NHL DRAFT RECAP: Only Three More Months (21-30)

By: Omar Moubayed

Thanks for checking in on the last ten picks. Tired yet? Only a few more to go!

21)      Toronto Maple Leafs – Frederik Gauthier (C/ Romouski)

The Leafs got a big center here (6’5, 210). The kid can score the puck but makes better plays without it. Gauthier, in my opinion, is forecasting to be a bottom 6 forward who can bring great play to the PK and against strong offensive opponents. This kid has good instincts and plays a 200-foot game. He compares to one of my favorite players, Ryan Kesler

22)      Calgary Flames (from St. Louis) – Emile Poirier (LW/ Gatineau)

Man this guy is fast. Poirier is the second of three 1st round picks for Calgary, this one coming in the exchange from Jay Blowmeester. Poirier (poe-e-yay, at least that’s how I pronounce it) is a risk reward kind of pick. He has great vision and can be a solid playmaker in the next level but he needs to get bigger and needs to snap the puck faster off his stick. This kid can be the next Alex Tanguay (looks like they’ll play together).

23)      Washington Capitals – Andre Burakovsky (LW/ Sweden)

This kid can handle the puck and might just be that Washington needs going into a new division. Along with being able to stickhandle, Burakovsky, can shoot the puck pretty well. The kid is a sniper that could use some weight but at only 17, he has a long time to do so. He will take some time to get used to the smaller, faster, physical North American game but if he can he could be a lock on the roster for years to come.

24)      Vancouver Canucks – Hunter Shinkaruk (C/RW/ Medicine Hat)

Calm down beer fans that’s Medicine Hat not Magic Hat. Hunter has a strong set of skills and he can easily compete for a job right away on the bottom 6 of Vancouver’s roster. He’s one of the elder states man in this draft class but he is not the biggest.

25)      Montreal Canadiens – Michael McCarron (RW/ UDNTDP)

McCarron will be attending Western Michigan University this fall so it will be a while before he is in a Habs jersey. The first NCAA prospect selected in the draft came late, and there are rumors that he might skip going to WMU and opt to play for the London Knights in the OHL. Another big forward here (6’5,220), man what are they putting in the water nowadays?

26)      Anaheim Ducks – Shea Theodore (D/Seattle)

Shea Theodore could be the next Cam Fowler… just not as good? He has a strong offensive game and is not worried about jumping in from the blue line to attack at the net. This kid is a good passer already but he has to get stronger. At 6’2, 178 there is an absolute chance this kid could get pulverized in the N.

27)      Columbus Blue Jackets (from LA) – Mark Dano (C/ Russia)

Columbus already snagged Bobrovsky from Philly so their goaltending issues already look better than last year. Marko had a great outing in the world juniors and that is probably what locked him in as a first round pick. This is a high risk / high reward pick and it’s worth it with on this kid, he just needs to learn how to play a two way game.

28)      Calgary Flames (From Pitt) – Morgan Klimchuk (LW/ Regina)

I didn’t like Calgary’s first pick, because speed is just part of the game. Most scouts feel this pick is better than Calgary’s first. Klimchuk has the skills to be a top 10 prospect but his body begged to differ. I’ll tell you what from the highlights, this kid doesn’t fear anything and crashes the net pretty hard. Could be a good PP option in the years to come.

29)      Dallas Stars (from Bos) – Jason Dickinson (F/ Guelph)

IT seems Dallas got the better end of this trade. Jagr, as good as he is, isn’t worth a first at his age and the Stars got a workhorse in Dickinson. The kid plays every shift 200 feet and a fast 200 feet too. He projects to be a 2nd-3rd line kind of depth guy.

30)   Chicago Blackhawks – Ryan Hartman (RW/ Plymouth)

It’s not often you see a team gut the game winning line from the previous year’s Stanley cup finals.  With Bolland and Frolik gone, the Blackhawks need to figure out who will bring them a 4th line that can score and be physical on the ice. Hartman, was the “heart and soul” of the US junior team and he will get ice time in the N quickly with his tenacious play.

I hope you enjoyed this draft recap of the first round. I am aware it’s a bit late but I wanted to make sure to bring you accurate information. If I was doing this for hits, I would’ve refreshed the page after every pick Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for more, only on 4FanSports.

Omar Moubayed is an alumni from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. You can reach Omar on twitter @Moubayed11

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