Appreciate you passing on the information, but it means nothing (especially from NHL.com writers). Mock drafts are confusing but more so in the NHL than in the NFL and NBA where team needs aren't as clear and there are less leaks. I don't think team's are promising agents that they will draft a player if he reaches them like in other sports.
And lastly, I don't think there are many draft gurus calling people from each team when they make this list to get a feel what they are going to do...and as we know, there are no leaks from NJ's camp. Conte and Lou have a list. No one else.
I would just distinguish between draft rankings and mock drafts. The former helps give a sense of who might be available where. Mock drafts can do that too, to a certain extent. The problem is that the people doing them, with the exception of people like Pronman, is that they really don't know that much about most teams' systems. (It's not really a knock on them, it just takes a lot of effort to do that).
An interesting exercise for someone that has a lot of time on their hands would be to compare the SB Nation mock drafts to those of the talking heads. For those unfamiliar with the former, it's kind of like a crowd sourced mock where each SB Nation blog for each team makes its own pick. The advantage of course is that each blogger knows his own team better than the brand name types.
Of course, it's all for fun.
Edited by Daniel, 27 June 2014 - 10:00 AM.