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SHAWN P. ROARKE'S MOCK DRAFT

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1 John Tavares, C, London Knights (OHL)
SKINNY: A no-brainer. OHL stud will be No. 1 pick, no matter who owns it.

2 Victor Hedman, D, Modo Hockey (Sweden)
SKINNY: Remember how good Rob Blake liked the Mile High City? Think repeat.

3 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, F, Timra (Sweden)
SKINNY: He may be small, but Lightning have had pretty good luck with Martin St. Louis.

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Kane provides consolation for lost season as natural-born scorer to join Ilya Kovalchuk.

5 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: Yes, Cowen blew out his knee this year, but he is not needed immediately.

6 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: The most offensively gifted defender in the draft adds more talent to Kings' stable.

7 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton, (OHL)
SKINNY: Think another goal-scoring center might look good in Canada's capital city?

8 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: Cut from the same mold as Mike Modano; already is playing against men.

9 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: A smart, physical, character guy; the type of player Brian Burke craves.

10 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Good-sized point-per-game pivot complements Patrik Berglund in ongoing revival.

11 Simon Despres, D, St. John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: A fluid, puck-moving defenseman certainly would change the look of Wild's offense.

12 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: A natural fit with Colin Wilson, the team's No. 1 from last year.

13 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Despite questions about transfer agreement, Kulikov too much talent to fall further.

14 Dylan Olson, D, Camrose (AJHL)
SKINNY: A big, strapping Canadian prowling the blue line at Rexall Place is a comforting thought.

15 Jeremy Morin, C (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Questions about weight, skating answered by shot, passion.

16 Scott Glennie, LW, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Florida continues to add speed, skill to its forward group here.

17 Louis LeBlanc, RW, Omaha (USHL)
SKINNY: A point-per-game player in USHL and a Montreal boy to boot. C'est bon!

18 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Speedy forward with some good finishing touch and skills to play in Hitchcock's system.

19 Kyle Palmieri, F (USNTDP)
SKINNY: A cross-river raid into Jersey -- remember Bobby Sanguinetti? -- for this speedster.

20 Carter Ashton, F, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: Possesses skills and pedigree -- son of former NHLer Brent Ashton -- to be a pro.

21 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: A talented big man who is about much more than his celebrated monster hits.

22 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: Compared -- perhaps unfairly -- to Eric Staal. Size, good hands and net presence.

23 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) H.S.
SKINNY: Budish missed season with knee injury, but brings size to Hawks' skilled core.

24 Drew Shore, F (USNTDP)
SKINNY: A late riser, Shore has size and scoring touch Flames crave.

25 Ryan O'Reilly, F, Erie (OHL)
SKINNY: A big, skilled power forward that has tools to play Flyers hockey.

26 Tim Erixon, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Son of NHLer Jan Erixon; a solid puck-moving defenseman to complement Mike Green?

27 David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Maybe the best puck-handling defenseman in the draft; a classic power-play QB.

28 Chris Kreider, C, Phillips-Andover Academy (Mass.)
SKINNY: Local boy -- from nearby Boxford, Mass. -- with tools to be a second-line center.

29 Carl Klingberg, F, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden)
SKINNY: Some scouts see Tomas Holmstrom in Klingberg. Think Wings will be happy with that?

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: A bit of a project, Moore has raw materials to be molded into a top-pair defenseman.