11. New York Islanders – Barret Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
An NHL scout said that Hayton is the types of player that you will win games with, and this is well supported by the fact that he was one of the OHL’s top teams this year that only lost 10 times in 68 games. He dished out 21 goals this past season for the Greyhounds in the OHL and has high compete level and a well established 200 foot as a two-way center, that can play on both the power play and penalty kill. Look for him to have a more established role on SSM next season.
12. New York Islanders – Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
This player is a steal at the number 12 pick. With NHL ready size (6-1, 208), Wahlstrom has a wicked writer that could just be the best in the draft class this year. He was a force for the USA U-18 team this season scoring 40 goals and adding 43 assists for 83 points in just 54 games. With exceptional speed, an NHL ready shot, and the ability to create room for himself on the ice Wahlstrom could be a heavy goal scorer one day in the NHL and he and Barret Hayton could make a fantastic one-two punch on the same line.
13. Dallas Stars – Joseph Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
Veleno (6-1, 191) was granted exceptional player stats and was able to join the QMJHL a year early, and was only the fifth player to do so behind Tavares, Ekblad, McDavid, and Sean Day. In his third season playing for both Saint John and Drummondville, due to a trade, the left shot center scored 22 goals and made 57 assists for 79 points in 64 games. He is listed by the NHL as the second best player at his position in this year’s draft class, and had a great work ethic and playmaking ability, mixed with top of the line skill. He could be a steal at 13.
14. Philadephia Flyers – Vitali Kravtsov, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
Kravtsov played in the KHL, Russia’s top professional league, this season with men and won KHL rookie of the year. With NHL ready size (6-3, 184), Kravtsov models his game after Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and is a strong skater with great speed. He put up four goals and three assists in 35 games and turned his game up a notch in the playoffs with six goals and five assists in 16 games.
15. Florida Panthers – Joel Farabee, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
Farabee has excellent speed and hockey IQ combined with a 200 foot game. Playing with the USA-18 team in the NTDP Farabee finished the season with 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 games. The Panther drafted Right Winger Owen Tippet last year, so picking up a Left Winger who also knows how to score could make for a dangerous combo in the next few years.