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26 - Vancouver Canucks: Brady Skjei, D (USNTDP, USHL)
The Canucks couldn't handle the Kings' size and strength, nor the Bruins in 2011. Skjei has impressed people with his size, at 6'2" and 203 pounds and his improvement this past season. He jumped to plus-five after a minus-14 campaign the year before. He will be heading to the University of Minnesota to learn his craft, but there's some great potential in him to develop into a solid defenseman for the Canucks down the road.
27 - Phoenix Coyotes: Colton Sissons, C (Kelowna, WHL)
While the Coyotes did make the Western Conference Final, they're still really short on talent. Mike Smith carried them there, but he won't be able to every year. With Sissons, the Coyotes get a two-way player who can play tough minutes. Sissons dropped to minus-14 this past season, after being a plus-15 in 2010-2011. Phoenix won't fill their holes in this one draft though, so Sissons would be a project for them.
28 - New York Rangers: Stefan Matteau, LW (USNTDP, USHL)
Do you know why the Rangers fell short in the Eastern Conference Final this year and couldn't repeat 1994? They didn't have Stéphane Matteau for overtime against New Jersey. Well to be better prepared, why not draft his son, Stefan Matteau? Alright back to seriousness, the Rangers are loaded on defense, so it's time to develop some more forwards.
29 - New Jersey Devils: Scott Laughton, C (Oshawa, OHL)
I have no idea why New Jersey elected to keep this year's pick over next year's or 2014. Odds are they'll pick higher in the next two years and this is a weaker draft class. They must see a player they really like this year, which may be goaltender Malcolm Subban. However, barring a trade up, I don't believe he will fall to No. 29. So Laughton will be the pick here. With the Devils looking at possibly losing Zach Parise in free agency, they may have to start re-tooling at forward.
30 - Los Angeles Kings: Ludvig Bystrom, D (Modo, Sweden).
The Stanley Cup champions will be the last team to pick come June 22, barring a trade out of the No. 30 spot. I think the Kings will go defense here and grab Bystrom, 6'0", 185 lbs to shore up the back end. The Cup champs cannot forget they had trouble scoring goals for most of the season and have to ensure it's not a long-term problem. In any case, that problem may not be solved with a No. 30 pick, so they'll just go with the best player available. Bystrom can give them some depth down the road.