San Jose Sharks

2015 NHL Entry Draft – San Jose Sharks

INS: Timo Meier (Pick 9, Halifax, QMJHL), Jeremy Roy (Pick 31, Sherbrooke, QMJHL), Mike Robinson (Pick 86, Lawrence Academy, HIGH-MA), Adam Helewka (Pick 106, Spokane, WHL), Karlis Cukstel (Pick 130, Riga 2, RUS-JR.), Rudolfs Balcers (Pick 142, Stavanger, NOR), Adam Parsells (Pick 160, Wausau West, HIGH-WI), Marcus Vela (Pick 190, Langley, BCHL), John Kupsky (Pick 193, Lone Star, NAHL)

OUTS: Antti Niemi (Dallas Stars)

Trading away Niemi to Dallas for only a 7th round pick, is not a good return for them at all. Sure, they drafted Timo Meier, who could make a good tandem with Logan Couture down the line, but trading Niemi, leaves just Alex Stalock in net and I’m not sure he’s ready to be the starter.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C-

Philadelphia Flyers

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Philadelphia Flyers

INS: Ivan Provorov (Pick 7, Brandon, WHL), Travis Konecny (Pick 24, Ottawa, OHL), Felix Sandstrom (Pick 70, Brynas Jr., SWE-JR.), Matej Tomek (90, Topeka, NAHL), Samuel Dove-McFalls (Pick 9, Saint John, QMJHL), Mikhail Vorobyov (Pick 104, Ufa 2, RUS-JR.), David Kase (Pick 128, Chomutov, CZREP 2), Cooper Marody, Pick 158, Sioux Falls, USHL), Ivan Fedotov (Pick 188, Nizhmekamsk 2, RUS-JR.) Sam Gagner (Arizona Coyotes)

OUTS: Nicklas Grossmann (Arizona Coyotes), Chris Pronger (Arizona Coyotes)

Drafting a future defensive prospect in Provorov is one, but drafting Konecny as well, means the first round picks weren’t wasted. Add to the fact that they somehow got rid of the Pronger contract and it turned out to be a good draft for the Flyers.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B+

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