May Mock

Dobber Sports

2009-05-02

(Skelleftea's Tim Erixon, whose strong U18s have made him a hot commodity)

 

The Draft is just two months away, and while some players are becoming clear favorites, others are making a last-minute push thanks to strong playoff and international showings.

 

22. Philadelphia Flyers- Calvin de Haan, D (Oshawa OHL)
Pick high, get a good player. Pick low, get a good player. No matter how bad- or good- the Philadelphia Flyers seem to do, they always seem to come out of the Draft with a stud. James van Riemsdyk (2nd), Jeff Carter (11th), Luca Sbisa (19th), Mike Richards (24th)… the list goes on and on. 2005 was the last time Philly picked 22nd, and the guy they got- Claude Giroux- is pretty good too. With an enviable list of forwards, look for the Flyers to once again focus on defense. Perhaps the most underrated defenseman to score a PPG in his draft year ever, Calvin de Haan has all the tools to be a top-flight offensive defender. While he didn't get a playoffs to further raise his stock, the cerebral puck mover had a strong U18s showing. In six games, de Haan lead Canada's defense in points with six, and finished tied for second among tournament D in assists.

21. Calgary Flames- Tim Erixon, D (Skelleftea SEL)
While injuries to Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf can't exactly be blamed on anyone, that the Flames were forced to rush a 2007 3rd round pick to the NHL to fill holes is a damning indicment of the team's amateur scouting the past several years. With Calgary's Swedish experiment rapidly looking better and better by the day, the Flames may very well return overseas in the '09 first round. 6'2, 190 lbs Tim Erixon was considered in a third tier of rearguards prior to the U18s in Fargo. However, thanks to a tournament-leading 3-6-9 line in just six games, Erixon's stock has never been higher. Primarily a stay-at-home defender with a keen sense for the game, Erixon would be an excellent addition to Calgary's pipeline if they so choose to give Phoenix their 2010 1st.

20. Carolina Hurricanes- Jeremy Morin, LW (USNTDP)
While all of Carolina's sins can be forgiven thanks to their miraculous comeback in the final eighty seconds of game seven, it was a clear sign that the veteran leadership group that also encompasses much of their forward talent is quickly detiorating… save Ray Whitney. While the Canes have devoted a lot of 1sts in recent years on scorers, a couple more wouldn't hurt. With a known love for American products, sniping winger Jeremy Morin would be a perfect fit. After a lacklustre second half offensively, Morin entered the U18s with a lot to prove. 6-4-10 in seven games later and the power forward is now soundly back in top 20 territory.

19. New York Rangers- Carl Klingberg, LW (Frolunda Jr. Swe-Jr)
Another year under Glen Sather, another early playoff disappointment with a cloudy future. The only things Rangers fans know for sure is that they'll need their scouting staff to continue stepping up, as cheap, NHL-ready talent will become all the more important as Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Wade Redden handicap the team for the next half-decade. Thankfully, when it comes to Europe, few teams have been as good lately as the Rags. 6'3 power winger Carl Klingberg has the size and skill New York covets, and the skating and agility to be a truly special player. With all the teams on the look-out for such players, it's truly bizarre that players of