BD's Mock Draft Extravaganza

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  1. Anthony Mauro

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    I planned on doing comments to all 60 picks but its taking me awhile. I finished the first round and will just list the second round picks, as some of the second rounders offer insight to the first pick. Here is the first round with comments:

    1. St. Louis: Erik Johnson

    Commentary: With a creative center in Oshie, a resilient goalie in Schwarz, and tough, reliable rearguard in Jackson in the stable, St. Louis looks to add American flash, dash, and jam to their defensive corps. 6’4’’ Admiral EJ will instantly become the leader of a solid but less than spectacular backline featuring Jackman, Backman, Dallman, Jackson, and Wideman.

    Other Possibilities: STL will most likely receive a call from Pittsburgh who will be looking to swap and take Erik Johnson. There are so many good defenders that I can see STL moving down one spot, picking up a sweetener prospect/32nd pick, taking Backstrom, and adding a rearguard with the 26th, 31st, or 32nd pick.

    2. Pittsburgh: Nicklas Backstrom

    Commentary: After rocketing out of the cold waters, the Penguins waddle to the podium faster than ever to make their selection. The Penguins dip into the Scandinavian pond and snag a Swedish fish. They take a near ready, polished center man—with tremendous upside— from the SEL and look to reel in a promising rearguard with the 32nd pick of the draft. This is purely a BPA scenario with Pittsburgh taking the stud center.

    Other Possibilities: In all sincerity, Pittsburgh should do their best to swap with STL and take a future Pronger in EJ. Otherwise, my worldly advice is to trade down and pick up a gritty PF for Crosby/Malkin in Okposo or Stewart. Unless, of course, a GM of Steel is daring enough to gamble on one of them at lucky draft position deuce.

    3. Chicago: Phil Kessel

    Commentary: What could a team with a rejuvenated farm system, after having 29 picks in the last two drafts, need? The Blackhawks get a superstar talent here at three to put excited fans in the seats only to rise at his electrifying offensive exploits. If Kessel can mature his game, mostly cutting the infamous inside-out move from his stash of tricks, add weight increasing both upper and lower body strength, and putting forth some resemblance of a defensive effort, Chicago will be ecstatic with this potential game breaker.

    Other Possibilities: Chicago could go another way, shock, and pass up Kessel for Peter Mueller. Make no mistake that the Blackhawk’s future is bright, but they have a prospect pool that’s all over the place. So many guys from so many different nations: USA, Russia, Canada, Czech, Finland, and Sweden. They could look at a distinguished natural leader, and centerman at that, in Mueller to command and bring and all of those personalities together.

    4. Washington: Jonathan Toews

    Commentary: Washington goes as Ovechkin goes. The best-case scenario is that they are in position to select defensively responsible #1 centerman with elite vision. In that case, WSH=Toews. The Capitals dispel any false myths about a lack of offensive game when they see Toews bury highlight reel goals and thread uncanny passes on the videotapes. A dynamic player, Jonathan is so subtly good that people forget how potent he was in Shattuck. His ability to adapt to the college game using his smarts and hockey sense rather than flair makes it easy to have him slotted at the fourth spot.

    Other Possibilities: If McPhee wants to get reckless and risky, he could go for Kyle Okposo. Imagining a lineup featuring Ovechkin + Okposo, WSH could take a mini-Ovechkin like terror from USHL, and draft centers in bulk utilizing their four other picks within the top 50. Putting that dream aside, I can’t see WSH at the 4th spot passing up a chance to take a pivot in a draft that’s center heavy early on.

    5. Boston: Peter Mueller

    Commentary: Who needs Joe Thornton? Not Boston when they can draft a savvy pivot to supplement wonder boy Patrice Bergeron down the middle. Patrice Bergeron, Peter Mueller, Petr Kalus. The Bruins confirm wanting to assemble a gritty forward lineup to take to the front lines with this selection. Mueller is captain material. He is so versatile that people are quick to forget his nasty skills in the offensive zone. He’s a playmaker. His great vision and smooth stickhandling ability, makes him a dangerous player. The Boston Bruins are content to sit back and receive this future number one center.

    Other Possibilities: The first off board selection could come here at five. I wouldn’t put it past them to look at James Sheppard heavily. Boston could also go in the direction of raw, monster center in Staal or totally opposite and take a LW making a last minute surge in Tlusty. Assuming its not traded, expect the unexpected here at this fifth selection. Boston’s prospect pool is so depleted besides a stud goalie in Toivonen that I cannot put a handle on them. Mueller, Staal, Brassard, Okposo, Tlusty, Sheppard etc. The range is so wide.

