NHL Mock Draft: Ranking the Past and Present NHL WAGs
With the NHL Draft coming up I decided to have a mock draft... with hockey WAGs.
Everyone in this slideshow has been romantically linked to an NHL player at some time in their lives.
The actual NHL Draft will take place June 25-26 on Versus, TSN, and the NHL Network.
30) Chicago Blackhawks: Izabella Scorupco
This year's Stanley Cup winners are picking last in the draft. They use their pick on Polish supermodel Izabella Scorupco.
Known to many moviegoers and Nintendo 64 enthusiasts as Natalya Simonova in the James Bond film GoldenEye, Scorupco was married to retired Polish hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski for two years before tying the knot with her current husband in 2003.
29) Anaheim Ducks: Josephine Johansson
Receiving the 29th overall pick from the runner-up Flyers is the Anaheim Ducks. They will choose the recently-wed Josephine Johansson.
As a 25-year-old, Johansson settled down with Mats Sundin, who was 37-years-old at the time.
The marriage brought increased attention to Sundin, who was entering free agency in 2008 after spending 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sundin would play 41 games with the Canucks in 2009 before retiring as the only Swedish player to record 500 goals.
28) San Jose Sharks: Hilary Duff
Certainly the San Jose Sharks, who year after year dominate the regular season but have never made the Stanley Cup Finals, would like the last pick for the first time in franchise history.
But they will have to settle for the 28th. Acquiring Hilary Duff with the third to last pick is certainly a steal.
Although it seems strange to call her an adult, Duff is 22 and it is okay to think she's hot. The Texas-native has recently announced she is engaged to inconsistent forward Mike Comrie.
27) Montreal Canadiens: Terri Welles
The overachieving Montreal Canadiens choose the timeless Terri Welles with the 27th overall pick.
Named Playmate of the Year in 1981 while working for United Airlines, the California native was married to longtime Los Angeles King Charlie Simmer for five years from 1981 to 1986.
Simmer spent the majority of his career in California. The California Seals (who occupied the same market as today's Sharks) drafted him, he played with the Kings for eight years, and he finished his career with the minor league San Diego Gulls.
26) Washington Capitals: Paris Hilton
Like the San Jose Sharks last year, the heavily-favored Washington Capitals lost to the Canadiens in the first round as a No. 1 seed, meriting them the 26th overall pick.
They use their pick on Paris Hilton.
The great-granddaughter of Hilton Hotel-founder Conrad Hilton, Paris is probably better know for her 2003 sex tape and 2007 jail sentence than her fling with longtime Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore.
Dumped in 2006, the current Capitals goaltender has not been the same since leaving the Canadiens a year after the NHL Lockout. Perhaps the Capitals should blame Paris for his inconsistent production.
25) Vancouver Canucks: Kellie Pickler
Like the Sharks the Canucks have been competitive recently but have yet to win a Stanley Cup since entering the league in 1970.
After being eliminated by the Blackhawks in the second round, the Canucks were awarded the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.
They choose singer Kellie Pickler.
The North Carolina-born country signer gained fame as a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol. Often associated with Nashville Predators enthusiast Taylor Swift and hockey WAG Carrie Underwood, Pickler was briefly linked to lifetime Predator Jordin Tootoo in 2007.
23) Buffalo Sabres: Janet Jones
One of the three top-seeded Eastern Conference teams to fall, the small-market Sabres will use the 23rd overall selection to draft actress/dancer Janet Jones.
Like fellow timeless beauty Terri Welles, the Missouri-native married a former Los Angeles King (and St. Louis Blue), but her husband was much more high-profile.
Jones tied the knot with the legendary Wayne Gretzky in 1988—the year after Gretzky was traded from the Oilers to the Kings.
Jones is a jack-of-all-trades; she has been on the cover of Playboy, featured in a Police Academy movie, and appeared in a Van Halen music video.
24) Atlanta Thrashers: Oksana Kondakova
The Thrashers traded six-time 40-goal-scorer and former No. 1 overall selection Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey at the trade deadline after Kovy turned down their multimillion dollar deal.
As part of the trade they received the 24th overall pick, which they use to take Oksana Kondakova.
Kondakova is the low-profile (in comparison to Paris and Pickler) girlfriend of Evgeni Malkin.
Rumored to be in the process of divorcing her current husband for the 2007 Rookie of the Year and Stanley Cup-winning Russian superstar—who himself dumped his girlfriend to court Kondakova—this WAG has certainly created a name for herself with these affairs.
22) Phoenix Coyotes: Anna Kournikova
The Cinderella story in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes parted ways with Gretzky (and presumably Jones) in the off-season amidst bankruptcy and rumors of a move from Glendale.
Under head coach Dave Tippett the 'Yotes had their first 100-point season in franchise history and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2001 season, meriting them the 22nd overall pick—Anna Kournikova.
A solid tennis player in her own right, the Russian superstar dominated womens' doubles and was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1999.
Kournikova is better known as a model. FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World and ESPN Hottest Female Athlete in 2002 was linked to NHL superstar Sergei Federov at that time.
