HBW's Annual Mock Draft

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    Keep in note that this is a mock, not who I feel are the 30 best players available(though personal preference did come into play a few times).

    1. Pittsburgh
    Player: Sidney Crosby
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Rimouski(QMJHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 62 GP 66 G 102 A 168 PTS 84 PIM
    Vitals: 5’10”, 180 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 1st North American
    Analysis: I don’t think there is anything more to say about the kid. Simply put he’s the most intriguing prospect to enter the NHL Draft in 21 years.

    2. Anaheim
    Player: Jack Johnson
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: US National Program
    2004-05 Stats: 42 GP 14 G 27 A 41 PTS 170 PIM
    Vitals: 6’0”, 197 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 4th North American
    Analysis: A strong, physical two-way defenseman with offensive upside who can dominate on the ice. Leadership to boot. Will attend Michigan in the fall.

    3. Carolina
    Player: Benoit Pouliot
    Position: Left Wing
    2004-05 Team: Sudbury(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 69 GP 29 G 38 A 67 PTS 102 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 180 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 2nd North American
    Analysis: A late bloomer who was an 11th round pick of Sudbury who had a grand total of 4 games of OHL experience before this season but is still considered one of the safest picks of the draft. Great feet and scary vision. Hasn’t played up to his natural talents yet.

    4. Minnesota
    Player: Bobby Ryan
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Owen Sound(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 62 GP 37 G 52 A 89 PTS 51 PIM
    Vitals: 6’0”, 210 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 3rd North American
    Analysis: Born Robert Stevenson Bobby Ryan has had an interesting, and difficult, life to this point. What has turned weaker people into busts only makes Bobby Ryan stronger. A big, strong power forward with loads of leadership abilities Ryan reminds me a lot of Rick Nash. A very awkward skating style is his only real downfall.

    5. Montreal
    Player: Anze Kopitar
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Sodertalje(Sweden Juniors)
    2004-05 Stats: 30 GP 28 G 21 A 49 PTS 26 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 202 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 1st European
    Analysis: Kopitar could never play another game and still get the title as best Slovenian hockey player ever. Granted that’s not hard. Ranks high on every aspect of his game. Skating, shot, sense, leadership, defense…the only flaw any scout can find in Kopitar’s game? He’s Slovenian. Personally I feel he’ll end up being the second best player in the draft, but there’s a definite risk in drafting not only a European this high in the current NHL, but in drafting a European from Slovenia.

    6. Columbus
    Player: Gilbert Brule
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Vancouver(WHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 70 GP 39 G 48 A 87 PTS 169 PTS
    Vitals: 5’10”, 170 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 5th North American
    Analysis: Brule was thought of as this year’s Malkin a year ago. While Malkin’s star continues to rise, Brule’s has gotten dimmer. Still considered one of the top 6 players of the draft by pretty much every scout out there. Brule has great skills and fantastic hockey sense, something you can’t teach, but his play style takes a toll on his body and he has a very small stature to be a power forward. It worked in the WHL, but will that style work on a kid this size in the NHL? Brule’s worst downfall though, to me, is he is very easy to agitate. Brule, to me, reminds me far too much of Kris Beech, especially in this aspect. Once someone gets under Brule’s skin he starts to take stupid penalties.

    7. Chicago
    Player: Jack Skille
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: US National Program
    2004-05 Stats: 54 GP 24 G 31 A 55 PTS 76 PIM
    Vitals: 6’1”, 200 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 11th North American
    Analysis: With Corey Crawford in goal and three consecutive first rounders used on defenseman Chicago will go for a forward if they stay in this position. Skille has flaws in his game, some scouts question his hockey instincts, but by watching him play you’d never know it. A speedy skilled power forward Skille would look awfully nice on a line with Tuomo Ruutu in a few years. Will go to Wisconsin in the fall.