    6. Columbus: Derick Brassard

    Commentary: Buzzing. Wanting to play the same style their name stands for, they select a slick thriller in Brassard. Picturing him joining an offense containing the likes of Nash, Zherdev, Picard, and Brule just sets off mental fireworks! Crafty with elite vision, Brassard is able to bring an excitingly fresh brand of hockey to the rink. One to make others around him better, he oozes pure finesse.

    Other Possibilities: Normally, I could see Columbus taking hot commodity Okposo to give the team added power and skill but DM has reportedly said its one of Backstrom, Kessel, Mueller, or Brassard. At the very least, I don’t see Backstrom falling to CLB.

    7. New York Islanders: Jordan Staal

    Commentary: Oh, Eric. Oh, Marc. Will the insane family development curve kick in to this brother Staal just the same and give NYI a primetime center? As of now, Jordan is on the same path as his two older siblings. He’s an imposing raw specimen at 6’4’’ some 200+ pounds, with good skating, quick hands, and a two-way conscience. He’s produced well in the PO’s for Peterborough, netting 10 goals in 19 games and has stepped up to eliminate any doubts of fading off. The New York Islanders buy into the hype, taking a young Mats Sundin to solidify themselves down the middle with Staal, O’Marra, and Nokelainen. Pick seven seems way too late, but it’s not out of the realm. All six chosen ahead of him are highly qualified.

    Other Possibilities: The Islanders look heavily at Jiri Tlusty and entertain Bobby Sanguinetti. Tlusty shows dangle, grit, and two-way from the wing and Sanguinetti entices with jaw dropping offensive ability from the backend. But they go with Staal. Whether they neglected need on defense/wing or not, you just can’t pass up the package of Staal bloodlines and offensive output/production that Jordan comes with. By all accounts, New York should take this pick and run with a future star big man down the middle.


    8. Phoenix: James Sheppard

    Commentary: The Coyotes are not ashamed to howl, “From the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, James Sheppard.†A great value pick, Phoenix can look forward to a solid North American center. A tough, defensively responsible center who is outstanding in the face-off circle. Displays a great read of the entire ice, which is evident through his exceptional vision and playmaking skills. Outhustles and hits guys. He is no slouch in the other teams zone and will carry the pack of dogs on his back.

    Other Possibilities: The obligatory-suggestion-until-he-is-chosen, Kyle Okposo. With pure offensive forwards in Lisin, Wheeler, and Hanzal, PF Chris Stewart would prove to be a justified selection as well. Although many label Gretzky and Company as most likely to surprise, I wouldn’t expect another off the board here at eight in this draft. There are just too many quality players. Jiri Tlusty remains a possibility.



    9. Minnesota: Kyle Okposo

    Commentary: The Wild go nuts for the local Minnesota boy and take Okposo. A downright steal at nine IMO, Phoenix being able to get the Minnesota product here at nine is a testament to the quality of the top ten of this years draft. He’s big, strong, and gritty with light feet and a great offensive touch. Equipped with what they call in football a “motor,†impressive skating, and a slick stick, Okposo emerges from corners/scrums/traffic and quickly wreaks terror in the oppositions zone. Has a nasty Forsberg-esque mentality while he has possession of the puck. This force of a player is not overhyped and Minnesota is pleased to see him still on the board at their pick.

    Other Possibilities: Depending on their draft board, Sanguinetti could be wrapped and delivered as their future puck moving defenseman. On mine, its Okposo, Stewart, and then Sanguinetti. With two picks in the top 20, Minnesota should most likely get their two needs: top end PF with skills and flashy offensive rearguard.

    10. Florida: Ty Wishart

    Commentary: The first unexpected selection comes here from the Panthers. If Sasha Pokulok could make last years top 15, then Florida can fill a need this year and nab this strapping defenseman to round out the top ten. Some are expecting Ty to become what Braydon Coburn was supposed to have blossomed as: a 6’5’’ physical, adept passer, shut down defender. Is frustrating one-on-one showing his great positional skills. He brings more to the table than Sanguinetti, who isn’t shabby in his defense, with raw physical tools and a through the roof upside.

