2010 NHL Mock Draft: BT and Bass
June 23, 2010 5 Comments
This year, Bryan Thiel and Alan Bass continued their annual tradition of a mock draft.
As BT explained:
“1) A one person mock draft can be biased: Everyone has picks that they’re higher on than they should be, lower on than they should be, and guys that they’re set on fitting in at a certain locale. If I were to say that I would like Player X to go to the Minnesota Wild because I think he fits in well with their system, then I’m going to swing the draft to try and get him there.
2) With two people, there’s more intrigue: I don’t know who Alan’s picking and Alan doesn’t know who I pick until we submit them.
Fast Fact: Did you know that Gary Bettman oversees our mock drafts? We’re in negotiations for Ron MacLean to host a two-hour Draft Recap show for next year’s draft.
The alternating keeps us both on our toes, and throws an added wrinkle into the “draft process”.
3) For some reason it encourages me to go off-board more: I don’t know why. It’s not like I couldn’t take Seguin at 30 in a solo mock, but half of the fun is looking at a team that realistically go off the board and follow that pattern, or to try and see if a highly-touted player will drop.”
The odd picks (1, 3, 5, etc.) are Alan’s picks, while the even picks (2, 4, 6, etc.) are BT’s picks. Enjoy!
1. Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
The decision isn’t as tough as most would realize. Though Edmonton is weak all around at forward, they are weakest on the wing. And they will not be passing on this year’s most talented player.
2. Boston Bruins (from Toronto)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
This pick doesn’t seem like the best for the Bruins, so I can see them trading down. Everyone knows they need more of a scorer rather than a playmaker, but there’s no one worth stretching for in this position. Who knows, maybe this lets Patrice Bergeron walk a year from now?
3. Florida Panthers
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
His drop in Central Scouting’s rankings won’t affect the fact that Florida needs an offensive defenseman to replace Jay Bouwmeester. Fowler could be a top-2 d-man on the Florida blueline for a decade.
4. Columbus Blue Jackets
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Again, I can see Columbus trading this pick, especially if Gudbranson takes Fowlers spot at three (They have their offensive defenseman in John Moore, who will either play in the NHL or AHL next year). If the Kingston product falls though, Columbus should jump all over him.
5. New York Islanders
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Though Brett Connolly is arguably as talented as the top two, his injury may force the Isles to pass on him. With New York’s injury history, mixed with their prospect strength at forward, a shutdown defenseman like Gormley may be just what the doctor prescribed.
6. Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Johansen underwent a huge growth spurt over the last two years, and has a big 6’3 frame to fill out. Yes the Lightning need wingers, but a kid that patterns his game after Joe Thornton could be a good fit down the middle of Lecavalier’s days are numbered (I may as well add that I would trade this pick too. Sweet. I’m 3/3).
7. Carolina Hurricanes
Derek Forbort, D, USNTDP
With a desperate need for defense, the Hurricanes will support their goaltender by taking the 6-foot-5, shutdown defenseman. His intensity and size will scare opposing forwards and allow the skill players to do their job.
8. Atlanta Thrashers
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie Colts
Burmistrov is a smart pick—literally. He’s an intelligent player who’s very reliable on the ice, and he anticipates well. A two-way centre is exactly what Atlanta needs, especially with some up-and-coming scoring wingers (Jeremy Morin and Evander Kane).
9. Minnesota Wild
Nino Niederreiter, LW, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Arguably the most talented Swiss hockey player ever, Niederreiter could fix a gaping hole left by Marian Gaborik’s departure last year. Niederreiter could be a perennial all-star in the league if he improves his game.
10. New York Rangers
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novisibirsk (KHL)
While he’s small in stature (5’11), he offers good size (202lbs). He more than doubled his production playing against men in the KHL this year, but it’ll be interesting to see when he comes to the NHL. While his coach/father sees no need to rush him, when asked where he saw himself in five years, Tarasenko said the NHL. He’d be interesting to see on a line with the burly Chris Kreider.
11. Dallas Stars
Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK (Fin)
The skilled center has been called the best Finn since Teemu Selanne. With Modano leaving the team, Dallas could be in line for another powerful center – Granlund may be the missing piece.
12. Anaheim Ducks
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (Minn-H/S)
A big kid with a lot of skill, if Bjugstad doesn’t pan out down the middle, he could be moved to the right side. He’s got all the tools and the brains to go with it, so the Ducks could have the makings of a great backup man to Getzlaf.
13. Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary)
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
If he falls this low, the Coyotes will grab Etem, who is a skilled, yet physical presence in the offensive zone. After finally making the playoffs, Phoenix could use Etem on a second line to give them more depth.
