We are getting near the end of the road with the mock draft, and only a handful of times have we felt the need to over ride the decision reached in the poll for the result mentioned in the comments. The others were when the SBNation polling system fell apart. This time, the wishes expressed in the comments simply do not match what the poll results are.
By executive decree, we are going with the popular choice out of the comments, Scott Mayfield. A stay-at-home style d-man with good size who is a great skater but has questions about his hockey ability. C'est la vie. That was the pick, and that's the pick.
With the Caps selection, our mock draft looks like this:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson
4. New Jersey Devils: Sean Couturier
5. New York Islanders: Jonathan Huberdeau
6. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Strome
7. Winnipeg: Mika Zibanejad
8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Dougie Hamilton
9. Boston Bruins: Ryan Murphy
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Mark McNeill
13. Calgary Flames: Joel Armia
14. Dallas Stars: Zack Phillips
15. New York Rangers: Mark Scheifele
16. Buffalo Sabres: Nathan Beaulieu
17. Montreal Canadiens: Jamie Oleksiak
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
19. Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Kelfbom
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Thomas Jurco
21. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Puempel
22. Anaheim Ducks: Alexander Khokhlachev
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Rocco Grimaldi
24. Detroit Red Wings: Jonas Brodin
25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ty Rattie
26. Washington Capitals: Steve Mayfield
Up next, our friends in Tampa Bay. I tried to void their vote due to, you know, having Steven Stamkos, but apparently that doesn't disqualify them. Rules are stupid.
In addition to Stamkos, the Bolts also have Vinny Lecavalier, Martin St.Louis, Simon Gagne, and Victor Hedman. They also have Mathias Ohlund, but no one is perfect. *cough* HACK JOB *cough*. The amount of talent on the bolts roster has got to be near the top in the NHL, and they even got the 532 year old Dwayne Roloson to play out of his mind.
The prospect pool also looks good with Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, and Carter Ashton leading the way. One thing they don't have a ton of is young defensive help, and the guys they do have are less than impressive. Does that lead them to select a d-man, or do they continue to stock the forward shelves?
Guess what? Your input is needed to determine that.