Thu 23 Jun 2011
While there is a lot of hoopla and fanfare over the first round of the NHL Drafts, teams can make or break their future on the second day of the draft.
NHL teams will be attempting to duplicate the success the Detroit Red Wings had in 1989 when they drafted four players who have played over 1000 NHL games: 1st rounder Mike Sillinger (1049), 3rd rounder Nicklas Lidstrom (1494 and counting), 4th rounder Sergei Federov (1248), and 6th rounder Dallas Drake (1009). In addition, the Red Wings also drafted 2nd rounder Bob Boughner (630) and 11th rounder Vladimir Konstantinov (446 in a career cut short by a tragic limousine accident while out celebrating Detroit’s Stanley Cup victory).
In this Mock Draft, each player has ratings for the following scouting services: The Hockey News (THN), TSN.ca (TSN), Red Line Report (RLR), NHL’s Central Scouting (CS), and International Scouting Service (ISS). CS breaks down their ratings by North American skaters, European skaters, North American goaltenders and European goaltenders. THN lists each prospect’s NHL Translation. Both ISS and RLR provide a prospects’ comparable NHL player. TSN ranked the Top 60 players and listed 25 Honorable Mentions.
The draft positions are as of June 23 and presume that no trades will have been made since then.
31. Edmonton Oilers – Joe Morrow – D –
THN: # 34 (Two-way defenseman) —– TSN: # 20 —– CS: # 12 NA
RLR: # 30 (Dennis Seidenberg) —– ISS: # 33 (Grant Clitsome)
The Oilers finish off their trifecta in the first two rounds by adding the swift skating d-man who has a nice physical edge to his game. Morrow will see ice time as a second pair blueliner and see time on the PP.
32. St. Louis Blues – Ty Rattie – LW –
THN: # 33 (Offensive forward) —– TSN: # 25 —– CS: # 17 NA
RLR: # 19 (Jason Pominville) —– ISS: # 28 (Ray Whitney)
Rattie doubled his point total from his first WHL season (37) to his second season (79). He is a natural scorer who projects out as a first/second liner, but he does have some work to do on strengthening his skating.
33. Florida Panthers – David Musil – D –
THN: # 23 (Defensive defenseman) —– TSN: # 41 —– CS: # 38 NA
RLR: # 17 (Robyn Regehr) —– ISS: # 27 (Kevin Lowe)
Musil has NHL DNA in his genes thanks to father Frank and uncle Bobby Holik. He projects out as a defensive d-man in the NHL who uses his size (6-4/200) well. If Musil’s skating was better and if he had a little more offense, Musil would have been a first round pick.
34. New York Islanders – Mario Lucia – LW –
THN: # 26 (Two-way forward) —– TSN: # 45 —– CS: # 34 NA
RLR: # 42 (Derek Stepan) —– ISS: # 46 (Derek Stepan)
Lucia’s father is Don Lucia, head coach at the University of Minnesota. Lucia (6-2/185) has the ability to range from being a solid two-way forward all the way up to a top-six goal scoring winger.
35. Ottawa Senators – Tomas Jurco – RW –
THN: # 28 (Skilled forward) —– TSN: # 29 —– CS: # 20 NA
RLR: # 38 (Michael Ryder) —– ISS: # 25 (Milan Hejduk)
Jurco is a borderline 1st round pick whose big knock is for playing on the perimeter. Outside of that, he has all of the tools to be a top-six forward – as seen during the CHL’S Top Prospects Skills Competition. One concern is that he followed up his 51-point rookie season with a sophomore season of 56 points. Jurco has been a member of Slovakia’s U-18 team in 2008/2009 and their WJC team in 2010/2011
36. Chicago Blackhawks – Dmitri Jaskin – RW –
THN: # 30 (Power forward) —– TSN: # 35 —– CS: # 5 E
RLR: # 33 (Guillaume Latendresse) —– ISS: # 40 (David Backes)
Jaskin (6-2/196) needs to address skating issues. He has shown an ability to play above his age level with 33 games in the Czech Elite League as an 18-year-old. TSN calls his upside as a less-skilled Bobby Ryan.
37. Columbus Blue Jackets – Vladimir Namestnikov – C –
THN: # 36 (Offensive forward) —– TSN: # 31 —– CS: # 11 E
RLR: # 25 (Bryan Little) —– ISS: # 37 (Nikolai Kulemin)
Vladimir is the son of a former NHL defenseman John Namestnikov. The slightly built center (6-0/170) center made an impact in his first year in the OHL with 68 points. Namestnikov’s game is built on his skating and playmaking abilities. If he can add some muscle, he projects out to a top-six forward. It would not be a surprise to see Namestnikov find his way into the 1st round.
