You folks thought I was kidding when I said that I would start talking about the NHL Draft after the Finals ended, didn't you?
I don't know enough about these players to attempt a full first round mock, but I could give the top 10 a shot.
The first dilemma comes with the first pick. For the past several years, John Tavares has been tagged as the next big-time phenom. He was even trying to find a loophole that would have allowed him to enter last year's draft (where he would have been the top pick), but the NHL held firm with their birthdate requirements. However, some questions have arisen about his skating abilities, even though everyone can see that he is still an elite-level scorer. Perhaps he has been in the public eye for so long that scouts are picking apart every little thing and magnifying any minor fault they find. He could be a superstar, but the big Swede defenseman Victor Hedman also makes GM's mouths water. Most are picking Tavares as the obvious choice to go first. I'll go the opposite way for the Isles. You can't teach Hedman's combination of size and skill.
Matt Duchene seems to be the consensus #3 pick, since he is a sniper with great speed and has the potential to play on both the power play as well as penalty killing units effectively. I think Duchene to the Avs with the third pick is the biggest slam dunk pick of the draft.
The one wildcard that could throw things off would be Toronto trying to move up. I'm sure they would love to be able to get one of the elite guys in the top 3, but even if they are not able to make that happen, it is possible that they could move up a few spots in an effort to team up the Schenn brothers (the Leafs took defenseman Luke #5 overall last year, and his brother center Brayden, is expected to be drafted right in that same general area this year).
Here is my top 10 right now without any projected trades:
1 NY Islanders Victor Hedman D 6'7" 229 12/18/90 Modo Sweden
2 Tampa Bay John Tavares C 6'0" 183 9/20/90 London (OHL) Canada
3 Colorado Matt Duchene C 5'11" 190 1/1/91 Brampton (OHL) Canada
4 Atlanta Brayden Schenn F 6'1" 195 8/22/91 Brandon (WHL) Canada
5 Los Angeles Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi LW 6'2" 200 4/12/91 Timra Sweden
6 Phoenix Evander Kane C 5'11" 168 8/1/91 Vancouver (WHL) Canada
7 Toronto Jared Cowen D 6'5" 205 1/25/91 Spokane (WHL) Canada
8 Dallas Jordan Schroeder RW 5'10" 175 9/29/90 University of Minnesota USA
9 Ottawa Zack Kassian RW 6'3" 205 1/24/91 Peterborough Canada
10 Edmonton Dmitry Kulikov D 6'1" 195 10/29/90 Drummondville (QMJHL) Russia
Possible options for the Penguins at #30 to come...