Mock Draft: Bryce Forbes

Thursday, 30.05.2013 / 10:05 AM -

NOTE: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final. Picks 29-30 have been listed by regular season standings.

1 - Colorado Avalanche: Seth Jones - D - Portland (WHL): The smooth-skating defenceman will surely become one of the new cornerstones of his favourite team growing up, the Colorado Avalanche.

2 - Florida Panthers: Nathan MacKinnon - C - Halifax (QMJHL): He’s a franchise-altering player the Florida Panthers can pencil in as No. 1 centre for years to come.

3 - Tampa Bay Lightning: Jonathan Drouin - LW - Halifax (QMJHL): Of the Top 3 selections, he played the best at the World Juniors last year and flew up the charts because of it.

4 - Nashville Predators: Aleksander Barkov - C - Tappara (FIN): The 6-foot-3 centreman put up 48 points this year in the top league in Finland.

5 - Carolina Hurricanes: Valeri Nichushkin - RW - Chelyabinsk (RUS): The combination of size and speed, and his willingness to come over to North America next season makes it too much for the Carolina Hurricanes to pass up.

6 - Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan - C - Ottawa (OHL): Scouts say he has the potential of a No. 1 centre with scoring upside, exactly what the Flames need.

7 - Edmonton Oilers: Darnell Nurse - D - Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): After picking forward after forward in the first round for year, the Edmonton Oilers finally start solidifying their back-end with this bruising defenceman.

8 - Buffalo Sabres: Elias Lindholm - C - Brynas (SWE): Despite spending two first rounders last year on centreman, the Sabres take the best player available with Lindholm.

9 - New Jersey Devils: Ryan Pulock - D - Brandon (WHL): As the Devils continue to revamp their team, they select Pulock, the offensive defenceman from the Brandon Wheat Kings.

10 - Dallas Stars: Curtis Lazar - C/RW - Edmonton (WHL): Watching him closely in the WHL Playoffs, my pulse rose every time I saw him touch the puck in the offensive zone against the Calgary Hitmen.

11 - Philadelphia Flyers: Nikita Zadorov - D - London (OHL): Already 6-foot-5, the Flyers find the big, bruising defenceman they’ve been looking for since Chris Pronger retired.

12 - Phoenix Coyotes: Max Domi - C/LW - London (OHL): One of the faster risers of the Entry Draft, Tie’s kid capitalizes on a great OHL playoffs to be selected by the Phoenix Coyotes.

13 - Winnipeg Jets: Robert Hagg - D - Modo Jr. (SWE-JR.): The rugged defenceman developed enough during last season to play with the highest level in Sweden.

14 - Columbus Blue Jackets: Rasmus Ristolainen - D - TPS (FIN): You can’t teach size and the defenceman from Finland has it. Standing 6-foot-4, he’s already playing against men in his native land.

15 - New York Islanders: Alexander Wennberg - C - Djurgarden (SWE-2): A speedy centreman who has shown a scoring touch over in Sweden.

16 - Buffalo Sabres (VIA Minnesota Wild): Hunter Shinkaruk - C/LW - Medicine Hat (WHL): At one time, the Medicine Hat Tigers forward was a Top-5 prospect. His slide ends at 16.

17 - Ottawa Senators: Valentin Zykov - LW - Baie-Comeau (QMJHL): The reigning QMJHL Rookie of the Year uses his size to his advantage, and has a scoring touch to boot.

18 - Detroit Red Wings: Frederik Gauthier - C - Rimouski (QMJHL): He doesn’t have the hands to be a scorer at the next-level, but scouts love his size and two-way game.

19 - Columbus Blue Jackets (VIA New York Rangers): Anthony Mantha - RW - Val-d'Or (QMJHL): The kid knows how to score with 50 markers in the QMJHL, and has great size to boot.

20 - San Jose Sharks: Mirco Mueller - D - Everett (WHL): Just a strong, smart-minded defenceman on the back-end.

21 - Toronto Maple Leafs: Bo Horvat - C - London (OHL): Like his teammate in London Max Domi, Horvat used a strong OHL playoffs and extended Memorial Cup run to raise his draft profile.

22 - Calgary Flames (VIA St. Louis Blues): Kerby Rychel - LW - Windsor (OHL): The son of former NHLer Warren Rychel, luckily for teams he’s shown more offensive ability than his dad ever did.

23 - Washington Capitals: Adam Erne - LW - Quebec (QMJHL): Not the sexiest pick of the year, but he forecasts as a strong two-way player at the next level.

24 - Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Hartman - C/RW - Plymouth (OHL): An agitator with the Plymouth Whalers, he’s shown a scoring touch with more than a point a game last season.

25 - Montreal Canadians: Morgan Klimchuk - LW - Regina (WHL): The Calgary native has shown signs to be able to snipe goals with the best of them with the Regina Pats.

26 - Anaheim Ducks: Joshua Morrissey - D - Prince Albert (WHL): He’s the smartest kid in the CHL (he’s got the award to prove it) and that should help him, at least in my opinion.

27 - Columbus Blue Jackets (VIA Los Angeles Kings): Nic Petan - C - Portland (WHL): Lots of questions about his size – he’s only 5-foot-8 – but he scored more points than anyone else this year.

28 - Calgary Flames (VIA Pittsburgh Penguins): Dillon Heatherington - D - Swift Current (WHL): Watching him with the Swift Current Broncos in Round 1 against the Calgary Hitmen, he was easily one of the purest skaters on the ice.

29 - Dallas Stars (VIA Boston Bruins): Zachary Fucale - G - Halifax (QMJHL): The lone goalie I have in the first round this year, he back-stopped the Halifax Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup final berth.

30 - Chicago Blackhawks: Artturi Lehkonen - LW - Kalpa (FIN): Hindered by a pair of concussions, he still managed to put up 30 points in 45 games at the top level of Finnish hockey.

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