RT's 2010 NHL Mock Draft (Round #1)

Matthew Rutledge-TaylorContributor IJune 24, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 04:  (L-R) NHL top prospects Cam Fowler, Taylor Hall, Brett Connolly, Tyler Seguin and Erik Gudbranson watch the Philadelphia Flyers practice before Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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For those of you who can't wait until Friday, the picks from the first round of the 2010 NHL entry draft are revealed here.  The leagues general managers will be referencing the 2010 edition of RT's annual NHL draft rankings in order to make their picks.  Take a look yourself if you haven't already.

1EdmontonTaylor HallEdmonton is bit weak down the centre at present, but have some prospects at centre which relieves the temptation to select Sequin (C) over Hall (LW).  Three out of four major rankings have Hall and the No. 1 prospect.  Also, former Edmonton coach Pat Quinn implied that Hall was the player Edmonton planned to pick.
2BostonTyler SequinThe consensus No. 2 pick.  Sequin has been compared to Joe Sakic.  Boston needs a winger more than a centre.  The possibility of Edmonton and Boston swapping picks is still out there.
3FloridaCam FowlerFlorida has depth at D and would prefer a centre, but with the next three top prospects defensemen it would be hard to draft purely for need with such a high pick.  Look for Florida to potentially trade this pick; perhaps to Ottawa for Spezza.
4ColumbusErik GubransonLike Florida, Columbus has depth on D and would prefer to draft a winger.  However, Gudbranson is too good a prospect to let go.  This pick has already been rumoured to go to Ottawa for Spezza.
5NY IslandersRyan JohansenWith depth at D and few good prospects at centre, the Islanders will take Johansen, the best centre available.
6Tampa BayBrett ConnollyTampa has right wingers and goalies in the system.  They need a left winger or a centre.  They will take Connolly or Niederreiter
7CarolinaBrandon GormleyCarolina could use a good defensive prospect and will be happy to get Gormley with the No. 7 pick.
8AltantaNino NiederreiterAtlanta is in no desperate need of any particular player and take the best prospect available, right-winger Niederreiter.
9MinnesotaMikael GranlundMinnesota has lots of D in the pipe-line, but lack a good centre or right-wing prospect.  They'll take Granlund (C) over Forbet (D).
10NY RangersDerek ForbetThe Rangers have a few good defensive prospects, but as they say, you can never have enough depth on defence.
11DallasAustin WatsonNo, Dallas will not take Watson because his fist name is Austin.  They could really use a left-wing prospect.
12AnaheimVladimir TarasenkoThe Ducks could use a winger and will take Vladimir Tarasenko (RW) who they hope will be a steal at No. 12.
13PhoenixAlexander BurmistrovDrafting a centre will give the Coyotes some insurance in case Kyle Turris (3rd overall in 2007) doesn't pan out.
14St. LouisNick BjugstadWith a couple of good goaltender prospects and a top defensive prospect in Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues will take centre Bjugstad.
15FloridaEvgeny KuznetsovIf the Panthers take a top defensive prospect at No. 3 look for them to draft for need (at centre) with the No. 15 pick acquired from Boston.
16OttawaEmerson EtemWith depth at D and great prospect in goal (Robin Lehner), the Senators will not take the best player available (as they have claimed they will do) and instead draft the best forward available, Emerson Etem (RW).
17ColoradoJack CampbellWith several of their top prospects as defensemen, Colorado will take their goaltender of the future, Jack Campbell.
18NashvilleMark PysykNashville would prefer to take a winger, esp. a right-winger, but will not pass up on defenseman Mark Pysyk.
19Los AngelesTyler PitlickLA would prefer a winger, but will take the best player available, centre Tyler Pitlick.  That is unless they decide to go with left-winger John McFarland.
20PittsburghQuinton HowdenPittsburgh has three top centres on the roster today, but lack good centre prospects for the future.  As such, they'll take the best one available.
21DetroitRiley SheahanLike Pittsburgh, Detroit will take the best centre available.
22PhoenixJonathon MerrillIf Phoenix takes a centre with their first pick, they simply take the best player available with their second first rounder, Jonathon Merrill (D).
23BuffaloDylan McIlrathWith no glaring needs, Buffalo will be happy to take a quality defenseman.
24ChicagoCalvin PickardThe 'Hawks had to give up Byfuglien to dump salary, but this pick (acquired in the trade) will help them stay a contender in the future.  Unsure about their goaltending, Chicago will take Calvin Pickard.
25VancouverJohn McFarlandWhere did all the defenseman go?  Earlier teams deep at the backend were passing over or reluctantly taking defencemen.  Now, the Canucks who need to stock up on defensive prospects are looking a bunch of forwards.  Look for Vancouver to trade up a few spots to get a defenseman.  If they do not, they will take left-winger John McFarland.
26WashingtonJaden SchwartzLooking for help at centre, Washington will happily take a centre at No. 26.
27MontrealBrock NelsonMontreal was probably expecting to draft a bit earlier this year.  They'll take Broack Nelson (C) with the No. 27 pick.
28San JoseStanislav GalievIn need of a winger, the Sharks will take Galiev (RW) over other centres available.
29PhiladelphiaTyler ToffoliLike Montreal the Flyers might be wishing they had a better pick.  No worries, Philadelphia will be very happy with Tyler Toffoli (C).
30ChicagoCharlie CoyleAfter taking a goaltender with the No. 24 pick, the 'Hawks will follow up by adding some depth at centre.