    8. Atlanta
    Player: Marc Staal
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Sudbury(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 65 GP 6 G 20 A 26 PTS 53 PIM
    Vitals: 6’3”, 185 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 9th North American
    Analysis: The younger brother of Hurricanes center Eric Staal, Marc has a lot of the same qualities as his older sibling. Staal is, by no means, a flashy player but a steady performer with no real holes in his game and a splendid personality. There’s a vast split between scouts on this one though. Some rank him right next to Johnson as a top 5 talent in the draft, some rank him as nothing more than a late first rounder. There is nothing in particular in Staal’s game that really stands out besides the fact there is no real downside to his play. A potential second pairing defenseman with limited downside plays in the favor of the Thrashers who have gone with boom or bust defenseman with their last two picks(Coburn and Valabik, both whom I’m not a fan of).

    9. Ottawa
    Player: Carey Price
    Position: Goaltender
    2004-05 Team: Tri-City(WHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 24-31-8 2.34 GAA, .920 SV%
    Vitals: 6’2”, 175 lb, Left Glove
    CSB Ranking: 1st North American Goaltender
    Analysis: Price is all that made a mediocre Tri-City team somewhat competitive this past season. Price isn’t going to step right into the NHL and make an impact, he doesn’t have the upside of Fleury or Lehtonen, and he doesn’t have any one aspect of his game that shouts draft me. But at that same time he has no real pitfalls and has unquestionable anticipation and confidence. It may take a few years for Ottawa to reap the rewards of drafting Price, but it should be worth it. I know not every Senators fan wants the team to draft a goalie but Ray Emery isn’t good enough to be a starter for a team that will be competing for the Cup year in and year out and you can only rely on stopgaps for so long(read: Hasek).

    10. Vancouver
    Player: Ryan Parent
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Guelph(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 66 GP 2 G 17 A 19 PTS 36 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 183 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 8th North American
    Analysis: The Canucks well at defensive prospects is shallow to say the least. Parent is pretty much the opposite of every defenseman in the Canucks system save a couple. He’s a defensive defenseman with very little in the terms of offensive ability. He’s a smooth skate, plays strong and smart. Parent may not be a dynamic player, but he could be an unsung hero on the blueline for a long time.

    11. Los Angeles
    Player: Tuukka Rask
    Position: Goaltender
    2004-05 Team: Ilves Tampere
    2004-05 Stats: 18 GP .875 SV%
    Vitals: 6’1”, 190 lb,
    CSB Ranking: 1st European Goaltender
    Analysis: Rask was considered the best goalie in the draft at one point but later that destinction went to Price. Not because of anything Rask did, but because of what Rask didn’t do. He didn’t play much at all. Ilves barely played him but would not send him to his juniors team so the bulk of his playing time this season came from international tournaments, in which he shined. Finland has been a hotbed for great goaltenders the past few years and I don’t expect anything less from Rask. I think highly of him. He’s a long way from NHL ready though.

    12. San Jose
    Player: Ryan O’Marra
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Erie(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 64 GP 25 G 38 A 63 PTS 60 PIM
    Vitals: 6’1”, 183 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 14th North American
    Analysis: You can pencil O’Marra in as a second line center in the NHL in a few seasons and, odds are, you won’t be disappointed. O’Marra is considered as safe of a prospect as there is in this draft, but with safety is a lack of flash and dynamics that scouts love ever-so-much. O’Marra is a strong, smart, and skilled player with a fantastic character and potential captain leadership qualities, but does nothing amazing.

    13. Buffalo
    Player: Luc Bourdon
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Val-d’Or(QMJHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 70 GP 13 G 19 A 32 PTS 117 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 185 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 6th North American
    Analysis: Bourdon has all the tools to be a fantastic physical defenseman in the NHL. Has a very well-rounded game and has offensive upside(though very little talent as of right now). Only downfall on his game is some scouts question his decision making.

    14. Washington
    Player: Alex Bourret
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Lewiston(QMJHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 65 GP 31 G 55 A 86 PTS 172 PIM
    Vitals: 5’10”, 210 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 17th North American
    Analysis: Bourret is a powerful scoring machine who’s strongest aspect may not be his skills, but his fire for the game. Plays very hard, sometimes too hard. Needs to add to his frame to be successful in the NHL with his style.

