Ottawa Senators

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Ottawa Senators

INS: Thomas Chabot (Pick 18, Saint John, QMJHL), Colin White (Pick 21, USA U18, USHL), Gabriel Gagne (Pick 36, Victoriaville, QMJHL), Filip Chlapik (Pick 48, Charlottetown, QMJHL), Christian Wolanin (Pick 107, Muskegon, USHL), Filip Ahl (Pick 109, HV 71 JR., SWE-JR.), Christian Jaros (Pick 139, Lulea Jr, SWE-JR.), Joel Daccord (Pick 199, Cushing Academy, HIGH-MA), Travis Ewanyk (Edmonton Oilers)

OUTS: Eric Gryba (Edmonton Oilers), Robin Lehner (Buffalo Sabres), David Legwand (Buffalo Sabres)

May have drafted two future studs in the first round, but have really taken a punt with Andrew Hammond in net. If he can’t live up to the hype and play as well as he did, towards the end of last season, then they will soon be regretting trading away Robin Lehner.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-

New York Rangers

2015 NHL Entry Draft – New York Rangers

INS: Ryan Gropp (Pick 41, Seattle, WHL), Robin Kovacs (Pick 62, AIK, SWE-2), Sergey Zborovskiy (Pick 79, Regina, WHL), Aleksi Saarela (Pick 89, Assat, FIN), Brad Morrison (Pick 113, Prince George, WHL), Daniel Bernhardt (Pick 119, Djurgarden Jr., SWE-JR.), Adam Huska (Pick 184, Green Bay, USHL), Emerson Etem (Anaheim Ducks), Antti Raanta (Chicago Blackhawks)

OUTS: Carl Hagelin (Anaheim Ducks), Ryan Haggerty (Chicago Blackhawks), Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers)

Gave away the best player in the Hagelin/Etem deal and traded for Raanta to be backup for Lundqvist, after trading away Talbot to Edmonton. No first round pick and lost more in trades than gained. Not the best.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C-

New York Islanders

2015 NHL Entry Draft – New York Islanders

INS: Matthew Barzal (Pick 16, Seattle, WHL), Anthony Beauvillier (Pick 28, Shawinigan, QMJHL), Mitchell vande Sompel (Pick 82, Oshawa, OHL), Parker Wotherspoon (Pick 112, Tri-City, USHL), Ryan Pilon (Pick 147, Brandon, WHL), Andong Song (Pick 172, Lawrenceville), Petter Hansson (Pick 202, Linkoping Jr., SWE-JR)

OUTS: Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers)

Traded Reinhart to the Oilers, to move up to get Matthew Barzal. Garth Snow started the day with no first round picks and ends up with two. Gave up a little, but got a lot in return.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B

New Jersey Devils

2015 NHL Entry Draft – New Jersey Devils

INS: Pavel Zacha (Pick 6, Sarnia, OHL), MacKenzie Blackwood (Pick 42, Barrie, OHL), Blake Speers (Pick 67, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Colton White (Pick 97, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Brett Seney (Pick 157, Merrimack, H-EAST), Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim Ducks)

OUTS: NIL

Palmieri will add something to the Devils lineup and didn’t need to give up much to get him. Zacha not only becomes something scarce in New Jersey by being a forward prospect. He’s also the only Czech player under the age of 33 in the squad.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-

Nashville Predators

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Nashville Predators

INS: Yakov Trenin (Pick 55, Gatineau, QMJHL), Thomas Novak (Pick 85, Waterloo, USHL), Anthony Richard (Pick 100, Val d’Or, QMJHL), Alexandre Carrier (Pick 115, Gatineau, QMJHL), Karel Vejmelka (Pick 145, Pardubice Jr., CZREP-JR.), Tyler May (Pick 175, Harvard U., ECAC), Evan Smith (Pick 205, Austin, NAHL)

OUTS: NIL

Nashville were possibly more focused on signing all of their potential Free Agents, then doing any moves at the draft. Nothing overly exciting from the Preds.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C

Montreal Canadiens

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Montreal Canadiens

INS: Noah Juulsen (Pick 26, Everett, WHL), Lukas Vejdemo (Pick 87, Djurgarden Jr., SWE-JR.), Matthew Bradley (Pick 131, Medicine Hat, WHL), Simon Bourque (Pick 177, Rimouski, QMJHL), Jeremiah Addison (Pick 207, Ottawa, OHL)

OUTS: NIL

Again, nothing overly out of the ordinary. Another team that went to the draft to just draft and head back to Montreal.

