BoltProspects Mock Draft
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft starts Friday night with round one and BoltProspects has decided to throw its hat into the ring with our own first round mock draft, including a carefully placed page break to force readers to hit the "Read More" button! Just a reminder, BoltProspects will be holding its annual draft chats on Friday and Saturday during the draft on the BoltProspects message board chat room. To access the chat room you have to register for the message board, which is free. In addition, don't forget to follow BoltProspects' Twitter page for the best single sentence Lightning draft news around. Now that the shameless advertising is aside, here's the mock draft. Enjoy!
1. Edmonton Oilers: LW Taylor Hall, Windsor (OHL)
There will be very little suspense when Edmonton takes the podium Friday night. Hall gives the Oilers a winger with explosive, world-class speed and great finishing ability.
2. Boston Bruins: C Tyler Seguin, Plymouth (OHL)
It's disgusting a team with as much talent as Boston does gets to add a Joe Sakic-type centerman into the mix. Brian Burke should be kicking himself for trading this pick.
3. Florida Panthers: RW Brett Connolly, Prince George (WHL)
We suspected Florida needed a scorer at this pick even before the Horton trade. Now? They roll the dice Connolly's hips will hold up and they get a Patrick Marleau-type talent.
4. Columbus Blue Jackets: D Cam Fowler, Windsor (OHL)
This pick just as easily could be Gormley, considering the Blue Jackets like QMJHL prospects and his pairing partner was a Blue Jackets property, but Fowler's power play mastery is the deciding factor that places him in Columbus.
5. New York Islanders: D Erik Gudbranson, Kingston (OHL)
The Islanders have taken forwards with seven of their last eight first round picks. Now they grab a shut down defenseman with big time leadership potential.
6. Tampa Bay Lightning: D Brandon Gormley, Moncton (QMJHL)
Steve Yzerman weighs the risk/reward and makes a sensible pick. Adding Gormley to Hedman gives the Lightning two of the most mobile, mature, and cerebral young blueliners in the game.
7. Carolina Hurricanes: C Ryan Johansen, Portland (WHL)
Carolina, dismayed to not get one of the top three d-men, considers taking Forbort, but the Canes love big forwards. Johansen is a spindly young project that reminds them of Eric Staal.
8. Atlanta Thrashers: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, Novosibirsk (RUS)
Rick Dudley loves Russians like fat kids love ice cream and cake. Tarasenko becomes Atlanta's new Kovalchuk, minus the cancerous selfishness.
9. Minnesota Wild: C Jeff Skinner, Kitchener (OHL)
Minnesota needs some scoring after losing Gaborik to free agency last year, and they haven't been afraid to take smallish guys with less than high end speed who have good skills and effort level (see: Bouchard, P.M.).
10. New York Rangers: LW Nino Niederreiter, Portland (WHL)
The Rangers love big forwards too, and they get the Swiss version of Brendan Shanahan in Niederreiter.
11. Dallas Stars: G Jack Campbell, USA (USNTDP)
The Stars are pinching themselves that a franchise goaltender has fallen to them at number eleven.
12. Anaheim Ducks: C Mikael Granlund, HIFK (FIN)
The Ducks have had some success with Finns between Teemu Selanne and free agent addition Saku Koivu. What better way to continue the tradition than by drafting Koivu's clone?
13. Phoenix Coyotes: C Alex Burmistrov, Barrie (OHL)
After dealing off Peter Mueller at the deadline, the Coyotes add a new centerman prospect with the speed to keep up with future star Mikael Boedker.
14. St. Louis Blues: C Nick Bjugstad, Blaine (USHS)
It seems like just about every mock draft in the free world has the Blues taking Bjugstad. Far be it from us to stray from the trend. The Blues love young Minnesotans like Rick Dudley loves Russians.
15. Florida Panthers: D Justin Faulk, USA (USNTDP)
The Panthers get a mobile offensive defenseman with arguably the biggest shot in the draft to pair up with Dimitri Kulikov.
