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


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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The 2009-2010 campaign is officially over.  The Cup has been claimed (Chicago in 6, thank you very much!), the players are now on vacation, and its time for management to earn their keep.  Coming next on the NHL horizon is the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, June 25 and 26 from the hotbed of hockey, Los Angeles.

This draft is pretty much considered a two horse race:  Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin.  They have been the consensus best two players of this class, and have done nothing to prove otherwise throughout the regular season, playoffs, and junior competitions.  After the two big guns, this draft is very, very deep on defenseman.  Look for a lot of blueliners to go early and often.  Mock, yeah! Draft, yeah! Yeah? Yeah!

Here’s a look behind the curtain of the 14 lottery teams who missed the playoffs.

Let’s start the clock on the first pick!

By: Bryan Vickroy

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