    Other Possibilities: The Panthers could look to link up the brother connection and take the Kingston Frontenac bull. They look to have had enough offensive blood pumped into their team, so they should fixate on getting reliable defenseman. Look out for Florida possibly taking a flashy, hard-hitting Summers from the USA Development Program.

    11. Los Angeles: Bobby Sanguinetti

    Commentary: The Kings don’t hesitate to get to the podium in a hurry to take Owen Sound Attack’s Sanguinetti. In desperate need of backend talent, LA gets a shot in the arm when they take this smooth skating, puck moving defenseman. Needs to put on muscle to handle opposing forwards, but his tools are exceptional. Showed smarts, intelligence, and composure in playoffs to tone down his risky offensive exploits and adopted a conservative approach. With only Gleason on the NHL team and a prospect pool near bare, I can’t see them passing up Sanguinetti who fills a need and is close to the BPA.

    Other Possibilities: There are no other possibilities. Forget Little. Forget Frolik. Having solidified themselves well enough offensively the last few years with Frolov, Boyle, Brown, Tukonen, and Kopitar LA can snap up this top end talent on defense. Injecting some life into a lackluster prospect d-corps, Bobby instantly becomes their best and brightest of a D pool, which beforehand only featured Richard Petiot and T.J. Fast.


    12. Atlanta: Bryan Little

    Commentary: This is no “little†selection. Atlanta chooses the high-powered center from the Ontario Hockey League. With absolutely no center talent in the system, the Thrashers get a guy who can come in sooner rather than later, and take over for Savard if need be. Little does everything right and looks good doing it. The only knock on him is that he lacks a single trait that distinguishes him from the rest, but Atlanta pays no attention to those doubters. Aside from Nigel Williams, Alex Vasyunov, and Joensuu, Little is a guy who I can see being all over the map. Atlanta is thrilled with his dangerous shot, nifty passes, and impressive balance on his skates.

    Other Possibilities: With a bevy of unique defenders, Atlanta most likely won’t look for a defensemen here at 12. There’s a possibility they look to shock taking the tall centerman from Sweden in Patrik Berglund. He has unlimited upside with great size and a snipers touch. If a team ahead of Atlanta gambles and goes away from the mainstream prospect rankings, the Thrashers hope James Sheppard slides.

    13. Toronto: Chris Stewart

    Commentary: The Leafs go for a talented PF and take Anthony’s similarly built brother in Chris. A total beast, Stewart flies up and down the wing carrying defenders and opposing forwards straight to his destination: the front of the net. Once this freight train gets inside the offensive zone, he has enough creativity and flair to make plays. A riser based on his work ethic and unreal physical stature, he gives TOR a gritty winger to compliment Steen, Stajan, Wellwood, Suglobov and Earl.

    Other Possibilities: Toronto’s forward prospect pool looks hideous. They have defensemen in spades, and although they may not have the highest potential around they are good enough to lock in the sights of a forward at this pick. Tlusty and Stewart prove a hard, full of sweat debate on who to select but Stewart wins with his rare physical abilities.

    14 Vancouver: Jiri Tlusty.

    Commentary: A great value pick. Far removed from his strictly defensive U18 tournament role back in August, he has improved leaps and bounds offensively. Undertaking a sharp developmental curve, Tlusty has surpassed countryman Frolik to take the lead as a best Czech forward prospect IMO. Vancouver likes his pro game, which he showed by adapting and fitting in the Czech men’s league without a problem and thus takes him at 14. He instantly becomes their best forward prospect.

    Other Possibilities: Vancouver could be enticed by Grabner’s game breaking dangle to take him here. IMO there’s no one at this spot to justify Vancouver passing on Tlusty. It is imperative for them to pick up a guy like Jiri this June. A combination of a reliable scoring threat with a two way game, this type of forward will provide the forward ranks of the Canuck’s prospect pool with a stable, future top winger.

    15. Tampa Bay: Riku Helenius

    Commentary: Goalies usually get snapped up fast and furious, IE. Montoya, Dubnyk, Schwarz, Schneider, Shantz, and Peters in 2004’s 1st/2nd round and Price, Rask, Plante, Frazee, Pavelec, and Pelletier in 2005’s 1st/2nd round. The Lightning strike and start the trend with the pick of this huge Finnish goalie with a great competitive fire. He was the best netminder at the spring U18 and performed just as well in January’s. Although, it seems like teams flaunt their preferences greatly when choosing backstops so this pick could be totally off the mark.

