Fri 20 Jun 2008
As if trying to produce a Mock Draft the First Round of the 2007 NHL Draft wasn’t hard enough, here is my longest of shots attempt at a Second Round Mock Draft.
Each player has ratings for the following scouting services: The Hockey News (THN), Central Scouting (CSS), Red Line report (RLR), McKeen’s (McK), Canada’s TSN (TSN) International Scouting Service (ISS). TSN and ISS each list a prospect’s comparable NHL player – if available. CSS divides their ratings between North Americans (NA) and Europeans (Euro). The draft positions used are as of June 15, 2008.
31. Florida Panthers – Colby Robak (D)
THN: #18 – CSS: #13 NA skater – RLR: #24 – McK: #38
ISS: #19 (Brent Burns) – TSN: #28 (Joni Pitkanen)
The Panthers should take the mobile offensive d-man with size (6-3/194), but they
might look to go for a netminder for the future.
32. Los Angeles Kings – Mitch Wahl (C)
THN: #37 – CSS: #64 NA skater – RLR: #64 – McK: #29
ISS: #39 (No player comparison) – TSN: #52 (Matt Stajan)
With three second round picks, the Kings will go for a bit of reach as they bring in the native Californian who plays well at both ends of the ice and is a strong playmaker backed with solid hockey sense.
33. St. Louis Blues – Aaron Ness (D)
THN: #43 – CSS: #27 NA skater – RLR: #23 – McK: #45
ISS: #29 (Brian Rafalski) – TSN: #40 (Phil Housely)
The winner of the 2008 Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award, Ness is as strong an offensive d-man as there is in the draft. The one drawback is his size (5-10/162).
34. St. Louis Blues – Nicolas Deschamps (C)
THN: #35 – CSS: #57 NA skater – RLR: #17 – McK: #18
ISS: #25 (Jarret Stoll) – TSN: #25 (Patrice Bergeron)
The Blues continue to build for the future. Deschamps is a hard working two-way player who got better as the season wore on. He scored five points in six playoff games and then scored three goals in seven games as a checking center with Canada’s U-18 season following the QMJHL playoffs.
35. Phoenix Coyotes – Jimmy Hayes (RW)
THN: #65 – CSS: #63 NA skater – RLR: # Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #64 (No player comparison) – TSN: #Honorable mention list
Don Maloney has shown a willingness to take a shot with an American power forward type (see Hugh Jessiman). Hayes projects out as a prototypical NHL power forward. The Coyotes hope he can come close to the production of his second cousin – Keith Tkachuk.
36. New York Islanders – Cody Goloubef (D)
THN: #42 – CSS: #34 NA skater – RLR: #47 – McK: #40
ISS: #33 (No player comparison) – TSN: #48 (Josh Gorges)
The two-way d-man made his mark as a 17-year-old freshman with the University of Wisconsin. He showed well defensively and expects to improve his offensive game as he matures and gains more confidence in college.
37. Columbus Blue Jackets – Tyler Ennis (C)
THN: #41 – CSS: # 31 NA skater – RLR: #46 – McK: #43
ISS: #44 (No player comparison) – TSN: #33 (Cliff Ronning)
Ennis is another one of the smallish (5-9/146), but skilled forwards available in the draft. The Ronning comparison works because of his skating ability and his stick handling skills,
38. Phoenix Coyotes – Evgeny Grachev (C)
THN: #74 – CSS: #9 Euro skater – RLR: #34 – McK: #48
ISS: #24 (Todd Bertuzzi) – TSN: #55 (Michal Handzus)
With four picks in the second round, Maloney will look to trade up into the first round or take a couple of chances in the draft. Grachev impressed scouts at the U-18 tournament. Like Hayes, Grachev is a power forward and uses his size and skill to fend off defenders.
39. Phoenix Coyotes – Mikhail Stefanovich (C)
THN: #20 – CSS: #57 NA skater – RLR: #33 – McK: #39
ISS: #57 (No player comparison) – TSN: #38 (Frank Mahovlich)
Stefanovich is yet another forward with size (6-2/202). He left Belarus to start his career in North America as he played last season in the QMJHL. He has all the tools, but he must work on his consistency and work ethic.
40. Nashville Predators – Luke Adam (C)
THN: #64 – CSS: #42 NA skater – RLR: #83 – McK: #34
ISS: #51 – TSN: #34 (Steve Bernier)
Adam has the size (6-1/210), hands and scoring ability to find his way into the first round if not for his average speed. ISS selects him as one of their draft darkhorse candidates.
