2011 Mock Entry Draft All Star Break Edition - Picks 11-20
After finding out who'll be lucky enough to get their names called in the Top Ten. Today we deal with the meat of the draft. Teams individual lists will vary so much by this stage in the draft that calling the picks with 100 percent accuracy is almost absolutely impossible. This of course means it's worth attempting.
11. Los Angeles Kings - Tyler Biggs (USNTDP)
The Kings went to the well with the USNTDP last year, grabbing Derek Forbort fifteenth overall.
They'll go back to that well this year to grab some power and scoring off the wing with Biggs.
The Captain of this year's USNTDP squad will remind Kings fans of current Captain Dustin Brown
with his raw, bang and crash style.
12. Minnesota Wild - Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John, QMJHL)
Being a first round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, in recent years, has almost been a death knell
for your hockey career. Don't believe me? Research every Wild first rounder since 2003, it's scary.
But Huberdeau has some serious potential. He's got high end hockey sense and good feet. But a frighteningly thin frame.
13. Carolina Hurricanes - Matt Puempel (Peterborough, OHL)
Jim Rutherford doesn't like taking defensemen in the first round. And hasn't since the Jack Johnson
fiasco. The Canes do like their OHL players and they do like their pure scorers. Both of which qualify Puempel for this spot. The Peterborough left winger has the potential to be a serious goal scorer with a pure touch that rivals Jeff Skinner's.
14. Colorado Avalanche - Sven Bartschi (Portland, WHL)
The Avs have loaded up at centre taking Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Joey Hishon in recent
drafts. They have to start giving them players to play with. While Colorado's early drafting has
skewed toward the O, its drafting in later rounds is more WHL based. Bartschi is a puck wizard
and a natural scorer next to Duchene.
15. San Jose Sharks - Nicklas Jensen (Oshawa, OHL)
Jensen might be the most mercurial talent in this Draft other than Ryan Murphy. If he maxes out his potential, we could be talking about a Danish Jeff Carter. But if he can't put all of his offensive tools together, we could be talking about an Evgeny Grachev-type project who's all tools but no toolbox.
16. Chicago Blackhawks - Mark McNeill (Prince Albert, WHL)
Hawks fans have been crying out for a big body since shipping Byfuglien and Ladd out of town last
offseason. It's also becoming apparent that Viktor Stalberg and Jack Skille are no kind of solution.
McNeill is a very reliable, steady offensive producer with a linebacker's frame and a willingness to
take on a surly disposition.
17. Atlanta Thrashers - Joel Armia (Assat, SM-Liga)
It's hard to think of an area where the Thrashers are actually wanting right now. Last year's deals with Chicago helped establish the Atlanta franchise as a promising franchise for quite some time. They can afford to gamble with the big Finnish winger in the hopes that he'll become the kind of sniper who can open up space for Alex Burmistrov down the line.
18. Phoenix Coyotes - Boone Jenner (Oshawa, OHL)
Don Maloney's tenure as Phoenix GM has been characterized by the addition of some very risk-free moves. Jenner is arguably one of the safest players in the draft. A Kirk Muller-type player, Jenner projects as the ideal second line centre prospect for a system that is very thin down the middle.
19. Montreal Canadiens - Vladislav Namestnikov (London, OHL)
Now make your favourite Trevor Timmins joke. Yes, the sterotype would be to assign Jamieson Oleksiak or Scott Mayfield to the Montreal scouting chief but Namestnikov is a crafty Russian playing with current Habs prospect Jarred Tinordi. The Russian exudes skill and has a very positive attitude.
20. Anaheim Ducks - David Musil (Vancouver, WHL)
The big Czech blue-liner screams Anaheim. Mobile, physical and big with great puck poise, Musil
doesn't have the ceiling of some of the players taken ahead of him but the Ducks will gladly grab him at 20. He slots in as a minute-muncher and compliment to Cam Fowler.