38. Nashville Predators – Boone Jenner – C –
THN: # 40 (Third-line center) —– TSN: # 26 —– CS: # 18 NA
RLR: # 32 (Ryan O’Reilly) —– ISS: # 38 (Mike Peca)
Jenner is the solid two-way forward that Nashville has built their organization on during the years. If his skating skills were stronger, he could easily project out as a second line center. His size (6-1/194), leadership ability and strong hockey sense will make him a perfect fit for the Predators.
39. Toronto Maple Leafs – Adam Clendening – D –
THN: # 49 (offensive defenseman) —– TSN: # 49 —– CS: # 45 NA
RLR: # 39 (Keith Ballard) —– ISS: # 35 (Brian Rafalski)
The two-time USA U-18 gold medalist might be a first round pick he were bigger than his 5-11/170 frame, and if his skating was better. With that said, he might be one the best PP quarterbacks in the Draft thanks to his ice vision and excellent hockey sense.
40. Boston Bruins – Matthew Nieto – LW –
THN: # 42 (Two-way forward) —– TSN: # 53 —– CS: # 43 NA
RLR: # 52 (Chris Kelly) —– ISS: # 56 (Alexander Radulov)
Given his slight stature (5-11/170), it is good thing that Nieto’s best attribute is his skating ability, speed and puck handling capabilities. Nieto has represented the USA as a member of the U-17 and U-18 teams before playing his freshman season at Boston University last season.
41. St. Louis Blues – Shane Prince – LW –
THN: # 52 (Offensive forward) —– TSN: # 43 —– CS: # 26 NA
RLR: # 31 (Ryan Callahan) —– ISS: # 72 (N/A)
Prince plays bigger than his size (5-10/181) indicates – which can be a detriment as seen by a bad shoulder and a concussion at the end of the season. He improved his production from 30 points in his first OHL season to 88 last year with Ottawa.
42. Carolina Hurricanes – Philip Danault – C/LW –
THN: # 31 (Character forward) —– TSN: # 39 —– CS: # 27 NA
RLR: # 51 (Valtteri Filppula) —– ISS: # 39 (Alex Burrows)
Danault is much more adept at center as opposed to playing on the wing. In either case, he rates high in hockey sense, work ethic and competitiveness – allowing him to be an effective special teams player. He is a solid two-way player scoring 67 points in 64 GP with Victoriaville (QMJHL) and then stepped up in the playoffs (15 points in 9 GP).
43. Chicago Blackhawks – Robbie Russo – D –
THN: # 50 (Offensive defenseman) —– TSN: # HM —– CS: # 55 NA
RLR: #87 (Chris Campoli) —– ISS: # 36 (Matt Niskanen)
The Westmont, IL native captained the USA U-18 and led the d-men in scoring with 23 points in 52 GP. He will get drafted on his offensive ability, but should gain on the defensive side during his collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame.
44. Dallas Stars – Joel Edmundson – D –
THN: # N/R (N/A) —– TSN: # 47 —– CS: # 33 NA
RLR: # 86 (Cody Franson) —– ISS: # 47 (John Erskine)
The 6-4/181 Edmundson has a long way to go before he fills out his frame. While he is still a work-in-progress, Edmundson is pretty decent skater for someone his size which, when combined with his wingspan, makes him a tough defender to play against. He will make the NHL as a third pair d-man, but could very easily step up if his physical and hockey maturity continue.
45. Calgary Flames – Stuart Percy – D –
THN: # 70 (N/A) —– TSN: # 34 —– CS: # 53 NA
RLR: # 56 (Toni Lydman) —– ISS: # 50 (Andrej Mezsaros)
Percy doesn’t stand out in any one area and is a steady blueliner. He sets himself apart because of his hockey sense, his ability to see the ice and read the play, and his leadership abilities. Percy will see time on both special teams.
46. St. Louis Blues – Daniel Catenacci – C –
THN: # 35 (Smooth-skating forward) —– TSN: # 50 —– CS: # 37 NA
RLR: # 46 (Rico Fata) —– ISS: # 51 (Steve Ott)
At 5-9/176, Catenacci is another one of the draft-eligible players who makes his name based on his skating ability – and he might be the fastest available in 2011. He was the fastest skater during the CHL Top Prospects Skills Competition. Despite playing for a weak Sault Ste. Marie team, Catenacci led his team in points (71) while gaining experience on Canada’s U-18 team.
