NHL Mock Draft Pick #27 – Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the way up.  With Guy Boucher’s system now firmly in place and a final four appearance under their belt, the Lightning will be a mainstay in the conversation of top teams for years to come.  This pick will go a long way to increasing the depth in the future, but will not have an impact in the immediate future.


The Tampa Bay Lightning select, from the US Under 18 National Development program, defenseman Conor Murphy

Tall Drink of Water For Tampa Bay

Jared’s Analysis – A project for the Lightning, Murphy is still trying to find consistency, but has a high ceiling.  He is big, and can handle himself physically.  He had an up and down season due to injury, but closed it out on a high note by scoring the winning goal for the US in the World Under-18 Championships.  He has the bloodlines (his dad is former NHLer Gord Murphy).  A potential long-term partner for Victor Hedman, but is committed to attend Miami-Ohio next season.

 

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Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):

Pick TEAM PLAYER
1 EDMONTON Adam Larsson
2 COLORADO Gabriel Landeskog
3 FLORIDA Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
4 NEW JERSEY Jonathan Huberdeau
5 NY ISLANDERS Sean Couturier
6 OTTAWA Ryan Strome
7 ATLANTA Ryan Murphy
8 COLUMBUS Dougie Hamilton
9 BOSTON (FR TOR) Duncan Siemens
10 MINNESOTA Sven Bartschi
11 COLORADO Jamie Oleksiak
12 CAROLINA Joel Armia
13 CALGARY Mika Zibanejad
14 DALLAS Nathan Beaulieu
15 NY RANGERS Mark McNeill
16 BUFFALO Brandon Saad
17 MONTREAL Joseph Morrow
18 CHICAGO Zack Phillips
19 EDMONTON (FR LA) Mark Schiefele
20 PHOENIX Rocco Grimaldi
21 OTTAWA (FR NSH) Nicklas Jensen
22 ANAHEIM Oscar Klefbom
23 PITTSBURGH Tomas Jurco
24 DETROIT Jonas Brodin
25 TORONTO (FR PHI) Boone Jenner
26 WASHINGTON Vladislav Namestnikov
27 TAMPA BAY Connor Murphy

 

Now on the clock for the #28 selection, is the San Jose Sharks.

 

PREVIEWING THE SHARKS

2010-2011 Record: 48-25-9  (5th Overall)

League Rankings:
Goals for:  6th

Goals Against: 10th

Power Play: 2nd

Penalty Kill:  24th

TOP 5 Prospects in the system:Charlie Coyle (RW), Alex Stalock (G), Taylor Doherty (D), Thomas Greiss (G), Benn Ferriero (C)

 

NEEDS: The Sharks once again failed to live up to high hopes by losing in the third round to the Canucks.  The chances for the current group are running out, and if so, the Sharks might be in for a complete tear-down and reconstruction.  For that, they will need prospects in every area and as such should take the best player available, regardless of position.

TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):

1.  JT Miller, LW, USA Under-18 (USHL)

2. Alexandr Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)

3. Victor Rask, C, Leksands (SWE ELITE)

4. David Musil, D, Vancouver (WHL)

5. Ty Rattie, LW, Portland (WHL)

Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE  to see who the San Jose Sharks select, as the Fansided mock draft continues!

Topics: Connor Murphy, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning

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