    15. New York Islanders
    Player: Martin Hanzal
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Budjevoice(Czech Jr.)
    2004-05 Stats: 37 GP 22 G 22 A 44 PTS 80 PIM
    Vitals: 6’3”, 189 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 2nd European
    Analysis: Amazing skill and a big body who still has room to grow(some reports have him being as tall as 6’5”). Fantastic speed and hockey sense. Suffers from the same problems many Europeans do though. Doesn’t use his size to his advantage enough, in fact he has been labeled a diver by many. Boom or bust pick.

    16. New York Rangers
    Player: Brian Lee
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Lincoln(USHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 12 GP 0 G 3 A 3 PTS 4 PIM
    Vitals: 6’3”, 200 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 15th North American
    Analysis: A real wild card, Lee could go in the top 10 and he may fall completely out of the first round(though unlikely). Lee is an offensive-minded defenseman who’s style is eerily similar to that of Jordan Leopold’s. Lee will attend the University of North Dakota in the fall.

    17. Phoenix
    Player: Marek Zapragan
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Chicoutimi(QMJHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 59 GP 32 G 50 A 82 PTS 50 PIM
    Vitals: 6’1”, 183 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 23rd North American
    Analysis: The Czech Import is another wild card. Top 10 talent but a vastly varied opinion by scouts means he could fall far. While Zapragan put up very solid stats with Chicoutimi some scouts felt he made a mistake by coming over to the QMJHL. He worked on his physical play and he vastly improved it, but some feel that came at the cost of some offense. Could go top 10, could fall into the middle of the second round.

    18. Nashville
    Player: Niklas Bergfors
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Sodertalje(Sweden Jr.)
    2004-05 Stats: 21 GP 18 G 16 A 34 PTS 25 PIM
    Vitals: 5’11”, 192 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 5th European
    Analysis: Bergfors plays well beyond his talent level. He has a physical side of him that doesn’t match his size. His hard play has enabled him to put up very nice numbers in the Swedish Juniors, but will it be enough for him to get picked this early?

    19. Detroit
    Player: Jakub Kindl
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Kitchener(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 62 GP 3 G 11 A 14 PTS 92 PIM
    Vitals: 6’3”, 194 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 18th North American
    Analysis: Kindl came over to North American from the Czech Republic with anticipation of being a top 10 pick and being an offensive presence on the blueline. The large blue liner still has good offensive upside and a fantastic stride, but has major consistency issues. A real boom or bust pick a team like Detroit can afford to make, but not one else before them.

    20. Philadelphia
    Player: Kenndal McArdle
    Position: Left Wing
    2004-05 Team: Moose Jaw(WHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 70 GP 37 G 37 A 74 PTS 122 PIM
    Vitals: 5’11”, 195 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 7th North American
    Analysis: Everyone knows Bobby Clarke wants Bobby Clarke, but if he can’t move up and get him McArdle may not be a bad consolation. McArdle is a classic Clarke player. Good offensive skills, solid defense, tenacity, leader, willing to give up the body for the good of the team…the prototypical power forward. Could end up being a Richards-level steal for the Flyers if they get him.

    21. Toronto
    Player: Guillaume Latendresse
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Drummondville(QMJHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 65 GP 29 G 49 A 78 PTS 76 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 215 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 52nd North American
    Analysis: Every draft has a highly skilled player who was once thought to be a top 5 pick end up slipping. As much as I like Latendresse he’s looking like a prime candidate to be this year’s Salmonsson or O’Sullivan. But can it even count as slipping when a guy’s CSB rating is in the 50s? Latendresse has solid offensive skills, good enough defense, but bouts with consistency and skating are holding him back in the eyes of many scouts.

    22. Boston
    Player: Ryan Stoa
    Position: Left Wing
    2004-05 Team: US National Program
    2004-05 Stats: 49 GP 19 G 35 A 54 PTS 52 PIM
    Vitals: 6’3”, 200 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 13th North American
    Analysis: Stoa has the skills to be an early first rounder, but hasn’t yet put them all together. If he ever figures out how to work his natural skills he could be a real steal. Needs to be more aggressive on the ice because he has the size and skill to be a dangerous player in traffic.

    23. New Jersey
    Player: Scott Jackson
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Seattle(WHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 72 GP 6 G 16 A 22 PTS 46 PIM
    Vitals: 6’4”, 200 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 21st North American
    Analysis: A little off the map, but not far. Jackson is the prototypical Devils defenseman. Good leader, plays best under pressure, good hockey sense, fantastic defensive awareness, and a physical edge.