    Other Possibilities: I didn’t see any worthwhile forwards on the board. Tampa Bay may certainly disagree and therefore I could see enigmatic Michael Frolik or workhorse Claude Giroux being grabbed here. Admittedly the first selection I had struggled with. TB has no standout forwards or defensemen either but in the end I felt Helenius was too good to pass up.

    16. Montreal: Brian Strait

    Commentary: With ridiculous forward depth, the Canadiens add a NTDP defensive standout with the selection of Brian Strait. An extremely frustrating defender to play against, Strait gives Montreal a rearguard whose style is tailor made for the NHL. A similar player to Jason Smith, he will provide a steadying influence to a team loaded with risky offensive spice. I could see an offensive, PP quarterback like Vishnevsky go here to the Canadiens because of having physical guys like Emelin and O’Byrne. But in the end I opted for a low risk North American defenseman, who is a safe bet to make the NHL. We’ve all seen how valuable this kind of defender is in the playoffs.


    17. Minnesota: Ivan Vishnevsky

    Commentary: After taking the rough-and-tumble, hometown power forward with their first pick, the Wild conveniently fill another need taking this smooth skating defensemen from the Q. An offensive powerhouse from the blue line, at times Ivan seems like a fourth forward. With Foster, Thelen, Stoner, and Belle in the pipeline on D, the Wild could use a distinguished talent like Vishnevsky. To be allowed to roam and flex his offensive muscles however, he will almost certainly need to be paired with a steady, stay-at-homer. Other than that, the sky is the limit. I don’t see any other defensemen as better fits.

    18. Colorado: David Fischer

    Commentary: After restocking the farm in 2005 with a bounty of skilled forwards, the Avalanche opt to barrel down Apple Valley and pick up long, lanky David Fischer. Defense was an imminent need only having Boychuk and Macias as formidable future defenders (barring unseen breakthroughs). Fischer is talented enough to possibly appear on the list as BPA, trumping forward names like Frolik and Berglund. He is great skater and never panics. His great threshold for high stress situations shows his poise and composure. I can see Jamie McBain shooting up here to give Colorado a two-way defender with great vision.

    19. Anaheim: Michael Frolik

    Commentary: Coming into the draft’s first round needing to add talent on the blue line, Anaheim is stunned to find soon-to-be Oceanic forward Michael Frolik still on the board. They take him and hope to have a great steal to add to a stocked future at forward. Lupul, Getzlaf, Penner, and Ryan are all delighted to have this supposed Czech wonder kid come join them. Frolik has all the tools, just hasn’t put it all together yet. A smooth puck handler who’s creative in the opposing zone, he seems to have been a victim of an advanced men’s league and a poor coach’s decision at the WJC. Anaheim could dip into to NTDP and add an intimidating presence in Chris Summers. But Frolik is too much to pass on and BPA is the way to go. See you in Rimouski.

    20. San Jose: Chris Summers

    Commentary: The Sharks bite and take menacing defenseman Chris Summers at 20. Not too early, not too late for Summers. A late riser, Summers has climbed everyone’s charts with his physicality and will to win. This past U-18, he took on a third line checking center role and played admirably. He doesn’t have a high ceiling as a checking center, but teams are intrigued by his ability to become a number two to four defenseman with above average vision and puck skills. No matter what level he plays on, Chris looks to instill fear in the opposition with bone jarring hits. Do we have a potential lower grade Phaneuf on our hands? There’s a possibility with his work ethic and passion for the game. With San Jose’s recent success at the draft table churning out players such as Bernier, Carle, Michalek, and Goc, I could see them diverging from the conventional lists and taking a power forward like McGinn or Swan.

    21. NYR: Michael Grabner

    Commentary: The New York Rangers deliberate, discuss, and debate heatedly. Huge sniper center Patrik Berglund or game breaker Michael Grabner? By a hair, the Rangers brass go with the speedster from Spokane. In their eyes, Michael owns a unique speed to scoring ratio that is unmatched within their system aside from Petr Prucha. Very opportunistic. A courageous burner, Grabner has the innate ability to wind up in the right place at the right time like most good goal scorers. But if the Rangers aren’t content with Dubinsky/Immonen/Ryan down the middle, and feel that Berglund has the potential to be a number one center, then he may well be the choice. For now, dynamic wingman Grabner strikes me as the BPA and best fit for the Blueshirts.




