The second round of this year's draft is considered to be lesser in quality compared to last season, and next year will be stellar based on early reports. Still, there's value here and NHL teams will have an opportunity to add to their prospect list.
31. Buffalo Sabres: Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL).
Nick Schmaltz is a quick skill player and a tall, lean teenager. He is on his way to North Dakota (NCAA) in the fall and posted two very nice seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers.
32. Florida Panthers: John Quenneville, C, Brandon (WHL).
John Quenneville is a skilled center who had a solid regular season and blossomed in the playoffs. NHL.com quoted Central Scouting's David Gregory:
He has the pro makeup and is a hard-worker. He makes good plays very quickly and is good at moving the puck. I'd like to see more consistency from him, but I like the way he finds open spaces and his ability to make any kind of pass.
33. St. Louis Blues (from Edmonton): Vladislav Kamenev, LW, Magnitogorsk 2 (Rus Jr).
Vladislav Kamenev is a skilled two-way center with size. His final draft number will likely be impacted by the fact he is Russian and the KHL may be an attractive lure. Based on skill alone, he belongs in the first round.
34. Calgary Flames: Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL).
Anthony DeAngelo is a brilliant offensive player with defensive issues. Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told NHL.com:
Anthony is a skilled offensive defenseman. His puck skills and playmaking ability are excellent. He sees the ice very well and creates offensive scoring chances with great passes. He has a very good shot and gets it on net. DeAngelo likes to jump up into the rush and makes good decisions with the puck.
35. New York Islanders: Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (NCAA).
Thatcher Demko is a successful NCAA goalie who has been posting quality numbers for some time. NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen picks up the story via NHL.com:
He has that NHL pro-type potential. I can see him three or four years down the road becoming a monster in the net, and for any franchise in need of a future top goalie that’s what you want. He’s big, aggressive and confident, and has remained strong and focused most of the year.
36. Vancouver Canucks: Marcus Pettersson, D, Skelleftea (SHL).
Marcus Pettersson is a tall, thin defenseman with a massive wingspan. He's an effective two-way defender who is capable of impacting the game in all areas, although his strength is on defense. The Vancouver Canucks have had great success with Swedish defensemen over the years, and Pettersson should fit right in.
37. Carolina Hurricanes: Jack Dougherty, D, USNTDP Juniors (USHL).
Jack Dougherty is a quality two-way defender who impresses scouts with his shutdown ability. Greg Rajanen from Central Scouting tells us more, courtesy NHL.com:
Even as a high school player, he was a smart two-way player and proved to be very responsible. He's also tough and can play the powerplay and work the point well.
38. Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto): Jayce Hawryluk, C, Brandon (WHL).
Jayce Hawrlyuk is a fine offensive prospect who plays bigger than his size. Hawrlyuk performed very well at even strength (59GP, 24 G, 40A) and is one of the better draft-eligible players at the discipline.
39. Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota via Winnipeg): Nikolay Goldobin, LW, Sarnia (OHL).
Central Scouting's Chris Edwards tells NHL.com about Goldobin:
Goldobin has a high energy level and is smooth out there. He's got good playmaking ability and he probably would have a lot more points if players were able to finish for him. He's the type of kid who receives a lot of ice time because he plays a complete game.
40. Ottawa Senators: Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw (WHL).
Brayden Point is a fine offensive center for the Moose Jaw Warriors. Ben Kerr of Last Word on Sports tells us about him via The Hockey Writers:
Point is a very good skater. He has good top end speed, very good acceleration and a quick first step. His agility and edgework are both very good, and his balance and strength on the puck is surprising for a player his size. He skates with a low centre of gravity and is very tough to take off the puck when he has it, and he can be gritty and win board battles due to this good balance. He plays bigger than his size as a result, throwing hits and being gritty in all three zones.