41. Vancouver Canucks – Yann Sauve (D)
THN: #23 – CSS: #29 NA skater – RLR: #65 – McK: #68
ISS: #53 (No player comparison) – TSN: #41 (Robyn Regehr)
New GM Mike Gillis selects Sauve to help overcome the loss of Luc Bourdon. Sauve is a solid and steady defensive blueliner. At 6-2/210, he is a physical presence who will improve his offensive game as he settles in and gains experience and maturity.
42. Ottawa Senators – Tyler Cuma (D)
THN: #28 – CSS: #19 NA skater – RLR: #18 – McK: #17
ISS: #36 (No player comparison) – TSN: #16 (Steve Staois)
With Wade Redden likely a free agent casualty, the Senators need to start building their blue line back up. Cuma is a strong skating two-way defenseman who does well skating the puck out of the zone or making the first pass.
43. Anaheim Ducks – Jake Gardiner (D)
THN: #39 – CSS: #23 NA skater – RLR: #29 – McK: #20
ISS: #31 (No player comparison) – TSN: #21 (Trevor Daley)
Anaheim might look to add depth in goaltending, but will settle on Gardiner – who is another of one of those strong skating offensive d-man. Gardiner is a converted forward. The former Mr. Minnesota finalist will be attending the University of Wisconsin.
44. Buffalo Sabres – Jyri Niemi (D)
THN: #44 – CSS: #25 NA skater – RLR: #19 – McK: #46
ISS: #65 (No player comparison) – TSN: #49 (Joe Corvo)
The key to Niemi’s game is his big booming shot and ability to move the puck. Both of these assets make him a big-time power play QB. His development was helped by playing in the WHL last season.
45. Carolina Hurricanes – David Toews (LW)
THN: #40 – CSS: #79 NA skater – RLR: #Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #27 (Dany Heatley) – TSN: #Not Available
Toews does not have his younger brother Jonathan’s offensive prowess. However, he is hard worker who will make his mark in the NHL as a two-way forward who will lean more to the checking side as opposed to the scoring side. David is following in his brother’s footsteps by attending the University of North Dakota after attending Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
46. Nashville Predators – Jamie Arniel (C)
THN: #46 – CSS: #20 NA skater – RLR: #74 – McK: #66
ISS: #45 (No player comparison) – TSN: #46 (Matt Stajan)
Jamie is the son of former NHLer Scott Arniel. He is in the same boat as David Toews in that he will make his mark in the NHL as a two-way center who favors a more defensive style of play. He is strong on face-offs and has good hockey sense.
47. Boston Bruins – Michael Stone (D)
THN: #33 – CSS: #39 NA skater – RLR: #Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #47 (No player comparison) – TSN: #Honorable Mention list
Stone has NHL size (6-3/206) and a game that NHL teams will like. He is equally comfortable in both ends of the ice. He will be a good two-way d-man who could get even better if his skating and mobility develop at an NHL level.
48. Los Angeles Kings – Jake Allen (G)
THN: #Not in Top 100 – CSS: # 8 NA goalie – RLR: #31 – McK: #30
ISS: #4 goalie (No player comparison) – TSN: #31 (Marty Turco)
The Kings struggled the last couple of years with their goaltending. While they do have young Jonathan Bernier, the Kings would be wise to invest one of their plethora of early picks on developing even more depth in goal. Allen led Canada to an U-18 gold medal and was named the tournament’s best goaltender. Allen is one of, if not the best, stickhandling goalies available in the draft. His international success very well could push him into the first round of the draft (possibly to Detroit?).
49. Phoenix Coyotes – Maxime Sauve (C)
THN: #45 – CSS: #26 NA skater – RLR: #30 – McK: #31
ISS: #35 – TSN: #37 (Simon Gagne)
Sauve is yet another prospect with a connection to a former NHLer – he is the son of Jean-Francois Sauve, nephew of goalie Bob Sauve and cousin of former goalie Philippe Sauve. Maxime’s game is built on speed and his creativity with the puck. He needs to find a consistency to his game and get a bit stronger to make up for his slight stature (5-11/170).
50. Colorado Avalanche – Patrice Cormier (C)
THN: #77 – CSS: #61 NA skater – RLR: #39 – McK: #37
ISS: #75 (No player comparison) – TSN: # 53 (No player comparison)
ISS considers Cormier a “potential draft day steal”. He has the size (6-2/201) and skill to succeed. He has good speed and plays an aggressive style of game. The problem is that injuries have limited his playing time the last two years. He stepped up during the playoffs by scoring four goals and five assists in nine games.
