How the draft might play out

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

A glance at the bottom 10 teams in the NHL, based on the standings after Sunday's games, and who could fall into their laps when the real thing happens June 20 in Ottawa:

- 1. Los Angeles Kings, GP: 43, Pts: 32

Pick: Steven Stamkos, C, Sarnia Sting

The Kings have a fine young stable of forwards but would add a true cornerstone in the quick and dynamic Stamkos, who tied for second in scoring for Canada at the world junior in the Czech Republic.

- 2. Tampa Bay Lightning, GP: 42, Pts: 35

Pick: Drew Doughty, D, Guelph Storm

Tampa has Vincent Lecavalier and others up front; add Doughty, and it gets a young stud who can not only control a game but take care of the opposition's top players as well.

- 3. Washington Capitals, GP: 42, Pts: 39

Pick: Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara IceDogs

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Pietrangelo is a scout's dream; in 93 career OHL games, he has 16 goals and 68 assists, but more impressively, he is an eye-popping plus-60.

- 4. Edmonton Oilers, GP: 43, Pts: 40-

Pick: Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna Rockets

Players who are not yet 19 are not supposed to do a heck of a lot at the world junior, but the steady Schenn took a big step forward in most scouts' eyes with a solid performance on Canada's blue line.

- 5. Toronto Maple Leafs, GP: 42, Pts: 40

Pick: Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton Battalion

Sticking to their own backyard would be a smart option for the Leafs, as Hodgson is the type of two-way forward they badly need; already, he has drawn comparisons to Chris Drury.

- 6. Florida Panthers, GP: 42, Pts: 41--

Pick: Nikita Filatov, LW, Moscow CSKA-2

Yet another skilled forward out of Russia, Filatov was second in world junior scoring; at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, he won't knock you over, but there is no denying the vast offensive potential.

- 7. Chicago Blackhawks, GP: 41, Pts: 41

Pick: Kyle Beach, C, Everett

Beach brings a combination few other top prospects can -- he can score and thrives on physical play. He had 50 points in 40 games and led the WHL with 144 penalty minutes.

- 8. Buffalo Sabres, GP: 40, Pts: 41

Pick: Colten Teubert, D, Regina

A defensive defenceman by nature, Teubert is a raw specimen at 6-foot-4 and 181 pounds, but once he fills out, he is expected to have a long and solid NHL career.

- 9. Nashville Predators, GP: 40, Pts: 42

Pick: Zach Bogosian, D, Peterborough

The native of Massena, N.Y., has moved up the rankings this season on a sub-par Petes team; his 36 points lead all draft-eligible defencemen in the OHL.

- 10. Atlanta Thrashers, GP: 43, Pts: 43

Pick: Colin Wilson, C, Boston University

The son former NHLer Carey Wilson certainly has more potential than what his dad showed; his six goals were tops among Americans at the world junior.

- The Anaheim Ducks received Edmonton's first-round pick as part of the compensation for the Oilers' signing of restricted free agent Dustin Penner.

-- The Nashville Predators acquired Florida's first-round pick in the trade last year that sent goalie Tomas Vokoun to the Panthers.


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