- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 21, 2008

TOP 10 PICKS

With all the “Seen Stamkos” ads around Hockey Bay, this pick was a no-brainer. Stamkos will slide into the No. 2 center hole for the Lightning.

General manager Dean Lombardi picks the best defenseman of a deep draft. Doughty could soon form the best defensive pairing in the league with prospect Jack Johnson.

Bogosian is the most NHL-ready player in the draft, and he’ll join Tobias Enstrom as the centerpieces of an athletic defensive corps in Atlanta.

Choosing dependability over flash (Nikita Filatov), the Blues grabbed the third best defenseman on the board and a solid two-way player.



Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher made his attempt to revitalize the floundering franchise by dealing two lower picks and No. 7 to get the smooth-skating Schenn.

Based simply on talent, Filatov could be No. 2 in the draft. Filatov is a power play quarterback who can finish as well as Pavel Bure or Alexander Mogilny.

Stacked on defense, the Predators found a scoring forward who can dish the puck and isn’t afraid to be physical.

The selection of the playmaking Danish winger was just one part of Phoenix’s draft day. The Coyotes landed Panthers center Olli Jokinen without giving up a first-rounder.

Islanders GM Garth Snow piled up picks by trading down and ended up with the best two-way center who can also work the power play and kill penalties.

With trade rumors swirling, the Canucks held their pick and ended up with a solid scoring center and possibly the most underrated prospect.

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