The Anaheim Ducks are looking t build on a strong season, but one that was marred by a scary injury to All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller. His vertigo symptoms did not improve over the second half, and there might be some concern that he may not recover. However for this pick will be used to address potential shortcomings in another area. As I noted Sunday, there is the concern over the aging of Selanne and Koivu. Even if both return next season, they will not be around forever. Also the defense can use an upgrade.
The Anaheim Ducks select, from Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League, defenseman Oscar Klefbom.
Jared’s Analysis – Oscar Klefbom has the potential to do great things in the NHL. He still has some work to do in his own end, but he could be a stellar all-around player, and at 6’3″ he has the size to be a dominant force at both ends of the ice. Ranked #10 by ISS, he is a steal for the Ducks at #22.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
|9||BOSTON (FR TOR)||Duncan Siemens|
|15||NY RANGERS||Mark McNeill|
Now on the clock for the #23 selection, is the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PREVIEWING THE PENGUINS
2010-2011 Record: 49-25-8 (4th Overall)
Goals for: 13th
Goals Against: 6th
Power Play: 25th
Penalty Kill: 1st
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Simon Despres (D), Eric Tangradi (LW), Beau Bennett (RW), Dustin Jeffrey (C), Tom Kuhnhackl (C)
NEEDS: The Penguins finished 4th overall despite missing two of the top 10 players in the league so they are not hurting at the present time. Looking at the prospect list, there seems to be a nice balance, so there are no pressingg needs there. Essentially the Penguins will be picking the player who caught their eye during the past season, who is probably higher on their draft board than anyone else’s.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. JT Miller, LW, USA Under-18 (USHL)
2. Connor Murphy, D, USA Under-18 (USHL)
3. Jonas Brodin, D, Farjestad (SWE ELITE)
4. Alexandr Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)
5. Victor Rask, C, Leksands (SWE ELITE)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE Tuesday evening to see the Penguins’ selection, as the Fansided mock draft continues!