With the 10th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks select: _________________________.
Right now, your guess is as good as mine.
There are roughly 400 North American and European skaters and goalies in the final NHL Central Scouting draft rankings, and outside the nine players selected by teams ahead of the Canucks in the 1st round, there will be plenty of options available for GM Jim Benning and company when the 2019 NHL Draft begins June 21st.
If you can't wait until draft day to see how it all plays out, this mock draft is for you. Hockey analysts have begun weighing in on whom Vancouver will select, and one thing is for certain, nothing is for certain.
Adam Kimelman -- Vasili Podkolzin: Some teams might be turned off by his two-year KHL contract, but his 200-foot game and offensive skill are too good to pass up. And after two more seasons of development in the KHL, he should be ready to step into the top-six forward group for any NHL team.
Mike G. Morreale -- Matthew Boldy: Boldy (6-2, 192) is an excellent skater with quick hands and mobility to create offense on the rush. He's very creative, possesses an excellent release and an accurate shot, and already has many pro-style traits. He'll attend Boston College in 2019-20.
Guillaume Lepage -- Philip Broberg: It's hard to find a big defenseman who is as comfortable on his skates as Broberg, a left-hand shot. The Canucks' defense isn't getting any younger, and they have previously done well drafting Sweden-born defensemen (Alexander Edler, 2004; Mattias Ohlund, 1994).
Sammi Silber -- Victor Soderstrom: From his stats and ability, it's hard to believe Soderstrom is just 18, as he plays well beyond his years. He's a speedy, confident blueliner who takes great care of the puck and puts defense first, while also serving as an outstanding puck-mover. With great passing and hands, he's able to move the puck up and start the rush without making mistakes. He also has a great shot and can kill off penalties, which will prove helpful for a Vancouver team that's still rebuilding and has a blue line with a lot of upside and room to grow.
Sam Cosentino -- Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay Ice (WHL): Battled several elements during the season and is now challenged with recovering from an Achilles tendon issue he hurt while training. The injury is not enough to slow the roll and keep this character player out of the top 10.
Hannah Stuart -- Dylan Cozens: Canucks fans were likely hoping for that top lottery slot so that the Hughes brothers could be reunited, but Vancouver can still add a solid player at No. 10. Cozens is a very good prospect, despite the fact Krebs and Dach passed him in our mock. He comes with a high offensive ceiling and terrific goal-scoring ability. Any concerns about his ability to drive play can be addressed in his development. He reads his options on the ice fairly well, and while he can sometimes skate into trouble, his skating itself (including his first step and top speed) is high end.
Cam Robinson -- Peyton Krebs: The supremely skilled forward is elusive and shifty with the puck. Takes creative lines to dangerous areas of the ice. The type of player that sees plays develop before those around him and uses that to exploit the opposition. Owns terrific puck skills. First-line talent with a fourth-line work ethic. A playmaker who can impact the game on any shift. Everything runs through him in Kootenay… I mean Winnipeg.
Steve Kournianos - Vasily Podkolzin, RW, SKA Neva (VHL) The draft's toughest competitor also has game-breaking skill and the ability to deliver daggers in the clutch. Podkolzin is one of Russia's most heralded prospects in the last decade or so, and the intensity he plays with cannot be matched by any of his draft peers. He hates to lose and has a long memory, which translates to bad news for his opponents.