21) Detroit Red Wings: Noureen DeWulf
As a result of being a perennial contender, the Detroit Red Wings have selected a player in the first round only five of the last 13 years.
This year they have the the 21st pick and will use it to choose Native American starlet Noureen DeWulf.
An actress in the hit films West Bank Story and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, DeWulf has recently been linked to Buffalo Sabres' netminder Ryan Miller.
DeWulf has also had roles in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, The Back-Up Plan, The Comebacks, and Ocean's Thirteen.
20) Pittsburgh Penguins: Amy McCarthy
Another perennial contender, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be selecting 20th after their season was cut short by the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins will select Amy McCarthy.
The former Playboy Cyber Girl is married to former West Point Cadet and NHL star Dan Hinote.
The Florida-born, Minnesota-raised Hinote was the first NHL player ever to be drafted from West Point. He spent most of his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues before playing for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League.
Amy's sister Jenny—a former Playmate of the Year and movie star—was married to John Mallory Asher for six years and romantically involved with Jim Carrey.
19) Los Angeles Kings: Inna Puhajkova
The Kings had an outstanding season, finishing with 100 points for the third time in franchise history and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the NHL Lockout.
With the 19th overall pick they will take Inna Puhajkova.
The Czech model has been romantically involved with former Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Washington Captials star Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr has spent the last two years in Russia's KHL and represented the Czech Republic in the Vancouver Olympics. The 38-year-old forward is rumored to be contemplating a return to the NHL next year.
18) Nashville Predators: Kim Alexis
Last year the Nashville Predators made their fifth playoff appearance in six years. However, the team has never made it out of the first round since entering the league in 1998.
The Preds select Kim Alexis with the 18th overall pick.
The New York born-and-raised Sports Illustrated model is married to former Rangers, Red Wings, Penguins, and Kings star Ron Duguay.
Although he retired from the NHL after playing for the Kings in the 1988 season, Duguay played in the league for San Diego and Jacksonville franchises before hanging up his skates and covering the Rangers for the MSG Network.
17) Colorado Avalanche: Piritta Hannula
The Avalanche rebounded from a devastating 2009 season by qualifying for the playoffs and putting a scare into the top-seeded Sharks in the first round of this year's playoffs.
With the 17th overall pick they will choose Piritta Hannula.
Runner-up for Miss Finland in 2003, the Finnish model has been married to Finland native and winger Niklas Hagman.
16) Ottawa Senators: Andrea Veresova
The offensively-savvy Ottawa Senators were able to qualify for the playoffs despite separating the CASH line by trading disgruntled winger Dany Heatley to the Sharks in the off-season.
The Senators choose Andrea Veresova with the 16th overall pick.
Veresova, the former Miss Slovakia in 1999, was linked to Czech winger Jaromir Jagr for three years following the title.
15) Boston Bruins: Ashley Leggat
After falling out of favor with the locals because of the Joe Thornton trade and the team's futility on the ice, the Bruins have turned things around by making the playoffs for three straight years.
The Bruins have two first-round selections in this draft. With the 15th overall selection, the B's select Ashley Leggat.
The Canadian actress made a name for herself in theater before her recent move to film. She is currently engaged with Jeremy Williams, who has spent most of his career splitting time between the Maple Leafs and their minor league team.
14) St. Louis Blues: Melanie Collins
The St. Louis Blues made the playoffs from 1980 until the NHL Lockout in 2004. However, the Blues fell out of favor in the city after the lockout and have only made the playoffs once since the 2006 season.
Recently they have started the rejuvenate the franchise by adding great players through the draft.
They will use the 14th overall pick on Melanie Collins.
This gorgeous NBA-TV reporter and bikini model is dating Scottie Upshall.
Upshall joined the Flyers in the blockbuster Forsberg-to-Nashville trade in 2007. Joining the 'Yotes this year, Upshall led the Cinderella team to its first 100-point season and a playoff appearance.
13) Phoenix Coyotes: Tia Carrere
The Coyotes' status in Glendale is in limbo, but their recent success may allow the former Winnipeg Jets to stay in Arizona.
The 'Yotes will be selecting outside of the top 10 for the first time since the lockout. With the 13th overall pick they draft Tia Carrere.
The Hawaii-native actress is well-known for her role as Cassandra in Wayne's World. During her second marriage, which ended in a divorce, she was involved in an affair with Tie Domi--the former Maple Leaf who once fought a fan.
12) Anaheim Ducks: Amanda Vanderpool
The 2007 Stanley Cup Champion Ducks fell out of favor in SoCal due to their inability to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the lockout.
With the 12th overall selections the Ducks take Amanda Vanderpool.
An Ice Girl Cheerleader for the Ducks, Vanderhool is a natural selection for the Anaheim franchise. She is in a relationship with Ladislav Smid.
Smid was drafted by the Ducks in 2004, but was part of the trade that brought Chris Pronger to the Ducks and has spent his entire career with the Edmonton Oilers.
11) Dallas Stars: Kelly Carlson
The Dallas Stars showed promise last year, but were unable to make the playoffs.
With the 11th overall selection they take Kelly Carlson.
