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2016 NHL Draft Results: Full Review, Grade for Each Franchise

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2016

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24:  Winnepegs Jets second overall pick Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs first overall pick Auston Matthews and Columbus Blue Jackets third overall pick Pierre-Luc Dubois celebrate during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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While the second day of the 2016 NHL draft from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, might have not provided the star power or grandeur of Friday night's first round, 181 players heard their names called in Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday.

Given the sheer number of players taken, it's unlikely all of them will play in the NHL, but the possibility of what lies ahead is what makes this event special for the numerous prospects. 

For the teams, though, the business of winning is priority No. 1, and the draft is a great way to acquire players who could make a big impact one day.

Here's a look at how each team fared over the two days in Buffalo:

Full 2016 NHL Draft Grades
TeamNotable Selection(s)AnalysisGrade
Anaheim DucksMax Jones (LW), Sam Steel (C)Two solid two-way forwards who can score and backcheck.B
Arizona CoyotesClayton Keller (C), Jakob Chychrun (D)Keller is a pure goal scorer, while Chychrun could be the next Victor Hedman.A-
Boston BruinsCharlie McAvoy (D), Trent Frederic (C)The Bruins chose McAvoy before Chychrun, who was a better-rated defenseman. Frederic was selected too early.B-
Buffalo SabresAlexander Nylander (LW)An above-average playmaker, Nylander will one day flank Jack Eichel in Buffalo.B
Calgary FlamesMatthew Tkachuk (LW)The Flames not only got a power forward in Tkachuk, but they also acquired their goalie of the future in Brian Elliott from the Blues.A+
Carolina HurricanesJake Bean (D), Julien Gauthier (RW)Bean will add to deep blue-line prospect pool, while Gauthier was a steal at No. 21. Pure sniper near the goal.A-
Chicago BlackhawksAlex DeBrincat (RW)It's not often a team gets a first-rounder at No. 39, but the Blackhawks just got that after dealing away Andrew Shaw to Montreal.B
Colorado AvalancheTyson Jost (C)High-intensity player to fortify the center of Colorado's offense.B
Columbus Blue JacketsPierre-Luc Dubois (LW), Andrew Peeke (D)Dubois was a shock pick considering Jesse Puljujarvi was still on the board. Peeke is a nice pickup to improve the defense.B-
Dallas StarsRiley Tufte (LW)Tufte won't be heard from for at least two years, and they didn't have another pick until No. 90.C+
Detroit Red WingsDennis Cholowski (D)The Red Wings were able to free up the contract of Russian-bound Pavel Datsyuk to the Coyotes, which frees up space for a run at Steven Stamkos.A-
Edmonton OilersJessie Puljujarvi (LW)Thanks to Columbus' questionable pick, Puljujarvi, the third-best player in the draft, fell into Edmonton's lap.A
Florida PanthersHenrik Borgstrom (C)Big, solid center who can add offense in a few years.B
Los Angeles KingsKale Clague (D)Even though their first pick was No. 51, the Kings still got a top-30 talent in Clague.B
Minnesota WildLuke Kunin (C/RW)The Wild need offense now. Kunin will be ready in a few years.B-
Montreal CanadiensMikhail Sergachev (D)Sergachev was the best defenseman in the draft, which Montreal will need, especially with P.K. Subban rumors swirling.B+
Nashville PredatorsDante Fabbro (D)The Predators needed support for Shea Weber on the blue line. So they went out and drafted five defensemen.B+
New Jersey DevilsMichael McLeod (C)Devils need a premier goal scorer; McLeod has a chance at being that.B+
New York IslandersKeiffer Bellows (LW)The Islanders needed to make a move to help their team now in the form of a trade. They didn't do that, but Bellows is a nice consolation prize.B+
New York RangersSean Day (D)The effectiveness of the Rangers' draft can't be deduced until their offseason, which is predicted to be a busy one, is over.B
Ottawa SenatorsLogan Brown (C)The Senators were looking for forward help. They got the best available in Brown and drafted accordingly in the later rounds.B
Philadelphia FlyersGerman Rubtsov (C), Pascal Laberge (C)The Flyers flipped their No. 18 pick for the 22nd and 36th from Winnipeg and got two good centers for it.A-
Pittsburgh PenguinsFilip Gustavsson (G)With an uncertain future surrounding Marc-Andre Fleury, picking up a goalie provides solid insurance.B
St. Louis BluesTage Thompson (C)Thompson is a decent pick, but getting two draft picks in return for Brian Elliott from Calgary is underwhelming.C+
San Jose SharksDylan Gambrell (C)They didn't have a first-round pick, but the Sharks focused on getting young forwards as possible replacements for their numerous veterans down the road.B
Tampa Bay LightningBrett Howden (C)In an offseason in which they're facing the loss of Steven Stamkos, rumors swirled about goalie Ben Bishop being dealt. So Tampa went offense-heavy and took a goalie.B-
Toronto Maple LeafsAuston Matthews (C)The possibility of drafting a generational talent makes the rest of Toronto's choices irrelevant.A+
Vancouver CanucksOlli Juolevi (D)I think Sergachev was the best defenseman in the draft. So making Juolevi the first blueliner to go was a confusing choice.B-
Washington CapitalsLucas Johansen (D)For a team that's looking to make that next step toward a Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals weren't able to acquire a young talent with a limitless ceiling.B-
Winnipeg JetsPatrik Laine (RW)While Laine could be as good if not better than Matthews, they reached when they took Logan Stanley at No. 18.A-

