Russian_Fanatic's Mock Draft: With Comments!

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  1. Russian_fanatic

    Russian_fanatic Registered User

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    Well here it is. I haven't done alot of mocks, but I'm open to ANY criticism. I'm taking EVERYTHING into account into this mock. Team needs, potential, position, everything. So if someone who was rated highly is lower on the list don't be surprised. It's a draft, in the real thing there is always a top rated prospect that falls. Past 2 years Kopitar, Tukonen, and Schremp all where regarded as top 5 prospect but fell. It's a draft people fall. Please note these comparisions are how there games are played, not what there numbers will look like. I'm comparing these guys to players I think they play like. I don't watch many of their games(5-8 games?) So I didn't watch them over a long period of time to make a consistent comparision.



    1. St. Louis
    Pick: Erik Johnson

    The blues are in need of a defensive stopper who can replace the departed Chris Pronger. Erik Johnson is a defenseman who is the total package. A franchise defenseman who you can build your team around.

    Comparision: Chris Pronger




    2. Pittsburgh
    Pick: Jonathan Toews

    The Pens are already loaded offensively with prospect, and in my honest opinion what they need now is a a guy who is good at all faces of the game. Toews is as good all around that you will find in this draft, and will compliment either Crosby, or Malkin nicely. A type of player than wins you championships. Should be an all around player who averaged a PPG

    Comparision:Prime Trevor Linden with better offense.




    3. Chicago
    Pick: Phil Kessell

    When you're like the Chicago Blackhawks you have no choice, but to draft BPA. Kessell can be the guy that can lead the BlackHawks to many post season runs. Probably the best offensively gifted player in the draft, and Chicago can sure use one. Chicago will have to be patient with him, but they have time, they're not going anywhere for a while. Has potential to put up Paul Kariya type numbers

    Comparision: Paul Kariya




    4. Washington
    Pick: Nicklas Backstrom

    Caps go for BPA, and are surprised Backstrom is still here(I have him higher rated than Kessell). Backstrom is probably the most NHL ready prospect in the draft. If Backstrom lives up to potential they can have a deadly duo of Ovechkin, and Backstrom. Should put up Alfredsson type number while playing a complete game.

    Comparision: Daniel Alfredsson at center.




    5. Boston
    Pick: Jordan Staal

    Bruins find it amazing that Jordan Staal falls as much as he does. Bruins get yet another franchise center to build their franchise around. Bruins fans, and managment rejoice because of the falling Staal, landing on their lap. He has potential to put up a 90+ points in the NHL

    Comparision: Joe Thornton




    6. Columbus
    Pick: Derick Brassard

    I like the pick of Brassard here, because he's a very good offensive player, and when he's on his game, he can get very hyper, and be EVERYWHERE! He can be the leader of the second line if the Jackets look to have Brule as the first line center. If the Jackets get him a goal scorer to play next to him, Brassard can be scary. Brassard has terrific vision. Good combination of playmaking, and goal scoring. Brassard passing to Nash is a very scary sight for the future. If he gest goal scorers around him, he should become a PPG type player.

    Comparision: Brad Richards




    7. New York Islanders
    Pick: Peter Mueller

    NYI where hoping that Brassard would fall to them, but he gets picked before they pick. They pick gifted Peter Mueller here, and hope he can be the first line center they've been looking for so long. His attitude is the one that a future captain would hold. IMO he can become a 70-82 type player, but his most valuable asset will be his ability to play in every situation.

    Comparision: Brian Rolston




    8. Phoenix
    Pick: Jiri Tlusty

    Phoenix gets the highly touted Euro in this years draft. Tlusty plays a two way game, and in my opinion he's very similiar to Marian Hossa. Phoenix comes out happy as they pick Tlusty at number 8. Should be a PPG type player if he pans out correctly

    Comparision: Marian Hossa




    9. Minnesota
    Pick: Kyle Okposo

    Minnesota picks the fan favourite in Kyle Okposo. Okposo might not be the most talented pick available here, but is the most logical. Minny already has many perimeter oriented players, and a rugged power forward like Okposo would compliment them very nicely, creating room for Sullivan, Bouchard, and Gaborik.

    Comparision: A better scoring verson of Brendan Morrow/Shane Doan




    10. Florida Panthers
    Pick:Bobby Sanguinetti

    Florida desperetly needs a defensive prospect, and they get one in Bobby Sanguinetti. Bobby plays a offensive game, and at times his defensive game can be very average. He owns a very good offensive game for a defenseman.

    Comparision: Brian Rafalski




    11. Los Angeles Kings
    Pick: Michael Frolik

    L.A. has shown in the past they are not scared to take a chance. Frolik has the biggest potential in the draft, and if he works out he can possibly become the best player taken from the draft. L.A. sticks with their method and continues to take the best player available. Should become a PPG type player if he lives up to his vast potential.

