Mock NHL draft

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

There'll be plenty at stake when the 30 NHL teams head to the draft table tonight at Scotiabank Place.

For months, scouts have been jotting down notes, hoping to find the next stud, while avoiding the biggest busts.

The International Scouting Service has been busy, too.

Employing a staff of eight scouts and relying on eight bird-dogs across the hockey world, the ISS has been rating players since 2002. In 2006, Antigonish, N.S. businessman Brian MacLean purchased the service and it's become a respected voice among NHL scouts.

"We're trying to be an independent voice and we're trying to give teams an independent view," said Matt Ebbs, the Ottawa-based GM of the ISS.

Sun Media enlisted the ISS to help us with our first-round mock draft:

1. TAMPA BAY

Steve Stamkos C

Born: Feb. 7, 1990

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 176 lbs.

2007-08: Sarnia, OHL

ISS says: "The rebuilding in Tampa begins, first-line type player who makes everybody around him a better hockey player."

2. LOS ANGELES

Zach Bogosian D

Born: July 15, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 197 lbs.

2007-08: Peterborough, OHL

ISS says: "The Peterborough Petes workhorse will help replace Rob Blake and be a nice complement to Jack Johnson."

3. ATLANTA

Drew Doughty D

Born: Dec. 8, 1989

Ht: 6 feet Wt: 219 lbs.

2007-08: Guelph, OHL

ISS Says: "Russian Nikita Filatov intrigues the Thrashers, but a stud on the blue line wins out."

4. ST. LOUIS

Luke Schenn D

Born: Nov. 2, 1989

Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 216 lbs.

2007-08: Kelowna, WHL

ISS says: "Shut-down D-man that can step right in and take some pressure off Erik Johnson."

5. NY ISLANDERS

Nikita Filatov LW

Born: May 25, 1990

Ht: 6 feet Wt: 165 lbs.

2007-08: Moscow CSKA2

ISS says: "He's the game breaker. He's the guy who is going to blow it open. Other than the Russian factor, he might be No. 2."

6 COLUMBUS

Alex Pietrangelo D

Born: Feb. 18, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 206 lbs.

2007-08: Niagara, OHL

ISS says: "He's a huge kid with tremendous vision and passing skills who should also become a fine power-play point man."

7. TORONTO

Mikkel Boedker RW

Born: Dec. 16, 1989

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 195 lbs.

2007-08: Kitchener, OHL

ISS says: "A choice between Cody Hodgson and Boedker. Leafs finally get it right and select speedster from Denmark."

8. PHOENIX

Tyler Myers D

Born: Feb. 1, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-7 Wt: 204 lbs.

2007-08: Kelowna, WHL

ISS says: "He has huge upside potential and can skate (for a big kid), which makes him intriguing."

9. NASHVILLE (FROM FLORIDA)

Colin Wilson C

Born: Oct. 20, 1989

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 215 lbs.

2007-08: Boston University

ISS says: "A safe bet. He had a great performance at the NHL combine (earlier this month in Toronto)."

10. VANCOUVER

Joe Colborne LW

Born: Jan. 30, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-5 Wt: 190 lbs.

2007-08: Camrose, AJHL

ISS says: "Look for new GM Mike Gillis to try and hit a home run. Should be a great prospect."

11. CHICAGO

Colten Teubert D

Born: March 8, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 185 lbs.

2007-08: Regina, WHL

ISS says: "Another hard guy to play against and is still improving. He plays with an edge and makes players pay a price when they come to the net."

12. ANAHEIM (FROM EDMONTON)

Cody Hodgson C

Born: Feb. 18, 1990

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 185 lbs.

2007-08: Brampton, OHL

ISS says: "He really improved his stock (playing for Team Canada) at the under-18s (in Kazan, Russia)."

13. BUFFALO

Zac Boychuk C

Born: Oct. 4, 1989

Ht: 5-foot-9 Wt: 175 lbs.

2007-08: Lethbridge, WHL

ISS says: "Speedster that will be more effective with the new NHL rules. He will fit in nicely with Sabres' system."

14. CAROLINA

Joshua Bailey C

Born: Oct. 2, 1989

Ht: 6-foot Wt: 188 lbs.

