CALGARY — Here are some complete guesses for the upcoming crapshoot, err National Hockey League entry draft at the Staples Center.
The first round is set for Friday night and the Edmonton Oilers are the first team on the clock.
1. Edmonton — Well-known commodity already, LW Taylor Hall is tagged to become an elite goal scorer. . . . Capped career with Ontario Hockey League Windsor as Memorial Cup most valuable player, for the second straight spring. . . . six foot one, 185 pounds.
• International Scouting Service: No. 2; Central Scouting: No. 2 North American skater; The Hockey News: No. 1
2. Boston — To go with Marc Savard and David Krejci, Bruins get another playmaking pivot, C Tyler Seguin, star of OHL Plymouth . . . As highly regarded as Hall, the two dynamos tied for the league lead with 106 points. . . . Six foot one, 186 pounds.
• ISS: No. 1, CS: No. 1 NA skater; THN: No. 2
3. Florida — A Michigan native, D Cam Fowler makes first OHL season count: 55 games, 55 points, only 14 penalty minutes, with Windsor . . . Fantastic skater . . . Poised with puck . . . Six foot two, 190 pounds.
• ISS: No. 3, CS: No. 5 NA skater; THN: No. 3
4. Columbus — Given the Philadelphia Flyers’ success and Chris Pronger’s part in it, OHL Kingston D Erik Gudbranson (oft compared to you-know-who) comes around at the right time. . . . Six foot four, 195 pounds. . . . nasty, tenacious, solid skills.
• ISS: No. 6, CS: No. 4 NA skater; THN: No. 5
5. New York Islanders — Islanders won’t be able to pass on D Brandon Gormley, workhorse of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Moncton . . . Nothing too flashy here . . . Murray River, P.E.I., native just dependable, safe, smart. . . . Six two, 187 pounds.
• ISS: No. 5, CS: No. 6 NA skater; THN: No. 7
6. Tampa Bay — GM Steve Yzerman’s first official holler pulls in a defender, D Derek Forbort, a force on the U.S. under-18 side . . . Minnesota native is six foot five, 195 pounds . . . Raw with loads of potential.
• ISS: No. 10, CS: No. 9 NA skater; THN: No. 11
7. Carolina — RW Brett Connolly can score, but hip-flexor issues limited the Western Hockey League Prince George sniper to only 16 games (10 goals) this past winter . . . CHL’s top rookie in 2008-09 . . . Six foot two, 181 pounds.
• ISS: No. 11, CSS: No. 3 NA skater; THN: No. 4
8. Atlanta — Swiss LW Nino Niederreiter has shown that he can produce. At IIHF world junior hockey championship (seven games, 10 points), with WHL Portland (65 games, 36 goals) . . . Power forward . . . Six foot two, 205 pounds.
• ISS: No. 9, CSS: No. 12 NA skater; THN: No. 8
9. Minnesota — Michigan native RW Austin Watson, traded from OHL Windsor, missed the Memorial Cup, but blossomed in Peterborough . . . Dependable, gritty, two-way forward . . . Six foot three, 185 pounds.
• ISS: No. 8, CSS: No. 14 NA skater; THN: No. 15
10. New York Rangers — RW Vladimir Tarasenko skated past two seasons in Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, netting 24 points in 42 games last winter with Novosibirsk . . . Loads of offensive talent . . . Five foot 11, 202 pounds.
• ISS: No. 4, CSS: No. 2 European skater; THN: No. 14
11. Dallas — G Jack Campbell, tabbed as a franchise goalie, is perfect for the Stars, currently staring at a Marty Turco-less future . . . Strutted stuff at world tourneys . . . Six foot two, 185 pounds.
• ISS: No. 1 goalie, CS: No. 2 North American goalie; THN: No. 13
12. Anaheim — C Emerson Etem, a native of Long Beach, Calif., can really fly. Excellent skater . . . As a rookie with WHL Medicine Hat, 37 goals in 72 games . . . Six feet, 190 pounds.
• ISS: No. 23, CS: No. 8 NA skater; THN: No. 17
13. Phoenix — GM Don Maloney, still giggling, takes C Mikael Granlund, under-sized but big-hearted . . . Against men in Finland’s top league, 40 points in 43 games . . . Five foot 10, 180 pounds.
• ISS: No. 14, CS: No. 1 European skater; THN: No. 10
14. St. Louis — Russian C Alex Burmistrov is scrawny (some scouts have the six-footer pegged at 146 pounds) but skilled and competes like crazy . . . With OHL Barrie, 65 points in 62 games.
• ISS: No. 12, CS: No. 11 NA skater; THN: No. 6
15. Florida — D Mark Pysyk brings a steady-eddie game to the table . . . Low on pizzazz, low on foul-ups . . . A defendable defender with WHL Edmonton . . . Six foot one, 174 pounds.
