Hockey’s Future 2005 Staff Mock Draft

By HF Staff





Below is the 2005 Hockey

Below is the 2005 Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft,
for the first round of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Included with each pick is the rationale for the choice from the staff member who made the selection. In almost all cases, the pick was made by
the writer who normally
covers the team making the pick. Trading of picks was not allowed for this draft.

No.TeamPlayerReasoning
1

Pittsburgh

Sidney
Crosby
, C
Ht: 5’11 Wt: 193
Birthdate:
08/07/87
Team: QMJHL
Rimouski

The Penguins
would be guilty of incompetence if they did not select the clear pick of
the litter in Crosby. They may be overloaded at center, but they won’t be
complaining.
2AnaheimJack Johnson, D
Ht: 6’1 Wt:
201
Birthdate: 01/13/87
Team: USNDTP
Johnson, who many think is the
second best player in the draft, lines up well with Anaheim’s need for an
offensive defenseman.
3CarolinaBenoit
Pouliot
, LW
Ht: 6’3 Wt: 179
Birthdate: 09/29/86
Team: OHL
Sudbury
Pouliot would
continue Carolina’s pattern of taking a good forward early in the first
round. He’s the safe pick, and although there are some question marks
surrounding Pouliot, so too with all of the other best available forwards.
4MinnesotaGilbert Brule,
C
Ht: 5’10 Wt: 175
Birthdate: 01/01/87
Team: WHL Vancouver
The Wild are loaded at center,
but don’t
expect them to shy away from taking another one. Although Bobby Ryan
would fill a team need for a big winger with some finishing ability, look
for Minnesota to take Gilbert Brule despite his lack of size.
5MontrealBobby Ryan,
RW
Ht: 6’1 Wt: 213
Birthdate: 03/17/87
Team: OHL Owen Sound
The Canadiens
have been looking for a power forward for a long time. With Perezhogin,
Kostitsyn and Ryder already in the system, Ryan won’t be pressured to
produce immediately; he will get time to develop his game.
6ColumbusAnze Kopitar, C
Ht: 6’3 Wt:
202
Birthdate: 08/24/87
Team: Swe Jr Sodertalje
Rarely is it the case that the
best player available also fills a team’s biggest needs. Kopitar’s
potential upside and dazzling skill makes him an excellent bet to be
Columbus’ future first line center.
7ChicagoJack Skille,
RW
Ht: 6’1 Wt: 198
Birthdate: 05/19/87
Team: USNDTP
With plenty of
defense and goaltending in the pipeline, Chicago looks to offense from the
nearby USNTDP. Skille will attend the Univ. of Wisconsin.
8AtlantaRyan
O’Marra
, C
Ht: 6’1.5 Wt: 193
Birthdate: 06/09/87
Team: OHL
Erie
Another team already loaded on
young defense and goaltending, the Thrashers will almost certainly take a
forward at No. 8 to acquire some secondary scoring. Good character will be
a selling point.
9OttawaMarc Staal,
D
Ht: 6’3.5 Wt: 196
Birthdate: 01/13/87
Team: OHL Sudbury
The Senators
can afford to go many ways with this pick. Last year they used their first
two picks on blueliners, but another defenseman could never hurt, and
Staal may be the best player available. A highly-intelligent player who
has no major flaws and is a very safe bet to make the NHL, Staal brings
the character and hard work GM John Muckler looks for in a young player.
10VancouverGuillaume Latendresse,
RW
Ht: 6’1.5 Wt: 216
Birthdate: 05/24/87
Team: QMJHL
Drummondville
Latendresse is a big-body player
who has goal-scoring ability, the most pressing need the Canucks face.
Skating is a concern with Latendresse, but his lack of footspeed may make
him a good future linemate for the Sedins.
11Los AngelesMartin Hanzal,
C
Ht: 6’4 Wt: 198
Birthdate: 02/20/87
Team: Czech Jr Budejovice
Martin Hanzal
fits the Los Angeles Kings draft tendency perfectly — a physical,
large-bodied forward from Europe. Additionally, Hanzal plays a position of
need for the Kings and his raw offensive skills with a keen attention to
defense have first-line centerman written all over him.
12San JoseNiklas Bergfors,
F
Ht: 6’0 Wt: 198
Birthdate: 03/07/87
Team: Swe Jr Sodertalje
Loaded with good young
defensemen, Bergfors gives San Jose a high-end goal-scoring forward that
they need. With no real weaknesses, his superb skating, speed,
acceleration, and two-way hockey sense are in step with San Jose’s
established preference for speedy forwards who can contribute offensively
and play responsible defensively.
13BuffaloRyan Parent,
D
Ht: 6’2 Wt: 183
Birthdate: 03/17/87
Team: OHL Guelph
Buffalo goes
with a safe pick in Parent, a reliable defenseman. With few
defensemen in the pipeline, they can’t afford not to see a return.
14WashingtonBrian
Lee
, D
Ht: 6’2.5 Wt: 202
Birthdate: 03/26/87
Team: USHSW
Moorhead
With a strong pool of prospects
already, Washington can afford to take a risk on Lee and address a need at
defense at the same time.
15New York IslandersAlex Bourret,
RW
Ht: 5’9.5 Wt: 209
Birthdate: 10/05/86
Team: QMJHL Lewiston
With his speed
