HW Community Mock Draft 2013: Day 11

Bruce Bennett

On the board: HDZx. You have until 9:59PM CDT to make your pick!

DAY 10 RECAP

I know some of you may feel like this is going at a snails pace but we just finished two rounds in 10 days with 17 more days to go! We will be able to get quite far in this mock!

But today, the Nashville Predators GM No O in Predators! was able to hook HW up with an exclusive interview they did with TSN's Bob Mckenzie:

Why Lindholm over Drouin?

First off, Lindholm was the guy we wanted all along. We would have loved to trade down and pick him up at 5,6,7 or 8 but do to extenuating circumstances we were just not able to make that happen.

Again, why Lindholm over Drouin?

Lindholm is a perfect fit for what we try and do here in Nashville. Our forwards are required to play sound defense, be solid two way players or they can go back to Russia. The problem that has occurred here in Nashville is that we lack some truly gifted offensive players in our top 6. That is where Lindholm comes into play. Combining his offensive prowess and defensive responsibility, he creates a position of strength at the center position going forward.

Do you project Lindholm to skate alongside newly acquired Filip Forsberg?

On a different note Bob, what do you think of the coup we pulled off to acquire Forsberg from the Capitols? Talk about highway robbery! Makes you wonder how some GMs keep their jobs, right WANG and GARTH? Anyways, back to your question... what was your question again?

Do you project Lindholm to skate alongside newly acquired Filip Forsberg?

Without a doubt, we see these two as being the top line core of our hockey team for the next 10-15 years. While it was not a deciding factor, it is very good for our club that both of the players are from Sweden and will be playing together internationally for the next decade or so. That will only help to make them and our hockey club that much better in the long run.

What did you see in Bjorkstrand that made you trade up to take him with the 55th pick?

We had him as an end of the first round talent. While he could surprise us and end up being a first line talent, we really see him as a second line player with 1st unit power play specialist written all over him. He gets to the dirty areas, has a lot of fight and a booming shot. He has a very quick release and can score from anywhere, in any situation. Very smart kid. To get him at the back end of the second round is a big win for us.

So are you happy with your draft so far?

Besides not being able to trade down and still get Lindholm, I am very happy. Our goal as an organization was to grab 2 offensive threats with our first two picks that still fit into our scheme of what we are trying to do. I think we hit a home run in accomplishing that.

What are your plans for the rest of the draft?

I know I shouldn't tell you incase my fellow GMs pick up on this interview, but we plan on taking a goalie with every pick we have left. What's the old saying? "You can never have to many goalies"?


DAY 10 SELECTIONS

55TH OVERALL - The Nashville Predators select Oliver Bjorkstrand, goal-scoring forward from the Porltand Winterhawks of the WHL.

General Manager No O in Predators!:

Bjorkstrand is one year removed from being the 26th pick in the CHL import draft to being the 55th pick in the NHL entry draft. He projects as a second line winger and 1st unit powerplay. Like most draft picks, his knock is that he needs to get bigger/stronger.


Bjorkstrand has a heavy shot and a quick release. Aggressive forechecker with little fear of traffic in attacking zone. Responsible defensively, but strong suit is a nose for the net.


Bjorkstrand is a natural sniper who has very heavy wrist and snap shots, along with an excellent one-timer. His shooting arsenal features an excellent release which he uses to fool goaltenders when he is coming down the wing on a rush, or after setting up in the offensive zone. He has a real knack for getting open either by trailing slightly behind on rush, or by finding the soft spot in the defence to unleash his vast shooting arsenal. A tad undersized, has outstanding stickhandling and is tough to knock off the puck. He is very shifty and is able to avoid checks and buy time for his teammates to get open. He is an underrated playmaker with very good vision and passing skills. Bjorkstrand attempts to go to the key areas, and shows no lack of intensity in battling for pucks along the boards, but he must get stronger before he is able to really be successful in this aspect of his game.

56TH OVERALL - The Edmonton Oilers select defenseman Brett Pesce from University of New Hampshire.

General Manager ThatGuy22:

The Oiler’s continue to add Defense in selecting the intelligent, smooth skating from New Hampshire. Pesce started his college career as 17 year old true Freshman, and should be a good puck mover in the NHL with his skating and hockey iq. At 170 lbs, Pesce is going to need to spend the next couple years at college filling out his 6’3" frame, but that shouldn’t be a problem with the extra work out time playing NCAA hockey provides.

57TH OVERALL - The Los Angeles Kings select Slovakian forward Marko Dano from HC Slovan Bratislava,

General Manager wildfansec108row11:

Fast and physical forward that is similar to the "Grumpy Swede." He can add a little offense with good stickhandling and a good shot. Could be a good replacement for Dustin Brown when he becomes a FA.

