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FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (30-21)
February 17, 2011, 10:43 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

A time honoured tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the NHL Entry Draft is the mock.

While draft rankings are a good way for fans to determine the skill level a specific draft crop has, a draft never goes down like the rankings predict because of variables such as specific team needs, a difference of opinion on a prospects potential and an organization’s draft tendencies which they give significant weight to in making their lists.

FC’s first mock draft of the year uses a glimpse at current standings as well as some projection as to where teams will finish in the drafting order to figure out placing. Also taken into consideration is what each team needs to add to their organizations prospect pool in terms of talent and positional needs.

View picks 10-1 here
View picks 20-11 here

It is always entertaining to take a look at what each specific NHL team might do at the draft. So without further ado, the Future Considerations mock draft:

30. **** Vancouver Canucks – RW Tomas Jurco, Saint John, QMJHL (46 GP 26 G 23 A 49 PTS 15 PIM)
The Vancouver Canucks could use an upgrade everywhere in their prospect pool but know they need to build up the wings and preferably skilled scoring wingers at that. With the NHL roster already into its prime and the salary cap situation already looking tight going toward the next couple seasons, the Canucks will need to cut bait with some of their high prices roster players and offset those cap issues and talent with cheap entry level contracts. Enter the super skilled puck handling magician right winger Tomas Jurco and his slick shootout moves. Jurco will add to a weak right wing side and potentially give a future top six scorer.

29. *** Toronto (from Phi) – C Vladislav Namestnikov, London, OHL (54 GP 23 G 30 A 53 PTS 34 PIM)
A late pick is better than no pick at all is what general manager Brian Burke meant when he traded Kris Versteeg for this selection plus a third in mid-February. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in one of the most unenviable positions in the entire league in that they have been re-tooling in recent memory without much progress being made. Normally a team would have a stable full of future high end performers and some already in the show but because of bad decisions made in the front office, Burke’s Leafs are stalled at square one. Burke and his staff look at the backend but with the recent addition of Jack Gardiner they ultimately decide on bolstering the forward ranks with the skilled Russian/American. The London Knights centre plays a game unlike most Russian skilled talents in that he is more comfortable on the smaller ice than most of his countrymen as he played some of his junior hockey in the Detroit area when his father and uncle were enjoying NHL careers. He adds an offensively skilled talent to thin stable of future Leaf offensive contributors.

28. ** Detroit Red Wings – D Jonas Brodin, Farjestad, SEL (34 GP 0 G 2 A 2 PTS 10 PIM)
Detroit Red Wings general manager Kenny Holland and super European scout Hakan Andersson again go on the hunt for a top talent and think they have one in this ultra dependable two-way rearguard. Holland has stated that drafting puck moving defenders early in the selection process is essential to how his team is constantly re-building from the backend out, all in order to stay competitive in a salary cap world. Brodin is a highly talented defense first rearguard but one who has underrated puck skills and plenty talent in his slender frame. The Red Wings will allow Brodin plenty of time to mature and get experience over in the Swedish Elite League before bringing him over.

27. ** Tampa Bay Lightning – C Mark Scheifele, Barrie, OHL (54 GP 16 G 45 A 61 PTS 31 PIM)
Fresh Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and director of amateur scouting Al Murray will likely look to add the best available as they try to emulate the Red Wings winning draft strategy. Tampa Bay likes the brains along with size and skill package that comes in Barrie Colt rookie centre Mark Scheifele. They think Scheifele could develop into a two-way playmaking second line centre of the future minimum and a compliment to Stamkos and potentially Connolly down the middle.

26. * Boston Bruins – D Scott Mayfield, Youngstown, USHL, (34 GP 4 G 4 A 8 PTS 113 PIM)
After adding a premier forward with the Toronto Maple Leafs pick received in the Phil Kessel deal, the Boston Bruins would now like to look at adding a big bodied defender to their backend corps with their second first rounder. Mayfield gives the Bruins a big mobile prospect that is a willing physical player and also has some offensive upside as well. Mind you Mayfield will not ever be confused with Mike Green or even Chris Pronger when it comes to offensive output. His large stature, strong mobility and physical abilities are a welcome addition to a prospect pool full of smallish puck moving defenders.

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25. * San Jose Sharks – LW Mario Lucia, Wayzata, USHS (6 GP 3 G 0 A 3 PTS 0 PIM)
The San Jose Sharks boasts very good depth throughout but has very little in the way of blue-chip prospects needs to add talent to every position. The club thinks they do that with this pick with selecting Minnesota high school standout Mario Lucia. Lucia’s brother Tony is already working his way through the Sharks system however younger brother Mario is thought to have far superior offensive potential than big brother. Once pro ready he will likely be a solid top six set-up man and San Jose will allow him the time to fully develop his skills.

24. Dallas Stars – C Mika Zibanejad, Djurgardens, SEL (19 GP 2 G 3 A 5 PTS 2 PIM)
The Dallas Stars have a plethora two-way talent at the forward position, some solid depth on the backend and a franchise type goaltender working his way up in last years first rounder Jack Campbell. Dallas lacks many if any sure fire top six offensive forwards coming through their system. The Stars remedy that situation with selecting underrated Swedish forward Mika Zibanejad. Zibanejad is a slick skating puck handler who sees the ice well, can both set-up his lines mates with a well times pass and possesses a good shot which allows him to be a duel threat. He, like many other Swedish forwards before him, plays with a strong sense of defensive awareness and is efficient in all three zones.

23. Washington Capitals –D David Musil, Vancouver, WHL (47 GP 4 G 18 A 22 PTS 50 PIM)
The Washington Capitals are again picking in the later half of the first round and trying to uncover another hidden gem as they did with super skilled forward Evgeni Kuznetsov last season. They look at their depleted backend and also their skill at the forward position and choose to select who they see as the best available. While this pick lacks the flash of last years skilled first rounder, general George McPhee feels that Musil has the size and defensive awareness to become a top four defensive staple on the Capitals backend in a couple season and will bring some stability to a prospect corps that has many high risk question marks.

22. Chicago Blackhawks – LW Nicklas Jensen, Oshawa, OHL (47 GP 25 G 25 A 50 PTS 34 PIM)
The Chicago Blackhawks have had a tough go round with all their core team members hitting paydays all around the same time and the casualties caused by the salary cap have left them with more holes than most defending Stanley Cup Champions normally have to fill. Chicago could use another high end goaltending prospect but because this is a weak crop they go with the best available and in their book that is skilled winger Nicklas ‘the Great Dane’ Jensen. Jensen brings some future size and skill to a Blackhawks team that lost many young promising forwards this past season.

21. Ottawa (from Nash) – D Jamieson Oleksiak, Northeastern, NCAA  (28 GP 3 G 8 A 11 PTS 30 PIM)
After grabbing a top prospect with their first selection of the draft, the Ottawa Senators have some good overall organizational depth but could use another goaltending prospect or two coming through the system as well as a blue-chip offensive forward, however, they see a prospect on the board that reminds them of the days when Zdeno Chara was patrolling the their blueline. While Oleksiak does not play the exact same way Chara does, he is similar in size and is a better skater than the current Bruin was at the same age. The selection of the a six-foot-seven Oleksiak means Ottawa has the potential makings of a very formidable future defense with Jared Cowen, David Rundblad and young NHLer Erik Karlsson.

* Division winners
** Conference Finalists
*** Stanley Cup Runner-Up
**** Stanley Cup Winner

Dan Stewart is the chief scout of Future Considerations. Follow the latest 2011 NHL Entry Draft news from Future Considerations via FC’s Official Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/FCHockey and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/futureconsiderations


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