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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Chicago Steel's John Moore

Every NHL team tries to predict the future. How a potential pick of only 18 will turn out in 6-7 years and fit into one's system. Sounds like a hard enough task, let alone factor in growth, money, injuries, and the list goes on and on.

While that seems hard, imagine being the "draft expert" that is trying to predict what each and every team will do with their selection when they are putting their mock draft together.

If no deals are made between now and the time the Panthers pick, the Cats will take a player with the 14th selection of the 2009 draft Friday (7pm start, VERSUS).

Floridapanthers.com did it's due-dilligence in finding the draft experts (some fans as well) picks posted throughout webland. (Picks and anlysis listed below.) If almost half of them are right (7 of 15), then 6'2" Chicago Steel defenseman John Moore will be holding a Cats jersey come Friday night. Moore, the sixth ranked North American player is a smooth skater who was “head and shoulders above anyone at this level (USHL) in his puck-handling, skating, ability to score.” Peterborough power forward Zack Kassian received the second most votes with three.

Enjoy.

Disclaimer: Floridapanthers.com is not responsible for any of the analysis by any of the experts.

NHL.com
Adam KimelmanJohn Moore (D) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: Some scouts believe he's the best skater in the draft

Shawn P. RoarkeDmitry Kulikov (D) - Drummondville (QMJL)
Analysis: A possible long-term replacement if Jay Bouwmeester departs

Brad HollandJohn Moore (D) - Chicago Steel
Analysis: Moore's skating and passing ability make him a dynamic addition on defense.

TSN
Craig ButtonZack Kassian (RW) - Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Analysis: Kassian reminds me a bit of Mike Knuble.

Pierre McGuireJohn Moore (D) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: There is no better skater on defence and Moore brings mobility to the blueline.

Shane Malloy (06/15) - John Moore (D) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: The skilled blueliner is expected to be the first player drafted out of the United States Hockey League, and for good reason. At 6 foot 3 and 190 pounds he already has the size needed to compete in the NHL. His intangibles as a leader and intelligence off the ice make him an intriguing prospect with the potential to be a top two defenceman.

Red Line Report
Kyle Woodlief (06/23) - John Moore (D) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: Has the type of range, skating speed, and puck rushing ability the Panthers will be losing in Jay Bouwmeester, and he will be the triggerman on their PP in a couple of years.

ESPN
Gare Joyce (06/22) - John Moore (D) - Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: In the long run, Moore fills the hole created by free agent Jay Bouwmeester's predicted departure from South Florida. Moore will play with either Colorado College or the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers next season. Louis Leblanc and Jacob Josefson would also get consideration as the best player available.

The Fourth Period
TFP.com panel (06/24) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D) - Leksand (Sweden)
Analysis: With Jay Bouwmeester leaving, the Panthers need to focus on strengthening their blueline.

Bleacherreport.com
Jordan Walsh (06/23) - Zack Kassian (RW) - Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Analysis: Florida adds a power forward to the mix

Sports2Debate
Bill Placzek - Zack Kassian (RW) - Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Analysis: Whether one of the OHL's toughest players will climb up or drop down in the slotting depends much upon how many of the teams drafting in the teens are looking first for speedy puck carriers or creative play-making forwards. He has a heavy shot, strength, a mean streak, and good hands.

sports2debate staff (05/25) - Jacob Josefson (C) - Djurgarden (Sweden)

NHL Draft Site
NHLdraftsite.com - Nazem Kadri (C) - Oshawa Generals (OHL)

My NHL Draft
mynhldraft.com (06/22) - Ryan Ellis (D) - Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Newsday.com
Steve Zipay (06/20) - John Moore (D) Chicago Steel (USHL)
Analysis: Need to replace JayBo.
Other Possibilities: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Rundblad
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