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Posted - 01/27/2010 :  17:39:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote's 2010 NHL Mock Draft is here! Ray Irwin along with junior hockey experts Brock Otten and Nathan Fournier spent nearly a month contemplating team needs and NHL Entry Draft eligible player values and drafted the first round of this summer's draft.

Knowing who may go where is always speculative and ultimately depends on draft order and team needs. Nevertheless it is always important and never too early for fantasy hockey owners to do their homework in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Draft order is based on reverse order standings on January 1st, 2010.

01.Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - Carolina Hurricanes

Irwin on Hall:

The aging Carolina Hurricanes can’t pass up the most dangerous offensive player in the draft with hopes that he can create a dynamic duo with Eric Staal.

02.Cam Fowler, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - Edmonton Oilers

Fournier on Fowler:

The Oilers will reload on the back-end with an elite puck moving defenseman in Fowler. He has put up monster numbers in the OHL and has shown a complete game at the World Junior Championships.

03.Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth Whalers (OHL) - Boston Bruins (from Toronto)

Otten on Seguin:

The Bruins make the obvious choice by selecting Seguin, a player many feel can challenge for the top spot in the draft. The Bruins are already loaded down the middle, both now and in the future, but Seguin’s franchise player potential is too much to pass up.

04.Brett Connolly, LW, Prince George Cougars (WHL) - Columbus Blue Jackets

Irwin on Connolly:

The Jackets are tempted to select Russian forward Kirill Kabanov here but this season’s issues with Nikita Filatov have left them gun-shy. Instead, the team is happy to select dependable power forward Brett Connolly.

05.Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) - New York Islanders

Fournier on Gormley:

With John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo in the fold up front, Garth Snow finds Calvin de Haan’s defensive partner of the future. Being used by the Wildcats in all situations already as a 17-year old, he could have an extended stay at training camp next fall.

06.Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) - Florida Panthers

Otten on Tarasenko

The Panthers have not been afraid to draft Russian players in recent years, despite the reluctance shown by other NHL clubs. Because of this, they go with offensive winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who’s putting up outstanding numbers in the KHL this season. While Russia had a very disappointing WJC’s, Tarasenko ended up finishing tied for first on the team with 4 goals, which had to do nothing but help his stock.

07.Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) - Anaheim Ducks

Irwin on Gudbranson:

After trading away Chris Pronger and with Scott Niedermeyer nearing retirement, the Ducks simply cannot pass up Gudbranson, a 6’4” blueliner. Gudbranson displays solid character and leadership capabilities (he was given the ‘C’ as a 16 year old in Kingston) as well as being a solid defender with good offensive potential.

08.Mikael Grunlund C, HIFK Helsinki - St. Louis Blues

Fournier on Granlund:

The Blues have a strong European scouting departing and they had over to Finland this time around. He’s just under a point-per-game with 5 goals and 14 assists in 20 games in the Sm-Liiga. Had an average World Juniors but shouldn’t hurt his stock as an underager.

09.Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie Colts (OHL) - Tampa Bay Lightning

Otten on Burmistrov:

The Lightning already have their franchise defenseman (Viktor Hedman) and franchise forward (Steve Stamkos) from the last couple of drafts. With Stamkos developing a deft scoring touch, perhaps the need is there for a talented play-maker to play alongside him. Burmistrov is not only the best player available at this point, but he provides the Lightning with a talented two way play-making forward for the future who’s speed and skill level should fit well in the bright future of this club.

10.Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) - New York Rangers

Irwin on Kabanov:

The New York Rangers, never shy to draft Russian-born players, cannot help themselves from selecting the flashy Kirill Kabanov. Kabanov would join fellow Russian youngsters Evgeni Grachev and Artem Anisimov in the Big Apple. There was a point where some hockey people thought Kabanov would challenge Taylor Hall for the first overall pick in the Entry Draft, but a combination of his passport and injury troubles have him dropping to #10.

11.Emerson Etem, C, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) - Atlanta Thrashers

Fournier on Etem:

The Thrashers look to their center depth by drafting Etem. The California native is having a great rookie year with 29 goals and 19 assists in 47 games. Spent last year with the National Team Development Program and should be a candidate for the USA for next year’s World Junior Championships.