    22. Philadelphia: Jonathan Bernier

    Commentary: Philadelphia goes and gets themselves an ultra talented netminder from Lewiston. Bernier has all the tools, except he had a questionable tournament and outings. With Richards, Carter, Umberger, and Eager up with the parent team and only Downie, Ruzicka, and Potulny in the system a forward could be in order. They could also stand to restock defensemen with Picard as their sole leader. So, I could see a sniper like Forney or a handyman defenseman like Persson shoot up to Philly’s selection here. IMO if the Flyers don’t think Jonathan is the BPA, they will look elsewhere and pick up a goalie with one of their three second round picks. What is perfectly clear is Philly needs a future star goalie, offensive forwards preferably wingers, and defensemen with solid NHL futures. This shouldn’t be too hard with four selections in the first two rounds.

    23. New Jersey: Jamie McGinn

    Commentary: Your New Jersey Devils are proud to select, power forward Jamie McGinn from the Ottawa 67’s. McGinn gritty goalscoring style will fit right in with Parise, Zajac, Bergfors and company. He reminded me much of Petr Prucha with his crease antics and overall hustle and will to get to the front of the net. He is underrated. Being completely honest, I had Leland Irving going here to the Devils for the longest time. But I just couldn’t keep it so constantly seeing “Frazee†appear when looking at prospect goaltending depth. With only Fraser and DeMarchi, I could see NJ opting for a more offensively inclined defenseman like McBain or Persson instead. But for now, the Devils get a gritty winger and look forward to adding a defenseman in the second.

    24. Calgary: Claude Giroux

    Commentary: With little distinguished forward offensive talent, Calgary takes a playmaking spitfire in Giroux. He’s courageous, quick, and agile. Giroux has the instinctive quality of accelerating while he has the puck. After getting the depth defensemen they wanted last year in Pelech and Baldwin, the Flames engulf Vancouver while rejoicing over getting much needed offensive flair. Big frame, soft hands Forney could also wind up a Flame or my sleeper pick for Calgary, and not just because of similar team names, speedy grit man Ryan White. If they see the slightest indication of White being able to pick up his offensive game just a notch, I don’t see why not.

    25. Washington: Leland Irving

    Commentary: After getting a legitimate first liner center for Ovechkin the Capitals shift their attention and focus on stabilizing themselves between the pipes. Irving is composed, calm, and one of his main strengths is his fundamentals. If the Capitals feel Leland is too much a product of Constantine’s stifling system, they could look to Russia’s Varlamov or USA’s Sauer. IMO if one of Irving, Helenius, and Bernier aren’t what the Caps want then I recommend taking the best forward available here (Berglund/Forney) at 25 and picking up a goalie at 34/35. After loading up with defensemen in 2004 & 2005, adding Toews with the first pick, and having three more selections after this one, I strongly suggest a reliable goaltender to plant in the shadows of Ollie Kolzig.

    26. St. Louis: Patrik Berglund

    Commentary: The Blues are more than happy to take this potential steal at 26 in Patrik Berglund. Big, dynamic, and sharp shooting center. This massive, more reactive center will compliment the smaller, intense Oshie nicely. Berglund has soft hands and great vision of the entire ice. STL could look towards adding a winger so an unexpected Czech player like Kana/Kveton could jump to this pick dispersing the talent to LW/RW rather than center. Either way, Johnson and Berglund is a nice start to revamping the future of the St. Louis Blues.

    27. Dallas: Michael Forney

    Commentary: A Dallas team that is starved for bluechip forward talent doesn’t hesitate in picking this High School “Star.†Blessed with a big, lanky frame and silky smooth hands, the Stars select this winger and hope he fills out and matures nicely. Similar to Wheeler in the sense that he’ll need time to fill out and add other facets to his game like being a consistent physical presence and having a defensive conscience. The Thief River Falls native has a great shooting arsenal that Dallas can’t pass up. The Stars have done well for themselves adding dependable rearguards, so I don’t see them taking a defenseman. Otherwise, a talented center like Burki could entice the Stars.

