Well up next are picks #11-20. There's lots of room for surprises and there are still a lot of good players up for selection.
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The Caps defense is really good and it will be for some time with Alzner, Carlson, Green, Erksine, Orlov, etc. It's my belief that they don't have any centermen with high end potential and skill to someday play behind Backstrom and Laich.
No.12 - Buffalo Sabres: Zemgus Girgensons, C
Derek Roy will be leaving soon and by picking Girgensons Sabres fans can think back to the days of Mike Peca. He hits, provides leadership and will help out on the score sheet. Sabres would be set down the middle with Hodgson, McCormick and Girgensons
No.13 - Dallas Stars: Cody Ceci, D
Dallas has some decent prospects on the blueline like Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, and Philip Larsen but it's hard to pass up on a talent like Cody Ceci. He's got a huge shot and a big body. He'd make an excellent partner for an Oleksiak or Nemeth.
No.14 - Calgary Flames: Derrick Pouliot, D
The Flames are hurting everywhere. Pouliot would help that's fer sure. A teammate of current Flames blue chipper Sven Bartschi, it's no doubt the Flames' scouts would've seen a lot of him. He's a little undersized but i believe he would bring some scoring to the Flames' woeful blueline.
No.15 - Ottawa Senators: Hampus Lindholm, D
Ottawa has found success at the draft picking Swedes. Karlsson, Runblad (In Phoenix now), Alfredsson, Zibanejad, Silfverberg, and Lehner. They'll go back to Sweden to pick Lindholm. He's got a big frame (6'3" 195lbs), he's got some offense but he's more of a two way defender.
No.16 - Washington Capitals: Olli Maata, D
Earlier the Caps selected a big skilled center and with this pick they'll select huge Finnish defender Olli Maata. I believe his offensive game won't really translate to the pro game but he will succeed as a 3/4 shutdown defenseman. He'll also have a lot of time to develop in the AHL as the caps are thick on the blueline.
No.17 - San Jose Sharks: Pontus Aberg, LW
The Sharks are really lacking in scoring on the wing beyond Marleau (32yrs old) and Havlat (31yrs old). Aberg is a skilled forward with a laser of a shot, which is good given his penchant to shoot.
No.18 - Chicago Blackhawks: Malcolm Subban, G
The Hawks are really set at all positions except one... Goaltender. They'll select Subban here. He's athletic and quick and his ceiling is really high. Perhaps a better version of current Blackhawk goalie, Ray Emery.
No.19 - Tampa Bay Lightning: Brendan Gaunce, C
Surprised to see Gaunce fall so far, Steve Yzerman jumps at the opportunity to select a big two-way power center. He's the man in Belleville and one day he'll be centering the 2nd line in Tampa behind Stamkos.
No.20 - Philadelphia Flyers: Matt Finn, D
Jack of all trades, Master of none. Finn is a great two-way defender that oozes leadership and character. The Flyers and their fans love hard working physical players. He'll also put up the odd point which would be helpful for a team that could be losing Chris Pronger and soon, Kimmo Timmonen.
So there it is. Picks #11-20. I hope you're enjoying the 2012 Beer League Hero Mock Draft! Don't be afraid to leave comments or questions! Take care all!