Staple's NHL mock draft top 10

Red Deer center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is one of

Red Deer center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is one of the top prospects in this year's NHL Draft. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Here it is, a very unscientific look at who we think will get picked in the top 10 (plus the Rangers at 15) spots on Friday night in St. Paul, Minn.:

1. OILERS: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Red Deer (WHL)

A true playmaking center, he could be riding alongside Taylor Hall, last year's No. 1 pick, for a long time to come.

2. AVALANCHE: Adam Larsson, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)

Could easily be the top pick, having developed his game in the Swedish pro league. Here, he'll help remake a defense that needs some shoring up.

3. PANTHERS: Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Kitchener (OHL)

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Florida needs players, badly. it will have to spend roughly $32 million this summer just to get to the salary cap floor. Why not start with the player scouts say is the most NHL-ready of the lot?

4. DEVILS: Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Saint John (QMJHL)

Led his team to a Memorial Cup and went from middle-round prospect to elite with his work this season.

5. ISLANDERS: Dougie Hamilton, C, Niagara (OHL)

High-character young man with future NHL captain written all over him. It'll take time for him to develop, but he will add to the Isles' young core.

6. SENATORS: Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)

Big, rangy talent who didn't produce as much as was expected this season, so his stock slipped a bit. Still could be a dynamic pro.

7. WINNIPEG: Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)

Talented scorer and upbeat personality could make him a fan favorite in the team's new hometown.

8. BLUE JACKETS: Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (Sweden)

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High-riser this season, when he showed he can play with the young guys and the older guys.

9. BRUINS: Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)

Great offensive game and joining the champs doesn't hurt for a defenseman's development. Plenty of time to grow.

10. WILD: Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland (WHL)

Nino Niederreiter's teammate and Swiss countryman doesn't have Nino's size, but he does have scoring touch.

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15. RANGERS: Mark Scheifele, Barrie (OHL)

A good two-way player with lots of offensive skills. Still unpolished and light at 177 pounds, so he won't be in the pro mix for a couple years, but has the skill to make an impact eventually.

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