Just completed a mock draft, let me know what you think.
With the 3rd pick overall, Drew Doughty D, Guelph Storm
With the 29th/30th pick overall, Eric Nemisz RW, Windsor Spitfires
The Kings took Bogosian, so I gladly took Doughty at the 3 spot.
I was torn between Gardiner(D) and Nemisz for our 2nd selection in the 1st round. However all things being equal between the two, our lack of high end wingers...along with a general lack of size among our forward propsects led to to take Nemisz. With the addition of Doughty, along with the progression of some of our D prospects this year...I felt we could pass on the talented Dman from Minnesota.
I like the picks, though I still see the second 1st rounder being packaged in a trade.
If the Nikulin negotiations are serious, package the 1st plus say XLB for a forward, slide Nikulin into XLB's spot, buy out Zhitnik and sign a good FA D-man, and you're set. If you're not positive you can get Nikulin over, trade the 1st plus XLB for a good D-man if you can, maybe somebody due to become a UFA after 08-09.
I'd okay with trading Pittsburgh's 1st rounder, but only if it's a trade up or down in the draft. People, we need a shift in direction and stop trading away our high picks. Sign players out of Europe to fill roster spots & open the pocket for one or two "smash hit" free agents. No more Ivan Majesky kind of deals! *puke*