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TSN's Mock Draft

As many of you may know, I am buried in a couple of lengthy stories. But every once in a while I come up for air. And what do I do? I catch up on my hockey reading, of course.

TSN's got the Caps talking center Sam Gagner with the No. 5 pick and winger Max Pacioretty at No. 28.

See picks 1-15 here and 16-30 here.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 19, 2007; 6:46 PM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Since when is this a skins blog where we race for 1st and 2nd?

I'll take a center and a D, but I would rather see them trade the pick for someone who can play now.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | June 19, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Take the Russian sniper, Cherepanov, with the 5th pick. If he is as good as advertised, GMGM can think about trading Semin for a stud defenseman next year as Semin's contact ends. Yes, he will be a restricted free agent, but why do i think he will be difficult to resign.

We know Ovechkin will get $7M+ next year when his entry contract expires, will the Caps want to pay Semin the $5-$6M per year he will demand?

GMGM must keep an eye towards next year's budget as he plans his moves this year, for the draft, or trades and UFA signings.

I hope they don't trade another "character"guy -Sutherby anyone?- at the expense of talent.

Hopefully Ovechkin's desire to win will rub off of his fellow Russians, so character issues regarding Russian prospects will not be an an issue.......

Posted by: Genotype55 | June 19, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, Tarik, reposting again from the other thread. :P

We have a pretty good shot at landing Alex #3 (aka Semin on the other side) at RW or Gagner/Voracek at center.

Then again Alzner is from the WHL... Resist the urge, McPhee!

I can do without D or G prospects at this point in the redevelopment. It's time to add guys who can jump into the lineup within a year or two, where possible, unless that D prospect is head and shoulders above. There are some darn good offensive prospects at the #5 spot.

I see no reason to trade that first pick unless we're getting a 1st line center with a few years still ahead of him or a top-pair D (guessing we toss in a couple of the woulda-coulda-shoulda prospects for that to happen).

Posted by: Shmoo | June 19, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I like it. Gagner's got playmaking skill and, on top of that, leadership. Besides Ovechkin, the Caps don't have a young guy with a good combination of top-end skill and leadership. Then there's his hockey bloodlines, which GMGM seems to covet. Voracek is tough to pass up but the Caps could use the help up the middle moreso.

Pacioretty supposedly plays a power forward game and will be heading to play for the Univ. of Michigan this fall. I think he'll go earlier than 28th.

Posted by: idil | June 19, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Gagner put up impressive numbers last season playing on the same line as Kane. It would be interesting to see how those 83 assists in 53 games translate into an NHL season with Semin or Ovechkin on the end of a lot of his passes. If they think Kane is a potential straight-to-NHL draft pick then I don't see why Gagner can't make the same leap. He's bigger than Kane and he's said to be reliable defensively with a lot of hockey sense passed down from his father Dave's 15 years in the NHL, also as a center. I was thinking that the Caps might want to trade this pick, but I like the looks of this kid.

Posted by: alex | June 19, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Every mock draft I've seen has the Caps leaving Voracek on the board. I don't believe that. I think if he's there, they'll take him.

Or maybe I just hope that.

Posted by: norske | June 19, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sapper | June 19, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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just had to

Posted by: MM | June 19, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

please shut up about trading semin. please. shut up.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather trade Clark (UFA) than Semin (RFA)

Posted by: Finn | June 19, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic.. but is reporting that Dale Hunter is a likely choice to become the new coach of the Senators.

The article also says Hunter rejected McPhee's requests to "join" him in Washington.. Wonder how Hanlon feels after reading that; I know I've always hoped Hunter would coach here.


Posted by: Oneal | June 19, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, take what you want from this "mock" draft, but I have Shattenkirk much higher and since I travel around watching minor league games, I think I'd know better than some combination of NHL level scouts who've been involved in hockey for numerous years.

Posted by: Battleship | June 20, 2007 7:56 AM | Report abuse

It was pretty clear from that article that Hunter turned us down so he could coach his kids.

Posted by: eric | June 20, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Get Alzner.

Posted by: tokyo fan | June 20, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Battleship...i'm sure you're a real brainchild when it comes to hockey, but why don't you leave the drafting and scouting up to the people that actually get paid to do it.

Posted by: Esmydee13 | June 20, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

i hope thats sarcasm battleship

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Dave Gagner is thinking, "Please do not draft my son. This team and their management has been a joke since 1974."

Posted by: Jon | June 20, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Every team has to take next year's budget into account with several players in line for big raises, but it's not stopping them! Why is it only stopping the Caps?

Posted by: :-/ | June 20, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps leave Voracek on the board then McPhee should be immediately dismissed.

Posted by: Jay | June 20, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

somewhere, not on this mock draft is who the Caps will select with the fifth overall pick. I can already hear it

"Wow, the Caps go off the board and take "X" from ___________"

Posted by: Flyersfan | June 20, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"i hope thats sarcasm battleship"

It is sarcasm, and it isn't Battleship. It's some guy who has been having fun here making fun of the real Battleship.

Hey, Flyersfan, the Caps have never gone off the board with a high first round draft pick, and their reputation for going off the board in general is vastly exaggerated. But then, being from Philly, how could you know that?

Posted by: norske | June 20, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

From what I've read, Voracek sounds like the perfect fit for Ovey's right wing. Strong in the corners. Thinks pass first. And, a great kid to be around. That's perfect!

Posted by: Puckguru | June 20, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I like Gagner, but don't think the Caps would pass up Voracek. He seems the perfect RW for the second line -- a guy who always passes (Backstrom) dishing to two quick scorers. Fits with GMGM's "best on the board" philosophy; he generally doesn't draft by position.

If you want more mock draft fun, check out this link -- we've compiled six different mock drafts so far (ESPN, SI, USA Today, etc.).

Posted by: OrderedChaos | June 21, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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