You may not agree with the order- I don't either- but get that pen and paper handy. It's time for another mock of a mock draft, Bugg Bytes-style.
16. Tampa Bay- Nikita Filatov, LW
Height/Weight: 5'10, 165
Team: CSKA Moscow, RSL
YTD Stats: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Stat of the Day: from 1998 to 2001, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted fifteen players out of Russia. Of that massive experiment, only one played 200+ career games in the NHL: Dmitry Afanasenkov. That maybe explains why the team hasn't selected a Russian any higher than the 7th round since (Denis Kazionov, 2006). However, a little something tells me the Lightning will be quick as… well, Lightning, if Nikita Filatov falls to the middle of the first round. Ranked fifth by the International Scouting Service and top ten by everyone else, Filatov has long been a name to watch in Russian hockey thanks to the best hands this side of Ilya Kovalchuk. With the creativity, patience and hand-eye coordination only the truly elite possess, the diminutive winger is already a YouTube star. However, if the RSL rookie goals record couldn't save Alexei Cherepanov from spiralling, the odds Filatov remains untouched are next to none. While much has been made of Tampa's Big Three and their Big Contracts, fortuitous drafting like this will keep the team competitive.
Potential: Superstar LW, 40-50-90
Comparison: Pavel Datsyuk
17. Los Angeles- Zach Bogosian, D
Height/Weight: 6'2, 200
Team: Peterborough, OHL
YTD Stats: 13 GP, 3-9-12, -1, 18 PIM
I still remember it clear as day. It was June 23rd, and there I was at Nationwide Arena, basking in the glory of predicting the first two picks of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Then Wayne Gretzky stepped up and grabbed Kyle Turris, when I thought (foolishly) they'd look elsewhere. Still, two for three wasn't bad. Surely the LA Kings wouldn't do anything crazazy. Well, the rest is history. You think the fans were shocked? Try the NHL execs I talked to. Anyways, here's betting that the Kings stick to grabbing criminally underrated players instead of shocking everyone's pants off. OHL standout Zach Bogosian is one such underrated player. A July birthdate and thus a younger member of the '08 draft class, Bogosian has nevertheless earned himself top billing with a near-PPG performance as a major junior sophomore. In fact, the New York native has been so good, he has many points this year as Thomas Hickey, LA's aforementioned shocker at fourth overall. The Kings have shown a clear preference for highly intelligent players who can go both ways, and Bogosian fits that profile. Clearly an outstanding offensive defenseman, the 18 year-old nevertheless does things away from the puck many vets don't have down.
Potential: Top-three defenseman, 5-35-40
Comparison: Kim Johnsson
18. Boston- Tyler Myers, D
Height/Weight: 6'6, 195
Team: Kelowna Rockets, WHL
YTD Stats: 14 GP, 0-1-1, -7, 25 PIM
Bobby Orr hasn't been a Bruin longer than I've been alive, but he's still having an effect on the organization. Perhaps in the hopes of finding the next #4, the Boston Bruins draft blueliners more than any other position- and any other team. Since 1998, the Bs have used a league-leading eight first rounders on defensemen. Relatively toned-down in this regard since 2002, Boston went back to the backend in '07, drafting rearguards with four straight picks (35, 130, 159, 169). With that in mind, would it be any wonder to see the Bruins