The Vegas Golden Knights add size in NHL Mock Draft Simulation 2.0

The Vegas Golden Knights add a big winger to the mix in the latest NHL Mock Draft simulation. What's different from the previous version?
Russia U20 Hockey team player, Igor Chernyshov (25) seen in...
Russia U20 Hockey team player, Igor Chernyshov (25) seen in... / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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19th Overall: Igor Chernyshov, LW/Dynamo Moskva

The previous NHL Mock Draft saw the Vegas Golden Knights select Trevor Connelly with the 19th overall pick. Although there were character issues associated with Connelly, he had the tools to become a viable asset. This time around, it's a more scrappy player in Igor Chernyshov.

The young forward carries experience against NHL-ready competition, making him an attractive choice in the first round. His current KHL contract runs through 2024-25, which offers teams like Vegas minimal risk. Aside from his size, he has a good offensive upside, making him even more lucrative. Think of him as a hybrid of Barbashev and Pavel Dorofeyev, players who utilize their talents in different ways.

180th Overall: Jack Berglund, C/FäRJESTAD BK J18

As mentioned earlier, Jack Berglund is similar to Igor Chernyshov, with both players being big. However, there's a different purpose for the Swedish player's size. That consists of the center using his physical frame for offensive means, protecting the puck from incoming defenders.

He combines his soft hands and excellent skating skills, making him a valuable offensive piece. Granted, he doesn't produce enough or show offensive consistency. But he can be a lower-line player who's a good defensive pick. It's only a matter of putting the pieces together offensively for him to be taken seriously.