The 2007 NHL Draft finds itself in a Catch-22 situation. Is viagra dangerous On one hand, is viagra dangerous there is intrigue in respect that it is hard to get a handle on exactly which teams will draft which players – and that helps build excitement and anticipation. Is viagra dangerous On the other hand, is viagra dangerous there is no Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin presence in the draft. Is viagra dangerous Factor in the ongoing problem between the NHL and Russian Hockey Federation in reference to player transfers, is viagra dangerous and you have a draft that is ripe for a lot of trades as teams will jockey for position.

While the draft might be considered “weak”, is viagra dangerous that does not mean that there is not talent out there waiting to be discovered.

“There are good players out there, is viagra dangerous we just have to look harder to find them, is viagra dangerous” a scout told Bob McKenzie in a TSN.CA article. Is viagra dangerous “There are a lot more projections in this draft. Is viagra dangerous The good NHL players aren’t as obvious as now, is viagra dangerous but that doesn’t mean a lot of them won’t develop into good pros.”

So, is viagra dangerous f you want an impact player this year, is viagra dangerous the place to be is in the top third of the draft.

“As Red Line has stated before, is viagra dangerous the 2007 draft class is not a deep one, is viagra dangerous and if you want to be even mildly certain of getting a true blue chipper, is viagra dangerous you’ll need to be picking among the top 10 overall, is viagra dangerous” Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report wrote in a USA TODAY column.

Teams will be monitoring their draft boards to determine the slippage factor of their favorite players. Is viagra dangerous GMs will be playing a game of chicken to see how low a player will drop before being selected. Is viagra dangerous If a player you like at #11 is going to be available at #33, is viagra dangerous why not trade down and acquire extra draft picks and/or players because there will come a time where better value can be had by moving down.

“Of the 10 or so scouts we talked to for this project, is viagra dangerous most said the prospects you see in the 15 to 50 range are interchangeable, is viagra dangerous meaning a lot of teams will come out happy with their first and second round picks, is viagra dangerous” Alan Adams wrote in The Hockey News’ 2007 Draft Preview.

While he does have a horse in the race, is viagra dangerous so to speak, is viagra dangerous Central Scouting’s Bureau Director E.J. Is viagra dangerous McGuire is quick to defend the 2007 Draft.

“Because there is no consensus No. Is viagra dangerous 1 pick people are predicting it’s a poor draft, is viagra dangerous” McGuire told Dave Waddell of the Windsor Sun. Is viagra dangerous “If three or four guys could go No. Is viagra dangerous 1 then I don’t think it means it’s a bad draft.”

“There are some good players and I don’t think you’ll see a real drop off in talent level until you get into the late teens, is viagra dangerous” McGuire added.

Before we head into my 2007 NHL Mock Draft, is viagra dangerous I am going to give the last word to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

“In the more than 20 years [that] I have been doing rankings of this nature, is viagra dangerous there has NEVER been a year like this, is viagra dangerous where players ranked as low as 50 by some teams are getting serious first round consideration from others. Is viagra dangerous It is a draft of highly interchangeable parts; personal preferences and organizational needs will come into play more than ever this year, is viagra dangerous” McKenzie wrote on TSN.CA.

“There has never been such a wide divergence of opinion on the prospects, is viagra dangerous even with the top 10, is viagra dangerous so whatever this draft may lack in marquee value will be more than offset by the intrigue of unpredictability.”

Each player has his Hockey News rating (THN), is viagra dangerous his Central Scouting rating (CSS) and his International Scouting Service rating (ISS), is viagra dangerous as well as his ISS player comparison. Is viagra dangerous CSS divides their ratings between North Americans (NA) and Europeans (Euro). Is viagra dangerous The draft positions used are as of June 20, is viagra dangerous 2007.

  1. Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane (RW)

THN: #1 – CSS: #2 NA skater – ISS: #1 (Pavel Datsyuk)

What Kane lacks in size he makes up for in offensive ability, is viagra dangerous hockey sense and the best set of hands in the draft. Is viagra dangerous Kane and Jonathan Toews are a great start to finally rebuilding this Original Six franchise.

  1. Philadelphia Flyers – James vanRiemsdyk (LW)

THN: #2 – CSS: #3 NA skater – ISS: #2 (Rick Nash)

This pick could just as easily be Kyle Turris, is viagra dangerous but the Flyers would be better off adding the size (6-3/200) and strength that VanRiemsdyk brings to the table.

