Friday, June 25, 2010

The Hockey Spy’s NHL 2010 Mega Three Round Mock Draft

Today’s article embarks on my final mock draft of the season – 3 Rounds with 10 bonus picks!

Notes: (Please read to get the most enjoyment from this mock draft.)
*The table is “sortable” – that is, if you click on any of the headings it will sort that particular column.
*For detailed prospect profiles (Top 30), check out the Home Page for my monster 2010 Entry Draft Preview. Click on players name to go to prospect profile article.

Taylor Hall #4 {Photo: Leon T Switzer @
*Just under the title, you can click “Show” and change the quantity you show on one page or you can simply click on bottom right hand corner of table to scroll through the mock draft.
*Use the “Search” field to find your team’s picks (use city name).

The first 10 picks:

1. EdmontonHall, TaylorLW1WindsorOHLExplosive offensive dynamo; Oilers toy with taking Seguin, but have to take Bure-like Hall
2. Boston (from TOR)Seguin, TylerC2PlymouthOHLBruins covet Hall, but settle for Yzerman-esque franchise centerman; Crash-cart on stand-by for Brian Burke
3. FloridaGormley, BrandonD6MonctonQMJHLNew GM Tallon envisions Duncan Keith Part Deux?
4. ColumbusGudbranson, ErikD5KingstonOHLPhysical force on back end Blue Jackets badly need; offensive upside
5. NY IslandersNiederreiter, NinoRW4PortlandWHL"El Nino" Swiss Rick Nash to flank Tavares
6. Tampa BayCampbell, JackG12Usa U-18USDPPut goalie woes to bed; Cool as ice franchise goaltender
7. CarolinaFowler, CamD3WindsorOHLSublime skating QB blueliner Canes sorely lack
8. AtlantaJohansen, RyanC10PortlandWHLFranchise center; Eric Staal-like rocketed up rankings
9. MinnesotaSkinner, JeffRW9KitchenerOHLSuper sniper; Not Gaborik-like speed demon, but don't worry about his skating
10. NY RangersEtem, EmersonRW7Medicine HatWHLCalifornia kid is one of the draft's fastest & has finish

 Read on for the rest of the picks...


Friday, June 11, 2010

The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview - "Home Page"

Calgary Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones (31) makes a save on Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall (4) at the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba May 17, 2010. The Canadian Hockey League's championship tournament runs until May 23. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

This marks the second year my annual monster draft preview has been hosted here at The Hockey Writers (THW). For last year’s detailed draft preview click here – 2009 NHL Entry Draft Preview.

*Also note, “We’re pleased to announce that The Hockey Writers will be hosting a webcast covering the entire First Round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, being held in Los Angeles on June 25th. We’ll be webcasting live from the Rbar, in the shadow of Nationwide Arena, from the beautiful Arena District in downtown Columbus, Ohio.”

*Check out and bookmark this link for more information on the Live Draft Coverage!

THW’s Live Draft Webcast – June 25th, 2010

Here are the Top 10 NHL 2010 Draft Prospects: 

1. Taylor Hall
2. Tyler Seguin
3. Cam Fowler
4. Nino Niederreiter
5. Erik Gudbranson
6. Brandon Gormley
7. Emerson Etem
8. Brett Connolly
9. Jeffrey Skinner
10. Ryan Johansen

I have now completed 17 detailed prospect profiles. Tune in to my "Home Page" preview article at The Hockey Writers for much more draft coverage and links to all the prospect profile as well as mock drafts.

Read on:


Friday, June 4, 2010

The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Jeffrey Skinner

2010 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game

Jeffrey Skinner

Position: Center

Age: 18

Date of Birth: May 16, 1992

Place of Birth: Markham, Ontario

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 182

Shoots: Left

2009-10 Team: Kitchener(OHL)

NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010


After a very impressive 50 goal campaign as a 17 year old in the OHL, Skinner absolutely exploded in the playoffs and took his game to an even higher level scoring 20 goals in 20 games and added 13 assists.

He is one of the top snipers in the draft, possessing one of the best sets of hands bar none.

Why then is there such a wide range of opinion on where Skinner will go in the upcoming draft?
Read on at The Hockey Writers...’s-2010-nhl-entry-draft-preview-–-jeffrey-skinner/


The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Brett Connolly

Brett Connolly

Born: May 2, 1992 in Campbell River, British Columbia

Height/Weight: 6-2/181 pounds

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

2009-10 Team: Prince George (WHL)

NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010


Two word – hip injury.

No one denies Connolly’s high end talent. In actual fact, if not for his serious hip injury that required surgery and caused him to miss nearly the entire season, few doubt that he’d be giving Hall and Seguin a run for the prospect available.

When Brett is healthy, he’s an intensely competitive goal scoring force with good size and very good skating ability.

Read on at THW:’s-2010-nhl-entry-draft-preview-–-brett-connolly/


The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Emerson Etem

Emerson Etem

Position: C/W

Shoots: Right

Height: 6-0

Weight: 194 lbs

Birthdate: 1992-06-16

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Current team: Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL

NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010


Etem plays for one of the best coaches in the CHL in Willie Desjardins who marvels over the explosive forward: “Emerson is a great skater who opens up the ice real well. He is a real professional already. Everyday he prepares like a pro. His biggest strength is he wants to improve as a player. When you tell him something he is prepared to do it.” (

Dynamic skating speedsters with a goal-scorer’s touch are not easy to come by.He is also one of the younger of the top players available in the draft.

Read on at The Hockey Writers...’s-2010-nhl-entry-draft-preview-–-emerson-etem/


The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Erik Gudbranson

NHL Combine 2010 - Day One

My 2010 NHL Entry Draft prospet profiles and draft coverage continues at The Hockey Writers (THW)

Age: 18

Date of birth: January 07, 1992

Place of birth: Ottawa, Ont., Canada

Ht: 6-3.75 Wt: 195

Shoots: R

Current team: Kingston Frontenacs, OHL

NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010


Gudbranson might be raw at this point, but he’s the prototypical big, physical, skilled defenseman every GM and scout covets. He had a good sophomore year, but was limited somewhat as he battled a knee injury as well as a lengthy bout with mononucleosis.

Read on...’s-2010-nhl-entry-draft-preview-–-erik-gudbranson/

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