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2011 NHL Mock Draft

Written by Tom Johnson
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Now that the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins have been crowned, we can focus on the upcoming NHL Draft.  I am not sure we'll find the second coming of an Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos or even Taylor Hall, but this year's group provides a lot of quality players.  The Edmonton Oilers will select first for the second straight year and look to build around the exciting Taylor Hall. The Colorado Avalanche look to build their team as they have two of the top eleven selections. The Boston Bruins have a Maple Leafs pick and will select ninth.  Let's take a look at the mock draft, shall we?

1. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  This center would make an interesting tandem with Taylor Hall as they improve on their paltry offense.

2. Colorado Avalanche: Jonathan Huberdeau.  He can play center or left wing, but my guess is he'll be a winger given the Avalanche are stocked well at the center position.

3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson.  The Panthers need impact players on both ends of the ice, but it's hard to pass on a skilled defenceman with great size.

4. New Jersey Devils: Sean Couturier.  The Devils need a big center and it will be tough to pass on this guy.  Many boards don't have him this high, but I feel it's a great pick.

5. New York Islanders: Dougie Hamilton.  The Islanders need some defence on their team.  They have a lot of youth when it comes to goal scoring, so Hamilton makes sense.

6. Ottawa Senators: Gabriel Landeskog. This left winger has some great size and should help one of the leagues worst offenses.

7. Winnipeg Jets: Ryan Strome. The Jets will do well if Strome slides to them.

8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Mika Zibanejad.  This guy has been moving up the ranks and should be a decent fit if he gains a little weight.

9. Boston Bruins: Duncan Siemens.  Some mocks have them taking Ryan Murphy, but I see the Bruins taking a guy with size.

10. Minnesota Wild: Nathan Beaulieu.  Minnesota got away from defense and they'll look to strengthen it with this pick.

11. Colorado Avalanche: Ryan Murphy.  Colorado will take a forward with its first pick, so I am thinking they'll go defense with the second pick.

12. Carolina Hurricanes: Sven Bartschi. This winger has 30-35 goal potential and should fit in nicely.

13. Calgary Flames: Joseph Morrow.  This big defenceman brings toughness but can also score. 

14. Dallas Stars: Mark Mcneill.  This big center has loads of potential and should be a solid two-way player for years to come.

15. New York Rangers: Zack Phillips.  This center is very creative and will be a stud once he gets stronger and quicker.

16. Buffalo Sabres: Jamieson Oleksiak. Think the next Chara or Tyler Myers. 

17. Montreal Canadiens: Tomas Jurco.  This guy is a tall winger, but he's fast and if he puts some weight on, look out.

18. Chicago Blackhawks: Jonas Brodin.  He's not an elite defenceman, but will possess solid puck handling skills the Blackhawks covet.

19. Edmonton Oilers: Joel Armia: This guy has a lot of skill and is being compared to Teemu Selanne.

20. Nashville Predators: Scott Mayfield.  He is a tough defenceman who could develop into a solid two-way player.

21. Ottawa Senators: Ty Rattie.  This winger has a lot of potential, but will need to put some muscle on him in order to be a force.

22. Anaheim Ducks: Mark Scheifele.  He projects to be a power forward with two way capability.

23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Saad: Tough winger who can win some battles in the corner.

24. Detroit Red Wings: Boone Jenner.  He is a solid two way center, something the Wings love.

25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Matt Puempel.  A left winger with good size and can put the puck in the net. 

26. Washington Capitals: David Musil.  He is a good skating defenceman who can deliver a good first pass.

27. Tampa Bay Lightning: Jonathan Miller.  He is a project, but could be an excellent 2nd line center down the road.

28. San Jose Sharks: Ryan Sproul: Possesses good size and skating ability and can line up on both sides of the ice.  He could be very underrated.

29. Vancouver Canucks: Oscar Klefbom: The Canucks love their big defencemen and Oscar is a steal here.

30. Toronto Maple Leafs: Niklas Jensen: Solid sized winger with good scoring ability.


0 Matt Boikess 2011-06-26 22:06 #5
The problem with doing these sometimes is with a sport like NHL or MLB you have to look at the best players not necessarily positions because none of these guys except maybe 1-2 will make real contributions this year. With a team like NJ where you thought they would pass on Landeskog, Parise is a FA and Kovalchuk is there but it doesnt mean that is how it will look in 2-3 years when Landeskog is ready to do something.

You had the right idea with the NYI going big on D as they really did but in other rounds. Strome was by far the smallest player they drafted but also a ridiculously fast gamebreaker. He needs to add about 20LB's of muscle over the next two years or so but he has the skill of a St. Louis and could end up on the RW next to JT
0 Matt Boikess 2011-06-20 20:54 #4
While I dont think the Isles will go D if they do go Hamilton wont upset me. But they probably would trade down because taking hamilton at 5 is about 3-5 selections to early imo. However if Landeskog is there and they passed on a Zetterberg-esque LW for a D they'd be nuts and as an Isles fan I'd be steamed.
0 Tom Johnson 2011-06-20 20:39 #3
Thanks for the insight, Travis. Coming up with an NHL mock draft is so difficult because anything can happen. I didn't think NJ would take Landeskog because they already have two elite left wingers and IMO they don't have much at center. I am not sold on Zajac
0 Travis 2011-06-20 20:26 #2
Nice draft board but here are a few things I dont agree with:...I dont see any way Landeskog falls to #6. Colorado will likely take him at #2. If not, there is no way he gets past New Jersey at #4 (Landeskog is made to play in the Devils system)....I think the Habs will take Armia if he is there when they pick at #16 (Armia has the size/skill combo they need & I can see him playing wing for Lars Eller in the not so distant future).......and Boston is playing with house money, they wont take a safe pick like Seimens. I see them reaching and taking Oleksiak at #9 (why not?). The possibility of having him skate with Chara in a year or two is too exciting to pass up.
0 Jason Terrell 2011-06-20 16:08 #1
agree with the Bartschi pick...will look nice with Skinner

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