With the draft lottery behind us we know in which order the top 16 teams will be picking…for now. So draft gurus Sam Cosentino and Jason Bukala came together to build a top 16 mock draft.
The nominees were selected by their respective teams, while the winner is chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The award is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
The winner will receive a US$25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation for the same purpose.
Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jordan Harris were the other players from Canadian teams nominated.