2010 NHL MOCK DRAFT (v2.0 6-22-10)

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We’re back at it again, this time with a full look at the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which goes down Friday and Saturday, June 25-26) from Los Angeles.  This is the year of the defenseman, but nothing will overshadow the saga of who will go #1: Tyler or Taylor?  Action will be hot and heavy, so expect trades and chaos.  Edmonton has the task of choosing between the two wunderkids, so without futher ado, the Oilers are on the clock, and as my idol Jack Bauer would say, “We’re running out of time!”

Before we get to the first pick, here’s a little background information to help make the whole concept of the entry draft a bit clearer.  The Draft is seven rounds long.  All players eligible must be 18 by September 15, and not older than 20 on December 15, except for non North American skaters.  A player who has been drafted can re-enter the draft if he hasn’t signed with the team who owns his rights within two years.  NCAA players may be drafted and keep their eligibility, as long as they do not play for a professional team, or hire an agent.  NCAA player rights are kept until 30 days after the player leaves college.

By: Bryan Vickroy

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As an added bonus, here is a quick breakdown of the abbreviated leagues:

–         Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

–         Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

–         Western Hockey League (WHL)

–         Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

–         Finnish Elite League (FEL)

–         United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP)

–         High School (HS)

–         East Coast Junior Hockey League (EJHL)

–         National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

–         British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)

  1. Edmonton

–         Taylor Hall, LW (6’ 1”, 185)

Windsor Spitfires (OHL) [57 GP 40-66-106 56 PIM]

Oilers will not fail with either player, but Hall should be the pick.  Top ranked player last two years, except final rankings.  Will bring much needed scoring to the tundra.

2. Boston (via Toronto)

–         Tyler Seguin, C (6’ 1”, 172)

Plymouth Whalers (OHL) [63 GP 48-58-106 54 PIM]

Bruins will be team most likely to make some moves, and supposedly covet Hall.  But Seguin is also well above anyone else and should fit right into the lineup.

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3.Florida

–         Cam Fowler, D (6’ 1”, 190)

Windsor Spitfires (OHL) [55 GP 8-47-55 14 PIM]

Fowler is an offensive dynamo on the blue line.  The Panthers though last year was going to be the breakout year, but this pick can actually make breakouts for their skilled forwards.

4. Columbus

–         Brandon Gormley, D (6’ 2”, 185)

Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) [58 GP 9-34-43 54 PIM]

Gormley has the size and skill to become an elite defenseman.  The Blue Jackets hope it happens immediately, as he is a clear upgrade over nearly all their current backliners.

5. New York

–         Brett Connolly, LW (6’ 2”, 181)

Prince George Cougars (WHL) [16 GP 10-9-19 8 PIM]

After having the top pick last year, the Islanders luck out this year and get a possible #1 choice who’s fallen due to injuries.  Connolly will pair nicely with John Tavares on all units.

6. Tampa Bay

–         Eric Gudbranson, D (6’ 4”, 195)

Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) [41 GP 2-21-23 68 PIM]

With so many weapons up front for the Lightning, this pick will help them rebuild the ragged defensive corps that doesn’t seem to stop any goals.

7. Carolina

–         Ryan Johansen, C (6’ 2” 192)

Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) [71 GP 25-44-69 53 PIM]

A team who never seems to be consistent one season to the next, Johansen gives the Hurricanes stability down the middle, as he is an Erik Staal clone.

8. Atlanta

–         Vladimir Tarasanko, RW (5’ 11”, 205)

Novisibirsk (KHL) [42 GP 13-11-24 18 PIM]

What do you draft when you just traded away your best player, a cocky Russian sniper?  The Thrashers draft another cocky Russian sniper, and Tarasanko has the skills to be just as good, or better, than Ilya Kovalchuk.

9. Minnesota

–         Mikael Granlund, C (5’ 10”. 180)

HIFK Helsinki (FEL) [42 GP 13-27-40 2 PIM]

No doubt about it, the Wild need a real second center to take some of the pressure off the top line.  Granlund is a Mikko Koivu prototype, and would learn well watching Mikko everyday.  Wouldn’t be surprised if they took in state talent Nick Bjugstad instead.

10. New York

–         Nino Niederreiter, RW(6’ 2” 201)

Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) [65 GP 36-24-60 68 PIM]

Rangers need scorers, and Niederreiter has shown the ability to score at all levels of play, continues to wow personnel, and has been creeping up the charts recently.

11. Dallas

–         Derek Forbort, D (6’ 5”, 198)

USNTDP[26 GP 4-10-14 26 PIM]

Forbort might have the most upside of any of the defenseman this year.  The Stars will benefit from this Duluth kid’s size and skills no matter what.

12. Anaheim

–         Emerson Etem, C (6’ 0”, 190)

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) [72 GP 37-28-68 26 PIM]

Ducks grab a literal home grown player, which is extremely rare to say for California.  Etem has great speed and hands, and will blend seamlessly with the youth movement.

13. Phoenix (via Calgary)

–         Nick Bjugstad, C (6’ 4”, 188)

Blaine (MN HS) [25 GP 29-31-60 24 PIM]

Coyotes will not rush anybody up to the NHL with their situations, and drafting Mr. Hockey 2010 allows Bjugstad, who will enroll at Minnesota a year early, to develop with the Gophers before making the roster.

14. St. Louis

–         Mark Pysyk, D (6’ 1”, 174)

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) [48 GP 7-17-24 47 PIM]

Blues recentely upgraded their goaltending with the trade for Halak, and now Pysyk will upgrade their defense with some toughness and grinding that their other D don’t do.