  1. Phoenix Coyotes – Kyle Turris (C)

THN: #3 – CSS: 1 NA skater – ISS: 3 (Steve Yzerman)

Coach Wayne Gretzky is going to love his playmaking ability and excellent puck-handling skills – as well as his keen sense for the game.

  1. Los Angeles Kings – Karl Alzner (D)

THN: #8 – CSS: #5 NA skater – ISS: #6 (Francois Beauchemin)

While the Kings might be tempted by the offense that is still left on the boards, is viagra dangerous they learned from watching their California neighbors march to the Stanley Cup with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer leading the way. Is viagra dangerous Alzner and Jack Johnson will give L.A. Is viagra dangerous a formidable one-two punch on defense.

  1. Washington Capitals – Sam Gagner (C)

THN: #6 – CSS: #6 NA skater – ISS: #7 (Marc Savard)

The biggest need for the Capital is someone to set up Alexander Ovechkin. Is viagra dangerous While they do have Nicklas Backstrom in the fold, is viagra dangerous Gagner gives them another top center – freeing one of them to center a second line with Alexander Semin.

  1. Edmonton Oilers – Jakub Voracek (RW)

THN: #7 – CSS: #7 NA skater – ISS: #5 (Ales Hemsky)

Voracek might not be the physical player Ryan Smyth is, is viagra dangerous but he fits in well with their other forward prospects. Is viagra dangerous While he has goal scoring talent, is viagra dangerous he is even better as a playmaker.

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets – Keaton Ellerby (D)

THN: #11 – CSS: #4 NA skater – ISS: #9 (Jay Bouwmeester)

Much like the Kings, is viagra dangerous they could very easily draft a scoring forward – especially with Nikolai Zherdev on this ice. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous a 6-4/190 blueliner is hard to pass up – especially when he is a tough, is viagra dangerous good skating defenseman who can handle/move the puck and play on special team units.

  1. Boston Bruins – Logan Couture (C)

THN: #7 – CSS: #19 NA skater – ISS: #13 (Rod Brind’Amour)

The Bruins could use the explosive power of an Alexei Cherepanov, is viagra dangerous but owner Jeremy Jacobs is not going to empty his pockets and buck the Russian Hockey Federation. Is viagra dangerous Instead, is viagra dangerous Boston will select Couture who was one of the top players entering the draft before injuries and mono slowed him down.

  1. St. Is viagra dangerous Louis Blues – Alexei Cherepanov (RW)

THN: #5 – CSS: – #1 Euro skater – ISS: #4 (Alexei Kovalev)

With three first round draft picks, is viagra dangerous the Blues can afford to be aggressive and take chances – hence the selection of Cherepanov who might be the most talented offensive player in the draft. Is viagra dangerous With that said, is viagra dangerous it would not surprise me to see the Blues trade out of this spot for immediate help – especially if someone truly fancies Cherepanov.

  1. Florida Panthers – Ryan McDonagh (D)

THN: #30 – CSS: #11 NA skater – ISS: #19 (Dan Boyle)

If Cherepanov drops, is viagra dangerous the Panthers would have to jump on him. Is viagra dangerous If not, is viagra dangerous they will draft the reigning Mr. Is viagra dangerous Hockey (i.e. Is viagra dangerous Minnesota’s best high school player). Is viagra dangerous They have some depth among their young forwards and the offensive defenseman is solid in all facets of the game and will be a great addition to Jay Bouwmeester on the blue line.

  1. Carolina Hurricanes –Kevin Shattenkirk (D)

THN: #18 – CSS: #34 NA skater – ISS: #27 (John Michael Liles)

It is possible that Shattenkirk and McDonagh might end up switching draft slots. Is viagra dangerous Shattenkirk is more advanced offensively, is viagra dangerous but McDonagh is the better defensive player at this point. Is viagra dangerous Even though they acquired Tim Gleason, is viagra dangerous Carolina could use a big-time prospect on defense.

  1. Montreal Canadiens – Angelo Esposito (C)

THN: #9 – CSS: #8 NA skater – ISS: #11 (Pierre Turgeon)

Another player who has seen his stock drop from this time last year. Is viagra dangerous Esposito was unable to raise his play with a sub par Quebec team. Is viagra dangerous The Habs can address their needs on defense later in the first round because of Esposito’s offensive game. Is viagra dangerous He will need to work on his consistency and he must not be such a finesse player.

