Here is part three of Alan Bass and Bryan Thiel's 2010 NHL Mock Draft!
16. Ottawa Senators
Jeff Skinner, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
There will be a lot of teams disappointed that Skinner is off the board, but this would be a good fit for Ottawa. You can teach defensive responsibility, but not offensive instincts. You also can't teach someone to lead like Flyers captain Mike Richards, whom Skinner has been compared too, which Ottawa will need once Alfredsson retires.
17. Colorado Avalanche
Austin Watson, LW, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
After just barely missing out on a deep playoff run, Colorado will take Watson because of his ability to step up when looked upon by his coach. His numbers skyrocketed after being traded to Peterborough— the Avs will hope those numbers continue.
18. Nashville Predators
Quinton Howden, C, Mosse Jaw Warriors (WHL)
There's some young skill down the middle with Cal O'Reilly and Colin Wilson, and the wings could use some bulking up, but Howden is a quality, big-body centreman. Should develop into a solid leader for the Preds.
19. Los Angeles Kings
Stanislav Galiev, RW, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) Solid on the back end with numerous goalie prospects for the future, the Kings will beef up their offensive strength by taking Galiev, a strong, talented Russian who is committed to playing hockey in the USA. He will fit in nicely with the other Europeans on the Kings' roster.
20. Pittsburgh Penguins
Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
You'd figure that with two Predators as his linemates at College this year, Sheahan would be a lock for Nashville. He's a big kid that's drawn a few comparisons to Rick Nash. We'll find out on draft day though how much a May run—in with authorities will affect his draft stock.
21. Detroit Red Wings
John McFarland, LW, Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Though he dropped in Central Scouting's final rankings, McFarland is still a reliable two-way forward. With 102 points in two years of junior, McFarland knows how to score.
22. Phoenix Coyotes
Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) His nickname is "Big Mac Truck". Like you really need to know more? The physical parts of Phoenix's defense are getting older, so adding a hulking blueliner gives them some good depth and aggression.
23. Buffalo Sabres
Petr Straka, RW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Straka wears number 23, his mother was born on the 23rd, he was drafted 23rd in the QMJHL draft - doesn't this just make sense to be picked 23rd by the Sabres? Or, you know, the Sabres could just use his offensive abilities to replace long-lost Chris Drury and Danny Briere.
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