2010 NHL Mock Draft 1-15

With the Combine finishing and the order for the draft now all but determined here is what I think will happen on June 25th. I will include trades in this as well. There will undoubtedly be more trades than the ones I list, but I’m just going to put in ones that seem logical.


1 – Edmonton – F Taylor Hall
Hall’s name and starpower will be too much to pass up for the first pick. Despite the fact that people say they don’t have any good center prospects youcan’t count out the fact that they have some good young centers already in Edmonton.

2 – Boston – F Tyler Seguin
No real explanation needed. The Bruins take the “leftovers”.

3 – Carolina (from Florida) – D Erik Gudbranson
The Panthers have some good defense prospects and anything other than taking one of the three highest rated defensemen. Sure they could use a stud defenseman but I think they’ll trade down to acquire more assets. As for the Hurricanes, they’ve never really had a big-time defenseman and I think they would probably opt for the more defensively sound Gudbranson as they already have a guy like McBain to be their more offensive defenseman of the future.

4 – Columbus – D Cam Fowler
Pretty tough not to snatch up Fowler at this spot. This is a case of taking the best available player.

5 – New York Islanders – D Brandon Gormley
They do have some solid defense prospects but it’s hard to justify not taking Gormley over anyone else available.

6 – Tampa Bay – F Nino Niederriter
They would also probably be looking for a defenseman to fall to them at 6, but if that doesn’t happen I think Nino would be a fine pick, especially if they end up trading their top RW St. Louis.

7 – Florida (from Carolina) – F Brett Connolly
Maybe a bit of a risk given his injury-plagued season but I think the Panthers would be willing to take a chance on a guy that may be the third most talented in the draft because of the picks they would have ac*****ulated from the trade and decreased expectations.

8 – Atlanta Thrashers – F Ryan Johansen
If you look at the Thrashers roster they are pretty well set everywhere outside of center. I think Johansen would be there guy at 8.

9 – Minnesota – D Derek Forbort
The Wild have shown that they love to take home-grown products and I expect this year to be no different.

10 – New York Rangers – F Vladimir Tarasenko
A talented player that could fall due to questions about his willingness to play in the NHL. The Rangers have shown they don’t mind taking this type of player.

11 – Dallas – D Mark Pysyk
Kind of a no-brainer if you look at their need for defense.

12 – Anaheim – F Emerson Etem
With no surefire defense prospects remaining I think the Ducks add to their grop of forwards with a do-it-all guy like Etem.

13 – Phoenix – F Mikael Granlund
Probably the best player available, the Coyotes could use his dynamic skills.

14 – St. Louis – G Jack Campbell
The only place they’re really lacking is in net and although it’s quite possible they trade down, I think they’ll end up taking the clear number one goaltender in this draft.

15 – Washington (from Boston) – F Kirill Kabanov
There’s alot surrounding this pick. With probably no big defense prospects on the board the Bruins may be tempted to move down in the first round and pick up other pieces as part of this deal.
From there I think the Capitals take the chance on Kabanov. Yes they’re loaded on offense but it looks like another Russian winger could be on his way out soon enough and Kabanov would be a good replacement. And if any team could entice Kabanov to play in the NHL wouldn’t it be the Capitals?


26 Responses to 2010 NHL Mock Draft 1-15

  1. pezzz123 says:

    Jeff Skinner. Where is he. Any bright GM would draft this guy top 10 for sure.

  2. reinjosh says:

    I doubt Minnesota takes Forbort. They have serious need for offense in their system and I can't see them passing up a guy like Granlund or Etem or even Tarasenko. Having *****a and Scandella as the top prospects makes getting Forbort irrelevant.

    I also can't see Kabanov going that high or even in the first. Yeah, he probably helped his standing alot by holding his press conference but in the end he simple quit one team in the middle of a playoff run and got kicked off another. Just the fact that he has the ability to just up and leave a team should be enough for teams to hold off on him for a good round or two.

  3. JannettyTheRocker says:

    It's the "YEAR OF THE OILERS"……

    Taylor Hall!!!! Woooooooo!!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!! GO OILERS GO!!!

  4. lafleur10 says:

    he will be a very exciting player for you and the oilers! congratulations on getting him ,i think hall and eberle will the oilers version of kane and toews!

  5. 93killer93 says:

    He's actually ranked 34th so he could be a real steal for a team like chicago.

  6. Magleaves says:

    on the updated (may 26) draft im looking at skinner is 9th

  7. 93killer93 says:

    1-Boston (from Edmonton)- Hall
    2-Edmonton (from Toronto via Boston)-Seguin
    3-Florida- Fowler
    4-Toronto(From Columbus)-Gudbranson
    5-NY Islanders-Gormley
    6 -Tampa Bay –  Nino Niederriter
    7 -Carolina –  Brett Connolly
    8 – Atlanta Thrashers -Ryan Johansen
    9 – Minnesota -Etem
    10 – New York Rangers-Burmistrov
    11 – Dallas – Mark Pysyk
    12 – Anaheim -Forbort
    13 – Phoenix – F Mikael Granlund
    14 – St. Louis – G Jack Campbell
    15 – Edmonton(from Boston) -Bjustad

  8. hockeylegend488 says:

    halls a better player which the oil will take, knowing boston has no use for a center and since they can make a center work is why the hush hush. but it wouldnt come easy, and it would take more then the  extra first round pick see this working

    to bruins : first pick, souray
    to oilers: ryder second pick, 15 pick and the leafs in 2011 ( which will be a top 3 again ide assume and probably a second.

    why this works the bruins get rid of ryder who makes almost what souray does , but its hard to say as they know the leafs pick may be even better then it was this year

  9. leafmeister says:

    Both Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin are probably praying to everything that is holy that they go 2nd overall. 1st overall is a nice distinction, but is it really worth it if you have to play/live in Edmonton?