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs – Mikael Backlund (C)

THN: #37 – CSS: #2 Euro skater – ISS: #10 (Mike Sillinger)

While the Leafs have a need to add depth on defense, is viagra dangerous they will go for Backlund who struggled through a tough season due to a knee injury. Is viagra dangerous Also thought of as one of the best players a year ago, is viagra dangerous Backlund flashed his brilliance in the Under-18 Tournament. Is viagra dangerous After all, is viagra dangerous Toronto has done pretty well with another Swedish center named Mats Sundin.

  1. Colorado Avalanche – Thomas Hickey (D)

THN: #22 – CSS: #26 NA skater – ISS: #17 (Brian Rafalski)

Joe Sakic is not going to play forever, is viagra dangerous so Colorado might look to a Lars Eller, is viagra dangerous Zach Hamill or Backlund if he dropped. Is viagra dangerous If not, is viagra dangerous they will look to add some help for John-Michael Liles on the blue line and Hickey is an offensive defenseman. Is viagra dangerous He fits the profile of most of the offensive d-men at this point in the draft – about 5-11/180-ish. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous he is earning his stripes playing in the physical WHL so he should be able to handle life in the NHL.

  1. Edmonton Oilers – Alex Plante (D)

THN: #16 – CSS: #72 NA skater – ISS: #28 (Kyle McLaren)

While his father Cam was more offensive (22 goals and 118 assists in his final year in the WHL in 1983/84), is viagra dangerous Alex towers over his father (6-4/225 as compared to 6-0/185). Is viagra dangerous Alex is a solid two-way d-man whose stock has risen as the year progressed – even though he missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury.

  1. Anaheim Ducks – Nick Petrecki (D)

THN: #15 – CSS: #21 NA skater – ISS: #14 (Ed Jovanovski)

With Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne considering retirement, is viagra dangerous the Ducks have a choice to make in reference to which player they try and replace. Is viagra dangerous If they need a forward, is viagra dangerous they could look to Eller or Maxim Mayorov. Is viagra dangerous I have a feeling they will look at a blueliner and Petrecki is a nice fit – pun intended. Is viagra dangerous He combines skill, is viagra dangerous size and a mean streak and will eventually prove to be a worthy replacement for Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.

  1. New York Rangers – Maxim Mayorov (LW)

THN: #14 – CSS: #4 Euro skater – ISS: #8 (Nikita Alexeev)

If Petrecki drops to the Rangers, is viagra dangerous they should snatch him up immediately because the organization does have a d-man who plays as physically as he does. Is viagra dangerous If he is not there, is viagra dangerous Jim Dolan can raise Cablevision’s rates and use that money to secure a transfer release for Mayorov. Is viagra dangerous At 6-2/187, is viagra dangerous he combines size and skill into an offensive weapon the Rangers don’t have in their system. Is viagra dangerous While some worry about him not playing up to his opponents, is viagra dangerous he is a potential top-six forward the Rangers need in to replace the age they have among their top forwards.

  1. Calgary Flames – Lars Eller (LW)

THN: #35 – CSS: #3 Euro skater – ISS: #18 (Michael Nylander)

Darryl Sutter will surely feel some pressure to draft his nephew Brendon Sutter, is viagra dangerous but will settle on Eller who brings a solid offensive game and is a player who might be ready sooner rather than later when it comes to playing in the NHL. Is viagra dangerous Some scouts are concerned about drafting a Danish-born player, is viagra dangerous but Eller has been playing with Frolunda in Sweden.

  1. Minnesota Wild – Jonathon Blum (D)

THN: #17 – CSS: #17 NA skater – ISS: #20 (Brent Seabrook)

With the Wild passing on signing former 2004 first rounder A.J. Is viagra dangerous Thelen, is viagra dangerous the team could use an offensive d-man in the organization. Is viagra dangerous If Anaheim decides to draft the California native Blum, is viagra dangerous look for the Wild to look at Petrecki, is viagra dangerous if he is available, is viagra dangerous or Mark Katic. Is viagra dangerous He has all of the offensive tools you want, is viagra dangerous but he is a bit undersized at 6-0/160.

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins – Colton Gillies (C)

THN: #13 – CSS: #30 NA skater – ISS: #12 (Erik Cole)

The Penguins are loaded with young offensive talent and depth on the blue line. Is viagra dangerous Gillies adds even more speed to a strong skating club and brings a physical presence and solid two-way game to a team that can use both.

