NHL Mock Entry Draft: Rounds 1-2
New York Islanders
1. Victor Hedman D Modo (Swe JE)
The Islanders haven't said who they'll select first overall but it seems like their leaning towards the big Swedish defenseman.The Islanders have some potential offensive threats up front with Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo, so the addition of Hedman could lift the Islanders out of the basement.
2. John Tavares C London (OHL)
If the Islanders select Hedman then I believe the Lightning would trade their pick away, but if they were to pick at this position they would take Tavares. They would have to take Tavares just because of his potential to become a franchise player but they may run into the same problem they did with their old triple threat if Stamkos, Tavares and Lecavalier are all still on the team in a few years. Also the financial condition in Tampa isn't exactly ideal.
3. Matt Duchene C Brampton (OHL)
The Avs will take Matt who could turn into the best player taken in the draft. With captain Joe Sakic set to retire in little while (maybe not this year but soon) the Avs need to put another high end center into their cupboards. Matt could turn into the reincarnation of Sakic in Colorado.
4. Evander Kane C Vancouver (WHL)
The Thrashers drafted a defenseman with their first pick last year (Zach Bogosian 3rd overall) so their likely to take a forward this year. The Thrasher will take Kane because of the looming possiblity that Ilya Kovalchuck will walk after next season. With Kane the Thrasher get a player they can fall back on if Kovalchuck leaves, and if Ilya decides to stay they have a lethal duo of a sniper and a power forward.
5. Brayden Schenn C Brandon (WHL)
With Kane out of the picture the Kings will change their pick from one power forward to another, which may just turn out to be a better choice. Schenn is a gritty player who can also score.The Kings are set on the back end with the emergence of young players like Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty as well, they have top D prospects in Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert, so look for them to stock pile on forwards.
6. Jared Cowen D Spokane (WHL)
The Coyotes have done a good job picking forwards in the draft the last few years. They've selected Mikkel Boedker, Peter Mueller, Kyle Turris and Viktor Tikhonov among others. So this year the Yotes will try to beef up their blueline by adding Cowen. Cowen stands a towering 6'5 and is 216lbs. Cowen could play for the Coyotes as soon as next year.
7. Nazem Kadri C London (OHL)
The Leafs are in talks to trade up in the draft but if they were to pick at this position they would likely take Kadri. Kadri's stock has raised after an impressive combine and the Leafs took notice. Kadri's a great pick up but if they do pick here they may need to pick up another 1st round pick to have the impact they wanted to have in this draft.
8. Dimitry Kulikov D Drummondville (QMJHL)
The Stars don't usually have such a high draft pick but due to a disappointing season they have the chance to get a great young player. The Stars will take Kulikov to essentially replace Sergi Zubov. Zubov who is 38, is going to retire in the next couple of years so the Stars will need someone who is solid defensively but can also run the powerplay. They get exactly this in Kulikov.
9. Oliver Ekman-Larsson D Leksand (Swe. II)
For the second straight year the Sens will select a Swedish defenseman with their first pick. The Senators are in need of defense and they will now have created a duo of young good defenseman in Ekman-Larsson and last years pick Erik Karlsson.
10. Ryan Ellis D Windsor (OHL)
After watching their playoff hopes slip away when their defense core got injured, the Oilers will try to refresh their supply with the compact Ryan Ellis. Despite his size Ryan proved this years that he is a superstar who knows how to win. Ellis won a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship plus an OHL and Memorial cup title. Also new Oilers coach Pat Quinn coached Team Canada at the WJC and relied heavily on Ellis for the powerplay.
11. Magnus Paajarvi Svensson LW Timra (Swe JE)
Paajarvi may not drop this far, but would due to to the fact the last three teams needed defense he may fall. The Oilers may select him to play with Ales Hemsky but it's not likely. The Predators however would be more than happy to make Magnus their first pick. The Preds have plenty of defenseman and will look to upgrade their attack.
