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Another Mock Draft From TSN

from Darren Yourk of TSN,

Kaapo Kakko’s string of highlight-reel plays at the world hockey championship are generating a lot of buzz, but his strong performance isn’t enough to knock American centre Jack Hughes out of the top spot in TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button’s latest NHL mock draft at the conclusion of the third round of the playoffs.

The 18-year-old Finnish right winger has six goals through seven preliminary round games at the tournament in Slovakia, lighting up social media with his dazzling puck skills. Hughes is also playing in the tournament, managing just one assist in six games for the Americans before he was a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s game against Canada.

“If New Jersey wants a winner, they should pick Kakko,” Finnish coach Jukka Jalonen told the New York Times this week. “…Hughes is a great player as well, but in the important games, Kakko has always been better. He is already playing like a man. He could play in the NHL right now, and in a few months, he will be even better. After a few years, he will be one of the best players in the world.”

Still, the top of Button’s mock draft remains unchanged: Hughes to the New Jersey Devils at No. 1, followed by Kakko to the New York Rangers.


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hockeyfreak13's avatar

NJ must be sweating a bit seeing how Kakko is performing compared to Hughes at the worlds. Still think they have to go with Jack. Podkolzin at 10? Yikes. Gonna be very interesting watching how this draft unfolds.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/22/19 at 01:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I asked about the possible review yesterday right after the hit, not surprised at all, although watching the replay above Mantha didn’t go out of his way to hit him in the head, but neither went out of his way to avoid it.

If Larkin can’t go tomorrow does that force Blash to bring J Hughes back ?  If so he’ll probably only give him 6 minutes.

Posted by RWBill on 05/22/19 at 01:47 PM ET

d ca's avatar

I’d be happy with Cozens, but I think I’d still be interested in Podkolzin.

I’m more interest in Bob McKenzie’s last mock as he gets it by talking to at least 10 NHL scouts.

I’m really hoping the Wings use their excess cap space and get picks in return and bundle some picks in the 2nd round to move up and grab Knight or a d-man.

Posted by d ca on 05/22/19 at 04:23 PM ET

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