215 DRAFT RATING: C

Minnesota Wild

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Minnesota Wild

INS: Joel Eriksson Ek (Pick 20, Farjestad, SWE), Jordan Grenway (Pick 50, USA U18, USHL), Ales Stezka (Pick 111, Liberec. Jr., CZREP-JR.), Kinill Kaprizov (Pick 135, Novokunetsk, RUS), Nicholas Boka (Pick 171, USA U18, USHL), Gustav Bouramman (Pick 201, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Jack Sadek (Pick 204, Lakeville North, HIGH-MN)

OUTS: NIL

Didn’t lose anyone on their roster, which is good. But, didn’t really do anything outside of the normal.Went, drafted, went home.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C

Los Angeles Kings

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Los Angeles Kings

INS: Erik Cernak (Pick 43, Kosice, SVK), Alexander Dergachyov (Pick 74, SKA St. Petersburg 2, RUS-JR.), Austin Wagner (Pick 99, Regina, WHL), Matt Schmalz (Pick 134, Sudbury, OHL), Chaz Redknapp (Pick 187, Victoria, WHL), Matt Roy (Pick 194, Michigan Tech., WCHA), Milan Lucic (Boston Bruins)

OUTS: Martin Jones (Boston Bruins), Colin Miller (Boston Bruins)

Lost their backup goaltender to Jonathan Quick in Martin Jones, but gained Boston’s Power Forward star in Lucic. Lucic will add toughness to a Kings lineup, which already has Captain Dustin Brown. The Kings are starting to make a habit of their backups becoming potential starters in this league, so losing Jones just means the next guy comes up.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-

Florida Panthers

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Florida Panthers

INS: Lawson Crouse (Pick 11, Kingston, OHL), Samuel Montembeault (Pick 77, Blaine-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Thomas Schemitsch (Pick 88, Owen Sound, OHL), Denis Malgin (Pick 102, Zurich, SUI), Karch Bachman (Pick 132, Culver Academy, HIGH-IN), Christopher Wilkie (Pick 162, Tri-City, USHL), Patrick Shea (Pick 192, Kimball Union, HIGH-NH), Ryan Bednard (Pick 206, Johnstown, NAHL)

OUTS: NIL

Traded Zach Hyman to the Leafs for Greg McKegg before the draft, but that is neither here or there. Nothing lost and drafted a very good forward in Crouse. A nice winger for the likes of Huberdeau or Barkov down the track.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-

Edmonton Oilers

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Edmonton Oilers

INS: Connor McDavid (Pick 1, Erie, OHL), Caleb Jones (Pick 117, USA U18, USHL), Ethan Bear (Pick 124, Seattle, WHL), John Marino (Pick 154, South Shore, USPHL PRE.), Miroslav Svoboda (Pick 208, Trinec Jr., CZREP-JR.), Ziyat Paigin (Pick 209, Kazan, RUS), Griffin Reinhart (New York Islanders), Cam Talbot (New York Rangers), Eric Gryba (Ottawa Senators), Brad Ross (Toronto Maple Leafs)

OUTS: Martin Marincin (Toronto Maple Leafs), Travis Ewanyk (Ottawa Senators)

Many thought that the draft lottery may have been a bit on the rigged side, when they won the #1 pick, which they used to draft Connor McDavid. But, there’s no arguing that the Oilers didn’t do well during the draft. Not only did they draft McDavid, but picking up Griffin Reinhart for two spare draft picks to replace Marincin, Eric Gryba adds a bit of experience at the back end and Cam Talbot comes in to be the starting Goalie. Not as good as draft as Buffalo, but I somehow think that Oilers fans won’t be complaining.

2015 DRAFT RATING: A-