12.Jeff Skinner, C/W Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - Anaheim Ducks

Otten on Skinner:

Maybe a bit of a reach here, as Skinner’s ranking seems to be all over the map from the mid 1st to the mid 2nd. But we’re looking at one of the purest goal scoring forwards in the draft, a player with great hockey sense and dynamic offensive ability. He seems to really fit in well with the dynamic of the prospect base the Ducks have been building.

13.Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA) - Montreal Canadiens

Irwin on Sheahan:

NCAA forward Riley Sheahan burst up rankings charts in 2009-10 with fine overall play. Described more as a playmaker than a goal scorer, the Canadiens can’t help to love Sheahan’s upside. One of the younger players in the college ranks, he will take time to grow into his skills, but the hockey smarts are already there.

14.Nino Niederreiter, LW, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - Minnesota Wild

Fournier on Niederreiter:

The Wild are torn with two local products who are slated to go in the middle of the 1st round still available defenseman Derek Forbert and forward Nick Bjugstad, but they go with Niederreiter who saw his stock rise at the World Junior Championships. He brings size and scoring to the table. The Wild need a player that will be ready in a year or two and Niederreiter could be ready by 2011.

15.John McFarland, C/W, Sudbury Wolves (OHL) - Ottawa Senators

Otten on McFarland:

The Sens could go with Edmonton Oil King defenseman Mark Pysyk here, but with three top quality defender prospects already in the stable and a bare cupboard of talented young forwards, it would only seem smart that the Sens take arguably the best forward available at this point. While McFarland has his doubters, he remains a talented offensive player with a high offensive ceiling, the type of player who could end up a better pro than a junior player.

16.Teemu Pulkkinen, RW, Jokerit (FIN) - Detroit Red Wings

Irwin on Pulkkinen:

It’s always tough to predict a Red Wings draft pick as they are known to go off the board, and they’re very good at it. Pulkkinen is an undersized (5-10, 180lbs) winger who has that goal-scorer’s knack for getting into open space and putting the puck in the net. His stock has been all over the place for the past couple of years, but with the Wings in need of scoring up front Pulkkinen may very well fit the bill.

17.Jack Campbell, G, USNTDP (USHL) - Dallas Stars

Fournier on Campbell:

Dallas needs to start to look for a replacement for Marty Turco. They head to Ann Arbor, Michigan and select Campbell out of the National Team Development Program, where he already has World Junior Gold and Under-18 Gold to his name. He’s athletic goalie and has faced college shooters for most of the season. Unlike Turco, Campbell won’t be going to Michigan, but Windsor of the OHL next year.

18.Evgeny Kuznetsov, C/W, Traktor (KHL) - Los Angeles Kings

Otten on Kuznetsov:

The Kings have one of the deepest and stronger farm systems in the entire NHL. They can afford to roll the dice a little bit on a very talented offensive forward like Kuznetsov. Unlike some other teams in recent times, the Kings have actually found success with their Russian draft picks (Voinov, Loktionov), which could imply that they wouldn’t be afraid to take a risk like this. Kuznetsov has the offensive skill and skating ability to be a big time NHL contributor, if a team has the patience to see him develop.

19.Derek Forbort, D, USNTDP (USHL) - Vancouver Canucks

Irwin on Forbort:

The Canucks continue to stockpile their farm system with players of high character and a solid skill-set and Forbort fits the bill. The 6-5, 190 lb defenseman has some filling out to do but skates well and has very good two-way ability. He’s a great skater for a big man and could become a fixture in the NHL as a top-pairing defenseman one day.

20.Jon Merill, D, USNTDP (USHL) - Boston Bruins
Fournier on Merrill:

The Bruins need a top four defenseman in their system and they go to Jon Merrill. The Bruins hope he can learn from his mistakes off the ice. He has the potential on the ice to play two years at Michigan and turn pro.

21.Charlie Coyle, RW, South Shore (EJHL) - Nashville Predators
Otten on Coyle:

Coyle seems to be a player who is rising on a lot of draft lists in recent months. While he’s playing in the EJHL against slightly weaker competition, scouts have been enamored with his size and speed combination. The question is how much offensive potential does he really have? The Preds are weak on the wing (in terms of the pipeline) and could stand to shoot for the stars with a high risk selection.

