We’re doing something a little different, instead of one person doing their own mock draft, we are going to set ourselves in a semi-draft atmosphere by splitting the teams between the three of us (Cujo, Joey, RD) and picking our draft that way.  We figure it’ll make things a little interesting and a little competitive as well. There will also be a little reasoning behind each pick.

In order to keep things from getting long, we’re dividing up the draft into two parts, 1-15 and 16-30.

Without further ado, here is part 1 of our draft!

1. Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C (Red Deer, WHL)
Highly anticipated number one. As much young talent the Oilers have. Why not stack the deck with even more elite talents.

2. Colorado Adam Larsson, D (Skelleftea, SEL)
Voted best defenseman at the 2011 U18 tournament, can adapt to any team system. A solid Defenseman who will be a key piece for the rebuilding phase in Colorado.

3. Florida Gabriel Landeskog, LW (Kitchener, OHL)
Florida needs offense and Landeskog, an NHL ready power forward, can fit the bill.

4. New Jersey Jonathan Huberdeau, C (St. John, QMJHL)
With the choices of Larsson and Landeskog before, I feel that his two way play can fit in the Devils style very well. Providing, of course, that NJ keeps this pick.

5. NY Islanders Dougie Hamilton, D (Niagara, OHL)
A big defenseman who uses his body, but is also smart with the puck. The perfect combination of size and skill the Islanders need.

6. Ottawa Sean Couturier, C (Drummondville, QMJHL)
Back to back 96 point seasons by the 6’4 center give Ottawa a good foundation in the middle.

7. Winnipeg Mika Zibanejad, C (Djurgarden, SEL)
Physically ready for the NHL already and a swell two way player that the Thrash…er…Winnipeg…um…somethings can use desperately down the middle.

8. Columbus Duncan Siemens, D (Saskatoon, WHL)
While I fully expect this pick to be traded, if The Blue Jackets pick, Siemens would be a great guy to put in their system, a powerplay specialist, that they so greatly need.

9. Boston Nathan Beaulieu, D (St. John, QMJHL)
Boston fills a need with a young defenseman who they can give time to develop.

10. Minnesota Sven Bartschi, LW (Portland, WHL)
Talented scorer that can complement any future centers that the Wild may bring thru their system.

11. Colorado Matt Puempel, LW (Peterborough, OHL)
Despite injury, still has the potential of a top scoring winger, something Colorado can’t have too many of in the system. A bit of a stretch, but should fit in nicely with the team.

12. Carolina Ryan Murphy, D (Kitchener, OHL)
Powerplay specialist had 14 PPG and 79 points will help a team ranked 24th on the man advantage last year.

13. Calgary Joseph Morrow, D (Portland, WHL)
With our mock selection of Murphy the pick prior, Morrow’s puck moving skills will be much in need in CGY as there is a strong lack there.

14. Dallas Mark McNeill, C (Prince Albert, WHL)
A scoring, right handed centerman who, along with his scoring prowess, isn’t afraid to go into board battles, or help out defensively. Should have no problem fitting in with the Dallas system.

15. NY Rangers Ryan Strome, C (Niagara, OHL)
Rangers get a natural goal scorer. Strome had 33 goals, 106 points last season. Hard to pass up.

Joey: Picks 1,4,7,10,13
Cujo: Picks 2,5,8,11,14
RD: Picks 3,6,9,12,15

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