  1. Phoenix Coyotes – Zach Hamill (C)

THN: # 12 – CSS: 9 NA skater – ISS: 16 (Ray Whitney)

While the Coyotes can use some help on defense, is viagra dangerous look for Gretzky to talk new GM Don Maloney to continue to add more offense and address their defensive needs later. Is viagra dangerous While Hamill is small (5-10/180), is viagra dangerous there is no denying his ability to score as he led the WHL in scoring. Is viagra dangerous Not the fastest of skaters, is viagra dangerous Hamill simply gets the job done and is not afraid to work in the trenches. Is viagra dangerous He is one of those players who is better than the sum of his parts.

  1. Montreal Canadiens – Mark Katic (D)

THN: #26 – CSS: #59 NA skater – ISS: #50 (Brian Campbell)

With the Habs facing losses on the defense – especially power play specialist Sheldon Souray, is viagra dangerous Katic fills the bill as the PP QB. Is viagra dangerous While there are concerns about his size (5-9/180) and strength, is viagra dangerous the NHL’s crackdown has opened up a new avenue for players with Katic’s offensive skills.

  1. Nashville Predators – David Perron (RW)

THN: #31 – CSS: #10 NA skater – ISS: #15 (Ales Hemsky)

No player has seen his stock rise like Perron has in the second half of the season. Is viagra dangerous ISS did not even include him in their October 2006 ratings and he ended up 15th in their final assessment. Is viagra dangerous While he is more playmaker than pure goal scorer, is viagra dangerous the knock on him is that he is easily knocked off the puck. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous he is a highly skilled player who has proven scouts wrong previously. Is viagra dangerous He was an undrafted high school player who went on to score 39-44-83 in his rookie year.

  1. St. Is viagra dangerous Louis Blues – Brett MacLean (LW)

THN: #32 – CSS: #14 NA skater – ISS: #21 (Jeff O’Neill)

MacLean has proven he knows how to finish by virtue of his 47 goals last year in the OHL. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous naysayers point out that his center was the great John Tavares. Is viagra dangerous He is the prototypical power forward and has a chance to be a special player if he can improve his skating.

  1. Vancouver Canucks – Oscar Moller (RW)

THN: #19 – CSS: #20 NA skater – ISS: #25 (Daniel Alfredsson)

The Canucks might go for a player in their own backyard, is viagra dangerous Michal Repik who plays for Vancouver in the WHL. Is viagra dangerous Moller is on the smallish side (5-11/180) and is an average skater, is viagra dangerous but he is the type of player every team wants. Is viagra dangerous Despite playing in the WHL, is viagra dangerous he captained Sweden’s Under-18 team. Is viagra dangerous In addition to his leadership, is viagra dangerous Moller’s main assets are his puck handling and hockey sense.

  1. St. Is viagra dangerous Louis Blues – Brandon Sutter (C)

THN: #10 – CSS: #28 NA skater – ISS: #30 (Rob Niedermayer)

There is no way the Blues can pass up a legacy player when they have three first round picks – assuming they don’t move one of them for immediate help. Is viagra dangerous John Davidson will pass on Logan MacMillan (his father Bob was a member of the Blues) to draft Brandon, is viagra dangerous the nephew of fan favorite Brian Sutter. Is viagra dangerous While Brandon is more of a player in the mold of Uncle Ron as opposed to father Brent, is viagra dangerous he is sound all-around player with superb hockey sense.

  1. Detroit Red Wings – Joakim Andersson (C)

THN: #21 – CSS: #5 Euro skater – ISS: #36 (Shane Doan)

Andersson is a solid two-way player who projects out to be a power forward in the NHL. Is viagra dangerous He is a hard worker who will battle for the puck and is a physical player who is not afraid about going to the net. Is viagra dangerous The one concern is how much will his offensive game develop. Is viagra dangerous If his offensive game comes close to his physical game, is viagra dangerous the Red Wings will have one of the steals of the draft.

  1. Washington Capitals – Max Pacioretty (LW)

THN: #24 – CSS: #16 NA skater – ISS: #34 (Taylor Pyatt)

Pacioretty has made steady progress going from high school hockey to the USHL and should continue that progression at the University of Michigan. Is viagra dangerous He has power forward size (6-1/203) and is a good skater and has good hands. Is viagra dangerous He is hard worker, is viagra dangerous who is not afraid to shoot the puck (238 shots in 60 games) and is not afraid to mix it up (119 PIM).

