The third mock draft comes from Jérôme Bérubé, who runs the great NHL Draft Video blog and is an expert on all things French-Canadian. If you ever want to check out highlights or video footage of any prospect to help get an idea of their play, NHL Draft Video has it and is where many of the Youtube videos we used came from. So without further adieu (or for the bilingual French-Canadian readers adieu)...
1-EDMONTON: RYAN NUGENT HOPKINS C Red Deer (WHL)
RNH will fit well with the oilers young gun and will look good centering Hall/Eberle/Pajaarvi in the future. Might not be nhl ready
2-COLORADO: JONATHAN HUBERDEAU LW Saint-John (qmjhl)
Complete player, as good as a scorer as a playmaker. Show he was cluth in the qmjhl playoff and memorial cup. Avs seen a Duchesne-Huberdeau dynamic duo for years to come
3-FLORIDA: GABRIEL LANDESKOG LW Kitchener (OHL)
Landeskog might be the most nhl ready player of this draft class. Panthers need help now and the Kitchener Rangers captain will have an immediate impact. His game has been compared to Mike Richards.
4-NEW JERSEY: ADAM LARSSON Def Skelleftea (SWE)
Devils need help on the backend, Larrson is close to be nhl ready. Might not be your typical PP QB but Larrson will log tons of ice time in the nhl.
5-NY ISLANDERS: Dougie Hamilton Def Niagara (ohl)
Hamilton is an offensive d-men with great size. Rumors that the Islanders are really high on him.
6-OTTAWA: Sean Couturier C Drumondville (qmjhl)
Every team need a big center and Ottawa is no different. Couturier bring scoring and a strong defensive game to the table. Plus since Couturier is bilingual it’s a bonus in a bilingual city.
7-Winnipeg: Ryan Strome C Niagara (OHL)
With their first pick in the new era of the Jets (lets hope they are the jets…), they go with the best player available in Ryan Strome. One of the most skill player available in the draft. Will bring fans out of their seat.
8-Columbus: Mika Zibanejad C Djurgarden (SWE)
Lots of rumors that the Blue Jackets will trade that pick for immediate help but if they keep that pick they will go with Zibanejad. He plays a complete game and would look good centering Rick Nash in the future. Play a north american type of game.
9-Boston: Ryan Murphy Def Kitchener (OHL)
Bruins have never had a real PP QB since Ray Bouque left and there’s no better PP QB in this draft class. Murphy has a great shot and his a amazing skater. Show flash of Scott Niedermayer
10-Minnesota: Nathan Beaulieu Def Saint-John (qmjhl)
Beaulieu is a complete d-men who has improved his defensive game a lot this year. Good skater with a strong passing game. Can play a mean physical game when needed. Son of coach, Wild just go with the best player available and see Beaulieu and recent draft pick Marco Scandella making a solid duo in the future.
11-Colorado: Jamie Oleksiak Def Northeastern (HE)
Oleksiak who’s already 6”7 245lbs monster has great potential. Avs can’t pass on a kid that big that can skate as well as Oleksiak can.
12-Carolina: Mark McNeil Center Prince Albert (WHL)
McNeil fit well with the Canes as he could fill the 2nd line Center behind Eric Staal in the future. Bring offense-Defense and size down the middle. Could also play wing at the pro-level
13-Calgary: Duncan Siemens Def Saskatoon (whl)
Flames would have love to get their hand on McNeil but are more than happy to pick another western boys in Duncan Siemens. Siemens bring a physical edge that flames organisation has always love.
14-Dallas: Sven Bartschi Lw Portland (whl)
Dallas goes with the best player available with Portland swiss import Sven Bartschi. Bartschi plays a complete game and has a nice scoring touch around the net. Undersized but play bigger than he his.
15-NYR: Mark Scheifelle C Barrie (OHL)
Rangers go with the Mark Scheifelle who open a lot of eyes with his u-18 performance in Germany. Rangers love his size and skill level down the middle.
16-Buffalo: Joel Armia RW Assat (Fin)
Armia bring size and scoring threat down the wing that the Sabres don’t have much other than Thomas Vanek.
17-MONTREAL: J.T Miller C/LW Us U-18 (NTDP)
Habs love Miller's size and potential, habs have not been shy going south of the boarder for their first selection. Miller bring size and scoring ability to the table. Could be either a center or winger at the nhl level.
18-Chicago: Rocco Grimaldi C US U-18 (NTDP)
Chicago just go with the BPA on their list. If Grimaldi was 5”11 he would go probably top3 in the draft. Hawks also have an history with kid that go to North Dakota (wcha)
19-Edmonton: Oskar Klefbom Def Farjestad (swe)
Oilers need help on the blueline and Klefbom is their choice. Klefbom has great mobility & size wich will help him thrive on North American ice surface. Has great personality wich will make him a fan favourite in the city of champion.
20-Phoenix: Matt Puempel RW Peterborough (OHL)
Coyotes love the scoring potential that Puempel has. One of the most dynamic scorer available.
21-Ottawa: Nicklas Jensen Rw Oshawa (OHL)
Sens love the scoring potential and size on the young Danes. Jensen need to be more consistent but could be a steal at this point of the draft
22-Anaheim: Jonas Brodin Def Farjestad (Swe)
Ducks have already nice depth on the farm system on the back end but can’t pass on Brodin. A great skater with good potential offensively. Play with men’s all year in the Swedish elite league.
23-Pittsburgh: Brandon Saad Lw Saginaw (OHL)
Pittsburgh go with a local product with their first pick, last year Saad was touted as a top10 pick but had a bad year and has been dropping in the ranking all year. Saad still has great size & skating ability. Just need to put everything together.
24-Detroit: Boone Jenner C Oshawa (OHL)
Redwings go with character with their first pick, Jenner play a complete game and his a great leader. If he ever improved his skating he could be a steal.
25-Toronto: Tyler Biggs RW Us U-18 (NTDP)
This is a Brian Burke type player, Biggs bring a physical nasty game to the table. His offensive game remain the big question mark in Biggs case.
26-Washington: Joe Morrow Def Portland (WHL)
Caps go on defense with the underated Joe Morrow. Great skater and could QB a PP in the nhl. Has drawn comparaison to Chicago Duncan Keith
27-Tampa-bay: John Gibson G Us U-18 (NTDP)
Gibson is without a doubt the best goaltender in this draft class. Tampa-bay need help between the pipe.
28-San Jose: Tomas Jurco Rw Saint-John (qmjhl)
The Sharks take a chance on the highly skill Slovak Tomas Jurco. Had a dissapointement year but was huge for the SeaDogs in the 2011 memorial cup.
29-Vancouver: Ty Rattie Rw Portland (WHL)
Vancouver goes with the highly skill winger from Portland, Canucks need pure skill on the wing and Rattie bring just that. 3rd Portland pick in this first round.
30-Toronto: Zack Phillips C Saint-John (qmjhl)
With the 2nd Maple Leafs first round choice, they take the center of the most prolific line in junior hockey Zack Phillips. Will need to improve his skating ability but has great touch around the net and great vision