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06-20-2010, 09:49 PM
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Mock Drafts: Post yours here and discuss

Being that it's 5 days to the draft, and in case anyone is bored post your mock drafts on here. Here's mine.

1. EDM- Taylor Hall
2. BOS- Tyler Seguin
3. FLA- Erik Gudbranson
4. CLB- Cam Fowler
5. NYI- Nino Neiderreiter
6. TB- Brandon Gormley
7. CAR- Brett Connolly
8. ATL- Jeff Skinner
9. MIN- Mikael Granlund
10. NYR- Vladimir Tarasenko
11. DAL- Derek Forbort
12. ANA- Ryan Johansen
13. PHO- Jack Campbell
14. STL- Austin Watson
15. BOS- Nick Bjugstad
16. OTT- Alexander Burmistrov
17. COL- Emerson Etem
18. NSH- Mark Pysyk
19. LA- Beau Bennet
20. PIT- Kirill Kabanov
21. DET- Riley Sheahan
22. PHO- John McFarland
23. BUF- Tyler Toffoli
24. ATL- Brock Nelson
25. VAN- Jon Merrill
26. WAS- Dylan McIlrath
27. MTL- Jarred Tinordi
28. SJ- Stanislav Galiev
29. ANA- Tyler Pitlick
30. CHI- Jaden Schwartz

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1 Edmonton Oilers : Taylor Hall
2 Boston Bruins : Tyler Seguin
3 Florida Panthers : Brett Connolly
4 Columbus Blue Jackets : Erik Gudbranson
5 New York Islanders : Cam Fowler
6 Tampa Bay Lightning : Brandon Gormley
7 Carolina Hurricanes: Nino Niederreiter
8 Atlanta Thrashers: Jack Campbell
9 Minnesota Wild: Mikael Granlund
10 New York Rangers: Ryan Johansen
11 Dallas Stars: Derek Forbort
12 Anaheim Ducks: Emerson Etem
13 Phoenix Coyotes: Vladimir Tarasenko
14 St. Louis Blues: Jeff Skinner
15 Boston Bruins: Jonathan Merrill
16 Ottawa Senators: Nick Bjugstad
17 Colorado Avalanche: Dylan McIlrath
18 Nashville Predators: Mark Pysyk
19 Los Angeles King: Alexander Burmistrov
20 Pittsburgh Penguins: Austin Watson
21 Detroit Red Wings: John McFarland
22 Phoenix Coyotes: Jarred Tinordi
23 Buffalo Sabres: Quinton Howden
24 Atlanta Thrashers: Riley Sheahan
25 Vancouver Canucks: Calle Jarnkrok
26 Washington Capitals: Alex Petrovic
27 Montreal Canadiens: Tyler Pitlick
28 San Jose Sharks: Brock Nelson
29 Anaheim Ducks: Beau Bennet
30 Chicago Blackhawks: Calvin Pickard


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EDM Hall
Bos Seguin
Florida (probably trade) Fowler
CBJ Gormley (Toronto might be after this pick: they would probably opt for Gudbranson)
NYI Gudbranson
TBL Tarasenko (haven't been afraid of Russians in the past)
CAR Johansen
ATL Niederreiter
Min Connolly (injury plagued player? No problem (see Gaborik, M))
NYR Skinner
Dal Forbert (sees like the consensus player here from nearly every mock draft I have seen)
Anh Granlund (size issues sees him slip, but Teemu's years of service paves the way for another Finnish winger)
Phx Campbell
StL Watson
Bos Merrill (might slip lower)
Ott Burmistrov (they need all the talent up front they can get)
Col Pysyk
Nas Etem (WHL is often targeted by the Preds)
LA Bennett (hometown kid taken in his hometown)
Pit Kuznetzov (Malkin's new winger)
Det Jarnkrok
Phx McIlrath
Buf Bjugstad
Atl Tinordi
Van Howden
Was Galiev
Mtl Schwartz (we know they talk about getting bigger, but I will believe it when I see it)
SjS Sheahan
Anh MacFarland
Chi - Pickard

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Wow. McKenzie actually agreed with my ranking of Bennet and Etem!

