Sunday, June 17, 2007

2007 Mock Draft

This mock draft will go pick 1-30 overall, so the entire 1st round. *Note- This mock draft does not interpret possible trades with picks prior to the draft.

Number 1 Chicago Blackhawks - Patrick Kane.

With a solid core of young players already, the Blackhawks will add to it with Patrick Kane.Kane scored 62 goals and added 83 assists for a total of 145 points in the London Knights regular season, despite playing only 58 games! To make it in the NHL though, he needs to put on some weight to his 162 pound body, but the Hawks will pick him anyway.

Number 2 Philadelphia Flyers - James VanRiemsdyk.

Although the Flyers have Kyle Turris to pick, who is ranked #1 overall in North American Scouting, they will pick the much bigger VanRiemsdyk. After their horrible season last year, the Flyers need to get back to the drawing board. What better way to start re-building than with a player that meets your teams philosophy. VanRiemsdyk is 6,3 and 200 pounds! He is an easy choice for pick number 2.

Number 3 Phoenix Coyotes - Kyle Turris.

The #1 ranked prospect in North America will be picked 3rd overall. He was the BCHL MVP, scoring 66 goals, 55 assists and 121 points. He is just what the Coyotes need. They already have the physical players in George Laraque, so now they need some talent. With the Great One on the bench, he will become an all-star for Phoenix.

Number 4 Los Angeles Kings - Alexei Cherepanov.

The Russian superstar plays in the Russian Super League, setting the record for goals by a rookie (18), surpassing Pavel Bure’s record of 17. He is a highly offensively skilled player for his age with the ability to handle the puck at a high speed. He will be a welcome addition to a young core that includes Anze Copitar, Alexander Frolov and Micheal Cammalleri. Cherepanov is only 18.

Number 5 Washington Capitals - Karl Alzner.

The big, 6,2, 210 pound player is an ultra-smooth defenseman who has good hockey sense and instincts, which define good players from the great ones. Has an active stick when shadowing the opposing team’s forwards. Plays with great position and is not shy about initiating contact. In 63 games, Alzner scored 8 goals and 47 points.

Number 6 Edmonton Oilers - Sam Gagner.

Gagner played with Patrick Kane in London this year and had 35 goals, 83 assists and 118 points. Without Ryan Smyth, he will have to be the next superstar for Edmonton. He is smart and skilled player, who is a great skater with impressive acceleration, agility and breakaway speed. When on the ice he is always in the mix of things, either initiating the offense or providing support for his defense. He is a skilled passer from the blue line in, and is an opportunistic shooter who more than not capitalizes on his scoring chances.

Number 7 Columbus Blue Jackets - Jakub Voracek.

This like able Czech had an impressive rookie campaign in the QMJHL with Halifax, having no problem adjusting to the North American style of hockey. He is a strapping winger who possesses good size, playmaking skills and the determination to work hard along the boards. He had 86 points in 59 games with Halifax of the QMJHL.

Number 8 Boston Bruins - Angelo Esposito. After an amazing '05-06 season, Esposito took a step back in 2007. But you can't overlook his skill. He has plenty of offensive talent, is a fast skater that uses his speed on the rush with the ability to lead his team into the offensive zone. He tends to rely on his skill to much. Has a poor work ethic that may lead him to fall out of the top 10 in the draft. Some question his hockey IQ and his anticipation as he routinely has to play catch up in his own zone.

Number 9 St. Louis Blues - Keaton Ellerby. Ellerby is ranked 4th in North American Scouting. He is an offensive defenseman that finishes his checks well and has playmaking ability. Good skater with great mobility, who handles the puck well and uses his reach effectively. He will be a great addition to the Blues, who have no defence at all.

Number 10 Florida Panthers - Logan Couture. He scored 78 points with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL last season. He is also a big guy getting close to 200 pounds. He's a methodical worker whose movements always look comfortable and controlled, shows a good hockey IQ. Has an active stick along with well-timed pressure that causes the other team to turn the puck over. A reliable center man that is solid on the draw, and possesses a scary one timer in the offensive end.

Number 11 Carolina Hurricanes - David Perron
Number 12 Montreal Canadiens - Ryan McDonaqh
Number 13 Toronto Maple Leafs - Mikael Backlund
Number 14 Colorado Avalanche - Tommy Cross
Number 15 Edmonton Oilers - Lars Eller
Number 16 Anaheim Ducks - Jon Blum
Number 17 New York Rangers - Zach Hamill
Number 18 Calgary Flames - Stefan Legein
Number 19 Minnesota Wild - Brandon Sutter
Number 20 Pittsburgh Penguins - Maxim Mayorov
Number 21 Phoenix Coyotes - Nick Ross
Number 22 Montreal Canadian - Dana Tyrell
Number 23 Philadelphia Flyers - Brett Maclean
Number 24 St. Louis Blues - Nick Petricki
Number 25 Vancouver Canucks - Joakim Anderson
Number 26 St. Louis Blues - William Sweatt
Number 27 Detroit Red Wings - Oscar Moller
Number 28 Washington Capitals - Colten Gillies
Number 29 Ottawa Senators - Colby Cohen
Number 30 Edmonton Oilers - T.J Brennan


Anonymous said...

Interesting!! Just a note though. The Coyotes traded Laraque last season. ET

Andy said...

I'm surprised no mock drafts (I've reviewed many) have Calgary selecting Brandon Sutter. Logically pick at that position, hockey-wise and family-wise...

Well, we'll know soon enough...

Anonymous said...

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.

I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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