Ok So I posted this on the mock board but it just died so I will try it here. This is most likely my final mock but I could produce one more closer to the draft if I feel there needs to be significant changes. I know I cannot make every team happy but I tried my best, as well as assessing the team's current situation. I hope I have not made too many overall mistakes. Please comment and not too much bashing, I spent a lot of time on this. Thank You. SundintoSteen 1. Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane W London Knights OHL The Blackhawks pick the most offensive player in the draft who could potentially play for them in the upcoming season. The Hawks get a gifted winger to complement the playmaking ability of Jonathan Toews which gives them a scary top line for the future. 2. Philadelphia Flyers Kyle Turris C Burnaby Express BCHL The Flyers choose their future #1 centre who will commit to the University of Wisconsin for a few years. Though he may be small, his offensive potential is huge as well he is defensive minded. He will eventually join a great crop of forwards in Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux and Steve Downie making the Flyers an offensive powerhouse. 3. Phoenix Coyotes James Van Riemsdyk W USNTDP-U18 The Coyotes cannot wait to get their hands on this power forward in hope of putting him on a line with center man and fellow country man Peter Mueller. These two will form a powerful and gritty combination along with the likes of Blake Wheeler and Martin Hanzal making things a little brighter in the desert. 4. Los Angeles Kings Karl Alzner D Calgary Hitmen WHL The Kings take the best defenseman in this draft to join Jack Johnson in the future. The Kings decided to take this route as their main target Turris had been taken and they already have some offensive punch in the future including Alexander Frolov, Mike Cammalleri, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Patrick O’Sullivan and Brian Boyle. They also have their goaltender of the future, Jonathan Bernier so the team feels they will be set taking a defenseman. 5. Washington Capitals Alexei Cherepanov W Osmk Avanguard RSL The Capitals are salivating at the fact of having a third offensive Russian joining Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin as well as Swedish Centre Niklas Backstrom. The Capitals feel they will become an offensive force in the East along with their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. 6. Edmonton Oilers Jakub Voracek W Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL The Oilers are pleased to see Voracek fall this far as his poor conditioning at the Draft Combine raised some questions. Nonetheless, Voracek is a complete player who should put up some good numbers with fellow country-man Ales Hemsky. 7. Columbus Blue Jackets Keaton Ellerby D Kamloops Blazers WHL The Blue Jackets have taken forwards in the past 5 years in Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev, Alex Picard, Gilbert Brule and Derrick Brassard. With only one notable defensive prospect in Kris Russell, Columbus feels it is time to replenish the cupboard in the back end. They take a puck-moving specialist who should be able to quarterback their powerplay in the future. 8. Boston Bruins Sam Gagner C London Knights OHL The Bruins are pleased to select Gagner who will strengthen their depth at centre joining Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and Phil Kessel. With Tuuka Rask as their future goalie, things are starting to look up for the Bruins. 9. St. Louis Blues Angelo Esposito C Quebec Remparts QMJHL The former touted #1 prospect for this draft has seen his stock drop to due a lack of physical play and has been labeled a bust and a perimeter player. Others suggest he only had a solid year last year because he played with Nashville prospect Alexander Radulov in 2005-2006. Esposito has the skill to be the best player in this draft but many wonder if he will ever be able to show it. The Blues are happy and willing to take this risk. 10. Florida Panthers Logan Couture C Ottawa 67’s OHL A lot of controversy has been surrounding Couture. He was supposed to be the first pick in the OHL draft a couple of years ago until super prospect John Tavares was granted exceptional player status and was taken. Couture ended being taken 3rd much to his dismay. He was touted as a top 5 player for this draft until this year. Couture suffered through a bout of mononucleosis which hampered his speed and conditioning. The Panthers feel he is a steal at this position as he has been unfairly ranked this year, and will be a big factor for their team. 11. Carolina Hurricanes Lars Eller C Frolunda SEL This prospect was very unknown until a couple of months ago. The Danish forward has risen dramatically through the ranks as his recent play has been phenomenal. He is described as a player with few weaknesses and it is his nationality which is keeping him from being in the top 5, much like Anze Kopitar in 2004. The Hurricanes would like to benefit the way Los Angeles did with Kopitar, by taking Eller. 