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1 Edmonton Oilers : Taylor Hall
2 Boston Bruins : Tyler Seguin
3 Florida Panthers : Brett Connolly
4 Columbus Blue Jackets : Erik Gudbranson
5 New York Islanders : Cam Fowler
6 Tampa Bay Lightning : Brandon Gormley
7 Carolina Hurricanes: Nino Niederreiter
8 Atlanta Thrashers: Jack Campbell
9 Minnesota Wild: Jeff Skinner
10 New York Rangers: Ryan Johansen
11 Dallas Stars: Derek Forbort
12 Anaheim Ducks: Emerson Etem
13 Phoenix Coyotes: Vladimir Tarasenko
14 St. Louis Blues: Mikael Granlund
15 Boston Bruins: Jonathan Merrill
16 Ottawa Senators: Nick Bjugstad
17 Colorado Avalanche: Dylan McIlrath
18 Nashville Predators: Mark Pysyk
19 Los Angeles King: Alexander Burmistrov
20 Pittsburgh Penguins: Austin Watson
21 Detroit Red Wings: John McFarland
22 Phoenix Coyotes: Jarred Tinordi
23 Buffalo Sabres: Quinton Howden
24 Atlanta Thrashers: Riley Sheahan
25 Vancouver Canucks: Krill Kabanov
26 Washington Capitals: Alex Petrovic
27 Montreal Canadiens: Tyler Pitlick
28 San Jose Sharks: Brock Nelson
29 Anaheim Ducks: Beau Bennet
30 Chicago Blackhawks: Calvin Pickard

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1 Edmonton Oilers : Taylor Hall
2 Boston Bruins : Tyler Seguin
3 Florida Panthers : Erik Gudbranson
4 Columbus Blue Jackets : Brett Connolly
5 New York Islanders : Nino Niederreiter
6 Tampa Bay Lightning : Brandon Gormley
7 Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner
8 Atlanta Thrashers: Cam Fowler
9 Minnesota Wild: Ryan Johansen
10 New York Rangers: Vladimir Tarasenko
11 Dallas Stars: Derek Forbort
12 Anaheim Ducks: Jack Campbell
13 Phoenix Coyotes: Mikael Granlund
14 St. Louis Blues: Nick Bjugstad
15 Boston Bruins: Emerson Etem
16 Ottawa Senators: Alexander Burmistrov
17 Colorado Avalanche: Mark Pysyk
18 Nashville Predators: Riley Sheahan
19 Los Angeles King: Austin Watson
20 Pittsburgh Penguins: Calvin Pickard
21 Detroit Red Wings: Tyler Pitlick
22 Phoenix Coyotes: Dylan McIlrath
23 Buffalo Sabres: Alex Petrovic
24 Atlanta Thrashers: Quinton Howden
25 Vancouver Canucks:Jarred Tinordi
26 Washington Capitals: Jonathan Merrill
27 Montreal Canadiens: John McFarland
28 San Jose Sharks: Beau Bennet
29 Anaheim Ducks: Brock Nelson
30 Chicago Blackhawks: Charlie Coyle

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I've seen so many different players taken for the Canucks at 25th overall, I have no idea what to think now. Usually every year we have a decent indicator going into the draft as to what the Canucks are looking for.

I guess this is why I love draft time, it's so random and interesting. You never know what is going to happen.

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1. Edmonton - Taylor Hall. The Oilers are in need of a flashy star type player. My personal opinion is that Seguin is the better player, but Hall's combination of skill and personality is what the doctor ordered for Edmonton.

2. Boston - Tyler Seguin. No-brainer. Boston selects the most complete and safe player of the draft. He's this year's version of Matt Duchene, IMO.

3. Florida - Cam Fowler. Not the best of the three defensemen in this area, but his offensive potential is the highest IMO. Florida swings for the fences in the hopes they will get the power from the back end they've been looking for since drafting Bouwmeester.

4. Columbus - Erik Gudbranson. Columbus is all too happy to take the big, physical defensemen to add to their blueline.

5. New York Islanders - Brandon Gormley. The Isles take the "everyman" of the defenders available to continue stocking up on their back end, adding to a prospect cupboard that already includes Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic.

6. Tampa Bay - Jack Campbell. First reach of the draft, IMO. Despite having Tokarski, Janus and Helenius in their system, Tampa won't be able to resist adding a player of Campbell's pedigree as they continue to search for an answer in goal. They would have loved a defensemen but as the big three are gone, they go with Campbell.

7. Carolina - Nino Niederreiter. Carolina happily selects the budding Swiss power forward who had the monster performance at the World Juniors, with the hopes that he will grow into the perfect winger for Eric Staal.

8. Atlanta - Ryan Johansen. The big center with high end potential is too appealing for Atlanta to pass up. They reach into British Columbia's talent pool again after having success with Evander Kane and take the Port Moody product.

