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Russian Fan mock draft (2/3)

SO here we are 2 weeks away from the draft.

Last week I made my 1st mock draft based mostly on what I seen (not very much to be honest) & the little infos on articles around the NHL medias.

The 2nd mock draft is a bit more specific to me, I don't pretend to be an expert or a scout but I've seen some players but mostly I take my words by analyzing some draft guide (that I dont take for granted) , some articles & some friends who seen game in Europe. (Moscow, Germany, Switzerland mostly & a bid in Finland).

I add an upside & downside player comparison to most players in this mock. My definition of UPSIDE is what I think the BEST player he could be if he reach all his potential.

My definition of DOWNSIDE is a player who reach the NHL but not the player he was so expected to become. Sure there is more DOWNSIDE than the player I will name, like being an AHLer but I want to be positive about every prospect & at least put them as future NHLer.

So here it is, all in fun & mostly to make people get, I hope, a better feeling of the prospects in the 1st round in the upcoming NHL draft.

#1 Washington Capitals : ALEXANDER OVECHKIN LW

It didn't change from the 1st mock & it won't change in the next mock. I don't see any trade from the Caps unless there's a serious overpayment from an NHL player. Theo + Zednik + 1st is not enough & I dont see anyone in NHL give a lot of young Blue Chips & picks to get him.

#2 Pittsburgh Penguins : EVGENY MALKIN C

It didn't change from the 1st mock & it won't change in the next mock. Malkin is the CLEARCUT #2 in this draft & the PENS need that kind of player to be successful in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in the future. Unless they trade their #2 + some blue chip prospect like Whitney for Ovechkin, don't expect Pittsburgh to be moving down.

#3 Chicago Black Hawks : ANDREW LADD LW
I hesitate between Ladd & Tukonen as the #3 for the Hawks. I choose Ladd because he looks like a Sutter type of player & unless Sutter is not in the GM plans, Ladd is the obvious pick to me. Also more & more I look at Ladd the more I see him in a Hawks uniform when this franchise was a success. A nice comparison to Shane Doan to Rick Nash for Ladd but I don't see him as an instant success like Nash did since he's in the NHL @ 18. His skating needs to be upgrade if he wants to be in the NHL & after that he got all the tools to be a successful NHLer

Upside : Shane Doan/Rick Nash
Downside : Adam Hall

#4 Columbus Blue Jackets : CAM BARKER D

It's already tough to choose Barker, I know the Blue Jackets would welcome him with open arms but I'm not so sure Barker is GM McLean #1 prospect on the list. I think Ladd & Olesz could be prefered to Barker. If they want Olesz I can see them trading down with Phoenix or NYRangers or Florida to get another pick later in the draft or a 3rd-4th liner type of players. Cam Barker seems to have all the tools but I really think he will need some help to develop all the tools he got to be a nice complete players. Barker IMO is 3 years away from the NHL in a defensive era. Sure in Columbus he could came earlier than that but I think it could be a lack of progression if that happen.

Upside : Brian Leetch
Downside : Eric Brewer

#5 Phoenix Coyotes : Lauri Tukonen C/RW

Well if there's a trade that could happen with a TOP 5 pick, the Coyotes are definitely the team to get a deal done on D-Day. Personnally I jump in the bandwagon that Phoenix could sincerely pick a G & that could very well be my pick for Phoenix in the last mock I will did. Don't be surprise to see a trade between Phoenix & Florida happening is Columbus is drafting Barker.

Lauri is gonna be a very popular player for the fans of the team that will pick him. The 2-way player with grit are more popular & appreciate than ever & this guy will be loved because he got the FINNISH hard working blood in him. This is another player that I think if the fans will need to wait a few years like Ruutu to see him in the NHL. No doubt in my mind that Tukonen is a top 6 NHLer in the future but he won't be an impact NHLer at 18 because I think we will see him around 21-22.

