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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