Everyone and their mother likes to come up with a mock draft, and I'm no different.
So, armed with TSN's rankings and a very little knowledge, here's my mostly humorous look at the mock draft. These are done as if the team making the pick were to call me up and ask me who I would take if they would pay me to consult them (hint, hint, I'm available). I'm also assuming no more trades, because it's about impossible to predict.
Taylor Hall, W
--Team Taylor for life! (Or at least until the RFA years run out)
Tyler Seguin, C
--It'll be interesting to see what Boston does with another center (Savard, Bergeron, Krecji) and if Seguin sticks this season
Habs Eyes On The PrizeErik Gudbranson, D
--Panthers get tougher by adding a big, strong defenseman that hits and has all-around ability. They'll hope he can be a Chris Pronger-type player.
Cam Fowler, D
--A big, good skating defenseman that can handle the puck. A player that this team has literally never had.
5 NY Islanders
Brett Connolly, W
--"Don't worry about his hip, what could possibly go wrong" -- Rick DiPietro
The rest after the jump...
6 Tampa Bay
Brandon Gormley, D
--Good all around defenseman is Yzerman's first pick as a GM. Maybe not flashy, but a sure bet.
Nino Niederreiter, W
--A budding star that's showing he's a finisher with a 36 goals in the WHL. Plus "El Nino" to the Hurricanes? Come on.
Ryan Johansen, C
--Rapidly improving player, he's drawn comparisons to Joe Thornton or Eric Staal as an offensive center.
Jeff Skinner, C
--Considered the best pure goal scorer in the draft, and since that's sort of the object of the sport, Minnesota's happy to scoop him up here.
10 NY Rangers
Alex Burmistrov, C
--He's already in North America, so that's a good thing. Some have said he's kind of like Pavel Datsyuk, which is a better thing.
Jack Campbell, G
--Most think Dallas might go D here, but it's tough to pass up a big time goalie.
Emerson Etem, C
--Perfect story for the Southern Cal boy to get drafted by an area team. Beyond that, he's said to be perhaps the fastest skater and has good numbers in juniors.
Derek Forbort, D
--He's good but not great in about every category. Why will he get picked so high? You can't teach/coach 6'5" defensemen that do everything well.
14 St. Louis
Mikael Granlund, W
--Slick playmaking winger that was voted smartest player in the draft class.
Kiril Kabanov, W
--The most controversial pick in the draft. Kabanov's got #1 overall talent, but everyone he comes in contact with; from teams to coaches to agencies, drop him almost immediately. Florida needs to hit a home run, and you can't do that unless you swing the bat.
Nick Bjugstad, C
--Big (6'5"), has a nice pedigree (Minnesota's Mr. Hockey) and heading off to college (U Minnesota).
Austin Watson, W
--Questions about his overall skill, but he's got size, speed and will forecheck, which makes him a fitting addition for Colorado's young crop of players.
Jarred Tinordi, D
--College-bound defenseman? Nashville will take 'em!
19 LA Kings
Riley Sheahan, C
--If worries about his offensive abilities in Notre Dame's defensive system come true, could be the biggest 1st round bust from ND since Brady Quinn.
20 Pittsburgh Penguins
Dylan McIlrath, D
--Voted the meanest player in the draft (unanimously). He's big at 6'4, 215, often hits players, isn't afraid to drop the gloves. Offensively he's not likely to develop into a big-time point player, but the Pens found Brooks Orpik about this deep in the draft 10 years ago (!!) and McIlrath seems like a similar, if even more abrasive player.
Mark Pysyk, D
--Considered a very safe, but unspectacular player that has an NHL future, but not a star. Sounds perfect for Detroit who may lose guys like Lidstrom and Rafalski soon.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW
--A roll of the dice to draft a Russian player and hope you can get him from the KHL. But it's Phoenix, what do they have to lose? If it doesn't work out with Tarasenko, they might not even be in town or have jobs under the new ownership anyways. Tarasenko is thought to have Top 10 talent, so why not?
Jonathan Merrill, D
--Has an under-age drinking charge to him. Hopefully he won't have any run-ins with the cabbies in Patrick Kane's hometown.
Quinton Howden, W
--A fast, reliable two-way player that put up a point/game last season. Another nice chip for Chicago as they reload with fresh talent.
John McFarland, C
--A couple years ago, McFarland was considered in the Hall/Seguin debate for top overall player. Attitude and a poor season might bounce him out of the first round.
Jaden Schwartz, C
--They love the Western Canadian boys. Schwartz is small, which doesn't fit the Washington profile, but he has a ton of skill and for a team a little weak on the C depth chart after Nicklas Backstrom, here's a good chance to grab a potential 2C.
Brock Nelson, C
--Big and thought to have goal scoring potential, he'll probably be the one going to Washington with the smaller Schwartz dropping here. Oh well, too late to edit now.
28 San Jose
Calvin Pickard, G
--The post-Nabokov era begins next season, so they'll need to be mindful of keeping quality goalies in the system.
Justin Faulk, D
--Great offensive ability and the 4th U.S. defenseman to be chosen in this mock draft! U-S-A! U-S-A!!
Beau Bennett, W
--They say he's "immature" so he'll fit right in. Also watch out for that weak competition that he feasted on to put up gaudy numbers. It's a little bit of a risk, but one the Cup champs can afford to take.