9. Minnesota - Jeff Skinner. The Wild try to erase the memories of Marion Gaborik by selecting the best pure goal scorer in the draft, and that's Jeff Skinner.

10. New York Rangers - Alex Burmistrov. The Rangers feel that despite the Russian factor, Burmistrov is worth the pick. Already playing in North America and drawing raves from his teammates about his outgoing personality, the Rags feel this is the type of character they'd like in the Big Apple.

11. Dallas - Derek Forbort. The Stars select the hulking defensemen with images of Derian Hatcher(only with wheels) dancing through their head.

12. Anaheim - Brett Connolly. The first real tumble of the draft. Anaheim decides to look past his injury plagued season and roll the dice on the incredibly talented player from Prince George.

13. Phoenix - Mikael Granlund. Phoenix takes the talented Finnish playmaker at No. 13, after giving serious consideration to going off the board for a defensemen.

14. St. Louis - Nick Bjugstad. St. Louis love the size and strength of the big center from Minnesota, as well as his academic acumen.

15. Boston - Dylan McIlrath. Having already selected the safest player in the draft in Seguin, the Bruins roll the dice on what they hope will be the defensive equivalent of current Bruin Milan Lucic.

16. Ottawa - Emerson Etem. Ottawa loves Etem's elite level skating and his heavy shot. They start building prospect depth at forward with this pick.

17. Colorado - Jarred Tinordi. To go along with the high quality mental game and leadership of Matt Duchene at forward, the Avs draft one of the best leaders in the draft in Tinordi in the hopes he will grow into an Adam Foote replacement on the team.

18. Nashville - Justin Faulk. Nashville continues to draft to their strengths by selecting Faulk who, in spite of his size, may have the most talent of the defensemen available in the Draft.

19. Los Angeles - Beau Bennett. LA is all too happy to pick the native Californian at the 19th spot.

20. Pittsburgh - Austin Watson. Pittsburgh is thrilled that this safe, but not overly high end player fell to them. They snap up the big winger with good two-way potential.

21. Detroit - Mark Pysyk. The safe, smart, defensive defensemen. Detroit considers Calle Jarnkrok long and hard before deciding that it's time to stock up on the back end for when Lidstrom eventually decides to hang them up.

22. Phoenix - Kirill Kabanov. Having already selected in the Top 15, Phoenix decides to roll the dice on the biggest wild card in the draft, similar to their Tikhonov selection a few years prior.

23. Buffalo - Riley Sheahan. The Sabres snag possibly the best defensive forward in the draft in the hopes he can anchor their checking unit for years to come.

24. Atlanta - Tyler Pitlick. Atlanta likes his all-round game and feels that his offensive numbers will continue to improve with his move to the WHL.

25. Vancouver - Jon Merrill. Vancouver is absolutely thrilled that Merrill fell to them. Talent in spades, size in abundance and not afraid to use it. Vancouver attributes his suspension and poor interviews with other teams to youth and inexperience much as they did with Schroeder last season.

26. Washington - Vladimir Tarasenko. Other teams were scared off by the Russian factor, but not Washington. If there is a team in the league capable of enticing a Russian to come join them, this will be it. Washington drools over his size and offensive talent to plug into their firewagon system.

27. Montreal - Brock Nelson. Montreal goes for some size up the middle with the hulking 6'3 center from the Minnesota HS system.

28. San Jose - John McFarland. San Jose attributes McFarland's tumble down the rankings to a rough season and feel that his international achievements warrant enough merit to take him in the 1st round.

29. Anaheim - Quinton Howden. A prototypical Anaheim pick--size and the willingness to use it. Not a lot of high end potential, but the Ducks have enough talent in their system to select him.

30. Chicago - Jaden Schwartz. Chicago has had success with diminutive offensive dynamos in the past and they hope history repeats itself. Schwartz dominated the USHL, and playing in the college system will allow Chicago plenty of time to re-shape their team for him to join in a few seasons.

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1. Edmonton - Taylor Hall. The Oilers are in need of a flashy star type player. My personal opinion is that Seguin is the better player, but Hall's combination of skill and personality is what the doctor ordered for Edmonton.

2. Boston - Tyler Seguin. No-brainer. Boston selects the most complete and safe player of the draft. He's this year's version of Matt Duchene, IMO.

3. Florida - Cam Fowler. Not the best of the three defensemen in this area, but his offensive potential is the highest IMO. Florida swings for the fences in the hopes they will get the power from the back end they've been looking for since drafting Bouwmeester.

