Fool’s Luck?

Dobber Sports

2009-04-11

 

(Leksand's Oliver Ekman-Larsson)

 

The draft lottery is just four days away, and the bottom ten is pretty much set. However, the rankings of players are as fluid as ever as playoffs continue around the hockey world. Plus, an interesting scenario Leafs fans might find interesting…

10. Edmonton Oilers

Odds Place in Standings Change: 0%
Draft Lottery Odds: 2.1%
Highest Position Possible: 6th

They'll take…
C Scott Glennie
Because… Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has made it his priority to make the team bigger up front, and that starts with drafting bigger players. However, despite being 6'1, Glennie has everything a 5'10 forward might: elite skating ability, incredible hands, and a big heart. While more a playmaker and less of a sniper than advertised, Glennie would be a great addition.

9. Ottawa Senators

Odds Place in Standings Change: 0%
Draft Lottery Odds: 2.7%
Highest Position Possible: 5th

They'll take… D Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Because… Bryan Murray opened his yap and bragged that his crack team of scouts had found a European defenseman that 'could be' better than Hedman. The most obvious player is Larsson, a 6'2 Lidstrom-lite who set an Allsvenskan record for +/- by a junior-aged defenseman. Erik Karlsson, Brian Lee and Larsson would be the most mobile top-three in the NHL.

8. Dallas Stars

Odds Place in Standings Change: 0%
Draft Lottery Odds: 3.6%
Highest Position Possible: 4th

They'll take… RW Jordan Schroeder (U. Minnesota)
Because… With Mike Modano's career winding down, the Stars will be looking for a cornerstone forward for the future. All the better if he's American. Enter Schroeder; a speedy, cerebral playmaker who can lead when the games begin to mean something, Dallas will be able to knock two birds with one stone by also getting a (positional) replacement for Jere Lehtinen.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs

Odds Place in Standings Change: > 0% (2 points ahead of Phoenix and LA; could drop as low 5th if both teams win and Toronto loses)
Draft Lottery Odds: 4.7%
Highest Position Possible: 1st

They'll take… D Jared Cowen
Because… Brian Burke likes his big men. While Burke's draft history trends towards America-born players, there's no way he'll be able to pass up a 6'5 tower of power that can pair with Luke Schenn to give the Leafs a truly unstoppable (unscoreonable?) pairing.

6. Phoenix Coyotes

Odds Place in Standings Change: > 0% (tied with LA in points; both have 1 GR. 2 points back of Toronto; would win tie-breaker based on wins if Yotes win and Leafs lose.)
Draft Lottery Odds: 6.2%
Highest Position Possible: 1st

They'll take… RW Brayden Schenn
Because… The Coyotes have a thing for bloodlines at the draft table, and they'll be looking for a heart-and-soul right wing whenever they get a good enough deadline offer for Shane Doan. Schenn is the perfect future playmaker for Kyle Turris, and adds a physical dimension that can both create room for and help protect Phoenix's franchise player.

5. Los Angeles Kings

Odds Place in Standings Chang