Monday, April 6, 2009

The Hockey Spy's 1st 2009 Mock Entry Draft (Part 2 of 3)

Players Ranked 11-20:

Notes up front:

- The mock draft at this point is based on teams drafting BPA (Best Player Available). I will begin with a first round mock and expand from there leading up to the June Entry Draft, likely including three rounds or 100 players.
- I am not a big fan of drafting a goalie in first round unless the talent and potential are simply undeniable. Last year, for instance, given the astronomical odds of actually being a NHL GM, I would have considered selecting Jacob Markstrom and Chet Pitkard in the first round. This year, I would not select a netminder at all. Olivier Roy would be the closest thing to a 1st-round talent goalie, but I seem him more as an early to mid second rounder.
- NHL Player Comparisons are simply to give the reader a feel for the players' style and ultimately likely equal the player's ceiling potential being reached. It is often an exercise in futility, but does offer up some value. If I add the suffix "-lite" or "Jr." After a NHL player comparison, it simply refers to the fact the prospect likely has no chance to reach that high a potential, but rather resembles or plays a style reminiscent of the respective NHLer.
- "One-Timer" heading is meant to be a quick synopsis of the prospect. As we move closer to the June entry draft, The Hockey Spy will reveal more detailed information on the prospective players.
- NHL teams not listed at hits point. I'll wait until positions are set after April 16th.
- Stats are from '08-'09 season in format of GP-G-A-Pts +/- (if latter is available)

# - Name - Hometown - Height - Weight - Amateur League - Amateur Club - Position

11. Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Karlskrona, SWE - 6'2" 176 lbs - Allsvenskan - Leksand - D
One-Timer: The secret is out. Readers don't even need The Hockey Spy to reveal this sky-rocketing gem! "OEL" has been called a poor-man's Nik Lidstrom. That's actually a compliment! Already possessing a pro-level shot, the fluid puck-moving defenseman might very well land in the Top 10 of this draft.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Niklas Kronwall, Nik Lidstrom Jr.-lite
ISS: 28
CSB: not ranked
TSN: 10
NACS: 73

12. David Rundblad - Lycksele, SWE - 6'2" - 190 lbs - SEL - Skelleftea - D
One-Timer: The good-sized Swedish d-man is a beautiful skater, adept at making "coast-to-coast" plays on the ice. He is first and foremost a puck-moving blueliner, but given time to develop a more efficient defensive side to his game, should be become a well-rounded two-way defenseman.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Mark Streit, Scott Niedermayer Jr.-Lite
ISS: 29
CSB: 4-E
TSN: 23
NACS: 23

13. Nazem Kadri - London, ONT - 6'0" - 177 lbs - OHL - London - C
One-Timer: A fast, creative, versatile forward, Kadri is an offensive spark-plug. He displays very good vision on the ice as well and this bodes well for his puck possession style of play.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Marc Savard, Scott Gomez
ISS: 8
CSB: 11-NA
TSN: 8

14. John Moore - Winnetka, ILL - 6'2" - 180 lbs - USHL - Chicago - D
One-Timer: An intriguing combination complete package of skills and size. Out of the USHL, will he be the John Carlson of this year's draft? I read that Moore cites Scott Niedermayer as a major influence, and considers himself a puck-moving defenseman. He also play a relentless physical game and should be a gem if he the whole develops from the sum of his parts.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Scott Niedermayer Jr.-Lite
ISS: 17
TSN: 15
NACS: 16

15. Simon Despres - Laval, PQ - 6'4" - 214 lbs - QMJHL - Saint John - D
One-Timer: Depres projects to be a shutdown blueliner at the next level. He can make a good break out pass out of his own zone and can play physical as well. The big d-man keeps things simple, but efficient on a very consistent basis.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: M.E. Vlasic (but bigger)
ISS: 15
TSN: 14
NACS: 10

16. Peter Holland - Caledon, ONT - 6'2" - 190 lbs - OHL - Brampton - C
One-Timer: The future power forward is a good skater with a nice shot, can also be a set-up man and is no slouch in defensive zone coverage. He is also noted to be effective in the face-off circle and also focuses on scholastics off the ice, planning to earn a degree somewhere along the line - depending on where hockey takes him.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Ryan Kesler, Jason Arnott
ISS: 13
TSN: 17
NACS: 14

17. Scott Glennie - Winnipeg, MTB - 6'1" - 180 lbs - WHL - Brandon - C
One-Timer: A consistent scorer with a pure goal-scorers touch, the speedy and talented forward unfortunately had his season cut short with a broken elbow. At the time, he was tied for 6th in the WHL scoring race. Some wonder if his stock is elevated because of playing with the likes of Schenn and Matt Calvert, but others argue it may in fact be Glennie helping the offensive stats of the other two.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Jeff Carter Jr., Mike Gartner, Geoff Sanderson
ISS: 20
CSB: 12-NA
TSN: 9
NACS: 13

18. Jacob Josefson - Stockholm, SWE - 6'0" - 187 lbs - SEL - Djurgarden - C
One-Timer: The well-ronuded two-way centerman had an up and down year in the SEL, but finished strong with 5 pts in his last 6 games. He has a good level hockey IQ and doesn't shy away from the physical side of the game.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Henrik Sedin-lite, Zetterberg Jr.-Lite
ISS: 10
CSB: 3-E
TSN: 18
NACS: 17

19. Zack Kassian - LaSalle, ONT - 6'3" - 205 lbs - OHL - Peterborough - RW
One-Timer: The stock of this budding power forward has been rising this season after raising his offensive game, averaging just over a PPG in the OHL. He is also one of the OHL's toughest players and doesn't shy away from donnybrooks, but likely needs to show more discipline after sometimes taking needless penalties. There is no doubting the size, skill and energy he brings to the table, but he does need to continue to work on his skating and likewise getting quicker.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Milan Lucic, Scott Hartnell, Brendan Morrow
ISS: 19
CSB: 24-NA
TSN: 16
NACS: 19

20. Calvin de Haan - Carp, On - 6'0" - 165 lbs - OHL - Oshawa - D
One-Timer: The dynamic puck-moving d-man actually increased his production after the trade of Tavares, scoring 17 points in his final 13 games. He actually out-dueled Matt Duchene to win the puck-control relay at the Top Prospects Skill Competition. He does need to fill out physically and although adequate in his own zone, he could improve his defensive play.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Niklas Kronwall
CSB: 38-NA
TSN: 21
NACS: 25

ISS = International Scouting Services
CSB = Central Scouting Bureau (NA = North America , E = Europe)
TSN = Bob McKenzie's mid-season rankings
NACS = North American Central Scouting - Mark Seidel

Next up: Players ranked 1-10


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