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BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT III

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1 John Tavares, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: At No. 1 you pick for superstar potential. You can't teach what Tavares has.

2 Victor Hedman, D, MODO Hockey (Sweden)
SKINNY: Hedman will make the Lightning better as he gets comfortable in the NHL.

3 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL)
SKINNY: Duchene's wrist shot reminiscent of Joe Sakic at the same age.

4 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: Schenn is tough, talented, raw and comfortable in a high-octane attack.

5 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, LW, Timra (Sweden)
SKINNY: Svensson the best remaining forward on the board.

6 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Kulikov's game-breaking ability too much to pass on.

7 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL)
SKINNY: Big Zack Kassian is an option, but at a certain point Kane becomes a no-brainer.

8 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Ellis brings a much-needed offensive flair to the Stars' back end.

9 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Adding a big, strong power forward is a good way to accelerate the rebuilding.

10 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL)
SKINNY: The Oilers couldn't be happier this big defenseman slips to them.

11 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA)
SKINNY: Big-game performer used to playing against men; possesses dynamic shot, speed, skill.

12 Scott Glennie, C, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY: New era for Minnesota starts with Glennie as GM Chuck Fletcher's first pick.

13 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden)
SKINNY: Sabres get a defender who knows how to get skilled forwards the puck.

14 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL)
SKINNY: Moore's skating and passing ability make him a dynamic addition on defense.

15 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)
SKINNY: Ducks stay with what works by selecting big-bodied power-forward.

16 David Rundblad, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: With offense looking good, Rundblad a key cog on development of back end.

17 Olivier Roy, G, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Outstanding depth elsewhere means the best long-term pick here is a goaltender.

18 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY: Some said silky-smooth Kadri outplayed better-known teammate in OHL playoffs.

19 Kyle Palmieri, C, USNTDP
SKINNY: Palmieri has the offensive gifts the Rangers covet.

20 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY: Depth up the middle only hole in Flames' organizational depth.

21 Robin Lehner, G, Frolunda (Sweden)
SKINNY: Flyers are tired of annual summer hunt for a goaltender.

22 Stefan Elliott, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY: '08 pick Cody Hodgson is a forward to build around, and Elliott could be the same.

23 Tim Erixon, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)
SKINNY: When he arrives, Erixon will make a major impact.

24 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)
SKINNY: Capitals take a forward after going heavy on defense last two years.

25 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Despres the best remaining defender on the board, an area Boston is looking to develop.

26
N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Calvin de Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Mobile, skilled defender a nice complement to the Isles' future offensive group.

27 Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High
SKINNY: Creative blueliner complements team's good forward talent in the system.

28 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL)
SKINNY: Leblanc won't make it to his senior season at Harvard.

29 Marcus Johansson, C, Farjestad (Sweden)
SKINNY: Hard-working forward light on size (5-11, 189), but heavy on skill.

30 Zack Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High
SKINNY: Penguins want wingers with bite, which Budish has in large quantity.