Redoing the First Round of the 2016 NHL Draft

Redoing the First Round of the 2016 NHL Draft

This article is part of our NHL Draft series.

With the sports world paused due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to take a look back and redo the first round of several past NHL Entry Drafts. Each article will feature a brief summary of who the team selected at the time, and who we believe they would select now in hindsight. 

Part 6 – featuring the class of 2016, is below...

(Note: team needs are not taken into account at the time of selection)

1- Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews (F, ZSC-Switzerland), Original Pick: Matthews: This was an easy pick for the Leafs. Matthews turned down both the NCAA and CHL and spent his draft year playing in the Swiss league. 

2- Winnipeg Jets: Matthew Tkachuk (F, London-OHL), Original Pick: Patrik Laine (F, Tappara-Liiga): Laine is one of the best goal scorers in the world but he's notoriously streaky. I'd prefer the all-around game of Tkachuk. It's close.

3- Columbus Blue Jackets: Laine, Original Pick: Pierre-Luc Dubois (F, Cape Breton-QMJHL): Laine is better than Dubois but the PLD selection has worked out just fine for the Jackets. He's their No. 1 center.

4- Edmonton Oilers: Dubois, Original Pick: Jesse Puljujarvi (F, Karpat-Liiga): Puljujarvi was always expected to go third. There's a legendary rumor that if that was indeed the case, Edmonton had a deal in place to send this pick to the Rangers for Ryan McDonagh, at which point New York would have selected Clayton Keller. Yet once Columbus pulled a fast one, the Oilers

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Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
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