Christopher Ralph is a sportswriter with a focus on hockey prospects, the entry draft, as well as occasional Flames coverage here at THW.
While the entry draft is still a couple of months away, you can be assured NHL scouting teams across North America and the world are soaking up as many games as possible, assessing talent.
The Hockey Spy here at THW is also busy scouting the prospect world and will continue to bring detailed prospect profiles leading up to the draft.
Today’s article embarks on my second mock draft of the season – Playoffs Edition.
The major addition in this updated mock draft compared to my Olympic Edition mock draft is that I’ve added a brief rationale section for each pick. Take a look back at my previous mock and see if you can discover any trends over the past couple of months!
*At this point in the season, the mock is, for the most part, based upon teams taking best player available (BPA), and the draft positions are simply based on recent standings.
*The draft order is based upon overall standings as of April 13th.
*The table is “sortable” – that is, if you click on any of the headings it will sort them. For instance, if you want to search by youngest/oldest of the potential 1st rounders, simply click on “DOB” column.
*For detailed prospect profiles completed thus far, click on the link for my archives. (Thus far, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Cam Fowler, Nino Niederreiter & Brandon Gormley have profiles with many more to follow.)
*Just under the title, you can click “Show” and change the quantity you show on one page or you can simply click on bottom right hand corner of table to scroll through the rankings/mock draft.
2010 Mock Draft Round 1 - Playoff Edition
|1||Edmonton||Hall, Taylor||Canada||L||6'0||178||L||11/14/91||OHL||Possibly trade down to #2 to get franchise C|
|2||Boston*||Seguin, Tyler||Canada||C||6'0||170||R||01/31/92||OHL||Bruins covet Hall, but settle for great center|
|3||Florida||Fowler, Cam||United States||D||6'2||192||L||12/05/91||OHL||Bouwmeester replacement|
|4||Columbus||Niederreiter, Nino||Switzerland||R||6'2||203||L||09/08/92||WHL||"El Nino" is Swiss Rick Nash|
|5||NY Islanders||Gudbranson, Erik||Canada||D||6'4||198||R||01/07/92||OHL||Physical blueliner next piece of puzzle|
|6||Tampa Bay||Gormley, Brandon||Canada||D||6'2||184||L||02/18/92||QMJHL||Smooth 2-way d-man|
|7||Carolina||Connolly, Brett||Canada||L||6'2||184||R||05/02/92||WHL||Power forward to compliment Staal|
|8||Atlanta||Tarasenko, Vladimir||Russia||R||6'0||192||L||12/13/91||KHL||Not afraid to play Russian Roulette|
|9||Minnesota||Johansen, Ryan||Canada||L||6'2||188||L||07/31/92||WHL||Great WHL playoffs for big C|
|10||NY Rangers||Etem, Emerson||United States||C||6'0||195||L||06/16/92||WHL||Explosive scoring forward|
|11||Dallas||Forbort, Derek||United States||D||6'4||190||L||03/04/92||USHL||Compliment to emerging young forwards|
|12||Anaheim||Granlund, Mikael||FInland||C||5'09||171||L||02/26/92||FIN||Great WJC U18 tourney|
|13||Phoenix*||Skinner, Jeff||Canada||L||5'10||190||L||05/16/92||OHL||Outstanding OHL playoffs; offensive sparkplug|
|14||St. Louis||Campbell, Jack||United States||G||6'2||185||L||01/09/92||NTDP||Future franchise goalie (Forget Schwarz!)|
|15||Montreal||Sheahan, Riley||Canada||C||6'2||195||L||12/07/91||USCHO||Big playmaking centerman|
|16||Anaheim*||Pysyk, Mark||Canada||D||6'1||181||R||01/11/92||WHL||Not quite Niedermayer, but 2-way d-man|
|17||Boston||Howden, Quinton||Canada||L||6'3||185||L||01/21/92||WHL||Strong skating power forward with skill|
|18||Ottawa||Watson, Austin||United States||L||6'3||178||R||01/13/92||OHL||High hockey IQ for big winger|
|19||Colorado||McIlrath, Dylan||Canada||D||6'5||215||R||04/20/92||WHL||Big. Nasty. Tough. Offensive upside.|
|20||Buffalo||Bjugstad, Nick||United States||C||6'4||185||R||07/17/92||HS||Bjugstad adds size up front|
|21||Nashville||Burmistrov, Alexandr||Russia||C||5'10||172||L||10/21/91||OHL||Snap up skilled Russian despite Radulov|
|22||Los Angeles||Kabanov, Kirill||Russia||L||6'2||177||L||07/16/92||QMJHL||With team depth, can afford to gamble.|
|23||Pittsburgh||Kitsyn, Maxim||Russia||L||6'2||179||R||12/24/91||KHL||Maxim & Malkin combination? Skilled winger|
|24||Detroit||Pulkkinen, Teemu||FInland||R||5'10||178||R||01/02/92||FIN||Injury plagued, but outstanding at WJC U18s|
|25||Atlanta*||Merrill, Jon||United States||D||6'4||185||L||02/03/92||USHL||Skilled 2-way d-man with good size|
|26||Vancouver||Toffoli, Tyler||Canada||R||6'0||185||R||04/24/92||OHL||Savvy winger with great shot|
|27||Phoenix||Galiev, Stanislav||Russia||L||6'1||177||L||01/17/92||QMJHL||Snap up talented Russian winger|
|28||Chicago||Schwartz, Jaden||Canada||C||5'09||178||L||06/25/92||USHL||Fantastic year in USHL. Skill outweighs size.|
|29||San Jose||McFarland, John||Canada||C||6'0||192||R||04/01/92||OHL||Enigmatic, but high upside|
|30||Washington||Kuznetsov, Evgeny||Russia||L||5'11||165||R||03/19/92||RUS||Great WJC U18s; should fit in with Caps|
1st Round Trade Notes: (as per MyNHL Draft)
# 2 – Boston receives Toronto’s 2010 1st and 2nd Round Picks, and a 2011 1st Round Pick for Phil Kessel# 13 – Anaheim receives Philadelphia’s 2010 1st Round Pick, 2009 1st Round Pick, Luca Sbisa, Joffrey Lupul and a conditional 2010 or 2012 3rd Round Pick for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle.# 18 – Phoenix Coyotes receive Calgary’s 2010 1st Round Pick, C Matthew Lombardi, and Brandon Prust from the Calgary Flames for Olli Jokinen and 2009 3rd Round Pick
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