58TH OVERALL - The Boston Bruins select offensive defenseman Jordan Subban from Belleville Bulls

General Manager sarahconnors:

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59TH OVERALL - The Winnipeg Jets selected skilled forward Connor Hurley from Edina.

HW Danccchan's Take

Talented and skill but playing at a lower level, Hurley has traveled non-stop to prove to NHL teams that he can play against the best. He had some time in the USHL and with the USA team but will get his chance to prove any doubters wrong next season when he heads to the University of Notre Dame.

60TH OVERALL - The San Jose Sharks select Ryan Kujawinski from the Kingston Frontenacs

General Manager J.A.Berty1330:

With the 60th overall pick in the 2013 HW NHL Mock Draft the SJS are proud to select, from the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, C Ryan Kujawinski.

Kujawinski has good offensive potential, a big frame and good skating ability. He has reportedly been plagued with inconsistency, but has the size, skating, and offense to make an impact in the NHL.

DRAFT BOARD

ROUND 1

# Drafting Name Pos Team
1 COL JONES, SETH D PORTLAND (WHL)
2 FLA MACKINNON, NATHAN C HALIFAX (QMJHL)
3 TBL NICHUSHKIN, VALERI RW DYNAMO (RUSSIA)
4 NSH LINDHOLM, ELIAS C BRYNAS (SWEDEN)
5 CAR DROUIN, JONATHAN LW HALIFAX (QMJHL)
6 CGY BARKOV, ALEKSANDER C TAPPARA (FINLAND)
7 EDM RISTOLAINEN, RASMUS D TPS (FINLAND)
8 BUF ZADOROV, NIKITA D LONDON (OHL)
9 NYI (via NJD) MONAHAN, SEAN C OTTAWA (OHL)
10 DAL SHINKARUK, HUNTER C/LW MEDICINE HAT (WHL)
11 PHI NURSE, DARNELL D SAULT STE MARIE (OHL)
12 PHX WENNBERG, ALEXANDER C DJURGARDEN (SWE-2)
13 WPG DOMI, MAX C LONDON (OHL)
14 CBJ FREDERIK GAUTHIER C RIMOUSKI (QMJHL)
15 NJD (via NYI)
ZYKOV, VALENTIN
LW
BAIE-COMEAU (QMJHL)
16 BUF (via MIN) MANTHA, ANTHONY
RW
VAL-D'OR (QMJHL)
17 OTT THEODORE, SHEA
D
SEATTLE (WHL)
18 DET DE LA ROSE, JACOB
C
LEKSAND (SWE-2)
19 CBJ (via NYR) ERNE, ADAM
LW
QUEBEC (QMJHL)
20 SJS PULOCK, RYAN
D
BRANDON (WHL)
21 TOR HORVAT, BO
C
LONDON (OHL)
22 CGY (via STL) MORRISSEY, JOSH
D
PRINCE ALBERT (WHL)
23 WSH HAGG, ROBERT
D
MODO JR (SWE-JR)
24 VAN MORIN, SAMUEL
D
RIMOUSKI (QMJHL)
25 MTL LAZAR, CURTIS
RW/C
EDMONTON (WHL)
26 ANA MCCOSHEN, IAN
D
WATERLOO (USHL)
27 CBJ (via LAK) BURAKOWSKY, ANDRE C MALMO (SWE-D1)
28 DAL (via BOS) RYCHEL, KERBY LW WINDSOR (OHL)
29 MIN (via CGY)
FUCALE, ZACH
G
HALIFAX (QMJHL)
30 CHI BIGRAS, CHRIS
D
OTTAWA (OHL)