2007-08: Windsor, OHL

ISS says: "Solid two-way player that will chip in offensively."

15. NASHVILLE

Kyle Beach C

Born: Jan. 13, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 203 lbs.

2007-08: Everett, WHL

ISS says: "Will add great size to the Predators and should become a solid power forward."

16. BOSTON

Zac Dalpe C

Born: Nov. 1, 1989

Ht: 6-foot Wt: 170 lbs.

2007-08: Penticton, BCHL

ISS says: "Will add offence down the middle. Don't be surprised if they trade up to get the likes of Colton Teubert or even Joe Colborne."

17. CALGARY

Mattias Tedenby LW

Born: Feb. 21, 1990

Ht: 5-foot-9 Wt: 165 lbs.

2007-08: HV71-Sweden

ISS says: "Another speedster that will be more effective with the new NHL rules."

18. OTTAWA

Jake Allen G

Born: Aug. 7, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 175 lbs.

2007-08: St. John's, QMJHL

ISS says: "A potential franchise goaltender with great skill and a great temperament. The alternative maybe to trade up and grab a top defenceman."

19. COLUMBUS (FROM COLORADO)

John Carlson D

Born: Jan. 10, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 215 lbs.

2007-08: Indiana, USHL

ISS says: "Bad finish to the season, but has all of the tools."

20. NY RANGERS

Kirill Petrov RW

Born: April 13, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 198 lbs.

2007-08: Kazan, Russia

ISS says: "The lack of a transfer agreement is the biggest reason he slips. He has good skating ability and a frame that projects well at the NHL level."

21.NEW JERSEY

Cody Goloubef D

Born: Nov. 30, 1989

Ht: 6-foot Wt: 195 lbs.

2007-08: Wisconsin, WCHA

ISS says: "Cody plays years beyond his age. We think he's got some untapped offensive potential as well."

22. EDMONTON (FROM ANAHEIM)

Luca Sbisa D

Born: Jan. 30, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 176 lbs.

2007-08: Lethbridge, WHL

ISS says: "With plenty of young talent up front, look for the Oilers to add this offensive defenceman to the mix."

23. WASHINGTON

Chet Pickard G

Born: Nov. 29, 1989

Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 210 lbs.

2007-08: Tri-City, WHL

ISS says: "Caps need a netminder for the future and Olaf Kolzig, part-owner of Tri-City Americans, knows Pickard better than anyone."

24. MINNESOTA

Aaron Ness D

Born: May 18, 1990

Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 162 lbs.

2007-08: Roseau, USHL

ISS says: "A high school star in (Minnesota) and has tremendous offensive ability."

25. MONTREAL

Corey Trivino C

Born: Dec. 1, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 170 lbs.

2007-08: Stouffville, OPJHL

ISS says: "Nice fit. Solid two-way skilled centre with size. A fierce competitor who has tremendous hands and is very elusive."

26. BUFFALO (FROM SAN JOSE)

Evgeny Gravchev C

Born: Feb. 21, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 202 lbs.

2007-08: Yaroslavl, Russia

ISS says: "The Sabres need some size and scoring. This guy is going to fit in just nicely for them."

27 PHILADELPHIA

Colby Robak D

Born: April 24, 1990

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 194 lbs.

2007-08: Brandon, WHL

ISS says: "Another skilled defender that could blossom into a star."

28. LOS ANGELES KINGS (FROM DALLAS)

Viktor Tikonov F

Born: May 12, 1988

Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 187 lbs.

2007-08: Cherepovets, Russia

ISS says: "Fits into Kings' draft needs and is ready to step in right away. Costs little to get him."

29. ATLANTA (FROM PITTSBURGH)

Michael Del Zotto D

Born: June 24, 1990

Ht: 6 feet Wt: 211 lbs.

2007-08: Oshawa, OHL

ISS says: "Would be a great value if taken here and has some serious upside potential."

30. DETROIT

Jordan Eberle C

Born: May 15, 1990

Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 174 lbs.

2007-08: Regina, WHL

ISS says: "He definitely has the potential to be a big-time player. He is so smart and his vision is unbelievable."


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