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NHL Mock Draft Pick #29 - Vancouver Canucks


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.

Jared’s Analysis – Musil will give the Canucks a steadying influence on the blue line in the future, and will be a steadying influence, especially defensively.  He took a step backwards in 2010-11, but his size (6’3″) and bloodlines (his father is former D-man Frank Musil) give him an advantage and perhaps a little benefit of the doubt.  Playing in Vancouver has given the Canucks brass a chance to see him more often than most prospects, and he should be a good fit in a couple of years.

 

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Will David Musil have more of an NHL impact than his father, Frank?

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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
28 SAN JOSE Shane Prince
29 VANCOUVER David Musil

 

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)

League Rankings:
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!

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