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2010 NHL Mock Draft

Jun 1, 2010 – 10:38 AM
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Bruce Ciskie

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The 2010 NHL Draft will take place June 25-26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. We'll learn on June 25 how the first round falls, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate in the meantime.

That's exactly what I did below in FanHouse's mock draft. Familiarize yourself with these names, one of them might be your favorite team's next star.

  • 1. Taylor Hall, LW, Windsor (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 1 | Scouting Report
    Hall is the gem of the draft. A goal-scorer, hard worker, eventual leader. He'll make a great face for the Oilers as they rebuild.

  • 2. Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 2 | Scouting Report
    Given Boston's scoring struggles this season, and potential cap issues moving forward, Seguin stands a nice chance of making the team out of training camp.

  • 3. Cam Fowler, D, Windsor (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 3 | Scouting Report
    Fowler helps a defense that needs to be better with the puck. The Panthers treated it like a hot potato far too often this season, leaving goaltenders hung out to dry.

  • 4. Brandon Gormley, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 4 | Scouting Report
    This would give Columbus another option on the blueline. Gormley could contribute immediately, rather than playing another year of juniors.

  • 5. Erik Gudbranson, D, Kingston (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 6 | Scouting Report
    The big, puck-moving, hard-hitting defenseman becomes an anchor for the Islanders.

  • 6. Alex Burmistrov, C, Barrie (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 7 | Scouting Report
    Perhaps a bit high, but Burmistrov gives the Lightning another option at center to solidify an improving group of forwards.

  • 7. Brett Connolly, RW, Prince George (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 5 | Scouting Report
    A dominant playmaker with just enough concerns about injuries to drop him a bit on the board. Carolina will be happy to pounce.

  • 8. Nino Niederreiter, LW, Portland (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 9 | Scouting Report
    "El Nino" would give the Thrashers a power forward who can score.

  • 9. Nick Bjugstad, C, Blaine High School (Minn.)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 10 | Scouting Report
    The Wild reportedly got antsy about the development of Nick Leddy at the University of Minnesota last year. They'll have to hope Bjugstad starts quicker in college.

  • 10. Jeffrey Skinner, C, Kitchener (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 15 | Scouting Report
    Considering the Rangers' struggles to generate offense -- outside of that Marian Gaborik fellow -- taking a guy who scored 70 goals in 84 games is a good idea.

  • 11. Derek Forbort, D, U.S. NTDP
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 8 | Scouting Report
    For the Stars, defense is a problem. They don't have quite enough NHL-caliber talent on the blueline. Forbort will be a top-four guy for them within a couple years.

  • 12. Emerson Etem, C, Medicine Hat (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 14 | Scouting Report
    The Ducks are a bit low on centers, especially if Saku Koivu doesn't come back. They've spent a lot of high draft picks on defensemen lately, so now they can address the offense.

  • 13. Jack Campbell, G, U.S. NTDP
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 11 | Scouting Report
    With a slew of prospects all over the ice, the Coyotes can afford to take the best available player.

  • 14. Austin Watson, RW, Peterborough (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 12 | Scouting Report
    Watson is a high-character forward who does the little things and can fill the net, traits the Blues need in their system.

  • 15. Mark Pysyk, D, Edmonton (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 18 | Scouting Report
    Smooth skater who can contribute offensively but is better known for playing a smart game in his own zone. He's an intelligent player who should do well in the pros.

  • 16. Ryan Johansen, C, Portland (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 16 | Scouting Report
    Johansen had a great season in Portland, and Ottawa could really use him as they try to bolster their forward depth.

  • 17. Jarred Tinordi, D, U.S. NTDP
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 22 | Scouting Report
    With Adam Foote re-signed for one more season, the Avalanche appear to be well-positioned defensively. Tinordi is a tough, rugged player who can join the organization in a couple years as they re-tool the blue line.

  • 18. Mikael Granlund, C, HIFK Helsinki (Finland)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 13 | Scouting Report
    Smallish center who has been compared to Saku Koivu. Nashville would like it if that happened.

  • 19. Brock Nelson, C, Warroad High School (Minn.)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 21 | Scouting Report
    Has the potential to be a strong scoring forward in the NHL, and his big body could be useful in front of the net by the time Ryan Smyth hangs the skates up.

  • 20. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Novobirsk (KHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 17 | Scouting Report
    Tarasenko may fall farther, but he's a top-15 talent who could end up being a real find as an offensive winger for the Penguins down the line.

  • 21. Riley Sheahan, C, Notre Dame (CCHA)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 26 | Scouting Report
    The Wings have a reputation for finding great fits in the draft. Time will tell, but Sheahan's two-way play seems to be a good fit for the Wings' style.

  • 22. Quinton Howden, LW, Moose Jaw (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 19 | Scouting Report
    Primarily known as a defensive forward, Howden's offensive game came to life with Moose Jaw last year.

  • 23. Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 24 | Scouting Report
    Pitlick will grow into his 6-foot-2 body, and he'll do it playing major junior, as reports have him leaving college to play for Medicine Hat of the WHL.

  • 24. Dylan McIlrath, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 31
    May be a small reach, but it's hard not to like McIlrath's toughness on the blueline.

  • 25. Jon Merrill, D, U.S. NTDP
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 20 | Scouting Report
    The Canucks are a tad thin when it comes to defensemen, and Merrill will eventually be able to develop into a nice offensively capable defenseman.

  • 26. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Chelyabinsk Traktor (KHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 27 | Scouting Report
    Enigmatic talent will get time to develop NHL skills, thanks to Washington's organizational depth.

  • 27. Jaden Schwartz, C, Tri-City (USHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 25 | Scouting Report
    The Canadiens have never shied away from smallish forwards. Schwartz will attract teams with his great playmaking skills and speed.

  • 28. John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 23 | Scouting Report
    No need to reach for a need. The Sharks are deep all over the system, and McFarland can take his time growing up in major juniors and the AHL.

  • 29. Calvin Pickard, G, Seattle (WHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 33
    Anaheim's goalie depth is highly questionable. They need help in the farm system, and need to develop someone who can eventually compete with Jonas Hiller for playing time in the NHL.

  • 30. Beau Bennett, RW, Penticton (BCHL)
    FanHouse Ranking: No. 29 | Scouting Report
    Why not add to the full stock of young talent? Chicago has always been supportive of players going to college, and Bennett sure will benefit from a couple years under top coach George Gwozdecky at the University of Denver.

Note: A previous version of this mock draft had the Flyers picking 29th.
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