51. New York Rangers – Jared Staal (RW)
THN: #31 – CSS: #43 NA skater – RLR: #114 – McK: #79
ISS: #63 – TSN: #50 (Trent Hunter)
It is understandable as to why Ranger fans want their team to draft Jared – given brother Marc’s successful rookie season. The fourth and final Staal brother, Jared has the size (6-3/195) the Rangers can use on the wing. Staal does use his size well – especially when he drives to the net, but his skating is the one thing that might hold it out of the first round – even though some team might gamble on him in the first round based on his genes. He did show develop from his three points in limited time as a rookie to his 49 points in his second season.
52. New Jersey Devils – James Livingston (RW)
THN: #52 – CSS: #53 NA skater – RLR: #Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #38 (No player comparison) – TSN: #Honorable Mention list
Livingston is the kind of player that Lou Lamoriello likes, He has good size ((6-1/200) and is a pretty good skater. He is effective on the offensive end as a strong forechecker and cycling the puck down low. He is still developing and showed marked improvement from his seven point rookie season to his 44 point second season. At the very least, he projects out to being a good two-way forward.
53. New York Islanders – Vjateslav Voinov (D)
THN: #76 – CSS: #8 Euro skater – RLR: #53 – McK: #50
ISS: #37 (No player comparison) – TSN: #44 (Danny Markov)
Voinov is a physical defenseman who battles every shift as if it were overtime. Voinov is not just a defensive player because he shows the ability to join the rush or pinch in from the point. Even though he is only 18, he has already played in Russia’s Elite League. While he struggled in the World Junior Championship, he played well in the U-18 tournament.
54. Washington Capitals – Viktor Tikhonov (LW)
THN: #Not in Top 100 – CSS: #7 Euro skater – RLR: #Not Available
McK: #Not Available – ISS: #43 – TSN: #Honorable Mention list
Tikhonov is the4 grandson of legendary Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov. The younger Tikhonov went undrafted in 2007 – something that will not happen this year. Another prospect who played in the Russian Elite League, Tikhonov is hard worker who translate that into offensive ability. Tikhonov was named the WJC’s best forward. He is another player who might sneak into the first round.
55. Minnesota Wild – Danny Kristo (RW)
THN: #80 – CSS: #37 NA skater – RLR: #122 – McK: #35
ISS: #56 (No player comparison) – TSN: #39 (Maxim Afinogenov)
The Minnesota native is one the better skaters available in 2008. He spent the season as a member of the USA National Team Development Program and played well in the U-18 tournament. While he is offensive player, Kristo is not afraid to mix it up despite his slight stature (6-0/172).
56. Montreal Canadiens – A.J. Jenks (C)
THN: #26 – CSS: #50 NA skater – RLR: #Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #82 (No player comparison) – TSN: #Honorable Mention list
The Habs are not strangers when it comes to drafting Americans – they have drafted three of them in the first round during the last two years. Jenks’ development as an NHL player depends on his ability to improve his skating. He has the size (6-1/206) and tools to succeed, but it his skating that will elevate him to the next level. He showed good improvement from his first year (23 points) to his second year (55 points).
57. Washington Capitals – Justin Schultz (D)
THN: #Not in Top 100 – CSS: #:38 NA skater – RLR: #55 – McK: #57
ISS: #42 (No player comparison) – TSN: #58 (No player comparison)
Schultz is the cousin of former Capital first round draft pick Kris Beech. Justin is an offensive blueliner who uses his speed to jump into the rush, and the best part is that he has the hockey sense to know when to do it. However, he does need to work on defensive game and he needs to add some muscle to his frame (6-1/163)
58. Washington Capitals – Geordie Wudrick (LW)
THN: #53 – CSS: #71 NA skater – RLR: #Not Available – McK: #Not Available
ISS: #40 (No player comparison) – TSN: #Honorable Mention list
Another one of the ISS darkhorses entering the draft, Wudrick has all the tools to be your prototypical power forward: good size (6-3/204), skates well and can handle the puck. According to scouts who talked to THN, there are concerns about his hockey sense. Given his potential, he should have done better than 20 goals and 24 assists in 66 games with Swift Current (WHL).