4. Columbus - Erik Gudbranson. Columbus is all too happy to take the big, physical defensemen to add to their blueline.

5. New York Islanders - Brandon Gormley. The Isles take the "everyman" of the defenders available to continue stocking up on their back end, adding to a prospect cupboard that already includes Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic.

6. Tampa Bay - Jack Campbell. First reach of the draft, IMO. Despite having Tokarski, Janus and Helenius in their system, Tampa won't be able to resist adding a player of Campbell's pedigree as they continue to search for an answer in goal. They would have loved a defensemen but as the big three are gone, they go with Campbell.

7. Carolina - Nino Niederreiter. Carolina happily selects the budding Swiss power forward who had the monster performance at the World Juniors, with the hopes that he will grow into the perfect winger for Eric Staal.

8. Atlanta - Ryan Johansen. The big center with high end potential is too appealing for Atlanta to pass up. They reach into British Columbia's talent pool again after having success with Evander Kane and take the Port Moody product.

9. Minnesota - Jeff Skinner. The Wild try to erase the memories of Marion Gaborik by selecting the best pure goal scorer in the draft, and that's Jeff Skinner.

10. New York Rangers - Alex Burmistrov. The Rangers feel that despite the Russian factor, Burmistrov is worth the pick. Already playing in North America and drawing raves from his teammates about his outgoing personality, the Rags feel this is the type of character they'd like in the Big Apple.

11. Dallas - Derek Forbort. The Stars select the hulking defensemen with images of Derian Hatcher(only with wheels) dancing through their head.

12. Anaheim - Brett Connolly. The first real tumble of the draft. Anaheim decides to look past his injury plagued season and roll the dice on the incredibly talented player from Prince George.

13. Phoenix - Mikael Granlund. Phoenix takes the talented Finnish playmaker at No. 13, after giving serious consideration to going off the board for a defensemen.

14. St. Louis - Nick Bjugstad. St. Louis love the size and strength of the big center from Minnesota, as well as his academic acumen.

15. Boston - Dylan McIlrath. Having already selected the safest player in the draft in Seguin, the Bruins roll the dice on what they hope will be the defensive equivalent of current Bruin Milan Lucic.

16. Ottawa - Emerson Etem. Ottawa loves Etem's elite level skating and his heavy shot. They start building prospect depth at forward with this pick.

17. Colorado - Jarred Tinordi. To go along with the high quality mental game and leadership of Matt Duchene at forward, the Avs draft one of the best leaders in the draft in Tinordi in the hopes he will grow into an Adam Foote replacement on the team.

18. Nashville - Justin Faulk. Nashville continues to draft to their strengths by selecting Faulk who, in spite of his size, may have the most talent of the defensemen available in the Draft.

19. Los Angeles - Beau Bennett. LA is all too happy to pick the native Californian at the 19th spot.

20. Pittsburgh - Austin Watson. Pittsburgh is thrilled that this safe, but not overly high end player fell to them. They snap up the big winger with good two-way potential.

21. Detroit - Mark Pysyk. The safe, smart, defensive defensemen. Detroit considers Calle Jarnkrok long and hard before deciding that it's time to stock up on the back end for when Lidstrom eventually decides to hang them up.

22. Phoenix - Kirill Kabanov. Having already selected in the Top 15, Phoenix decides to roll the dice on the biggest wild card in the draft, similar to their Tikhonov selection a few years prior.

23. Buffalo - Riley Sheahan. The Sabres snag possibly the best defensive forward in the draft in the hopes he can anchor their checking unit for years to come.

24. Atlanta - Tyler Pitlick. Atlanta likes his all-round game and feels that his offensive numbers will continue to improve with his move to the WHL.

25. Vancouver - Jon Merrill. Vancouver is absolutely thrilled that Merrill fell to them. Talent in spades, size in abundance and not afraid to use it. Vancouver attributes his suspension and poor interviews with other teams to youth and inexperience much as they did with Schroeder last season.

26. Washington - Vladimir Tarasenko. Other teams were scared off by the Russian factor, but not Washington. If there is a team in the league capable of enticing a Russian to come join them, this will be it. Washington drools over his size and offensive talent to plug into their firewagon system.

27. Montreal - Brock Nelson. Montreal goes for some size up the middle with the hulking 6'3 center from the Minnesota HS system.

