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SHAWN P. ROARKE'S MOCK DRAFT

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1
Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY: So little separates top two; Edmonton picks the better two-way player

2
Boston Bruins (from TOR)
Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: This pick just keeps getting better for the Bruins, who nab the draft's best offensive player

3 N.Y. Islanders Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY: Could be this year's Drew Doughty and address a franchise's perennial weakness

4
Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
SKINNY: Supremely skilled blueliner isn't a bad consolation prize in the defensemen derby

5
Florida Panthers
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
SKINNY: Perhaps the second-best playmaker in the draft; can be a Joe Thornton-type player

6
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
SKINNY: Season-long injury woes aside, Connolly is a point-per-game player that has scouts excited

7
Tampa Bay Lightning
 Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Excels in both zones; will be a solid second option after Victor Hedman

8
New York Rangers
Alexander Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY: Russian-born center is a capable playmaker with a physical bent

9
Atlanta Thrashers
Vladimir Tarasenko, LW, Novosibirsk (KHL)
SKINNY: Questions remain about bringing him over, but Thrashers can't help but gamble on him

10
Anaheim Ducks
Nino Niederreiter, RW, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Niederreiter has tools to be first Swiss power forward in the NHL; dominated at WJC

11
Dallas Stars
Derek Forbort, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: A hulking defenseman with skill in both ends; will be a later bloomer

12
Minnesota Wild
Emerson Etem, RW, Medicine Hat (WHL)
SKINNY: Minnesota needs goal scoring, so they take best remaining goal-scorer

13
Boston Bruins
Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: The front-line help keeps coming for Boston; should develop even more in NCAA

14
St Louis Blues
Mikael Granlund, F, HIFK (Finland)
SKINNY: Blues' scouting staff, headed by Jarmo Kekalainen, doesn't miss on too many Euro prospects

15
Anaheim Ducks (from PHI)
 Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY: Too much skill and too much potential to pass on at this spot

16
Montréal Canadiens
Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY: A minutes-eater, Pysyk is a pass-first defender that can excel in Montreal's system

17
Phoenix Coyotes (from CGY)
Kirill Kabanov, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
SKINNY: Phoenix has so many high-end young forwards that they can take a gamble here.

18
Ottawa Senators
Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY: Playmaker can be at vanguard of Ottawa's next wave of young forwards

19
Detroit Red Wings
John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
SKINNY: Wings bet McFarland is better than he showed this season

20
Colorado Avalanche
Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
SKINNY: The difference between Pickard and Jack Campbell is razor thin.

21
Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Skinner, RW, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY: It's always a bonus when you can get a potential 30-goal scorer this deep in the draft

22
Buffalo Sabres
Jack Campbell, G, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: This American goalie with a winning pedigree could eventually follow Ryan Miller.

23
Nashville Predators
Jonathon Merrill, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Merrill is another big, talented blueliner that fits the Poile blueprint.

24
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Spooner, C, Peterborough, (OHL)
SKINNY: Size is an issue, but his skill with the puck is undeniable.

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

26
Vancouver Canucks
Ivan Telegin, RW, Saginaw (OHL)
SKINNY: Twice rookie of the month in OHL, he's a point-per-game pivot in first OHL season

27
Phoenix Coyotes
Brock Nelson, C, Warroad (HIGH-MN)
SKINNY: Has a good pedigree, world-class wheels upon which to build

28
Chicago Blackhawks
Quinton Howden, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY: Talent on the wings makes fundamentally sound, creative center a good choice

29
San Jose Sharks
Tyler Toffoli, C, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY: Think Joe Thornton could use a young player with a lethal wrister? We do.

30
Washington Capitals
Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. U-18 (NTDP)
SKINNY: Tinordi is a big, stay-at-home defender that can support Washington's attack-first style.

 

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