TheCoach's 2005 Mock Draft

This draft seems like it is only about Sidney Crosby, but there are going to be other future stars picked in Ottawa on the 30th. Where do I think they will, or should end up? Check out my mock draft.1. Pittsburgh Penguins – Sidney Crosby – Well, this one is obvious. I don’t think I need to get into any explanations.

2. Anaheim Mighty Ducks – Jack Johnson – Recently hired Brian Burke started off his tenure with some luck; he got the #2 pick. Jack Johnson is an american defenseman who reminds scouts of a young Chris Chelios. He is the best blueliner the country has produced in quite a few years. Brian Burke already has a stable of young promising forwards featuring Ryan Getzlaf, Stanislav Chistov, Joffrey Lupul and Corey Perry, so I’d expect him to add a stud defenseman.

3. Carolina Hurricanes – Benoit Pouliot – This kid is widely regarded as the 2nd best forward in the draft. He is a late bloomer who is loaded with potential. His smooth skating style will help him blow by defenders and his puck control will help him elude anyone guarding the net. When he fills out his 6’3 180 pound frame he will be the total package. However, I would not be surprised to see the Canes trade this pick, and move into the 8th, 9th or 10th spot and draft Mark Staal, Eric’s younger brother.

4. Minnesota Wild – Bobby Ryan – This kid is going to be the prototypical NHL powerforward. He has good hands to go along with his 6’1 225 pound frame and sees the ice very well. The one question people have about him is his skating. It is not at the same level as someone’s like Pouliot, but nevertheless, Ryan should be a very good NHLer.

5. Montreal Canadiens – Gilbert Brule – Brule is a very versatile player. He can score, but he can also play a very physical game. In fact, he may have the best shot out of anyone in the draft. The only question about him is whether he will be able to hold up at the NHL level. He only comes in at 5’10 180 lbs, and his reckless style of play could lead to injuries. Even still, the positives outweigh the negatives. This kid reminds people of a more skilled version of Mike Peca. Gilbert Brule, he sounds like a Montreal Canadien.

6. Columbus Blue Jackets – Anze Kopitar – This Slovenian centerman has oodles of skill. He proved that he can play amongst men at the World Championships, and his big frame should help him endure the rigors of a long schedule. He is raw, and you’ll likely have to wait a year or two, but in terms of potential, he is one of the best. A future set up man for Nash and Zherdev? That’s be nice.

7. Chicago Blackhawks – Jack Skille – A good future powerforward. He has a big frame as he should end up at around 6’2 210 pounds, but he has the skillset to go with it. He has good wheels and a terrific shot. A good comparison would be Bill Guerin. He is a little ways away, but when all is said and done, he will be a solid player.

8. Atlanta Thrashers – Ryan O’Marra – This kid is a very well rounded player. He projects to be a solid offensive player, but his leadership qualities and maturity make him a good and safe pick.

9. Ottawa Senators – Alex Bourret – He’s been called a reckless bowling ball with skill by USA Today. Bourret is built like a truck at 5’10 and 210 pounds. He not only hits to hurt, although he does it clearly, but he scores. This kid has the speed and skills that Ottawa looks for, but his grit and physicality set him apart. He reminds people of Wendel Clark or Stan Smyl, and that is a good thing.

10. Vancouver Canucks – Mark Staal – Dave Nonis will be looking to move up, but Staal would be a solid pick at #10. He is the 2nd best defenseman in the draft and can play in every situation. While he’ll never light it up offensively, but will always be a steady and reliable guy who can play against the other teams top players.

11. LA Kings – Carey Price – Price is the top goalie in this year’s draft, and LA is thin at that position. While drafting netminders is a crapshoot, Price has the size, athleticism and fundamentals to be a top goalie in the NHL.

12. San Jose Sharks – Martin Hanzal – A 6’5 forward is always good to have. Hanzal is big and skilled. The Sharks need to add some scoring punch and Hanzal can do it. Although a bit of a wildcard, his upside is large enough that he warrants an early selection.

13. Buffalo Sabres – Luc Bourdon – Bourdon is a very good two way defenseman. He can hit hard and also chip in offensively. He has a good shot and sees the ice quite well. He proejcts to be a future top pairing defenseman. Buffalo has some offensive potential with Roy and Vanek, adding Bourdon to the back-end would be a wise decision.

14. Washington Capitals – Ryan Parent – The Capitals lack top defensive prospects, and Parent would be a welcome addition. He projects to be a top 4 defenseman with fantastic leadership abilities. Although he will never light it up offensively, he will be able to contain top forwards and be a fixture on the penalty kill. A good, safe pick.

15. NY Islanders – Guillaume Latendresse – This kid’s stock fell over the past year as he underwent off-season shoulder surgery before his junior campaign. However, he is a powerforward who uses his body and goes to the net hard. He has the potential to be a top line powerforward, although a more realistic expectation would be a second liner.

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Stay tuned, picks 15-30 will be out soon.