Mid-Season Mock

Dobber Sports

2010-01-09

 

The World Juniors are in the books, the CHL trade deadline is over and teams all around the world are gearing up for the stretch drive. Who tops this month’s extended mock draft?

 

Midway Mock

1. Carolina Hurricanes- RW Tyler Seguin (Plymouth Whalers OHL)
Ht/Wt: 6’1, 186 lbs     2009-10: 38 GP, 28-36-64, +4, 42 PIM

We’re going to keep running with this. As of Friday night, Seguin was just three points- or, for him, a game- away from matching his entire total from 2008-09… and he was above a point a game in 2008-09! It took the World Juniors for Seguin to jump Hall in the OHL scoring race but with little run support (see: a combined 65 points from Plymouth’s next highest scorers) it’s tough to say he hasn’t rightfully earned it.

As for why Carolina selects him first, as we’ve mentioned every other time Seguin has come up, Canes owner Peter Karmanos also happens to own the Whalers. After one-and-a-half years in a Plymouth uniform, Carolina likely knows Seguin better than any other player in the Draft. The Canes have taken advantage of this pipeline numerous in the past and it makes sense to do so with such a critical selection as #1.

IF GM Jim Rutherford sees he and Hall as equal, why take a chance on someone you can’t do as much homework on? There is another added bonus: if Seguin doesn’t make the jump next season, Rutherford will essentially control his development in the junior ranks, a rarity. Ask the Blues what they thought of Niagara’s handling Alex Pietrangelo, for example.

In the Future:
Cole-Staal-Seguin
Bowman-Sutter-Ruutu

2. Edmonton Oilers- LW Taylor Hall (Windsor Spitfires OHL)
Ht/Wt: 6’1, 185 lbs     2009-10: 35 GP, 28-34-62, +25, 21 PIM

Depending on the scout, the World Juniors either did a lot for Taylor Hall’s stock, or it just proved how far he is away from having an immediate impact. The good: Hall nailed 2 PPG in his draft year at the prestigious tourney, something Sidney Crosby never did. The bad: he was rag-dolled at times by Team USA’s blueline and that raises questions about how he’ll handle the NHL.

However, season ticker holder surveys are out for the Oilers, and the results are not going to be pretty. Short of bringing in a Hossa, Heatley, Jagr or Kovalchuk- three of which the team has struck out on, and that’s only because Kovy hasn’t had a chance to dick them around yet- Hall is the closest thing to a star Edmonton can bring in next season to appease a thoroughly annoyed and impatient fanbase.

In the Future:

Penner-Horcoff-Hemsky
Hall-Gagner-Brule

3. Boston Bruins (from Toronto)- D Cam Fowler
Ht/Wt: 6’2, 190 lbs     2009-10: 33 GP, 3-37-40, +27, 8 PIM

Bruins fans have loudly voiced their displeasure concerning the play of one-time hero Dennis Wideman. If that’s the worst thing they have to endure this season enroute to Cam Fowler-remember, they can win the Cup and still pick top three- it’s really not that bad.

A pairing of Zdeno Chara and the slick-skating American doesn’t assure a Finals appearance at any point of Marc Savard’s extension, but they’d immediately become one of only a couple teams with the depth capable of shutting down and thus beating the Penguins.

In the Future:

Lucic-Savard-Ryder
Chara-Fowler

4. Florida Panthers- LW Vladimir Tarasenko
Ht/Wt: 6’0, 185 lbs     2009-10: 28 GP, 10-7-17, 6 PIM

Lost in the multiple storylines of