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2010 NHL Entry Draft



BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT III  (6/14/2010)

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Considering all Hall has accomplished in the past two seasons, hard to believe Oilers could pass on him

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: No knock on Seguin for falling; Hall has too much buzz and too much cache not to go No. 1

3
Florida Panthers
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: After Tyler Myers' success this season, big defenseman once again are all the rage

4
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: With young forwards (Nash, Voracek, Brassard, etc.), Jackets look to the back end; Fowler is best available

5
N.Y. Islanders
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Has the offensive instincts necessary to complement the Isles' developing group of skilled forwards

6
Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: The first pick of the Yzerman Era ensures Bolts one day will possess frightening 1-2 punch at center

7
Carolina Hurricanes
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: 'Canes get a scoring forward who can take some of the offensive load from Eric Staal

8
Atlanta Thrashers
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Connolly has the offensive ability to compliment an emerging group of young, offensive forwards

9
Minnesota Wild
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: If Skinner continues to develop as he has in the past 12 months, Wild could have a steal here

10
New York Rangers
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Johansen's learning curve continues to impress; Rangers' depth at center would look a lot stronger

11
Dallas Stars
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: Stars have had success with Finnish players, and Granlund has the offensive moxie they're looking for

12
Anaheim Ducks
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Ducks' wingers mean a center looks good here, and Howden a perfect No. 2 behind Getzlaf

13
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Coyotes will give Sheehan time to reach his potential as a strong, scoring pivot

14
St Louis Blues
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: The only player who hasn't moved in any of my three mock drafts

15
Boston Bruins
Austin Watson, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: The Bruins are looking for a little scoring on the wing; Watson happy to deliver just that

16
Ottawa Senators
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Hard-hitting McIlrath the sort of rock-solid defender you can build a defense corps around

17
Colorado Avalanche
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Forbort another minute-muncher with a high ceiling who can get puck to Avs' speedy forwards

18
Nashville Predators
Jonathon Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Preds know you never can have too many young defensemen, and Merrill looks able to do it all

19
Los Angeles Kings
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: California-born Etem would be overjoyed to play in his backyard with this up-and-coming group

20
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: The chance to play with Evgeni Malkin and possibly Sergei Gonchar will be enough to draw Tarasenko over

21
Detroit Red Wings
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Wings' patience would allow Bjugstad the time to reach his potential as a pro

22
Phoenix Coyotes
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: With Sheahan at No. 13 and now McFarland, future just got even brighter in Phoenix

23
Buffalo Sabres
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: Played in a tough environment, so stats aren't there, but speed and skill are undeniable

24
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: With potential-stud Connolly in the bag, Thrashers can gamble on first-round goaltender

25
Vancouver Canucks
Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Canucks were highest-scoring Western team in 2009-10, meaning they look to shore up back end here

26
Washington Capitals
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Kuznetsov's performance at WJC enough to balance risk/reward of taking a Russian in the first round

27
Montréal Canadiens
Stephen Johns, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: After watching Hal Gill shut down Ovi and Sid, Habs look to shut down future stars with Johns

28
San Jose Sharks
Beau Bennett, RW, Penticton (BCHL)
SKINNY: Talented winger will help ensure goals will continue to come in droves in San Jose

29
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
Jason Zucker, LW, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Las Vegas-born forward won't put up gaudy numbers, but plays the energetic game coaches love

30
Chicago Blackhawks
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, South Shore (EJHL)
SKINNY: With a Stanley Cup in 2009-10 and a very bright future, Hawks can afford to wait for BU-bound forward