Sun 30 Jun 2013
In this Second Round Mock Draft, each player has ratings for the following scouting services: The Hockey News (THN), NHL’s Central Scouting (CS), McKeen’s (McK), and International Scouting Service (ISS). CS breaks down their ratings by North American skaters (NAS), European skaters (ES), North American goaltenders (NAG) and European goaltenders (EG). THN lists each prospect’s NHL Translation. ISS provides a prospects’ comparable NHL player.
The draft positions are as of June 27, 2013 and presume that no trades will have been made since then – with one exception. As I mentioned in my Mock 1st Round, I have Florida (2nd overall) and Carolina (5th overall) swapping first round draft picks. As a result, I am transferring Carolina’s 2nd round pick (#35) to Florida as part of that deal (*).
With three teams having three 2nd round picks (Montreal, san Jose and Winnipeg), there might be some wheeling and dealing as these teams might look to jump up into the 1st round.
31. FLORIDA PANTHERS – J.T. Compher – C
THN: # 41 (Two-Way Forward) —– CS: # 34 NAS —– McK: # 56
ISS: # 26 (Mike Richards)
Compher is more of a playmaker than goal scorer, but he is comfortable playing any style of hockey. He earns plus marks for his ability to compete and his hockey sense.
32. COLORADO AVALANCHE – Mirco Mueller – D
THN: # 18 (Two-way Defenseman) —– CS: # 9 NAS —– McK: # 17
ISS: # 35 (Cody Franson)
After passing on Seth Jones in the 1st round, the Avs go defense in the 2nd. Mueller improved his draft status by playing Junior hockey in the WHL. While he still needs to bulk up some (6-3/184), Mueller’s game is based in his ability to move the puck and skate well.
33. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Madison Bowey – D
THN: # 44 (Two-way Defenseman) —– CS: # 32 NAS —– McK: # 35
ISS: # 22 (Kevin Bieksa)
Bouwey is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Kelowna d-men like Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Luke Schenn. Put up decent numbers, but there is still untapped offensive potential to go with a player who is a big-time competitor who is not afraid to be aggressive.
34. MONTREAL CANADIENS – Emile Poirier – LW
THN: # 47 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 39 NAS —– McK: # 26
ISS: # 79 (Not available)
Some teams might be scared off by his awkward skating style, but he manages to plow through and produce offensively. He will need to continue to work on his skating and get a little stronger. If he does that, the Habs might have the steal of the draft.
35. FLORIDA PANTHERS (*) – Ian McCoshen – D
THN: # 26 (Defensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 24 NAS —– McK: # 29
ISS: # 28 (Zach Bogosian)
This pick is the bonus I have the Panthers getting for switching 1st round picks with the Hurricanes. I have them drafting another college-bound player as the Panthers swap immediate help for long-term help as they pare off some bad contracts. McCoshen has the ability and size to project out at least as a top four d-man with the upside of being a shutdown defender in the NHL.
36. MONTREAL CANADIENS – Shea Theodore – D
THN: # 46 (Offensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 11 NAS —– McK: # 49
ISS: # 38 (Paul Martin)
Theodore is a good defender, but his calling card is his ability to move and distribute the puck. Those attributes, and his ability to get shots on goal, make him a potential NHL PP QB,
37. EDMONTON OILERS – Chris Bigras – D
THN: # 33 (Defensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 14 NAS —– McK: # 27
ISS: # 30 (Duncan Keith)
With all of the young offensive firepower the Oilers have drafted over the past couple of years, Bigras makes a fine defensive addition to their blue line. He plays a solid game and is at home in the defensive end. He has the ability to play on the PP as well as starring on the PK, he should be a top four d-man for Edmonton.
38. BUFFALO SABRES – Jacob De La Rose – C
THN: # 29 (Two-way Forward) —– CS: # 7 ES —– McK: # 31
ISS: # 33 (Jordan Staal)
De La Rose captained Sweden’s Under-18 team and was a member of its WJC team so he is familiar with playing in high pressure games – not to mention that he helped Leksand return to the Swedish Elite League. He is a solid and safe pick whose upside is as a 2nd line center with good defensive attributes and at worst a 3rd line center with offensive punch.
39. NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Nic Petan – C
THN: # 42 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 33 NAS —– McK: # 46
ISS: # 29 (Derek Roy)
Petan’s size (5-8/165) is the one thing that might keep him out of the 1st round. However, lack of size didn’t stop Lou Lamoriello from drafting Zach Parise 10 years ago and it won’t deter him from drafting Petan. While he tied for the WHL in scoring (46-74-120), the best part of his game is that he makes his teammates better when he is on the ice.
40. DALLAS STARS – Dillon Heatherington – D
THN: # 45 (Defensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 31 NAS —– McK: # 44
ISS: # 27 (Joni Pitkanen)
The Stars would probably like to select a more offensive-type d-man, but the best value at this pick is with Heatherington. While he is seen as a defensive player, he has top notch hockey sense that allows him to contribute on the offensive end. He can play on both special teams.
41. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Morgan Klimchuk – LW
THN: # 38 (Two-way Forward) —– CS: # 25 NAS —– McK: # 42
ISS: # 47 (James Neal)
An offensive player, Klimchuk showed an ability to take care of the defensive side during his stint with Canada’s Under-18 team where he was a big part of their PK. That aside, Klimchuk’s games is derived from his big shot which is made even more lethal by his ability to hit the net.
42. PHOENIX COYOTES – Tristan Jarry – G
THN: # 68 (Not Available) —– CS: # 3NAG —– McK: # 65
ISS: # 2 Goalie (Not Available)
With Mike Smith’s status uncertain, GM Don Maloney should look to add some more organizational depth behind Mark Visentin. Jarry has big-time numbers as Laurent Brossoit’s backup with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): 18-7-0, 1.61 GAA, .936 SV%.
43. WINNIPEG JETS – Laurent Dauphin – C
THN: # 66 (Not Available) —– CS: # 28 NAS —– McK: # 37
ISS: # 44 (Mike Ribeiro)
The speedy Dauphin earned Player of the Game honors at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects game. He is a playmaker who also has the ability to score goals. Dauphin sees top six forward minutes and plays on PP and PK.
44. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Linus Arnesson – D
THN: # 40 (Defensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 13 ES —– McK: # 38
ISS: # 51 (Marc Staal)
Arnesson earned props for stepping and playing in the Swedish Elite League last season. While he is a mobile defender, he is more at home on the defensive side of the game. THN said that one scout compared his style of play to that of Toni Lydman.
45. ANAHEIM DUCKS – Justin Bailey – C/RW
THN: # 34 (Power Forward) —– CS: #38 NAS —– McK: # 40
ISS: # 42 (James van Riemsdyk)
The only thing separating Bailey from the 1st round are his injury woes – and there a lot of them. He suffered two separated shoulders before he ever made his OHL debut last year. While playing for Kitchener last year, he suffered a concussion and a chest injury that limited him to 57 games. Bailey, son of former NFL LB Carlton Bailey, brings size (6-3/194) and offensive abilities. Needs to get stronger and stay healthy.
46. MINNESOTA WILD – Jason Dickinson – C/LW
THN: # 35 (Two-way Forward) —– CS: # 30 NAS —– McK: # 34
ISS: # 36 (Jeff Carter)
Another one of those talented prospects who has the skills, but needs to find a consistency to his game. His offensive game is keyed by his superb puck skills and plus shot.
47. ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tommy Vannelli – D
THN: # 37 (Offensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 44 NAS —– McK: # 30
ISS: # 96 (Not available)
Vannelli is a bit of a reach at this spot in the Draft, but is worth the shot as a high-risk/high-reward draft pick. Vannelli, who has committed to the University of Minnesota, played for the USA 2013 Under-18 team and the 2012 Ivan Hlinka team. His ice vision allows him to make breakout passes and serves him well on the PP; he will have to bulk up his frame (6-2/167) while at Minnesota.
48. DETROIT RED WINGS – Brett Pesce – D
THN: # 52 (Two-way Defenseman) —– CS: # 40 NAS —– McK: # 57
ISS: # 90 (Not Available)
Pesce took a regular shift as an 18-year-old freshman at the University of New Hampshire (HE). His development took a little hit in 2011-12 as a torn labrum robbed him of valuable ice time. THN said he managed to play for the U-17 team that year and was second only to Jacob Trouba among the USA blueliners. He is a steady player who can evolve into a top four d-man by bulking up his frame (6-3/170) and continuing to get experience at a high level.
