Future Considerations

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (10-1)
February 21, 2011, 3:59 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:

10. Buffalo Sabres – RW Brandon Saad, Saginaw, OHL (49 GP 24 G 22 A 46 PTS 38 PIM)
The Buffalo Sabres have seen some high-end prospects graduate to the big time recently (Ennis, Gerbe, Myers, etc) and needs to re-tool their development cupboard. They still have very good overall depth, especially in big bodied third line forward types but need to add an offensive contributor to the mix and preferably one with size as their recent MO suggests. The Sabres add a potential scoring winger with nice size, a good amount of speed and one who can own the wall down low in Saginaw’s Saad. I hope they have some good iso video of him, to identify his weaknesses, as the big bodied power winger tends to float when not engaged in the game.

9. Columbus Blue Jackets – LW Matt Puemple, Peterborough, OHL (54 GP 33 G 35 A 68 PTS 49 PIM)
With a couple strong prospects coming through the Columbus Blue Jackets organizational on the backend and no ‘franchise’ goaltending talent this early in the drafts first round, a real need going forward; Columbus selects Puemple with the next biggest need in sight. Matt is the blue-chip goal scoring prospect the team also coveted. The Jackets have some depth up front but lacks the offensively skilled talent that Puemple brings as a potential NHL scorer the franchise needs.

8. Calgary Flames – D Ryan Murphy, Kitchener, OHL (55 GP 23 G 50 A 73 PTS 30 PIM)
For years the Calgary Flames have lacked any resemblance of a blue-chip offensive prospect in their system and with many of the teams prime time performers on the big club (Iginla, Jokinen, etc.) hearing the chorus from David Bowie’s song “Golden Years” over and over in their heads, the time is now for the next wave to take their place. Problem is there is little in the way of an elite next wave. Enter offensive defenseman Ryan Murphy, with this pick Calgary nets a potential franchise ‘face of the future’ and offensive catalyst to build around. Murphy has the ability to make the average top six forward that much better with his vision and offensive creativity.

7. St. Louis Blues – C Ryan Strome, Niagara, OHL (54 GP 27 G 63 A 90 PTS 70 PIM)
With good prospect depth and many young NHLers already dotting the big clubs roster, on the surface the St. Louis Blues look ready to add a highly skilled prospect at any position depending who is best available. However, they do identify a need to add a forward prospect with offensive pop to their system as the few elite talents they do have, contain some pretty serious red flags going forward; Vladimir Tarasenko – Russian transfer agreement/is he KHL or NHL bound? Jaden Schwartz – lack of size/with durability concerns? The Blues grab high scoring forward Strome who blew the doors off the season early on as he was scorning at a white hot pace and has continued to do so consistently all season for Niagara.

6. Florida Panthers – C Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John, QMJHL (55 GP 36 G 50 A 86 PTS 72 PIM)
Already possessing one of the deepest prospect pools in the entire NHL, the Florida Panthers look to add another elite talent with this pick and may have grabbed their top line centre of the future in this young Sea Dogs forward. Some scouts see Huberdeau right up there with Nugent-Hopkins in terms of high end offensive potential at the next level. While possessing outstanding offensive skills, Huberdeau shows the potential to develop into a strong two-way forward as he is also currently the top dog when it comes to plus/minus on a highly talented Saint John squad.

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5. Boston (from Tor) RW Gabriel Landeskog, Kitchener, OHL (41 GP 29 G 27 A 56 PTS 49 PIM)
The Boston Bruins enjoy yet another luxury pick courtesy Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston is ecstatic to have their top prospect fall to them at number five. Landeskog, a gritty power forward is seen as potentially the most NHL ready of all the draft eligible prospects available this year. His addition also will help Boston’s salary cap situation as he will be signed to a cheap entry level contract and should see time on the Bruins top three lines as soon as next season.

4. New Jersey Devils – D Dougie Hamilton, Niagara, OHL (55 GP 11 G 38 A 49 PTS 69 PIM)
The first ‘surprise’ pick comes in at number four with Lou Lamoriello and David Conte identifying the New Jersey Devils’ need to build up the backend. They would have loved a shot at Larsson but since he is off the board they go with #2 on their draft board, Niagara’s towering defender Dougie Hamilton. The surprise is that Hamilton is as low as mid-round on some lists and Landeskog, who they leave for another team, is a consensus top five prospect on all lists. Not only does the defender have the size NHL teams covet but he has a real offensive upside and defensively he is not bad either as he currently leads his OHL team in plus/minus rating. Gone are the dreams he and his brother had of suiting up together in San Jose, Hamilton will be earmarked for the Devils #1 defender spot in the next couple of seasons.

3. Ottawa Senators – C Sean Couturier, Drummondville, QMJHL (49 GP 31 G 54 A 85 PTS 25 PIM)
The Ottawa Senators are hurting in more areas than just the on-ice product and need to get a few things straight in the front office before things can get turned around on the rink. Picking Couturier gives the team an elite prospect with immense size and the ability to play both sides of the puck; in any role he is given and not pulling him out of his comfort level. Couturier currently leads his team in plus/minus rating with a mark that is significantly higher than his next closes teammate.

2. Edmonton Oilers C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer, WHL (58 GP 20 G 66 A 86 PTS 41 PIM)
The Edmonton Oilers get a strong shot in the re-building arm with a second consecutive top two selection. While the organization has plenty of young skilled wingers to march out onto the ice they do lack that elite playmaking centre to really get the most out of the talent on the wings. Nugent-Hopkins generates chances not only for himself but also for this lines mates and makes those around him even better. Whispers in scouting circles say that the Oilers management has a bit of a ‘draft crush’ on the bowlegged skinny boy from western Canada.

1. New York Islanders – D Adam Larsson, Skelleftea, SEL (31 GP 1 G 8 A 9 PTS 39 PIM)
After selecting some high end offensive forwards the past couple drafts, the New York Islanders need to focus on building up the backend where they possess plenty of depth but not a lot of elite talent. At the top of Garth Snow, Charles Wang and the Islanders wish list is a potential top pairing two-way defender and the cherry on top of this pick is that Larsson should be able to help right away. With Calvin de Haan, Travis Harmonic and after selecting Adam Larsson; the Islanders think they now boast three of their potential top four defenders of the future.

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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So you think you can read Garth Snow’s future mind? Fail

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