work ethic and skill make for a complete package.
  4. Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL), 6-foot-3, 181 pounds: With the disappointment of an early and unexpected playoff exit, Cozens has a second life at the U18 worlds.
  5. Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon Blades (WHL), 6-foot-3, 199 pounds: A cerebral game with everything in place to become a top-notched NHL player.



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