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.
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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# 25 – Atlanta Thrashers receive New Jersey 2010 1st round pick, Johnny Oduya, Nicklas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier for Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Samela. Teams are also swapping 2010 2nd round picks.