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MOCK DRAFT: Kessel is Mr. Irrelevant

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ROUND 13

Minnesota D Brent Burns — Let’s hope he leaves his snake collection – including a yellow python named Banana – at home.

Minnesota RW Martin Havlat — If he plays half as well as he does against the Flames, he’s good for a passel of points.

ROUND 14

Philadelph­ia RW Claude Giroux — Riding a career-high sevengame scoring streak. Bet he makes it eight in Raleigh.

Boston G Tim Thomas — The starter. For ad libbing theatrics alone, a must-see. Plus, enjoying a fantastic rebound season.

ROUND 15

Anaheim G Jonas Hiller — Another Vezina candidate overlooked because he plays most of his games after the Eastern media goes to sleep.

Ottawa D Erik Karlsson — With those young legs, 20-year-old can chase puck around all afternoon. A perfect blueline bookend for Lidstrom, 40.

ROUND 16

St. Louis RW David Backes — Threatened to throw his weight around if picked last. Best to have him on our side.

Pittsburgh G MarcAndre Fleury — And he thought 24/7 was an HBO series? Actually, that’s the score after 40 minutes.

ROUND 17

New Jersey LW Patrik Elias — Five goals and nine points in his past seven games. Deserves a break from the misery in the Meadowland­s.

Montreal G Carey Price — Last of the sacrificia­l netminding lambs. Get in there and limit the Hall Monitors to five or fewer goals.

ROUND 18

Colorado C Paul Stastny — Let’s save the son of Peter from the dubious title of Mr. Irrelevant. Adds even more offensive punch.

Toronto RW Phil Kessel — Only player left.

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