The Vancouver Canucks are reeling from the epic collapse in the Stanley Cup notwithstanding, they have the pieces in place to be competitive for a long time. Free Agency will be a factor this summer, and it will be interesting to see who they resign and who they let walk. As for this draft, at the #29 pick they will be getting a good player who has a chance to be a regular NHLer, albeit two or three years down the road.
The Vancouver Canucks select, from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, defenseman David Musil.
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|
|28||SAN JOSE||Shane Prince|
Now on the clock for the #30 selection, is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
PREVIEWING THE LEAFS (taken directly from the previous Leafs’ pick)
2010-2011 Record: 37-34-11 (22nd Overall, pick acquired from Boston in Tomas Kaberle trade)
Goals for: 21st
Goals Against: 24th
Power Play: 22nd
Penalty Kill: 28th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Nazem Kadri (C), Joe Colborne (C), Jake Gardiner (D), James Reimer (G), Keith Aulie (D)
NEEDS: The Toronto Maple Leafs are in desperate need of top end offensive talent, someone to complement Phil Kessel and help him avoid the prolonged slumps that plague the sniper. Three of the Leafs’ top 5 prospects spent at least some time with the Leafs last season, and showed very well, which bodes well for the future. Whether or not they can fill the offensive need with this pick remains to be seen, but they can take their shot. Will they follow with the rankings and go with Miller, Kockhlachev or Rask, or will they go off the board and take a chance on a lesser known talent?
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. Ty Rattie, LW, Portland (WHL)
5. Matthew Peumpel, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE to see who the Toronto Maple Leafs select, as the Fansided mock draft concludes!