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Chainshot 06-10-2008 12:55 PM

2008 Moderators' Mock Draft
Round One
1 - Tampa Bay Lightning -- Hockeyfan02 -- Steve Stamkos, C, Sarnia Sting/OHL

2 - Los Angeles Kings -- TonySCV -- Zach Bogosian, D, Peterborough Petes/OHL

3 - Atlanta Thrashers -- btn -- Drew Doughty, D Guelph Storm/OHL

4 - St. Louis Blues -- Prussian Blue -- Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna Rockets/WHL

5 - New York Islanders -- Majik1987 -- Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara/OHL
Selecting in the fifth spot, the Islanders knew they were going to get a top flight defenseman with this pick; it was just a question of which one. They were delighted when Alex fell to them. With a big need for offense on the Isle, Pietrangelo will add some future firepower to the blueline with his smooth puck handling abilities.

6 - Columbus Blue Jackets -- Samkow -- Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton/OHL

7 - Toronto Maple Leafs -- LeafErickson -- Nikita Filatov, W, Moscow/RSL

8 - Phoenix Coyotes -- PhoPhan -- Mikkel Boedker, W, Kitchener/OHL
The Coyotes are absolutely thrilled to see this great Dane fall to them at 8. In addition to being the best player on the board, Boedker fills a tremendous organizational team need for a top line winger to play with one of Phoenix’s many talented centers. Whether he plays with Kyle Turris or Peter Mueller or both, Coyotes fans can look forward to many years of watching this brilliant European transplant. At any rate, his combination of speed and skill will go a long way toward helping them forget about Blake Wheeler.

9 - Nashville Predators (from Florida) -- Enoch -- Colin Wilson, C, Boston Univeristy/NCAA
In a controversial decision, the Predators acquired the 9th and 31st selections in the 2008 draft, along with the 58th selection (Nick Spaling) in the 2007 draft from the Florida panthers, for all-star netminder Tomas Vokoun. With a lack of size up-front and a dearth of forward prospects, having Wilson fall into their laps is a dream come true. A hard-working, well-built, two-way forward, the only question about Wilson is how well his offense game projects in the NHL. He may be the most safe and NHL-ready forward in the entire draft.

10 - Vancouver Canucks -- Pangolin -- Kyle Beach, C, Everett/WHL
Beach fills a big need for the Canucks' prospect pool. A power forward with huge upside...Only fell off to 10th because of his supposed attitude problem and concussions. His attitude seems to be just immaturity and actually, his competitiveness could be a huge boost for the stoic Canucks offense. The concussions were also seemingly overblown as he didn’t miss anything longer than the mandatory observation period. He will be a player the other teams regret not picking.

11 - Chicago Blackhawks -- Teemu -- Tyler Myers, D, Kelowna/WHL
A year after selecting fellow giant defenceman Simon Danis-Pepin in 2007, the Blackhawks draft 6'6" Tyler Myers. The emergence of Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith give the team the luxury of being able to take a risk in the first round. Myers is a excellent skater--despite his size--who is capable of playing a physical game.

12 - Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton) -- (consensus) -- Zach Boychuk, C, Lethbridge/WHL

13 - Buffalo Sabres -- Baker/CS -- Luca Sbisa, D, Lethbridge/WHL
Despite a need for scoring or centers with size in their development system, Buffalo was pleased to find such a complete player available at pick 13. Sbisa's transition from Switzerland to the 'dub has been marked by his willingness to play a physical brand of hockey and also fits the Sabres philosophy regarding defenseman having to have solid hockey minds, skating ability, and stick skills.


An all-situations player with a big shot, a set of wheels, and a mean streak, the Swiss-born defender was a beast for the Hurricanes in the WHL playoffs. He exceeded most expectations by showing off his blend of scoring and hitting while navigating his first North American season. Steadily showing consistency, the upside of this mobile, rugged package is too much to pass up.
Of consideration was Josh Bailey.

