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NHL Post-Lottery Mock Draft

by J.T. Toth

Photo of Riley Heidt courtesy of The Hockey Writers.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL Draft Lottery tonight, so we know Connor Bedard will be wearing red and black next year, but what about the rest of the players? Draft 412 will look at the picks set in stone (1-16). Draft 412 will continue mocking the draft after the playoff teams are determined for picks 17-32.

1) Chicago- C- Connor Bedard- Regina (WHL)

Not many things are guaranteed in life. This pick is. Generational talent on a level with a Connor McDavid.

2) Anaheim- C- Adam Fantilli- Michigan (NCAA)

The Ducks get a player who would normally be #1 pick of draft. He will lead the Ducks for a decade plus.

3) Columbus- C/LW- Leo Carlsson- Orebro (SHL)

Carlsson will be a huge part of the Blue Jackets' rebuild, Gaudreau and Laine will love playing next to him.

4) San Jose- LW- Zachary Benson- LW- Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

For a Sharks team who needs to replenish talent, Zach Benson could be a future captain for the Sharks' organization.

5) Montreal- C- Will Smith- USNTDP

Another young prospect in Montreal to go along with Dach, Suzuki, Caufield, and Slafkovsky. Smith will be a future first line center.

6) Arizona- C- Ryan Leonard- USNTDP

Going to take some time to be ready for NHL. Leonard will be well worth the wait in the desert.

7) Philadelphia- C- Matvei Michkov- Sochi, (KHL)

Michkov's KHL contract runs through the 2025-2026 season. He's a future star in Philly and could possibly be the #2 prospect in this draft.

8) Washington- D- David Reinbacher- Kloten (SUI)

Reinbacher is a top defenseman in the draft and a nice compliment to Rasmus Sandin.

9) Detroit- C- Dalibor Dvorsky- AIK- (Allsvenskan)

Detroit lands one of the fastest rising prospects as they continue to rebuild.

10) St. Louis- RW-Eduard Sale-BRNO- (Czechia)

The Blues need help after Kyrou at RW. Sale has plenty of upside to become second line RW.

11) Vancouver- C- Oliver Moore- USNTDP

Moore has the speed to take over a game. Vancouver adds another fast player to an already fast minor league system.

12) Arizona- D- Axel Sandin-Pellikka- Skelleftea (Sweden)

Arizona needs help everywhere. Sandin-Pellikka fits in nicely with Söderström and Moser on the back end.

13) Buffalo- C- Brayden Yager- Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL

Yager adds another goal scorer down the middle in Buffalo.

14) Pittsburgh- C- Riley Heidt- Prince George Cougars (WHL)

The Pens get a nifty centerman who can dish and score and finally add some young talent to the organization.

15) Nashville- RW- Gabriel Perreault- USNTDP

The Predators add a winger who is having a breakout season. Perreault will fit nicely in Nashville who are lacking talent at both wings.

16) Calgary- RW- Colby Barlow- Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

The Flames get a pure goal scorer—#16—as he slides a couple spots back.

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