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SHAWN P. ROARKE'S MOCK DRAFT II

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1 John Tavares, C, London Knights (OHL)
SKINNY: This decision is harder than many believe

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: Euro forward put any questions about his play to rest at WJC

4 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL)
SKINNY: A 1-2 punch of Duchene and Bryan Little could be formidable in a few years

5 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Big center with NHL bloodlines will further accelerate Kings' rebuilding

6 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Kane fits into the mold of most of the young talent Coyotes have added recently

7 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: GM Brian Burke always covets size and attitude on his blue line

8 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: GM Joe Nieuwendyk's first pick is a player in the Mike Modano mode

9 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: After taking a defenseman first last year, Ottawa goes for size up front

10 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Skating skill, finishing touch make him prototypical Oiler

11 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: Rapidly rising defenseman can skate like the wind

12 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: New era begins with a forward that is hard to defend, easy to coach

13 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Big defenseman can play big minutes, compile points

14 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: A possible long-term replacement if Jay Bouwmeester departs

15 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: Big two-way center has the chops to play Western Conference game

16 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Small but extremely skilled blueliner can add spark to Jackets' struggling PP

17 David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Tons of offense up front, now more offensive skill on blue line

18 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL)
SKINNY: Harvard-bound pivot is a logical fit with hometown Habs

19 Tim Erixon, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: Could it be a father-son show on Broadway? Dad Jan played there in '80s

20 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: Flames are ecstatic this high-tempo scorer falls this far

21 Drew Shore, C, USNTDP
SKINNY: A forward with the size and attitude Flyers always covet

22 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden)
SKINNY: Canucks have had luck with Swedes, and this one has great instincts in the offensive zone

23 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) H.S.
SKINNY: Devils won't be scared off by knee injury and love his Minnesota pedigree

24 Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: Last Saskatoon defenseman selected by Caps -- Mike Green -- worked out pretty well

25 Chris Kreider, C, Andover Academy (Mass.)
SKINNY: Bruins stay local while seriously upgrading their depth up the middle

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Robin Lehner, G, Frolunda (Sweden)
SKINNY: Maybe it's time to start planning for Rick DiPietro's successor

27 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: 'Canes obviously like big centers out of the OHL that can skate

28 Carl Klingberg, LW, Frolunda (Sweden)
SKINNY: European scouts love his game. He has the skills to play with Kane and Toews

29 Kyle Palmieri, C/RW, USNTDP
SKINNY: Palmieri's stock is falling, but Red Wings know a bargain when they see one

30 Jordan Caron, RW, Rimouski, (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Penguins still need top-six forwards to complement Crosby and Malkin