The 2015 Howe League draft kicked off in style with the Philadelphia Flyers taking dman, and Calder winning rookie, Aaron Ekblad. GM Tony Doffin had this to say ‘” The Flyers will begin the 2015 draft by adding to their impressive, young, defensive core instead of drafting a desperately needed scorer. Doughty, Hedman, Jones, Schultz and now…with the #1 pick, Philadelphia selects: Aaron Ekblad, defenseman.Michael Stone, a 3/3 RD only is now on the trading block for an equal return LD or young scorer.” The Flyers have now built up a very solid young dman core which will stand the sands of time.
With the second pick in the draft, the Minnesota Wild take Mark Stone. Stone has a solid 4 defense rating, and also was one of the top ten scorers in the NHL after the all-star game. He gives the Wild some much needed scoring up front and strengthens the right side.
The Vancouver Canucks were looking to improve their offensive output and as a result they will select Johnny Gaudreau, small but talented winger. GM Otteson had this to say , “The Vancouver Canucks select Johnny Gaudreau. Or as Chris Berman would say “Johnny Be Good”-reau. Also, Vancouver politely declines all trade offers thus far and would like to offer their #1 pick in free agent draft to an acceptable offer. “.
With the fourth pick in the first round, the Toronto Maple Leafs grab young forward Jonathan Drouin, a left winger. Drouin was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft and picked ujp 32 points in 70 games with the Lightning, scoring just four goals. He should be a big boost to the Leafs offense in the years to come.
#5. The Sabres pick up a real surprise this year in David Pastrnak. In terms of points per game he was one of the best rookies out there and will definitely help the Sabres attack on the wings down the road.
#6. Sharks select Teuro Teravainen.
#7. Andrew Hammond goes to the Stars.
#8. Colorado selects Derrick Pouliot
#9. Islanders select Andre Burakovsky
#10. Boston rounds out the top ten by picking Leon Draisaitl
#11 . St.Loius selects Andrei Vasilevskiy, goaltender, Tampa Bay Lightning.