1. Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane RW Chicago, having a great playmaker on the horizon with Jonathan Toews decide to go with the proven goal-scorer and sniper which should make a great pairing for years to come. 2. Philadelphia Flyers: James Van Riemsdyk LW With some of their best young players and prospects being centers, such as Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Steve Downie, Flyers pass on Kyle Turris and take local boy Van Riemsdyk whom they hope will turn into an upper-echelon power forward. 3. Phoenix Coyotes: Kyle Turris C The Coyotes have so many holes to fill that they need to take the best player available and at #3 that player is Turris. Along with Peter Mueller, the Coyotes could end up with a formidable 1-2 punch down the middle. 4. Los Angeles Kings: Alexei Cherepanov RW The Kings take the first gamble of the draft by taking the enigmatic Russian at this position, knowing that getting him to North American may be difficult but balancing that with the knowledge that Cherepanov has probably the highest ceiling of any player in the draft. 5. Washington Capitals: Karl Alzner D The Caps are loaded with offensive youngsters and decide to address their back-end by taking perhaps the "surest" thing in the draft with Alzner. While he may not have the high upside of a Keaton Ellerby, Alzner is sure to become at worse a second pairing minute eater. 6. Edmonton Oilers: Sam Gagner C It comes down Gagner and Jakub Voracek for the oilers and they decide to go with the centerman because of a slightly higher offensive upside, and are thrilled to add him to their list of talented centers along with Marc Pouliot and Andrew Cogliano. 7. Columbus Blue Jackets: Jakub Voracek RW While the Blue Jackets were hoping to add a top-notch defensive prospect such as Karl Alzner, they aren't ready to reach for another defenceman and are instead just thrilled to come away with a player such as Voracek to add to their impressive stable of young forwards, with players such as Gilbert Brule, Derick Brassard and to a lesser extent Alexandre Picard. 8. Boston Bruins: Nick Petrecki D The Bruins cause the first surprise of the draft when they decide to go with this hulking blueliner, but with plenty of forward prospects such as Phil Kessel, Petr Kalus and David Krejci, they add a defensemen whom they can watch mature just down the road at Boston College. 9. St-Louis Blues: Angelo Esposito C The Blues are more than thrilled to be able to take the former consensus #1 overall pick at this spot, as they Blues are in desperate need of dynamic offensive players and Esposito provides an upside not seen in other potential picks at this time, specifically Zach Hamill and Logan Couture. 10.Florida Panthers: Logan Couture C Just as with Columbus, the Panthers would have liked to add a defenceman, but instead opt for the best player available, and a near sure bet to center their second line in Couture, a player that will fit in well with the other high-end offensive prospects currently being collected in Miami. 11.Carolina Hurricanes: Zach Hamill C The Hurricanes have one of the barest prospect cupboards and are in a position to draft the best player available and do so with Zach Hamill, a player who will be able to add offense to their team. 12.Montreal Canadiens: Keaton Ellerby D The Habs quickly snatch up the best defensive prospect available and someone they had highly rated. They took a look at some of the other prospects available, such as Brandon Sutter, yet with most of their good younger players in Hamilton being forwards, they decide to go with back-to-back defensemen with their top picks after taking David Fischer a year earlier. 13.Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikael Backlund C After taking a long hard look at both Brandon Sutter and Lars Eller, the Leafs decide that Backlund offers the best value at this spot in the draft as someone with the necessary offensive skills to one day join the buds in the big show. 14.Colorado Avalanche: Kevin Shattenkirk D The Avalanche decide that with most of their prospects being at the forward position to take both a defencemen and in their minds the best player available. While some question his size, the Avs believe he has the necessary skills to quarterback their powerplay down the road. 15.Edmonton Oilers: Ryan McDonagh D Edmonton goes for the second straight American defencemen when they take the Wisconsin-bound McDonagh, as they clearly need to shore up a defence still reeling from the losses of Pronger and Spacek, as well as Tarnstrom and Bergeron to a lesser extent. 16.Tampa Bay Lightning: Maxim Mayorov LW The Lightning have never been afraid of drafting Russian prospects and feel the need to add to their forward corps and Mayorov is unquestionably the best offensive prospect left on the board. 17.New York Rangers: Max Pacioretty LW The Rangers love both big forwards and American prospects and they get that package with Pacioretty, a local kid who reminds alot of people of the Hurricanes Erik Cole. 18.Calgary Flames: Brandon Sutter C Darryl Sutter is unable to resist his nephew who combines more offensive skill with that typical Sutter grit that the Flames have become renowned for holding dear with it comes to drafting. 19.Minnesota Wild: Tommy Cross D The Wild need desperately to add to their defensive prospects take a gamble on Cross, who's a big defenceman with a higher upside than some of the defencemen remaining, such as Alex Plante. 20.Pittsburgh Penguins: Alex Plante D The Penguins, with their offense clearly in place with Crosby, Malkin and Staal add a solid skating defenceman with good size to their stable of prospects. 21.Dallas Stars: Lars Eller LW Dallas has many solid grinding type prospects but don't have a potential offensive star besides perhaps Loui Eriksson and get terrific value with the Dane Eller at the 21 spot. 22.Montreal Canadiens (Via SJ): Keven Veilleux C Montreal goes off the board with Veilleux, a big right-handed centerman, a prototype that the Habs have been searching for a long time, and the fact that Veilleux is French Canadian, certainly will not hurt. 23.Philadelphia Flyers (Via NSH): Joakim Andersson C The Flyers nab a real solid player with this pick, someone with the ability to become a better version of Samuel Pahlsson, and continue to add to their impressive forward prospects. 24.St-Louis Blues (Via ATL): Bill Sweatt LW The Blues are ecstatic to land Sweatt this late in the first round after some saw him as a potential top 15 pick and believe they have gotten lucky to find him this late. 25.Vancouver Canucks: Oscar Moller RW The Canucks are in dire need of dynamic offensive prospects and take the best one left on the board in the Swede Moller who should fit in nicely with his Scandinavian teammates. 26.New Jersey Devils: Brett MacLean RW The Devils believe MacLean is more than just John Tavares' sidekick and see him as an integral part of their forward corps down the line. 27.Washington Capitals (Via BUF): Mike Hoeffel LW The Caps decide on a bit of a gamble as Hoeffel was injured most of the year but they believe they have found someone who can easily help and add depth behind Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom. 28.Edmonton Oilers (Via ANA): Jonathon Blum D The Oilers take a gamble on Blum but like him more than Mark Katic or Thomas Hickey as their future powerplay quarterback, despite his physical limitations. 29.Ottawa Senators: David Perron RW The Senators are more than happy to add this small offensive dynamo to their organization which is very much lacking in prospect depth. 30.Detroit Red Wings: Colton Gillies C Gillies is the prototypical Detroit Red Wing system player and the Wings are ecstatic to find him available with the last pick of the first round.