14 - Carolina Hurricanes -- usiel -- Joshua Bailey, C, Windsor/OHL

15 - Nashville Predators -- Enoch -- Michael Del Zotto, D, Oshawa/OHL
With Beach, Boychuk, and Bailey off the board, the Predators add to their already impressive stable of defensive prospects by selecting 6’0, 210 lb Michael Del Zotto. A wizard with the puck, Del Zotto projects as an offensive-defenseman. Some scouts question his defensive ability, but with adequate size, speed, and smarts, Del Zotto could end up being one of the better blueliners, in an already deep defensive draft.

16 - Boston Bruins -- Rick Middleton -- Mattias Tedenby, LW, Vetlanda/SEL

17 - Calgary Flames -- Hyde -- Joe Colborne, C, Camrose/AJHL

18 - Ottawa Senators -- discostu -- John Carlson, D, Indiana/USHL
The Senators believe they have found a complete package in blueliner John Carlson. He brings with him a tremendous amount of offence, being the second highest scoring defender in the USHL. He also brings with him great size, which is a must in a Murray-lead organization. The fact that he'll be going to one of the best junior teams in the CHL next year, is a great sign for his development. Ottawa has a great need for up-and-coming blueliners in their organization, and, the combination of a tremendous shot, great playmaking, patience with the puck and strong skating for a big man makes him an important part of this team's future. As an added bonus, he's currently teammates with other Sens defensive prospect Ben Blood.

19 - Columbus Blue Jackets (from Colorado) -- Samkow -- Colten Teubert, D, Regina/WHL

20 - New York Rangers -- Flyline88 -- Kirill Petrov, F, Kazan Ak-Bars/RSL

21 - New Jersey Devils -- DevilsFan38 -- Jordan Eberle, C, Regina/WHL
The Devils biggest organizational need is at center, so they are thrilled to pick up this highly skilled center. Eberle is a true goal scorer, which is evidenced by the 42 times he lit the lamp this season. While the knock on him is that he's small, the Devils have had great success drafting smaller players in the past, such as Brian Gionta and Zach Parise.

22 - Edmonton Oilers (from Anaheim) -- Cerebral - Tyler Ennis, C, Medicine Hat/WHL
With the 22nd pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are extremely pleased to select from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, centre Tyler Ennis. The Oilers were gunning for Jordan Eberle with the 22nd pick and were decimated to see him selected by the Devils one pick earlier. With Eberle off the board, Ennis was the next best player available. Many scouts are worried about Ennis' very tiny size but he has arguably one of the best sets of hands in the draft along with top notch wheels. He's a pure scoring forward and it is expected that he will eventually make the transition to the wing where his diminutive size will be less of a burden. The Oilers are already overloaded with small scoring forwards in Gagner, Cogliano and Nilsson but Ennis' skill-set was too tough to pass on. The other two players seriously considered at this spot in the draft were Greg Nemisz and Colby Robak.

23 - Washington Capitals -- Mrwarden - Anton Gustaffson, C, Frolunda, Jr/Swe
Unique skill set at this point in the draft. A strong two-way player who plays big down the middle. AG fills the organizations biggest need while still being the BPA. Also son of former Capital Bengt-Åke Gustafsson.

24 - Minnesota Wild -- GKJ -- Zac Dalpe, RW/C, Penticton/BCHL

25 - Montreal Canadiens -- Montreal/Beakermania -- Nicolas Deschamps, C, Chicoutimi/QMJHL
In Deschamps we feel we not only filled an organizational need with an offensive centre, but we feel we also took the best player available at the time. Deschamps is a strong skater, and a powerful player.... he has excellent offensive skills and is also solid defensively. We hope to see big progress from the Montreal Native in the coming years, and hope he will eventually grow to centre a top line in Montreal. With an excellent group young NHL Wingers and prospects in our system Deschamps will be surrounded with players he will grow with at the next level; and those wingers will enjoy playing with Deschamps who has excellent vision and passing skills.

