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2010 NHL Entry Draft



ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT II

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NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.

1
Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: It's hard to believe the Oilers would pass on draft's best offensive talent.

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Already a playoff team, there's no need to rush ultra-talented player.

3
Florida Panthers
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: A big, strong, skilled, nasty defenseman is just what the Panthers need.

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: The Blue Jackets finally find the calm, smart puck mover they've always lacked.

5 N.Y. Islanders Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Injuries curtailed his season, but high-end talent is unquestioned.

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: This smart, poised puck mover rarely makes mistakes at either end of the ice.

7
Carolina Hurricanes
 Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: Numbers don't look great on a bad junior team, but he's an offensive dynamo.

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: A big, athletic goalie with a championship pedigree.

9
Minnesota Wild
Ryan Johansson, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Great skater with big body can distribute the puck and score.

10
New York Rangers
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Sibir (KHL)
SKINNY: Gifted Russian forward was a standout at World Juniors.

11
Dallas Stars
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Already has NHL size (6-foot-5, 198), chips in offensively and fearless in defensive zone.

12
Anaheim Ducks
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Perfect spot for one of draft's best snipers -- he grew up 30 minutes west of Honda Center.

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Swiss forward showed he could fill the nets in first North American season.

14
St Louis Blues
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: Excellent World Under-18 Tournament (4 goals, 13 points) did nothing to hurt him.

15
Montréal Canadiens
 Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Fast-developing forward has mouth-watering offensive skills.

16
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: After upgrading their scoring, they add this physical, talented blueliner.

17
Boston Bruins
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Bruins can afford to wait for big center to develop in college.

18
Ottawa Senators
Austin Watson, F, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: One of the most well-rounded players in draft; skilled offensively and defensively.

19
Colorado Avalanche
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Pure sniper had 50 goals this season, plus 20 in 20 playoff games.

20
Buffalo Sabres
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Big center is one of draft's best skaters, and is defensively reliable.

21
Nashville Predators
Teemu Pulkkinen, LW, Jokerit (Finland)
SKINNY: Injuries and maturity are issues, but has explosive talent.

22
Los Angeles Kings
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Offensively gifted center is getting better in all areas.

23
Pittsburgh Penguins
Jordan Weal, C, Regina (WHL)
SKINNY: Small but fearless forward knows how to put the puck in the net.

24
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Toffoli, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Versatile forward can move the puck well or score on his own.

25
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Kirill Kabanov, C, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Dynamic skill-set makes him worth the off-ice risk.

26
Vancouver Canucks
Jonathan Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Smart blueliner has physical attributes teams love.

27
Phoenix Coyotes
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: Positionally sound netminder plays better than numbers might show.

28
Chicago Blackhawks
Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)
SKINNY: Talented center serves as nice complement to team's stable of wingers.

29
San Jose Sharks
Ryan Martindale, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Skilled playmaker built similar to Joe Thornton.

30
Washington Capitals
Alexander Petrovic, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Big, nasty blueliner plays physical and has good puck skills.