Pittsburgh pick’ em

Citizen junior hockey writer Don Campbell takes a crack at who’ll go where in the first round of the NHL Draft.

Pittsburgh pick’ em

Citizen junior hockey writer Don Campbell takes a crack at predicting who’ll go where in the first round of the NHL Draft.

1. Edmonton looks past top-rated Nail Yakupov to select Prairie-bred (Sask.) defenceman Ryan Murray of Everett (WHL).

2. Columbus (if this pick isn’t part of a Rick Nash deal) selects Nail Yakupov of Sarnia (OHL) and hopes he makes fans forget Nikita Filatov.

3. Montreal heeds Patrick Roy’s advice and heads to provincial capital to grab centre Mikhail Grigorenko of Quebec (QMJHL).

4. The New York Islanders address their most pressing need and select NHL-ready defenceman Morgan Rielly of Moose Jaw (WHL).

5. Toronto finally gets a future top-line pivot by choosing centre Alex Galchenyuk of Sarnia (OHL).

6. Anaheim GM Bob Murray appreciated Paul Reinhart as a player and takes second-generation Griffin Reinhart, defenceman with Edmonton (WHL).

7. Minnesota can’t pass on homegrown Gopher and take defenceman Jacob Trouba (U. S. NTDP).

8. Carolina lands what some consider to be a top three pick, selecting centre Filip Forsberg of Leksand (Swe-2).

9. Winnipeg still regrets passing on Dougie Hamilton last year and calls the name of Ottawa 67’s defenceman Cody Ceci (OHL).

10. Tampa Bay had defence at the top of the wish list and land defenceman Matt Dumba of Red Deer (WHL).

11. Washington eyes a power forward for down the road and picks 6-foot-3 centre Czech Radek Faksa of Kitchener (OHL).

12. Buffalo takes the best player still on the board and gets point-a-game centre Brendan Guance of Belleville (OHL).

13. Dallas needs an injection of youth on the blueline and select Derrick Pouliot of Portland (WHL).

14. Calgary takes a chance going for character and skill, taking Kelowna (WHL) right wing Colton Sissons.

15. Ottawa stays true to its European successes and snags Teuvo Teravainen, left wing with Jokerit (FINLAND).

16. Washington can’t let a homegrown talent go by and opt for son of another former NHLer, left wing Stefan Matteau Blainville-Boisbrian (QMJHL).

17. San Jose look for a Dan Boyle type in not-too-distant future and grab Guelph (OHL) defenceman Matthew Finn.

18. Chicago grabs its goalie of the future, taking Malcolm Subban of Belleville (OHL).

19. Tampa Bay, sorry that they missed on Ceci at No. 10, won’t let another Ottawa Valley prospect slip away. They take Slater Koekkoek, defenceman for Peterborough (OHL).

20. Philadelphia, wary of need to address back line, take Hampus Lindholm (SWEDEN).

21. Buffalo look west to Erie, Pennsylvania, to find top talent lost on a last-place team. They grab defenceman Adam Pelech (OHL).

22. Pittsburgh, already loaded with prospects, adds another in defenceman Brady Skjei (USHL).

23. Florida continues to replenish rearguard supply and takes Finish-born defenceman Olli Maatta (OHL).

24. Boston snatches a player built to be a Bruin — with 141 PIMs to 9 goals — in 6-foot-4 right wing Thomas Wilson of Plymouth (OHL).

25. St. Louis adds future speed with Frolunda right wing Sebastian Collberg (SWEDEN).

26. Vancouver admits there’s no way this kid should ever have gone through the draft twice unpicked and select Tanner Pearson, left wing for Barrie (OHL).

27. Phoenix, knowing it’ll get to Quebec sooner or later, call Halifax (QMJHL) right wing Martin Frk’s name.

28. NY Rangers take a sure bet by drafting Dubuque (USHL) centre Zemgus Girgensons.

29. New Jersey finds out Martin Brodeur really is over 40 and selects netminder Andrei Vasilevski (RUSSIA).

30. LA Kings take a quick break from Cup celebration to find centre and WJC sensation Tomas Hertl in the last spot (CZECH REPUBLIC).

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