Thursday, April 14, 2011

MOCK DRAFT TIME posted some mock drafts the other day following the very exciting National Hockey League Draft Lottery. As expected, the Saint John Sea Dogs were represented quite well.

Here are the results from three different writers:

Mike G. Morreale
#4. New Jersey Devils – Jonathan Huberdeau
Retooling for new coach starts with a 105-point forward who might have best set of hands of 2011 class

#8. Columbus Blue Jackets – Nathan Beaulieu
Top-rated bluer line from the QMJHL is a transitional dynamo possessing speed, poise and a great shot

#20. Winnipeg Jets Phoenix Coyotes – Zack Phillips
Time to load up on centers; a solid skater with edge was second on team in scoring (38 goals, 95 points)
Adam Kimelman
#6. Ottawa Senators – Jonathan Huberdeau
Senators need scoring and Huberdeau filled the nets this season -- 43 goals in 67 games

#9. Boston Bruins – Nathan Beaulieu
Has good size (6-2, 174) and high level of offensive skill

#18. Chicago Blackhawks - Tomas Jurco
Hawks fans will find Jurco is more than just the guy with the fancy puck skills in all those videos

#21. Ottawa Senators – Zack Phillips
There's a reason Saint John was top team in CHL; Sens are smart to grab two of their best

Steven Hoffner
#3. Florida Panthers – Nathan Beaulieu
Something Panthers have missed since Jay Bouwmeester left: big, solid D-man who can run PP

#6. Ottawa Senators – Jonathan Huberdeau
Speedy forward with lightning-quick hands to help team in need of goals

#17. Montreal Canadiens – Zack Phillips
Racked up 95 points in 67 games in the QMJHL

#19. Edmonton Oilers – Tomas Jurco
Ridiculous hands and imagination, would complement Edmonton's youth movement
TSN’s Craig Button posted a mock draft this week as well, but for some reason only posted the first 14 picks. But, whatever, three Sea Dogs still made the list.

#2. Colorado Avalanche – Jonathan Huberdeau
He's a two-way player who can play any way you want. He can even play left wing, which can help him make the team early and then they can switch him to centre ice.

#8. Columbus Blue Jackets – Nathan Beaulieu
He's a defenceman on the rise and deservedly so. He's a well-rounded player who can add offence - just what the Blue Jackets need.

#13. Calgary Flames
Calgary needs a centre and this is a guy who plays in every situation in the game. The Flames will get lucky in the draft with him.
Ryan Kennedy, who writes the weekly “Hot List” for The Hockey News, posted THN’s top 10 for the upcoming draft on Tuesday. Jonathan Huberdeau was the lone Sea Dog, coming in at No. 4.

The Sea Dogs have been a Quebec League juggernaut all year and Huberdeau has always been front and center. The offensively gifted pivot has followed up a 105-point regular season with 16 points in six playoff games, good for second in the QMJHL. When given a choice between Huberdeau and Sean Couturier, most scouts and execs have called it a toss-up or given the edge to Huberdeau now.
Scout Says: “Great hands. I would compare them to Patrick Kane’s in Chicago. He has vision and playmaking, but those hands…unbelievable.”
TSN’s Bob McKenzie also released his latest top 10 and has Huberdeau at No. 4.

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