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NHL Mock Draft 2.0

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


 

16. Buffalo Sabres (via Minnesota) Ryan Pulock (D)

 

Pulock has the best point shot in this year's draft and is a viable PP option for the Sabres. He added 20 pounds of muscle this season and can bench press over 400 pounds however agility issues have raised some concerns. Was captain of Brandon in the WHL this season and had 14 goals and 45 points in 61 games.

 

17. Ottawa Senators Mirco Mueller (D)

 

In an effort to continue to strengthen their back-end, the Senators will be happy to see Mueller still available at this spot. He is a player who logged ample minutes this year for Everett and was exceptional at the WJC for Team Switzerland. Mueller has some offensive punch as he finished second amongst WHL blueliners in scoring 31 points in 63 games.

 

18. Detroit Red Wings Josh Morrissey (D)

 

Morrissey was lights out at the World U18 Championships, helping Canada win gold and leading all defenseman in tournament scoring. Has great puck moving skills and plays a similar game to Brian Rafalski. Morrissey had 15 goals and 47 points in 70 games with Prince Albert in 2012-13, 12th best among WHL defensemen.

 

19. Columbus Blue Jackets (via New York Rangers) Robert Hagg (D)

 

Hagg has a booming slap shot and the rare ability to slow down the pace of the game however he suffers from bouts of inconsistency as he can lose focus and get caught standing still defensively. The MoDo defenseman had 11 goals and 24 points in 28 games for his junior team and actually played a game in the Swedish Elite League despite just turning 18.

 

20. San Jose Sharks Hunter Shinkaruk (LW)

 

Adding depth to their forward unit,  Hunter Shinkaruk comes with a proven track record of being able to score as he has lit the lamp 86 times in the last two seasons. Small in stature, he needs to compete more away from the puck but his speed in transition creates ample scoring opportunities. He has 177 points in 130 WHL games over the last two seasons including 86 in 64 games in 2012-13.  

 

21. Toronto Maple Leafs Kerby Rychel (LW)

 

Looking for goal scoring and a character player, Rychel becomes an immediate option as he is coming off back-to-back 40 goal campaigns and has one of the quickest releases in the draft. Can play with sandpaper when provoked, he has a sturdy frame to lay out hits. Rychel had 87 points for Windsor in 2012-13 including a huge February as he had nine goals and 25 points in just 12 games.

 

22. Calgary Flames (via St. Louis) Adam Erne (LW)

 

Erne plays a high energy game and excels down low and on the cycle. He plays along boards well as he is a strong powerful body who shields the puck. Erne needs to curb his temper as he was guilty of taking some unnecessary penalties this season nonetheless he gives the Flames what they need, a gritty forward who can produce offensively. Led his Quebec team with 72 points including 28 goals this past season.

 

23. Washington Capitals Rasmus Ristolainen (D)

 

A player who has been in the draft spotlight for years Ristolainen was the second youngest player to play in the SM-Liiga making his debut at the tender age of 16.  He plays the game with brute force but needs to constantly be playing at a heightened tempo to get the most out of his skill set. Led Finland in scoring at the WJC; finishing third in tournament scoring amongst defensemen. Ristolainen had three goals and 15 points for TPS Turku of the SM-liiga.

 

24. Vancouver Canucks Frederik Gauthier (C)

 

A solid utility player with decent offensive upside, Gauthier still needs to fill out physically as he is six foot, four, weighing 215 pounds,  but has a large frame and can keep other top forwards in check. Salvaged a poor second half with an outstanding performance at the World U18 Championships. Gauthier started the season off strongly for Rimouski with 10 goals and 20 points in his first 18 games but scored only 12 goals in his final 50 games including the playoffs after returning from a broken jaw suffered in November.

 

25. Montreal Canadiens Emile Poirier (LW)

 

Canadiens look to get more skilled while adding sandpaper as Poirier's game mirrors that of Brad Marchand while being a little less of a pest. The pugilistic forward worked his way up the depth chart of Gatineau and emerged as their offensive leader while also applying a ferocious back check and displaying strong determination away from the puck. Poirier had 32 goals and 70 points to go with 101 penalty minute s in 65 games.

 

26. Anaheim Ducks Chris Bigras (D)

 

A solid and dependable two-way threat, Bigras does everything well and has incredibly strong hockey sense in all three zones. Bigras was one of only a handful of players this season to win both a gold medal at both the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the World U18 Championships. He broke out offensively with eight goals and 38 points in 68 games for Owen Sound of the OHL.

 

27. Columbus Blue Jackets (via Los Angeles) Valentin Zykov  (LW)

 

Zykov scored 40 goals and helped Baie-Comeau reach the QMJHL finals. A beast down low with a laser beam of a shot however he can play with blinders on often overlooking a pass or getting hit as he doesn't see it coming, a cause for concern at the next level. Zykov led all QMJHL rookies with 75 points after playing for CSKA of the Russian MHL league in 2011-12.

 

28. Calgary Flames (via Pittsburgh) Anthony Mantha (RW)

 

The Flames need help scoring goals and Mantha was one of only three CHL players to score 50 goals. Gangly frame and somewhat uninvolved at times, Mantha's shot and scoring dimension cannot be over looked. He also chipped in with 39 assists for Val d'Or in 69 games.

 

29.  Dallas Stars (via Boston) Jacob de la Rose (LW)

 

De la Rose helped Leksands earn a promotion to the SEL with his fine two way play. He excelled Internationally on the junior stage for Team Sweden as he used his sizeable frame to open up scoring lanes and eagerly drove to the net. He does a little bit of everything well and complements skilled players with his tireless work ethic. De la Rose had six goals and 12 points in 38 games this season.

 

30. Chicago Blackhawks Zach Fucale (G)

 

Despite the sensational play of Crawford, the Blackhawks need to add depth to their goaltending position and Fucale has the potential to be a starter in the NHL. Calm and poised he posted a 64-7 record with a 2.35 GAA and a .909 save percentage en route to a QMJHL Championship and a Memorial Cup. He should get a strong look to be the starter for Team Canada at next year's WJC.

 

 



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Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator with McKeen’s Hockey, publishers of industry leading scouting and fantasy guide, the McKeen’s Annual Hockey Pool Yearbook. He also contributes to popular blog MapleLeafsHotStove.com ... he can be followed on Twitter @KatsHockey
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