14. St. Louis Blues
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton Wildcats (WHL)
There has been tons of controversy surrounding Kabanov over the last year, and it’s unfairly hurt his stock. I wouldn’t believe much that comes from Russia as far as his “He was bigger than the team” accusations, especially after the way he left. He’s displayed his talent, and with a weakness on the left side and some good centremen in Berglund and Eller, Kabanov could see a rejuvenation.
15. Boston Bruins
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
With Chara getting older and with Boston’s cap troubles, the Bruins may opt to grab a d-man while they still can. Assuming Pysyk will drop this low from his seventh rank, the Bruins will snag him in hopes he will become a top-3 defender.
16. Ottawa Senators
Jeff Skinner, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
There will be a lot of teams disappointed that Skinner is off the board, but this would be a good fit for Ottawa. You can teach defensive responsibility, but not offensive instincts. You also can’t teach someone to lead like Mike Richards, whom Skinner has been compared too, which Ottawa will need once Alfredsson retires.
17. Colorado Avalanche
Austin Watson, LW, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
After just barely missing out on a deep playoff run, Colorado will take Watson because of his ability to step up when looked upon by his coach. His numbers skyrocketed after being traded to Peterborough – the Avs will hope those numbers continue.
18. Nashville Predators
Quinton Howden, C, Mosse Jaw Warriors (WHL)
There’s some young skill down the middle with Cal O’Reilly and Colin Wilson, and the wings could use some bulking up, but Howden is a quality, big-body centreman. Should develop into a solid leader for the Preds.
19. Los Angeles Kings
Stanislav Galiev, RW, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Solid on the back end with numerous goalie prospects for the future, the Kings will beef up their offensive strength by taking Galiev, a strong, talented Russian who is committed to playing hockey in the USA. He will fit in nicely with the other Europeans on the Kings’ roster.
20. Pittsburgh Penguins
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
You’d figure that with two Predators as his linemates at College this year, Sheahan would be a lock for Nashville. He’s a big kid that’s drawn a few comparisons to Rick Nash. We’ll find out on draft day though how much a May run-in with authorities will affect his draft stock.
21. Detroit Red Wings
John McFarland, LW, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Though he dropped in Central Scouting’s final rankings, McFarland is still a reliable two-way forward. With 102 points in two years of junior, McFarland knows how to score.
22. Phoenix Coyotes
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
His nickname is “Big Mac Truck”. Like you really need to know more? The physical parts of Phoenix’s defense are getting older, so adding a hulking blueliner gives them some good depth and aggression.
23. Buffalo Sabres
Petr Straka, RW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Straka wears number 23, his mother was born on the 23rd, he was drafted 23rd in the QMJHL draft – doesn’t this just make sense to be picked 23rd by the Sabres? Or, you know, the Sabres could just use his offensive abilities to replace long-lost Chris Drury and Danny Briere.
24. Atlanta Thrashers (from New Jersey)
Jonathon Merril, D, USNDP
He’s a smart, heads-up defenseman. Atlanta already has offensive guys (Bogosian and Enstrom) and a good defensive guy in Hainsey, so a good thinker would be a nice addition.
25. Vancouver Canucks
Jarred Tinordi, D, US-18 (USHL)
Standing at 6-foot-6, Tinordi has shored up his game playing with the US developmental program in the United States League. The pick is a bit off the board, so don’t be surprised if Vancouver trades down. But there is no denying the Canucks’ defensive need and Tinordi’s solid defensive game.
26. Washington Capitals
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Pickard is used to not getting any help, which should really bode well for him in Washington’s offense-first system. Despite facing a ton of shots, the numbers are still good. It’s also good insurance if Varlamov doesn’t pan out.
27. Montreal Canadiens
Tyler Toffoli, C, Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Scoring 115 points in his Ontario League career, Toffoli could help jolt a Montreal offense that seemed to struggle against teams in the playoffs and throughout the season. Toffoli was ranked third in the OHL in points per game.
28. San Jose Sharks
Patrik Nemeth, D, Aik Jr (SWE)
The Sharks key defensemen are on the wrong side of 30 and San Jose has already started to infuse some youth. Nemeth is a good defenseman who won’t be rushed while he’s in Sweden.
29. Anaheim Ducks (from Philadelphia)
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
Kuznetsov had a solid year in arguably the second best league in the world, for a team that finished low in the standings. The Ducks could use the offensive depth that Kuznetsov could provide in the future – especially with the potential retirement of Teemu Selanne.
30. Chicago Blackhawks
Jack Campbell, G, USNDP
A bit of a surprise given the recent rise of Antti Niemi in the Stanley Cup finals, and the immobile Christobal Huet contract, but the ‘Hawks have no depth at goaltender in the system. Campbell can have his two years in Windsor as development, which will have him coming up just as Huet’s contract ends.