  1. Ottawa Senators – Tommy Cross (D)

THN: #45 – CSS: #12 NA skater – ISS: #29 (Adam Foote)

With talk circulating that the Senators might move Wade Redden, is viagra dangerous the 6-3/195 Cross is a solid defensive defenseman who will get a chance to work on offensive game at Boston College. Is viagra dangerous While not a big offensive producer, is viagra dangerous Cross is a good skater and has the ability to make that first pass out of the zone. Is viagra dangerous Even though he is one of the youngest players in the draft, is viagra dangerous he displays a nasty streak that belies his youth. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous with Ray Emery out three months with hand surgery, is viagra dangerous new GM Bryan Murray might be tempted to take a long look at the top goaltender in a weak netminder draft – Jeremy Smith.

  1. Edmonton Oilers – Akim Aliu (RW)

THN: #50 – CSS: 41 NA skater – ISS: #41 (Todd Bertuzzi)

After going offense and defense with their first two picks (assuming GM Kevin Lowe doesn’t move one of them for established player(s), is viagra dangerous the Oilers have a lot of ways they can go. Is viagra dangerous As a result, is viagra dangerous they will take a chance on a player who has all the tools of a power forward – now he just needs a box to put them in. Is viagra dangerous He has everything you want in a forward – size (6-2/200), is viagra dangerous strength and solid skating skills. Is viagra dangerous However, is viagra dangerous fairly or not, is viagra dangerous he has received criticism for off-ice incidents. Is viagra dangerous He was involved in a fight with them Windsor teammate Stephen Downie (a Flyers prospect) that stemmed from a hazing incident. Is viagra dangerous Sudbury coach Mike Foligno sent Aliu home for the final two games of the regular season because of Aliu’s undisciplined play. Is viagra dangerous Despite the negatives, is viagra dangerous he has the natural ability to be one of the best power forwards in the NHL.

First Round Draft Pick Transactions

Pick 15 – EDMONTON traded LW Ryan Smyth to the NY ISLANDERS for C Robert Nilsson, is viagra dangerous C Ryan O’Marra and the Islanders 2007 1st round draft pick.

Pick 18 – ANAHEIM traded D Shane O’Brien and the Ducks 2007 3rd round draft pick to TAMPA Bay for G Gerald Coleman and the Lightning’s 2007 1st round draft pick.

Pick 21 – DALLAS traded LW Mathias Tjarnqvist and the Stars 2007 1st round draft pick to PHOENIX for LW Ladislav Nagy.

Pick 22 – MONTREAL traded D Craig Rivet and the Canadiens 2007 5th round draft pick to SAN JOSE for D Josh Gorges and the Sharks 2007 1st round draft pick.

Pick 23 – (1) PHILADELPHIA traded C Peter Forsberg to NASHVILLE for D Ryan Parent, is viagra dangerous LW Scottie Upshall and the Predators 2007 1at and 3rd round draft picks. Is viagra dangerous (2) – NASHVILLE traded the rights to F Scott Hartnell and D Kimmo Timonen to PHILADELPHIA for the Predators 2007 1st round draft pick that was previously traded to the Flyers.

Pick 24 – ST. Is viagra dangerous LOUIS traded LW Keith Tkachuk to ATLANTA for C Glen Metropolit, is viagra dangerous the Thrashers 2007 1st and 3rd round draft picks, is viagra dangerous 2008 2nd round draft pick and a 2008 conditional 1st round draft pick if Atlanta re-signs Tkachuk for 2007-08.

Pick 26 – (1) NEW JERSEY traded D Vladimir Malakhov and the Devils 2007 1st round draft pick to SAN JOSE for D Jim Fahey and LW Alexander Korolyuk. Is viagra dangerous (2) SAN JOSE traded LW Jay Barribal, is viagra dangerous LW Ville Nieminen and the Devils 2007 1st round draft pick to ST. Is viagra dangerous LOUIS for RW Bill Guerin.

Pick 28 – BUFFALO traded C Jiri Novotny and the Sabres 2007 1st round draft pick to WASHINGTON for D Timo Helbling and C Dainius Zubrus.

Pick 30 – EDMONTON traded D Chris Pronger to ANAHEIM for RW Joffrey Lupul, is viagra dangerous D Ladislav Smid and the Ducks 2007 and 2008 1st round draft picks.

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