1. Edmonton Oilers- Taylor Hall-LW- Windsor Spitfires (OHL)- NHL Comparable: Pavel Bure
Stats: GP 57, G 40, A 66, Pts. 106
Hard to pass up this explosive offensive player. The duo of Hall and Jordan Eberle will be dangerous.
Stats: GP 41, G 2, A 21, Pts. 23, +11
The Bruins shock everyone by not picking Tyler Seguin because of their depth down the middle. Instead, they pick a successor to Zdeno Chara. He is a future #1 with good size at 6'3" and good passing
Stats: GP 63, G 48, A 58, Pts. 106, +17
The Panthers build around this exremely talented young playmaker
Stats: GP 58, G 16, A 54, Pts. 70, +31
A great two-way and potential #1 d-man, he could fit nicely into the current group of offensive d-men in the jackets organization
Stats: GP 55, G 8, A 47, Pts. 55, +38
Fowler is a very skilled and smart puck-moving defenseman. Just what the Isles need. Also a good complement to de Haan.
Stats: GP 65, G 36, A 24, Pts. 60, +11
One of the most talked about prospects entering the draft, Swiss-phenom Niederreiter has shown great hockey sense along with great two-way play, back-checking, and somewhat of a mean-streak. Could be Stamkos's go-to guy for years to come
Stats: GP 16, G 10, A 9, Pts. 19
Connolly missed much of the year with a hip injury which ended up requiring surgery dropping his stock, but nevertheless, he has great size and strength, along with great hands and the potential to be a big time goal scorer.
8. Atlanta Thrashers- Ryan Johanssen C- Portland Winterhawks (WHL)- NHL Comparable: Jean Ratelle
Stats: GP 71, G 25, A 44, Pts. 69
This kid has seen his stock rise all year and the Thrashers will need a new first line center to replace Nik Antropov in the near future. He is a strong skater, great puck distributor and scorer.
9. Minnesota Wild- Alexander Burmistrov F- Barrie Colts (OHL)- NHL Comparable: Vincent Lecavlier
GP 62, G 22, A 43, Pts. 65, +32
Burmistrov has the flashy goal scoring moves and finesse that will fill the seats of the Xcel Center and be the go-to man for Mikko Koivu for many years
GP 72, G 37, A 27, Pts. 64, +8
Etem is very hard to knock off the puck, a terror near the net, and has good hands. Too good for the Rangers to passover.
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