15. Boston

–         Charlie Coyle, F (6’ 2”, 202)

South Shore Kings (EJHL) [42 GP 21-42-63 50 PIM]

With the luxury of a second high pick, the Bruins grab a local product in Coyle, who will develop for the next couple years at Boston University.

16. Ottawa

–         Alexander Burmistrov, C (5’ 11”, 157)

Barrie Colts (OHL) [62 GP 22-43-65 44 PIM]

There are a lot of Jason Spezza trade rumors out there, and this adds to the Senators pivot men.  Stock slipped somewhat do to questions of his desire to be in N. America, but he has said he wants to play in the NHL, not KHL.

17. Colorado

Dylan McIlrath, D (6’ 4”, 212)

Ottawa 67’s, (OHL) [65 GP 7-17-24 169 PIM]]

Last year’s draft was a great success for the Avalanche offense, and adding the big beast McIlrath to the defense will go a long way to bringing this team along.

18. Nashville

–         Austin Watson, LW (6’3”, 185)

Peterborough Petes (OHL) [52 GP 20-35-54 22 PIM]

The Predators demand strong play in both ends of the ice.  Watson gives them two way play, and some size to hang with the big guns in their division.

19. Los Angeles

–         John McFarland, LW (6’ 0”, 192)

Sudbury Wolves  (OHL) [64 GP 20-30-50 70 PIM]

With a roster stocked with youth, McFarland adds to the depth, and gives Hollywood a little bit of an edge and willingness to scrap.

20. Pittsburgh

–         Stanislav Galiev, RW (6’ 1”, 178)

St John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) [67 GP 15-45-60 38 PIM]

Penguins might be tempted to grab a defenseman to restock their depleted corps, but with so many drafted, Galiev is the best player available and could replace some aging vets.

21. Detroit

–         Riley Sheahan, C (6’ 2”, 202)

Notre Dame (NCAA) [37 GP 6-11-17 22 PIM]

Stock has dropped this season, but the Red Wings love intelligent players, and Sheahan is one of the smartest out there.  Only going into his sophomore year at Notre Dame.

22. Phoenix

–         Jack Cambell, G (6’ 3”, 175)

USNTDP [11 GP 2.21 GAA .917SAVE]

With multiple first round picks and budget constraints, the Coyotes nab a possible franchise goalie while not affecting their bottom line.

23. Buffalo

–         Tyler Toffoli, C (6’ 0”, 178)

Ottawa 67’s (OHL) [65 GP 37-42-79 54 PIM]

Prototype of the type of player coach Lindy Ruff is looking for.  Sabres get another hard working, energy player who can show a scoring touch.

24. Atlanta (From New Jersey)

–         Tyler Pitlick, C (6’ 2”, 194)

Minnesota State-Mankato (NCAA) [35 GP 10-8-18 27 PIM]

Thrashers received this pick in the Ilya Kovalchuk giveaway this year.  Pitlick gives them strong hands in the face off dot and a possible linchpin on the power play.

25. Vancouver

–         Johnathon Merrill, D (6’ 3”, 198)

USNTDP [22 GP 1-8-9 12 PIM]

Canucks seem to lack a shutdown blueliner, and the last two playoff exits showed the glaring hole.  Merrill should mature into top line d-man who excels in protecting his own zone.

26. Washington

–         Alexander Petrovic, D (6’ 4”, 193)

Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [57 GP 8-19-27 87 PIM]

Capitals finally get somebody big and mean to protect their big guns, and Petrovic will be a good defensive compliment to the offensive pushings of Mike Green.

27. Montreal

–         Quinton Howden, C (6’ 2”, 182)

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) [65 GP 28-37-65 44 PIM]

Gives the Canadiens some size and grit to go along with their flying forwards, and someone who will be a solid two way centerman.

28. San Jose

–         Beau Bennett, RW (6’ 1”, 173)

Penticton Vees (BCHL) [56 GP 41-79-120 20 PIM]

Another product of the NHL expansion into California, the Sharks will enjoy this homegrown prospect in a couple years.

29. Anaheim (From Philadelphia)

–         Petr Straka, RW (6’ 1”, 185)

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) [62 GP 28-36-67 54 PIM]

Ducks received this pick in the Chris Pronger deal, and Straka will help fill out their young and deep offensive corps.

30. Chicago

–         Brock Nelson, C (6’ 3”, 205)

Warroad (MN HS) [25 GP 39-34-73 28 PIM]

Having just won the Stanely Cup, and needing to shed some salary, Nelson is a good pick for the Blackhawks, as he will take a few years before he makes his way to the NHL.

Check back Thursday for a look at the NHL Award winners, which are live Wednsesday night from Vegas on Versus.  Also check, perhaps backcheck, on Friday for a final draft look before the big deal goes down Friday night on Versus, live from LA Live in sunny Cal-I-Forn-I-A.

If you know more than me, know something I should know, or just flat out are annoyed by me, drop me a line at bryan.vickroy@gmail.com.  Or holler for all to see, or just get a real time feed into my mind at www.twitter.com/bryanvickroy/.

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  1. Bryan Vickroy says

    Thank you, fortunately it will NOT feature Stu Scott. Bjugstad isn’t going to play this year anyway, or for the next couple for that matter. This is a free pick for the Coyotes, and letting him develop at The U for a couple years is a much better option than taking somebody else and having to pay him right away. This is Phoenix after all.

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