and willingness to play hard and get involved in rough play, Bourret would
be a great fit for the New York Islanders. Currently they lack a wing who
can play the power forward role. At 5’10 209 pounds, Bourret could bring a
presence to the Nassau Coliseum not seen since Clark Gillies.
16New York RangersLuc Bourdon,
D
Ht: 6’2.5 Wt: 199
Birthdate: 02/16/87
Team: QMJHL Val D’Or
With no top NCAA players in the
draft class, the Rangers will have to finally break their three-year
streak of first rounders out of the college ranks. They might not
have planned on Bourdon, but if he falls this far, they will scoop him up.
17PhoenixRyan Stoa, C
Ht:
6’3 Wt: 200
Birthdate: 04/13/87
Team: USNDTP
Ryan Stoa is a
great mid-round pick because he has a good blend of size and talent. A bit
undervalued this year, Stoa hasn’t even begun to hit his stride.
Both Stoa and 2004 first rounder Blake Wheeler are headed to the
University of Minnesota this fall.
18NashvilleMarek Zagrapan,
C
Ht: 6’0.5 Wt: 195
Birthdate: 12/06/86
Team: QMJHL Chicoutimi
Nashville continues its love
affair with European forwards with Zagrapan. Though he is not seen
as a player who plays well in traffic, he can definitely score and that is
what Nashville needs.
19DetroitCarey
Price
, G
Ht: 6’2.5 Wt: 222
Birthdate: 08/16/87
Team: WHL
Tri-City
Detroit used
its top pick in 2003 on goaltender James Howard, but Price would be too
good to pass up at this spot.
20PhiladelphiaMatt Lashoff,
D
Ht: 6’1.5 Wt: 201
Birthdate: 09/29/86
Team: OHL Kitchener
Lashoff endured a trying second
season in the OHL, missing large chunks of games due to illness and
injury. Still, he remains an intriguing defensive package. Big, mobile and
smart with the puck, he would be a great fit with the Flyers, an
organization that will promote a number of defensemen to the NHL in the
fall and, thus, are now in need of additional system-wide depth.
21TorontoTuukka
Rask
, G
Ht: 6’2 Wt: 183
Birthdate: 03/10/87
Team: Fin Jr
Ilves
Toronto
restocks the goaltending pipeline with top rated European goaltender
Rask. Finns are finding great success in the net lately, and Toronto
hopes it will continue.
22BostonKenndal McArdle,
LW
Ht: 5’11 Wt: 190
Birthdate: 01/047/87
Team: WHL Moose Jaw
There’s little not to like
about McArdle, and Boston may buy in. He scores goals and pays the
price.
23New JerseySasha
Pukulok
, D
Ht: 6’5 Wt: 220
Birthdate: 05/25/87
Team: ECAC
Cornell
With David
Hale and Paul Martin having been fast tracked to the NHL, the Devils have
a lack of quality defense prospects in the organization. With an eye
towards getting a prospect with more upside, the Devils select the big and
strapping Pokulok from Cornell. He offers size and physical play, plus
good mobility and a little bit of offensive upside.
24St. LouisAndrew Cogliano, C
Ht: 5’9.5 Wt:
178
Birthdate: 06/14/87
Team: OPJRA St. Michael’s
The Blues value speed, and could
attract them to Cogliano, whose main knock is his lack of size. He’ll move
to the Univ. of Michigan in the fall.
25EdmontonDevin Setoguchi,
RW
Ht: 5’11.5 Wt: 186
Birthdate: 01/01/87
Team: WHL Saskatoon
The
Oilers have identified the need to add a scorer to their prospect ranks
and the the winger from the Saskatoon Blades is the top scorer left on the
board. There are question marks with him, but no more so than with others
available. Setoguchi skates well, can play physical, is a leader but first
and foremost he can find the back of the net.
26CalgaryDan Bertram,
RW
Ht: 5’11 Wt: 175
Birthdate: 01/14/87
Team: H-East Boston
College
Sufficiently skilled with good
character, Bertram is a safe pick. It might be a bit early for him, but if
a team like Calgary takes a liking, that’s all he needs.
27ColoradoJakub Kindl,
D
Ht: 6.2.5 Wt: 199
Birthdate: 02/10/87
Team: OHL Kitchener
With a bare
farm system, the Avalanche could go in any direction with their pick. The
choice of Kindl will add that superstar caliber prospect on their blueline
which is sorely lacking. One of the youngest players in the OHL, he is
already a solid defenseman and is developing an offensive game to
complement his tremendous potential.
28DallasT.J. Hensick,
C
Ht: 5’10 Wt: 179
Birthdate: 12/10/85
Team: CCHA Michigan
Dallas needs help up the middle
and Hensick fits the role. Already playing without the redline in college,
he will continue to thrive in a wide open game. Hensick has blazing speed
and a bona fide scoring touch, which will prove to be the key to his
future.
29FloridaScott
Jackson
, D
Ht: 6’3.5 Wt: 200
Birthdate: 02/05/87
Team: WHL
Seattle
Florida goes
with an all-around solid player in Jackson, who will complement the other
young defenders they possess.
30Tampa BayAlexandre
Vincent
, G
Ht: 6’4 Wt: 193
Birthdate: 12/11/86
Team: QMJHL
Chicoutimi
Tampa turns again to the QMJHL,
this time for a goaltender, one of many needs in the system.

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