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.


25 Responses to TheCoach's 2005 Mock Draft

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

    That is how I have the top 5 going myself, except look for the Flyer’s to atleast try to grab the 2, 3, or 4 pick to get Ryan.

  2. harry1616 says:

    hey i think thas pretty good but i expect Ottawa to select goaltender Carey Price and the canucks to take Latendresse cuz he is a big PF type that would fit in great with the twins down the road. LA will take Levasseur if Price is taken which i believe he will be. I think minny will pass on ryan and take brule to centre gaborik or Kopitar.

    I think then the Habs will take Ryan for his size and colubus will take brule.

  3. UWSensFan says:

    Agreed with Ottawa taking Price…they’ll need some goaltending when Hasek retires again (the third time methinks). Besides that, I can’t really say I’ve followed prospects enough to make intelligent comments besides agreeing with Crosby going #1 😛

  4. NemiNA says:

    From what I understand, Ottawa is looking to draft Price. I think either Toronto, Dallas, and Philadelphia will trade up.

  5. Scruffy05 says:

    The word in Vancouver is that Dave Nonis is looking to trade up in the draft, at least high enough to get the hometown hero Gilbert Brule. To do this he would have to draft top 5, and I see him looking at Carolina’s pick.

    The Canes management isn’t stupid and won’t do a 1 for 1 trade as they can just draft Staal third if they wanted him bad enough (dumb move, but technically they could…) Meaning that it would take the canucks tenth pick plus something for the Canes. Seeing as how the disparity in the draft isn’t huge after the first pick and the Canes are looking at Staal’s brother than we could see this happenign for not very much,, maybe one player… but who?

    The Hurricanes, to the best of my knowledge, have no real propects on the blueline. All of there prospects are right up front with Staal and Cole and Ladd. Now, technically if they get the younger Staal then they have a future for the Defensive line, but could always use more. I believe if we sent Joe DiPenta and nmaybe a little extra would secure it.

    If that is not acceptable, we could send along one of our draft picks from this year, maybe a third round pick as well.

    Either way, I don’t believe it would take to terribly much. The the Canucks would go after Brule.

  6. CBA says:

    Very good mock draft, Coach. I was working on myself but yours seems a lot better than mine. 🙂

    And about Ottawa selecting Price…the Sens are deep at the goaltending positiion even without their current NHLers.

    1) Ray Emery

    2) Billy Thompson

    3) Kelly Guard

    4) Jeff Glass

    And who can forget about our Making The Cut man, Michael Mole?

  7. TheCoach says:

    I don’t think Ottawa will select Price. Yes, Muckler said that they really like him and it’ll be a tough decision to decide whether they draft a goaler (as he calls them), but he did the same thing in Buffalo. He held a draft related PC and said that the player they were looking at was Josh Holden, and if he was still on the board, they would take him. Well, draft day came along, Holden was still on the board, and Mucks took Erik Rasmussen.

    This could be an attempt to try and make a team, like LA, who needs a goalie, trade up into the top 10 and cause another skater to drop.

    I also think that the Canucks covet Jack Skille, and will try to trade up to get him. However, if they can get into the top 5, they’d probably take hometown hero Gilbert Brule. This is where I see a possible deal with Carolina happening. Carolina would drop down to 10 and select Marc Staal, as well as get other picks or prospects in return. Vancouver would move into spot #3, and have quite the choice.

    It should also be noted that Pierre McGuire surveyed 10 teams, and none of them had Brule in their top 4.

  8. wheresthesoda says:

    what are the chances of the rangers trading up to a top 8?

  9. TheCoach says:

    Agreed. 3 is far too early for Staal, and they could most likely get him at 10.

    Nonis has expressed interest in moving down, and the Canes would make a nice trading partner.

  10. ranger_fan says:

    I have looked into it, and will be included in my preview, which I hope to have posted tomorrow.

    I did have a thought of a 3 way trade, where NY would get Carolinas, Carolina got Atlanta, and Atlanta ended up at 16th. However, its unlikely. The Rangers have 3 2nd round picks, and some prospects they could move.

  11. Scruffy05 says:

    Who the Canucks select depends heavily on the status of Todd Bertuzzi. While it is unconfirmed it looks like Bertuzzi is coming back and, against all speculation, does not want a trade (according to reports from his agent and Dave Nonis… apparently the whole ‘Bertuzzi wants a trade’ was based off an educated guess and not actual fact.) Also the possible 10 or 20 games on his suspension is apparently idle speculation that got out of hand.

