USA TODAY Sports hockey columnist Kevin Allen's mock draft 2.0 going into Friday's first round in Vancouver:
1. New Jersey Devils: Center Jack Hughes (USA), 5-10, 170. Hughes will have a Patrick Kane-like impact in the NHL. He's dynamic, fast and creative.
2. New York Rangers: Center/wing Kaapo Kakko (Finland), 6-2, 194. Broke Aleksander Barkov’s record for most goals by an NHL draft-eligible player in the Finnish League. He had 22 goals in 45 games for TPS Turku playing against Finland’s pros.
3. Chicago Blackhawks: Center Alex Turcotte (USA), 5-11, 185. Possesses the speed, playmaking ability and savvy to be a scoring-line center in the NHL. He’s a noteworthy two-way player.
Jack Hughes, projected to go No. 1 overall in the NHL draft, averaged 2.24 points a game for the U.S. National Team Development Program. (Photo: Christian Bruna, EPA-EFE)
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4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators): Right wing Cole Caufield (USA), 5-7, 162. He's the best pure scorer in the draft. He had 72 goals in 64 games with the U.S. under-18 team.
5. Los Angeles Kings: Defenseman Bowen Byram (Canada), 6-1, 185. Best offensive defenseman in the draft. Plays with a swagger. Had 26 goals and 71 points in the Western Hockey League.
6. Detroit Red Wings: Center Kirby Dach (Canada), 6-4, 200. Ranked No. 3 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. Had 25 goals and 73 points in 62 games in the WHL.
7. Buffalo Sabres: Right wing Vasili Podkolzin (Russia), 6-1, 190. Impressive shot. Sharp passer. Will power his way to the net. Will be a top-line performer in the NHL. Under contract with the Kontinental Hockey League for two more seasons.
8. Edmonton Oilers: Center Dylan Cozens (Canada), 6-3, 180. Can contribute physical play as well as offense. He had 34 goals and 84 points in 68 WHL games.
9. Anaheim Ducks: Left wing Matthew Boldy (USA), 6-1, 187. Committed to Boston College. He had 33 goals and 81 points in 64 games for the USA Hockey NTDP Under-18 team this season.
10. Vancouver Canucks: Center Trevor Zegras (USA), 6-0, 170. Headed to Boston University. Smart, gifted offensive catalyst. In 60 games for the NTDP, he had 26 goals, 72 points and 94 penalty minutes
11. Philadelphia Flyers: Right wing Arthur Kaliyev (Canada), 6-2, 185. Born on Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev posted 51 goals and 102 points in the Ontario Hockey League.
12. Minnesota Wild: Goalie Spencer Knight (USA), 6-3, 190. Has committed to Boston College. Viewed as a franchise goalie.
13. Florida Panthers: Defenseman Thomas Harley (Canada), 6-3, 190. Skates impressively and moves the puck with flair. Had 11 goals and 58 points in the OHL.
Kaapo Kakko, projected to go second in the draft, helped Finland win the world championships. (Photo: Martin Rose, Getty Images)
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14. Arizona Coyotes: Center Peyton Krebs (Canada), 5-11, 180. Plays with overflowing passion and energy. Had 68 points in 64 WHL games.
15. Montreal Canadiens: Defenseman Cam York (USA), 5-11/175. Has a puck-moving game that fits well into the NHL’s new up-tempo style. Makes smart decisions with the puck.
16. Colorado Avalanche: Defenseman Philip Broberg (Sweden), 6-3/200. Scouts are projecting he will be a top-pairing defenseman who will have an impact in all three zones.
17. Vegas Golden Knights: Defenseman Moritz Seider (Germany), 6-3/210. Everyone loves him because he is comfortable defending against skilled forwards. He’s a poised shutdown guy with size, mobility and decent puck skills.
18. Dallas Stars: Left wing Alex Newhook (Canada) 5-10/192. Can be a Jake Guentzel-style scorer. He also has sharp passing skills.
19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Right wing Raphael Lavoie (Canada), 6-4/200. He’s a big winger with a wide body and a quality scoring touch.
20. Winnipeg Jets (from New York Rangers): Center Philip Tomasino (Canada), 6-0/185. Uses blazing speed to create breakaways and scoring chances.
21. Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Victor Soderstrom (Sweden), 6-0/182. He’s an exceptional skater and an impressive puck handler. Will eventually quarterback a power play.
22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Right wing Bobby Brink (USA), 5-8/165. The Minnetonka, Minnesota, native scored 35 goals in 43 games for Sioux City in the United States Hockey League. He has the shot and a knack for getting open.
23. New York Islanders: Defenseman Ville Heinola (Finland), 6-0/180. He seems to be above average in every facet of the game. Plays a safe, effective style.
24. Nashville Predators: Center Ryan Suzuki (Canada), 6-0/180. He’s a superb playmaker who can control the pace of the game with the puck on his stick.
25. Washington Capitals: Left wing Egor Afanasyev (Russia), 6-4/201. He had 27 goals and 62 points in 58 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL.
26. Calgary Flames: Forward Samuel Poulin (Canada), 6-1/208. He projects to be a second-line power forward. He’s the son of former NHL player Patrick Poulin
27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Defenseman Tobias Bjornfot (Sweden), 6-0/195. He’s a composed puck mover who can make the home run pass up the middle.
28. Carolina Hurricanes: Center Connor McMichael (Canada), 6-0/182. McMichael totaled 36 goals and 72 points for the London Knights in the OHL. Has an instinctive scoring touch.
29. Anaheim Ducks (from Buffalo Sabres via San Jose Sharks): Defenseman Matthew Robertson (Canada), 6-3/200. Projects to be a top four defenseman with strong one-on-one defending skills.
30. Boston Bruins: Right wing/left wing Nils Hoglander (Sweden), 5-10/190. Lightning quick. Creative. Often dazzling. He has a wow factor.
31. Buffalo Sabres (from St. Louis Blues): Defenseman Alex Vlasic (USA) 6-6/200. The NTDP standout is projected to land in the second round on some lists, but his combination of size and skill might be too good to pass up at the bottom of the first round.
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