    28. Ottawa: Bryce Swan

    Commentary: The Senators are not afraid to risk it, so they choose Bryce Swan, this years first round version of MA Cliché. Like his Q peer, Swan missed a lot of time this year due to two freak injuries: one to his groin and one to his thumb. Had Swan seen more action than just 34 regular season games and 11 postseason games, he would most likely be solidified as a first round pick. Swan brings a lot to the table: he’s a power forward who is reliable in his own zone, never stops moving, has great skating for his size, and bulls his way to the net. Successful in past drafts, Ottawa can afford to gamble on this big, gritty NA winger.

    29. Detroit: Jamie McBain

    Commentary: With their forward stable looking much brighter than before and a solid goalie coming through in Howard, Detroit selects this smooth skating defenseman from the NTDP. The Red Wings were intrigued by his great offensive skills, elite vision, and shooting arsenal. He loves to join the rush, but even in all of his offensive explorations proved to be a solid defender as well. Detroit sees great things in the future for this two-way defenseman and hope he continues to progress on the rapid course we’ve seen. A defenseman with an edge, Eric Gryba or Dennis Persson are options.

    30. Buffalo: Dennis Persson

    Commentary: Offensively stacked upfront, Buffalo should worry about bringing in steady defensive prospects. Therefore, they select the mobile, mean, and offensive oriented Dennis Persson from Sweden. Persson is a guy that could go much higher than this 30th overall spot as he is quite a package bringing with him a two-way game where he’s equally adept at creating offense as he is stopping plays as a defender, with a mean streak and good frame. Buffalo just needs talented rearguards, Persson makes the most sense and is as close to BPA as you’re gonna get.


    31. St. Louis: Codey Burki

    Commentary: With the selection of a monster two-way defenseman in Johnson, huge sniper center in Berglund, the Blues look to take a fast playmaking center in Burki. He’s good value and BPA IMO with the first pick in the second, and will give STL great depth down the middle.

    32. Pittsburgh: Nigel Williams
    33. Chicago: Cory Emmerton
    34. Washington: Ryan White
    35. Washington: Carl Sneep
    36. Columbus: Joey Ryan
    37. Anaheim: Semen Varlamov
    38. Philadelphia: Eric Gryba
    39. Minnesota: Ryan Hillier
    40. Phoenix: Ondrej Fiala
    41. Philadelphia: Cal Clutterbuck
    42. Atlanta: David Kveton
    43. Toronto: Trevor Lewis
    44. Buffalo: Derrick Lapoint
    45. Phoenix: Kirill Tulupov
    46. Montreal: Matt Beleskey
    47. Boston: Tomas Kana
    48. Colorado: Billy Sauer
    49. Washington: Ben Maxwell
    50. San Jose: Felix Schutz
    51. New York Rangers: JM Juutilainen
    52. Philadelphia: Kaspars Daugavins
    53. New Jersey: Chad Greenan
    54. Calgary: Yuri Alexandrov
    55. Nashville: Jonas Enroth
    56. Carolina: Nick Foligno
    57. New York Islanders: Matt Corrente
    58. Chicago: Theo Peckham
    59. Detroit: Jan Mursak
    60. Buffalo: Blake Geoffrion​

    I will try to provide second round comments ASAP. Enjoy and criticize!
     
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    I like it.....good job! :clap:
     
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    It's a mock with full of surprises...likely what this draft will be, so good job there.

    That said, if the Habs pick Strait instead of Vishnevsky, Frolik and company (without even thinking of trading down) there will be much swearing in the MTHF household. :rant:
     
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    Wow! I'd be very happy with us taking Williams at 32, and Backstrom is also a name many penuins' fans began to consider if johnson is taken. You did a good job here and looking forward to reading the comments for the 2nd round
     
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    Nice write up. Though the caps nashville 1rd pick is either 23 or 22.
     
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    Nice commentary - you've done your homework :handclap:
     
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    The Flyers aren't taking a goalie in round 1, even if he is the BPA. I preach BPA around here, but the Flyers are one of the few exceptions where they are almost guarenteed to not take a goalie in round 1. They have shown in the past that taking goalies later in the draft is their MO.
     
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    Ok, so you echo what I explain not necessarily the actual pick. What do you think of my suggestions of Forney and Persson, and the system evaluation?
     
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    the Wild wont pass on Frolik at 17 even if they get Okposo.
     
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    Forney, I've not read really too much into him, but I would also be suprised if they went to Sweden with a pick so early. They rarely draft out of Europe and if they do hey draft Finns if they don't draft a Slovak. For being a Swede, Flyers lead European scout Inge Hammarstrom has not been endearing to the Swedish system recently, actually, for more than 5-years, so until the trend changes, I wouldn't expect them to go that route.


