Early Look at Next Year's First Round Picks

Early Look at Next Year's First Round Picks

Don't expect many surprises with this list – it's really hard to go wrong in the first round. That is, unless you draft like a homer. Or only pick guys on Canadian teams. Or take on an injury risk.

Or forget to turn off the autopick. Or worse – panic pick while trying to turn off your autopick.

Here's all you need to know about this list. First, I love defenders, but not in the first round. Brilliance like Bobby Orr's would change that, but that doesn't currently exist.

Second, goal scorers will always rank higher than playmakers, no matter how many apples they bag. Not that there's anything wrong with a good honey crisp (or 12). It's just that goal scoring is hard.

Third, goalie runs are real. The first guy goes and everyone panics. So be the one who starts that run. Especially when twinetenders count for four of 10 categories in most Yahoo! leagues.

Now on to the top 12 (OK, 13).
 

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton – I love what Nathan MacKinnon did this postseason. And it's hard to look past Leon Draisaitl's goals/points Hart win. But let's get real for a minute – are you going to pass on the McSavior if you're in the top spot? Thought not. McDavid can take over any game, any night. He's a 40-goal, 120-point, 45+ power-play point guy, especially with the addition of Tyson Barrie this offseason.

Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado – Mack went full

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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