My top 30 for the 2006 draft:

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  1. Askel

    Askel By the way Benning should be fired.

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    This is not a mock draft this is my rankings of the 06 eligable prospects. Comments are welcome. I live in europe (sweden) most of the year, but I go to Canada a few times a year, I also have friends who go reguarly to WHL and OHL games and I watch live streams from the QMJHL. I watched the U18 live. My blind spot is the USHL/NCAA i can only go on reports here, so the players from these leagues are probably ranked to low.

    1. Bäckström C Sweden
    I think the top 3 palyers in this draft is pretty equal, Bäckström is first on my list since hes the guy I´ve seen the most. He has no real weakness is strong at both ends of the ice, good vision, didnt out of place in the WC. Dominated some of the games in SEL this year
    2. Johnsson D USA
    Every time ive seen him ive been impressed, big can skate, good offensive instincts, very good defensevly will probably be a no1 d-man in the NHL.
    3. Kessel C USA
    Fast, skilled, great shot. Unfairly critized i think he will be a star in NHL, probaby the best offensive upside in the draft.
    4. Toews C Canada
    I have not seen Toews much, mostly highlights and WJC. Has a great shot.
    5. Brassard C Canada
    Great playmaker nice speed, very nice hands.
    6. Staal C Canada
    So much upside, big can skate good defensevly and very very young. Could become the best player in this draft, butr for now hes 6th on my list
    7. Tlusty W Czech
    NIce speed, gritty good 2-way game and nice hands, what more do you want in a forward.
    8. Little C Canada
    His greatest attribute is that he scores, sometimes you dont see how he does it. Not great in any area but I think heel be a good one
    9. Okposo W USA
    PF evrybody is raving about him, ive never seen him myself but have gotten reports that he is this good.
    10 Mueller C USA
    i know hes low on my list, but every time I see him I get diisapointed, His only weakness are skating (which is not bad). I wish he was grittier and controlled the game more, but some people really like him, and hes got a great shot and is a fine playmaker so maybe I´ve just caught him on off days.
    11 Sheppard C Canada
    My favorite player in this draft, his weakness is his first step but otherwise hes just a great young player, mean skilled and good defensevly.
    12 Stewart W Canada
    So strong probably the stongest player in the draft, good PF potential, unstoppable when he goes to the net.
    13 Swan W Canada
    If hes injury free for sometime hell turn out great IMO, also an PF and aa favorite of mine, probably ranked to high, but i think he has firstline upside.
    14 Berglund C Sweden
    Big strong and a goalscorer. Has a nice upside.
    15 Summers D USA
    A mean guy who can really hit, versitaille (played C at U18)
    16 Helenius G Finland
    Best goalie in the draft, can steal games.
    17 Wishart D Canada
    A good shutdown D-man, wiuth great size wasnt too good a U18, but I really liked him in the WHL, his playing style fits better on the small rinks i think.
    18 Frolik W Czech
    HAs some great moves, strong in the body, but doesnt produce, has great upside a risky pick for whoever takes him but he could turn out to be one of the best players from this draft.
    19 Strait D USA
    Good defensive d-man.
    20 Bernier G Canada
    A good goalie, great potential this guy could be dynamite after som time with a good goalie coach
    21 Persson D Sweden
    Can skate is a good hitter and has nice offensive instincts potential no2 d-man in the NHL.
    22 Giroux W Canada
    High skill level seems to skate faster with the puck than without it, sometimes he reminds me of Brandon Reid though, but i think hell turn out OK.
    23 Vishnevski D Russia
    Best offensive D-man in the draft.
    24 Sanguinetti D USA
    Has great offensive instincts just as Vishnevski I think they are pretty equal.
    25 Foligno C Canada
    My kind of player mean sometimes dirty, but has a good skill level.
    26 Anisimov C Russia
    russian big center a poor mans Malkin
    27 McGinn W Canada
    A PF pays the price to score
    28 Kana C Czech
    Mature player with a god skill level
    29 Joensuu W Finland
    Great frame if he had more offensive potential he would be a top ten pick will be a NHL player though kind of a safepick with upside.
    30 Vasyonov W Russia
    Hes here on skill level only a russian sniper with great shot, no defense but i´f you teach him that he could become really good.

    tell me what you think.
     
  2. timlap

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    Nice work Askel. I like the fact that you were bold enough to put Backstrom first overall, and I think it's not unreasonable, even though Johnson is a great prospect.

    Since you live in Sweden, can you tell me more about Berglund? From what I've heard he sounds like he ought to be ranked a little higher than most have him (though you've got him fairly high). I feel I must not be getting the whole picture. What are his weaknesses, for instance?
     
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    Great list ! Have you seen Mikael Backlund ? He's a 2007 draft eligible...
     
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    No Grabner?
     
  6. firstroundbust

    firstroundbust lacks explosiveness

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    fantastic list
     
  7. Askel

    Askel By the way Benning should be fired.

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    Berglund sometimes seems a little shy and dont controll the game like a real good prospect does. Thats his weakness IMO, when hes on his game his big strong creative and has fine skating stride for a guy his size, If he pans out he could turn into a Sundin clone, but he is more likely to become a Modin like player.

    Backlund is great has fast shifty with a great vision and doesnt shy away from traffic. Hes better than Bäckström was at the same age, but Bäckström really improved a lot this year.

    Grabner is IMO not better than any of the prospects I have ranked over him but he is close he has nice speed and shot and all but there something about him I dont really like

    Thanks for all nice comménts by the way.
     
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    His skating is only average and his shot is probably slightly below average

    Nope. He barely had a single hit during the recent WJC tournament. If it is something he needs to improve, it is his physical game and to add some upper-body strength/muscles.
     
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    Good list !!! but the 3 first can change because their prety egual ^^ depend of what the team want ^^
     
  10. Askel

    Askel By the way Benning should be fired.

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    I think Bäckström skating is underrated, hes doesnt have elite speed but he turn fast and his skating looks really effortless. His shot is accurate but yes he could use some more power in it.

    Persson might not hit that hard, but he knows when to hit and has good timing ,I agree that he wasnt physical at all during the U18, but he looked better during J20 play.
     
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    23 Vishnevski D Russia
    Best offensive D-man in the draft.



    would any else agree?
     
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    Nice post askel
     
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    I doubt Montréal pick up Helenius; Swan too high IMO, but you're list seems realistic.
     
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    Thirty One Safe is safe.

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    it isn't a mock draft, it's in bold
     

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