Continuing on the series after last year’s version turned out well. These are not necessarily my favorite players, though many are, but also kudos on value and decisions made.
#10 – Cole Perfetti – Winnipeg Jets
Has to be the steal of the draft when Perfetti fell into Winnipeg’s lap. He could have easily gone in the top five. A elite forward talent.
#22 – Hendrix Lapierre – Washington Capitals
Possibly the second biggest steal and well worth jumping up a couple spots to grab the high-end playmaker Lapierre.
#24 – Connor Zary – Calgary Flames
Trading down twice and gathering two extra third round picks to take the guy they had targeted anyway is how to work a draft board. Plus Zary is a great fit for Calgary.
#34 – John-Jason Peterka – Buffalo Sabres
The second round was pretty strong in general so lots of nice picks but starting off with Peterka in the second round is a win.
#40 – Noel Gunler – Carolina Hurricanes
Same thing with Gunler, someone who easily could have been a first round pick.
#56 – Tristen Robins – San Jose Sharks
Not only Colorado’s original pick but Sharks get an underrated sleeper in Robins.
#68 – Lukas Cormier – Vegas Golden Knights
Death, taxes and Vegas taking a personal favorite one round later than expected.
#75 – Jean-Luc Foudy – Colorado Avalanche
Their best value pick and one of the better in the third round. Kudos.
#81- Wyatt Kaiser – Chicago Blackhawks
Nice pick on a smart upside gamble.
#99 – Jaromir Pytlik – New Jersey Devils
Another favorite who was a good value pick.
#107 – Jan Bernar – Detroit Red Wings
A good spot for a goaltender who once had favor and then fell but still holds promise.
#122 – William Villeneuve – Toronto Maple Leafs
Probably not a pick that excited the Leafs fan base but a real solid choice at this point in the draft.
#127 – Evan Vierling – NY Rangers
Good tools in this player.
#128 – Martin Chromiak – LA Kings
Skill upside here is always welcome.
#143 – Ryan Francis – Calgary Flames
A typical Calgary pick on a smaller skilled forward.
#176 – Samuel Johannesson – Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus really did their homework to find this overage gem who has a lot of upside from the backend.
#178 – Connor McClennon – Philadelphia Flyers
Big gamble on a smaller player with nice skill.
#186 – Amir Miftakhov – Tampa Bay Lightning
The champs grab this near NA pro ready goaltender at the bottom of the draft.
#204 – Ben McCartney – Arizona Coyotes
Hard working overage forward could be a useful addition.
#208 – Ronan Seeley – Carolina Hurricanes
Really high ceiling offensive defenseman this late is just Carolina getting richer.
#212 – Devon Levi – Florida Panthers
A smaller but talent goalie with one of the last picks in the draft