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2010 NHL Entry Draft



BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT II

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


1
Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: With very little help (outscored teammates by 25 goals and 43 points), named OHL Player of the Year.

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Hall has been held off the playoff scoresheets only once in 18 games, and sits second overall in scoring.

3
Florida Panthers
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: Panthers looking good on 'D', with a number of up-and-comers, but hulking 'Gud' too much to pass on.

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: If Fowler slips to #4, the Jackets would do cartwheels up to the podium. Potential stud.

5 N.Y. Islanders Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: With a developing forward group, Islanders' focus turns to D; Gormley does a little of everything well.

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Buzz on Niederreiter gaining steam; TB looking for scoring and that's what Nino does best.

7
Carolina Hurricanes
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: CAR looking 'D', and Pysyk's stats don't reflect his talent – may be the best pure skater in the draft.

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: This kid keeps getting better; good finish to regular season and great playoffs has ATL "reaching" here.

9
Minnesota Wild
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Injury, poor showing at U-18 tournament will have Connolly slip, and MIN is the beneficiary.

10
New York Rangers
Jeff Skinner, C, Kitchener (OHL)(NR)
SKINNY: In 2009-10, Skinner played in 84 regular season/playoff games, and scored 70 goals. Offense much?

11
Dallas Stars
Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Not many players have a stock rising as fast as Watson, who finds a home with the Dallas Stars.

12
Anaheim Ducks
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Looking to shore up the forward crew: fast-rising Howden best-available center.

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Jonathon Merrill, D, USA-18 (USNTDP)
SKINNY: 'Yotes dream season gets better as they land fast-rising, U of Michigan-bound Merrill.

14
St Louis Blues
Jack Campbell, G, U-18 (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Blues' young talent in all positions but G dictates a netminder at #14 and Campbell is best available.

15
Montréal Canadiens
Derek Forbort, D, U-18 (USNTDP)
SKINNY: After watching Hal Gill shut down Ovi, now Sid, Habs look for an equally-big, shut-down D-man here.

16
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Anaheim's top-6 young and dominant; picking tough-guy McIlrath a good way to flesh out D-corps.

17
Boston Bruins
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Adding Hall at #2 and now Burmistrov, a game-breaker with a deceptive shot, ends BOS scoring woes.

18
Ottawa Senators
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (FNL)
SKINNY: Granlund plays in the Finnish Men's league, so you know he's got that "pro-style" game they talk about.

19
Colorado Avalanche
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: If anyone will gamble on a Russian, it's the Avs; Need some wingers to play with Duchene and Galiardi.

20
Buffalo Sabres
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Natural goal scorer looked good in 2009-10: 37 in 72 regular-season games, 7 more in 12 playoff games.

21
Nashville Predators
Riley Sheahan, RW, U of Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Preds know just how to let kids develop, so likely four NCAA years for Sheahan a good fit with Preds.

22
Los Angeles Kings
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Not much the Kings need – they're loaded in almost every position – Bjugstad a good backup to Kopitar.

23
Pittsburgh Penguins
Jason Zucker, LW, U-18 (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Energetic, Vegas-born Zucker has a WJC Gold, a U-18 Gold, and a stock rising like the oil industry.

24
Detroit Red Wings
Teemu Pulkkinen, LW, Jokerit (FNL)
SKINNY: Plays in the FNL, and recently led the U-18 tournament in goals (with 10 in 6 games) and points (15).

25
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: First-round goalies are always a gamble, but good bloodlines and an excellent 2009-10 hedges the bet.

26
Vancouver Canucks
Calle Jarnkrok, C, Byrnas Jr. (SWE-JR.)
SKINNY: Fast-moving Jarnrok small and slight, but talent undeniable and would fit in well with Swedish Canucks.

27
Phoenix Coyotes
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Took a step backwards this year, but was solid in the U-18 tournament (4 goals).

28
Chicago Blackhawks
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, South Shore (EJHL)
SKINNY: Coyle heading to hockey factory BU, and the Blackhawks can afford to wait; good match for both sides.

29
San Jose Sharks
Kevin Hayes, RW, Nobles (HIGH-MA)
SKINNY: Like the Hawks, the Sharks are in no hurry: Hayes heading to Boston as well, but with BC, this fall.

30
Washington Capitals
Stephen Johns, D, USA-18 (USNTDP)
SKINNY: Loaded with 'D' prospects, but buzz for a shut-down D means huge, hulking Johns a natural selection.