Welcome to the first edition of the DobberProspects Mock draft for the 2017 NHL draft.
Many of the DobberProspects staff of scouts and writers have contributed to this project to give you as close to an accurate mock draft as possible.
This mock draft was held on the message board of our fantasy league the DobberProspects Fantasy Hockey League (DPFHL) where the writers were allowed to provide a short explanation for the selection to accompany this report. Not all the writers were available to contribute so myself and Cam Robinson selected for teams unrepresented.
The draft order was generated by Tankathon using the NHL lottery odds based on the standings at the time.Writers drafting for their NHL team made selections based on what the NHL team would do and is not a fantasy based draft. For fantasy hockey rankings see the Fantasy Ranking the 2017 NHL Draft
So let’s get right to it, the first pick belongs to the Arizona Coyotes.
1. Arizona Coyotes, – Nolan Patrick, Center (WHL)
While Nico Hischier is giving him a run for his money as the number one overall pick, Patrick still remains the consensus best player in the draft. Size, skill and a solid all-around game that suits a Dave Tippett style, he's ready for the NHL in 2017-18. With Patrick, Dylan Strome and Christian Dvorak down the middle, the Coyotes rebuild will be greatly enhanced. – Keith Duggan @kduggan92
2. Colorado Avalanche – Nico Hischier, Center (QMJHL)
The Maple Leafs are showing us this season that you can never have too many dynamic forwards on a rebuilding team. In Hischier, the Avs add to their solid group of core centermen and give the team that needs scoring help a grade-A weapon. – Hayden Soboleskih @soboleskih
3. Dallas Stars –- Casey Mittelstadt, C/LW (USHS)
The Dallas Stars showed last year they are not deterred by players playing in the USHS in their draft year when they selected Riley Tufte. Mittelstadt is unquestionably one of the most talented prospects in this draft class. – Peter Harling @pharling
4. Vegas Golden Knights – – Gabriel Vilardi, Center (OHL)
The Vegas Golden Knights are starting from scratch and they're not going to find a first-line pivot in the Expansion Draft, but they can find that in this year's NHL Draft. At the #4 spot, Gabe Vilardi has the potential to become a number one centre in