28. San Jose - John McFarland. San Jose attributes McFarland's tumble down the rankings to a rough season and feel that his international achievements warrant enough merit to take him in the 1st round.

29. Anaheim - Quinton Howden. A prototypical Anaheim pick--size and the willingness to use it. Not a lot of high end potential, but the Ducks have enough talent in their system to select him.

30. Chicago - Jaden Schwartz. Chicago has had success with diminutive offensive dynamos in the past and they hope history repeats itself. Schwartz dominated the USHL, and playing in the college system will allow Chicago plenty of time to re-shape their team for him to join in a few seasons.

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There...my 2 cents.
I found myself nodding, going "yep, that makes sense, I could see that."
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Well that didn't take long...Boston traded their pick to FLA, now my mock is all screwed up. :'(

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EDM - Hall - Unanimous decision
BOS - Seguin - Just acquired Horton, need for a winger becomes less
FLA - Fowler - Highest potential and room to grow
CBJ - Gudbranson - Defensive d-man who could develop an offensive upside
NYI - Gormley - Isles need toughness in the back end
TB - Connolly - Speed and goal-scoring, the first perk of Yzerman's managing career
CAR - Niederreiter - Explosive athlete who will fit well in the 'Canes system
ATL - Johansen - Big center with skyrocketing potential
MIN - Forbort - Huge defenseman who is yet to fill out
NYR - Burmistrov - Lightning fast sniper, with contract issues with the KHL
DAL - Skinner - His speed will soon compliment a first line including Scott Glennie
ANA - Etem - Local kid who amazed in Medicine Hat
PHX - McIlrath - Bone crushing defenseman with size and a great shot
STL - Bjugstad - Huge center could develop into scoring winger
FLA - Tarasenko - With the second first rounder, Panthers go high risk, high reward
OTT - Watson - Fast winger who did a lot for himself after being traded from a powerhouse to a bottom-feeder.
COL - Campbell - Just what the doctor ordered for the Avs
NSH - Pysyk - Defensive defenseman fills a void recently opened with the loss of Hamhuis
LA - Howden - Scoring forward who did work at U-18 tournament
PIT - Bennett - High point totals in BCHL could translate into NHL success
DET - Sheahan - College kid who has great hockey sense and size
PHX - Kabanov - Another team that can afford to take risks with multiple 1st rounders
BUF - Nelson - Hulking center, Sabres take a break from small forwards
ATL - Galiev - Russian import who has two years of NA hockey under his belt
VAN - Pitlick - Minnesota native will leave college to play in the WHL
WSH - Kuznetsov - Easier decision for a Russian to come over if he's playing with OV
MTL - McFarland - If attitude improves, could pay off big time for the young gun
SJ - Toffoli - Sharks pick from the 67's again, center who can score and setup.
ANA - Petrovic - Rolling the dice and going with a non-nonsense defenseman
CHI - Schwartz - Tiny forward lead the USHL in scoring, good fit on the recent cup champions

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1. Edmonton - Taylor Hall. The Oilers are in need of a flashy star type player. My personal opinion is that Seguin is the better player, but Hall's combination of skill and personality is what the doctor ordered for Edmonton.

2. Boston - Tyler Seguin. No-brainer. Boston selects the most complete and safe player of the draft. He's this year's version of Matt Duchene, IMO.

3. Florida - Cam Fowler. Not the best of the three defensemen in this area, but his offensive potential is the highest IMO. Florida swings for the fences in the hopes they will get the power from the back end they've been looking for since drafting Bouwmeester.

4. Columbus - Erik Gudbranson. Columbus is all too happy to take the big, physical defensemen to add to their blueline.

5. New York Islanders - Brandon Gormley. The Isles take the "everyman" of the defenders available to continue stocking up on their back end, adding to a prospect cupboard that already includes Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic.

6. Tampa Bay - Jack Campbell. First reach of the draft, IMO. Despite having Tokarski, Janus and Helenius in their system, Tampa won't be able to resist adding a player of Campbell's pedigree as they continue to search for an answer in goal. They would have loved a defensemen but as the big three are gone, they go with Campbell.

7. Carolina - Nino Niederreiter. Carolina happily selects the budding Swiss power forward who had the monster performance at the World Juniors, with the hopes that he will grow into the perfect winger for Eric Staal.

8. Atlanta - Ryan Johansen. The big center with high end potential is too appealing for Atlanta to pass up. They reach into British Columbia's talent pool again after having success with Evander Kane and take the Port Moody product.

