1. Edmonton - R. Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, B.C., C, 6 ft 0 in, 177 lb, Shoots L, Club Red Deer
Great Vision and Hockey IQ, the most polished player in the draft, should see time in the NHL right away, will have to convert to winger.
Pros: Highly skilled, has tremendous vision and hockey sense. Very elusive.
Cons: Lack of top-end speed and size. Even-strength production could be better.
Skill-set comparison: A cross between Ales Hemsky and Pavel Datsyuk
11. Colorado - D. Siemens, Edmonton, AB, D, 6.03, 192 lb, Shoots L, Club Saskatoon
Responsible Stay at Home defender, but not afraid to to join the rush. Excellent slap shot makes him a threat on the powerplay, similar to Jay Bouwmeester in this stage of his career.
Siemens is a player with huge potential for the NHL. He is a guy who may only need one more year to develop his game.
Pros: Size, strength, skating, big shot
Cons: Decision making, can his offensive game translate?
Skill-set Comparison: Dan Hamhuis
13. Calgary - S. Bärtschi, Bern or Langenthal, Switzerland, LW, 5 ft 10 in, 185 lb, Shoots L, Club Portland
Pros: Playmaking, stickhandling, deadly shot, strong skater
Cons: Lacks top end speed, defensive troubles
Skill-set Comparison: David Krejci
18. Chicago - M. McNeill, Langley, B.C., C, 6 ft 2 in, 210 lb, Shoots R, Club Prince Albert
Pros: Speed, Size, Strength, work ethic
Cons: Offensive upside, defensive consistency
Skill-set comparison: cross between Brooks Laich and Shawn Horcoff
23. Pittsburgh - J. Morrow, Edmonton or Sherwood Park, AB, D, 6 ft 1 in, 198 lb, Shoots L, Club Portland
Strengths - Athletic, swift skating puck mover, really gritty, not afraid to lay the lumber on opponents. Has a big shot from the point. One of the better skaters in the draft. Weaknesses - has sense issues in the defensive zone, doesn't always make the right decisions and reads. Will need to learn to pick his spots offensively. NHL Upside - Number three or four defenceman who will see lots of power play time, providing he corrects some risky defensive habits.
31. Edmonton - D. Musil, Calgary, AB, D, 6 ft 3 in, 191 lb, Shoots L, Club Vancouver
32. St. Louis - T. Rattie, Calgary or Airdrie, AB, RW, 6 ft 0 in, 167 lb, Shoots R, Club Portland
46. St. Louis - J. Edmundson, Brandon, MB, D, 6 ft 4 in, 200 lb, Shoots L, Club Moose Jaw
57. Calgary - T. Wotherspoon, Burnaby or Surrey, B.C., D, 6 ft 2 in, 203 lb, Shoots L, Club Portland
67. Winnipeg - A. Lowry, St. Louis, MO, LW, 6'4, 187 lb, Shoots L, Club Swift Current
73. Carolina - K. Lowe, Edmonton, AB, D, 6'1, 176 lb, Shoots L, Club Edmonton
74. Edmonton - T. Ewanyk, St. Albert, AB, LW, 5'11, 179 lb, Shoots L, Club Edmonton
84. Phoenix - H. Ruopp, Zehner, SK, D, 6'2, 198 lb, Shoots R, Club Prince Albert
106. New York R. - M. St. Croix, Winnipeg, MB, C, 5 ft 11 in, 179 lb, Shoots R, Club Edmonton
A forward with very good offensive skills. A good passer and finisher. A quick skater who could still develop his movement.
107. Buffalo - C. Jacobs, Coppell, TX, C, 6'1, 198 lb, Shoots R, Club Seattle
111. Phoenix - K. Kessy, Shaunavon, SK, LW, 6'2, 185 lb, Shoots L, Club Medicine Hat
115. Detroit - M. Tvrdon, Nitra, SVK, LW, 6'2, 212 lb, Shoots R, Club Vancouver
118. Philadelphia - M. Noebels, Tönisvorst, GER, C/LW, 6 ft 2 in, 210 lb, Shoots L, Club Seattle
119. Winnipeg - Z. Yuen, Vancouver, B.C., D, 6'0, 203 lb, Shoots L, Club Tri-City
125. New York I. - J. Persson, Östersund, SWE, RW, 6'2, 192 lb, Shoots L, Club Red Deer
127. New York I. - B. Kichton, Spruce Grove, AB, D, 5'11, 174 lb, Shoots L, Club Spokane
134. New York R. - S. McColgan, Manhattan Beach, CA, RW, 5'10, 170 lb, Shoots R, Club Kelowna
138. Montreal - D. Dietz, Medicine Hat, AB, D, 6'1, 207 lb, Shoots R, Club Saskatoon
141. Phoenix - D. Dziurzynski, Lloydminster, AB, LW, 6'0, 198 lb, Shoots L, Club Saskatoon
144. Pittsburgh - D. Uher, Frydek Mistek, CZE, C, 6'0, 196 lb, Shoots L, Club Spokane
156. Ottawa - D. Kramer, Peace River, AB, C, 6'1, 187 lb, Shoots L, Club Spokane
159. New Jersey - R. Scarlett, Sherwood Park, AB, D, 6'0, 165 lb, Shoots R, Club Swift Current
164. Calgary – L. Brossoit, Port Alberni or Surrey, BC, G, 6'2, 192 lb, Shoots L, Club Edmonton
165. Dallas – M. Stransky, Ostrava, CZE, RW, 6'2, 196 lb, Shoots R, Club Saskatoon
167. Buffalo – N. Lieuwen, Abbotsford, BC, G, 6'5, 192 lb, Shoots L, Club Kootenay
175. Detroit – R. Nedomlel, Prague, CZE, D, 6'4, 203 lb, Shoots L, Club Swift Current
186. Ottawa – J. Fransoo, North Battleford, SK, D, 6'2, 179 lb, Shoots R, Club Brandon
193. Carolina – B. Sutter, Calgary, AB, RW, 6'4, 192 lb, Shoots R, Club Lethbridge
33 WHL players were taken in total. 5 in the 1rd, 13 in the 1st 3rds. 18 forwards, 13 D-Men, 2 goalies. Oilers, Flames and Coyotes took 3 players. Pens, Blues, Jets, Canes, Rangers, Sabres, Wings, Isles and Sens took 2 players. Avs, Hawks, Flyers, Habs, Devils, Stars, took 1 player. 4 from the Blades, W. Hawks and O. Kings. 3 from the Broncos and Chiefs. 2 from the Rebels, Raiders, Giants and T-Birds. 1 from the Warriors, Tigers, Ameriks, Rockets, Ice, W. Kings and Canes. 22 from Canada, 12 from AB, 6 from B.C., 3 from SK and 2 from MB. 4 from Cze. Rep. 2 from USA. 1 from Slovakia, Germany, Switz. and Sweden.
R. N-H is the 1st ever player from B.C. taken #1, and the 1st WHL player to be taken #1 since C. Phillips in 96' out of Prince Albert by Ottawa.