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Mock- defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as - Of, relating to, or having the character of an imitation.
Today I would like to look at some of the Players that various mock drafts have Vancouver selecting.
Jason Sapunka, of the Bleacher Report, has Vancouver selecting Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Mike Chiari, of the Bleacher Report, has Vancouver selecting Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Derek Zona, of NHLnumber.com, has Vancouver selecting Damon Severson of the Kelowna Rockets. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Holmes on NHL Hockey has Vancouver selecting Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Bob Mand, of NHLmockdraft, has Vancouver selecting Hampus Lindholm of Rögle. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Bill Placzek, has Vancouver selecting Brendan Gaunce of the Bellville Bulls. His entire mock draft can be found HERE
Colton Sissons- I would love to see this kid in a Vancouver jersey. You can tell in every interview that the kid eats, sleeps, and breathes Canucks. In my opinion, there is not a player in this draft that would play harder for Vancouver than Colton. His work ethic is his greatest attribute and the reason I think he will play in the NHL for a long time. I do have concerns over whether he will be much more than a third line player because of his limited offensive abilities, but with an attitude like Colton has, it wouldn’t shock me to see him become better than a third line player. He’s likely not the player I have going to Vancouver when I do my mock, but that’s because I think he will be going before 26.
Slater Koekkoek- Another pick that I don’t mind. Koekkoek is the type of player Vancouver needs to add to their D. At times this season, Koekkoek has looked like a top 10 pick, but because he has missed most of the year with a shoulder injury his draft position is a little unpredictable. What I like about Koekkoek is the passion he plays with, the nastiness he can bring, his skill, and his athletic ability (imo, one of the best athletes in the draft). What concerns me is the shoulder problem (with the game being as physical as it is, once you have a shoulder problem you can be stuck with it), and he can be a bit of an adventure in his own end. He’s another player that I’m not sure will be there, but if he is, he would make an excellent pick.
Damon Severson- I like Damon Severson, but I’m not sure he’s a first round pick. I think he has an NHL future, but he is more of a second round project to me. The kid has some of the tools to be a good player (size, decent skill, great shot, willing to hit, decent in his own end), but right now he is far to inconsistent to be a top 30 for me. If he is there in round two, he would make a great little project, but at 26, I’d likely take someone else.
Hampus Lindholm- Lindholm could be one of those wild cards in this year’s draft that will really depend on if the team that takes him can develop him. For his size (6”’3, 200) Lindholm is a great skater with what scouts have said “great feet” (is Rex Ryan scouting hockey now?). I would say, that is he is developed properly he could become a Keith Yandle type, but at the same time he could also become a 5/6 pairing D. Lindholm is a player that if Vancouver was to take, you just have to trust Gradin.
Brendan Gaunce- Gaunce is a player that I can’t figure out. I’ve seen him live a few times, and to be honest, I don’t see what scouts see in him. He strikes me as a player with great physical tools, but just hasn’t put it together. Then I read reports on him and some are saying he could be the next Ryan Getzlaf. I’m guessing the real Gaunce is somewhere in between. I’m thinking he will be a 50-70 point player who hits and will mix it up. If Vancouver was to select him I’d ok with getting a player like that, although, he is another player I think is gone by 26.
I will have my mock draft out sometime in the next week with my selection.
Who do people want Vancouver to select?