9. Minnesota - Jeff Skinner. The Wild try to erase the memories of Marion Gaborik by selecting the best pure goal scorer in the draft, and that's Jeff Skinner.

10. New York Rangers - Alex Burmistrov. The Rangers feel that despite the Russian factor, Burmistrov is worth the pick. Already playing in North America and drawing raves from his teammates about his outgoing personality, the Rags feel this is the type of character they'd like in the Big Apple.

11. Dallas - Derek Forbort. The Stars select the hulking defensemen with images of Derian Hatcher(only with wheels) dancing through their head.

12. Anaheim - Brett Connolly. The first real tumble of the draft. Anaheim decides to look past his injury plagued season and roll the dice on the incredibly talented player from Prince George.

13. Phoenix - Mikael Granlund. Phoenix takes the talented Finnish playmaker at No. 13, after giving serious consideration to going off the board for a defensemen.

14. St. Louis - Nick Bjugstad. St. Louis love the size and strength of the big center from Minnesota, as well as his academic acumen.

15. Boston - Dylan McIlrath. Having already selected the safest player in the draft in Seguin, the Bruins roll the dice on what they hope will be the defensive equivalent of current Bruin Milan Lucic.

16. Ottawa - Emerson Etem. Ottawa loves Etem's elite level skating and his heavy shot. They start building prospect depth at forward with this pick.

17. Colorado - Jarred Tinordi. To go along with the high quality mental game and leadership of Matt Duchene at forward, the Avs draft one of the best leaders in the draft in Tinordi in the hopes he will grow into an Adam Foote replacement on the team.

18. Nashville - Justin Faulk. Nashville continues to draft to their strengths by selecting Faulk who, in spite of his size, may have the most talent of the defensemen available in the Draft.

19. Los Angeles - Beau Bennett. LA is all too happy to pick the native Californian at the 19th spot.

20. Pittsburgh - Austin Watson. Pittsburgh is thrilled that this safe, but not overly high end player fell to them. They snap up the big winger with good two-way potential.

21. Detroit - Mark Pysyk. The safe, smart, defensive defensemen. Detroit considers Calle Jarnkrok long and hard before deciding that it's time to stock up on the back end for when Lidstrom eventually decides to hang them up.

22. Phoenix - Kirill Kabanov. Having already selected in the Top 15, Phoenix decides to roll the dice on the biggest wild card in the draft, similar to their Tikhonov selection a few years prior.

23. Buffalo - Riley Sheahan. The Sabres snag possibly the best defensive forward in the draft in the hopes he can anchor their checking unit for years to come.

24. Atlanta - Tyler Pitlick. Atlanta likes his all-round game and feels that his offensive numbers will continue to improve with his move to the WHL.

25. Vancouver - Jon Merrill. Vancouver is absolutely thrilled that Merrill fell to them. Talent in spades, size in abundance and not afraid to use it. Vancouver attributes his suspension and poor interviews with other teams to youth and inexperience much as they did with Schroeder last season.

26. Washington - Vladimir Tarasenko. Other teams were scared off by the Russian factor, but not Washington. If there is a team in the league capable of enticing a Russian to come join them, this will be it. Washington drools over his size and offensive talent to plug into their firewagon system.

27. Montreal - Brock Nelson. Montreal goes for some size up the middle with the hulking 6'3 center from the Minnesota HS system.

28. San Jose - John McFarland. San Jose attributes McFarland's tumble down the rankings to a rough season and feel that his international achievements warrant enough merit to take him in the 1st round.

29. Anaheim - Quinton Howden. A prototypical Anaheim pick--size and the willingness to use it. Not a lot of high end potential, but the Ducks have enough talent in their system to select him.

30. Chicago - Jaden Schwartz. Chicago has had success with diminutive offensive dynamos in the past and they hope history repeats itself. Schwartz dominated the USHL, and playing in the college system will allow Chicago plenty of time to re-shape their team for him to join in a few seasons.

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There...my 2 cents.
Campbell to tampa is ridiculous.

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Campbell to tampa is ridiculous.
I disagree. Campbell is the 3rd most talented player in this draft. Its just unfortunate that edmonton needs Hall, boston has rask,florida has markstrom and the isles used 2 picks last year on goalies. Him going at 5 to TB makes alot of sense as he is just that dam good.

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Tarasenko is a top talent that will fall primarily due to the KHL factor. If he's there at 25, which he should not be, the Canucks should take him. He's not a head case like Kabanov. And from the different reports and mocks out there, he seems to be the better regarded player between he and Merrill.