26 - Buffalo Sabres (from San Jose) -- Baker/CS -- Aaron Ness, D, Roseau High/Mn.
With the run on forwards (Petrov, Eberle, Ennis, Gustaffson, Dalpe, and Deschamps came off the board in the previous 6 picks), Buffalo went with a high-risk and high-reward pick with the diminutive Minnesotan HSer Aaron Ness rather than force a pick by need. The Mr. Hockey award winner has the excellent hockey sense, amazing skating, and refined hand-skills to overcome any potential size concerns. Committed to the UM Golden Gopher program next year, Ness is an extremely dedicated young man who put two years of course-work together to complete his high school education a year early. He is no shrinking violet in his own zone, possessing solid positional play and adroit stick-work that serves his ability to turn play rapidly the other way. As ISS put it in one in-season report: “You win with players like this.”

27 - Philadelphia Flyers -- Hovercraft -- Yann Sauve, D, Saint John/QMJHL
With the 27th overall pick in the 2008 entry draft the Flyers are proud to select Yann Sauve of the Saint John Seadogs of the QMJHL. We feel that Sauve has a great combination of a gifted skillset, along with great size. He plays a Solid 2-way game, and Should develop into a top 2 way defense men in the league.

28 - Los Angeles Kings (from Dallas) -- TonySCV -- Colby Robak, D, Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL

29 - Atlanta (from Pittsburgh) -- btn -- Greg Nemisz, F, Windsor/OHL

30 - Stanley Cup champion (Detroit) -- rwf/zecke26 -- Erik Karlsson, D, Frolunda Jr./Swe. Jr.
To everyone's surprise the Wings selected a swedish defenseman. Karlsson is known for his excellent skating and his puckmoving ability. He's a prototype of an offensive defender and needs to add muscles in order to play a better defensive game. The Wings are convinced they got another steal which is highly likely because we saw Hakan Andersson smiling.

Round Two
31 - Nashville (from Tampa Bay) -- Enoch -- Tyler Cuma, D, Ottawa/OHL
The late round run on forwards left the Predators poised to select another top-notch defensive prospect. At 6’2, 180 lbs, Cuma’s game is eerily similar to Nashville’s very own Dan Hamhuis, a steady, positionally-sound, two-way defender with an outstanding work effort.

32 - Los Angeles -- TonySCV -- Eric O'Dell, C, Sudbury/OHL

33 - St. Louis (from Atlanta) -- Prussian Blue -- Derek Stepan, C, Shattuck St. Mary's/MN HS

34 - St. Louis -- Prussian Blue -- Jacob Markstrom, G, Brynas/SEL

35 - Phoenix (Compensation) -- PhoPhan -- Jake Gardiner, D, Minnetonka High School/MN HS
Typically projected to be taken in the later part of the first round, Gardiner slips to the second round, but the Coyotes don’t let him slip far. If the Coyotes have a team need bigger than wing, it’s for a top pairing defenseman, and Gardiner has nothing if not upside. He’s headed to the University of Wisconsin where he’ll hone his already-tantalizing package of size, speed and skill and continue the transition from forward to defense that he made only three years ago.

36 - NY Islanders -- Majik1987 -- Corey Trivino, C, Stouffville/OPJRA
Staying with the offensive theme, the Islanders selected Corey Trivino with their first of two second round picks. Clearly, Trivino will need to spend a few years at Boston University in order to add some muscle and experience, but the reward at the end could be great. Trivino has good speed and excellent puckhandling skills.

37 - Columbus -- Samkow -- Cody Goloubef, D, University of Wisconsin/NCAA

38 - Phoenix (from Toronto) -- PhoPhan -- Jyri Niemi, D, Saskatoon/WHL
Though he lacks the upside of Jake Gardiner, Niemi seems a surer bet to make the big show, even if it’s limited to a 2nd or 3rd pairing role. At 6’2” and 192 lbs., he already possesses NHL size as well as an NHL shot, clocked at 97 mph at the CHL Top Prospects Game. A native of Hameenkyro, Finland, Niemi spent last season with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, acclimating himself to the North American style of hockey and way of life, which should make his inevitable transition to the NHL even easier.