49, SAN JOSE SHARKS – Connor Hurley – C
THN: # 48 (Two-way Forward) —– CS: # 45 NAS —– McK: # 50
ISS: # 45 (Andrew Ladd)
Hurley split his time last year between Edina High School (MN) and the USHL (where he played for Muskegon and the USA U-18 team). If he were born a day later, he wouldn’t have been draft eligible this year. He has committed to the University of Notre Dame. He is a highly competitive player who will need to be more consistent with his play and add some bulk to his frame (6-1/172).
50. SAN JOSE SHARKS – William Carrier – LW
THN: # 51 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 18 NAS —– McK: # 54
ISS: # 100 (Not available)
Another player with consistency issues, Carrier got sidetracked last season because of a serious ankle injury – which limited him to just 34 games with Cape Breton (QMJHL). His development also was hindered by playing on a bad team. Despite playing only 34 games, Carrier was his team’s leading scorer (16-26-42). The big knock on him is his skating, but if he can stay healthy and add that elusive consistency to his game, Carrier can make the next step to the NHL.
51. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Marc-Olivier Roy – C
THN: # 58 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 54 NAS —– McK: # 55
ISS: # 54 (Pascal Dupuis)
Roy is a solid two-way player who has the ability to score goals and find the puck. While he is slight (6-0/175), he is not afraid to get involved in traffic and will go to the net to score goals. It would not surprise me to see a team take a flyer on him late in the first round.
52. BUFFALO SABRES – Jimmy Lodge – C/LW
THN: # 64 (Not available) —– CS: # 21 NAS —– McK: # 68
ISS: # 39 (Jason Pominville)
It kind of makes sense for the Sabres to draft a Jason Pominville-type player. Lodge’s hockey sense make up for his less-than-smooth style of skating and his lack of bulk (6-1/166). On the plus side, Lodge is player who has shown an ability to develop all facets of his game. He is on the cusp of being a top six forward prospect and should play on PP and PK.
53. WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Artturi Lehkonen – LW
THN: # 36 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 9 ES—– McK: # 39
ISS: # 46 (Loui Eriksson)
Lehkonen’s season suffered as he dealt with two concussions this year. His slender stature (5-11/163) is something to be concerned about, but his hockey sense and puck skills allow him to survive and thrive. He did produce last season while playing in Finland’s top league. He could be a big-time contributor on a line with Alex Ovechkin.
54. DALLAS STARS – Zach Nastasiuk – RW/C
THN: # 39 (Two-way Forward) —– CS: # 13 NAS —– McK: # 51
ISS: # 54 (Ryan Kesler)
At the very least, Nastasiuk will find a home in the NHL as a solid defender in his own zone and as a tenacious forechecker in the offensive zone. He likes to get involved physically and is not afraid to block shots. If he develops an offensive game, he is a top six forward. If not, he will be a solid 3rd line forward with some scoring punch.
55. MONTREAL CANADIENS – Oliver Bjorkstrand – LW
THN: # 53 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 36 NAS —– McK: # 48
ISS: # 67 (Not available)
A little undersized (5-11/167), Bjorkstrand gets high marks for leaving Denmark for the WHL (Portland) where he scored 31 goals and 32 assists in 65 games. His father Todd played at the University of Maine and in the minors before finishing a long career in Denmark – thus giving Oliver a professional hockey pedigree. He has good hands and a good shot which provides him scoring ability.
56. EDMONTON OILERS – Spencer Martin – G
THN: # 60 (Starting Goaltender) —– CS: #5 NAG —– McK: # 67
ISS: # 5 Goalie (Not Available)
Martin stopped all 16 shots he faced in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects game. Martin utilizes the butterfly technique, but has drawn some criticism for being too much of a technique goalie. He has a solid glove and is in position to make saves because of his ability to move side-to-side with ease.
57. LOS ANGELES KINGS – Marko Dano – C
THN: # 43 (Project Forward) —– CS: # 12 ES —– McK: # 43
ISS: # 81 (Not available)
Dano gets high marks for leading Slovakia in scoring (6-4-5-9) during the WJC and for getting playing time in the KHL as an 18-year-old. Because he is not that big (5-11/183), Dano uses his hockey sense to read the play as it develops and get to loose pucks. He utilizes good skating and puck skills to work in tight situations.
