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2010 NHL Entry Draft



BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Everyone wants to know: Tyler or Taylor? For my money, it's the kid doing more with less help.

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: With a Windsor-Plymouth OHL playoff matchup starting this week, the "Who's No. 1" could answer itself.

3 N.Y. Islanders  Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: Hard to believe the Isles wouldn't take a D here, and the nearly 6-foot-4 Gudbranson is potential stud.

4
Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: With three straight first-round centers, 'Canes likely take a D, and well-rounded Fowler is best available.

5
Florida Panthers
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Back from injury with four games remaining in season; at half-speed scored 3 goals in final two games.

6
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Jackets took four D in 2009 Draft, and trend should continue in 2010. Gormley is best available.

7
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Only selected six D with last 24 picks; McIlrath is the big, strong compliment to silky-smooth Hedman

8
New York Rangers
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Rangers need players with natural scoring ability, and Burmistrov is just that and then some.

9
Atlanta Thrashers
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Nobody helped himself more at 2010 WJC, and 36 goals in 64 WHL games means talent is for real.

10
Anaheim Ducks
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: Playing for the second-worst team in the WHL slants his stats, but speed alone dictates a top-10 pick.

11
Dallas Stars
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Big 'D' needs D, and success of Tyler Myers could have scouts looking closer at big guys on back end.

12
Minnesota Wild
Riley Sheahan, RW, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Freshman earned his way onto the power play this season, and MIN needs all the scoring it can find.

13
Boston Bruins
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Made huge strides in last 18 months, so the ceiling for Johansen could surprise everyone.

14
St Louis Blues
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Only St. Louis position lacking in prospects is goaltending, so Blues remedy that here.

15
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: California-born Etem a natural fit for Ducks, especially if they take a 'D,' at No. 10.

16
Montréal Canadiens
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: Smallish forward possesses significant skills, and Canadiens possess strong Finnish scouting base.

17
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Depth at center never a bad thing, and with Turris and McFarland, team will be deep for years to come.

18
Ottawa Senators
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Two straight defensemen in first round means Ottawa shores up forwards with Minnesota's "Mr. Hockey."

19
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)
SKINNY: Wings' recent surge likely means a 19th pick not in the cards, but if it were, Pitlick would be a good fit.

20
Colorado Avalanche
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Avs haven't taken a true winger since 2007, so they may overlook "the Russian factor."

21
Los Angeles Kings
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Kings loaded across the board with prospect depth, so Howden, best-available center, is the pick

22
Buffalo Sabres
Brock Nelson, C, Warroad (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Three of past four first-rounders have been D, so Sabres might look to Notre Dame-bound forward here.

23
Nashville Predators
Jonathon Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Another prospect-loaded team goes for future with Michigan-bound blueliner.

24
Pittsburgh Penguins
Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Late-season trade from Windsor to Peterborough just what was needed -- 9 goals, 20 points in final 10.

25
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: With dynamic Niederreiter in the bag, Atlanta can gamble on their second first with a goalie.

26
Vancouver Canucks
 Stephen Johns, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Three forwards in three years for Vancouver's first round selections means "Big Johns" right up their alley.

27
Phoenix Coyotes
Charlie Coyle, F, South Shore (EJHL)
SKINNY: Coyotes learned the hard way about patience with prospects, so Coyle's four years at BU the perfect fit.

28
Chicago Blackhawks
Kevin Hayes, RW, Nobles (HIGH-MA)
SKINNY: Current state of team means Hawks can wait; Hayes joins Boston College this fall, likely for four years.

29
San Jose Sharks
Ludvig Rensfeldt, LW, Brynas Jr. (SWE-JR.)
SKINNY: Light year for top-end Swedes, but Rensfeldt the big, strong forward Sharks would look for in Round 1.

30
Washington Capitals
Danny Biega, D, Harvard (ECAC)
SKINNY: Biega joins one of the deepest prospect pools in hockey, at least on defense.