Actually, ISS has both players ranked 4 (Tarasenko) and 11 (Merrill) respectively. A lot would have to fall our way to get either player.

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Tarasenko is a top talent that will fall primarily due to the KHL factor. If he's there at 25, which he should not be, the Canucks should take him. He's not a head case like Kabanov. And from the different reports and mocks out there, he seems to be the better regarded player between he and Merrill.

Actually, ISS has both players ranked 4 (Tarasenko) and 11 (Merrill) respectively. A lot would have to fall our way to get either player.
NYR are extremely high on Trasenko - if he is still there at #10 Rangers grab him.

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Campbell to tampa is ridiculous.
I disagree.

The Bolts are well stocked up front with Lecavalier, St. Louis and Stamkos. On the back end they have Victor Hedman to build around. What they are looking for is a solution in goal, and Smith is not it. They have stocked up on goaltending prospects in recent years with the likes of Janus, Helenius and Tokarski, but they are still--IMO--searching for that bluechip goaltending prospect which Campbell would provide them with.

As far as Tarasenko goes, he is obviously a great talent, but the Russian factor can't be understated of late. I think it will either be a team that has multiple 1sts, a team that has a strong Russian quotient(hence why I had the Caps rolling the dice on him) or a team that is thoroughly convinced they are attractive enough to lure him over(in this instance, the Rangers certainly do make sense).

Bleachclean - I agree Merrill and Tarasenko are ranked highly based on talent, but the predraft buzz for each of them seems to intimate they could fall a bit. Tarasenko for the Russian factor, and Merrill for a couple of aforementioned reasons--his suspension this year and apparently the fact that he didn't interview too well with a few teams at the combine. The reason I feel the Canucks could go for him anyway is because there were similar concerns with Schroeder.

But of course my mock is useless from 15-on now thanks to Boston and Florida. Damnit. Maybe I'll re-do that half today.

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1. Edmonton - Taylor Hall. The Oilers are in need of a flashy star type player. My personal opinion is that Seguin is the better player, but Hall's combination of skill and personality is what the doctor ordered for Edmonton.

2. Boston - Tyler Seguin. No-brainer. Boston selects the most complete and safe player of the draft. He's this year's version of Matt Duchene, IMO.

3. Florida - Cam Fowler. Not the best of the three defensemen in this area, but his offensive potential is the highest IMO. Florida swings for the fences in the hopes they will get the power from the back end they've been looking for since drafting Bouwmeester.

4. Columbus - Erik Gudbranson. Columbus is all too happy to take the big, physical defensemen to add to their blueline.

5. New York Islanders - Brandon Gormley. The Isles take the "everyman" of the defenders available to continue stocking up on their back end, adding to a prospect cupboard that already includes Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic.

6. Tampa Bay - Jack Campbell. First reach of the draft, IMO. Despite having Tokarski, Janus and Helenius in their system, Tampa won't be able to resist adding a player of Campbell's pedigree as they continue to search for an answer in goal. They would have loved a defensemen but as the big three are gone, they go with Campbell.

7. Carolina - Nino Niederreiter. Carolina happily selects the budding Swiss power forward who had the monster performance at the World Juniors, with the hopes that he will grow into the perfect winger for Eric Staal.

8. Atlanta - Ryan Johansen. The big center with high end potential is too appealing for Atlanta to pass up. They reach into British Columbia's talent pool again after having success with Evander Kane and take the Port Moody product.

9. Minnesota - Jeff Skinner. The Wild try to erase the memories of Marion Gaborik by selecting the best pure goal scorer in the draft, and that's Jeff Skinner.

10. New York Rangers - Alex Burmistrov. The Rangers feel that despite the Russian factor, Burmistrov is worth the pick. Already playing in North America and drawing raves from his teammates about his outgoing personality, the Rags feel this is the type of character they'd like in the Big Apple.

11. Dallas - Derek Forbort. The Stars select the hulking defensemen with images of Derian Hatcher(only with wheels) dancing through their head.

12. Anaheim - Brett Connolly. The first real tumble of the draft. Anaheim decides to look past his injury plagued season and roll the dice on the incredibly talented player from Prince George.

13. Phoenix - Mikael Granlund. Phoenix takes the talented Finnish playmaker at No. 13, after giving serious consideration to going off the board for a defensemen.

