The Best of What's Left
The Lightning made their 1st round selection tonight, picking Vladislav Namestnikov of the London Knights. Heading into tomorrow, though, there's a ton of talent still left on the board, and the chance that a 1st round caliber player could slip as far as the Lightning's pick at 58th overall. Here are the top 20 picks still available for tomorrow's rounds 2-7:
LW Reid Boucher, USNTDP (USA): He's not big. He's not fast. He just scores goals.
LW Daniel Catenacci, Oshawa (OHL): Fastest skater in the draft.
Adam Clendening, Boston University (HEast): Courageous and can run a power play within an inch of its life, but lacks the quickness you want from a smallish defenseman.
G John Gibson, USNTDP (USA): No goalies in the first round wasn't shocking, but someone's going to get a solid goaltending prospect.
C Rocco Grimaldi, USNTDP (USA): No team had the guts to pull the trigger on the pint-sized mighty mite in the 1st round.
RW Dmitrij Jaskin, Slavia Praha (CZE): Silky soft hands in close, but skates like he's got a refrigerator on his back.
C Boone Jenner, Oshawa (OHL): So much character and work ethic. So little acceleration.
RW Tomas Jurco, St. John (QMJHL): Stickhandling skills are worth the price of admission, but will he grow into more than a shootout specialist?
LW Kale Kessey, Medicine Hat (WHL): Skates well for a guy who beats people up. Could have Milan Lucic upside.
C Alex Khokhlachev, Windsor (OHL): Anyone want an Alex Plekanec clone?
LW Lucas Lessio, Oshawa (OHL): Has all the speed and skill in the world, but needs the courage and grit to capitalize on it.
LW Adam Lowry, Swift Current (WHL): Project power forward is son of former NHL checking liner Dave Lowry.
LW Mario Lucia, Wayzata (USHS): Super young sniper has a superstar's shot.
D Scott Mayfield, Youngstown (USHL): Great physical specimen with size and skating ability, but fledgling hockey sense.
D Mike McKee, Kent (USHS): 6'5" and 230 pounds. He eats people!
D David Musil, Vancouver (WHL): He's not flashy, but he's darned sure dependable.
LW Shane Prince, Ottawa (OHL): 1st round skill and skating if you can keep him off the trainer's table.
C Victor Rask, Leksand (SWE): Impossible to knock off the puck when he's interested, but lacks quickness and top end speed.
RW Ty Rattie, Portland (WHL): He's a great, great playmaker, but he weighs less than one of Evgeni Artyukhin's snacks.
LW Brandon Saad, Saginaw (OHL): Stunning. The power forward has lottery pick talent but teams must be terrified his heart isn't in it anymore.