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2010 NHL Draft Results: First Round

Jun 25, 2010 – 3:37 PM
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Looking for 2010 NHL Draft results? NHL FanHouse has you covered. Below are the results of the first round of the Draft.

It was an unpredictable draft that saw two highly-touted defensemen, Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley, fall farther than expected. Some surprises -- Dylan McIlrath chief among them -- were taken far higher than their draft rankings indicated.

First Round

Pick Team Player Position Team
1. Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: Around the net, there isn't a better player available. Hall is dangerous when he has the puck on his stick in the offensive zone. He can score from virtually anywhere, and he will drive down the middle and go to the net. He isn't afraid to get hit, and he will take a shot to make a play for his team. Read More
2. Boston Bruins (from Toronto) Tyler Seguin C Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: Seguin is an elite prospect, without a doubt. He has great playmaking skills, and he has worked hard to supplement them with additional goal-scoring ability. Read More
3. Florida Panthers Erik Gudbranson D Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: Of all the top defensemen in this draft, Gudbranson is the most physical. That doesn't mean he can't handle the puck. That's just not where his best work comes. Gudbranson's physical play is known to most scouts, and his puck-handling skills show promise. Read More
4. Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Johansen C Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: Johansen isn't going to wow anyone with his prowess in the defensive zone, but he doesn't embarrass himself there, either. Instead, Johansen is an offensive force, a top playmaker with great hands and long arms. Read More
5. New York Islanders Nino Niederreiter LW Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: "El Nino" is a big forward with good skating ability and soft hands. He is fun to watch in the open ice, but he's also effective in the high-traffic areas. Read More
6. Tampa Bay Lightning Brett Connolly RW Prince George Cougars (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: Connolly is one of the most talented players to be found in this draft pool. He has good size, and he should fill out and become a powerful forward in the NHL. Connolly has great hands, and he has the ability to become a big-time goal-scorer. But there are legitimate injury concerns. Read More
7. Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner C Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: He's not a terribly big center, but he's lethal in front of the net, and he has tremendous hand-eye coordination. If his skating ability catches up to his goal-scoring acumen, Skinner will become one of the best players out of this draft. Read More
8. Atlanta Thrashers Alex Burmistrov C Barrie Colts (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: Burmistrov has shown scouts some great passing ability, a keen hockey sense, and an undeniable work ethic. Read More
9. Minnesota Wild Mikael Granlund C HIFK Helsinki (Finland)
From the Scouting Report: In Helsinki, he showed himself as a capable playmaker and a hard worker. His talents, though, could be buried a bit because of concerns over his size. He's not frail, but he's also not tall or particularly strong (yet). Read More
10. New York Rangers Dylan McIlrath D Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: He's a big, tough defenseman who earned his "Undertaker" nickname in the WHL. He loves to hit people, and while his offensive skills are quite raw, he's capable of making a huge impact because of his defensive ability and fearlessness.
11. Dallas Stars Jack Campbell G U.S. NTDP
From the Scouting Report: Campbell is an example of the potential that exists when you mix physical ability with the proverbial ice water in the veins. He's a talented, fundamentally sound goaltender who simply isn't going to be easily rattled. Read More
12. Anaheim Ducks Cam Fowler D Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: Where Fowler excels is with the puck. He has a good shot, and makes great passes. Fowler is at home as quarterback for the power play, but don't mistake him as a purely offensive player. Fowler is smart, very good positionally, and he rarely puts himself or his team in a bad position. Read More
13. Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary) Brandon Gormley D Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
From the Scouting Report: Gormley lacks flair and flash, but he does all the important stuff well. He can skate, he's physical, he moves the puck extremely well, and he can play in any situation without hesitation. Read More
14. St. Louis Blues Jaden Schwartz C Tri-City Storm (USHL)
From the Scouting Report: When Schwartz is at his best, he's using his speed and creativity to set up the offense. He won't intimidate anyone physically, and he isn't likely to drop the gloves anytime soon. He's a highly creative, skillful player, and there's a place for him in the NHL. Read More
15. Los Angeles Kings (from Florida via Boston) Derek Forbort D U.S. NTDP
