As the resident Draft Guru here at GFH, I've given you a taste of what the lotto picks for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft may look like. Now, with time and some effort, I've compiled a look at the top-14 composed of picks of teams who are already out of the playoffs. Keep this page in mind, as we'll be adding the rest of the board when the time comes.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Steve Stamkos, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Great hockey sense, great vision of the ice, and leadership. Stamkos is the real deal and should be able to learn from the other franchise player, Vincent Lecavalier.
2. Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty, D, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Doughty’s ability has some questioning whether he could be a #1 overall pick. If he falls to the Kings, they’ll bolster their defense with him and Jack Johnson, sans Curious George.
3. Atlanta Thrashers: Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
After losing Braydon Coburn, the Thrashers need to build their defensive defensemen, which Schenn can be. His play is simple, but effective and should fit the Thrashers for years to come.
4. St. Louis Blues: Kyle Beach, LW, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Beach can be described as another Blues’ left-winger by the name of Keith Tkachuk. He can score, muck it up, and be a leader. He’ll be a great asset for the Blues’ youth movement.
5. New York Islanders: Zach Bogosian, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Bogosian has raised his stock this season by expanding his game into a well-rounded one. Not only will he be a force along the boards, but he’ll help start the rush up ice after winning the battle in the corners.
6. Columbus Blue Jackets: Tyler Myers, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
The Jackets don’t have too much in blue chip defensemen, but Myers could change all of that. He’s a shut-down defenseman and once he fills out his 6’7 frame, should be the cornerstone to the Jackets’ blue line corp.
7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
Pietrangelo is a mature defenseman who shows plenty of poise under pressure and lets his hockey sense make up for a lack of physicality.
8. Phoenix Coyotes: Nikita Filatov, LW, CSKA-2 (Russia)
Though getting Filatov out of Russia could be a hassle, he is worth it. He has amazing hands, can stick-handle in a phone booth, and has the ability to create time and space for himself.
9. Nashville Predators: Mattias Tedenby, LW, HV 71 (Sweden)
Likened to Martin St. Louis, Tedenby is small in stature, but has the game-changing ability just by his ability to create offense.
10. Vancouver Canucks: Colin Wilson, C, Boston University (NCAA)
After a year at BU, Wilson shown that he can be a very effective centerman, something the Canucks needs to build up for the future.
11. Chicago Blackhawks: Kirill Petrov, RW, Kazan (Russia)
With a quick first step, Petrov has been looked at as a deadly sniper. Though he may not like to dish the puck that much, Petrov’s speed and ability to make defenders look silly will help his cause.
12. Anaheim Ducks: Colten Teubert, D, Regina Pats (WHL)
Teubert has been touted as the next Chris Pronger due to his size, physicality and frame; it’ll serve the Ducks and Teubert well to be brought up in an defense that has plenty of future Hall of Famers on it already.
13. Buffalo Sabres: Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Hodgson has been moving up the draft board thanks to his ability to be used in any situation on the ice and to recognize and adapt to situations very quickly. It also helps that he can score from almost anywhere.
14. Carolina Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk, C, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Boychuk has plenty of speed and skill to put out onto the market and has been amazing since stepping on the ice as a 16-year-old. His display at the Top Prospects game could put him even higher, but for now—he’ll sit in the middle.
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