47. Florida Panthers – Viktor Rask – C –
THN: # 54 (Skilled forward) —– TSN: # 40 —– CS: # 53 NA
RLR: # 47 (Scott Gomez) —– ISS: # 26 (Anze Kopitar)
Rask (6-2/194) started the season as the #5 player ranked by ISS in October 2010, but never progressed. That might have something to do with playing in the Swedish Elite League at the age of 18. It could also have to do with penchant for trying to do too much with the puck and his inconsistency. All of that aside, he still has all of the tools that made him a pre-season top prospect at is worth the second round risk.
48. Ottawa Senators – Ryan Sproul – D –
THN: # N/R (N/A) —– TSN: # 48 —– CS: # 54 NA
RLR: # 67 (Alex Edler) —– ISS: # 60 (Ed Jovanovski)
The 6-3/175 Sproul scored 14 goals for Sault Ste. Marie this season thanks to a booming slapshot from the point. Sproul still needs work on learning the game – especially the defensive side. While he is not as physical as he should be, that should come in time as he matures physically.
49. Los Angeles Kings – Nikita Kucherov – RW –
THN: # 95 (N/A) —– TSN: # 56 —– CS: # 17 E
RLR: # 90 (Sergei Kostitsyn) —– ISS: # 58 (Alexander Semin)
Scored at a Hall-of-Fame pace in the World U-18 racking up an impressive 11 goals and 10 assists in 7 games. Kings are not shy about drafting Russians despite the lack of a transfer agreement. Needs a lot of work on defense and physical aspect, but there is no denying his offensive flair.
50. New York Islanders – Seth Ambroz – RW –
THN: # 48 (Power forward) —– TSN: # HM —– CS: # 31 NA
RLR: # 71 (Andrew Brunette minus the desire) —– ISS: # 57 (Bryan Bickell)
THN pointed out that academic problems might keep Ambroz from moving from the USHL to the University of Minnesota. There is a concern that his development grew stagnant after three years in the USHL: (where he started as a 15-year-old). He does need to improve his skating and puck skills, but there is no denying that at 6-2/211 he already has an NHL body. One scout told the THN, “Let’s call him a good Hugh Jessiman”. He is still worth a shot in the 2nd round with the Isles 2nd pick of the round.
51. Phoenix Coyotes – Nick Shore – C/RW –
THN: # 38 (Checking-line forward) —– TSN: # 54 —– CS: # 56 NA
RLR: # 69 (Jay McClement) —– ISS: # 43 (Patrick Eaves)
The Denver native played for his hometown school, the University of Denver where he teamed up with his brother Drew (2009 Florida 2nd rounder). The two-way center competes hard every night and is well versed when it comes to hockey sense. Nick is more of a playmaker than natural scorer. He was a member of the USA U-18 gold medal team this team – scoring 3 goals and 7 assists in 7 GP.
52. Nashville Predators – Richard Rakell – RW –
THN: # 25 (Two-way forward) —– TSN: # 32 —– CS: # 30 NA
RLR: # 37 (Rich Peverley) —– ISS: # 41(Justin Williams)
Rakell is another prototypical two-way player that will thrive under Barry Trotz’s system. The youngster was the only player born in 1993 that made Sweden’s WJC team. Rakell is also another European player who chose to further his career in Canadian Juniors. He was on pace for a fine rookie season offensively before a high ankle sprain limited him to 49 GP and 19 goals and 24 assists.
53. Anaheim Ducks – Brett Ritchie – RW –
THN: # 58 (Power forward) —– TSN: # 36—– CS: # 36 NA
RLR: # 59 (Dustin Penner – smaller version) —– ISS: # 30 (Ryan Clowe)
Injuries and bout with mono limited Ritchie to just 49 GP with Sarnia where he scored 21 goals and 20 assists in his second year in the OHL. While Ritchie has power forward size
(6-3/210), he needs to be more physical if he wants to take the next step to the NHL. He has good hands and is very solid around the net so the potential is there.
