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DetAvs' 2010 Mock Draft

I've never done one of these before, so I thought I'd do it just for fun. Some of it is based on things I've heard from reliable sources, some is based on draft tendencies, and some of it just educated guessing.

1. Edmonton - Tyler Seguin - Edmonton prefers Seguin, Seguin is the BPA and Seguin best fits their team needs.
2. Boston - Taylor Hall - They get their guy. Wouldn't surprise me if they had a deal under the table with Edmonton.
3. Florida - Erik Gudbranson - Immensely overrated, but Florida traditionally makes really bad decisions.
4. Columbus - Cam Fowler
5. NY Islanders - Brandon Gormley

6. Tampa Bay - Brett Connolly - Yzerman is going to take a guy with franchise potential.
7. Carolina - Alex Burmistrov - It's high for Burmistrov, but everything I'm hearing is that the Canes have a crush on Burmistrov.
8. Atlanta - Jack Campbell - I figure Campbell goes to either Tampa or Atlanta. Both need goalies in their system.
9. Minnesota - Jeff Skinner - Will turn out to be a steal at #9.
10. NY Rangers - Vlad Tarasenko
11. Dallas - Nino Niederreiter - Good luck with that, Dallas.
12. Anaheim - Derek Forbort
13. Phoenix - Ryan Johansen

14. St. Louis - Austin Watson - Perfect fit.
15. Florida - Mikael Granlund
16. Ottawa - Emerson Etem

17. Colorado - Nick Bjugstad - Not my preference, but it fits Colorado's draft profile and team needs.
18. Nashville - Tyler Toffoli
19. Los Angeles - Beau Bennett

20. Pittsburgh - Kirill Kabanov - Pens have a history of taking big talent that drops.
21. Detroit - Dylan McIlrath - You'd think they would go Rensfeldt or Larsson here, but I'm hearing they're infatuated with McIlrath.
22. Phoenix - John Merrill
23. Buffalo - Riley Sheahan

24. Atlanta - John McFarland - With two firsts, they can take a chance later.
25. Vancouver - Mark Pysyk - A steal at #25.
26. Washington - Jarred Tinordi
27. Montreal - Jason Zucker
28. San Jose - Teemu Pulkkinen
29. Anaheim - Quinton Howden
30. Chicago - Evgeny Kuznetsov

FYI, Bjugstad is a 6'4" 190lb center from Blaine High School in Minnesota. He's a right-shot center, which tends to hold more value, but I imagine he'll move to wing by the time he's NHL-ready. He's an excellent skater, more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer (you have to take his stats with a grain of salt when you consider the competition - 25gp 29g 31a 60pts 24pim), and is known for both his leadership and his character. Plays hard every shift and has considerable upside. To put it in Avs terms, he's like a bigger, faster Lappy with more offensive ability and upside while not much of a fighter. He's headed to the University of Minnesota this fall. I'd prefer McIlrath, but the Avs rarely pick who I'd like them to.

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