Prospect Ramblings: If you can’t wait for the NHL draft…. (May 20, 2016)

David McDonald


Son of former NHLer Michael Nylander and younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs' prospect William Nylander, Alexander Nylander has future star written all over him. In this mock draft, he's taken fourth overall this year by Edmonton.



Welcome back to my weekly Prospect Ramblings column. This week, I post the results of the first round of a mock draft of the upcoming NHL entry draft.

To do this, I enlisted the services of fellow sport management students at Brock University – the same program that produced Kyle Dubas, assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We are also all members of an organic, student-organized and driven Hockey Performance & Development Group. This group meets weekly to discuss issues around the sport, review tape on select teams and prospects, and discuss the state of the game.

Before I get into the results, some introductions are in order.

I, David McDonald (DM), spent 10 years as a consultant in the automotive industry before deciding to pursue a dream of a career in sport in which I will complete my masters degree in three years. I currently cover/scout the Vancouver Canucks for Dobber Prospects, and have spent time volunteering for events involving CIS and the IIHF. I can be followed on Twitter @HOCCA_Scouting.

Nick Tropper (NT) has been scouting for multiple seasons in the LNAH and independently. Most recently, he has been scouting with International Scouting Services (ISS Hockey) with an emphasis on the OHL and NHL drafts. He can be followed on Twitter @FocusedScouting

Zach Fraleigh (ZF) is an independent scout who follows Ontario Minor Midget hockey, as well as the Ontario Hockey League, American Hockey League, and National Hockey League. He can be followed on Twitter @zachfraleigh.

Chris Mazza (CM) was born and raised in London, Ontario, and played 13 years with the Oakridge Aeros minor hockey association. He spent time working as a commentator for BrockTV as operations manager for the Brock University athletic department, and with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. He is also a co-founder of BTI Hockey with Matt Anderson.