22.Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - Phoenix Coyotes
Irwin on Pysyk:

The Phoenix Coyotes could select their 2nd defenseman in a row in the first round of the Entry Draft after choosing Oliver Ekman-Larsson 6th overall last year. Pysyk has improved his offensive game in 2009 which compliments already-steady play in his own zone and could mature into a solid top-4 defenseman one day.

23.Stanislav Galiev, LW, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) - Colorado Avalanche

Fournier on Galiev:

The Avalanche look to find a young winger for Duchene. Galiev has the desire to play in North America as this his second year after playing with the Indiana ICE of the USHL last year where he averaged a point-per-game. He’s on a stacked Sea Dogs squad, so next year his true offensive potential will show.

24.Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HS – Minnesota) - Buffalo Sabres

Otten on Bjugstad:

The Sabres could have gone a bunch of different routes on this selection, but they select the top rated high school player available in tall and lanky centerman Nick Bjugstad. Like any high school player, he has to be considered a project, but his offensive skill set in combination with his size make him a very attractive prospect to NHL teams.

25.Tyler Toffoli, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) - Phoenix Coyotes

Irwin on Toffoli:

After nabbing a dman with the 22nd pick in the draft, the Coyotes look for some offense with Tyler Toffoli, a player who has been ranked anywhere from mid-first round to mid-second round on many draft lists this year. Toffoli has compared himself, perhaps optimistically, to Dany Heatley. He is a good skater with a great shot and a solid, projectable frame at 6-0, 185 lbs but for a lot of scouts he lacks a certain ‘wow’ factor.

26.Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough Petes (OHL) - Pittsburgh Penguins

Fournier on Watson:

The Penguins select one of the rawest, but talented draft eligible players in major juniors. He spent his first year and half of his Major Junior career with Windsor before being shipped to the Petes. He suffered a broken ankle at the Top Prospect game that looks to sideline him until the playoffs. Next year, expect him to explode offensively.

27.Maxim Kitsyn, LW, Novokuznetsk (KHL) - Washington Capitals

Otten on Kitsyn:

No stranger to successful Russian born players, the Capitals roll the dice on the offensively talented Maxim Kitsyn. Kitsyn has good size and is able to play a strong north-south kind of game. While his play in Russian leagues has been somewhat sub-par thus far, he’s performed well internationally and looked quite good during the Canada/Russia CHL Subway Super Series.

28.Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Chicago Blackhawks

Irwin on Pickard:

The Blackhawks bolster their goaltending depth with the selection of 6-0, 200 lb Calvin Pickard. The younger brother of Chet Pickard, who was drafted 18th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 Entry Draft, Calvin is a very smart goalie with an excellent work ethic and sound positional play.

29.Kevin Lind, D, Chicago Steel (USHL) - San Jose Sharks
Fournier on Lind:

For the third year in a row now, an USHL defenseman sneaks into the first round. Lind was able to learn from John Moore last year. The 6’3 defenseman has six goals and five assists in 30 games this season. Next year he heads to Notre Dame to continue to work on his skills.

30.Ryan Martindale, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) - New Jersey Devils

Otten on Martindale:

The Devils finish off the first round by grabbing big center Ryan Martindale from the Ottawa 67’s. Martindale has strong offensive instincts and good hands around the net, but could stand to improve his skating and intensity level. He’s a solid pick at this point because he’s likely to at least develop into two way NHL 3rd liner, with the potential to be more.

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Posted - 01/28/2010 :  18:46:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Niederritor at 14 not gonna happen he will be from 6-10
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Posted - 01/29/2010 :  13:56:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know I'm new and all but this is one great discussion that we could debate for a long time. Along the way, I thought I could give my advice, even if I'm no hockey autority. I must admit that my first 10 choices would be the same but after that, I disagree on some. Anyway, here is my 2010 NHL mock draft.

1. Carolina

Taylor Hall - LW

He will surely be the number one this year. I don’t see him having an impact like Tavares had on the Islanders, but Staal, Cole and the young Sutter are surely a better fit for the speedy Hall.

2. Edmonton

Cam Fowler - D

Edmonton’s defense is getting old and overpaid and the reconstruction program is on. They will start this year hoping for a “Tyler Myers impact”.

3. Boston (Toronto)

Tyler Seguin - C

This guy could have gone number one or two that it wouldn’t a lot of things. His playmaking abilities will serve well if Savard ever leave Boston.

