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
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|
|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)
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!