John McFarland (LW). McFarland has offensive talent similar to Hall and Seguin but other factors drop him in the rankings and even this spot is probably a bit high for the enigmatic winger. He was the top pick in the OHL at the 2008 Draft but attitude problems have affected his career with Sudbury. Still, some team is going to take a chance with the future power forward and hopefully be rewarded.
Alexander Burmistrov (C). A terrific skater and very good playmaker, the Russian made a smart move as far as an NHL career is concerned when he came to the OHL last season and scored 22 goals and 65 points with Barrie. Burmistrov may be wooed by the KHL and that could drop his stock as far as the draft is concerned, but he definitely is a top-15 talent in this draft.
Austin Watson (LW). Watson is a very good two-way player. His stock rose when he was traded from Windsor to Peterborough as he had an opportunity to show his offensive skill, something that he had trouble with in Windsor as they had such an outstanding team, winning the Memorial Cup. He managed 20 points in his last ten games with the Petes, giving him 20 goals and 54 points in 52 games last season.
19. Los Angeles
Beau Bennett (RW). The Kings are getting a native Californian who went to the BCJHL to play for Penticton this season. Bennett is a project physically, along the lines of fellow BCJHL grad Kyle Turris
and playing college hockey will allow him to mature physically. He has terrific offensive skills and should be a top-six forward when he finally cracks an NHL lineup.
Riley Sheahan (C). Sheahan played for Notre Dame last season as a seventeen-year old. He acquitted himself quite well as there were players as old as 23 in college hockey. The playmaking center could eventually be a captain in the NHL, but likely not in Pittsburgh as they have some guy named Crosby.
Jarred Tinordi (D) The son of Mark who played for the Rangers, North Stars and Capitals in a 12-year NHL career, Tinordi is a six-foot, six-inch behemoth on the blueline. He is a defensive defenseman but has improving offensive skills. Will be a solid NHL player but not a fantasy asset offensively.
Jaden Schwartz (C). An outstanding offensive prospect, Schwartz is a bit on the small side at five-foot, ten inches, which makes it harder for him to be drafted higher. A very smart hockey player with excellent playmaking skills, Schwartz should be a first or second line center when he finally makes the NHL in four-five years.
Marek Pysyk (D) Pysyk was hampered by playing for an expansion team the last two years in Edmonton, so he had a hard time showing off all of his assets. He will eventually be a solid defenseman with some nice offensive skills. He is a bit slight at this time as he is only 175 pounds but look for him to add some bulk in the next couple of seasons.
(via New Jersey) Derek Forbort. Should he have a good camp, Forbort is the one player who could crack an NHL lineup despite being drafted this late in the first round. He is physically ready at six-feet, five inches and 200 pounds. He lacks offensive skills to become a great player but his physical strength will make him a top-four defenseman in the NHL.
Jonathon Merrill (D). Merrill is an offensively talented defenseman. He has a good shot from the point and his puck handling and skating abilities are above average. He needs to improve defensively and will attend the University of Michigan next season.
Alexandre Petrovic (D). A solid all-around defenseman, Petrovic will spend a couple of more seasons with Red Deer of the WHL and then play a couple of seasons in the minors before he makes his NHL debut. He can play well at both ends of the rink and will be a solid top-four defenseman in his prime.
Nick Bjugstad (C) Won Minnesota's Mr. Hockey award as the top high school player. Bjudstad is a good skater and playmaker and will likely be a very good third center because of his six-foot, four inch frame. He should be able to add 30-40 pounds eventually to the 190 he already weighs.
28. San Jose
Calvin Pickard (G). Brother of Nashville prospect Chet, Pickard should be chosen by the Sharks who definitely need a top goaltending prospect with Evgeni Nabokov
getting older. Is the second ranked goalie in the draft behind Jack Campbell.
(via Philadelphia) Ludvig Rensfeldt (LW). An inconsistent player at this stage of his career, Rensfeldt can be a top-six NHL forward who can average a point a game, or he could bomb out completely. Has a good shot and can play a tough hard game. The native of Sweden had 21 goals and 50 points in 39 games for Brynas Jr. of the Swedish League.
Evgeni Kuznetsov (C). A terrific talent, Kuznetsov has amazing skills in handling the puck and scoring. His draft slot will be hurt by the fact that there is no agreement between the NHL and the Russians, otherwise he is a top-15 talent.
Other players who could jump into the first round are: Charlie Coyle (C), Tyler Pitlick (C), Brock Nelson (C), Tyler Toffoli (RW) Quinton Howden (C).