The First round of the 2010 NHL entry draft has a lot of depth. There will be talented players near the bottom end of the first and into the second rounds. The following article outlines my choices compiled from numerous scouting rankings and reports. This is a list from 30-21 of who I think will get drafted, where, and when.
30. Washington Capitals: Jarred Tinordi (D)
Current team: USA U-18 NTDP
Stats: 21GP, 3G, 5A, 8P
Jarred Tinordi is what the Washington Capitals need. He is a strict defensive defenseman. He rarely finds himself out of position; he’s a solid skater and a punishing hitter. The Caps really lack that bruising guy on the blue line, so Tinordi would be a perfect fit.
29. San Jose Sharks: Ryan Spooner (C)
Current Team: Peterborough Petes
Stats: 47GP, 19G, 35A, 54P
Ryan Spooner, as voted upon by analysts inside the CHL, was named the best puck prodigy (stick handler/dangler), and top offensive weapon in the Eastern conference of the OHL.
Spooner fell to a broken collarbone several weeks back, and his team hasn't been the same. Since his injury, the Peterborough Petes have gone 3-15 in their last 18, and have fallen from second to sixth and are barely holding on to a playoff spot. Spooner’s size is an issue, but a team that can afford to take risks may receive a huge reward.
28. Chicago Blackhawks: Calvin Pickard (G)
Current Team: Seattle Thunderbirds
Stats: 58GP, 14W, 32L, 12OTL 3.06GAA, .912S%
Calvin is the younger brother of former world junior Chet Pickard. The young goalie plays for one of the youngest teams in the CHL and has performed admirably despite having over triple the amount of losses as he has wins.
Calvin has good lateral movement, gives up few rebounds, and rarely finds himself out of position. Chicago needs solid goaltending prospects, so Calvin would be an excellent base.
27. Pittsburgh Penguins: Jon Merrill (D )
Current Team: USA U-18 NTDP
Stats: 18GP, 1G, 6A, 7P
Merrill is along the lines of what the Penguins need. The young defenseman has some offensive upside as he is a solid setup man, but he can also hit. Merrill is a very physical presence on the back end, and will never shy away from a hit.
26. Phoenix Coyotes: Tyler Toffoli (RW)
Current Team: Ottawa 67’s
Stats: 62GP, 37G 38A, 75P
Toffoli started the year off rather poorly as did the rest of the 67’s, but the team has battled back, and this is largely thanks to him.
The young forward has shown flashes of brilliance. A solid puck handler and quick thinker Toffoli has an arsenal of tricks he can lay upon defenders. He has asserted himself as more of a goal scorer this year, and has plenty of room to grow, and a lot of potential.
25. Vancouver Canucks: Ivan Telegin (RW)
Current Team: Saginaw Spirit
Stats: 48GP, 22G, 17A, 39P
Telegin is currently enrolled in his first season playing North American hockey, and he has certainly excelled. The Russian native has good hockey sense; he is hard to knock off the puck, he goes to the net, and he wins a lot of battles. His stats are not overly impressive, but will improve over time.
24. Los Angeles Kings: Stanislav Galiev (RW)
Current Team: Saint John Sea Dogs
Stats: 64GP, 15G, 45A, 60P
Galiev is a flashy forward. The young Russian has made the jump from the USHL to the QMJHL seamlessly, and has provided solid offence to one of the country’s best teams.
Galiev is not afraid to get in front of the net, has good sense, and is a sharp passer. The Kings have a ton of solid young players and prospects, so Galiev will have the time to develop more in Saint John.
23. Colorado Avalanche: Kevin Hayes (RW)
Current Team: Nobles HS
Hayes is the prototypical power forward. Hayes is a solid skater; he gets in the lanes, and is not easily bumped off the puck. With room to grow, and a commitment in place with Boston College you can only expect that Hayes will improve upon his game.
22. Atlanta Thrashers: Brock Nelson (C)
Current Team: Warroad HS
Brock is another emerging star from the high school ranks. At 6'2", 205 he is fairly large for his age, and can use his frame to his advantage. Nelson is a solid skater and posses a quick shot.
Not much material is out on Nelson, but scouts have him positioned favourably in the upcoming draft.
21. Buffalo Sabres: John McFarland (C)
Current Team: Sudbury Wolves
Stats: 61GP, 20G, 30A, 50P
At the beginning of the year, John would have been expected to go top 10 in this year’s draft, however, his rank has slipped, and will likely slip some more come draft time.
McFarland has exceptional speed, and has a quick NHL caliber shot. McFarland had very high expectations placed upon him coming into the “O”, and he has not delivered.
John has all the tools, but needs better hockey sense. John will likely be the player that falls down the draft charts, but if he can bring all his skills together, he could be a very lethal player for whoever drafts him.
Two more articles will be written outlining my picks for 20-1. After that I will write updates leading up to the draft regarding player movement up and down the draft, and team movement.