Spring 2008 NHL Mock Draft Pt II

Dobber Sports

2008-03-22

 

The Mock Madness continues here at DobberHockey. Part II finishes up the top 30, introducing a whole bunch of new names you'll want to keep an eye on.

 

( 2008 NHL Mock Draft Pt. I)

 

 

16. Boston Bruins- Mattias Tedenby, LW

Once, a long time ago, the Boston Bruins were a factory for generational defensemen. Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque were the class of their eras, providing the foundation for some excellent teams. Since then, the team has gone through a prolonged drought of in-house defensive talent. That may persist another year. While some big-time gambles are available at 16, blisteringly fast winger Mattias Tedenby is BPA here. A crafty scorer and puckhandler, the 17 year-old earned a full-time promotion HV 71 of the SEL where he scored what some deem the goal of the year on a beautiful spin-o-rama. Tedenby would look perfect on a line with Phil Kessel and David Krejci.

17. Colorado Avalanche- Colby Robak, D

Like the Bs, the Avalanche used to boast some impressive talent on the backend. First Ozolinsh-Foote and then Bourque-Blake, Colorado hasn't had an outstanding blueline prospect since JM Liles. With a focus on smart puckmovers like Ozolinsh, Liles, Jordan Leopold and Tom Gilbert, the Avs would likely love Brandon Wheat King Colby Robak. A Bouwmeester-esque skater with a 6'2, 200lbs frame, the 17 year-old has slowly come out of his shell, gambling offensively instead of sitting back passively. The result has been a team second-best 30 points in 71 games.

18. Vancouver Canucks- Tyler Ennis, C

One of the funniest moments of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft was Riley Nash's post-pick interview. While most hockey players would consider being drafted in the first round the best day of their life, the BC native instead glumly admitted that he was disappointed not to be picked by his hometown Canucks. For their part, the Nucks were probably also disappointed; Nash's puck cycle game would have been a perfect fit for the Sedins. 2008 may yet be their revenge. Edmonton native Tyler Ennis received a hero's welcome during the Top Prospects Game in that city, but that may be the last time Ennis gets applause in Alberta. A gifted stickhandler and passer, Ennis will be a top-six centre if he develops physically.

19. Calgary Flames- Michael Stone, D

Call it the Alzner Effect. For the second year in a row, a wildcard draft prospect has had a tremendous late-season rise, coincidentally (or not coincidentally) playing alongside Karl Alzner. With Alex Plante on and off the shelf due to all manner of maladies, 6'3, 200 lbs blueliner Michael Stone has become a top-pairing player with the Calgary Hitmen. In an eerie coincidence (there's that word again) Stone has 35 points- 3 fewer than the 6'5 Plante last year. Passive for his size, Stone instead thrives on puck movement. For an organization lacking depth everywhere in the pipeline, Stone is a good addition and could blossom into a top-four rearguard.

20. New York Rangers- Greg Nemisz, RW

This June will mark of the fifth anniversary of the Hugh Jessiman experiment. Nicknamed Huge Specimen for his 6'6, 231 lbs frame, Jessiman went 12th overall after an extremely impressive rookie season with Dartmouth College. In the five years since, the 24 year-old has gone from the NCAA to the AHL to the ECHL, bouncing between the two leagues at a troubling rate. The question becomes, then: is it too early to try again on a big forward? 6'4, 202 lbs RW Greg Nemisz lit the lamp 34 times this season for Windsor, drawing comparisons to Jeff Carter. However, passivity and slow skating have worried several observers. Nemisz' raw talent makes him difficult to project; like Jessiman, he could go in the top fifteen, or drop five-ten spots. The Rags will take him if he's year; he and 6'3 playmaking center Artem Anisimov would make a fantastic tandem.

21. Los Angeles (From Dallas)- Mikh