14. St. Louis - Nick Bjugstad. St. Louis love the size and strength of the big center from Minnesota, as well as his academic acumen.
Okay, so carrying on from here with the slight swap in the draft order:

15. Florida - Jarred Tinordi. Having gone with the higher-impact potential of Fowler high in the draft, the Cats go for what they feel is a safe pick in Tinordi. He has character in spades, is a leader, a big, nasty player on the back end. They give consideration to McIlrath but go with Tinordi as the safer bet.

16. Ottawa - Emerson Etem. Ottawa loves Etem's elite level skating and his heavy shot. They start building prospect depth at forward with this pick.

17. Colorado - Mark Pysyk. The Avalanche look to solidify their blueline corps by drafting one of the most quintissential defensive defenders in the draft. Safe and smart, Pysyk is a good bet to make the Avs in the next couple of seasons.

18. Nashville - Justin Faulk. Nashville continues to draft to their strengths by selecting Faulk who, in spite of his size, may have the most talent of the defensemen available in the Draft.

19. Los Angeles - Beau Bennett. LA is all too happy to pick the native Californian at the 19th spot.

20. Pittsburgh - Dylan McIlrath. The Penguins snap up the nastiest defensemen of the draft to play policeman for Crosby and Malkin down the road.

21. Detroit - Calle Jarnkrok. Cliche perhaps, but the Wings have had a lot of success with Sweden. Continuing with their MO of drafting skill, they take the talented but dimunitive Swede with their 1st.

22. Phoenix - Kirill Kabanov. Having already selected in the Top 15, Phoenix decides to roll the dice on the biggest wild card in the draft, similar to their Tikhonov selection a few years prior.

23. Buffalo - Riley Sheahan. The Sabres snag possibly the best defensive forward in the draft in the hopes he can anchor their checking unit for years to come.

24. Atlanta - Tyler Pitlick. Atlanta likes his all-round game and feels that his offensive numbers will continue to improve with his move to the WHL.

25. Vancouver - Jon Merrill. Vancouver is absolutely thrilled that Merrill fell to them. Talent in spades, size in abundance and not afraid to use it. Vancouver attributes his suspension and poor interviews with other teams to youth and inexperience much as they did with Schroeder last season.

26. Washington - Vladimir Tarasenko. Other teams were scared off by the Russian factor, but not Washington. If there is a team in the league capable of enticing a Russian to come join them, this will be it. Washington drools over his size and offensive talent to plug into their firewagon system.

27. Montreal - Brock Nelson. Montreal goes for some size up the middle with the hulking 6'3 center from the Minnesota HS system.

28. San Jose - John McFarland. San Jose attributes McFarland's tumble down the rankings to a rough season and feel that his international achievements warrant enough merit to take him in the 1st round.

29. Anaheim - Quinton Howden. A prototypical Anaheim pick--size and the willingness to use it. Not a lot of high end potential, but the Ducks have enough talent in their system to select him.

30. Chicago - Jaden Schwartz. Chicago has had success with diminutive offensive dynamos in the past and they hope history repeats itself. Schwartz dominated the USHL, and playing in the college system will allow Chicago plenty of time to re-shape their team for him to join in a few seasons.

Alright...I think I'm covered. Not too, too many changes.

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If Tarasenko is there at 25, Gillis will draft him. He's top 5 in this draft skill- and potential-wise, could challenge Hall and Seguin for the top spot if he wasn't Russian. And he will come over, he has already said as much in many interviews.

It would be absolutely ******** if we passed him over, regardless of our Top 6 depth. We're talking about a kid that had as many points as Ovechkin did in his draft year.

(I happen to have Russian TV and I have seen full matches of him in the KHL, the things this kid can do are insane.)


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^ Tarasenko is a top end talent. From what I have read and the 3 clips that I have seen of him, he seems to have an efficient and intelligent style to his game. His stick skills are amazing.


The Russian factor should drop him, but not 20 spots from where he is projected to go. Kabanov has the KHL possibilities AND his attitude problems. There's a sginificant difference between the two. Granted, the Shroeder drop last year could mean Tarasenko drops this year, although for very different reasons. A drop is not without reason. That said, the warning flag on Tarasenko exit outside the actual ability of the hockey player, unlike Shroeder, so teams would be less hesitant to risk a pick on him IMO. For example, Tarasenko won't make it past 20 if Detroit is still picking there.

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12. Anaheim - Brett Connolly. The first real tumble of the draft. Anaheim decides to look past his injury plagued season and roll the dice on the incredibly talented player from Prince George.
There's no way Connolly drops to 12. Absolutely zero, the kid is just way too talented.

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