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MIKE G. MORREALE'S MOCK DRAFT PART I

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Order Team Player
1 WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Models his game after Nik Lidstrom; great leader and game-changer with smarts, poise and strength
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Extremely skilled with elite skating ability and knack for making spectacular plays at top speed
3 Buffalo SABRES
Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Dynamic playmaker with speed, shiftiness and creativity; set team record for point-scoring streak
4 CALGARY FLAMES
Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)
SKINNY:
Two-way center can set up scoring chances for teammates and has good knowledge of 'D' duties
5 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (FIN)
SKINNY:
Solid skater who can carry or pass the puck out of danger; uses size in the defensive zone
6 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY:
Offensive-minded defender with great mobility; knows how to be the fourth offensive option
7 EDMONTON OILERS
Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE)
SKINNY:
Great acceleration, good hands and effective in traffic; on-ice vision complements playmaking skills
8 WINNIPEG JETS
Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
A smart, playmaking center who gets the puck through traffic, and can be used in all situations
9 COLORADO AVALANCHE
Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY:
He might be the best give-and-go setup man in the draft; offers a great understanding of the game
10 Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK)
Mirco Mueller, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Swiss rookie has impressed with intelligence and an ability to challenge and deliver open-ice hits
11 Philadelphia Flyers
Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
SKINNY:
Nephew of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is a perfect fit; skates well and can play physical game
12 DETROIT RED WINGS
Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert (WHL)
SKINNY:
Fantastic instincts with an edge to his game; tremendously well-spoken and great team player
13 DALLAS STARS
Andre Burakovsky, LW, Malmo (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
Great speed and effective in traffic; good hands and on-ice vision complement playmaking skills
14 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Plays a 200-foot game and is relentless; has unbelievable hands for a player his size (6-5, 210)
15 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Missed cut for '12 Draft by 1 day; skates well for his size (6-4, 190) and has a goal-scorer's mentality
16 MINNESOTA WILD
Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelmet (RUS-2)
SKINNY:
Big, strong two-way forward who is difficult to stop when driving the net and in 1-on-1 situations
17 Columbus Blue Jackets (from NYR)
Max Domi, C/LW, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Son of former NHLer Tie has solid skill set, great instincts and hands, and makes teammates better
18 Phoenix Coyotes
Shea Theodore, D, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY:
The 6-1.75, 182-pound defender transitions well, is strong on the power play and isn't intimidated
19 San Jose Sharks
Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
The leading point-scorer among QMJHL rookies can skate well, shoot and score the big goals
20 St. Louis Blues
J.T. Compher, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Solid work ethic, skills and hockey sense, can play in all situations, is versatile and good along walls
21 Nashville Predators
Robert Hagg, D, Modo Jr. (SWE-JR)
SKINNY:
Made a solid contribution to silver-medalist Sweden at '13 WJC; two-way defender with accurate shot
22 Ottawa Senators
Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Has a good offensive game -- can contribute and put up solid numbers; he'll battle and play physical
23 Toronto Maple Leafs
Kerby Rychel, C/LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY:
Son of former NHLer Warren, he possesses solid skills, and is solid on PP, PK and in the faceoff circle
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Capable of playing center/wing, a fluid skater with great agility, and also plays with an edge
25 Pittsburgh Penguins
William Carrier, LW, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Strong power forward who battles hard on every shift; at 6-1.5, 198, he's tough to knock off the puck
26 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Aggressive on the forecheck and as a penalty killer; will block shots, win draws and battle in corners
27 New Jersey Devils
Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Compared by some to Jonathan Toews; the 5'11.75, 193-pounder has speed and a nose for the net
28 Montreal Canadiens
Jason Dickinson, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
The 6'1.25, 179-pound forward is skilled and will block shots and make sacrifices in the tough areas
29 Anaheim Ducks
Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo (USHL)
SKINNY:
Two-way defender skates well, is strong along the boards, can clear crease and good on transition
30 Chicago Blackhawks
Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Franchise record-holder for career wins offers great stance, strong butterfly and is tough to beat low