The 2015 NHL draft achieved many hockey clubs hope for by shifting the perceived advantage power as many teams improved their immediate and long-term future through their selections and trades or a combination of both.
The organizations that moved to the top of that list are the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, who each drafted ( although expected) potential franchise-changing players in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, respectively.
Here is a full rundown of grades for all 30 NHL teams, along with a closer look at the draft’s top picks and the impact they will ultimately have.
McDavid has been compared to some elite players like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. Most of the teams vying for his services were firmly convinced that the comparisons were in the ballpark.
While the Oilers have struggled to become competitive despite a bevy of high draft picks, McDavid is thought to be the missing piece of the puzzle. He will join a host of young skilled forwards including Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Leon Draisaitl.
Jack Eichel was not the number one pick in the 2015 draft, but that doesn’t mean Buffalo walked away empty handed. The Boston University player has as been a standout and is also thought to be a generational player, as he is coming off one of the best freshman seasons in the history of college hockey.
The Hobey Baker Award winner has the tools to become the greatest American player of all time.
The Sabres now have a group of forwards that rivals some of the best in the league. Eichel leads the way in that regard, and, although it may be too much to expect him to be a star right off the bat, there is little doubt he has that type of ability.
Things are finally looking up for Buffalo, and the second visit to the Stanley Cup finals in team history could be a reality within a few years down the line thanks largely to the addition of Eichel.
The 2015 NHL draft contained only two relatively sure things in McDavid and Eichel, but the talent didn’t stop there. Despite the disappointment of not landing a top-two pick, the Arizona Coyotes came away with a great prospect in their own right by selecting center Dylan Strome.
The big, skilled forward was a teammate of McDavid’s with Erie of the OHL. Strome was often overshadowed, but he proved his worth by excelling when McDavid was out injured, and he ultimately won the league’s scoring title this past season with 129 points.
Arizona thought so highly of him that it decided to keep the No. 3 overall selection despite trade offers that likely would have brought back a pretty strong return
The future of the Coyotes suddenly looks very promising despite question marks about where the team will play and if they stay in Arizona . With Strome now in the uniform, Arizona boasts a ton of talented forward prospects including Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and Brendan Perlini as well as some solid veterans.
The 2015 Draft results are as follows:.
1. Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid C Erie
2. Buffalo Sabres Jack Eichel C Boston University
3. Arizona Coyotes Dylan Strome C Erie
4. Toronto Maple Leafs Mitchell Marner C London
5. Carolina Hurricanes Noah Hanifin D Boston College
6. New Jersey Devils Pavel Zacha C Sarnia
7. Philadelphia Flyers Ivan Provorov D Brandon
8. Columbus Blue Jackets Zachary Werenski D Michigan
9. San Jose Sharks Timo Meier RW Halifax
10. Colorado Avalanche Mikko Rantanen RW TPS
11. Florida Panthers Lawson Crouse LW Kingston
12. Dallas Stars Denis Gurianov RW Togliatti 2
13. Boston Bruins Jakub Zboril D Saint John
14. Boston Bruins Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current
15. Boston Bruins Zachary Senyshyn RW Sault Ste. Marie
16. New York Islanders Mathew Barzal C Seattle
17. Winnipeg Jets Kyle Connor LW Youngstown
18. Ottawa Senators Thomas Chabot D Saint John
19. Detroit Red Wings Evgeny Svechnikov LW Cape Breton
20. Minnesota Wild Joel Eriksson Ek C Farjestad
21. Ottawa Senators Colin White C USA U-18
22. Washington Capitals Ilya Samsonov G Magnitogorsk 2
23. Vancouver Canucks Brock Boeser RW Waterloo
24. Philadelphia Flyers Travis Konecny C Ottawa
25. Winnipeg Jets John (Jack) Roslovic C USA U-18
26. Montreal Canadiens Noah Juulsen D Everett
27. Anaheim Ducks Jacob Larsson D Frolunda Jr.
28. New York Islanders Anthony Beauvillier LW Shawinigan
29. Colombus Blue Jackets Gabriel Carlsson D Linkoping Jr.
30. Arizona Coyotes Nicholas Merkley RW Kelowna
Connor McDavid played in many showcase games displaying his superb offensive skills. His selection as the number one player in the 2015 NHL draft shocked absolutely no one.
Number One Pick -Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid has been the subject of great debate and excitement leading up to the 2015 NHL draft. His credentials and the players he is most compared to place him in elite company. He has been compared to Crosby, and Gretzky as well as Mario Lemieux. If he turns out to be like Steve Yzerman the Oilers will be elated.
Second selection -Jack Eichel
Jack Eichel will probably be the best ever American born player to skate in the NHL. He has the skill and character to help Buffalo back into the playoffs and eventually another run at the Stanley Cup.
Third pick- Dylan Strome
Dylan Strome is the kind of forward most teams are looking for in the draft/ He is big and strong with skills and plenty of upside. His presence in the lineup will only help Arizona.