58. SAN JOSE SHARKS – Eric Roy – D
THN: # 54 (Offensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 41 NAS —– McK: # 58
ISS: # 73 (Not Available)
While his goal total jumped from 11 to 17, his overall point total dropped (53 to 39) and he was a -32 for a bad Brandon (WHL) team. The theme of inconsistency really hits home with Roy as a scout told THN that his inconstancy ranges, but only from game-to-game, but shift-to-shift. On the plus side, Roy has size (6-3/187) and an offensive ability to create his own chances and an improving physical game.
59. WINNIPEG JETS – Nick Sorensen – RW
THN: # 49 (Offensive Forward) —– CS: # 48 NAS —– McK: # 47
ISS: # 55 (Niclas Bergfors)
Yet another player who battled the injury bug last season. Knee and shoulder injuries have limited him to just 54 games with Quebec (QMJHL) during the last TWO seasons. However, in those games, Sorensen scored 25 goals and 31 assists. He will need to bulk up some (6-1/175), but if he does and if he stays healthy, he has the offensive ability and hockey sense to be a top six forward.
60. BOSTON BRUINS – Jonathan Diaby – D
THN: # 50 (Defensive Defenseman) —– CS: # 37 NAS —– McK: # 45
ISS: # 98 (Not Available)
There are a couple of ways the Bruins could go if they want a d-man, but Diaby offers them the biggest one (6-5/223). He is a stay at home d-man who does have good mobility for a player his size. Can and will block shots, Diaby is also willing to drop the gloves – as witnessed by his 10 fights in Juniors last season.
61. WINNIPEG JETS – John Hayden – C/RW
THN: # 73 (Not Available) —– CS: # 29 NAS —– McK: # 74
ISS: # 43 (Ryan Malone)
Hayden projects out as your prototypical power forward (6-3/185). He is committed to play at Yale in 2014-15, but Halifax (QMJHL) took a flyer on him late in their draft. He is a top notch competitor whose physical play powers his game (pun intended) – which he uses well to gain space and finish off his checks.
Second Round Draft Pick Transactions
• The Nashville Predators’ second-round pick will go to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade on February 27, 2012 that sent Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville in exchange for the cancellation of a previously arranged conditional fifth-round pick (in a 2012 trade of Hal Gill to Nashville from Montreal) in 2013 and this pick.
• The Calgary Flames’ second-round pick will go to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade on January 12, 2012 that sent Michael Cammalleri, Karri Ramo, and Montreal’s fifth-round pick in 2012 to Calgary in exchange for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and this pick.
• The New York Islanders’ second-round pick will go to the Anaheim Ducks as the result of a trade on June 22, 2012 that sent Lubomir Visnovsky to New York in exchange for this pick.
• The Ottawa Senators’ second-round pick will go to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on February 26, 2012 that sent Ben Bishop to Ottawa in exchange for this pick.
• The New York Rangers’ second-round pick will go to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a trade on April 2, 2013 that sent Ryane Clowe to New York in exchange for Florida’s third-round pick in 2013, a conditional second-round pick in 2014 (which is met if the Rangers re-sign Clowe) and this pick.
• The St. Louis Blues’ second-round pick will go to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on March 30, 2013 that sent Jordan Leopold to St. Louis in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013 and this pick.
• The Vancouver Canucks’ second-round pick will go to the Dallas Stars as the result of a trade on April 2, 2013 that sent Derek Roy to Vancouver in exchange for Kevin Connaughton and this pick.
• The Anaheim Ducks’ second-round pick will go to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on July 12, 2011 that sent Andrew Cogliano to Anaheim in exchange for this pick.
• The Pittsburgh Penguins’ second-round pick will go to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a trade on March 25, 2013 that sent Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh in exchange for a conditional second-round pick (the condition will only be met if the Penguins re-sign Murray since the Pens didn’t win 2 playoff rounds) in 2014 and this pick.
• The Winnipeg Jets will receive the 29th pick of this round (59th overall) as compensation for not signing 2008 first-round draft pick Daultan Leveille.
• The Chicago Blackhawks’ second-round pick will go to the Winnipeg Jets as the result of a trade on February 27, 2012 that sent Johnny Oduya to Chicago in exchange for Chicago’s third-round pick in 2013 and this pick.
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