Who's this year's surprise first round pick?

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  1. Jon Burke

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    Every year there seems to be someone who no one expects to go in the first round and does. Last year it was Brent Burns. The year before Jesse Niinimaki. Then the year before that, Jason Bacashihua seemed a bit of a reach. So who's going to be this year's first round surprise?

    Make your predictions.
     
  2. Jamie

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    Neither are really huge stretches for 1st rounders, but I think Kaspar and Wheeler will squeek into the 1st round.
     
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    Guess pick : Viktor Alaxandrov
     
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    Some team with a late-late 1st may take wheeler due to his tremendous upside.
     
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    Wouldn't be a surprise pick on the Brent Burns scale at all. I think he wants guys coming out of left fields.
     
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    My choices would be John Lammers, a small skilled offensive forward who plays for Lethbridge in the WHL, and Brian Ihnacak from Brown University who is a good goalscorer.
     
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    Definately Wheeler . . . I actually picked him with the 31st pick (Pen's first pick in the second round) in Markov's mock draft on the other board. He is 6'5" likely will play at 225 pounds, speed, stick handling good shot, only question is level of competition, which should be answered in college next year. Perhaps the biggest hit or miss pick in this draft, a year of college under his belt and if he performs reasonably well and he could have been a top 5 or 10 pick next year . . . or not drafted at all if the opposite happens.
     
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    Actually re: Ihnacak, who is quite skilled, I think his shooting is the weakest part of his game.
     
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    Pineault, Bickell or Meidl would surprise if they go in 1st round but they have the talent to go in the first round! Colorado may take Pineault...
     
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    Pineault will go in rd 1, not a massive surprise but his stock has gone to the ****ter.

    My Picks to be surprise 1st rounders:

    Lukas Kaspar
    Viktor Alexandrov
    Ryan Garlock
     
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    My pick would be Blake Comeau. He's real far out there in left field, I know, but consider the tools he had, he helped his Rockets win the Memorial Cup, and has good size. There may be a team out there that takes him earlier than expected based on what he might do down the road.

    EDIT: Don't laugh, but what about Mike Card? Crap season I know, but he was an early pick for the top 10 a year ago. Some teams might take him based on not as-of-yet reached potential.
     
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    Great picks, in fact I'm hoping that Lukas Kaspar is the San Jose Sharks choice at 27th/28th.

    Alexandrov is going to put it together IMO and be a force, but I dont know about Garlock.
     
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    Bickell or Meidl maybe, Wheeler as well and I'm going to make another prediction and say Mark Fistric.
     
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    maybe the devils will draft a non-ranked player in the first round like they did a few years ago with adrian foster.
     
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    TJ Hensick.
     
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    Wheeler
     
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    even with the so-so season I think Evan McGrath will go 1st round when all is said and done. Also as mentioned above T J Hensick I think will also go 1st round.
     
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    McGrath may have scared teams away. I dont even think he will go top 60.
     
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    I don't know, I have seen McGrath play a few times live and he is capable at really taking over a game...what ever happened this year, I don't know but I still think McGrath has top notch talent. This draft will be a weird one anyway, I can really see alot of people looking at this draft when it is all said and done with saying I "they took who in the first round?"
     
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    Yup. Its because its so weak teams may opt for taking boom or bust tyes.
     
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    One thing is certain about McGrath. No matter where he's taken in the draft, the HF site will crash within seconds from the millions of "I told you so's". :D
     
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    If you look at the surprise picks of the last couple seasons, the Devils account for a few of them... Ahonen, Foster...
     
  24. And the Wild account for more of them...
     
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    I thought...

    Didn't TJ Hensick opt out or was that just a rumor?
     
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