59. Dallas Stars – Shawn Lalonde (D)
THN: #62 – CSS: #32 NA skater – RLR: #61 – McK: #67
ISS: #49 – TSN: #45 (Andrew Ference)
Lalonde is another one of those mobile offensive defensemen who has the ability to join the rush and create offense. Lalonde needs to work on finding a consistency to his game and he needs to add some muscle to his frame (6-0/175).
60. Toronto Maple Leafs – Roman Josi (D)
THN: #49 – CSS: #6 Euro skater – RLR: #19 – McK: #46
ISS: #41 – TSN: #47 (Tomas Kaberle)
Josi does a lot of little things well. He has some offensive ability, good size (6-1/187) and has the ability to play well at both ends of the ice. He was a member of the Swiss U-20 team and captained their U-178 squad.
61. Los Angeles Kings – Brandon Burlon (D)
THN: #58 – CSS: #41 NA skater – RLR: #21 – McK: #59
ISS: #52 – TSN: #42 (Adrian Aucoin)
Burlon will be making the transition from Jr. A to the University of Michigan in the fall. He is offensive defenseman who, like many of the d-men in the second round, jump in and join the rush. He may be a QB on the power play at the NHL level because he has a good shot and handles the puck well. He needs to work on his defensive responsibilities and learn to pick his spots in the physical game because he is not that big physically (6-0/190).
Second Round Draft Pick Transactions
* Pick 31 (Tampa Bay to Florida): Florida traded Chris Gratton to Tampa Bay in exchange for the Lightning’s 2008 2nd round draft pick (June 13, 2007).
* Pick 33 (Atlanta to St. Louis): St. Louis traded Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta in exchange for Glen Metropolit, the Thrashers 2007 1st and 3rd round picks and their 2008 2nd round pick (February 25, 2007).
* Pick 35 (Phoenix): The NHL awarded a compensatory draft pick (#35) to the Coyotes because Blake Wheeler rejected a contract offer – thus becoming an unrestricted free agent (June 2008).
* Pick 38 (Toronto to Phoenix): Phoenix traded Yanic Perreault and their 2008 5th round draft pick to Toronto for the Maple Leafs 2008 2nd round draft pick (February 27, 2007).
* Pick 42 (Chicago to Ottawa): Ottawa traded Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski to Chicago in exchange for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and the Blackhawks 2008 2nd round draft pick (July 9, 2006).
* Pick 46 (Florida to Nashville): Nashville traded Tomas Vokoun to Florida for the Panthers 2007 2nd round draft pick, 2008 1st round draft pick and 2008 2nd round draft pick (June 2007).
* Pick 43 (Edmonton to Anaheim): Edmonton’s 2008 1st, 2nd and 3rd round draft picks are transferred to Anaheim for the Ducks decision not to match the Oilers offer sheet to restricted free agent Dustin Penner (August 2, 2007).
* Pick 48 (Calgary to Los Angeles); Los Angeles traded Craig Conroy to Calgary in exchange for Jamie Lundmark, the Kings 2007 4th round draft pick and their 2008 2nd round draft pick (January 29, 2007).
* Pick 49 (Ottawa to Phoenix): Phoenix traded Oleg Saprykin and the Coyotes 2007 7th round draft pick to Ottawa for the Senators 2008 2nd round draft pick (February 27, 2007).
* Pick 53 (Anaheim to NY Islanders): On July 3, 2006, Edmonton traded Chris Pronger to Anaheim in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and draft picks. The Oilers then traded the acquired Ducks 2nd round pick to the Islanders for Allan Rourke and the Islanders 2008 3rd round draft pick (July 5, 2007).
* Pick 57 (san Jose to Washington): San Jose’s 2008 2nd round draft pick goes to Washington due to a 2007 Draft day trade that sent a Capitals 2007 1st round draft pick to San Jose for the Sharks 2007 and 2008 2nd round draft picks.
* Pick 58 (Philadelphia to Washington): Philadelphia’s 2008 2nd round draft pick goes to Washington due to a 2007 Draft day trade that sent a Capitals 2007 2nd round draft pick to the Flyers for their 2007 3rd round draft pick and their 2008 2nd round draft pick.
* Pick 60 (Pittsburgh to Toronto): Toronto traded Hal Gill to Pittsburgh for the Penguins 2008 2nd round draft pick and 2009 5th round draft pick (February 26, 2008).
* Pick 61 (Detroit to Los Angeles): Los Angeles traded Brad Stuart to Detroit in exchange for the red wings 2008 2nd round draft pick and their 2009 4th round draft pick (February 26, 2008).