Here our preliminary first round Mock draft in anticipation of the NHL entry draft on July 23:
1. Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman Owen Power, Michigan, Big Ten
He’s 6-foot-6, been compared to Victor Hedman, and some scouts believe he could contribute next season. Didn’t look out of place at the World Championships.
2. Seattle Kraken: Center Matty Beniers, Michigan, Big Ten
Seattle general manager Ron Francis was a versatile, hard-working , two-way center and that is what he gets with Beniers.