ESPN’s excellent draft and prospect guru Corey Pronman published his first mock draft today. In addition to the fun that comes with mock drafts from professional hockey people, Pronman’s writeups feature little industry tidbits that are interesting.
Marner’s excellent play all season in the OHL has solidified his position as a top-six pick. The rumor across the industry has been Marner to Toronto, but I haven’t been able to nail down if that’s justified based on their draft board or a casual connection to the fact that his former London GM, Mark Hunter, is now running Toronto’s draft.
To me, Strome seems like the obvious pick if he’s on the board, especially if Nylander ends up a winger in the NHL, which seems likely based on his role on the Marlies right now. That said, Marner 123 points in 59 games is absolutely absurd. Whether the Leafs end up with Marner or Strome with their first pick, I won’t be upset.
It’s noteworthy that Pronman suggests the Leafs would take two smallish winger/centres in the first round. I’d have to imagine that whoever they take with their first pick would influence the second pick a lot. Bracco makes a lot of sense as a second pick if they take Strome with the first pick. Bracco makes a bit less sense in my eyes if they grab Marner – leaving the first round with two similar types of players, when you also already have Nylander, seems counterintuitive.
Mock drafts are fun. But a mock draft from someone like Pronman is a bigger deal than you or I. Again, click here for the full article. Well worth becoming an Insider for, and there were some other picks that really took me by surprise.