12. Jordan Schroeder RW University of Minnesota (NCAA)
The Wild are frightened of the thought of life without Marian Gaborik but it may just happen. So with that in mind they will pick Schroeder to help bring offense to a team known for their defense. With the rest of their picks the Wild will select more offensively minded players.
13. Scott Glennie C Brandon (WHL)
The Sabres have depth in virtually every position, but with their last three first round picks being defensemen watch for them to pick the best forward available. Scott gives them a top end offensive prospect who is a pure scorer. They have very good forwards and they will only get better with Glennie's arrival.
14. David Rundblad D Skelleftea (Swe JE)
With Jay Bouwmeester set to leave the Panthers, Florida will try and replace him with the big Swede who can quarterback their powerplay. David has the size to step into the NHL. The Panthers will try to pick up some more defenseman and a forward or two this year.
15. Zack Kassian RW Peterborough (OHL)
The Ducks gave up a valuable forward in Chris Kunitz when they traded him Pittsburgh. At 6'3 Zack could shape up to be a dominating power forward in the NHL. The Ducks have a history of picking punishing forwards and will undoubtedly make Kassian one of many forwards picked in this draft.
16. John Moore D Chicago (USHL)
The Blue Jackets have stockpiled an impressive amount of offensive forwards, but now are looking to upgrade their defense core. Moore is a good size at 6'2 but needs to fill out a bit more. Moore has the potential to turn into a powerplay quarterback. The Jackets should be focusing on mainly d-men with the amount of forwards they have and the emergence of Steve Mason in goal.
17. Jacob Josefson C Djurgarden (Swe JE)
The Blues are solid at all positions but could also improve at every position. With their forwards starting to grow older it's the perfect opportunity to add a young speedster to their line-up.
18. Simon Despres D Saint John (QMJHL)
The Canadians have a good core of young forwards so don't expect them to pick a forward with their first pick. Instead their likely to pick a defenseman. The best still around should be Despres.The 6' 3 d-man could replace Mike Komisarek if he decides to leave the Habs.
New York Rangers
19. Peter Holland C Guelph (OHL)
The Rangers have a built a solid defense through the last few drafts so look for them to try and restore their offense. Peter Holland is as good of a prospect as you would expect from a 19th pick. He possess some good skill but lacks some work ethic. With the Rangers strapped for money Peter could have a chance to make the team next season but will most likely return to the OHL for another year of seasoning.
20. Carter Ashton LW Lethbridge (WHL)
The Flames have some forward prospect but most look like they'll peak as third or fourth line players, they are also set on the back end so they'll likely try to pick up a scoring forward with top six potential. Ashton does have the potential to one day become a top six forward but will need some more development first.
21. Olivier Roy G Cape Breton (QMJHL)
The Flyers did sign goalie Ray Emery but he isn't the long term answer. For years Philly has needed a goaltender, Olivier may just be the answer. He has the potential to become a starting goalie in the NHL. He possess a great butterfly style. Scouts also like him for his consistency.
22. Drew Shore C U18 (USDP)
The Canucks prospect situation is just plain bad. They have basically no potential players besides Cody Hodgson, Michael Grabner and even Patrick White who is drawing questions on his abilities. The Canucks will try to find the best prospect available at any position. Drew Shore offers them a potentially good player but they must be willing to but in the development time to allow him to blossom into the best player possible.
23. Jeremy Morin C U18 (USDP)
The Devils have become old. Plain and simple, most their forwards are going to be done their careers in the next couple of years. The Devils get a goal scorer who can replace John Madden or Bobby Holik or Brendan Shanahan in Morin. He could be NHL ready in a couple of years and looks to have the potential to become a prolific goal scorer. A prolific scorer at pick 23 shows the amazing depth in this years draft class
24. Calvin de Haan D Oshawa (OHL)
The Capitals are undoubtedly a powerful team but for them to jump to the next level they need to improve on the backend. They already have prospect Karl Alzner at the NHL level of play. So they should add another defenseman, likely de Haan. Calvin is an all around good defenseman and helped keep the Generals afloat after the departures of both John Tavares and Mike Del Zotto.