ROUND 2

# Drafting Name Pos Team
31 FLA VANNELLI, TOMMY
D
MINNETONKA (HIGH-MN)
32 COL KLIMCHUK, MORGAN
LW
REGINA (WHL)
33 TBL BOWEY, MADISON
D
KELOWNA (WHL)
34 MTL (via NSH) HARTMAN, RYAN
RW
PLYMOUTH (OHL)
35 CAR BUCHNEVICH, PAVEL
LW
SEVERSTAL (RUSSIA)
36 MTL (via CGY) MUELLER, MIRCO
D
EVERETT (WHL)
37 EDM MCCARRON, MICHAEL RW USNTDP
38 BUF SANTINI, STEVEN D USNTDP
39 NJD JARRY, TRISTAN G EDMONTON (WHL)
40 DAL COMPHER, J.T. C USNTDP
41 PHI KLAVINS, EDGARS LW/RW EIK (ELITSERIEN)
42 PHX PETAN, NICOLAS C PORTLAND (WHL)
43 WPG COMRIE, ERIC
G
TRI-CITY (WHL)
44 CBJ DESROSIERS, PHILIPPE
G
RIMOUSKI (QMJHL)
45 ANA (via NYI) BAILEY, JUSTIN
C
KITCHENEER (OHL)
46 CGY (via MIN) HILL, TYLER
RW
HOTCHKISS (HIGH-CT)
47 STL (via OTT) GRAVES, RYAN
D
PEI (QMJHL)
48 DET HEATHERINTON, DILLON
D
SWIFT CURRENT (WHL)
49 SJS (via NYR) CARRIER, WILLIAM
C
CAPE BRETON (QMJHL)
50 SJS LEHKONEN, ARTURRI
C
KALPA (FINLAND)
51 TOR WHEATON, MITCHELL
D
KELOWNA (WHL)
52 BUF (via STL) LODGE, JIMMY
C
SAGINAW (OHL)
53 WSH SLEPYSHEV, ANTON LW SALAVAT (KHL)
54 DAL (via VAN) KOSTALEK, JAN D RIMOUSKI (QMJHL
55 NSH (via MTL) BJORKSTRAND, OLIVER
LW
PORTLAND (WHL)
56 EDM (via ANA) PESCE, BRETT
D
UNH (NCAA)
57 LAK DANO, MARKO
C
HC SLOVAN B (SLOVAKIA)
58 BOS SUBBAN, JORDAN
D
BELLEVILLE (OHL)
59 WPG (Comp) HURLEY, CONNOR
C
EDINA (HIGH-MN)
60 SJS (via PIT) KUJAWINSKI, RYAN C KINGSTON (OHL)
61 WPG (via CHI) ROY, MARC-OLIVIER
C
BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND (QMJHL)

ROUND 3

# Drafting Name Pos Team
62 PHX (via SJS) THOMPSON, KEATON D UND (USNDTP)
63 COL


64 MTL (via NSH)



65 NYR (via NSH)


66 CAR


67 CGY


68 DAL (via EDM)


69 BUF


70 MIN (via NJD)


71 MTL (via DAL)


72 PHI


73 PHX


74 WPG


75 NYR (via CBJ)


76 NYI


77 PIT (via MIN)


78 OTT


79 DET


80 NYR


81 CGY (via MIN)


82 TOR


83 STL


84 WSH


85 VAN (via FLA)


86 MTL


87 ANA


88 LAK


89 BOS


90 PIT


91 WPG (via CHI)


ROUND 4

# Drafting Name Pos Team
92 FLA


93 COL


94 STL (via TBL)


95 NSH


96 LAK (via CAR)


97 CGY


98 FLA (via EDM)


99 NSH (via BUF)


100 NJD


101
DAL


102
OTT (via PHI)


103
LAK (via PHX)


104
WPG


105
CBJ


106
NYI


107
MIN


108
OTT


109
DET


110
NYR


111 SJS (via CHI)


112 MTL (via NSH)



113 STL


114 WSH


115 VAN


116 NJD (via NYI)


117 ANA


118 LAK


119 BOS


120 PIT


121 CHI


ROUND 5

# Drafting Name Pos Team
122 FLA


123 COL


124 TBL


125 NSH


126 CAR


127 WSH (via CGY)


128 EDM


129 BUF


130 BUF (via NJD)


131 DAL


132 PHI


133 PHX


134 WPG


135 CGY (via CLB)


136 NYI


137 MIN


138 OTT


139 DET


140 NSH (via NYR)


141 SJS


142 TOR


143 BUF (via STL)


144 WSH


145 VAN


146 LAK (via MTL)


147 ANA


148 LAK


149 BOS


150 DAL (via PIT)


151 CHI


ROUND 6

# Drafting Name Pos Team
152 FLA


153 COL


154 TBL


155 NSH


156 CAR


157 CGY


158 EDM


159 BUF


160 NJD


161 DAL


162 PHI


163 PHX


164 WPG


165 CLB


166 NJD (via NYI)


167 MIN


168 OTT


169 DET


170 NYR


171 NSH (via SJS)


172 TOR


173 STL


174 WSH


175 VAN


176 MTL


177 ANA


178 LAK


179 BOS


180 PIT


181 CHI



ROUND 7

# Drafting Name Pos Team
182 DAL (via FLA)


183 COL


184 TBL


185 NSH


186 TBL (via CAR)


187 CGY


188 EDM


189 BUF


190 WPG (via NJD)


191 LAK (via DAL)


192 PHI


193 PHX


194 PIT (via WPG)


195 CLB


196 NYI


197 MIN


198 CGY (via OTT)


199 DET


200 MIN (via NYR)


201 SJS


202 TOR


203 STL


204 WSH


205 VAN


206 MTL


207 SJS (via ANA)


208 LAK


209 BOS


210 PIT


211 CHI



GM List - LINK HERE

We will be updating the picks as the draft goes along so check this post as well as our twitter, @hockeywildernes, for updates.

For a complete list of draft picks, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_NHL_Entry_Draft

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