I've gotten some offline feedback wondering why I didn't go on to mock the 31st and 32nd selections, so without further ado, here it goes:
31. Alex Petrovic, D- Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers got Taylor Hall 1st overall, and now they add a solid defenseman with a mean streak and who also has some two-way potential in Petrovic. He was expected by at least one scout I talked to to have the kind of season that Dylan McIlrath did, but is still an interesting project with good size, mobility and toughness, not to mention the skills to be a good pick at the top of the second round.
32. Justin Faulk, D- Boston Bruins
Brought in for a visit to Boston last week, the Minnesotan and U.S. NTDP product is not the biggest rearguard at at about six-feet tall, but he's very strong, tenacious and can skate very well. He's better defensively than Matt Hunwick, although he does qualify as another "undersized" defender which makes him an iffy projection for Boston. Still, here's what Austin Watson, who skated with Faulk in April's Under-18 tourney had to say about him: "He's a really competitive kid who can skate and has a big shot from the point. He did a lot back there to help us win the tournament-- very good player."
I'm also sticking with my prediction that if he's on the board, defenseman Julian Melchiori will be Boston's selection at 45. That gives Boston two high-end forwards in Seguin and Watson, and two project defenders who can go both ways. Not a bad haul at all for Boston, and they'll still have four more picks to add some depth to the organization.