At a time when the stars of today are fighting to the end in pursuit of the Stanley Cup, the stars of tomorrow are in a dog fight of their own. A fight for a first-overall selection and a fight to get drafted in the first round and get some prime-time television exposure.
After the junior and college championships have been decided, the hardest and most grueling tests to hockey prospects lives so far comes to life: Beast Mode Training, as Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia would put it.
Prospects are put through what I like to call death drills in hopes that the fittest remain. Interviews and general exhibition games are also used as guidelines when deciding on players as well.
Right now, rankings all over the internet and elsewhere have different first-overall selections, and as many as 60 players could go in the first round, so this year may be a free for all, where each pick could surprise.
I hope you enjoy reading this mock as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. The order is courtesy of the final regular-season standings.