June 5, 2008
It's taken some time, but the draft order and subsequent mock draft I've compile has finally been completed. There's no change from the top-14, but in the interest of continuity, I'll put those picks on there. For an in-depth look at reasoning behind the picks, check out the April 25th Mock Draft to get that analysis.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Steve Stamkos, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2. Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty, D Peterborough Petes (OHL)
3. Atlanta Thrashers: Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
4. St. Louis Blues: Kyle Beach, LW, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5. New York Islanders: Zach Bogosian, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
6. Columbus Blue Jackets: Tyler Myers, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
8. Phoenix Coyotes: Nikita Filatov, LW, CSKA-2 (Russia)
9. Nashville Predators (From Florida): Mattias Tedenby, LW, HV 71 (Sweden)
10. Vancouver Canucks: Colin Wilson, C, Boston University (NCAA)
11. Chicago Blackhawks: Kirill Petrov, RW, Kazan (Russia)
12. Anaheim Ducks (From Edmonton): Colten Teubert, D, Regina Pats (WHL)
13. Buffalo Sabres: Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton Battalion (OHL)
14. Carolina Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk, C, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
15. Nashville Predators: Josh Bailey, C, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Bailey has the ability to become a great two-way center for the Predators, especially since they have enough scoring talent for the future already. Bailey's hockey smarts will make him a very reliable forward and a safe pick.
16. Boston Bruins: Michael Del Zotto, D, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Though a knock on Del Zotto is his ability to overhandle the puck, the upside of being able to create plays from his own end. With taking on more responsibilities this season in Oshawa, it helped to round out Del Zotto's all around game.
17. Calgary Flames: Jordan Eberle, C, Regina Pats (WHL)
The size could be the only thing that kept Eberle being a higher ranked prospect. Eberle possesses a great scoring touch that could help become an elite scorer. His ability to get into scoring position only helps his cause.
18. Ottawa Senators: Colby Robak, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
With the threat of Andrej Meszaros leaving, Robak would be a great fit for the Senators young blue line. Robak is strong on the puck and a superb skater, which will allow him to become a shut-down defenseman for years to come.
19. Columbus Blue Jackets (From Colorado): Luca Sbisa, D, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
With the Blue Jackets needing some defensive help in the future, Sbisa could be the one they are looking for. He has the ability to move the puck or play a tight-defensive game when called upon. As they build for the future, Sbisa could be a great piece to the puzzle.
20. New York Rangers: Mikhail Stefanovich, C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
The talent is there for Stefanovich, but the question of whether he will use it or not still remains. The comparisons to Nik Antropov has been thrown around, which is a backhanded compliment; though many see the similarities on devotion and desire.
21. New Jersey Devils: John Carlson, D, Indiana Ice (USHL)
The Devils can find gems in the draft and with Carlson, a New Jersey native, still on the board-- this will make this pick easy for the Devils. With the deep defensive talent pool, Carlson isn't ranked higher even though he has the skill set and size to play now.
22. Edmonton Oilers (From Anaheim): Yann Sauve, D, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
A solid shut-down defenseman, Sauve's stock has dindled a little after being the #1 pick in 2006's QMJHL draft. His offensive numbers have taken a hit, but it was due to him playing a safer defensive game, which will have him fit in well for any team.
23. Washington Capitals: Anton Gustafsson, C, Frolunda (Sweden)
Gustafsson plays a game as his father, Bengt, did when he was in his playing days. A strong, defensively responsible center with an ability to find the net will allow Gustafsson to flourish. If he goes to the Caps, it could be a great chance to see Gustafsson in a #16 sweater.
24. Minnesota Wild: A.J. Jenks, C, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
A solid defensive game makes Jenks a desirable shutdown forward. Granted, something that will need to improve is his footwork and speed in order to be a decent forechecker. He has flown under the radar, but any team would reap the benefit of Jenks.
25. Montreal Canadiens: Daultan Leveille, C, St. Catharines Falcons (Golden Horseshoe Junior B)
The legend of Leveille has grown this season with an impressive performance in Junior B. With his commitment to Michigan State in the fall, it will give Leveille the ability to get stronger and faster, as well as help him with playing against better competition.
26. Buffalo Sabres (From San Jose): Jacob Markstrom, G, Brynas (Sweden)
Markstrom has the ability to be a starting goaltender soon, but with the amount of depth ahead of him, he could fall by the wayside. With lack of prospects, the Sabres could be able to snatch him up in the late first round.
27. Philadelphia Flyers: Joe Colborne, Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
Though many question his dedication, Colborne has the right stuff for the NHL. At 6'5, he only needs to fill out his 190-pound frame to make it big. Heading to the University of Denver next season should see him in the weight room more and allow him to prove that he has the desire for the NHL.
28. Los Angeles Kings (From Dallas): Greg Nemisz, C, Windsor Spitfires
Nemisz needs time to fill-out, but in the end-- he'll be a solid power forward in the league. He played much better this season on a better team, but was able to play better defensively this season. With his strength on the puck, Nemisz will be a solid pick at 22.
29. Atlanta Thrashers (From Pittsburgh): Tyler Cuma, D, Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Cuma played well in Ottawa in a shutdown role. With no noticeable flaws, it's hard to see a downside for Cuma. The Thrashers will need some defensive help for the future, so Cuma seems to be a no-brainer.
30. Detroit Red Wings: Chet Pickard, G, Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Pickard followed the way of Carey Price in Tri-City, which will only help his stock for the draft. With great stick-handling ability and a solid endurance level, Pickard could be another amazing starter in the goaltending factory known as the Tri-City Americans.
That's one through 30 and it should be interesting to see how right I am. This draft class is considered the deepest draft ever, but that's only on the surface. Only time will tell how this draft class compares to the others.
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