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STEVEN HOFFNER'S MOCK DRAFT PART I

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Order Team Player
1 WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Big, strong defenseman has all tools to be a leader in the NHL
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Premier skater who has all-star written all over him
3 Buffalo SABRES
Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Think Martin St. Louis -- he's on the small side but skilled and stronger than you think
4 CALGARY FLAMES
Hunter Shinkaruk, C/LW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY:
Lighting up the WHL this season and not afraid to get dirty
5 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)
SKINNY:
Mature skater, makes up for lack of speed with hockey sense. Provides needed big body up front
6 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Saint Marie (OHL)
SKINNY:
Nephew of ex-NFL QB Donavan McNabb will continue to turn heads as he furthers his development
7 EDMONTON OILERS
Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert (WHL)
SKINNY:
Oilers will take a look at the physical offensive defenseman who reminds of a young Dion Phaneuf
8 WINNIPEG JETS
Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
It's hard to find any holes in his offensive game
9 COLORADO AVALANCHE
Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SWE)
SKINNY:
Had a strong showing at the World Juniors and is holding own in the Swedish Elite League
10 Columbus Blue Jackets (from LAK)
Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
A 6-foot-5 center who can dictate the play and work in any situation
11 Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)
SKINNY:
Blueliner leading his team in points; has a lot of offensive upside
12 DETROIT RED WINGS
Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Two-way physical forward reminiscent of Mike Richards; will be a star in NHL
13 DALLAS STARS
Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Has 80 points in just over 50 games in the QMJHL, including five hat tricks
14 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Nikita Zadorov, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
A big, physical Russian-born blueliner isn't afraid to throw his body around
15 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelmet (RUS-2)
SKINNY:
Big, flashy Russian forward would look good with Semin and either Staal
16 MINNESOTA WILD
Adam Erne, LW, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Plays like a bull on the ice; showcased his talent at the Top Prospects Game
17 Columbus Blue Jackets (from NYR)
Max Domi, C/LW, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Unlike his father Tie, Max has enormous offensive upside and is improving every game
18 Phoenix Coyotes
Juuse Saros, G, HPK Jr. (FIN-JR)
SKINNY:
Central Scouting's top-ranked international goalie is tough for Coyotes to pass up
19 San Jose Sharks
Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Scoring at over point-per-game has scouts starting to love the Russian-born prospect
20 St. Louis Blues
J.T. Compher, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Possesses great hands and is great skater; impressed at All-American Prospects Game in September
21 Nashville Predators
Kerby Rychel, C/LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY:
Speedy forward with offensive prowess excelling on a struggling Spitfires team
22 Ottawa Senators
Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Looks like a Marc-Andre Fleury in the making; all he does is win
23 Toronto Maple Leafs
Bo Horvat, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Bo knows hockey! Great hands and speed make him the dark horse of this year's draft
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Curtis Lazar, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
There's lots of offensive upside to this young forward
25 Pittsburgh Penguins
Jason Dickinson, C, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Needs to get stronger to compete at next level, but he's a great skater
26 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo (USHL)
SKINNY:
Great puck-moving blueliner had strong showing at All-American Prospects Game
27 New Jersey Devils
Justin Bailey, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Slowed this season by injury, the big-bodied forward will prove the skeptics wrong
28 Montreal Canadiens
Jordan Subban, D, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Has learned from older brother P.K.; will surprise many how good he really is
29 Anaheim Ducks
Shea Theodore, D, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY:
Second full season with Thunderbirds proving dividends for puck moving defenseman
30 Chicago Blackhawks
Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (FIN)
SKINNY:
The reliable Finnish defenseman does all the little things right