4. Columbus

Brett Connolly - LW

Columbus defense is all right for now and Mason is a shiny perspective. Instead, they will turn to Connolly to avoid another Russian incident.

5. Islanders

Brandon Gormley - D

This guy is solid in both ends and is not far from Fowler, in my opinion. With Tavares last year, this guy is just another piece in the reconstruction program of the Islanders.

6. Florida

Vladimir Tarasenko - RW

This guy is pure talent. The fact he’s russian may intimidate some teams, but the Panthers need all the offense they can find. He has the potential to stay in America right after being drafted.

7. Anaheim

Erik Gudbranson - D

They lost Pronger and they’ll lose Niedermayer, as is has already been stated. Add this to a 6’4” 195 lbs frame with leadership and you’ve got the start to a new era of dominating defensemans in Anaheim along with Sbisa and Gardiner.

8. St. Louis

Mikael Grunlund - C

This guy is small but he has a great vision of the ice. He is in the middle between Saku Koivu and Patrick Kane. Small playmaker with a good speed and acceleration and sweet hands, along with a good wrister. Saw something about him back in 2007.

9. Tampa Bay

Alexander Burmistrov - C

Once again, can’t agree more to They got some defensemen in the system that could grow to help the team but they lack some young centers. He’s fast and skilled and he’s the best at this moment of the draft.

10. Rangers

Kirill Kabanov - LW

They already have three good young defensemen so it’s time for a good forward. If hockey scouts were asking themselves if this guy was to be number one instead of Hall, there’s no way the Rangers will pass up on him. They need the offense this guy can bring if Gaborik pass another season at home as he already did in Minnesota.

11. Atlanta

John McFarland - C

Little isn’t going as well as hoped and if Kovalchuk stays there, maybe this guy could be his playmaking center. 6’0”, 192 lbs and righty, this guy can also shoot the puck pretty well. Even if Kovalchuk leaves Atlanta, the fanbase will need another hero to turn to and he is the best player available to fill that role.

12. Anaheim

Nino Niederreiter - LW

6’2’’, 205 lbs, big, strong, quick hands, strong shot, competitive, natural leader. Exactly the profile the Ducks are looking for. Could be the replacement if Selanne puts an end to his career.

13. Montreal

Riley Sheahan - C

Playmaker from the NCAA. Montreal scouts seem to love these American students. Montreal already possesses a bright future at the blue line and between the pipes, so it’s natural to pick the best forward available. The fact he plays in NCAA probably helps it too...

14. Minnesota

Nick Bjugstad - C

The Minnesota native is a big forward at 6’4” 188 lbs and he’s the best forward available at the time. Backstrom is solid in net and there are some interresting defensemen into the system but prospect forwards are lacking in the Wild organisation.

15. Ottawa

Austin Watson - RW

Defense isn’t a problem for the future. Goalie could be an issue to fix in the next years but good right wings prospect are rare in the development system of the Senators. This guy has a Memorial Cup and he really helped Windsor to win it. He will prove to be a good replacement for Alfredsson as both of them are right wings.

16. Detroit

Mark Pysyk - D

Think about a guy who’s solid defensively and that still can bring something offensively without giving too much to the opponents. With Lidstrom aging as well as Rafalski, this guy could become a top-3 defensemen.

17. Dallas

Jack Campbell - G

Once again, is right. I saw him just like everyone beating my beloved canadian team. This team need to replace Turco soon and when is the last time Dallas drafted a goalie that could have an impact for the future? Because the last time I checked, Mike Smith got traded and he’s the back-up in Tampa Bay.

18. Los Angeles

Jeffrey Skinner - C

Not too small but not too big, he’s a goal scorer and he’s the kind of product the NHL offers us today. I compare him to Mike Cammalleri. The Kings have good forwards in the system and this kid could only get better with an organisation that shows great things about developping the youngsters.

19. Vancouver

Derek Forbort - D

With Cory Schneider between the pipes and Luongo who still ahs years to shine, goalie isn’t an issue. They have Hodgson in the center but almost nothing at the blue line, so here comes Forbort. He’s got reach at 6’5” and could help replacing Sami Salo when he retires.