25. Stefan Elliott D Saskatoon (WHL)
The Bruins have one of the best teams in hockey. Their weakest point however is probably their defense, and it's actually pretty good. The Bruins don't have many young defensemen though so look for them to pick up Elliott to keep the back end youthful.
New York Islanders
*26. Landon Ferraro RW Red Deer (WHL)
The Islanders take a defenseman with their first pick so they'll likely take a forward with their second. The son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro, Landon looks to have the potential to one day be a decent contributor in the NHL.
27. Louis Leblanc C Omaha (USHL)
The Canes may be a few players away from being a force in the NHL. Louis Leblanc possess a good skill set but he dropped to 27th because teams who wanted a more immediate impact couldn't wait on him to attend college at Harvard. He should be ready in a few years and will help contribute to the Canes' success.
28. Chris Kreider LW Andover Academy (HS)
The Blackhawks are a powerful young team and drafting Kreider will only add to that. Chris is a absolutley amazing skater, some question his offensive skills because of the lack of competition he gets at the high school level. Chicago would likely ask him to play in the QMJHL or the USHL.
29. Carl Klingberg LW V.Frolunda (Swe)
The Red Wings will return to their Swedish well and pluck yet another steal out of it. Klingberg love's playing a physical game and has the ability to contribute a bit to the offense.
30. Jordan Caron C Rimouski (QMJHL)
Caron is a big bodied player who looks to have the ability to become a good power forward. The Penguins have two of the best centers in the game, so if Caron evolves into a third line center he will have served his purpose.
* New York Islanders receive Ottawa's (originally San Jose's) 2009 1st Round Pick and Dean McAmmond from the Senators for C Mike Comrie and D Chris Campoli. Ottawa receives Tampa's 2009 1st Round pick (from San Jose), along with Filip Kuba, and Alexander Picard from Tampa Bay for Andrej Meszaros. Tampa Bay receives San Jose's 2009 1st Round pick, Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, and a 2010 4th Round pick from San Jose for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.
New York Islanders
31. Edward Pasquale G Saginaw (OHL)
32. Dylan Olsen D Camrose (Jr.A)
33.Kyle Palmieri C U18 (USDP)
34. Dmitri Orlov D Novokuznetsk (Rus)
35. Ethan Werek C Kingston (OHL)
36. Richard Panik C Trinec (Cze)
New York Islanders
37. (via Tor) Tim Erixon D Skelleftea (Swe)
38. Joonas Nattinen Espoo (Fin)
39. Ryan O'Reilly C Erie (OHL)
40. Zach Budish C Edina High (High School)
41. Toni Rajala LW IIves (Fin)
*42. (via Min) Thomas Tatar C HK Zvolen (Svk)
*43. (via Buf) Josh Birkholz RW Fargo (USHL)
44. Cody Eakin C Swift Current (WHL)
*45. (via Ana) Anton Lander LW Timra (Swe)
*46. (via Columbus) Matt Clark D Brampton (OHL)
New York Rangers
47. Marcus Johansson C Farjestad (Swe)
48. Charles-Olivier Roussel D Shawinigan (QMJHL)
49. Matthew Hackett G Plymouth (OHL)
*50. (via NYR) Brayden McNabb Kootenay D (WHL)
*51. (via Cal, via LA) Seth Helgeson D Sioux City (USHL)
*52. (via Phi) Eric Gelinas D Lewiston (QMJHL)
53. Gabriel Lemieux D Shawinigan (QMJHL)
54. Alex Chiasson RW Des Moines (USHL)
55. Mac Bennett D Hotchkiss H.S. (High School)
New York Islanders
*56. (via Bos) Alex Hutchings C Barrie (OHL)
57. Jesse Blacker D Windsor (OHL)
*58. (via Buf, via Car) Kenny Ryan RW U18 (USDP)
59. Tyson Barrie D Kelowna (WHL)
60. Taylor Beck LW Guelph (OHL)
61. William Wrenn D U18 (USDP)
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