UPSIDE : Jere Lehtinen/Fredrik Modin
DOWNSIDE : Samuel Pahlsson
#6 New York Rangers : ROTISLAV OLESZ C

My brain says Olesz, my feeling says Meszaros. I'll go with Olesz for today. Rotislav Olesz is becoming more & more underrated on the HF radar. His injury in the WJC made him less hype but he still got huge upside in him. Remind me a lot of Brad Richards in him. Very complete even if not necessarily physical, great hockey sense, very coachable. Looks the kind of player that everyone around him will be better because he's an unselfish kind of player.

UPSIDE : Brad Richards
DOWNSIDE : Vaclav Prospal

#7 Florida Panthers : Alvaro Montoya G

I'm gonna stick with Montoya for the Panthers, they got Luongo & that's great but this team doesn't have anything after him & who knows what the future happen ? Anyway Montoya need to learn his technique & is 3 to 5 away to get a taste of the NHL so Luongo could be a UFA in 5 years with CBA or could be traded if the monetary demand is too high. Montoya is fast/quick in his crease, he tends to overreact at times & that something he's gonna learn from professionnal experience. Looks like a money goalie too.

#8 Carolina Hurricanes : Ondrej Meszaros D

A.J Thelen the HF fan boy or Ondrej Meszaros the always euro underrated ? Tough choice ! They could go either way IMO. I love everything I read about Meszaros & I completely forgot about him (him & Smid , I always confuse both of them for no specific reasons). Mezsaros is a 2-way player that can anchor the PP-PK , logging a lot of ice & possibly the most NHL ready of all defensman in this draft. His upside is maybe less than Thelen but he looks like a real safe pick as a #2-3 D for the future.

UPSIDE : Brad Stuart/Kim Johnsson
DOWNSIDE : Marcus Ragnarsson

#9 Anaheim Mighty Ducks : Drew Stafford RW

Another one that I stick with my pick, Stafford looks like a Mike Babcock type of player to me. Wolski would not surprise me if he's pick by Anaheim. Drew Stafford is a R.Winger that got his game mold for today's NHL : Passionnate, hard-worker, nose for the net, will be good defensively as he gets old. Stafford is one of the reason team USA has been so successful in the WJC in January. He already got a sense of leadership that all coach will love about this guy.

UPSIDE : Scott Walker/Ryan Smith
DOWNSIDE : Mike Knuble

#10 Atlanta Thrashers : A.J Thelen D

Mister high rish/high reward Don Wadell got was he was wishing for, a superb D in the making with one of the best upside of this draft. He's gonna be a PP specialist for any club. Some people compare him to Rob Blake because they both was awesome at 17 in the NCAA but to me Thelen is less physical the Blake & I would compare him to Mathieu Schneider. I know some dont like Schneider but he's a very good offensive D-man & think Thelen is gonna be like him if he progress the way it should.

UPSIDE : Mathieu Schneider
DOWNSIDE : Patrice Brisebois

#11 Los Angeles Kings : Marek Schwarz G

Unless they fell for Schremp, I would be SHOCK if they don't pick a G.

#12 Minnesota Wild : Alexandre Picard LW

I really think that if Thelen or Meszaros are there @ 12, it would be the Wild pick so they go with the arguably BPA at this point. Alexandre Picard is a natural goal scorer & this is something that is really missing in the Wild organization. Picard is not afraid to play physical when ask to but that's not his primary skill. He remind me a lot of John Leclair at times.

UPSIDE : Patrick Marleau
DOWNSIDE : J.P Dumont/Patrick Poulin

#13 Buffalo Sabres : Ladislav Smid D

Smid is the best D available IMO @ 13th. While not ready until at least 3 years to be in the NHL, Smid is one of those that you feel will not make many mistake. He is very intelligent with & without the puck. His skating abilities is one of his most attractive attributes & he intends to use it in the future.

UPSIDE : Brian Rafalski
DOWNSIDE : Jaroslav Spacek

#14 Los Angeles Kings : Robbie Schremp C

How could he fell that low ? Well it's not an easy answer to say but I think even if Schremp was not responsible for what happen with Mississauga, some GM wanted to play it safe. But when you got 2 picks in the top 15 & you adress your need at goaltending & you got a chance for an homerun pick @ 14th you grad him. Everything has been said & done about him. Nothing that's I'll say will come as a surprise. Huge upside of course but what he's gonna do with this upside is up to him.

