The draft always has surprises, in fact they’re more the rule than the exception. Here’s a few things that would surprise me today:
Jones, MacKinnon, or Drouin falling outside the top 10, although one falling out of the top five is possible.
being drafted before the fifth defensemen. With Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse, Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan Pulock, Josh Morrissey, and Shea Theodore all expected to go in the top 25 or 30 it is hard to justify taking a goalie before any of them.
failing to be drafted in the first round. Name recognition, and his highlight real passing and scoring ability alone are enough to get him a lot of attention, playing a solid game is what will likely see him drafted in the top half of the first round.
falling out of the second round. With one brother of having just won a Norris trophy, and the other having been taken last year in the first round, general managers might just be swayed to take him higher than the end of the second where he has been ranked (about where P.K. was taken).
10 players and or picks traded before the end of the second round. With the Tyler Kennedy to San Jose for a 2nd round pick we’re only eight away from that total.
Valeri Nichushkin or Elias Lindholm falling outside the top 10. When your name gets compared to Henrik Zetterberg and Patrice Bergeron before you’ve even walked into an NHL locker room, you are not a talent to be passed over lightly.
Six goalies going in the top two rounds. There’s a lot of cheap goalies available right now, and I don’t see many general mangers taking goalies this high without great, great need.