The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is still over seven months away, but I’m here to give you a way too early mock draft.  Things are definitely going to change between now and then, but it doesn’t hurt to give you a gander into the future.  This will be our first of many mock drafts in the months to come, so here we go.

  1.  Columbus Blue Jackets:  Auston Matthews C
  2. Anaheim Ducks:  Jacob Chychrun D
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs:  Jesse Puljujarvi RW
  4. Calgary Flames:  Patrik Laine RW
  5. Colorado Avalanche:  Matthew Tkachuk LW
  6. Edmonton Oilers:  Sean Day D
  7. Buffalo Sabres:  Olli Juolevi D
  8. Carolina Hurricanes:  Max Jones LW
  9. New Jersey Devils:  Tyler Benson LW
  10. Detroit Red Wings:  Dmitri Sokolov LW
  11. Boston Bruins:  Dante Fabbro D
  12. Ottawa Senators:  Pierre-Luc Dubois C/LW
  13. Boston Bruins (Via SJ):  Logan Brown C
  14. Toronto Maple Leafs (Via Pitt):  Mikhail Sergachyov D
  15. Philadelphia Flyers:  Michael McLeod C
  16. Arizona Coyotes:  Kale Clague D
  17. Vancouver Canucks:  Chad Krys D
  18. Winnipeg Jets:  Jake Bean D
  19. Florida Panthers:  Sam Steel C
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning:  Julien Gauthier RW
  21. Carolina Hurricanes (Via LA):  Alex Nylander RW/LW
  22. Chicago Blackhawks:  James Greenway D
  23. Washington Capitals:  Brett Howden C
  24. Minnesota Wild:  Vitali Abramov LW/RW
  25.  St. Louis Blues:  Tyson Jost C/LW
  26. New York Islanders:  Kieffer Bellows C/LW
  27. Arizona Coyotes (Via NYR):  Rasmus Asplund C
  28. Dallas Stars: Clayton Keller C
  29. Nashville Predators:  Otto Makinen LW
  30. Montreal Canadiens:  Luke Kunin C

It’s no secret that Auston Matthews is going number one overall, barring something crazy happening.  Matthews is tearing up the swiss league as you read this.  It’s still a young season, so there is plenty of time for some of these kids to fall down the rankings and some to rocket up to the  top.  I’ll be back before the new year to give you an insight on the new draft rankings.