    24. St. Louis
    Player: Devin Setoguchi
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Saskatoon(WHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 69 GP 33 G 31 A 64 PTS 34 PIM
    Vitals: 6’0”, 180 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 10th North American
    Analysis: Vastly talented Setoguchi has severe troubles with consistency. When at the top of the game there were few better in the WHL, when he wasn’t he was downright terrible. A very nice World Under-18 tourney raised his stock.

    25. Edmonton
    Player: Denis Istomin
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Chelyabinsk Traktor(Russian Tier 1)
    2004-05 Stats: 42 GP 11 G 5 A 16 PTS 24 PIM
    Vitals: 6’1”, 196 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 4th European
    Analysis: Vastly skilled and an effortless skater, Istomin has fantastic playmaking ability and a solid shot. Could be a potential steal if taken here.

    26. Calgary
    Player: Dan Bertram
    Position: Center
    2004-05 Team: Boston College(NCAA)
    2004-05 Stats: 38 GP 9 G 8 A 17 PTS 58 PIM
    Vitals: 5’11”, 175 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 36th North American
    Analysis: Bertram is a prototypical Flames player. Great speed, plays hard, smart player, character to spare, coaches love him…to steal from TSN- “Where some players are not yet the sum of their parts, Bertram would be greater than the sum of his.”

    27. Colorado
    Player: Matt Lashoff
    Position: Defenseman
    2004-05 Team: Kitchener(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 44 GP 4 G 18 A 22 PTS 44 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 205 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 12th North American
    Analysis: An early-season bout with mononucleosis zapped Lashoff of a lot of his power throughout the season which could affect his draft stock. Add a concussion to the mix and Lashoff had a tough season that he would rather forget considering most felt he would have been a high pick last year had he been eligible (missed the cutoff by 2 weeks). A team like Colorado can afford to take a guy like Lashoff though, his skill is beyond a 27th pick, but his season will probably scare many teams away.

    28. Dallas
    Player: Radek Smolenak
    Position: Left Wing
    2004-05 Team: Kingston(OHL)
    2004-05 Stats: 67 GP 32 G 28 A 60 PTS 58 PIM
    Vitals: 6’2”, 180 lb, Left Shot
    CSB Ranking: 34th North American
    Analysis: Smolenak, a Czech import, has some of the best finishing skills in the draft. Quick hands, blinding speed, leadership skills, and a newfound physical game blend to make an intriguing pick. But still, very raw.

    29. Florida
    Player: Tomas Pospisil
    Position: Right Wing
    2004-05 Team: Trinec Jr.(Czech Jr.)
    2004-05 Stats: 38 GP 19 G 18 A 37 PTS 44 PIM
    Vitals: 6’0”, 172 lb, Right Shot
    CSB Ranking: 13th European
    Analysis: Early in the season I had Pospisil penciled in as a top 10 pick. To this day I still feel highly about him. Injuries hurt his stock though. Strong skater and a fantastic playmaker. Boom or bust.

    30. Tampa Bay
    Player: Ondrej Pavelec
    Position: Goaltender
    2004-05 Team: Kladno Jr.(Czech Jr.)
    2004-05 Stats: 39 GP 2.30 GAA .930 SV%
    Vitals: 6’2”, 180 lb, Left Glove
    CSB Ranking: 2nd European Goaltender
    Analysis: Pavelec is the return of an extinct breed of goaltender, the stand-up goalie. Plays angles well and has a solid glove. At least five years away from the NHL.

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    I like this overall

    IF the Sharks could get O'mara they would be set
     
  3. Blues wouldnt pass up a great defensive prospect in Lashoff. Especially since MacInnis is gonna retire.
     
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    I think Montreal will prefer Brule than Kopitar.
     
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    Not too fond of the Canucks taking Parent - but nice work regardless.
     
  6. Best Mock Draft I've seen so far.

    Although I think it looks a little too organized.
     
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    Which would prove foolish, in the end.
     
