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A Mock Draft...

1 Washington Alexander Ovechkin LW Euro. Skaters-1
K. P. Comments: Ovechkin is the best player to come along since Kovalchuk. He's got the skill set and the drive to be a great.
2 Pittsburgh Yevgeny Malkin C/W Euro. Skaters-2
K. P. Comments: Malkin, despite his concussion scare early on in the year rebounded to have a solid campaign with Metallurg. He is nearly a full year younger than Ovechkin and could be a franchise player.
3 Chicago Cam Barker D NA Skaters-2
K. P. Comments: Best defenseman available is a better fit for Chicago than Olesz. He put up solid numbers for a good Medicine Hat club this past season and should stay in junior next year to improve upon them.
4 Columbus Rostislav Olesz C Euro. Skaters-3
K. P. Comments: Another center ice prospect for the Jackets as MacLean continues to build slowly through the draft. He's a bit more of a project than the top three, but could pay bigger dividends than anyone picked after him.
5 Phoenix Lauri Tukonen W Euro. Skaters-5
K. P. Comments: The Coyotes take the potential best forward left in the top 5. He's a complete package and will face tough competition for the next couple seasons with Espoo. Like most Finns, he should be left over there for a season or two before making the trek across the pond for the bright lights and big bucks of the NHL. A potential power forward with a high ceiling.
6 NY Rangers Robbie Schremp C NA Skaters-10
K. P. Comments: The Rangers roll the dice and grab the 'sexy' pick here at number six. Schremp may not be the best guy available here, but he has the swagger and flair that could make him a star in New York.
7 Florida Andrew Ladd LW NA Skaters-1
K. P. Comments: Keenan salivates over this hardworking, gritty, intelligent, and talented winger. He was ranked #1 for a reason. His skating isn't great, but aside from that, Ladd is the whole package. The Panthers take him and run.
8 Carolina A. J. Thelen D NA Skaters-11
K. P. Comments: The first project of the draft goes at number eight. Carolina is weak all over, so grabbing Thelen strengthens their future defensive corps. He can dish out the pain, has a booming shot from the point, and shows great confidence and poise for a young defenseman.
9 Anaheim Wojtech Wolski LW NA Skaters-5
K. P. Comments: Despite his freefall in pre-draft rankings, Anaheim snaps up the big, talented Polish winger without hesitation. The only piece of the puzzle that hasn't fit yet is his physical play, which should come along as he develops. A potential steal for the Ducks here.
10 Atlanta Ladislav Smid C Euro. Skaters-4
K. P. Comments: Atlanta grabs a potential top-pairing defenseman who slipped under the radar. He's likely better than Thelen but doesn't have the flair to go earlier. He's a solid, two-way defenseman who has excellent potential for the future.
11 Los Angeles Marek Schwarz G Euro. Goalies-1
K. P. Comments: The Kings, who are bereft of any legitimate goaltending prospects, snap up the best netminder in the draft. Schwarz has been climbing in the rankings all season and has the potential to start in three years. He may not be as flashy as Al Montoya, but Schwarz has a higher ceiling.
12 Minnesota Alexandre Picard LW NA Skaters-3
K. P. Comments: The Wild take the best offensive player left here at 12. His defensive game is still a work in progress, but the Wild is a perfect place for Picard to learn a two-way game. He excelled with Lewiston this year and is among the hardest working players in the Q.
13 Buffalo Alexander Radulov RW Euro. Skaters-9
K. P. Comments: Buffalo continues in their run of taking risky, yet incredibly talented, European prospects this year by grabbing Radulov. Outside of Ovechkin, this young Russian has the best skill set of anyone in the draft and could potentially make many teams feel very foolish for passing on him.
14 Edmonton Drew Stafford RW NA Skaters-7
K. P. Comments: In being selected by the Oilers, Drew Stafford joins his uncle Barrie, the team's equipment manager. Drew is a hardworking young winger who gives an honest effort every night. He's not an offensive star or a bruiser, but Stafford is a team player who the Oilers would be pleased to get at 14.
15 Nashville Kyle Chipchura C NA Skaters-4
K. P. Comments: It seems as if everyone is torn on Kyle Chipchura. You either love him or you hate him. Nashville loves WHL players and would be thrilled to scoop Kyle up with this pick. He has offensive upside, but it has been hidden by his desire to play a complete, two-way game, which is something the Predators demand of their young players.
16 NY Islanders Boris Valabik D NA Skaters-6
K. P. Comments: The Islanders snatch the biggest, toughest player in the draft in Valabik. His skating is still very suspect, and his offensive upside is limited, but Valabik reminds many of Zdeno Chara. He's big, rough, tough, and dirty. What's not to like?
17 St. Louis Al Montoya G NA Goalies-1
K. P. Comments: The Blues grab the hero of the World Junior Championships, Al Montoya. The stud goaltender finally adds a shining prospect to an incredibly weak system. While the Blues already have Tuomas Nissinen, getting a potential star like Montoya is just too tempting.
18 Montreal Andrej Meszaros D Euro. Skaters-6
K. P. Comments: Montreal grabs someone from Slovakia's top development program, Trencin. Meszaros is a clever young defenseman with terrific offensive upside and has solid hockey sense. He's not huge at 6-0 and 196 lbs., so physical play isn't his forte as of yet. A potential steal for the Habs.
19 Calgary Dave Bolland C/RW NA Skaters-8
S. K. Comments: It’s hard not to like a player like Bolland. This is a player who gives his hardest every shift, and he has goal scoring upside to boot. The Flames love their gritty, two-way forwards, and Bolland fits that mold to a tee. He could stand to bulk up, but this is the type of player that will be at a minimum a great third line forward.