    I feel bad for the poor bastard who goes 1st overall.

  10. oilersfan1984 says:

    were not counting chickens before they hatch but the oilers are starting to see the light in the upcoming years ..pavarri, eberle hall, we have a new owner, new arena coming ….

  11. oilersfan1984 says:

    even as an oilers fan there is no way boston would make that move

  12. wingsnation21 says:

    As a Wings fan I am praying that Dylan Mcilrath falls to detroit at 21

  13. Boston_Bruins says:

    Thought about him but I think he could slide a bit. Probably no further than around 20 though. Size could be an issue.

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah I just thought of the Minnesota connection and the fact that Forbort is a projected top 10 talent. You could be right though.

    As for Kabanov he has to play in North America now. He's been disowned by Russia. In the right situation surrounded by Russians in North America like Washington I think he could thrive. I think he's most likely to go to Washington or the New York Rangers. I don't really see it as much of a risk for Washington to draft him. As for trading up I think we might see something similar to Tebow in the NFL draft. There will be so much tension around the league about drafting a guy with so many good things about him (albeit with major questions surrounding them) that someone will jump the gun to try to grab him.

  15. futurebruin says:

    1 – Edmonton – Taylor Hall F, Windsor
    2. – Boston (via Toronto) – Tyler Seguin F, Plymouth
    3. – Florida – Cam Fowler D, Windsor
    4. – Columbus – Eric Gudbranson D, Kingston
    5. – Tampa Bay (via New York) – Brandon Gormley D, Moncton
    6. – New York Islanders (via Tampa Bay) – Nino Niederreiter F, Portland
    7. – Carolina – Derek Forbort D, USA U-18 NTDP
    8. – New York Rangers (via Atlanta) – Brett Connolly F, Prince George
    9. – Minnesota – Ryan Johansen F, Portland
    10. – Atlanta (via New York) – Mikael Granlund F, HIFK
    11. – Dallas – Mark Pysyk D, Edmonton (WHL)
    12. – Anaheim – Vladmir Tarasenko F, Sibir
    13. – Phoenix (via Calgary) – Austin Watson F, Peterborough
    14. – St. Louis – Jack Campbell G, USA U-18 NTDP
    15. – Boston – Jon Merrill D, USA U-18 NTDP
    16. – Ottawa – Dylan McIlrath D, Moose Jaw
    17. – Colorado – Alex Burmistrov F, Barrie
    18. – Nashville – Nick Bjugstad F, Blain (HS)
    19. – Los Angeles – Emerson Etem F, Medicine Hat
    20. – Pittsburgh – Quinton Howden F,  Moose Jaw
    21. – Detroit – Jarred Tinordi D, USA U-18 NTDP
    22. – Phoenix – Tyler Pitlick F, Minnesota State
    23. – Buffalo – Tyler Toffoli F, Ottawa (OHL)
    24. – Atlanta (via New Jersey) – Calvin Pickard G, Seattle
    25. – Vancouver – Riley Sheahan F, Notre Dame
    26. – Washington – Jaden Schwartz F, Tri City (USHL)
    27. – Montreal – Stanislav Galiev F, Saint John (QMJHL)
    28. – San Jose – Brock Nelson F, Warroad (HS)
    29. – Anaheim (via Philadelphia) – Maxim Kitsyn F, Magnitogorsk (KHL)
    30. – Chicago – John MacFarland F, Sudbury (OHL)

  16. Boston_Bruins says:

    I think it would be too early to draft Merrill at 15 and would rather the Bruins trade down. I'm really hoping Pysyk falls to 15 but I think taht's highly unlikely with Dallas there.

    I also find it very tough to place where the forward group of Tarasenko, Granlund, Burmistrov, Skinner, Watson, Etem, and Bjugstad. Pretty wide open.

  17. reinjosh says:

    Well I really think its either going to be someone jumps the gun at like 15 or 16, or he drops all the way to the third round because teams are scared. GM's can all act the same sometimes. It will be an interesting storyline for sure.

  18. reinjosh says:

    I liked the article though. It was well done.

  19. reinjosh says:

    Hopefully you can foster a good environment to attract free agents before Eberle, Hall/Seguin, MSP come to term. It could be vital to the teams health.

  20. reinjosh says:

    I think Burke might target him. He is the epitome of a Burkian defenseman. McIlrath is going to be a tough nosed, hard shooting defenseman. Although he might not even go that high. I've seen his ranking all over the place from like 20th to like 94th.

  21. futurebruin says:

    Well, Merrill isn't the top D-man in the draft, but 15 wouldn't be a bad spot to take him.  Pittsburgh will probably take a winger, so they can groom them to be a winger for Crosby or Malkin.

  22. TmLeafan says:

    Wasnt Riley Sheehan ranked really high?  25 seems low or maybe its just me.

  23. futurebruin says:

    There was a point in time that Sheahan was projected to go at about the 12-16 range, but he's slipped since then.  I don't know much about him, though, so I can't tell why he may have slipped.

  24. hockeyhead says:

    bruins should pick ross at some point in the draft.

  25. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah maybe, it's a pretty wide open draft I guess.

    You heard the rumour that Chiarelli wants to package some of his picks to get to around the 5th pick to take Fowler or Gormley? I've heard the 15th, 32nd and 45th are all in play. I'd love to throw Wheeler in and not give up so many picks personally. I've heard the Bruins are high on Gormley and with Fowler likely being tougher to get it would be pretty sweet to land him (and maybe more realistic too).

  26. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah that's definitely possible. He's one of the biggest wildcards I've seen in a draft. And thanks.

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