26. New York Rangers select Ty Dellandrea
Flint(OHL) GP:67 G:27 A:32 P:59
Ty Dellandrea has impressed each time he’s been in a best on best tournament or scenario. He scored two goals at the top prospects game this year and was also a point per game at the u-18 worlds. Ty was able to click near a point per game on a weaker Flint team. With his skating and offensive instincts he is one of the most improved players in this years draft class.
27. Chicago Blackhawks select Jared McIsaac
Halifax(QMJHL) GP:65 G:9 A:38 P:47
A smart player and great skater is what the Blackhawks will be looking for. McIsaac’s hockey IQ and ability to quickly transition the game from defense to offense is just what the Hawks will need. He is a very reliable two way defender who has some offense to his game as well.
28. New York Rangers select Akil Thomas
Niagra(OHL) GP:68 G:22 A:59 P:81
Akil is in my opinion one of the sleeper picks in this years draft. He is able to play wing or centre and is somehow always able to find open teammates and make the right play. His compete level and will to win is contagious and will only make the players around him better.
29. St. Louis Blues select Ryan Merkley
Guelph(OHL) GP:63 G:13 A:54 P:67
Ryan Merkley is one of the more interesting prospects in this years draft. He may end up being a steal depending on how low he goes. There is some concern among scouts that he doesn’t have the drive to take that next step and make the NHL but his numbers are too good to pass up. There is going to be a team who will eventually take a chance on him. I think the Blues will bite and straighten things out.
30. Detroit Red Wings select Mattias Samuelsson
USA U-18(USHL) GP:58 G:11 A:20 P:31
Mattias Samuelsson is a big physical defensemen who is a nightmare to play against. He has the offensive ability to jump and contribute when needed but is more of a sound and steady defensemen.
31. Washington Capitals select Liam Foudy
London(OHL) GP:65 G:24 A:16 P:40
Probably the biggest riser in this years draft is Liam Foudy, once pegged as a 4th round draft pick he has climbed all the way into talks of a late first/early second rounder. His impressive play at the u-18 worlds really helped his case. He continued his hype train at the combine where he was 4th in bench press, best in veritcal jumping, 2nd in squat jumping and best in the no-arm jump.