39 - Phoenix -- PhoPhan -- Jared Staal, C, Sudbury Wolves/OHL
After three consecutive value picks, the Coyotes finally roll the dice, spending their third 2nd round pick on Sudbury winger Jared Staal. The baby of the storied Staal family, Jared isn’t as hyped as his brothers, but he possesses similar size undeniable upside. The Coyotes are hoping he will have a learning curve similar to his brothers.

40 - Florida -- Jim_Boeheim -- Roman Josi, D, Bern, Switzerland

41 - Vancouver -- Pangolin -- Cory Fienhage, D, Eastview High/MN HS
He is a warrior on defense. Right handed, big, skates well, big shot, aggressive; he’s got a big of Jovanovski in him and will be a great pickup for the Canucks blueline. He will spend some time at the University of North Dakota and should be a good one down the line.

42 - Ottawa (from Chicago) -- discostu -- Chet Pickard, G, Tri-City/WHL
It's been no secret that the Senators are looking for a goalie prospect, and, any time you can acquire a goalie who has been seen as one of the top goalie prospects all year in the second round, it's a great acquisition.

43 - Anaheim (from Edmonton) -- (consensus) -- Mitch Wahl, C, Spokane/WHL

44 - Buffalo -- BAker/CS -- Luke Adam, C, St John's/QMJHL
Finally having the opportunity to address the need for scoring and pivot size missing in the Sabres prospect stable, Buffalo is pleased to bring another member of the Fog Devils into the fold, joining forward JS Allard and defenseman TJ Brennan. Adam’s direct style, willingness to go hard at both ends of the ice and ability overall offensive game make him a valued addition.

45 - Carolina -- usiel -- Danick Paquette, RW, Lewiston/QMJHL

46 - Nashville -- Enoch -- Mikhail Stefanovich, C, Quebec Remparts/QMJHL
At 46, and with three potential blue-chip prospects already selected, the Predators gamble on the enigmatic and highly talented Russian. With size, speed, and skill, Stefanovich has been on many teams radar for quite some time, but his underwhelming work ethic dropped him to the second round. To succeed at the next level, Stefanovich must work harder and perform more consistently on the ice. If he attains that consistency, he could be one of the more gifted forwards to emerge from the 2008 draft.

47 - Boston -- Rick Middleton -- David Toews, LW – Shattuck-St. Mary’s/MN HS

48 - Los Angeles (from Calgary) -- TonySCV -- James Livingston, RW - Sault Ste Marie/OHL

49 - Phoenix (from Ottawa) -- PhoPhan -- Johan Motin, D, Farjestads/SEL
The Coyotes draft their third defenseman of the second round, hedging their bets with this polished Swede. Though his offensive game still need to mature, Motin is a defensive horse who can play well in all situations. His size and physical game are a bonus.

50 - Colorado -- Jori -- David Carle, D, Shattuck-St. Mary's/MN HS

51 - NY Rangers -- FlyLine88 -- Adam Comrie, D, Saginaw Spirit/OHL

52 - New Jersey -- DevilsFan38 -- Jamie Arniel, C, Sarnia Sting/OHL
The Devils pick up another center here as they continue to try and fill that organizational need. Arniel has a solid two-way game, is a very good faceoff man, and is willing to get his nose dirty. He also has solid offensive skills, as he finished the season with 27 goals. The Devils were surprised to see him still available at this pick, but were happy to be able to snatch him up.

53 - NY Islanders (from Anaheim) -- Majik1987 -- Maxime Sauve, C, Val D'Or/QMJHL
Another offensive player, Sauve comes from a long line of NHL players including his father (C J.F. Sauve), uncle (G Bob Sauve), and cousin (G Phillipe Sauve). Maxime has shown an offensive flair with both Val D'Or and his former team Quebec. The focus on offense could have the Isle flying high in the years to come.

54 - Washington -- Mrwarden -- Viktor Tikhonov, W, Cherepovets/RSL
One of the older prospects in the draft, at 6'2 Tikhonov is another big player who is capable of playing any forward position. Closer to being NHL ready than most other picks, grandson of legendary Russian forward of the same name.

