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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.