20 Dallas Mike Green D NA Skaters-9
G. U. Comments: The Stars system is relatively devoid of any good quality defensive prospects, and recently, even the thin depth they had took a hit when Martin Vagner re-entered the draft. Green has the attitude and skill to be a good defenseman, and even though he has yet to really fill out, standing at 6'1.5" and 198 lbs., he doesn't shy away from physical play. There is a little question about whether playing for an atrocious team will hurt his development, however.
21 Colorado Roman Voloshenko LW Euro. Skaters-19
S. K. Comments: The Avalanche cupboard is as bare as can be. Assuming Marek Svatos and Phil Sauve have graduated, the organization’s top prospects are Johhny Boychuk, Sean Collins and Peter Budaj. At this point, they take the best player available, and that is probably Voloshenko. Skilled and shifty, the Russian winger is a bit small and anything but a graceful skater, but the talent is there.
22 New Jersey Travis Zajac C NA Skaters-15
S. K. Comments: Drafting players out of the BCHL is tough. In Zajac you have a player who is already a year older than most of his fellow top prospects, and has yet to play NCAA or CHL hockey. The Devils system is in pretty great shape considering their success over the last decade, so they roll the dice on the big center, hoping to strike gold again.
23 Ottawa Wes O'Neill D NA Skaters-23
S. K. Comments: With Tim Gleason dealt and Anton Volchenkov established in the NHL, the Senators’ top defense prospect is the enigmatic Jan Platil. Gleason was similar to O’Neill in that he went from a potential top 5 or 10 selection to a late first rounder because of a lack of development. The Senators hope O’Neill finds a toolbox for all his tools here.
24 NY Rangers (from Toronto) Enver Lisin RW Euro. Skaters-13
S. K. Comments: Speed burns, as Enver Lisin will show you. Unfortunately, a little physical play will put out that fire very quickly. Similar to former Ranger Radek Dvorak in style and substance, the Rangers have loaded up on youth almost overnight and take Lisin hoping he can mature physically and develop into an NHL scoring threat.
25 Edmonton (from Philadelphia) Bruce Graham C NA Skaters-14
S. K. Comments: The Oilers, often victimized by their lack of size up front, already have the big, powerful potential power forward in Stafford from this draft. At this point, they go for the home run in taking a 6’6” gentle giant in Moncton’s Bruce Graham. Although he lacks consistency and the mindset of a power forward, Graham skates and handles the puck incredibly well for a big man.
26 Vancouver Lauri Korpikoski W Euro. Skaters-14
S. K. Comments: After years of drafting low-ceiling, high percentage prospects in the first round, some Canucks fans may hope a new regime means a new philosophy at the draft. Some are incredibly high on Korpikoski, but others suggest that a good U-18s is not enough to cancel out his lack of experience against men in Finland.
27 Washington (from Boston) Victor Alexandrov C/W Euro. Skaters-8
S. K. Comments: Alexandrov’s stock has gone on a roller coaster ride in the last couple of years. Once touted as a potential top three pick in this draft a couple years back, Alexandrov dropped off the charts last year, but slowly re-discovered his game this year. The Capitals can gamble on the speedy, talented Kazakh-born sniper here.
28 San Jose Johan Fransson D Euro. Skaters-7
S. K. Comments: The Sharks system is hardly lacking in any particular area. Their goaltending depth has been incredible for years as Calgary Flames fans can now see. On defense and up front there are a plethora of young players in or close to the NHL. Fransson has offensive upside and a projectable frame, and the Sharks can be patient with him.
29 Washington (from Detroit) Jeff Schultz D NA Skaters-12
S. K. Comments: While Boris Valabik is big and mean, Schultz is still just big. Although not soft, Schultz is not the punisher he could be. The Capitals are not stacked on defense, and with Brendan Witt likely gone in the near future, Schultz is a potential replacement as a top four defensive stalwart.
30 Tampa Bay Devan Dubnyk G NA Goalies-2
S. K. Comments: There are always big players that go in the first round of any NHL draft. That being said, there has never been a goalie as big as Dubnyk go in the first round. In fact he may end up being the tallest goalie to ever play in the NHL should he progress well enough. The Lightning’s cupboard is hardly stacked, goaltending especially.

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nobody cares about this mock draft????

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Originally Posted by prabby
nobody cares about this mock draft????
Its great Prabby, thanks for sharing with us. I wouldnt mind Andrej Meszaros by the way.

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Great MOCK DRAFT PRABBY ! I agree with all just I am surprised that you put Voloshenko so high and if I had to choose a D at 18th it would be Mezsaros for sure this guy is tremendous we need a PP quarterback,great puck moving D, Meszaros can be a great fit there he can play in the PP or PK ,he is a good 2way player with a lot of offensive upside, I still think he is very UNDERATED,he can be a #2 or #3 defenceman , I think he is the most NHL ready defenceman in this draft ,he is a SAFE pick IMO.

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Originally Posted by prabby
nobody cares about this mock draft????
It's great stuff Prabby. Keep it up buddy! I wouldn't mind Meszaros but i'd rather have Fransson but it's only my opinion.

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