26. Washington Capitals
27. Tampa Bay Lightning
28. St. Louis Blues
29. Boston Bruins
30. Anaheim Ducks
We have Washington going with the Calgary native Brett Howden. Brett played for the Moose Jaw Warriors, where he was an Assistant Captain. This past year he had 64 points in 68 games. Howden seems to have playmaking ability and he’s not afraid to get others involved offensively.
Abramov fits the bill of the Lightning perfectly. He’s a 5’9” winger so we’re sure we will hear the comparisons to Martin St Louis especially if he’s drafted by the Lightning. Abramov is a talented winger. He loves to get people involved; he had 55 assists on the year. In ten playoff games, he had seven goals for the Gatineau Olympiques.
Nielmelainen is a defenseman who isn’t much of a scoring threat. He did have 26 assists to go along with his one goal for Saginaw this past year. He’s good both ways and always seems to find himself in the right positioning.
We had the Bruins take a D-man with their first pick, this time, it’s the center from Oyster Bay, New York, Tage Thompson. With the UConn Huskies, he had 14 goals in 36 games. He’s a steady forward with good size, standing at 6’5″ and tipping the scale at 194lbs.
To wrap up the first round the Ducks take the winger Boris Katchouk. He’s a solid player, he’s good at all aspects of the game but doesn’t have that one stand out skill. He had six goals in 12 playoff games, helping S.S. Marie upset the Sarnia Sting.