16. Colorado Avalanche – Grigori Denisenko, LW, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR)
The 5-11 forward scored nine goals and added 13 assists in 31 games in Russia’s Junior Hockey League. Modeling his play after Steven Stamkos, Denisenko is potentially one of the top two-way players in the draft maneuvers around the ice very well and knows how to protect the puck. Despite his size, he plays a physical and fearless game and was even promoted to Yaroslavl’s KHL and played four playoff games for them.
17. New Jersey Devils – Bode Wilde, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
A Native of Plymouth, Michigan Bode Wilde had a successful second season playing with the USA U-18 team scoring 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points in 61 games. He is currently committed to the University of Michigan for next season and with a hard shot, solid scoring touch, and good physical play, Wilde could make for a great all around defenseman. The Devils could use a young defenseman and at 6-2, 198, Wilde has NHL ready size.
18. Columbus Blue Jackets – Rasmus Sandin, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
With an already pretty well established group of young forwards, the Blue Jackets could use a little bit more on their blue line and Sandin could be a great fit on their team. Before joining the Greyhounds, Sandin played 5 games in Sweden’s top professional league registering 1 assist. With the Greyhounds he scored 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points in 51 games. The 5-11, 186 pound left shot defenseman made an quick transition to the North American game and has a satisfying two way game.
19. Philedelphia Flyers – Nicolas Beaudin, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
This left hand shot defenseman made his mark this season, his third in the Q, managing to get 12 goals and 57 assists for 69 points in 68 games, averaging just over a point per game, improving on his 41 points in 64 games from last season. Philadelphia could use some help restocking their crop of young defenseman in their system, and a great puck moving defenseman like Beaudin could be a perfect addition.
20. Los Angeles Kings – Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
Noel is a hulking 6-5, 204 pound forward and had an excellent second season in the OHL scoring 28 goals and finishing with 53 points in 62 games. He is athletic, strong, and has good speed that allows him to battle for pucks and create open ice for himself down low.