UPSIDE : Robert Lang
DOWNSIDE : Patrik Stefan

#15 Nashville Predators : Kyle Chipchura C

It happen sometimes when you think 1 player & you imagine him with 1 jersey. That's the case to me with Chipchura & the Preds uniform. No doubt that Chipchura is a character player that will be love by his coach, his teammates, the mothers of his girlfriends. Well you know what I mean. Chipchura is the kind of player that any team would want on their teams. His offensive upside is a huge questions at the moment but the Preds will take what Chip will bring.

UPSIDE : Michal Handzus
DOWNSIDE :Jeff Halpern

#16 New York Islanders : Boris Valabik D

I still not think he's not worthy of a 1st round pick but it's not the first time & surely not the last time that SIZE will bring excitement to a team that draft him. Huge UPSIDE in the long run but the upside % vs the downside % in not in Valabik favor. Also count at least 5 years of development to see him as a regular NHLer.

UPSIDE : Zdeno Chara
DOWNSIDE : Dan Focht

#17 St-Louis Blues : Wojtek Wolski LW

While I admit that Wolski is not my favorite player of this draft, I need to give him the credit that he is due. Wolski looks like a future NHLer. Everything that is need to be an NHLer , Wolski have it but will he bring every day ? That's another thing NHL teams will decide & where he's gonna be.

UPSIDE : Viktor Kozlov ''The good where he show he's a natural''
DOWNSIDE : Viktor Kozlov ''The bad one inconsistent one''

#18 Montreal Canadiens : Lauri Korpikoski LW

Well another case of my brain (Korpikoski) vs my heart (Radulov). Trevor Timmins love the skilled players & if have too choose between 2 players close to equal in skill but one brings more intangibles than the other, Timmins will pick this one. Korpikoski is another type of player that the Habs fan will love, they fell in love with Ryder's work ethic , they fell in love Koivu's determination, they will love Korpikoski never say never attitude. His skills is there, will it translate right away in the NHL ? of course not, 3-4 years down the road he will be in the NHL or maybe sooner if his non-stop working attitude gave no choice to the Habs to keep him.

UPSIDE : Patrik Elias
DOWNSIDE : Shean Donovan

#19 Calgary Flames : Roman Voloshenko LW

The Flames need a natural scorer or playmaker but also they need someone who can fit the Sutter mold which his skate, drive hard to the net & go along the boards. Voloshenko can do absolutely everything like that. His skating abilities in not of one of the best like the usual Russians but that's not something you cannot learn from.

UPSIDE : Radek Dvorak
DOWNSIDE : Petr Cajanek

#20 Dallas Stars : Kirill Lyamin D

Lepisto was a reach probably but I wouldn't be surprise if the Stars still pick him. But let's talk about Kirill Lyamin the future mean S.O.B of the NHL. The next Kasparaitis. A player that everyone LOVE to HATE. Something that could really be miss by Dallas.

UPSIDE : Darius Kasparaitis
DOWNSIDE : Igor Ulanov

#21 Colorado Avalanche : Jakub Sindel RW/C

A real tough one, the Colorado prospect bank is close to empty, so there no specific need unless to fill that bank with some great picks & Jakub Sindel is a beautiful project. A magician on ice that will make so D look foolish. He's not the total package but he could be one of the most exciting player of this draft. Consistency & energy level is a concern regarding Sindel but he still a nice player to have.

UPSIDE : Martin Havlat/Martin Straka
DOWNSIDE : Kristian Huselius

#22 New Jersey Devils : Alexander Radulov LW

How the Devils do it ? 22nd& another GREAT PICK for them. It's not David Conte fault if he fall that high. Radulov is an emotional player, he will do everything he can to be the best player on ice. His quality is also his weakness, he wants to be so much the best every night that he tends to do much. When he tends to do too much, the coach will not like him & that could be a problem. Skill wise, he shouldn't go after 15 but it's a weird draft & anything can happen.