54. Pittsburgh Penguins – Stefan Noesen – C/RW –
THN: # 39 (skilled forward) —– TSN: # 33 —– CS: # 35 NA
RLR: # 36 (Jamie Benn) —– ISS: # 49 (Colin Wilson)
The Plano, TX native opened many eyes with his huge development from his rookie OHL season (33-3-5-8) to last year (68-34-43-77). The 6-0/190 forward still needs to work on his skating and improving in his defensive zone, but projects out as a solid second-line player if he continues his development
55. Detroit Red Wings – Rasmus Bengsston – D –
THN: # 51 (Defensive defenseman) —– TSN: # HM —– CS: # 10 E
RLR: # 94 (Sami Lepisto) —– ISS: # 52 (Fedor Tyutin)
The Red Wings and Swedish d-men almost seem to go hand-in-hand. However, any comparison to Nicklas Lidstrom would not be fair to Rasmus. Bengsston is a defensive d-man who uses his size (6-3/189) well. While not an offensive player, Rasmus carries a very hard shot from the point – one of the best among the Draft prospects. Bengsston has represented Sweden as a member of their U-17 and U-18 teams.
56. Phoenix Coyotes – Michael St. Croix – C/RW –
THN: # 46 (Offensive forward) — TSN: # N/R —– CS: # 59 NA
RLR: # 63 (Radim Vrbata) —– ISS: # 64 (N/A)
St. Croix’s dad, Rick, was a goaltender in the NHL. His son is a bane to goalies who uses his skating ability, puck handling and hockey sense to key his offensive game. At 5-11/176, St. Croix needs to add some muscle and work on his play on the defensive side of the puck. He has the major offensive skills to be a boom, but he also has the inconsistency to be a bust.
57. Calgary Flames – Marcel Noebels – C –
THN: # 53 (Goal scoring forward) —– TSN: # N/R —– CS: # 43 NA
RLR: # 83 (Jochen Hecht) —– ISS: # 78 (N/A)
There are 30 GMs who wished they didn’t pass up the German-born center in last year’s draft. He crossed the Atlantic to play with Seattle (WHL) and saw his stock rise with 28 goals and 26 assists in 66 games. Has NHL sixe (6-3/195), but must work on his skating to take that next step.
58. Tampa Bay Lightning – Michael Paliotta – D –
THN: # 82 (N/A) — TSN: # N/R —–CS: # 86 NA
RLR: # 62 (Roman Polak) —– ISS: 63 (N/A)
Paliotta has been a member of the USNTDP for the last two seasons and is set to continue his career at the University of Vermont. The 6-3/200 blueliner uses his size well and plays an aggressive physical game. He is a pretty good skater for a player his size which helps his defensive play. He plays a simple offensive game now, but might add to it as he grows his game.
59. San Jose Sharks – Miikka Salomaki – LW –
THN: # 79 —– TSN: # HM —– CS: # 7 E
RLR: # 53 (Cal Clutterbuck – but less dirty) —– ISS: # 44 (Maxime Talbot)
I am surprised that the name Esa Tikkanen was not mentioned in reference to fellow Finn Salomaki given his ability to agitate. He is an intense player who does not take any shifts off. While he won’t duplicate Tikkanen’s offense ability, he is a solid defender who can provide some offense. Played in Finland’s top league as an 18-year-old and scored 4 goals and 6 assists in 40GP.
60. Vancouver Canucks – Reece Scarlett – D –
THN: # 57 (Playmaking defenseman) —– TSN: # N/A —– CS: # 57 NA
RLR: # 60 (Josh Gorges) —– ISS: # 91 (N/A)
At 6-1/170, Scarlett has room to add much-needed muscle and bulk. Reece is a good skater whose passing ability and strong hockey sense keys his offensive game. He has the potential to be a PP quarterback in the NHL.
61. Ottawa Senators – Michael Mersch – LW –
THN: # 71 (N/A) —– TSN: # HM —– CS: # 83 NA
RLR: # 50 (Ryan Malone) —– ISS: # 108 (N/A)
After spending three years with the USNTDP, the 6-2/198 Mersch played his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin. He is a strong two-way winger who uses his size to his advantage and has good hockey sense. The one thing that has kept Mersch back is his skating which could be the difference between him being a potential first draft pick as opposed to a second/third line draft pick.
Second Round Draft Pick Transactions
1. The Colorado Avalanche’s 2nd round pick goes to the St. Louis Blues as a result of the February 19, 2011 trade that sent Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional 2011 1st round draft pick to Colorado in exchange for Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and a 2011 2nd round pick. The condition – the Blues pick was not to be among the top 10 picks – was converted on April 12, 2011 when St. Louis retained the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
2. The WINNIPEG (Atlanta Thrashers’) 2nd round pick goes to the Chicago Blackhawks as a result of the July 1, 2010 trade that sent Andrew Ladd to Atlanta in exchange for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 2011 2nd round pick. Note: It is possible that this pick may be optioned to the Ottawa Senators (See Note A).
