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-

Buffalo Sabres

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Buffalo Sabres

INS: Jack Eichel (Pick 2, Boston College, H.EAST), Brendan Guhle (Pick 51, Prince Albert, WHL), William Borgen (Pick 92, Moorhead, HIGH-MN), Devante Stephens (Pick 122, Kelowna, WHL), Giorgio Estephan (Pick 152, Lethbridge, WHL), Ivan Chukarov (Pick 182, Minnesota Wilderness, NAHL), Robin Lehner (Ottawa Senators), David Legwand (Ottawa Senators), Ryan O’Reilly (Colorado Avalanche), Jamie McGinn (Colorado Avalanche)

OUTS: Nikita Zadorov (Colorado Avalanche), Mikhail Grigorenko (Colorado Avalanche), J.T. Compher (Colorado Avalanche)

Buffalo selects Jack Eichel. Those four words, was all Tim Murray needed, to draft the best consolation prize in the National Hockey League. Add to that an actual starting goaltender in Robin Lehner, experienced depth in the middle with Legwand and of course, Ryan O’Reilly, whom Colorado wanted to trade away. Buffalo are more than happy to add him to the potential treasure trove of centres (Ennis, Girgensons, Eichel, Sam Reinhart). Oh, and some winger named Evander Kane. One of the big winners of the draft.

2015 DRAFT RATING: A

Boston Bruins

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Boston Bruins

INS: Jakub Zboril (Pick 13, Saint John, QMJHL), Jake Debrusk (Pick 14, Swift Current, WHL), Zachary Senyshyn (Pick 15, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Brandon Carlo (Pick 37, Tri City, WHL), Jakob Frosbacka-Karlsson (Pick 45, Omaha, USHL), Jeremy Lauzon (52, Royun-Noranda, QMJHL), Daniel Vladar (Pick 75, Kladno, CZEREP2), Jesse Gabrielle (Pick 105, Regina, WHL), Cameron Hughes (Pick 165, Uni. Wisconsin, BIG10), Jack Becker (Pick 195, Mahtomedi, HIGH-MN), Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings), Colin Miller (Los Angeles Kings)

OUTS: Milan Lucic (Los Angeles Kings), Dougie Hamilton (Calgary Flames), Carl Soderberg (Colorado Avalanche)

Oh dear.. I’m not sure if the rebuild is on in Boston or not. Lucic especially is a bit of a cap dump and Martin Jones should be a credible backup to Tuukka Rask, but Dougie Hamilton? Apparently was offered a big money deal by the Bruins before the trade was made, but, would have probably earned the Bruins more in return, if another franchise signed him as an RFA. They may have drafted okay, but still a sour taste in the mouths of Bruins fans.

2015 DRAFT RATING: D

Arizona Coyotes

2015 NHL Entry Draft – Arizona Coyotes

INS: Dylan Strome (Pick 3, Erie, OHL), Nicholas Merkley (Pick 30, Kelowna, WHL), Christian Fischer (Pick 32, USA U18, USHL), Kyle Capobianco (Pick 63, Sudbury, OHL), Adin Hill (Pick 76, Portland, WHL), Brendan Warren (Pick 81, USA U18, USHL), Jens Looke (Pick 83, Brynas, SWE), Conor Garland (Pick 123, Moncton, QMJHL), Erik Kallgren (Pick 183, Linkoping Jr., SWE-Jr.), Nicklas Grossmann (Philadelphia Flyers), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia Flyers)

OUTS: Sam Gagner (Philadelphia Flyers)

The Pronger trade. Hmmmm. I guess they pick up Grossmann, who will help them defensively and trade away a player whom they were going to buy out of his contract anyways, so it’s always a good trade in that sense. Dylan Strome will be the future star C of the franchise, but they may not be until three years from time. On the rebuild, but didn’t really do any harm. Besides Chris Pronger.

2015 DRAFT RATING: B-