Connor McDavid continues to be the best prospect in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The latest mock draft at NHL.com had him finishing first again, just like he did in voting when the 2014-2015 season began.
It’s no secret that McDavid is considered one of the best prospects since Sidney Crosby in 2005. The Erie Otters centre is gearing up to face the Sarnia Sting in the first round of the OHL playoffs, having finished the regular season with a 50-14-2-2 record.
The 18-year-old McDavid finished the year with 120 points, including 44 goals in 47 games. That was good enough for third overall in the OHL. What’s scary good about his numbers is that he actually missed six weeks of the season with a broken hand, plus he competed in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
“I think I had a good year,” McDavid said. “It kind of goes up and down when you get on a start that I did. I know I was playing great hockey and feeling pretty good. Then breaking your hand right before the World Junior…it was a pretty upsetting time but you get through that and I was able to salvage the year and have a pretty decent year.”
That pretty decent year continues to have McDavid at the top of the conversation, but Jack Eichel is also in the mix for obvious reasons.
The recent NHL.com mock draft once again had Eichel second, just like he was at the beginning of the season. Eichel scored an average of 1.83 points per game and was miles ahead of his peers in NCAA hockey.
“During the [Central Scouting midterm] meetings there were no negative components brought forward on Eichel or McDavid since both are recognized as truly outstanding, gifted young hockey players,” Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “They play different styles, yet both bring the exceptional skills, character and intangibles to be a franchise-type player for an NHL club.”
Six NHL teams have more than one first round pick going into the draft, including the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, and Winnipeg Jets. The Carolina Hurricanes are sitting on a conditional pick that requires the Los Angeles Kings to make the playoffs.
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 26 and 27 in Sunrise, Florida.