NHL Mock Draft Picks 26-31

26. New York Rangers – Martin Kaut, RW, Pardubice (CZREP)

This 6-1, 176 pound forward played in the Czech Republic’s top professional league with men this past season, and did well, scoring nine goals and dishing out seven assists in 38 games fro Pardubice HC.  He also had a stellar showing at the WJC scoring seven points in seven games for the Czech Republic.  With exceptional speed, skating ability, an elite performances this player could be a steal at 26.

27. Chicago Blackhawks – Mattias Samuelsson, D, USA U-18 (USHL)

The Blackhawks could use some more younger prospects at the defense position and Samuelsson could fit the bill very nicely for them.  With NHL size at 6-4, 218 pounds, Samulesson plays a physical, more defensive defenseman type game and will look to hone his skills playing at Western Michigan University next season.  He had 11 goals and 31 points in 58 games last season.

28. New York Rangers – Dominik Bokk, RW, Vaxjo Jr. (SWE-JR)

Born in Germany, this defenseman had a fantastic rookie season for Vaxjo’s junior team putting up 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in 35 games and scored 2 points in 15 games for Vaxjo’s professional team.  This 6-1, 176 pound right shot forward is a soot first type of player who is solid on his skates could be quite the threat after taking time to develop more in Sweden’s top professional league.

29. St. Louis Blues – Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)

At 6-2 and 206 pounds McLeod already has NHL size and has shown he knows how to score after amassing 26 goals and 70 points in 68 games for Mississauga.  Modeling his game after John Tavares, with high end skating ability, hockey sense, and passing, he has all the makings to be a standout second line center for Blues.

30. Detroit Red Wings – Rasmus Kupari, C, Karpat (FIN)

Kupari (6-2, 189) had a fairly impressive rookie season playing in Finland’s top professional league as he ended his rookie season with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 38 games.  He has exceptional offensive skills and skating and a right hand shot that is being compared to Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes.  He could be the steal of the draft at 29.

31. Washington Capitals – Jacob Olofsson, C, Timra (SWE-2)

Playing against men this season in Sweden’s second division, Olofsson (6-2, 189) was named the best junior age player after leading rookies with 10 goals and 21 points in 43 games this season.  He is an efficient two way player that is strong on the puck, who can play on both the power play and the penalty kill.

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