Mock draft number six in our series of Mock Madness was done by Derek Felska. Derek is a regular on many Wild message boards under the nom de plume LemaireisGOD and also writes his own blog the State of Hockey News. In addition, he has been compiling his own takes on the various prospects Minnesota might take so be sure to check that out. Enjoy!
1. Edmonton - Adam Larsson (D - Skelleftea)~ Last year the team drafted its franchise go-to player in Taylor Hall and now it can grab its franchise defensive anchor; and it adds to a young core that already includes Eberle and Paajarvi.
2. Colorado - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C - Red Deer)~ The Avalanche now have two great playmaking centers in Matt Duchene and Nugent-Hopkins. Hopkins is at least a full season from being NHL ready and Colorado will be willing to wait.
3. Florida - Gabriel Landeskog (LW - Kitchener) ~ The Panthers will love having this strong two-way center as they begin a long rebuild. Landeskog will remind some of Jonathan Toews in terms of his leadership qualities and that is precisely why Dale Tallon makes this pick.
4. New Jersey - Dougie Hamilton (D - Niagara)~ The Devils have had a steady exodus of quality defenseman over the years and Hamilton is the stud defensive talent that can be a solid two-way component for a rebuild.
5. Islanders - Sean Couturier (C - Drummondville)~ The Islanders will gladly take another skilled offensively gifted forward to go along with John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner.
6. Ottawa - Jonathan Huberdeau ( Saint John)~ The Senators will take the skilled scorer as they attempt to rebuild offensively as Daniel Alfredsson's career winds down.
7. Winnipeg ??? - Ryan Strome (C - Niagara)~ Strome gives Winnipeg a great playmaking center that could eventually anchor the 1st line. Their prospect pool needs all the help it can get right now.
8. Columbus - Ryan Murphy (D - Kitchener Rangers)~ The Blue Jackets blueline has been craving an offensively gifted blueliner for years, Murphy is 100% offense and they won't care that he doesn't care too much about his defensive game as long as he can give their defensive corps the fast puck moving offensive dyanamo it has long been waiting for.
9. Boston - Nathan Beaulieu ~ (D - Saint John)~ The Bruins will see some changeover in its defensive core and it will relish the opportunity to acquire an incredibly skilled two-way defenseman in Beaulieu. First Seguin, then Beaulieu...pretty decent picks for the Phil Kessel trade.
10. Minnesota - Joel Armia ~ (RW - Assat)~ The Wild need scoring, and will be excited at the opportunity to draft the supremely skilled, 6'3" Finnish-born goal scorer. * not who I want but that's who I think the team will draft.
11. Colorado - Mika Zibanejad ~ (F - Djurgarden)~ Colorado's penalty kill was absolutely terrible. Zibanejad will give them a two-way forward that can be used on both the power play and penalty kill and give them a player who some compare to Chris Stewart. Ironic they will be using the 1st rounder they acquired from the Blues to get a Stewart-type player.
12. Carolina - Duncan Siemens ~ (D - Saskatoon)~ The Hurricanes are pretty well set at forward but they would like to add a bit more sandpaper to its defense and Siemens gives them a mobile defenseman with an element of nasty to him.
13. Calgary - Sven Bartschi ~ (LW - Portland)~ Bartschi doesn't fit the classic Flames mold, but they need some offensive talent to replace aging scorers in Iginla and Jokinen.
14. Dallas - Mark McNeill ~ (C - Prince Albert)~ I think the Stars are going to be having lots of flashbacks about another kid they drafted from Prince Albert with their 1st round pick back in '88 as they select the versatile Raiders forward.
15. Rangers - Ty Rattie ~ (C - Portland)~ The Rangers are looking to buyout Chris Drury and will be looking for skilled playmakers to replace him.
16. Buffalo - Mark Schiefele ~ (C - Barrie)~ Buffalo has been looking to add more size to its group of forwards. With Zach Kassian sure to get a shot soon, the 6'2" Schiefele would be another step in that direction.
17. Montreal - Jamieson Oleksiak ~ (D - Northeastern)~ The Habs system is fairly well loaded with talent at virtually all positions, so I think they may take a chance on the draft's biggest project in the 6'7" mobile blueliner from Northeastern.
18. Chicago - Oscar Klefbom ~ (D - Farjestad)~ The Blackhawks were giving Nick Leddy lots of ice time in the playoffs in part because they did not have a lot of options defensively and the steady Swedish blueliner will give Chicago some much needed depth at defense.
19. Edmonton - Jonas Brodin ~ (D - Farjestad)~ The Oilers have auditioned a lot of defenseman the last few seasons but haven't been overly happy with most of them. I expect for the Oilers to hope two skilled Swedes in Larsson and Brodin can change that.
20. Phoenix - Matt Puempel ~ (LW - Peterborough)~ The Coyotes are a team that could certainly use some goal scoring; and with talented playmakers like Boeddker, Turris they will certainly be able to set up the Petes' sniper.
21. Anaheim - Vladislav Namestikov ~ (F - London)~ The Ducks could use some secondary scoring as they were very reliant upon the production of their top 3, and Namestikov gives an element of versatility of being able to play all 3 forward positions but also be a skilled forward.
22. Pittsburgh - Brandon Saad ~ (F - Saginaw)~ The Penguins would like to be a little tougher to play against; and Saad gives them a big-bodied two-way forward who has the strength to battle near the crease.
23. Ottawa - David Musil ~ (D - Vancouver)~ Musil is a no-nonsense stay at home defenseman that will help fill out the Senators blueline which could use an overhaul, and Cowen and Musil will help in that regard.
24. Toronto - Boone Jenner ~ (C - Oshawa)~ Jenner is hard working team-first center that can develop into a Top 6 to Top 9 forward and they need all of the skill and versatility they can get.
25. Detroit - Connor Murphy ~ (D - USNDT)~ The son of former NHL'er Gord Murphy's is a two-way defenseman with a reasonable amount of grit. With Rafalski's retirement and Niklas Lidstrom's not too far away they will want to have some options for replacements.
26. Washington - Scott Mayfield ~ (D - Youngstown)~ This raw and still somewhat unrefined defenseman has grit, mobility in a decent-sized frame. The Caps are looking to round out their defense and even though Mayfield is a few years away they have shown patience in developing defensive prospects as they did with Green, Alzner and Carlson.
27. Tampa Bay - Rocco Grimaldi ~ (F - USNDT)~ With Martin St. Louis on their team, the Lightning understands just how good a diminutive but immensely skilled forward can be; and Rocco Grimaldi may be the steal of the draft if he turns out to be as good as Martin St. Louis.
28. San Jose - Tomas Jurco ~ (RW - Saint John)~ In the absence of any glaring needs, the Sharks will simply take the best player available and it will be tough to pass up a skilled scorer like Jurco.
29. Vancouver - Alexander Khoklachev ~ (C - Windsor)~ The Canucks have seen just how huge a smallish but determined forward can be, and Khoklachev may not be pretty but he works hard and would help Vancouver maintain its depth at forward.
30. Toronto - Nicklas Jensen ~ (RW/LW - Oshawa)~ The Maple Leafs will add another versatile but enigmatic skilled forward in Danish-born forward Nicklas Jensen.
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