12. Montreal Canadiens Kevin Shattenkirk D USNTDP-U18 The Canadiens were highly interested in Eller and especially Esposito. Though they still had a few more forwards in their sights, they decide to take a defenseman like Shattenkirk who can improve their play in their own end. Shattenkirk was not rated nearly this high but the Canadiens were really high on him and decide to take the chance, which they feel will be a good one. 13. Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Hamill C Everett Silvertips WHL Maple Leaf fans have waited forever for their team to draft a Canadian forward in the first round, since Brad Boyes in 2000. Dougie Gilmour was very high on Hamill so the Leafs brass took his advice. Hamill led the WHL in scoring in 2006-2007 with 93 points, 32 of them goals. He has a magic set of hands but some people knock on his skating saying it is only a little above average. The Leafs are still excited to have a Kyle Wellwood-Zach Hamill 1-2 punch at centre after Mats Sundin retires with wingers in Jiri Tlusty, Nikolai Kulemin, Alexander Steen and Alexei Ponikarovsky supporting them. With Justin Pogge in net and Tomas Kaberle, Carlo Colaiacovo and Anton Stralman on defense, things are looking up for the Leafs. 14. Colorado Avalanche Billy Sweatt C Colorado College WCHA The Avalanche have had a lot of recent success from college players of late including Paul Stastny and T.J. Hensick. Sweatt is said to have some of the greatest wheels in the draft along with bringing energetic play. His offensive upside could be a little bit limited which is why this can be considered a reach, but Colorado feels he is exactly what they need up front in the future, and he will be a positive contributor. 15. Edmonton Oilers (New York Islanders) Nick Petrecki D Omaha Lancers USHL The Oilers feel this is the best defenseman available as they have already taken a skilled forward in the draft and feel they need help on the back end. Petrecki is a defensive defenseman who is very big and in the mold of a Scott Stevens. He should soon be ready to join fellow prospects Taylor Chorney and Denis Grebeshkov on the blueline. 16. Anaheim Ducks (Tampa Bay) Mikael Backlund C Vasteras SEL Fresh off a cup win, the Ducks feel a pick this low in the first round is a blessing after trading Shane O’Brien to Tampa. Just winning the big prize and being fortunate to have a pick like this, the Ducks feel they should take a chance on Backlund. Last year, he was considered a top 5 pick but his stock dropped after he suffered through injuries. He is very strong and very skilled, and the Ducks hope he can put it all together to give them the steal of the draft. 17. New York Rangers Maxim Mayorov W Leningorsk RSL The Rangers have a great goaltending prospect in Al Montoya along with solid defensive prospects in Marc Staal and Bobby Sanguinetti. Their forward crop is only 2nd or 3rd line talent at best so the Rangers felt they needed to add to their front end. Mayorov can be considered a huge risk. His rankings have been all over the place as he has wowed some with his skills and unimpressed others with selfish play. Mayorov has the potential to be a game breaker and the Rangers feel this was the right year to select a player such as Mayorov. 18. Calgary Flames Brandon Sutter C Red Deer WHL Darryl Sutter and the Flames could not pass up on selecting a family member in Brandon. Son of Brent and Nephew of Darryl, the Flames feel he has perfect work ethic, leadership qualities and enough scoring potential to fit the mold of the Flames in the future. 19. Minnesota Wild Ryan McDonagh D Cretin-Derham USHS McDonagh can be described as a solid all around defenseman who will not knock your socks off. He has a nice mix of two-way ability and the Wild feel he is the perfect blueliner they need for the future. With Josh Harding as top goaltending prospect and Benoit Pouliot and James Sheppard eventually ready to step in up front, the Wild knew it was time to fix the blueline which has gotten a bit weak, especially with the release of prospect A.J. Thelen. 20. Pittsburgh Penguins John Blum D Vancouver Giants WHL The Penguins prospect cupboard has become a bit bare with the graduation of many to the NHL. Not only are they looking to re-stock, they still want someone who will be apart of the future dynasty. They feel that John Blum is the perfect fit as he will join Ryan Whitney and Kris Letang to fill out this eventual powerhouse which is already stocked in goal and up front. 