    If Bertuzzi is reinstated and does not want a trade, and of course the Canucks trade up with Carolina, I see them taking the sparkplug Gilbert Brule. Micheal Peca was only on the team for about a year but Canucks loved him and Brule is billed as a Peca with more skills and better hands. Then of course we traded him for Mogilny and at first we were like “Woohoo! Almo!” but then he REALLY didn’t fit in on our team and we were like “We traded Peca for this!?!?” When Peca became a star I hope the Vancouver Brass kicked themselves. Thankfully we got out of that nasty salary arbitration with him.

    If for some reason we lose Bertuzzi, we would then be lacking on size. Not out of size, but we could use a big body power forward. I don’t believe Skille though, and if we do trade up we wouldn’t be picking Skille. Skille is good, he’s top 10 but not top 5. If we require a future Bertuzzi replacement, sorry Flyers fans, we would take Bobby Ryan.

    Nothing to knock Ryan, I would rather have Brule. He’s already known to the town AND he plays Canucks hockey. Here’s hoping the Bertuzzi situation is resolved and he gets to come back with little to no detrimental effects.

  12. Maximus says:

    Question: Do you think Pittsburgh benefits from losing last years lottery losing Ovechkin but getting Malkin and winning the lottery for Crosby? Would this be the same or better if they won Ovechkin but still had a top five pick this year(not the first pick)?

  13. CBA says:

    Had the Pens had the top last year, then they would have lost one ball in this lottery, thus lowering their chances to take Crosby. I think the Pens did benefit from losing last year’s lottery – besdes, they got another star prospect anyway.

  14. Lint07 says:

    As a PR perspective, just for the fact that Crosby is more recognized and known than Ovechkin in North America makes them better off with this year’s 1st pick.

    As an on-ice perspective I’d prefer build around a player like Crosby than a player like Ovechkin (just for the attitude and the fact that Crosby is more mature and a class act) but Pittsburgh would’ve been better off with Jack Johnson than Evgeny Malkin so that makes it pretty much a draw, but still I’d give a little edge to the Crosby/Malkin combo.

  15. Lint07 says:

    I hope the Habs can get their hands on Gilbert Brulé, he’s the type of character player I want on my team.

    Hopefully the B’Jacks will be able to draft Kopitar.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hurricanes trade their 3rd pick (to the Flyers possibly) and then draft Eric Staal’s brother Marc later on.

  16. TheCoach says:

    Staal will be taken at the top 20. No chance he is around at 20. They’d have to trade with Ottawa or Vancouver to have a chance. Preferably Ottawa, because there is a distinct possibility that the Sens take him at 9.

  17. TheCoach says:

    I mean before the top 20.

  18. Tweek says:

    The sens got lots of goaltending prospects but do any of them really stand out? Emery is struggling, Thompson wont amount to much and Guard is a Michelin man in that equipment, the only one I can somewhat see amounting to something is Glass and even then I dont see his style of goaltending surviving at a higher level, I think that if the Sens wanna sure up the tending then Price would be a smart move.

  19. Aetherial says:

    Thanks for this article Coach; interesting.

  20. Timaa says:

    I’d love for the Flyers to be able to swing a deal to get up and get Bobby Ryan. He’s got Flyer written all over him. But, to who, and for what? This is just me throwing this out there, and I’d like to hear other suggestions, but how about Patrick Sharp, Randy Jones, and the Flyers #20 for Carolina’s #3? I know we’ve had past good experiences with trading with Carolina, and I could see that as a possibility. Hell, I’d even throw in another one of the Flyers’ picks, maybe #40, or later.

  21. Timaa says:

    Along the same lines of “What if…?”, would you rather have Carter and Richards, or Crosby? I’m a Flyers fan, and I personally can’t wait to see the renewed rivalry between the Flyers and Pens, and watching these 3 guys develop in this league together, and rival each other will be great to see. Of course, I wanted Crosby to be a Flyer, but I’m excited for this rivalry.

  22. TheCoach says:

    Definately Crosby.

  23. Montrealsdogg says:

    i’d rather have the Habs pick up Pouliot from my hometown Wolves, the kid was a hot item all over town and i would love to see him blossom alongside Ryder and Ribeiro.

  24. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i could almost guarantee that ottawa would take carey price if he was still available by the time ottawa was up. their goaltending right now: hasek, prusek, emery

    hasek is 40, and prusek and emery have been shaky lately, to say the least

    just an opinion

  25. Tweek says:

    I agree with you all the way dude.

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