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JEN RAIMONDI'S MOCK DRAFT

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: He'd make a great tandem with Jordan Eberle; a bonus -- he already has Alberta roots.

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: Big-time skills; could replace the depth in scoring that left with Phil Kessel.

3 N.Y. Islanders Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: This puck-moving defenseman's potential on and off the ice is just too good to pass up.

4
Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Great patience and calm under pressure; he could step into the NHL right now.

5
Florida Panthers
Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Smooth-skating defenseman could be the long-term replacement for Jay Bouwmeester.

6
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Despite an injury that saw him play only 16 games, he's the real deal.

7
Tampa Bay Lightning
 Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: An offensive threat, he has adjusted well to the North American game.

8
New York Rangers
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Had a good showing at the World Junior Championships; his quick hands have scouts talking.

9
Atlanta Thrashers
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: A playmaker, he held his own against older competition in the NCAA this season.

10
Anaheim Ducks
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: A California-born prospect drafted by the Ducks? Enough said.

11
Dallas Stars
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: This mobile blueliner stands almost 6-foot-5, and only looks to get better.

12
Minnesota Wild
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Didn't have the season many expected, but has a lot of potential.

13
Boston Bruins
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: Logs a lot of minutes in the WHL and has an accurate first pass out of the zone.

14
St Louis Blues
Mikael Granlund, F, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: A skilled forward trained by the program that produced Olli Jokinen and Kimmo Timonen.

15
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
 Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: The last Swiss product they acquired, Jonas Hiller, has been a steal. Why not try for a second?

16
Montréal Canadiens
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Minnesota's Mr. Hockey has skill to match his NHL bloodlines -- Uncle Scott played 9 NHL seasons.

17
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: He will fit nicely with the organization's young, talented forwards.

18
Ottawa Senators
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: A product of the same junior program that developed Ilya Kovalchuk.

19
Detroit Red Wings
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: With Jimmy Howard moving into the top spot, they'll need another candidate to challenge him.

20
Colorado Avalanche
Jonathon Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Having added talent at forward in 2009, a big, solid defenseman is the wise choice here.

21
Los Angeles Kings
Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: The Kings could continue their drafting prowess if this skilled forward slips to them.

22
Buffalo Sabres
Brock Nelson, C, Warroad (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Known for his skating ability, he might surprise once he plays against tougher competition.

23
Nashville Predators
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: Good work ethic to go along with a 50-goal season makes him hard to pass up.

24
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Martindale, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY: His playmaking ability could be a big asset moving forward.

25
Atlanta Thrashers (from NJD)
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Positionally sound, with an accurate shot to compliment his big frame.

26
Vancouver Canucks
Tyler Toffoli, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Added experience will make him and his wrist shot worth the wait.

27
Phoenix Coyotes
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: He's a tough, physical prairie defenseman who isn't afraid to drop the gloves.

28
Chicago Blackhawks
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Chicago's depth chart begs for only one thing -- an athletic goaltender.

29
San Jose Sharks
Jaden Schwartz, C, Tri-City (USHL)
SKINNY: A rapidly rising forward who only will improve with NHL strength training.

30
Washington Capitals
Stanislav Galiev, RW, Saint John (QMJHL)
SKINNY: A hard worker, he'll have more than one Russian mentor to help fine-tune his play.

 

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