    Comparision: Martin Havlat




    12. Atlanta
    Pick: Nigel Williams

    Atlanta needs defensive help with their prospect, because after Coburn their really isn't anything after that. Nigel Williams has all the tools to be a top pairing defenseman, but he can also become a bust. He's a very good skater, loves to hit, and plays a very gritty, and good defensive game. He's my riser for the draft.

    Comparision: Kyle McLaren




    13. Toronto
    Pick: Brian Little

    Toronto takes the man that most Toronto fans want. Little is a center who has a very good shot, and very good playmaking abilities. He has good wheels, and very good vision. He has all the potential to become a top 10 centerman in the NHL. Little becoming a PPG type player in the NHL should be no surprise.

    Comparision: Daniel Briere




    14. Vancouver
    Pick: James Sheppard

    Sheppard falls, and the Canucks pick him up. Sheppard is a nice playmaking power forward who has tons of talent, but lacks that dynamite first step. He has a very good work ethic, and always look to improve his game. Sheppard becoming a PPG type player in the NHL is not out of question

    Comparision: Harder working Jason Arnott



    15. Tampa Bay
    Pick: Jonathan Bernier

    A weak year for goalies, but Tampa REALLY needs one. They take the best one available which is Bernier. Bernier is a very good positional goaltender, and owns an above average glove hand.

    Comparision:Chris Osgood




    16. Montreal
    Pick: Ty Wishart

    Montreal is in GREAT need of a defensive prospect. They have no defensive prospect on their list that really stands out. They need to take the best defensive prospect they can find. Ty Wishart is that guy. He comes from a system that has a history of producing good defensemen. Ty Wishart has a huge frame, and he has potential to top out as a #2/#3 defenseman.

    Comparision: Eric Brewer




    17. Minnesota
    Pick: Chris Stewart

    Remember how Minny has no PF prospect at all? Well now they grab the falling Chris Stewart out of the first round with the Oilers pick. Chris Stewart ends up as the steal of the draft for falling as much as he did. Stewart is a 6'2 PF who weighs in at 230 pounds, with good speed for his size.

    Comparision: Bill Guerin




    18. Colorado
    Pick: Michael Grabner

    Colorado grabs a dynamic goal scorer who has all around abilities. He has fairly decent speed, and a very good scoring touch. He has a decent defensive game also. He showes flashes of brilliance in many games, and is a great pick up for the Avs.

    Comparision: Faster Jonathan Cheechoo




    19. Anaheim
    Pick: Ben Shutron

    A good all around defenseman who owns good offensive skills. Ducks need a defenseman in their system, and in my honest opinion Shutron is the best one available here. Shutron owns very good passing skills.

    Comparision: Poor Man Brian Rafalski




    20. San Jose
    Pick: Ivan Vishnevski

    Sharks also need a defenseman in their system, and IMO Ivan will be a steal here. Owns top notch passing skills, and I can seriously see him one day leading NHL defensemen in points one day

    Comparision: Tomas Kaberle




    21. New York Rangers
    Pick: Nick Foligno

    Rangers need a character guy and Nick is just that. He can play on any line from 1-3. Nick owns a very good wrist shot, and will get physical when he is needed to.

    Comparision: His father Mike Foligno(not as good offensively)




    22. Philadelphia
    Pick: Mike Forney

    A steal. Mike Forney was suppose to be a top 15 pick, but injuries ruined his year. Has PF potential, but needs to fill out his frame. Owns a solid two way game, and is always willing to get dirty. He can play in every single situation needed. Can be a top flight winger in the NHL.

    Comparision: Adam Deadmarsh




    23. Washington
    Pick: David Fischer

    Does NOTHING wrong, but NOTHING great. He is a sleeper IMO. He should be alot higher, but if you aren't flashy you're not getting much publicity.

    Comparision: Marc Staal(How he didn't get any recognition for not doing anything OUTSTANDING)




    24. Buffalo
    Pick: Cory Emmerton

    Buffalo finds Emmerton falling, and they take a chance on him. Emmerton should go higher, but a lack of size makes him fall. Emmerton can become a good second line center if he pans out correctly. Should be a nice 60-65 point threat in the NHL

    Comparision: Brendan Morrison(Before his off year this year)




    25. New Jersey
    Pick: Chris Summers

    Basically an unknown prospect, but IMO hes the second best overall defenseman behind Johnson. He really broke out this year, and for the NJ Devils this yet another steal for them. Chalk another one up for Lou.

    Comparision: None found




    26. Calgary
    Pick: Jesse Joenssu

    Calgary takes a chance on Jesse in the lower part of the first round. They have nothing to lose here so they take a chance.

    Comparision: Mike Knuble




    27. St. Louis
    Pick: Ondrej Fiala

    A two way forward who owns goal scoring instincts. Can play on the second line if he pans out

    Comparision: David Vyborny




    28. Dallas
    Pick: Brian Strait

    A punishing defenseman who has fallen off some peoples list. Should make a very good pick up later in the round. Makes clean, solid hits, and should help any team out that needs a defenseman.