16. Ottawa Senators: RW Austin Watson, Peterborough (OHL)
Daniel Alfredsson won't be around forever. The Senators get their future captain in Watson.
17. Colorado Avalanche: D Derek Forbort, USA (USNTDP)
Colorado adds a big, mobile defenseman with oodles of upside after picking up a pair of NHL centers last year.
18. Nashville Predators: C Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat (WHL)
Nashville has gone with defensemen and a goaltender in three of their last four first round picks. Now they add a finisher with great straight line speed to their arsenal.
19. Los Angeles Kings: LW Evgeny Kuznetsov, Chelyabinsk (RUS)
The Kings refill their Russian quota in case Frolov leaves town by selecting the super speedy and super skilled Kuznetsov.
20. Pittsburgh Penguins: D Mark Pysyk, Edmonton (WHL)
The Pens draft an offensive defenseman who might be the heir apparent to Sergei Gonchar.
21. Detroit Red Wings: C Calle Jarnkrok, Brynas J20 (SWE)
Detroit loves Swedes like St. Louis loves Minnesotans like Rick Dudley loves Russians. Jarnkrok is a small, but incredibly intelligent young playmaker.
22. Phoenix Coyotes: D Dylan McIlrath, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Phoenix puts together the oddest couple of all time: a diminuitive Russian center in Burmistrov with their first pick and a mammoth defenseman who goes by the monicker "Undertaker" with McIlrath as their second. I smell sit-com.
23. Buffalo Sabres: C Jaden Schwartz, Tri-City (WHL)
Buffalo had some luck with tiny WHL centerman Tyler Ennis. Why not with nifty little playmaker Schwartz?
24. Atlanta Thrashers: LW Kirill Kabanov, Moncton (QMJHL)
Did we mention Rick Dudley loves Russians? Kabanov has Alexander Semin-type talent with a double shot of Ilya Kovalchuk's petulance. (Editor's Note 6/23 PM: This pick looks to be traded to Chicago pending official confirmation of the trade going through)
25. Vancouver Canucks: RW Beau Bennett, Penticton (BCHL)
The Canucks get a speed burner who has been playing in their back yard to play on the wing with the three centermen they've selected with their last three first round picks.
26. Washington Capitals: LW Brad Ross, Portland (WHL)
What to get for the team that has all the scoring ability in the world? Why not a rusty rolling ball of barbed wire in the Steve Ott mold?
27. Montreal Canadiens: C Brock Nelson, Warroad (USHS)
Two of Montreal's last three first round picks have been used on Minnesota high school players, as they try to elbow in on St. Louis' racket. Nelson gives the Canadiens a big, intimidating power forward project.
28. San Jose Sharks: G Calvin Pickard, Seattle (WHL)
San Jose's goaltending depth in the system is a little thin after Thomas Greiss and they just cut loose their perennial starter, Nabokov. They replenish the pipeline with the rock solid Pickard.
29. Anaheim Ducks: D Jarred Tinordi, USA (USNTDP)
After some mixed results drafting Mark Mitera and Jake Gardiner, the Ducks lock down a big, solid blueline prospect with excellent blood lines.
30. Chicago Blackhawks: RW Teemu Pulkkinen, Jokerit (FIN)
When you're the champs, you can afford to take a swing for the fences. Pulkkinen is a pure sniper who one day will be finishing off feeds from the likes of Toews and Sharp.
BoltProspects 11 for 6 Prospect Profiles:
11 for 6: G, Jack Campbell
11 for 6: D, Cam Fowler
11 for 6: D, Erik Gudbranson
11 for 6: D, Brandon Gormley
11 for 6: C, Alex Burmistrov
11 for 6: RW, Brett Connolly
11 for 6: LW, Nino Neiderreiter
11 for 6: C/RW, Jeff Skinner
11 for 6: RW, Vladimir Tarasenko
11 for 6: C, Mikael Granlund
11 for 6: C, Ryan Johansen