20. Boston

Alexander Petrovic - D

Sooner, they picked a forward, and they have Rask who’s promising, so now they go with defense. He’s just 5 goals 11 assists for 16 points, but he’s even in the plus/minus column after 34 games.

21. Nashville

Joey Hishon - C

This guy is talented but his small frame is gonna cost him. Eventually, he could become a top six forward if he doesn’t suffer the same problems as Steve Sullivan. Both guys are built on the same frame, but again, Patrick Kane and Martin St-Louis are good exemples that small players are often overlooked.

22. Phoenix

Ryan Johansen - C

At this point, he’s the best player available. Sees the ice well and he’s pretty good at protecting the puck. He’s big at 6’3” and really fast on his skates.

23. Colorado

Quinton Howden - LW

This guy had a tough first year at Moose Jaw (-37) but now he’s got the hang of it, as shows his 21 goals, 31 assists and 52 points in only 48 games for a +13 ratio. Won some awards on the international scene and he’s a good scoring winger to go along with Duchene.

24. Buffalo

Nelson Brock - C

6’2’’, 205 lbs big center. Exactly what Buffalo could need. They don’t need defense nor goaltending so this guy is the perfect match in my opinion.

25. Phoenix

Jaden Schwartz - C

Very slick passer with almost 2 points per game. A bit small, but again, don’t overlook the guy who’ll set up amazing plays against you in the future.

26. Pittsburgh

Evgeny Kuznetsov - C

Pittsburgh needs some top-notch prospect forward and Kuznetsov could be ignored because he’s Russian, but ask Gonchar and Malkin and I’m pretty sure Pittsburgh is a Russian-friendly town.

27. Washington

Jonathan Merrill - D

You can compare this guy to Chris Pronger and Erik Johnson. Big defensemen that can move the puck, really mobile and a big time slapshot. He could help Green to put on some points for Washington’s defense. By the time Green matures into a responsible offensive defensemen, this guy could develop his physical and become a threat to any forward attempting to deke him.

28. Chicago

Zane Gothberg - G

Athletic goaltender with good angles and he’s the quickest since Mike Lee. He’s even more athletic than Lee, which helps him to get back on his feet faster. Why would Chicago choose something else than a goalie anyway?

29. San Jose

Joe Basaraba - RW

By picking this guy, San Jose fills big holes. He’s a righty right wing (which is lacking in the Sharks farm system) power-forward (which is lacking in the Sharks farm system) who, at 6’2” and 190 lbs, plays really physical (which is lacking in the Sharks farm system). Great vision. Great playmaker. Agressive and protects the puck well. In fact, I’m asking myself right now if any team would pick him before that...

30. New Jersey

Teemu Pulkkinen - RW

Good goal scorer and that’s what the Devils need if they wanna stay competitive. Younger, he and Granlund were debated as the best Finnish player available this year and New Jersey will develop this sniper into a defensively responsible forward along the way, making him a possible MVP. Henrik Zetterberg, anyone?

That's it. Please remember I'm just a normal guy so you may disagree.

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Posted - 02/02/2010 :  09:48:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Sensfan101

Niederritor at 14 not gonna happen he will be from 6-10

You may be right, afterall NHL GM's will ultimately decide who to select.

Neiderreiter did vault up to 14 on our list from the mid-20's after his strong showing at the WJC's, and I think it's rare that a player goes from late first-round to top-10 because of a good performance at a short tournament.

But he did look really good and was dangerous all tournament. Gotta like the combination of goal scoring ability and physical play and teams will like the fact he might be one of the more NHL-ready players in the draft.
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Posted - 02/02/2010 :  09:51:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grandfarfadet --

Speaking of make a great point about how he would appeal to the Ducks. He fits the mold of a Perry/Getzlaf type player. Big, strong, good skater, character guy.

Thanks for sharing your top-30! Well done!
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Posted - 02/08/2010 :  07:17:01  Reply with Quote
i'm ok with mock drafts...but I don't want to take part in your NHL.....there two teams in PHX!!! They can hardly hold on to one. And The flames are no longer in the NHL. This is a terrible day for Hockey.
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Posted - 02/14/2010 :  04:41:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Because Philly traded away their 1st round draft pick to Anaheim in the Pronger deal. Phoenix has 2 1st rounder becuase Calgary thrown their in the Olli Jokinen deal.

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