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PickNHL TeamPlayerPos.Thumbnail Report
1NY IslandersJohn Tavares; LondonCThe no-brainer pick that will hopefully lead the Isles back to respectability. Expect big pressure to deal pick but they will keep it.
2Atlanta ThrashersVictor Hedman; ModoLDAnother potential deal because Atlanta needs and wants more immediate help but he is a potential franchise defender.
3Ottawa SenatorsMatt Duchene; BramptonCOttawa picks up the talented speedster that will help the rebuilding. They want to get back to being a fast team and Duchene is one of the fastest.
4Tampa Bay LightningMagnus Svensson-Paajarvi, TimraLWHad a great World Juniors and showed that he’ll go into traffic or anywhere else to get points.
5St. Louis BluesEvander Kane; VancouverCWith the back end in good shape for the future, they get one of the best finishers in the Draft.
6Toronto Maple LeafsBrayden Schenn; BrandonCBrian Burke has shown an interest in brother acts and this kid can play it any way you want which is also what Brian loves.
7Colorado AvalancheJared Cowen; SpokaneLDColorado needs help everywhere and some think Cowen is the 3rd best prospect so they would be ectatic to get him here.
8Nashville PredatorsJordan Schroeder; MinnesotaRWAnother team that has set their back end so they could go for the US born Schroeder who has been very good at Minnesota.
9Los Angeles KingsNazem Kadri; LondonCLA has put a premium on character and this kid oozes it along with some very good skills.
10Vancouver CanucksSimon Despres; Saint JohnLDThis kid has really picked it up in the past 2 months and was arguably the best defenseman at the Prospects game.
11Phoenix CoyotesDmitri Kulikov; DrommondvilleRDThe Kitchener…aaagh Phoenix Coyotes are loaded up front and the best remaining Defenseman is the skilled Russian.
12Pittsburgh PenguinsRyan Ellis; WindsorRDSergei Gonchar is reaching the end of the road and this offensive whiz will capably take up his role.
13Columbus Blue JacketsJeremy Morin; US NDTPCAnother pure goal scorer who will continue that hobby in the NHL.
14Edmonton OilersJohn Moore; ChicagoLDA bit of a reach but this kid just keeps getting better every day and they need a stud prospect on the blueline.
15Minnesota WildPeter Holland; GuelphCIf Jacques Lemaire is still the coach in June, this high hockey-IQ kid would be a great fit for the Wild’s system.
16Dallas StarsJacob Josefson; DjurgardenCThe skilled Swede played good leading up to and including the WJC’s and his play against men has caught everyones eye
17Florida PanthersZach Kassian; PeterboroughRWPeter Deboer is the Head Coach and doesn’t scout but he knows Kassian well and will “urge” the team to take this multi-talented and tough winger.
18Anaheim DucksLouis Leblanc; OmahaRWHis great speed and ability to finish is impressive but does anyone remember Trevor Lewis? We do and he reminds us of him.
19Carolina HurricanesLandon Ferraro; Red DeerLWThe next in the line of prodigal sons of former NHL greats is very good both ways and is under-rated in his ability to finish.
20Buffalo SabresKyle Palmieri; US NDTPCThe future star of North Dakota has really picked up his play and is producing points on a nightly basis.
21Philidelphia FlyersScott Glennie; BrandonCOne of our favorite players in the Draft, the Flyers recent string of great picks will continue with this hidden gem.
22NY RangersEthan Werek; KingstonLWAnother team that has been fantastic of late at the Draft table, the Rangers will scoop this skilled winger that is being tutored by the great Doug Gilmour.
23Montreal CanadiansDylan Olsen; CamroseLDThis stud defender is shooting up teams charts while playing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
24Chicago BlackhawksCalvin Dehaan; OshawaLDThe Hawks are loaded up front so this super skilled defender would be a great fit. Once he gets there, he can learn from Brian Campbell and then take over once Campbell leaves.
25Calgary FlamesRyan O’Reilly; ErieCSmooth, skilled and very smart are keys to having long careers in the NHL and this kid has all of those and in a lot of ways reminds us of Darryl’s kid Brett.
26New Jersey DevilsStefan Elliot; SaskatoonRDDavid Conte has been quiet lately but if they can get Elliot at #26, they will be very happy because this puck-moving defender has huge upside.
27Washington CaptalsTim Erixon; SkellefteaLDAnother Team loaded up front with skill would like a defenseman and the European invasion continues in the Capital.
28Detroit Red WingsTysen Barrie; KelownaLDOnce again the Wings think outside the box and get the highly skilled defender out of Kelowna. He has some work to do on his defensive game but his vision and first pass are already on an NHL level.
29San Jose SharksZach Budish; EdinaCThe Sharks have shown a willingness in the past to draft high schoolers and this man-child would be a solid selection. A future power forward will get some seasoning at the University of Minnesota before he joins the Sharks organization.
30Boston BruinsTaylor Doherty; KingstonRDThe Director of Scouting for Boston has ties to Kingston and this behemoth has a lot of potential. He is limited offensively but he could become a shutdown defender.

The Jets won
The Moose lost
The Ice won

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