UPSIDE : Marian Hossa
DOWNSIDE : RSL or Denis Arkhipov

#23 Ottawa Senators : Mike Green D

Why I picked Lisin in my first on a Muckler Era ? I dont know, I must have been thinking that Pierre Gauthier is still there. Mike Green fit more with the Muckler/Murray era. A good Canadian boy that play night in , night out. Can log a lot of ICE TIME & he could push his other teammate energy very high. Red Line comparison is Craig Rivet (the positive side of him) & it's not a bad comparison. Does he have a better upside ? time will tell & it could very be possible.

UPSIDE : smaller Paul Mara
DOWNSIDE : Jason Woolley/Denis Gauthier

#24 New York Rangers : Jeff Schultz D

Well the Rangers sooner or later will need to rebuild their D if they want to make the playoff someday. Like I said on other posts this is a DEFENSMAN DRAFT & the 6'6 Schultz could very well be a 1st rounder. SIZE always put some prospects higher than EXPECTED.

UPSIDE : Boris Mironov will less offense
DOWNSIDE : Henrik Tallinder

#25 Edmonton Oilers : Enver Lisin RW

When the D & G position is very popular, there's some forward that could become steals at this point & Lisin is one that can possibly make some noise in the NHL. The Oilers were looking for a flashy player that can bring excitement & most of all GOALS !!! Lisin is said to be like most skilled Russian a game breaker type of player but also it comes sometimes with a lack of effort when the game can be more more physical. On the Western conference Lisin can explore his abilities & with time he got a chance to be more mature.

UPSIDE : Alexei Kovalev
DOWNSIDE : Oleg Kvasha

#26 Vancouver Canucks : Devan Dubnyk G

With Auld probably becoming the #2 next season, the goaltending position in the future is close to non-existant & that why Dubnyk is a clear choice for me at 25th.

#27 Washington Capitals : Dave Bolland C

Very close to make my first mock last week, he did it this time with the Capitals in search a players with character, hard working & skill. Dave Bolland is a good 2-way player with some good offensive upside. He's also well aware of his defensive abilities. A very good move for the Caps.

UPSIDE : Brendan Morrison/Todd White
DOWNSIDE : Eric Belanger

#28 San Jose Sharks : Viktor Alexandrov C

This is a place in the draft where it's very tough to predict. In my 1st mock, I had a real tough time not to put Alexandrov in my 1st round. It won't surprise me if he's 2nd round material but he definitely got 1st round skills !!! Today as a CENTER don't be surprise to see him becoming a winger when he'll make the jump in the NHL. A slick playmaker that some team won't hesitate to put 2 man on him to make sure he won't create too many scoring chances.

UPSIDE : Pavel Datsyuk (same creativity but less exciting)
DOWNSIDE : Jan Hlavac

#29 Washington Capitals : Carl SoderbergRW

A very 2-way player with some playmaking abilities & very sound for the NHL. That's what Soderberg is to me. I love that guy & really think he will be a steal in this draft. He seems always calm & very mature (rare for kids). Why he is stated to be a 2nd round instead of a 1st round ? He seems to not showing intensity every night. When he's ON, you got a great player , when he's OFF , he's invisible. He could very well be out of the 1st round but I like him a lot @ 28th.

UPSIDE : Fredrik Modin (less physical)
DOWNSIDE : Jonas Hoglund

#30 Tampa Bay Lightning : Corey Schneider G

At 30 you go with the best player availble & it's good for the Lightning where they need a good prospect at the G position.


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Well it's very very tough to do this, every day, I change my mind, every day it seems harder to be objective.

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That draft seems very reasonable...though I don't agree one everything

Thank You for your efforts....I'm looking forward to the next one!

BTW very happy if we get Korpiskovski

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Thanks for the good read.

It's actually Edmonton who has the #14 pick. You're probably looking at that list in THN, which made the mistake of putting LA at 11 and 14.

