GKJ's annual Mornin'-O'-Mock Draft

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  1. GKJ

    GKJ Global Moderator

    Feb 27, 2002
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    Here is my mock draft, right before the draft per usual! Lottery picks I will give explinations for, the rest I will just go.

    1Washington CapitalsAlexander Ovechkin

    I think it is rather clear by now. No explination really needed.

    2Pittsburgh PenguinsEvgeny Malkin

    This is rather clear as well. Malkin is the 2nd best player in this draft, he's big, he's a center, and he is what Pittsburgh needs.

    3Chicago BlackhawksCam Barker

    The consensus best defenseman in this draft, he fills a rather large hole on defense for Chicago, some people are thinking a foward, I do not.

    4Columbus Blue JacketsRostislav Olesz
    I actually think Columbus will trade down, because they need a defenseman too. Maybe Florida, Anaheim, LA, Minnesota. Columbus' bigger need is a defenseman, and there is no one at 4 who warrents that. However if they keep the pick, I think Olesz is the guy they take. With Svitov brought in, Olesz would provide a good cast down the middle for the Blue Jackets.

    5Phoenix CoyotesAlvaro Montoya

    The best goalie in the draft. If you see the Kings move in front of them, then they will probably go with a foward, however I see, and I think many others see Montoya as a better prospect than LeNeveu, and some say you can't have too many goalie prospects, but he fills a legit need in Phoenix

    6New York RangersAndrew Ladd

    I see Ladd and Tukonen as almost even, but Ladd is more offense which the Rangers could use at this spot.

    7Florida PanthersLauri Tukonen

    Tukonen is a big guy, with a good touch, and Mike Keenan loves players like this, and Jacques Martin can excel with guys like this in Florida. I projected him to slip because Montoya jumped and the Rangers don't take many trips to Finland. This pick would be almost as good as moving up 3 spots for the Panthers

    8Carolina HurricanesA.J. Thelen

    Carolina has a glaring need for big, solid defensemen, espically after trading Malec now, I think it is a lock they will take a d-man with this pick.

    9Anaheim Mighty DucksRobbie Schremp

    Some people think he is a top 5 or 6 pick. I do not. In fact, I would not be suprised to see him drop further because of various issues he had during the season. If he keeps his head cool he will be a great pick.

    10Atlanta ThrashersAndrej Meszaros

    I think Meszaros is an awsome player, and an awsome fit for the Thrashers along side of Braydon Coburn. The Thrashers have a need at center and at D, I think he is too good to pass up, and is really underrated.

    11Los Angeles KingsMarek Schwarz

    Whether the Kings get Montoya or Schwarz, it is a great pick for a team sorely lacking goalie prospects. I personally think they shouldn't trade up because these 2 goalies are really close, Montoya just had a great WJC.

    12Minnesota WildLadislav Smid

    The Wild have a blue line need, as Brent Burns is not a true defenseman. Smid has a good offensive game the Wild could use

    13Buffalo SabresDrew Stafford

    I think the Sabres are happy Stafford falls to them. They have a big need for defense as well, but at this point, he is the best player available.

    14Edmonton OilersAlexandre Picard

    Picard is a good prospect, I think he is a great fit for the Oilers system. He's pretty big, he will be a good 2nd liner behind Ryan Smyth as they are the same type of player

    15Nashville PredatorsTravis Zajac

    16New York IslandersMike Green

    17St. Louis BluesWojtek Wolski

    18Montreal CanadiensKyle Chipchura

    19Calgary FlamesAlexander Radulov

    20Dallas StarsEnver Lisin

    21Colorado AvalancheDave Bolland

    22New Jersey DevilsJakub Sindel

    23Ottawa SenatorsBoris Valabik

    24New York Rangers (from Toronto)Jeff Schultz

    25Edmonton Oilers (from Philadelphia)Devan Dubnyk

    26Vancouver CanucksRoman Voloshenko

    27Washington Capitals (from Boston)Lauri Korpikoski

    28San Jose SharksKirill Lyamin

    29Washington Capitals (from Detroit)Johan Fransson

    30Tampa Bay LightningPetteri Nokelainen
  2. GKJ

    GKJ Global Moderator

    Feb 27, 2002
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    5/30 about what I expected, I said to anyone in the chat whoever gets 5, will be around the top. Ovechkin-Malkin-Barker as 1-2-3 were expected.
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