First off, I want to comment that it's unfortunate they do not archive and date their mocks, and explain the reasoning behind their changes. I've contacted the editors of the site, and they've explained it has to do with technical reasons, which is fine as an excuse, but it's still a detriment to the fans who visit. They need to sort that out.
Second, they don't have us drafting goalies in the second and third round, like they did in the second version of their mock that I commented on. I'd tipped them off that it was unlikely to happen, and good for them, they listened. Now, it's up to Mr. Bergevin to take heed...
1) In the first round, they have us drafting Frédérik Gauthier, which would be great if it happened. Most mocks I see elsewhere now have him tantalizingly out of reach. Looking at the guys who bump him down, there are no big surprises, no 'fast risers', it's just a shuffling of the usual suspects and somehow the big local boy centre falls in our lap. Cool.
2) Actually, they now have Samuel Morin slated at #11, so there's your fast riser. I guess in their view, his combo of size, snarliness, mobility and potential is too enticing for the Flyers to pass up. Pity. He does get a lot of buzz on the blogosphere, and has grown more prominent in people's awareness. Before, he was deemed a big project some teams would go for in the early second round.
3) At #34 and #36, they have us picking up Émile Poirier and Jacob de la Rose, respectively. I've heard more hype about the latter than the former, but don't know enough to complain about either player. Other homeboys that would be available in these slots would be William Carrier, Laurent Dauphin, Marc-Olivier Roy, and Anthony Duclair.
4) Our third second-rounder, #55, nets us Rimouski goaltender (see what I did there?) Philippe Desrosiers. In the last version, we picked him up early in the third.
5) In the third round we have two picks, Dallas' from the Erik Cole trade at #71, and our own pick at #86. We're slated for Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, a centre from Baie Comeau, and Alex Henriksson, a forward from Farjestads.
Now, I don't know anything good or bad about these guys, but again I'll beat my drum and point to Mason Geertsen, still projected to go in the late third round. Not a huge talent guy, but big and strong and plays tough, a little mean, I say we bet on him.
More perplexing, they still have Jonathan Ismaël Diaby going in the fifth round. He's gotten a lot of attention, and is ranked 37th among North American skaters, so I don't understand how he'd still be around in the fifth round, with the premium put on size and toughness in Colon Campbell's NHL.
Mr. Diaby is another guy who won't be confused with Paul Coffey or Larry Robinson, but maybe he can be a Gilles Lupien, or even better a Craig Ludwig if we develop him properly. If he's really available that late, we have to make a move to get this guy. I wouldn't mind if we took him much earlier.
6) Oh, did I mention we don't have a fourth or fifth-rounder? Parce que James Wisniewski et Davis Drewiske (ça rhyme en crime)? Anyway, Mr. Bergevin, let fly with Michael Ryder's rights, and Yannick Weber's, and get us more picks. 'Stie.
They have Jordan Subban slated to go in the mid-fourth. At that price I wouldn't blink.
7) In the sixth round, at #176, we get Andrei Sigarev, a left-winger out of St. Petersburg. Christopher Clapperton, a guy out of Blainville-Boisbriand who had a bit of hype at the start of the season, goes three picks later.
8) In the seventh, we get a 6'1", 215 lbs. left winger out of the States. Isn't there anyone bigger we could get, like the 6'5" winger a couple of picks later?
9) They have Nathan McKinnon going first overall, then Seth Jones, then Jonathan Drouin. Sasha Barvov goes fourth overall. Nikita Zadorov stubbornly refuses to fall to 25th, going at #10 in this mock.
10) They still project Mads Eller to go undrafted.