The Post World Juniors 2016 Mock Draft (Number 1)
Welcome! Or as the World Junior gold medal winning Finnish players would say, Tervetuloa, to the post World Junior Tournament 2016 NHL Mock Draft. The always exciting annual World Juniors brought about a shift in stock for the draft eligible players whom participated in the tournament, as well as players who were cut from the national teams. Every day I will post a new player and his ranking, followed by a scouting report based on his juniors/European pro games as well as tournament performance if he appeared in it.
1. Auston Matthews:
ZSC Lions of the Champions Hockey League
6’2 194 lbs
Pros: Auston Matthews resembles the type of player you would essential create in NHL 16’s be-a-pro mode. He’s a hockey player in every sense of the term. Matthews is big, fast, has elite skill, drives play and doesn’t shy away from contact. He’s an elite skater with great edge work and balance that helps him cut through defenders as well as protecting the puck with his strong lower body. His acceleration and top gear are among the best in the draft and he has that breakaway speed that puts fear into opposing defensemen. To go along with his elite skating is the elite puck skills needed to be a dominate number one pivot in the National Hockey League. Not only can he can stickhandle a puck through a phone booth, but he can stickhandle the puck with confidence at high speeds, in a way that backs off defenders. Defensemen will not