The Washington Capitals are up next for the 26th selection in the NHL Mock Draft. With a young core of talented players in every area of the club, this pick will be afforded the time to develop properly in the system. Hopefully by the time he is ready, the Capitals will have had some post-season success.
Picking for the Capitals is Philip, Staff Writer for Capitals Outsider.
Vladislav Namestnikov (C) – London Knights (OHL)
Philip from Capitals Outsider offers some insight into the pick:
The Capitals continue their recent trend of selecting talented Centers early in the draft, and shockingly another Russian. Namestnikov is very skilled offensively, not much of a liability defensively, but like many young players, needs strength development.
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|
|19||EDMONTON (FR LA)||Mark Schiefele|
|21||OTTAWA (FR NSH)||Nicklas Jensen|
|25||TORONTO (FR PHI)||Boone Jenner|
Now on the clock for the #27 selection, is the Tampa Bay Lightning.
PREVIEWING THE LIGHTNING
2010-2011 Record: 46-25-11 (8th Overall)
Goals for: 8th
Goals Against: 21st
Power Play: 6th
Penalty Kill: 8th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Brett Connolly (C), Carter Ashton (RW), Richard Panik (RW), Johan Harju (LW), James Wright (C)
NEEDS: The Tampa Bay Lightning showed their potential in the post-season by making it to the Conference finals and pushing Boston to the limit. This was on the shoulders of a 41 year old goaltender, however. The explosive offense is there for years, and coach Guy Boucher seems to have turned Vincent Lecavalier around as he had a much better second half than first to his season. They could use more depth on the blue line going forward, as they are an aging group with the exception of Victor Hedman.
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. Alexandr Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)
4. Victor Rask, C, Leksands (SWE ELITE)
5. David Musil, D, Vancouver (WHL)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE on Thursday evening to see who “Bolts By The Bay” selects on behalf of the Lightning, as the Fansided mock draft continues!