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    No way does Rask go to Kings i've said this 100 times but will say it again Kings go BPA and they draft golies in bunches not by high end post Storr syndrom.... If they picked Rask that early our fans would go insane // Plus witht he problem of having to sign europeans so early it makes no sense he would be ready by then so it will be a wasted pick
     
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    Parent is a horrible pick at number 10. The Canucks will take Latendresse or Bourdon at that spot if the players are selected in the order of your mock up to number 10.
     
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    Tell us how you know this? Have you taked to the Canucks scouts?
     
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    kingsfan Yes my liege!

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    Eventually we will have to get over Storr you know. It was in 1994 after all. We've had two NHL lockouts since than.

    I was very dissapointed we didn't pick Schwarz last year, though the fact we took Tukonen instead made up for it somewhat in my mind. If we got Rask this year, I'd be thrilled. Not only do we need a true goalie prospect for once, but I think he could be the best goalie available and as good as Schwarz was/is.

    And it's not like draft the 'goalies in bunches' theory has paid off well for us since Storr either. Since Storr we have selected Steve Valiquette (8th rounder in 1996), Alexei Volkov (3rd rounder in 1998), Matthew Yeats (9th rounder in 1998), Cory Campbell (3rd rounder in 1999), Jean-Francios Nogues (5th rounder in 1999), Nathan Marsters (5th rounder in 2000), Terry Denike (5th rounder in 2001), Christobel Huet (7th rounder in 2001) and Sebastien Laplante (9th rounder in 2001). I won't mention guys drafted after 2001, since no one was drafted in 2002 and 2003 and 2004 is still to early to tell. So far, Ryan Munce, Matt Zaba and Yataka Fukufuji all look to have some upside, though none is considered as more than a possible backup at this point, and even that might be a stretch with the depth of goalies in the NHL.

    That's a REALLY impressive list we've compiled there over the years. Only 3 have ever made the NHL and they have combined for 68 games, 54 of those by Huet alone. Huet is by far the best goalie we've drafted since Storr, and some could argue he's better than Storr, though that's debateable.

    So exactly what do we gain again by ignoring goalies in the first round? Oh right, more Felix Potvin's, Stephane Fiset's and Roman Cechmanek's.

    Here's hoping Mathieu Garon doesn't follow suit.
     
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    he is Dave Nonis incognito.
     
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    Edmonton won't be drafting a Russian with all the problems there of trying to get them over. They'll be taking Bertram is he's still on the board.
     
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    In your opinion...
     
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    I dont like it.

    Rask over O'Marra or Hanzal or even Bourdon .... come on.
     
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    Good work, but I think you have O'Marra a little too low, and there is NO WAY Latendresse slips to number 21. He should easily go in the Top 15 or 20.
     
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    I like McArdle for the Flyers
     
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    Some believe he isn't even worth a first rounder. We'll see.

    I love the flack I'm getting for the O'Marra pick. Like the 13th pick is dropping soooooooooooo far...

    I'm very high on Rask, which helps explain why he goes so high, but the Kings desperately need a young goalie they can groom for the future. Rask would be just that. Like kingsfan said they've been living off stopgaps for a decade now. You have to get over Storr sooner or later. Seirously, how many goalies picked in the first round throughout the 90s lived up to their potential? Things are changing. But I can see where people come from. There were people who didn't want the Penguins to draft Fleury because of Craig Hillier...
     
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    I disagree regarding Latendresse. I doubt he'll be drafted in the first round at all.
     
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    I like your draft a lot. Hanzel really intrigues me because the Islanders already have one version of him named Oleg Kvasha and thankfully parted ways with another (Brad Isbister.) Big boom or bust guys are always so interesting--just imagine this guy at his full potential.
     
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    The only thing that I don't get is you saying Bourret has to add to his frame. The kid is 5'10 and 210 pounds. That sounds pretty solid to me. I don't think he's going to be growing in height at his age...
     
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    Not bad, solid mock, I hope the Flames can land Danny Bertram, I think his draft stock took a big hit by going NCAA, if he had played in the 'Dub I'm pretty certain more people would be talking about him and he'd be a 12-17 sort of pick, I'm not sure O'Marra is really that much better than him at this point.
     
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