We joined the rest of the SB Nation NHL network for a mock draft, and ended up being pretty happy with our pick: the Chowder delegation selected forward Isak Rosen of Leskands IF.
Rosen is a winger, coming in at 5’ 11” and 161 pounds. He’ll be 18 on draft day.
(Sure, he needs to fill out, but what 18-year-old kid doesn’t?)
While we had the 20th selection, the NHL is actually treating it as the 21st overall pick due to Arizona’s forfeited pick (confusing).
So...who are we getting in Isak Rosen? Luckily, Sky already profiled Rosen as part of his pre-draft series!
From that piece:
What Isak Rosen is, on the other hand, is one of the most exciting skaters to possibly make the trip across the Atlantic to put on a hockey jersey in front of dozens of NHL executives. A dude whose ceiling is really, really high, and could be really, really, really good if he plays his cards right and develops as he does.
Indeed, Rosen’s speed, acceleration, and agility make him one of the most fun highlight reels in the world simply because the second he touches the ice, something happens, and it happens fast. It’s because of that incredible skating that makes him one of the most dangerous transition players in Europe.
Sky also provided a little rationale for the pick:
While it would’ve been very easy to suggest a center at this pick, I decided that Rosen would be a good fit for the Bruins organization due to his high creativity, excellent skating, and 200-foot capabilities. Many of the Centers available to Boston at this pick, at least the one’s I’ve covered and am going to cover had skating or backchecking concerns from professional and independent scouting organizations that often gave me pause in an era where speed is everything. While drafting the #1 center of the future should be a paramount concern for the team in the coming years, I simply do not believe you’re going to find it in a draft like this one unless you’re picking Matt Beniers. Therefor, I have elected to address a shallow winger pool with a player that already shows plenty of promise and I personally would put great trust in the Player Development group of the Boston Bruins; who have shown time and time again that they know how to pack the right kind of weight onto what would be traditonally undersized players, to develop Rosen into a capable and dangerous NHL winger.
Here are some Isak highlights:
You can view the rest of the picks from before ours below:
- Owen Power - BUF
- Matthew Berniers - SEA
- Dylan Guenther - ANA
- Luke Hughes - NJ
- William Eklund - CBJ
- Mason McTavish - DET
- Kent Johnson - SJS
- Simon Edvinsson - LAK
- Brandt Clarke — VAN
- Fabian Lysell — OTT
- Jesper Wallstedt — CHI
- Cole Sillinger- CGY
- Aatu Räty - MIN (traded from Philly)
- Corson Ceuelemans - DAL
- Chaz Lucius - NYR
- Matthew Coronato - STL
- Logan Stankoven - WPG
- Oskar Olausson - NSH
- Sebastian Cossa - EDM
Anyways, there you have it! Our mock-GM skills were put to the test, but we feel Rosen has a ton of upside.
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