As we wait for some NHL action, for those who have researched some of the potential draftees, what is your best case most perfect realistic scenario? For this exercise, let's assume the Devils end up with the 10th, 17th picks and Vats plays in the playoffs for Carolina to meet the conditions on that pick. Is that a thing that can happen? I don't even know anymore. Anyway, these are my picks assuming no trade backs.
7) M. Rossi C/LW
10) J. Quinn RW
17) B. Schneider RD
68) Zion Nybeck LW/RW - Small (5'6) winger with high skill. Plays big for his size. His ranking is all over the place from #29-97, so there's a chance he's here. (If not, then I go with Blake Biondi C/RW - Relentless forward in all three zones with good shot and mid six NHL potential)
99) Alex Cotton RD - Overager who took giant leap this year putting up over PPG.
116) Ryder Rolston RW - Sniper and complete player. High volume shooter. Issues with puck creativity may keep him out of top 6. More safely projects as a 3rd line PKer who can score goals and finish plays on his line but ceiling could be higher.
124) Carson Bantle LW - Big winger (6'4). Good skater with size and skill and a shot that finishes plays. Soft hands can finese goals. Has some snarl. Compared to Tom Wilson stylistically. Defensive game needs work in some areas.
130) Samuel Hlavaj G - Obligatory Goalie Pick
161) Igor Chibrikov LD - Giant LD is sort of a poor man's Kevin Bahl. Similar skill set, but a little more of a work in progress with a huge upside. Boom or bust pick.
192) Stephen Halliday LW -- Large winger with skill and potential. Got hurt by bad coaching limiting his role to net front presence because of his size. Has to work out some timidity in his game. Great shot. Boom or bust pick.
Anyway, that's my best case scenario. Nybeck is the biggest reach on there, but he's all over the map, so who knows? He could easily go in the first round or fall to the end of the third.