21. Phoenix Coyotes (Dallas) Alex Plante D Calgary Hitmen WHL The Coyotes have already chosen a winger so they decide to take a defenseman with this pick. Plante has a lot of offensive upside and is a strong skater but there are mixed opinions about him. Some feel he highly benefited from playing with fellow prospect Karl Alzner and that he is a project. But he can also be considered as a darkhorse. Either way, the Coyotes feel he is a solid pick for them in the future. 22. Montreal Canadiens (San Jose) David Perron W Lewiston MAINEiacs QMJHL The Canadiens are ecstatic about drafting Perron here, as they considered him at the 12th pick. He has been all over the rankings because he is an over-ager who put up big numbers as he was completely passed over last year. He had previous attitude problems which some scouts still question but he has apparently gotten over them. He potentially has the most skill in this whole draft but he needs to show more consistency and develop more strength. He is considered as a real boom/bust type player. 23. Philadelphia Flyers (Nashville) Thomas Hickey D Seattle Thunderbirds WHL Already taking Kyle Turris, the Flyers add to their blueline by selecting a defenseman with good offensive upside. He is a little small but is a good skater who can make that first pass. The Flyers feel he is perfect to join Braydon Coburn, Ryan Parent and Joni Pitkanen. 24. St. Louis Blues (Atlanta) Oscar Moller W Chilliwack Bruins WHL Moller is an intriguing prospect. He plays a North American style which getting less rare for a Swede. He is not at all shy from forechecking hard and he is a smooth skater. He has good offensive upside but many wonder if that will translate to the next level. Once again, here is one of those prospects without many weaknesses who if they step it up at the next level, they will be one of the better players to come out of this draft and that certainly qualifies for Moller. 25. Vancouver Canucks Brett Maclean W Oshawa Generals OHL The Canucks have a great goaltending prospect in Cory Schneider and Luc Bourdon, Alex Edler and Kiril Koltsov on defense. They need firepower to compliment Michael Grabner, and they got this by grabbing Brett MacClean. Some say his 100 point season was due to playing with phenom John Tavares, but MacClean is a great finisher and has great size but could improve his stickhandling and skating. But he looks like a goal-scorer, like Grabner, and each should benefit from playing with playmakers like the Sedins. 26. St. Louis Blues (New Jersey) Colton Gillies C/D Saskatoon Blades WHL With their third pick in the first round, the Blues decide to take a project. Gillies is a hard working forward who could develop into one of the better 3rd liners in the game. Some say he will find his offensive upside while others say he will always have hands of stone. Others feel he will move back to the blueline where he may be better suited. He is extremely versatile. Either way, the Blues have taken 2 forwards with huge offensive potential and feel that Gillies will be that playoff grinder they need to complement their future scorers like T.J. Oshie, Patrick Berglund and recently drafted forwards Angelo Esposito and Oscar Moller. 27. Detroit Red Wings Simon Hjalmarsson W Frolunda SEL The Wings feel Hjalmarsson is the perfect fit for them, especially with fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Nik Lidstrom in the lineup. He is a good skater who put up great numbers for Frolunda in the J20 league. His stock has risen of late, especially after the U18 tournament, and the Wings feel this is the right time to take him. 28. Washington Capitals (Buffalo) Patrick White C Grand Rapids USHS The Capitals decide to take another forward in this draft in hopes that White can be the #2 centre behind Niklas Backstrom and form a dynamic top 6 with their powerful Russian wingers. He is a strong skater who is hard to knock of the puck and has a great shot. 29. Ottawa Senators Logan MacMillan C Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL The Senators feel this is the type of player they were missing to take them all the way in 2007. MacMillan is a power forward who has two-way ability. He projects to be a decent second liner or a great third liner, as he is another potential sleeper/steal in this draft. 30. Edmonton Oilers (Anaheim) Dana Tyrell C Prince George Cougars WHL With the final pick, the Oilers decide to take chance on Tyrell. They like his strength in which he showed at the combine and feel he has great speed, a great work ethic and some potential offensive upside. For their third pick in the draft, the Oilers are very pleased to have a player of this caliber.