55 - Minnesota -- GKJ -- Vyacheslav Voinov, D, Chelyabinsk/RSL

56 - Montreal -- Beakermania -- Justin Jokinen, RW, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton/MN HS
With the 56th Pick in the NHL Draft the Montreal Canadiens are extremely pleased to select from Cloquet-Esko-Carlton HS in the great state of Minnesota RW Justin Jokinen. Justin was ranked much higher than this on our board and we are extremely pleased to see that he was available with our 56th pick. He is a big (6'3"); fast-skating; gritty; offensive winger. Trevor Timmins and our staff have been highly scouting him for a long time, and we think we've got another good one for our future. We will be following his progress closely next year at Minnesota State, Manakato.

57 - Washington (from San Jose) - Mrwarden -- Kruise Reddick, C, Tri-City/WHL
The first of miniaturized back to back picks, "Pokey" Reddick represents a value pick here with strong two way play, a penalty kill staple and a willingness to step up and fight on occasion to defend teammates.

58 - Washington (from Philadelphia) - Mrwarden -- Matthew Calvert, LW, Brandon/WHL
The second of two mini-picks, Calvert appears to have slipped based on his size. One of the fastest players in the WHL.

59 - Dallas -- (consensus) -- Daulton Leveille, C, St. Catharines/GHL

60 - Toronto (from Pittsburgh) -- LeafErickson -- Dustin Toharski, G, Spokane/WHL
I'm going off the board a bit here, because I was really impressed by his performance at the Memorial Cup.

61 - Los Angeles (from Detroit) -- TonySCV -- Brandon Burlon, D, St. Michael's/OPJHL

Captain Ron 06-10-2008 01:09 PM

Great work guys. Looking at all of these mock drafts goes to show you how wide open it is after the 10th pick. I have seen some players go in the top 20 in one mock draft that are still on the board at the 40th pick in another mock draft. It will definitely be interesting to see how the real draft goes down.

P.S. Tony I would have preferred that the Kings take Goloubef or Gardiner over O'Dell with the second round pick. I personally believe he will still be available when the Kings draft at the 48th spot. Other than that I think you did an excellent job.:D

JannikAtTheDisco 06-10-2008 01:22 PM

Damn, none of that top 9 fell to the Canucks...I hope on draft day one of Beach, Boychuk or Myers gets picked before the Canucks leaving Wilson, Hodgson or Boedker available!

GMofOilers 06-10-2008 01:37 PM

Great read, thanks Mod's. I really cant wait for the real draft.

Scotianhab 06-10-2008 01:40 PM

A very nice draft. If the Habs luck out and get both Deschamps & Jokinen in the draft I'd be very happy.

jas 06-10-2008 01:45 PM

As a Ranger fan, I'm okay with Adam Comrie in round two...but, Petrov in round one is a scary proposition...especially with Dalpe on the board, who seems to be MUCH less of a risk.

Enoch 06-10-2008 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by Speedy Kesler (Post 14365660)
Damn, none of that top 9 fell to the Canucks...I hope on draft day one of Beach, Boychuk or Myers gets picked before the Canucks leaving Wilson, Hodgson or Boedker available!

I'd say Myers has the most potential to go early, but Beach could be selected by a handful as well.

Pangolin 06-10-2008 02:23 PM

all canucks fans are hoping..:)

Obama 06-10-2008 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by Chainshot (Post 14365365)
Round One

7 - Toronto Maple Leafs -- LeafErickson -- Nikita Filatov, W, Moscow/RSL

I like it, any draft where the leafs get filatov is fantastic in my book. :)

Brooklyndevil 06-10-2008 02:58 PM

Good job folks and I guess Lou and comapny wait for the third round to take a goaltender and that's fine with me.

IslesRock4 06-10-2008 03:00 PM

It makes no sense that the Isles would pass on Filatov.

King'sPawn 06-10-2008 03:03 PM

Very nice job with LA, Tony. I prefer a couple others over Robak, but still, very well done.