From the Scouting Report: Forbort is one of many high-quality defensemen in this draft who possess size, strength, and puck-moving ability. While he might not match Erik Gudbranson's physicality, Forbort is smooth as silk with the puck on his stick. Read More
16. St. Louis Blues (from Ottawa) Vladimir Tarasenko RW Novosibirsk Siber (KHL)
From the Scouting Report: On the ice, Tarasenko can play. He's not small, already listed at 200 pounds. He can go in the corners, is tough around the net, and he's good around the net. Read More
17. Colorado Avalanche Joey Hishon C Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: It's a reach. Hishon is a skilled, smart player and has good character. Injury and size concerns have hampered him. We'll see what he can do at the next level.
18. Nashville Predators Austin Watson RW Peterborough Petes (OHL)
From the Scouting Report: As Watson grows into his big body, he'll become a tougher player for opponents to deal with. He already has a willingness to do whatever it takes. Read More
19. Florida Panthers (from Los Angeles) Nick Bjugstad C Blaine (Minn.) High School
From the Scouting Report: He has the ability, body, mind, and attitude to be a successful pro player, and the college game will suit him well. Read More
20. Pittsburgh Penguins Beau Bennett RW Pencticon Vees (BCHL)
From the Scouting Report: He is a responsible player, but he has to work on his defensive zone game a bit. Where he's at his best is around the opposing net. Bennett is usually found in front, using his nose for the puck to score both the pretty goals and the tough ones. Read More
21. Detroit Red Wings Riley Sheahan C Notre Dame (CCHA)
From the Scouting Report: Sheahan has good size, great hands, and really got better defensively under coach Jeff Jackson last year. Read More
22. Montreal Canadiens (from Phoenix) Jarred Tinordi D U.S. NTDP
From the Scouting Report: He's a big kid who has long arms and can play the hard-hitting style of hockey so many teams prefer. You're talking about a kid who could easily play at 230-240 pounds, given his body frame. He's a decent skater, but won't wow anyone with his offensive acumen. Read More
23. Buffalo Sabres Mark Pysyk D Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: He isn't an offensive defenseman the way a guy like Cam Fowler could be, but Pysyk is instead the kind of guy who can play 10 years in the NHL and make a solid name for himself. If he gets in the right situation, he could do some really good things for a few weeks in the playoffs and make himself a lot of money. Read More
24. Chicago Blackhawks (from Atlanta via New Jersey) Kevin Hayes RW Noble (Mass.) High School
From the Scouting Report: Hayes is a big, skilled high-school forward from Massachusetts. He'll play a couple years at Boston College, where older brother Jimmy currently plays, and then head to the pros with a little more strength. He's a bit of a reach, but there wasn't much difference, frankly, between around 20-40 on many teams' boards.
25. Florida Panthers (from Vancouver) Quinton Howden LW Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: There is nothing awe-inspiring about his game. He is a good playmaker who can also score goals. Howden is more than adequate defensively, something that sets him apart from a lot of highly-rated forwards in this class. He's a big kid, and he is only going to get bigger as he develops. Read More
26. Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov C Chelyabinsk Traktor (KHL)
From the Scouting Report: With his inconsistencies, is Kuznetsov a skilled youngster who was simply overmatched in the older, more mature KHL? Or is he a player destined to let people down because he doesn't get it? Read More
27. Phoenix Coyotes (from Montreal) Mark Visentin G Niagara IceDogs (CHL)
From the Scouting Report: Visentin looked like a second- or third-round pick after the CHL Top Prospects Game, where he played very well against the top players in his age group. It's always tough to rate goalies, but Visentin has all the physical tools to play in the NHL after a few more years of development.
28. San Jose Sharks Charlie Coyle RW South Shore Kings (EJHL)
From the Scouting Report: The Sharks can afford to wait on the big American. Coyle is following former NHL great Tony Amonte's developmental path, as he heads from the prep ranks to play for Boston University and longtime coach Jack Parker. Give him three years there, and then the Sharks will be able to get some return on this pick.
29. Anaheim Ducks (from Philadelphia) Emerson Etem C Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
From the Scouting Report: He has a quick, lethal, accurate wrist shot, and if he can improve his skating ability, there's no doubt he'll be a star in the NHL. In fact, there are some scouting reports that indicate he's close to Taylor Hall's ability when it comes to scoring goals, but only his skating is holding him out of the top 10 of this draft. Read More
30. New York Islanders (from Chicago) Brock Nelson C Warroad (Minn.) High School
From the Scouting Report: Nelson has the size, speed, competitive level, and even bloodlines to be a very good pro. Nelson's uncle, Dave Christian, had a long NHL career after playing on the "Miracle on Ice" team. Read More
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