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#18 Montreal Canadiens : Lauri Korpikoski LW

Well another case of my brain (Korpikoski) vs my heart (Radulov). Trevor Timmins love the skilled players & if have too choose between 2 players close to equal in skill but one brings more intangibles than the other, Timmins will pick this one. Korpikoski is another type of player that the Habs fan will love, they fell in love with Ryder's work ethic , they fell in love Koivu's determination, they will love Korpikoski never say never attitude. His skills is there, will it translate right away in the NHL ? of course not, 3-4 years down the road he will be in the NHL or maybe sooner if his non-stop working attitude gave no choice to the Habs to keep him.

UPSIDE : Patrik Elias
DOWNSIDE : Shean Donovan
One thing I see a lot of when talking about who the Habs will pick and is above once again is the assumption that Timmins has the final say in who we pick. He doesn't. He's a scout at the services of Bob Gainey. He's the one providing the info, but Gainey's the one making the pick based on his preferences. Ultimately he'll talk with Savard and Timmins about all the players and make a list accordingly but he has the final say in who we pick, especially in the 1st round.

Don't forget he probably saw a good deal of those prospects too and probably all the likely 1st rounders, so it's not like he has to rely on what Timmins will say for the 1st pick. I'm not saying Korpikoski would not get consideration from Gainey, just that to assume we'll pick him or another player based on Timmins' or Savard's preferences is IMO wrong. Gainey likes to do things his way and take charge of everything. I assume this is the same for the draft.

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One thing I see a lot of when talking about who the Habs will pick and is above once again is the assumption that Timmins has the final say in who we pick. He doesn't. He's a scout at the services of Bob Gainey. He's the one providing the info, but Gainey's the one making the pick based on his preferences. Ultimately he'll talk with Savard and Timmins about all the players and make a list accordingly but he has the final say in who we pick, especially in the 1st round.

Don't forget he probably saw a good deal of those prospects too and probably all the likely 1st rounders, so it's not like he has to rely on what Timmins will say for the 1st pick. I'm not saying Korpikoski would not get consideration from Gainey, just that to assume we'll pick him or another player based on Timmins' or Savard's preferences is IMO wrong. Gainey likes to do things his way and take charge of everything. I assume this is the same for the draft.

You're definitely right, and that is what scares me a little. I trust so much Savard's and Timmins' prospects evaluations that I would appreciate if Gainey just listens to them on D-day......

But I think Gainey drafted Lehtinen, Niko Kapanen, Miettinen and Jussi Jokinen, so I shouldn't be afraid of him passing on Korpikoski. :lol

In my opinion, it's either Korpikoski or a defenseman (Meszaros, Thelen or Smid if they fall, probably Green).

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One thing I see a lot of when talking about who the Habs will pick and is above once again is the assumption that Timmins has the final say in who we pick. He doesn't. He's a scout at the services of Bob Gainey. He's the one providing the info, but Gainey's the one making the pick based on his preferences. Ultimately he'll talk with Savard and Timmins about all the players and make a list accordingly but he has the final say in who we pick, especially in the 1st round.

Don't forget he probably saw a good deal of those prospects too and probably all the likely 1st rounders, so it's not like he has to rely on what Timmins will say for the 1st pick. I'm not saying Korpikoski would not get consideration from Gainey, just that to assume we'll pick him or another player based on Timmins' or Savard's preferences is IMO wrong. Gainey likes to do things his way and take charge of everything. I assume this is the same for the draft.

I think you are wrong.

Bob Gainey respects AS to much to not give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the draft.

The only time I think that BG will overturn AS is if he trades the pick.

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Bob Gainey respects AS to much to not give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the draft.

The only time I think that BG will overturn AS is if he trades the pick.
To some extent, I agree with this statement. Gainey has said it at least 3-4 times, he knows Savard and Timmins are both excellent at finding young talents. He knows both have done miracles for the Ottawa Senators at the scouting department. While it's Gainey that has the final word, obviously, I think he's definatly aware that his scouting staff has watched more games than him, and have had the opportunity to get to know prospects better than he did. I just can't picture Gainey at the draft table saying: "No we're not taking this guy, I didn't like what I have seen from him in the 1-2 game(s) I have seen from him". Timmins and Savard have been following these guys for the whole year... their opinion must count as much, if not more, than Gainey's on draft day.

