Similar to numerical draft rankings, I'm not the biggest fan of mock drafts, but it seems like it's a rite of passage every year to explore who teams and fans might be looking at with their respective picks. That doesn't mean we can't have a bit of fun with the idea, so I've decided to split this mock draft into two parts: what my gut thinks will happen, and what my brain would do if I were in the same scenario, and each will get their own explanation.
Teams will value skills very differently from one another and there is a ton of time between now and the draft for guys to make the case to move up or down the draft, so that is important to keep in mind as draft day approaches. If your favourite team didn't take your favourite player, that's totally fine and let me know either here on on Twitter! None of this matters anyways!
Without further ado, behold. My Post-Lottery NHL Mock Draft.
#1 - New Jersey Devils