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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT

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1 John Tavares, C, London Knights (OHL)
SKINNY: The best player available. Opening-day first-line center.

2 Victor Hedman, D, Modo Hockey (Sweden)
SKINNY: The Avalanche start to rebuild with the giant blueliner.

3 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, F, Timra (Sweden)
SKINNY: Lighting opt for talented wingman for Steven Stamkos.

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Big, talented goal-scorer should complement Ilya Kovalchuk nicely.

5 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: Coyotes stocked with young scorers, need blueliners; knee injury won't be an issue.

6 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL)
SKINNY: Smart, offensively gifted player added to the best collection of young talent in the League.

7 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Sens need to build from blueline out and puck-moving Despres is good start.

8 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Big, powerful forward plays like a younger Brenden Morrow.

9 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Leafs can't resist Luke's highly talented younger brother.

10 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: Blues seem to have success with Euro imports.

11 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: College freshman among national scoring leaders; excelled for U.S. at World Juniors.

12 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Preds stocked with blueline prospects, but Ellis is an offensive dynamo.

13 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: High-scoring forward had 70 points in 55 games before season-ending elbow injury.

14 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: Good bloodlines from NHL dad, Brent; great power-forward talent.

15 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: With Pronger and Niedermayer winding down, Ducks need to rebuild blue line.

16  David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Classic power-play QB. Potential replacement for Jay Bouwmeester?

17 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: Has size and touch to be effective offensive player.

18 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Fastest skater in draft is responsible defensively.

19 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden)
SKINNY: Highly regarded offensive-minded blueliner adds depth to weak organizational area.

20 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Offensive blueliner made seamless adjustment to smaller North American ice.

21 Chris Kreider, C, Philips Andover Academy (HS-Mass.)
SKINNY: Big forward can slide to wing; has one year of high school left, then off to Boston College.

22 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: Needs to develop more physically, but offensive gifts are plentiful.

23 Philippe Paradis, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Had hardest shot at Top Prospects Game; good size and skating ability.

24 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) H.S.
SKINNY: Flames will let giant forward grow at University of Minnesota; Coyotes have option to make this pick.

25 Eric Gelinas, D, Lewiston (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Big, physical defenseman fills organizational need.

26 Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Last time Caps looked to Saskatoon for a first-round pick was Mike Green.

27 Tim Erixon, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Smart defenseman already playing against men; son of former Ranger Jan Erixon.

28 Robin Lehner, G, Frolunda (Sweden)
SKINNY: Best goaltender available in a shallow crop.

29 Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose (AJHL)
SKINNY: Big blueliner from Junior B will be allowed to develop at his own pace.

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Scott Stajcer, G, Owen Sound (OHL)
SKINNY: Numbers not good with subpar Owen Sound, but big goalie stood out at Top Prospects Game.