Gare Joyce checks in with the latest news and rumors in advance of the 2011 NHL draft, including how the Avalanche and Oilers may try to add a second-pick in the top 10 to capitalize on top-tier talent.
Last year's draft trend showed comparably-skilled forwards chosen ahead of primetime defensemen. Gare Joyce believes that trend will hold this year, but there are two unique blueliners who will still more than warrant a high pick this June.
Gare Joyce checks in with NHL talent evaluators on Victoriaville's Phillip Danault. While Central Scouting ranks him as the 27th best skater in North America, team scouts seem to think much more highly of him. Plus, notes from Mock Draft 2.0.
Gare Joyce gets the evaluations of NHL scouts on hand for the recent Five Nations tournament in the Czech Republic, particularly concerning three top draft prospects from the U.S. team, led by diminutive Rocco Grimaldi.
In Gare Joyce's final NHL mock draft before the actual event, Taylor Hall remains No. 1, Tyler Seguin remains No. 2, and the player darting up boards the quickest is Brandon Gormley, who could become a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning at pick No. 6.
In Gare Joyce's fourth attempted mock draft for the 2010 NHL proceedings, the top four projected picks remain the same as in his third edition -- Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Eric Gudbranson and Cam Fowler, in that order. Then, things get nutty.
Kirill Kabanov's story continues to add layers of mystery, but with the combine approaching, many of the questions that have dogged his season may finally be answered. Plus, No. 1 prospect Taylor Hall takes a big hit and answers to reader questions.
It's widely expected that the top two picks in the 2010 NHL draft will be Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. So, for real, who should be No. 1? Gare Joyce offers up a thorough examination in this blog entry.
As the NHL playoffs rage on, Insider looks ahead a little bit: Gare Joyce's 2010 NHL mock draft (version 3), which still sees Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Eric Gudbranson as the first three skaters off the board on June 25.