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To some extent, I agree with this statement. Gainey has said it at least 3-4 times, he knows Savard and Timmins are both excellent at finding young talents. He knows both have done miracles for the Ottawa Senators at the scouting department. While it's Gainey that has the final word, obviously, I think he's definatly aware that his scouting staff has watched more games than him, and have had the opportunity to get to know prospects better than he did. I just can't picture Gainey at the draft table saying: "No we're not taking this guy, I didn't like what I have seen from him in the 1-2 game(s) I have seen from him". Timmins and Savard have been following these guys for the whole year... their opinion must count as much, if not more, than Gainey's on draft day.
Could not have said it better Higgsfan.

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Nice draft, like the last one you did. If Barker's downside is Eric Brewer, I'd have to say he'll be a fine defenceman one day.

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One thing I see a lot of when talking about who the Habs will pick and is above once again is the assumption that Timmins has the final say in who we pick. He doesn't. He's a scout at the services of Bob Gainey. He's the one providing the info, but Gainey's the one making the pick based on his preferences. Ultimately he'll talk with Savard and Timmins about all the players and make a list accordingly but he has the final say in who we pick, especially in the 1st round.

Don't forget he probably saw a good deal of those prospects too and probably all the likely 1st rounders, so it's not like he has to rely on what Timmins will say for the 1st pick. I'm not saying Korpikoski would not get consideration from Gainey, just that to assume we'll pick him or another player based on Timmins' or Savard's preferences is IMO wrong. Gainey likes to do things his way and take charge of everything. I assume this is the same for the draft.
Some other poster already talk about this but like it's been said, sure Gainey have a final say in the player that's gonna be picked but it's not a case of Timmins-Savard wants example Radulov or Korpikoski & Gainey come & say ''sorry guys it's gonna be Mike Green''. There's absolutely no way that Gainey got that much time to view all the prospect to make a decision alone.

To follow the example, let's say Timmins-Savard are tied up between Radulov & Korpikoski, Gainey will be the one who decide between the 2. 95% of the time it's the director of player scouting that give a direction of how the draft is gonna be manage but Gainey got a say when it's time to decide between 2-3-4 players.

Why would they hire a director of player scouting if he didn't have any say on what is gonna be pick ? Don Waddell said he watch around 75-100 games outside the NHL & it's not all about prospects. The scouting department must have seen at least 4-5x times what Gainey has seen this year & also it's been said that he trust Savard-Timmins a lot in what they're doing.

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Thanks for the good read.

It's actually Edmonton who has the #14 pick. You're probably looking at that list in THN, which made the mistake of putting LA at 11 and 14.
Thanks Zednik, I never look outside the THN to make sure the 1st round order was correct. (I was a bit lazy I admint)

It's gonna be taken care of in my last mock !

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Thanks Russian Fan for your hard work and read! This is the mock draft that I agree the most just 2 thing I not agree I don't think Radulov will fall to the new jersey devil at 22 this guy is 'one'
of the most skilled player in the draft,I know that anything can happen but I don't see the devils picking him I think Nashville will pick him they need a great winger with talent.I will not ne mad if Montreal pick Korpikoski this guy could be a gamble he is a exciting player korpikoski is my pick for the habs too ,I know this guy will be someone very special.I am high on Soderberg too some people said that he will be pick in the 2nd round I don't beleive that ,he is 1st round material I have seen him play one time and he is making some smart pass a good playmaker but as like you said he is not very physical , the second thing I don't agree ,I know Ladd is a suter type of player but the Blackhawks are desperatly looking for a defenceman I know that Cam Barker will be their first choice and CBJ too need a defenceman but if Barker is not available I think they will pick Olesz CBJ need a center IMO.


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#20 Dallas Stars : Kirill Lyamin D

Lepisto was a reach probably but I wouldn't be surprise if the Stars still pick him. But let's talk about Kirill Lyamin the future mean S.O.B of the NHL. The next Kasparaitis. A player that everyone LOVE to HATE. Something that could really be miss by Dallas.