• ISS: No. 16, CS: No. 7 NA skater; THN: No. 16
16. Ottawa — As a rookie, C Ryan Johansen produced nearly a point per game (69 in 71 outings) for WHL Portland . . . Smart, but needs strength . . . Six foot three, 194 pounds.
• ISS: No. 17, CS: No. 10 NA skater; THN: No. 12
17. Colorado — The Avs, stocked up front, nab D Jarred Tinordi (son of Mark) . . . A Maryland native and product of the U.S. under-18 squad . . . Defensive rearguard . . . Six foot five, 205 pounds.
• ISS: No. 26, CS: No. 38 NA skater; THN: No. 22
18. Nashville — C Nick Bjugstad, fresh off a high-school career, is a six-foot-four, 190-pound point-producer . . . Earned Mr. Hockey honours for 2009-10 . . . Skilled . . . Committed to the University of Minnesota.
• ISS: No. 24, CS: No. 13 NA skater; THN: No. 9
19. Los Angeles — St. Catherines, Ont., native C Riley Sheahan, after his freshman season at NCAA Notre Dame, is highly recommended because of his defensive savvy. Perfect for Kings . . . Six foot two, 202 pounds.
• ISS: No. 13, CS: No. 22 NA skater; THN: No. 19
20. Pittsburgh — C Evgeny Kuznetsov, after a nine-point rookie season in the KHL, is an enigmatic sort . . . Frighteningly good skill set . . . Plagued by inconsistency . . . Six feet, 174 pounds.
• ISS: No. 19, CS: No. 3 European skater; THN: No. 18
21. Detroit — Kitchener C Jeffrey Skinner was one of two 50-goal scorers this winter in the OHL . . . Not a great skater, but expert finish with smarts and drive . . . Five foot 10, 187 pounds.
• ISS: No. 15, CS: No. 34 NA skater; THN: No. 25
22. Phoenix — What? Another pick for the Coyotes? Which means they can take a flyer, LW Kirill Kabanov . . . After 23 points in 22 games, left QMJHL Moncton . . . Booted off Russia’s under-18 squad . . . Six foot two, 176 pounds.
• ISS: No. 7, CS: No. 31 NA skater; THN: No. 38
23. Buffalo — LW Quinton Howden is a lot of things. Producer. Checker. Power forward . . . 65 points in 65 games for WHL Moose . . . Complete player . . . Six foot two, 182 pounds.
• ISS: No. 20, CS: No. 19 NA skater; THN: No. 23
24. Chicago — Originally belonging to the Devils, pick was shipped to Atlanta and then likely to Chicago, pending the completion of the Dustin Byfuglien trade . . . C Tyler Pitlick (nephew of Lance) . . . With NCAA Minnesota State-Mankato, 19 points in 38 games. . . . Six foot two, 194 pounds.
• ISS: No. 28, CS: No. 18 NA skater; THN: No. 21
25. Vancouver — C Brock Nelson, committed to North Dakota, is the nephew of Dave Christian . . . In final season of high school, 95 points in 31 games . . . Six foot three, 205 pounds.
• ISS: No. 22, CS: No. 25 NA skater; THN: No. 29
26. Washington — Inconsistent, so a risky pick. But LW Maxim Kitsyn’s got game . . . May give major junior a stab next winter . . . Only two points in 21 games in KHL . . . Six foot two, 194 pounds.
• ISS: No. 41, CS: No. 6 European skater; THN: No. 43
27. Montreal — Habs look past C John McFarland’s so-so year with OHL Sudbury (50 points in 64 games) . . . Great skater . . . Power-forward potential . . . A work in progress . . . Six feet, 192.
• ISS: No. 30, CS: No. 15 NA skater; THN: No. 20
28. San Jose — Survived long nights with overwhelmed WHL Seattle club (16-34-7, 3.09 GAA), G Calvin Pickard becomes a first-round pick, just like big brother Chet (2008, Nashville) . . . Six foot one, 200 pounds.
• ISS: No. 2 goalie, CS: No. 1 North American goalie; THN: No. 27
29. Anaheim — This pick part of compensation in Chris Pronger trade, Ducks latch onto D Dylan McIlrath, the no-nonsense blue-liner of WHL Moose Jaw . . . Intimidating force . . . Six foot four, 212.
• ISS: No. 38, CS: No. 17 NA skater; THN: No. 26
30. Chicago — Cupboard-filling continues with C Jaden Schwartz, USHL’s leading scorer (83 points in 60 games for Tri-City Storm) . . . Smart, skilled . . . Bound for Colorado College . . . Five foot 10, 180.
• ISS: No. 18, CS: No. 28 NA skater; THN: No. 30
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