3. The New Jersey Devils’ 2nd round pick goes to the Nashville Predators as a result of the June 19, 2010 trade that sent Jason Arnott to New Jersey in exchange for Matt Halischuk and 2011 2nd round pick.
4. The Minnesota Wild’s 2nd round pick goes to the Boston Bruins as a result of the October 18, 2009 trade that sent Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota in exchange for Craig Weller, Alexander Fallstrom, and a 2011 2nd round pick.
5. The Calgary Flames’ 2nd round pick goes to the Chicago Blackhawks as a result of a September 5, 2009 trade that sent the Toronto Maple Leafs 2010 2nd round pick back to Toronto in exchange for a 2011 2nd round pick and a 2011 3rd round pick. Note: It is possible that this pick may be optioned to the Ottawa Senators (See Note A). The Maple Leafs previously acquired this pick as a result of the July 27, 2009 trade that sent Anton Stralman, Colin Stuart and a 2012 7th round pick to Calgary in exchange for Wayne Primeau and a 2011 2nd round pick.
6. The Buffalo Sabres’ 2nd round pick goes to the St. Louis Blues as a result of the February 27, 2011 trade that sent Brad Boyes to Buffalo in exchange for 2011 2nd round pick.
7. The Montreal Canadiens’ 2nd round pick goes to the Florida Panthers as a result of the February 11, 2010 trade that sent Dominic Moore to Montreal in exchange for a 2011 2nd round pick.
8. The Montreal Canadiens’ Compensatory 2nd round pick (#50) goes to the New York Islanders as a result of the December 28, 2010 trade that sent James Wisniewski to Montreal in exchange for a 2011 2nd round pick and a conditional 2012 5th round pick. The Canadiens received this Compensatory Pick as a result of not signing 2006 1st round pick David Fischer prior to August 15, 2010.
9. The Philadelphia Flyers 2nd round pick goes to the Phoenix Coyotes as a result of the March 4, 2009 trade that sent Daniel Carcillo to Philadelphia in exchange for Scottie Upshall and a 2011 2nd round pick.
10. The New York Rangers second-round picks (#45 and #57) and Roman Horak go to the Calgary Flames as a result of the June 1, 2011 trade that sent the rights to Tim Erixon and a 2011 fifth-round draft pick (#134) to New York. The Washington Capitals second-round pick will go to the new York Rangers as the result of a trade on June 26, 2010 that sent Bobby Sanguinetti to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2010 and this pick. Carolina previously acquired the pick as the result of a trade on March 3, 2010 that sent Joe Corvo to Washington in exchange for Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala and this pick.
11. The Washington Capitals’ 2nd round pick goes to the New York Rangers as a result of the June 26, 2010 trade that sent Bobby Sanguinetti to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Carolina’s 2010 6th round pick and Carolina’s 2011 2nd round pick. The Hurricanes previously acquired this pick as a result of the March 3, 2010 trade that sent Joe Corvo to the Capitals in exchange for Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala, and a 2011 2nd round pick.
12. The Boston Bruins’ 2nd round pick goes to the Ottawa Senators as result of the February 15, 2011 trade that sent Chris Kelly to Boston in exchange for a 2011 2nd round pick.
Note A: The Chicago Blackhawks have until 48 hours prior to the start of the 2011 NHL Draft to decide if they are sending their own 2nd round pick (#48) or one of the 2nd round picks acquired from Winnipeg (#36) and Calgary (#43) to Ottawa. The Senators acquired this pick as a result of the February 28, 2011 trade that sent Chris Campoli and a conditional 2012 7th round pick to Chicago in exchange for Ryan Potulny and a conditional 2011 2nd round pick.
Note B: The New Jersey Devils will receive a 2011 2nd round pick if Dallas re-signs Jamie Langenbrunner prior to the 2011 NHL Draft. If Dallas re-signs Langenbrunner after the 2011 NHL Draft, New Jersey will receive the Stars’ 2012 2nd round pick, with Dallas getting the Devils’ 2012 3rd round pick in return. Finally, if Dallas does not re-sign Langenbrunner for the 2011-12 season, New Jersey will receive Dallas’ 2011 3rd round pick. New Jersey acquired this pick as the result of a trade on January 7, 2011 that sent Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
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