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-

Detroit Red Wings

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Detroit Red Wings

INS: Evgeny Svechnikov (Pick 19, Cape Breton, WHL), Vili Saarijavi (Pick 73, Green Bay, USHL), Joren van Pottelberghe (Pick 100, Linkoping U18, SWE-JR U18), Chase Pearson (Pick 140, Youngstown, USHL), Patrick Holway (Pick 170, Boston Advantage U18-FS-TIAAA, USMAAAE), Adam Marsh (Pick 200, Saint John, QMJHL)

OUTS: NIL

Detroit do what they always do. Draft well. No players lost, as they look to gain big in Free Agency.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C+

Dallas Stars

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Dallas Stars

INS: Denis Guryanov (Pick 12, Togliatti 2, RUS-JR.), Roope Hintz (Pick 49, Ilves, FIN), Chris Martenet (Pick 103, London, OHL), Joseph Cecconi (Pick 133, Muskegon, USHL), Markus Ruusu (Pick 163, JYP JR. FIN-JR.), Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks)

OUTS: NIL

Finally! After years of preaching for decent help for Kari Lehtonen, Jim Nill only trades away a seventh round pick for the rights to Antti Niemi form San Jose. The two-headed Finnish Goalie monster in Dallas looks to be a menacing shot-stopper.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-

Columbus Blue Jackets

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Columbus Blue Jackets

INS: Zach Werenski (Pick 8, Uni. Michigan, BIG10), Gabriel Carlsson (Pick 29, Linkoping Jr., SWE-JR.), Paul Bittner (Pick 38, Portland, WHL), Kevin Stenlund (Pick 58, HV 71 JR., SWE-JR.), Keegan Kolesar (Pick 69, Seattle, WHL), Sam Ruopp (Pick 129, Prince George, WHL), Veeti Vainio (Pick 141, Blues Jr., FIN-JR.), Vladislav Gavrikov (Pick 159, Yaroslavl, RUS), Markus Nutivaara (Pick 189, Karpat, FIN)

OUTS: NIL

Didn’t lose anyone, but gained a future star D in Werenski.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B

Colorado Avalanche

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Colorado Avalanche

INS: Mikko Rantanen (Pick 10, TPS, FIN), Anthony John (AJ) Greer (Pick 39, Boston College, H.EAST), Nicolas Meloche (Pick 40, Baie Comeau, QMJHL), Dean-Christophe Beaudin (Pick 71, Royun-Noranda, QMJHL), Andrei Mironov (Pick 101, Dynamo Moscow, RUS), Sergei Boikov (Pick 161, Drummondville, QMJHL), Gustav Olhaver (Pick 191, Rogle. Jr., SWE-JR.), Carl Soderberg (Boston Bruins), Nikita Zadorov (Buffalo Sabres), J.T. Compher (Buffalo Sabres), Mikhail Girgorenko (Buffalo Sabres)

OUTS: Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo Sabres), Jamie McGinn (Buffalo Sabres)

Adding Soderberg isn’t the worst move, but that meant the end of Ryan O’Reilly in Colorado. The loss of O’Reilly doesn leave a hole, but could Grigorenko soon fill that void? Some solid picks made, but not the best of drafts.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C+

Chicago Blackhawks

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Chicago Blackhawks

INS: Graham Knott (Pick 54, Niagara, OHL), Dennis Gilbert (Pick 91, Chicago, USHL), Ryan Shea (Pick 121, Boston College HS, HIGH-MA), Radovan Bondra (Pick 152, Kosice, SVK), Ray Radke (Pick 164, Barrie, OHL), Joni Tuulola (Pick 181, HPK, FIN), John Dahlstrom (Pick 211, Frolunda Jr., SWE-JR), Ryan Haggerty (New York Rangers)

OUTS: Antti Raanta (New York Rangers)

Sure, they may have traded Antti Raanta, but he was surplus to requirements, due to the emergence of Scott Darling. Nothing overly lost, nothing overly gained.

2015 DRAFT RATING: C

Carolina Hurricanes

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Carolina Hurricanes

INS: Noah Hanifin (Pick 5, Boston College, H.East), Sebastian Ahol (Pick 35, Karpat, FIN), Callum Booth (Pick 93, Quebec, QMJHL), Nicolas Roy (Pick 96, Chicoutmi, QMJHL), Luke Stevens (Pick 126, Noble & Greenough, HIGH-MA), Spencer Smallman (Pick 138, Saint John, QMJHL), Jake Massie (Pick 156, Kimball Union, HIGH-NH), David Cotton (Pick 169, Cushing Academy, HIGH-MA), Steven Lorentz (Pick 186, Peterborough, OHL), Eddie Lack (Vancouver Canucks), James Wisniewski (Anaheim Ducks)

OUTS: Anton Khudobin (Anaheim Ducks)

Eddie Lack is a massive improvement on Anton Khudobin and will help Cam Ward in net. Wisniewski is a nice addition to their D, with Hanifin possibly joining him in the NHL next season. Not as much of an impact as other teams, but still a nice enough gain in the draft.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B+

Calgary Flames

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Calgary Flames

INS: Rasmus Andersson (Pick 53, Barrie, OHL), Oliver Kylington (Pick 60, Farjestad, SWE), Pavel Karnaukhov (Pick 136, Calgary, WHL), Andrew Mangiapane (Pick 166, Barrie, OHL), Riley Bruce (Pick 196, North Bay, OHL), Dougie Hamilton (Boston Bruins)

OUTS: NIL.

No outs and adding another young stud defensemen in Dougie Hamilton to that core, Calgary are nothing but winners in this draft. Only five picks, but that isn’t of any concern, as the Flames are already a young squad.

2015 DRAFT RATING: A-