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2010 NHL Entry Draft



WESTERN CONFERENCE SCOUT MOCK DRAFT

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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: Just too good to pass on. Has shown he's the No. 1 player

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Will make the local fans forget Phil Kessel

3
Florida Panthers
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Has the making of a 25-minute man on the back end

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: Has just what the Blue Jackets are missing. Solid rock on back end

5
N.Y. Islanders
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Steady and has upside. Will play in the League for a long time

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nino Niederreiter, LW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: The perfect winger for Steven Stamkos

7
Carolina Hurricanes
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: The new Igor Larionov

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Evander Kane and Connolly would look good together

9
Minnesota Wild
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Home-grown player with size and skill playing in Wild's backyard

10
New York Rangers
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Another Winterhawk for Brandon Dubinsky to play with

11
Dallas Stars
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: Stars have had success with players from Finland

12
Anaheim Ducks
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Could big center be another Ryan Getzlaf?

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: GM Don Maloney loves those Kitchener Rangers

14
St Louis Blues
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: What the doctor ordered for the Blues

15
Boston Bruins
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Smooth skating and big

16
Ottawa Senators
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Dany Heatley's replacement

17
Colorado Avalanche
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Another steal for Colorado

18
Nashville Predators
Emerson Etem, LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Speed and can score

19
Los Angeles Kings
Brock Nelson, C, Warroad (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Good bloodlines from hockey hotbed of Warroad, Minn.

20
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: Time to add some depth in net

21
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)
SKINNY: Team has had recent success with college players

22
Phoenix Coyotes
Jonathan Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Two picks in the first round makes for a very good day

23
Buffalo Sabres
Vladimir Tarasenko, LW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Sabres roll the dice on some skill

24
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Beau Bennett, RW, Penticton (BCHL)
SKINNY: Pure goal scorer

25
Vancouver Canucks
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: GM Mike Gillis is tired of team being pushed around

26
Washington Capitals
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Ovechkin will keep him in North America

27
Montréal Canadiens
Jaden Schwartz, C, Tri-City (USHL)
SKINNY: Team has had success with small, skilled forwards, so keep them coming

28
San Jose Sharks
Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Rob Blake's replacement

29
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Alexander Petrovic, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY: Big and tough -- a Duck

30
Chicago Blackhawks
Austin Watson, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Another strong player to add to depth