The NHL entry draft is one of the most important events on the NHL calendar every year, and, along with the first day of free agency, is one of those few bright spots in what is otherwise a dull and relatively lifeless NHL summer.
And for over 200 kids aged 17-19 years, this could be the single most important day of their lives as their futures can be made or possibly broken by where they are drafted, if they are even drafted at all.
This is also the one event where the future of the game comes together to start to paint a picture of what we will soon be seeing.
Who out of this year's draft class will be NHL-ready as soon as next year?
Who will be making an investment for two, three or even five years down the line?
Here is my personal mock draft of the entire first round's selections.
Side note: This mock draft assumes each team will be taking their first-round picks in their current order. Trades do occur on the draft floor which shake up each team's positioning and the order in which these players are selected.