Future Considerations

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (20-11)
February 19, 2011, 5:57 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.

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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:

20. Pittsburgh Penguins – RW Dmitrij Jaskin, Slava Jr., Czech Republic (32 GP 3 G 6 A 9 PTS 16 PIM)
After a disappointing season where the Pittsburgh Penguins played a few months without both their top offensive players in Crosby (concussion) and Malkin (knee surgery) the Penguin faithful get the consolation prize of maybe finally finding Crosby’s goal scoring winger of the future in the super skilled Jaskin. While he doesn’t have the bad hair or as impressive an offensive game his fellow Czech and former Penguin star Jaromir Jagr did when he was drafted, Jaskin does have the ability to become the third star NHL forward on the Penguins in the near future.

19. Montreal Canadiens – RW Tyler Biggs, NTDP Under-18, USHL (33 GP 11 G 9 A 20 PTS 90 PIM)
The Montreal Canadiens are an organization that has done a good job drafting and developing talented but smallish prospects in recent memory now has the NHL team is suffering because of that lack of physical gritty players on the roster. The Habs find more talent from the U.S. development system (USHL, high school, College) than most NHL teams can boast and again go back to the well with the selection of U.S. National Team power forward Tyler Biggs. Biggs has the ability to make a big impact in a couple years as a fan favorite patrolling the wing and keeping the Gionta’s and Plekanec’s safe to play their games.

18. New York Rangers – G John Gibson, NTDP Under-18, USHL (12 GP 6-3-2 2.36 GAA .927 SP)
Loaded up with highly impressive prospects at the forward positions and a couple high end defenders in their system, the New York Rangers look to build up their stable of developing goaltenders by picking the best the 2011 draft crop has to offer. The Rangers like developing the home grown talent from the U.S. and look to have a future NHL starter with Gibson’s impressive blend of good size and athleticism.

17. Colorado Avalanche – RW Ty Rattie, Portland, WHL (56 GP 25 G 45 A 70 PTS 45 PIM)
The Colorado Avalanche are quickly rebuilding with a core of fast exciting prospects coming through their system. An organizational need at the right wing position coupled with a lack of game breaking talent still working their way through the system leads the Avs to again invest in a prospect with high upside but also high risk as they did the year before with the Joey Hishon pick. Rattie gives them a potential top-six offensive forward to develop, whose slick hands and offensive chops will be a welcome addition to the young Avs squad after he adds strength and a couple more Major Junior seasons.

16. Los Angeles Kings – C Victor Rask, Leksand, Sweden (35 GP 5 G 6 A 11 PTS 8 PIM)
Already with an absurd wealth of riches already in their development system Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi can stand to take a shot as a high risk pick unlike many other teams picking this early in the draft. Just like last season’s selection of raw, unpolished defender with upside Derek Forbort, Lombardi goes for a Swede who has had a hard season this year after progressing at an impressive clip in previous seasons and being considered a top-five talent at points of last season. Rask’s vision and offensive skills suggest a potential top line NHL forward but his heart being questioned by his coach this year suggest maybe also a potential career Swedish Div. 1 performer, a gamble the Kings are willing to take.

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15. Atlanta Thrashers – D Duncan Siemens, Saskatoon, WHL (58 GP 5 G 29 A 34 PTS 93 PIM)
The Atlanta Thrashers are a team on the rise after dealing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk for future assets, making an astute trade with Chicago last year and deciding to keep some of their youth on the team. They are an exciting group for sure but still pretty green and shallow in some areas. The backend is an area where they need to add talent and they like the rough and tough WHL two-way defender Duncan Siemens. They forecast Siemens as a strong #3-4 defender in a couple season and one who can contribute in both offensive and defensive zones as well as sticking up for his teammates with his fists.

14. Carolina Hurricanes – C Mark McNeill, Prince Albert, WHL (58 GP 24 G 35 A 59 PTS 47 PIM)
After the home run pick the organization made last season with potential Calder trophy candidate Jeff Skinner, the Carolina Hurricanes will again look to uncover a hidden gem in 2011. With decent organizational depth and a couple nice defensive prospects the Hurricanes will again look to add to their forward corps. After years of drafting undersized forwards a centre with skill and a healthy amount of size is on their wish list and they look to have their man with power centre Mark McNeill. McNeill will add an element of size to Carolina’s prospects without sacrificing skill as the two-way power forward can handle himself in all three zones.

13. Anaheim Ducks – D Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John, QMJHL (58 GP 10 G 28 A 38 PTS 44 PIM)
The Anaheim Ducks were lucky enough to have Cam Fowler drop in their laps last summer and now general manager Bob Murray and director of amateur scouting Martin Madden have a chance to add another talent defenseman with their first pick in 2011. Beaulieu has the ability to play a strong physical game which Fowler is lacking as well as contribute at both ends of the ice. Anaheim always has liked size and grit; they continue to add those components with this selection.

12. Phoenix Coyotes – LW Sven Bartschi, Portland, WHL (52 GP 27 G 38 A 65 PTS 60 PIM)
At one point the Phoenix Coyotes were the toast of the town when it came to the forward prospects they boasted in their stable but that has since changed and they know it is time they add some offensive pop to their forward group. The selection of the Swiss scorer Bartschi helps to elevate some of that void caused by graduation or prospects just not panning out. Bartschi is a bit of a boom or bust prospect himself but the boom potential outweighs the bust in the eyes of the Coyotes draft brain trust Keith Gretzky and Steve Lyons.

11. Minnesota Wild – RW Joel Armia, Assat, SM-Liiga ( GP  G  A  PTS  PIM)
After going through a few years lacking prospect depth the Minnesota Wild are finally on the right road when it comes to developing talent from within. Now boasting good depth at all positions they still lack a true potential first liner, minus 2010 first rounder Mikael Granlund, and try to remedy that with goal scorer Armia. The pick makes perfect sense as the Wild are extremely weak on the right side and need to add some future offensive chops to the mix. General manager Chuck Fletcher accomplishes both with this pick and hope for instant chemistry between the playmaker Granlund and goal scorer Armia, both Finns.

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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