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ProSportsBlogging’s 2010 NHL Mock Draft (#1 – #14)

Posted By Corey Krakower On Apr 16 2010 @ 9:52 am In Around The Rinks | 17 Comments

With 14 teams strictly focusing on their offseason plans, and the results of the draft lottery being announced earlier this week, our bloggers here at PSB have conducted the initial stages of a mock draft. We have played the role of GM for our respective teams; analyzing team needs and which top prospects can address those holes that need to be filled. Below, our brain-trust has put together PSB’s first edition of the projected 2010 NHL draft – for mockery and/or ridicule! This mock draft will be updated over the course of the playoffs as teams get eliminated.

1 – Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall – LW (Windsor, OHL)

“Oilers GM Steve Tambellini finds himself in a win-win situation, faced with selecting the Spits’ scoring dynamo, Taylor Hall, or the Whalers’ Tyler Seguin. Though the Oilers are in dire need of a centre, Hall, a leftwinger, is the full-meal deal and seems more prepared, at this point of his junior develpment, for the jump to the pros. Given Edmonton’s immediate need to show improvement to its fan base, Hall, with one Memorial Cup Championship already on his resume, could end up being Tambo’s logical choice, despite Seguin’s superior skating skills.” – Scott Pattison

2 – Boston Bruins (acquired from Toronto)

Tyler Seguin – C (Plymouth, OHL)

“This one is simple; I’ll take whoever Edmonton doesn’t take between Hall and Seguin.” – Jim Mulligan

3 – Florida Panthers

Cam Fowler – D (Windsor, OHL)

“It’s a tossup for me between Cam Fowler and Erik Gudbranson. I like both players for different reasons but the Panthers DESPERATELY need to upgrade their power play and Cam Fowler not only would do that (great point shot and playmaker) but we would also have a guy who would more than likely make the team out of training camp, giving them three young guys (Fowler, Kulikov and Garrison) to go with three veterans (McCabe, Ballard and Allen) to fill out our defensive corps for next year. Plus this guy has world class speed. I know a lot of Panther fans are hoping for a forward but the talent drops significantly after Hall and Seguin and you have to take the player that will help your team the most.” – Jack Powell

4 – Columbus Blue Jackets

Erik Gudbranson – D (Kingston, OHL)

“Columbus has seen an influx of good young forwards crack their NHL roster in recent years, but they are struggling on defense. Erik Gudbranson gives them a guy who could immediately make the jump to the NHL if necessary. He has the size to be a shutdown defender, but has also shown flashes of being a good puck moving defenseman as well.” – Corey Krakower

5 – New York Islanders

Brett Connolly – RW (Prince George, WHL)

“Connolly is an elite right winger with great hands, and superior skating and scoring ability. If not for injuries, I would assume he would be in the top 3. I feel that the Islanders still need offense and with Fowler and Gudbranson gone, a forward is what they need to be thinking of. I think Connolly and Tavares would look great with each other and he will be another piece of the puzzle for this young Islander team.” – Timothy Noto

6 – Tampa Bay Lightning

Brandon Gormley – D (Moncton, QMJHL)

“Tampa Bay, much like Columbus, is really struggling on defense and needs to address their needs on D before they can assert themselves as a legitimate threat in the Eastern conference. Enter Brandon Gormely who is solid at all aspects of the game. He is known more for his decision making and offensive ability than defending in his own end, but he still has all the tools to become a top 4 D in the near future.” – Corey Krakower

7 – Carolina Hurricanes

Nino Niederreiter – LW (Portland, WHL)

“He has decent size, is probably as close to NHL ready as a prospect can be and brings a physical presence that most of the other young guys in the Hurricanes system lack. He looked like a man among boys at the world juniors this year, and could quickly develop into one of the premier power-forwards in the NHL.” – Chris Cote

8 – Atlanta Thrashers

Alexander Burmistrov – C (Barrie, OHL)

“The Thrashers are looking to add more offense in the early rounds of this draft. With Evander Kane carving out a power-forward role on the wing, what’s better than picking up a dynamic scoring center for the top 6? The Thrashers have historically lacked a true top-6 center and GM Rick Dudley has two picks in the first round to use for this. Also, while Burmistrov is well-adjusted to the North American game, picking up a Russian-born forward might serve to bring back some of that Ilya Kovalchuk finesse that goes a long way in the smooth-skating Eastern Conference. “– Kevin Thurston

9 – Minnesota Wild

Vladimir Tarasenko – C (Siber, KHL)

“Good speed, excellent acceleration and a deadly shot. Is playing against men already and racked up 18 points in 28 games in the KHL. Minnesota is also in no need to rush him to the NHL and can let him develop for a couple years when he and the team will be ready for a player that can score 30 or 40 at the NHL level. Easiest pick ever!” – Shane Hoopfer

10 – New York Rangers

Ryan Johansen – C (Portland, WHL)

“We believe that our system is thin on prospective top six centers, and Johansen brings both talent and size in his toolbox.  We are aware that he is a few years off, but that actually works towards our ideal building plan.  He should be close to NHL-ready by the time our massive (and stupid) contracts are off the books, which is the time we aim to re-fortify our team from within the prospect system.” – Dan Rakusan

11 – Dallas Stars

Derek Forbort – D (USNTDP, USHL)

“Another team in need of defense is Dallas; and with so many quality prospects, it’s almost a sure thing that they will use this pick to select a defenseman. Derek Forbort has seen his stock rise all year, and most recently TSN ranked him as one of the top 10 players eligible for the 2010 draft. Forbort is 6’4, but moves well for his size. He chipped in 14 pts in 26 games this year, which shows that he has offensive upside as well.” – Corey Krakower

12 – Anaheim Ducks

Mark Pysyk – D (Edmonton, WHL)

“With the Ducks blue line aging fairly quickly and already a strong young core up front; this would be a solid pick for the Ducks. He has size and skates well for a big man.” – Dan Caristo

13 – Phoenix Coyotes (acquired from Calgary)

Tyler Toffoli – RW (Ottawa, OHL)

“He is both a goal scoring and play making winger.  Can find openings to make a play and can also create open space to score goals. He is young and he is second in points on a fairly talented Ottawa 67s squad. I personally think the team should try to trade it for some scoring.” – Matt Shott

14 – St. Louis Blues

Riley Sheahan – C (Notre Dame, NCAA)

One of the Blues’ top prospects is Ian Cole at Notre Dame. I’ll take his teammate Riley Sheahan.” – Patrick McLellan

There are still many great prospects remaining. That list includes;

Forwards: Granlund, McFarland, Etem, Bjugstad, Watson, Pitlick, Howden, Galiev, Skinner

Defense: McIlrath, Merrill, Tinordi, Johns, Petrovic

Goalies: Campbell, Pickard

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