FlareKnight 06-10-2008 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by goleafs86 (Post 14366593)
I like it, any draft where the leafs get filatov is fantastic in my book. :)

Have to say I'd agree with you there. Will be interesting to see if anyone drops down to the Leafs. Would be one great guy to add if still available.

Kesler Kills Kommies 06-10-2008 03:06 PM

If i pick for Vancouver, i probably would have gone for Michael Del Zotto. Beach is just an unessasary risk for such a high pick.

Analyzer 06-10-2008 03:07 PM


Originally Posted by goleafs86 (Post 14366593)
I like it, any draft where the leafs get filatov is fantastic in my book. :)

That would be great for Toronto, so I hope they don't get it :P

Pretty good overall. Good work, Beaker and Montreal.

Langway 06-10-2008 03:14 PM

Interesting mock.

Jake Gardiner is headed to Wisconsin, not Michigan.

LeafErikson* 06-10-2008 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by IslesRock4 (Post 14366716)
It makes no sense that the Isles would pass on Filatov.

I questioned that too, but to each their own. Lots of people really like Hodgson, and I don't blame him for wanting to take the chance on him. He definitely has the leadership capabilities, and the smarts to be a great player.

TonySCV 06-10-2008 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by Squidward (Post 14365506)
Great work guys. Looking at all of these mock drafts goes to show you how wide open it is after the 10th pick. I have seen some players go in the top 20 in one mock draft that are still on the board at the 40th pick in another mock draft. It will definitely be interesting to see how the real draft goes down.

P.S. Tony I would have preferred that the Kings take Goloubef or Gardiner over O'Dell with the second round pick. I personally believe he will still be available when the Kings draft at the 48th spot. Other than that I think you did an excellent job.:D


Originally Posted by King'sPawn (Post 14366752)
Very nice job with LA, Tony. I prefer a couple others over Robak, but still, very well done.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

You are right... doing this was extremely eye-opening in terms of how deep the pool of prospects really is this year.

It's also great that the Kings have so many picks - 10 in the first 4 rounds. 2 first round, 3 second round, 3 third round and 2 fourth round. It certainly offered a lot of flexibility - along with some very tough decisions!

I envy Lombardi's position - we weren't allowed to make trades in this mock draft. If we were able to, this exercise really demonstrated that DL could pretty much trade up to get any player he really wants to.

- T

PhoPhan 06-10-2008 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by Langway (Post 14366883)
Interesting mock.

Jake Gardiner is headed to Wisconsin, not Michigan.

I'll take the fall on that one. My mistake. Good catch.

I guess I'm at least a little flattered that someone actually read this.

Canuck71 06-10-2008 05:05 PM

I am really hoping that the Habs can grab Justin Jokinen with that 56th overall pick on draft day.

kostitsyn1489 06-10-2008 05:08 PM

Any team that picks Jamie Arniel at 52 should just run away cause that's defensively not fair. The guy is first round material. Crazy underated on this board.

deanosaur 06-10-2008 05:12 PM

A potential Boychuk-Getzlaf-Ryan would look nice in the future. (yes I know boychuk is a Center) or 1-2 centers Getzlaf and Boychuk is still good.

mckly 06-10-2008 05:20 PM

good picks

Buffaloed 06-10-2008 05:45 PM

I expect the Sabres to take John Carlson at #13 and look for them to draft NCAA bound prospects as long as there's one comparable to what's left on the board.

Langway 06-10-2008 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by Marshall (Post 14368548)
This Gustafsson to Washington stuff is out of hand. If his last name was Fransson, no Caps fan would have the vaguest idea of who he was, much less call him BPA at 23 - as it is, no Caps fan could pick him out of a line-up, and none has actually seen him play. BPA based on what? hockeydb.com?

Nothing against the player (I haven't seen him, either) but the "Oh, his dad used to play for us!" factor is seldom used by professional scouts to justify a puck. Weak.

For most of us, scouting reports and limited viewings are the currency upon which mock decisions hinge. I don't see how that's any different here with Gustafsson. Anyone really following the draft would know of a player slated to go in the late first or early second round regardless of last name, though admittedly if his last name was different there may be less consensus among Caps fans as to who to take.

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