Welcome back to my weekly Prospect Ramblings column!
As you may know, over the past two weeks I have released the first round of a mock draft carried out by myself, and 6 other members of the scouting community. For the first 15 picks of the first round, as well as some information on myself and the other scouts involved in this draft, please click here. If you would like to check out pick 16 through 30 of the first round, click here.
We’ve certainly seem some surprises in the first round, so let’s see what happens in the second!
***It should also be noted that this mock draft took place during the Conference Finals; as a result, picks 27-30, and 57-60 were based on regular season point totals, and no compensatory picks for unsigned draft selections were factored***
31st Overall: The Toronto Maple Leafs select, from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, goaltender Carter Hart.
DM: This is an opportunistic pick, since we assess Hart to be the best goalie in the entire draft. He possesses excellent athleticism and rebound control that is not normally found in players of this age. Most importantly, he is a competitor through and through – in reality, he has been Everett's starter since the age of 16 and has more than held his own. In our market, we need a net-minder who can handle the pressure. We see that in Carter.
32nd Overall: The Edmonton Oilers select, from the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League, center Will Bitten.
ZF: Despite playing through some adversity on an odd Flint Firebirds team, Bitten thrived. He comes in a bit undersized but plays a big game. He uses his explosiveness and lower body strength allowing him to evade defenders knocking him off the puck. Bitten is a multi-dimensional player but his offensive abilities are his bread and butter. Good finisher with above-average vision and a strong work ethic
33rd Overall: The Vancouver Canucks select, from the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, defenseman Cam Dineen.
ZF: Dineen is a dynamic offensive force from the back-end. He displays elite vision in the offensive zone. Dineen utilizes his skating ability well to create space and evade attackers. He doesn't make many mistakes and defends well courtesy of positioning and great stick work. Can get outmuscled as he's undersized and needs to close the gap a bit more.
34th Overall: The Columbus Blue Jackets select, from the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, center Nathan Bastien.
NT: Versatile forward made great strides throughout the season. His on-ice awareness is incredible. He struggled early on this year in his one on one physical battles, but that aspect of his game has come a long, showing a willingness to learn and improved. Was very impressed with how he stepped up his game in Mcleod's absence.
35th Overall: The Calgary Flames select, from the Erie Otters of the Western Hockey League, right winger