2011 Mock Entry Draft, All Star Break Edition - Picks 21-30
On the eve of the All Star Skills Competition, which I personally think is more entertaining than the All Star Game, we unveil the final ten picks of the 2011 Mock Entry Draft. By this time, anything remotely resembling consensus in draft lists is totally evaporated. If you hit even one out of these ten picks, it's a solid batting average...
21. Nashville Predators - Mika Zibanejad (Djurgarden, SEL)
The Preds have gone to Europe with some serious success lately. Players like Pekka Rinne,
Anders Lindback and Patric Hornqvist are already making an impact with the club ans Swiss
defender Roman Josi is already making waves in the AHL. Zibanejad is a very raw, two-way
physical centre who I think has untapped offensive upside. A Swedish Ryan Kesler.
22. New York Rangers - Tomas Jurco (Saint John, QMJHL)
The Slovakian sniper could turn out to be one of the more underrated players in this draft.
His numbers are impressive, but they’re going to come with an asterisk since he's playing
on such a dominant team in a league that has regressed in terms of competitive level. Jurco's
hands are incredible, his size and puck strength give him a lot of pro level tools.
23. Washington Capitals - Nathan Beaulieu (Saint John, QMJHL)
Washington's top prospects at the moment are all forwards and the goalie pipeline is full.
Beaulieu is a puck-moving defenseman with some very solid heads up hockey sense. He's
also playing with another Caps prospect in Stanislav Galiev. Many of the same concerns with
Jurco will apply to Beaulieu.
24. Boston Bruins - Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
Mayfield is a big, nasty defenseman whose offensive upside remains a question. Already this season, the defender has amassed 101 Penalty Minutes in 26 USHL games. He's raw, but it's tough to see him getting to develop his game in college given the nature of the NCAA game. If he and Murphy are taken together by the Bruins, they could play on the same defensive pairing in Kitchener next season.
25. Dallas Stars - Rickard Rakell (Plymouth, OHL)
The big Swedish winger has one of the fastest rising draft stocks among all prospects right now.
His strong performance at the World Juniors has translated into a good return to the Whalers.
Rakell doesn't have a high ceiling but should be a serviceable second liner.
26. Detroit Red Wings - Victor Rask (Leksand, Allsvenskan)
Rask is an almost stereotypical Red Wings pick. He can play wing or centre. He's got high end hockey sense but that he's playing in the Swedish second league might just scare off everyone but
the Wings. His size is just the cherry on top for them.
27. Pittsburgh Penguins - Phillip Danault (Victoriaville, QMJHL)
The Pens do a lot of drafting out of Tier 2 and out of the Q. The speedy, chippy, left winger from
Victoriaville meets the kind Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis player who has succeeded under the
current system in Pittsburgh.
28. Tampa Bay Lightning - Joe Morrow (Portland, WHL)
The Lightning loved their WHL guys. Morrow is a shutdown defender whose got the kind of
complete game that should allow him to eat minutes as a pro. While he'll likely never be a big
point producer, he could fill the shutdown role, that the Bolts currently only have Mattias
29. Vancouver Canucks - Adam Clendening (Boston University, H-E)
The Canucks love their collegians. Sometimes for reasons passing understanding but Clendening
is a defenseman with the potential and the hockey sense to be a huge point producer.
He's probably gonna be a need another two seasons with the Boston U Terriers but he's got
30. Philadelphia Flyers - Seth Ambroz (Omaha, USHL)
Ambroz was a much higher ranked player at the start of the season. The big, physical winger with
solid hands was considered a possible Top Ten pick if he managed to light up the USHL. That he's
slightly under a point-per-game is contributing to his slide. His style makes him an almost ideal