    Comparision: Brendan Witt




    29. Ottawa
    Pick: Patrick Berglund

    Ottawa gets a steal. Berglund really has no weakness, but again he doesn't do anything that really stands out. If he fills out, he could become a second line center that could serve as a number 1 center if the team doesn't have a suitable number 1 centerman. He uses his body very effectively. One of the most talented Swedish prospects born in 1988. IMO he is a sleeper. He also owns a very good hard shot that has a quick release. One of my fav. prospect in this draft. IMO he has potential to be a 60-70 point player

    Comparision: Robert Lang




    30. Detroit
    Pick: Thomas Marcinko

    Detroit has been one of those franchises that will always take time to develope it's prospect. They wont need to rush Thomas, because of their prospect depth. Detroit IMO gets a great pick for where they're picking. Should be good for around 50-60 points a year

    Comparision: Radek Bonk

     
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    good mock, dont agree with many of the comparisons though.

    Mueller is nothing like Rolston, he plays more like Sundin.

    Frolik is nothing like Havlat, he plays more like Jagr.

    Tlusty is more like Havlat than Hossa (basically a Havlat clone), and Wishart is nothing like Brewer.

    But I like some of the picks.
     
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    As a sens fan i'd be QUITE happy with Berglund.

    Nice mock other than the eye killing colors.
     
  4. Russian_fanatic

    Russian_fanatic Registered User

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    Well I compare them with the players I think they play like. Granted we both saw them play in different games, we both probably saw them play different games in those games.
     
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    I love the effort you have put into your mock but can't disagree more with your evaluation of Nick Foligno.

    He is not a character player, cannot play on a non-scoring line and will not play physical.
     
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    Russian_fanatic Registered User

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    Again I didn't watch him much, but in a game I saw(on nhl network) he was going to the corners. I've also asked around, and some people said he got dirty while others didn't.
     
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    Good mock. Otttawa would love Berglund, I'm sure.
     
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    good mock... BUT if sheppard is avail for the Leafs, i'm pretty sure he'd be taken by us.

    he's got PF allstar written all over...
     
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    Wow, good read. Nice work man - I like that Canucks pick.
     
  10. jas

    jas Unsatisfied

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    I disagree about the Rangers needing a character guy. Their system is loaded with those type of players. The Rangers are believed to be targeting a top line forward, more specifically a top line center. They know they need to add elite talent to their organization and probably more inclined to take a risk on a high reward type of player, as long as he fits their mental profile. A player like Berglund, who might have that potential, could be someone the Rangers grab at their spot.
     
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    Yeah, but I also like Sheppard, and it was originally Sheppard to Leafs, but then I noticed the Nucks where right under them, so then I switched Little, and Sheppard around :)
     
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    yes. Rangers need Grabner.
     
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    as a leafs fan, i'm pretty sure we'd want sheppard>little... regardless of who's after us.

    we need someone with size... we already have smaler guys ie; wellwood, williams, stajan, steen etc....
     
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    He's my other choice, but, don't be surprised if they look to move up. (They've done in the 1st of each of the past two drafts...maybe the Leafs would like Immonen back, along with the Rangers #1 for their pick at #13, perhaps?)
     
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    If no one knows who Chris Summers is, what exactly makes him first-round worthy or the second best overall d-man behind Johnson?
     
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    Thanks for your effort, great read( i like stewart for the Habs)

    ;)
     
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    firstroundbust lacks explosiveness

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    minny takes two power forwards?
     
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    First off, great setup.

    The Thrashers D is actually one of the organizational strengths. 7 of their Top 12 prospects in the HF rankings are defensemen, including Mark Popovic who is probably ready to take a spot on the Thrashers next year.
     
  19. CH Wizard

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    Good mock

    But i don't see San Jose picking two offensive dman's...they've carle, preissing...they need a guy similar to Hannan. I bet, they'll pick Nigel Williams, this summer. I wouldn't be surprised to see Bernier go that early...
     
  20. Russian_fanatic

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    But they really don't have that one guy who can put them over the top. If the pick Nigel Williams I feel they can have one of the better defensive prospects in the league. I love his game, because he can skate, and he's such a solid hitter.
     
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    You bet. They really don't have a PF in their system, and picking two in this draft would just make Minny have one of the best futures. They can go from a team who had no good PF, to a team that have 2 wonderful PF prospects.
     
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    I really hope dallas doesnt pick a dman in the first round again.
     
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    Interesting... but how is Stewart a smaller version of Geurin when he is already bigger than him (by 20pds)?
     
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    I meant height wise. Guerin is like 6'4 isn't he? But he is more muscular than Guerin.
     
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    thestonedkoala Everyone! PANIC!

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    We more or less need another defenseman, since Thelen is up in the air and we only got Burns...Stoner, Stokes, Reitz are nice and all but not top 2 defensemen. They are more of a 3-6...
     

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