UPSIDE : Darius Kasparaitis
DOWNSIDE : Igor Ulanov
This guy is intriguing. A Kasparaitis upside isn't bad at all. At 6'3 200lbs (as an 18yr old), he should be more durable than Kasparaitis, who's only 5'11. If Lyamin has any offensive potential, then he could be a darkhorse at 18th overall.

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Thanks Russian Fan for your hard work and read! This is the mock draft that I agree the most just 2 thing I not agree I don't think Radulov will fall to the new jersey devil at 22 this guy is 'one'
of the most skilled player in the draft,I know that anything can happen but I don't see the devils picking him I think Nashville will pick him they need a great winger with talent.I will not ne mad if Montreal pick Korpikoski this guy could be a gamble he is a exciting player korpikoski is my pick for the habs too ,I know this guy will be someone very special.I am high on Soderberg too some people said that he will be pick in the 2nd round I don't beleive that ,he is 1st round material I have seen him play one time and he is making some smart pass a good playmaker but as like you said he is not very physical , the second thing I don't agree ,I know Ladd is a suter type of player but the Blackhawks are desperatly looking for a defenceman I know that Cam Barker will be their first choice and CBJ too need a defenceman but if Barker is not available I think they will pick Olesz CBJ need a center IMO.
If you got some articles about the Hawks looknig a D , dont be afraid to post the link. Everything I read outside of HF is that are tear up between Tukonen & Ladd.

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From what I've heard the Hawks are going to pick Cam Barker.

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If you got some articles about the Hawks looknig a D , dont be afraid to post the link. Everything I read outside of HF is that are tear up between Tukonen & Ladd.
I agree with you.

They seem to have a lot of defensive prospect depth. They've drafted Babchuk and Seabrook with successive 1st round picks. HF list Keith and Barinka in the Hawks top 10, and McCarthy may yet emerge as a useful PP specialist.

It seems that they would try to add forward depth. Everyone knows about Mike Smith's preference for Russians, and the Hawks prospect depth shows it. IMO potential PFs Ladd and Tukonen are too hard to pass up.

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I agree with you.

They seem to have a lot of defensive prospect depth. They've drafted Babchuk and Seabrook with successive 1st round picks. HF list Keith and Barinka in the Hawks top 10, and McCarthy may yet emerge as a useful PP specialist.

It seems that they would try to add forward depth. Everyone knows about Mike Smith's preference for Russians, and the Hawks prospect depth shows it. IMO potential PFs Ladd and Tukonen are too hard to pass up.
That what I think also, they pick Babchuk & Seabrook. I would be surprise to see them pick Barker even though not impossible.

davedave : just in case, Mike Smith is not the GM anymore (Bob Pulford is)

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davedave : just in case, Mike Smith is not the GM anymore (Bob Pulford is)
Exactly: because Smith stocked the system with skilled Russian Attack forwards, I just see Pulford trying to compensate by picking a WHL PF like Ladd.

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If Montreal pick Korpikoski,I will be DAMN happy,great mock RussianFan

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Great mock RussianFan!

I'm still not exactly sold on Picard because all I'm hearing is he plays a great two-way game and we have enough guys that play two ways, I opt for Schremp or Radulov IMO...Especially Schremp.

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guys how come LA has all these first round picks? last year LA had 3 first round picks and this year they have 2!!!

whats going on????

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guys how come LA has all these first round picks? last year LA had 3 first round picks and this year they have 2!!!

whats going on????
the 14th pick is my mistake , it's EDMONTON's pick & not L.A.

I followed THN ranking & was a bit lazy to look elsewhere if it was a correct ranking.

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I can't see Montréal passing over Radulo¸v, if he's available. But, good draft RF!

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I can't see Montréal passing over Radulo¸v, if he's available. But, good draft RF!
Me too , like I said my heart with Radulov but my brain says Korkiposki.

Both way I'll be extremely happy.

Korpikoski is a hard worker , got good size so maybe Munchausen & Blind Gardien will jump in the Korpikoski bandwagon or stop at the next station.

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