    The Flyers like the CHL, especially the OHL. I would like a defenseman round 1 because the cupboard is dry.
     
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    Why? I had 18 teams pass over him before slotting him to Anaheim. It can be argued that he isn't the BPA at Minnesota's second pick. Frolik is a product of a good season the year before his draft. If you hadn't seen Frolik at the 2005 WJC and had to judge him based on what he did this year, is he really that convincing to say your team won't pass on him? 20-30 is not out of the realm.

    IMO I could see a Schremp-like fall.
     
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    I don't know much about Jamie McGinn, but he sounds like an interesting pick. Also, if defensemen like Summers and Fischer are gone by the time the Devils select, I can seem them going forward, especially if someone drops in their laps. I wouldn't mind Forney, Berglund or Perrson going to the Devils. Excellent work and enjoyed the read!
     
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    I like the Mueller over Staal pick --from one Bruins fan's perspective.
     
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    Good mock, but I disagree with the "there are no other possibilities" assessment. Frolik, Little, and Tlusty, though forwards, are all potentially better than Sanguinetti... and the Kings aren't afraid of taking the best person available. Otherwise, they would have drafted Schwarz over Tukonen or Tuukka Rask over Kopitar to fill their DIRE need of a top end goalie in the organization.

    That said, it's possible the Kings take a goalie in the first round. I just hope that of all goalies taken in the draft, it's Helenius or Enroth.
     
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    Good overall draft, however not sure on the Irving pick...is he really THAT good? They do need goaltending I understand, but Kolzig will be around for another 2 years so they might have better luck taking a centre like Emmerton. (Ovechkin,Toews,Semin,Fehr,Emmerton would be a very good core of scorers).


    Also, first time I've seen Tlusty fall to the Canucks pick. I don't really know much about him, but what kind of a projection do you have on when he will be in the NHL?/AHL?
     
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    i love all these mock drafts with Backstrom or Staal falling to the Islanders, unfortuntly when the draft actually happens, i can't see us getting either with the 7th pick.
     
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    By far the most interesting read of all mock drafts so far.
    I wish people would take more time to write things up properly like you did instead of simply spewing out information. Writing is a skill and you have it my friend.

    Hats off. :clap:
     
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    Good draft, i'm wondering where you see Marcinko going? He is not in the first 2 rounds which i find somewhat surprising.
     
  19. Anthony Mauro

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    Nice catch, I had him going to Nashville until I had to revamp the mock with the change of NJ's pick.

    Marcinko is unique. He's not really a guy that has fallen off everyone's radar after appearing in a future watch and then performing well in that U16/17 I believe. I think his body has just changed so much that he's still adjusting.

    My view on Marcinko is get that kid to NA ASAP. He was hyped at 15/16 being 6'0'' for his offensive talent. A few years later, 4 more inches taller, and now he's a defensive center. I have this part of me that makes me think he's still got those offensive skills, has added a shutdown defensive game, and is a huge guy to boot.

    One to watch definately.

    And thanks to all. I'm glad most enjoyed it.
     
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    I understand what you mean. As for Emmerton, I'm just not a fan so of course, I wouldn't suggest him to the Caps. Irving is a first round talent IMO.

    Tlusty held his own against men this year so I'd say around one year for the AHL, two for the NHL.
     
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    Nice work. I like the Backstrom pick. I think he is BPA at that spot also, and I wouldn't rule out a possible transition to wing anyways.
     
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    i like the Brian Little to Atlanta right before Toronto i think almost every leaf fan wants him to fall to 12, but i really think Atlanta is going to grab him up right ahead, they desparately need some Center's they might even trade up to get one of the better one's maybe with pittsburgh?? anyways i think Little is set with Atlanta unless there's a trade, however with Frolik set to come to Rimouski i think that solidify's his top 12 placement.
     
  23. Holden Caulfield

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    :yo: Somebody else who thinks that Toews is not the defensive "safe" pick of the draft. That's is all everybody thinks of him. Good Job on that and the rest of draft. Liked it, more unconventional than most, more realistic.
     
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    Great job, I agree with your analysis of the Thrashers.
     
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    Nice work with the color scheme, I like the Canucks gettin' Tlusty too. :yo:
     

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