Future Considerations

2010 Draft: Storylines from Day 1

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

One day. One pick. One ending.

The Taylor vs. Tyler debate has come to a close – for now – as the Edmonton Oilers named Taylor Hall the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, leaving the Boston Bruins to scoop up Tyler Seguin. The debate, of course, will pick up as both enter the NHL as soon as next season.

Then, the attention turned to the draft eligible defensemen. The order of Cam Fowler, Erik Gudbranson and Brandon Gormley hadn’t been decided but it was all but official the trio would go among the top six picks.

The Florida Panthers got the ball rolling by making Gudbranson the third overall pick. Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets were expected to continue with Fowler.

Instead, they opted for centre Ryan Johansen, raising eyebrows in the process. Then, the New York Islanders skipped over Fowler and Gormley, as did the Tampa Bay Lightning. Suddenly the pair of defensemen started falling.

The New York Rangers ended a run of six consecutive forwards by picking a defenseman, but both Gormley and Fowler were left sitting in the stands while Dylan McIlrath made his way to the stage. McIlrath, ranked 19th by Future Considerations, jumped both Fowler and Gormley, ranked third and sixth respectively.

Fresh off the retirement of Scott Niedermayer, the Anaheim Ducks quickly snapped up Fowler – nine spots lower than his ranking. With Fowler gone, Gormley was soon to follow. The Phoenix Coyotes took the Moncton Wildcat a pick later.

While Gormley and Fowler fell, Joey Hishon rose.

Ranked as a mid-second round pick, Hishon was quickly snapped up by the Colorado Avalanche in an off-the-board pick. An injury riddled season coupled with smaller size pushed Hishon out of the first round. With recent success out of the OHL, the Avalanche couldn’t be more confident though.

Fresh off their Stanley Cup victory, the Chicago Blackhawks, who acquired the 24th overall selection from Atlanta by way of New Jersey, picked up Kevin Hayes, ranked 54th overall by Future Considerations.

But Howson or Hayes weren’t the biggest surprises on draft day, though.

Niagara IceDogs goaltender Mark Visentin, ranked in the third round, was snapped up with the 27th pick by the Phoenix Coyotes, ahead of Calvin Pickard, the ‘consensus’ second ranked goaltender available in the draft. American Jack Campbell was the first netminder taken when the Dallas Stars claimed him at 11.

Busy reshaping the organization, Dave Tallon of the Florida Panthers had three selections in the first round, selecting Erik Gudbranson, Nick Bjugstad and Quinton Howden. They are the first team since the Washington Capitals in 2004 to select three times in the first round.

Both Emerson Etem and Beau Bennett may have started to shape hockey in California. Bennett became the first California born and raised on hockey in the Golden State to be drafted. Etem, the second, was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, a stone’s throw from Long Beach, where he was raised.

The Russian (non) Factor was quickly solved on day one at the draft. Three Russians, Alexander Burmistrov, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov all were picked up in the first round.

But it was the Americans that may have had the most impressive showing. While there were 14 Canadians drafted, a record 11 players from the USA were selected.

How will the Americans fare in round two?

When will the likes of Kirill Kabanov, Tyler Toffoli, Jon Merrill and Calvin Pickard be selected? Be sure to keep it locked to Future Considerations to find out tomorrow! Round two gets underway at 1 ET.

Amped up for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft? We are! Be sure to follow Future Considerations for the latest on the draft and pick up your copy of Future Considerations’ 2010 NHL Entry Draft Guide available now! And for all the draft tweeting you can handle follow managing editor Aaron Vickers on Twitter!

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