After Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are taken, the intrigue starts with the third pick of our first round NHL mock draft.
The 2015 NHL draft has been promoted as the deepest group of young talent in more than a decade, one capable of changing the fortunes of the teams drafting deep into the first round and beyond.
While the first two selections are a lock—Connor McDavid to Edmonton, Jack Eichel to Buffalo—there’s intrigue from the moment the Arizona Coyotes are on the clock at No. 3. Their decision to use their pick, or possibly trade it as part of a blockbuster swap, will set the table for a night that could go down in hockey history.
UPDATE: We've already had three trades that shook up the draft order. They are reflected in this version of the mock.
How will it play out? We polled several scouts for their insight into the process. Of course, these guys have been known to work in some misdirection in the past—after all, they don’t want to give away any of their trade secrets just ahead of the biggest day of their year.
With all that in mind, here’s our take on how the rest of the first round will play out.
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