Atlantic Division Draft Day: Team Needs



By Bobby Bauders
Senior Writer/Editor

 

We’ll have four team needs stories highlighting the draft needs of the teams in every division. Written on June 23rd, any trades that happened after this story was written will not be mentioned in this story, therefore some draft spots may be outdated.

 

Our Updated Mock Draft

 

Boston Bruins:

1st Round Picks: 2

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 7

The Bruins have an aging defense. I expect them to try and replinish that in this year’s draft. Especially since Zdeno Chara’s days are likely numbered. Possibly Charles McAvoy or Jakob Chychrun if he’s available.

 

Buffalo Sabres:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 11

Buffalo needs to draft a defenseman here. They still don’t have their go-to number one defender. Expect them to take Mkhail Sergachev. He’ll fit in well with Buffalo’s system.

 

Detroit Red Wings:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 6

With the departure of Pavel Datsyuk, it’s clear Detroit needs to invest in their offense. Expect them to look at Kieffer Bellows, Max Jones, and Luke Kunin.

 

Florida Panthers:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 5

Florida has an aging forward core featuring the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen. They’ll likely draft a forward in this draft, maybe Alex DeBrincat or Brett Howden. Or maybe Rasmus Asplund or German Rubstov.

 

Montreal Canadiens:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 2

Total Draft Picks: 7

The Canadiens want a high-end scoring forward. Someone who handles the puck nicely, has good vision, and scores with ease. That player would be Pierre-Luc Dubois. He’ll unfortunately be gone before Montreal picks at 9, so they’ll have to trade up.

 

If they stay at 9, they’ll likely choose Clayton Keller or Logan Brown.

 

Ottawa Senators:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 6

Ottawa has a fairly old team all around. They could use a scoring winger or a shut down defenseman in this draft.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 2

Total Draft Picks: 9

I see Tampa going after defense this year. Their offense is good for a few years, and they likely want to strengthen their blue line’s future.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 2

Total Draft Picks: 11

The Toronto Maple Leafs need Auston Matthews. Plain and simple. They’re going to select him, that’s obvious. In about 3 years, he will turn Maple Leaf hockey around. The Leafs will finally get their number one center.

 

They also have some holes on defense that they are expected to fill up with trades. Not to mention they’re actually quite cap-squeezed.

 

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