NHL Mock Draft 4.0: A change in the top 10

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NHL: NHL Mock DraftThe NHL playoffs are in full swing, but for the teams that didn’t earn the chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s cup, the NHL Draft is the only thing on the minds of their General Managers and coaching staffs.

Will the Florida Panthers take the top available defenseman in Aaron Ekblad, or will they elect to take one of the Sams (Bennett or Reinhart) at number one? What about the New York Islanders? Will they keep this year’s fifth overall selection, or send it to the Buffalo Sabres?

[RELATED: NHL Mock Draft v 3.0]

It’ll be interesting to see what the teams do when they begin drafting for real. But for now, let’s just take a look at what I feel each team will do this summer when they are officially on the clock with FanSided’s NHL Mock Draft v. 4.0. The NHL Draft takes place on June 27-28 from Philadelphia.

You can view my Top 50 available prospects by clicking here.

Note: Despite missing the playoffs, New Jersey will pick 30th in the first round due to the penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk contract in 2010. Also, the draft order is updated as of Tuesday, April 22.
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  • Daryl Kujawinski

    Who is Julius Honka and why would he be picked so high? He hasn’t been listed in the top 30 at all this year according to ISS.

    • Mike Straw Jr.

      The depth at defense for the Red Wings is slim. They need to grab one of the best available ones in this class

  • Bill Kniess

    I’m feeling a Leafs trade. Ehlers could be a very sought after player. Nobody is better this draft as a natural scorer. Thing is he would be more sought after by some of the top teams above the Leafs. L.A. could use a good sniper. The Rangers. Boston. Pheonix. Now Florida is interesting. What is the new owners strategy? They have what could be a top centre in Barkov. Do they take Ekblad? Could Toronto make a pitch to get Reinhardt? Ehlers/Virtanen/and a couple other nice wingers would be available at Leafs pick.