Mike's 2016 NHL Mock Draft: Mid-season Edition

Here we are again, and as is too often the case the Jackets are front and center in draft discussion.

Pick Team Player Pos. Drafted From Notes
1 Blue Jackets Auston Matthews C Zurich (Swiss A) Will fill the void left by the trade of Ryan Johansen.
2 Maple Leafs Jesse Puljujarvi RW Karpat (Liiga) Joins Kapanen, Nylander and Marner in impressive forward pipeline
3 Sabres Patrik Laine RW Tappara (Liiga) Team picking third gets to have one of the Finns fall in their lap.
4 Oilers Jakob Chychrun D Sarnia Sting (OHL) Top defenseman available, he and Nurse would make for a formidable duo.
5 Flames Matthew Tkachuk LW London Knights (OHL) Versatile scorer joins strong group of young forwards.
6 Jets Olli Juolevi D London Knights (OHL) Lots of great young forwards in the system, Jets snag top D available.
7 Ducks Alexander Nylander LW Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) The Ducks are dead last in GPG, Nylander has offensive skill to burn
8 Hurricanes Mikey McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) Decent size, great skill, minor steal at 8th overall.
9 Predators Julien Gauthier RW Val D'Or Foreurs (QMJHL) Big power winger brings an element the Preds haven't had since Radulov.
10 Flyers Mikhail Sergachev D Windsor Spitfires (OHL) The Flyers continue to build one of the best young bluelines in the NHL. Joins Gostisbehere, Provorov, Morin and Sanheim already in the organization.
11 Canucks Dante Fabbro D Penticton Vees (BCHL) A "do everything" blueliner, and a hometown boy to boot.
12 Penguins Pierre-Luc Dubois LW Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) Versatile, with good size. Joins fellow Q leaguer Daniel Sprong as the future up front.
13 Coyotes Charlie McAvoy D Boston University (Hockey East) Dogs need to restock the "D" pipeline. Puck mover McAvoy is a great start.
14 Bruins (fr. Sharks) Clayton Keller C USA U-18 (USHL) Undersized, but the Boston University commit has skill in spades. The Bruins can be patient with him.
15 Canadiens Max Jones LW London Knights (OHL) Physical, two-way winger who'll add some snarl to the Habs' forward group.
16 Senators Jake Bean D Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Offensive defenseman would like great paired with Thomas Chabot in the future.
17 Avalanche Samuel Girard D Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Pure offensive defenseman. Avs need help on the back end.
18 Devils German Rubtsov C Russia U-18 (MHL) Read up on this kid. You'll be impressed.
19 Wild Tyson Jost C Penticton Vees (BCHL) Offensive whiz, leadership abilities. Heading to North Dakota. Great pick at 19th overall.
20 Bruins Logan Brown C Windsor Spitfires (OHL) HUGE forward with NHL bloodlines.
21 Red Wings Chad Krys D USA U-18 (USHL) Mobile blueliner with good offensive instincts, committed to Boston University.
22 Lightning Kiefer Bellows C USA U-18 (USHL) Rugged forward who'll go through defenders en route to the net. Son of Brian.
23 Islanders Kale Clague D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Pick moving blueliner, fills an organizational pipeline need.
24 Rangers Tyler Benson LW Vancouver Giants (WHL) Total package forward, pro-ready.
25 Panthers Sam Steel C Regina Pats (WHL) Excellent skater with great hands.
26 Hurricanes (fr. Kings) Alex DeBrincat RW Erie Otters (OHL) Small but skilled, 'Canes can take a gamble with this additional first rounder.
27 Blues Logan Stanley D Windsor Spitfires (OHL) Giant blueliner who can put up points from the back end.
28 Stars Brett Howden C Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) One of those "intangibles" guys.
29 Blackhawks Sean Day D Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) Former "Exceptional Player" who hasn't lived up to the hype, but remains a solid blueliner.
30 Capitals Vitali Abramov LW/RW Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) Offensively skilled forward who'll fit in seamlessly in Washington.

Check out the NHL's mid-season rankings HERE.

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