Best known for her role as Kimber Henry on Nip/Tuck, Carlson is a Minnesota-native actress and model who started out in theater.
She appeared in the August 2004 issue of Maxim magazine and on the cover of the October issue of Stuff Magazine. She has been dating Domi for the last two years.
10) New York Rangers: Carrie Underwood
Little did the Rangers after they were eliminated from the playoffs by their longtime rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, in a shootout that Philly would make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. On the upside, the Rangers will be drafting in the top 10 this year.
They draft Carrie Underwood with the 10th overall selection.
The popular country singer from Oklahoma made a name for herself by winning the fourth season of American Idol. Since 2005 she has had nine No. 1 singles.
She is engaged to longtime Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher.
9) Minnesota Wild: Gena Lee Nolin
Hosts of the 2011 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild are looking to rebuild through the draft in order to bring the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the State of Hockey for the first time since winning the division in 2007.
The Wild will use their 9th overall pick on Minnesota-native Gena Lee Nolin.
Born in Duluth, MN, Nolin made a name for herself as one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right and in the hit television series Baywatch.
The Maxim and Playboy model has been married three times, most recently to Cale Hulse, who retired from professional hockey in 2006.
8) Atlanta Thrashers: Gia Allemand
The Atlanta Thrashers, who almost made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, have two first-round draft picks this year.
With the 8th overall pick the Thrashers choose Gia Allemand.
A swimsuit model for Maxim and Sports Illustrated, Allemand has made a name for herself by making it to the final three in the hit television show The Bachelor.
Allemand has recently been linked to Chris Campoli of the Ottawa Senators.
7) Carolina Hurricanes: Angelica Bridges
Since moving to Carolina from Hartford, the Hurricanes have been to the Stanley Cup twice and in 2009 were swept in the Eastern Conference Finals. Big things were expected of the 'Canes this year, but they were unable to recover after a devastating start to the season.
They will choose Angelica Bridges with the 7th overall pick.
A member of the Baywatch crew and a Playboy cover model, the Missouri-native Bridges is married to Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray.
Souray has been inconsistent in his 11-year career. He has shown promise, with two 50-plus point efforts in the last four years.
6) Tampa Bay Lightning: Willa Ford
The Lightning have fallen from grace recently.
The 2004 Stanley Cup winners have not been to the playoffs since 2007. A potential playoff team this year, the Bolts ended up on the outside looking in even with Steven Stamkos, who tied Sidney Crosby for league lead in goals.
With the 6th overall selection they take Willa Ford.
The self-proclaimed "Bad Girl of Pop" has supplemented her music career with an acting role in Friday the 13th and posing for Playboy. She has also hosted several reality television shows and competed in Dancing With the Stars.
She is married to Mike Modano.
The last remaining Minnesota North Star has been with the Dallas Stars organization since 1989. The Michigan-native has more goals and points than any other American-born player.
5) New York Islanders: Rachel Hunter
The New York Islanders are far from the team that dominated the NHL in the '80s. They will be looking to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time since the NHL Lockout this year.
With the 5th overall pick they take Rachel Hunter.
Hunter began modeling at age 17 in her home country of New Zealand. Rising to prominence as a Sports Illustrated model in 1989, she has appeared on the cover of the magazine as part of the "Dream Team" in 1994.
The sultry, bikini-clad mother in the music video "Stacy's Mom" has twice come close to marrying longtime Edmonton Oiler and current LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll.
4) Columbus Blue Jackets: Emma Andersson
The Columbus Blue Jackets have only made the playoffs once since entering the league in 2000.
With the 4th overall selection they take Emma Andersson.
Making a name for herself on a Swedish reality television show in 2001, Andersson is engaged to NHL star Henrik Zetterberg.
The 210th overall selection in 1999, the lifetime Red Wing played in Sweden until making his NHL debut in 2002.
3) Florida Panthers: Veronika Varekova
Unlike their Floridian counterparts, the Miami-based Florida Panthers have struggled to establish an identity in the Sunshine State. A contestant in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, the Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 1999.
With the 3rd overall selection they draft Veronika Varekova.
A Czech model who moved to New York City at the age of 19, Varekova has appeared in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated eight times and as well as appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan.
She was once married to Petr Nedved, who spent 15 years in the NHL before spending the last three years playing professional hockey in the Czech Republic.
2) Boston Bruins: Elisha Cuthbert
Boston acquired this year's 2nd overall pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for standout winger Phil Kessel. It is the second pick the Bruins have in the first round.
The B's select Elisha Cuthbert.
Best known for her roles in Old School and The Girl Next Door, Cuthbert has recently been cast as the role of Kim Bauer in the hit television series 24.
The Los Angeles Kings season-ticket holder has dated former Kings agitator Sean Avery and is currently the girlfriend of Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
1) Edmonton Oilers: Tara Reid
The once-proud Edmonton Oilers were in the NHL cellar most of the season this year.
Experts have speculated that the Bruins and other teams are interested in the pick, but for now the Oilers maintain it and will use it to select Tara Reid.
The New Jersey-born actress has had roles in The Big Lebowski, the American Pie series, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
Tara Reid has been romantically linked to various athletes, including Sergei Federov.