Which Teams Had the Best Draft Nights?

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Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames' stellar night began when left winger Matthew Tkachuk, arguably a top-four talent in this draft, fell into their laps at No. 6. The son of 500-goal scorer Keith Tkachuk, Matthew plays a similar, powerful brand of hockey:

He'll join the young crop of stars that includes Sam Bennett, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.

Shortly after, the Flames acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues for two draft picks. 

It's an enormous pickup for a team that allowed a league-worst 260 goals last season. That was a big reason why Calgary didn't make it to the playoffs. Elliott will provide a steady presence in goal for the Flames and a huge upgrade from what the team used to have.

Brian Elliott vs. 2015-16 Calgary Flames Goaltenders
StatElliottKarri RamoJonas HillerJoni Ortio
Games Started38372319
Record23-8-617-18-19-11-17-9-5
Goals Allowed78947955
Save Percentage.930.909.879.902
Goals Against Average2.072.633.512.76
Shutouts4111
Hockey-Reference.com

With a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan, Calgary went from a team on the fringe of the playoff conversation in the West to a dark horse to make a lot of noise next year. 

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers received a gift and have the Columbus Blue Jackets to thank for it. 

With the No. 3 pick of the draft behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, the Blue Jackets had their pick of the litter beyond Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. Instead of picking the clear No. 3 prospect in Jesse Puljujarvi, the Blue Jackets went with Pierre-Luc Dubois. 

While Dubois was a top-10 prospect, Puljujarvi has the stuff to be a big-time playmaker at the next level:

So the Oilers, one spot back at No. 4, snapped up Puljujarvi and can add him to the class of forwards they've been building through the draft since 2010—from Nail Yakupov to Taylor Hall and from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Connor McDavid.

Toronto Maple Leafs

As the draft crept closer, Laine was picking up steam as a possible No. 1 option over Matthews, who was viewed as the top prospect for the past year.

But when it came time for the Maple Leafs to get on the clock, they made the right choice by picking Matthews, who could have drawn the same hype as Sidney Crosby had McDavid not come through in 2015. 

Matthews is a complete player with size (6'2" and 216 lbs), speed, agility and a second-to-none scoring ability. 

With that kind of skill set, he's the perfect kind of player. He will enter an organization that is starving for a Stanley Cup. The last time the Maple Leafs won was 1967, and Matthews may be the cornerstone to turn things around in Ontario.

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