With the 12th pick in the 2010 SBN Mock NHL Draft, Anaheim Calling is proud to select Ryan Johansen form the Portland Winterhawks.
The reasoning I provided for the SBN main page:
Johansen is generating some Top 10 buzz, which has been steadily snowballing after his playoff performance with the Portland Winterhawks. He's a big, gifted playmaker, though he showed off some defense this year. He's not necessarily the player-type the Ducks will look for at 12th, however. Despite drafting two forwards in the first round last year, I think they're probably in the market for a speedy goal scorer and may seriously consider trading up to get a shot at Jeff Skinner or Nino Niederreiter. Their goal scorer alternatives at 12th (Emerson Etem or maybe Alexander Burmistrov) may force them to seriously consider anyone who falls out of the Top 10, defenseman or forward, as I did here.
When I made the pick last week, I discussed the decision without actually revealing what I chose to do. Ultimately, what the Ducks want from a goal scorer, they may only find in the Top 10. So sitting at 12th, anyone who falls out of the Top 10 will get consideration against Emerson Etem and Alexander Burmistrov (the goal-scoring options I believe will be most attractive in the 12-spot).
It was Etem vs. Johansen, and I went with the more complete player. Video after the jump...
6'2" 192 lbs
Born 7/31/92 in Port Moody, BC
ISS Top 30 for June: 8th
Final Central Scouting Rankings: 10th Domestic
"He has good on-ice vision and also angles well on the forecheck. He has the intelligence to play power-play as well as penalty kill. He can be shifty and has the ability to beat a defenseman one-on-one. Once he fills out and gains more strength he could turn raw talent into a valuable center at both ends of rink. He has displayed nice playmaking capabilities and this should continue at the next level." - Central Scouting's BJ MacDonald