NHL DRAFT: Only Three More Months (11-20)

By: Omar Moubayed

11)      Philadelphia Flyers – Samuel Morin (D/ Rimouski)

Morin is a raw defense man who is BIG. How Big? 6’6, 202 big. This kid is going be a bully on a team known as the “Broad Street Bulles”. He is a very good skater who can pass the puck well and he’s not afraid to have a fight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WKXPCch0dFU). The kid is 17 so he will get some time in the minors but with that kind of fist it won’t be for long.

12)      Phoenix Coyotes – Max Domi (C/LW/ London)

You see what I’m saying, another London Knight. Max is walking to a team with a lot of uncertainty. There is a good chance this team packs it bags and leaves the Arizona desert for colder weather in the next year or two. Anyway, Domi has diabetes and you would never know that by his play. Domi, tallied, 39 goals and 87 points for London last season. Phoenix can use his scoring.

13)      Winnipeg Jets – Josh Morrissey (D/ Prince Albert)

Morrissey come on down, you are the next player for the coldest city in the NHL! No, seriously, Winnipeg is painstakingly cold and yet every game sells out (maybe this is the only place in the city with a heater?). A small defender compared to his draft counter parts (5’11, 180), Morrissey can benefit playing with other undersized defenseman to learn how to survive in the N.

14)      Columbus Blue Jackets – Alexander Wennberg (C/ Sweden)

Wennberg spent the season in the second-tier league in Sweden.  The number five skater of the European prospects, Wennberg scored 32 points in 46 games for his club Djugardens. I don’t know a lot about this kid so I won’t even try to BS this, but, there is new manangement in town and he must have been really liked by the guys in Ohio who need to shake up a perennially bad team.

15)      New York Islanders – Ryan Pulock (D/ Brandon)

Pulock is another big defenseman (do you see the trend?).  Was this a reach by the Islanders? Not really, he’s ranked 14th amongst all skaters, but, 30th on the TSN boards. Pulock can clear the crease for a team that was 21st in goals against and can score like wildfire. Pulock put up 105 points in his last two seasons with Brandon.

16)      Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota) – Nikita Zadorov (D/ London)

Yep there we go another player from London, come on down and get your free #13 jersey. Nikita is another HUGE defenseman (6’5, 230). He is touted as the hardest hitter in the draft pool and will join under giants like Jamie Oleksiak on a defensive corps that looks small only when compared to Chara.

17)      Ottawa Senators – Curtis Lazar (C/ Edmonton)

This kid comes from the Oil Kings, not the Oilers, for those of you who are new to the NHL. Thanks for reading by the way! Are y’all tired yet? Lazar is being compared to Dustin Brown on his high end. Dustin Brown is a hell of a defenseman for L.A. and Ottawa could use someone to skate with Karlsson for years to come. This kid will probably return to the W next year then transition to the N, if he has a good year.

18)      San Jose Sharks – Mirco Mueller (D/ Everett)

San Jose acquired this trade from Detroit in a swap for #20 and #58. Not sure if this kid will end up in the NHL quickly because of his small frame. Mirco needs to add some bulk and do it fast to play in this new division. In six playoff games with Everett he was +3 with one assist. This kid won’t wow you with points but he will get the job done during his shifts on the ice.

19)      Columbus Blue Jackets (from NY Rangers) – Kerby Rychel (LW/ Windsor)

This pick was an add-on to the blockbuster trade sending Rick Nash to New York. Rychel is the kind of player who will crash the net and crash it hard. Strong two way center that does not mind throwing the body around will fit in just fine with a developing group in Columbus. This kid has a nice upside. Look for him to look like Pittsburgh fan favorite Chris Kunitz.

20)   Detroit Red Wings (from SJ) – Anthony Mantha (LW/ Val d’Or)

This kid can shoot. This kid can shoot. Did you know, this kid can shoot? 50 goals in the Q is a high mark but scouts seem to have questions about the fire that burns inside this kid. Scouts compare him to Wojtek Wolski, a shootout specialist that has been a journeyman through his NHL career. Let’s see if the goals come in the NHL level, if they do, watch out!

Only 10 more to go… want to know who got picked. Just check the front page!


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