QMI Agency's mock NHL draft

NHL draft prospect Nail Yakupov speaks to the media at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., June 4,...

NHL draft prospect Nail Yakupov speaks to the media at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., June 4, 2012. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

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1. EDMONTON: The Oilers never expected to be picking first. Winning lottery was a pleasant surprise. If they don't deal, they take another good, young player.

Pick: Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

2. COLUMBUS: Might be in the best interests of Scott Howson to make a safe pick. He can't afford another screw-up. He could flip picks with Toronto or Montreal.

Pick: Filip Forsberg, RW, Leksand (SWE)

3. MONTREAL: GM Marc Bergevin will keep this pick. The Habs need to start getting bigger and stronger. Way too soft in middle.

Pick: Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)

4. N.Y. ISLANDERS: Predicting what they're doing is difficult. GM Garth Snow has a history of trading down. He might dance with mid-pick teams.

Pick: Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)

5. TORONTO: Expect to see GM Brian Burke try to make a splash -- he always does. He could deal this pick for immediate help. Can't afford to miss the playoffs again.

Pick: Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)

6. ANAHEIM: Organization is in a state of flux. Ducks don't have a lot of depth. Have to make decisions on Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf and can use help anywhere.

Pick: Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

7. MINNESOTA: The Wild is rebuilding, but stocking up on some skilled players. Definitely need to get more scoring help. It's always been an issue for the franchise.

Pick: Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (FIN)

8. CAROLINA: GM Jim Rutherford unloaded players last season as part of a rebuild. Generally, the Hurricanes have been solid at the draft table. They don't gamble a lot.

Pick: Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)

9. WINNIPEG: Expect the Jets to build from the back-end out. That's always been GM Kevin Cheveldayoff's philosophy. Don't expect a change here.

Pick: Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)

10. TAMPA: Wonder what happened to the Bolts last season? Was it intense coaching wearing off or did the players just not get the job done? Problems start in goal.

Pick: Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa (RUS)

11. WASHINGTON: The character stepped up under Dale Hunter, so it does exist. The Caps realize if they compete hard, they can succeed. Time to help blueline.

Pick: Jacob Trouba, D, U.S. under-18 (NTDP)

12. BUFFALO: The Sabres need to start getting bigger. They aren't afraid to go small, but they can use some jam. Sabres need to be hard-nosed.

Pick: Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)

13. DALLAS: This pick may be available because new owner Tom Gagliardi wants to be aggressive. If the Stars can get immediate help here, they will make a move.

Pick: Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)

14. CALGARY: GM Jay Feaster has a big job ahead of him, running a franchise with a lousy drafting history. The Flames need to start stockpiling prospects. A safe pick works.

Pick: Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)

15. OTTAWA: The Senators picked three forwards last year. They need to get some help for the back end. Don't be shocked if GM Bryan Murray moves up.

Pick: Sebastian Collberg, D, Frolunda (SWE)

16. WASHINGTON: This will be the Caps' second pick in the first round. Their No. 11 selection was acquired from Colorado in Semyon Varlamov deal. Expect help up front.

Pick: Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)

17. SAN JOSE: This is an organization that has just not been able to get over the top. Almost falling into Philadelphia trap -- good but just not good enough to win the Cup.

Pick: Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)

18. CHICAGO: The Hawks have as much depth as they need up front. That means they want to go with defence. Don't be surprised if they move up.

Pick: Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)

19. TAMPA: Steve Yzerman acquired this pick for D Kyle Quincey. They're going to take the most skilled Swedish player they can find. A bit of a Detroit philosophy here.

Pick: Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle (SWE)

20. PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers are still going to draft players who fit the mould -- big, tough and strong. GM Paul Holmgren needs guys who can produce in the playoffs.

Pick: Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

21. BUFFALO: The Sabres acquired this pick from Nashville in the Paul Gaustad deal. Need to restock the forward ranks and don't expect them to deviate from size.

Pick: Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)

22. PITTSBURGH: The Penguins are a team that could undergo a lot of change. If they decide to deal Jordan Staal, they may need to look for a replacement.

Pick: Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL)

23. FLORIDA: The Panthers have given GM Dale Tallon an extension because he knows how to build a team. He needs skill and a strong defence corps.

Pick: Dalton Thrower, D, Sasktoon (WHL)

24. BOSTON: The Bruins have a strong history of drafting since GM Peter Chiarelli took over. Boston isn't afraid to take a chance and, at this point, every player is a gamble.

Pick: Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)

25. ST. LOUIS: Surprised everybody this past season, but they've got new ownership and the landscape has changed. GM Doug Armstrong has to set a course for future here.

Pick: Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

26. VANCOUVER: GM Mike Gillis could be active by moving G Roberto Luongo at the draft. The Canucks might decide they want to add some character here..

Pick: Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque (USHL)

27. PHOENIX: Nobody is sure this club is actually going to stay in Phoenix, but the management shouldn't change even if the Coyotes move to Quebec City. Need help up front.

Pick: Stefan Matteau, LW, U.S. under-18 (NTDP)

28. N.Y. RANGERS: You could see this pick moved in exchange for Columbus star Rick Nash. The Rangers have a history of drafting strong.

Pick: Henrik Samuelsson, RW, Edmonton (WHL)

29. NEW JERSEY: The Devils have to forfeit a first-round pick sometime before 2014 because of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal, but GM Lou Lamoriello has said he's keeping this year's selection.

Pick: Oscar Dansk, G, Brynas (SWE)

30. LOS ANGELES: Not sure the Kings will make this pick -- the Blue Jackets have the option of taking it. If Los Angeles doesn't lose the selection, they'll get help up front.

Pick: Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna (WHL)


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