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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT III

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1 John Tavares, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: His potential on and off the ice is just too good to pass up

2 Victor Hedman, D, MODO (Sweden)
SKINNY: Giant defenseman fills team's biggest area of need

3 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL)
SKINNY: Could be the best long-term replacement for Joe Sakic

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: A budding power forward that only will get better with NHL strength training.

5 Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, F, Timra (Sweden)
SKINNY: Looked real good on the small ice at WJC

6 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Coyotes in desperate need of a top-line center

7  Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Size, skill, toughness -- a prototypical Brian Burke player

8 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Scouts believe he can play in the NHL right now

9 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: Big, mean, nasty compliment to last year's first-round D-man, Erik Karlsson

10 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: Oilers need to be harder to play against; Ashton provides that

11 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Strong skater uses his speed to back down defenseman, and can finish

12 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: Size questions answered by strong Combine workout

13 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Sabres thrilled to land big, skilled defenseman

14 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: Some scouts believe he's the best skater in the draft

15  David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Young, offensive-minded blueliner just what the Ducks need

16 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden)
SKINNY: Great offensive instincts and a strong shot from the point

17 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: Big center (6-2, 185) skates well, has good work ethic

18 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Canadiens find the perfect boost to their power play

19 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: For the third year in a row, a top-10 talent lands in the Rangers' lap

20 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: Needs to get stronger, but skating and two-way skill make him good choice.

21 Robin Lehner, G, Frolunda (Sweden)
SKINNY: Big (6-3, 220), strong goalie fills major organizational hole

22 Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Has brains and skill in equally large portions

23 Tim Erixon, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Mostly defensive minded, but has offensive talent

24 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High
SKINNY: Jumbo-size forward (6-3, 229) fully recovered from knee injury

25 Chris Kreider, C, Andover Academy (Mass.)
SKINNY: Bruins will have time to watch power forward develop at BC starting in '10

26
N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Kyle Palmieri, C, USNTDP
SKINNY: Packs lot of skill and strength into small (5-10, 191) package

27 Drew Shore, C, USNTDP
SKINNY: Big (6-2, 190), strong player unafraid to work in the dirty areas

28 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL)
SKINNY: Headed to Harvard, but highly-skilled forward likely won't be there four years

29 Calvin de Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: One of the biggest surprises of the season; mobile, very skilled

30 Carl Klingberg, LW, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden)
SKINNY: Pens need skilled, strong forwards to play with Sidney Crosby