2011 NHL Mock Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs Pick Zack Phillips at No. 25

As part of our 2011 NHL Draft coverage, The Detroit Sports Site is hosting a mock draft, with all the picks made by hometown bloggers. We’ll reveal the selections one at a time leading up to the June 24 draft.

The lost their earlier pick in the 2011 NHL Draft to Boston in a trade, but the Leafs do have two late first-round selections. The first is at No. 25 overall — in our Mock Draft, that pick for Toronto is center from the loaded Saint John Sea Dogs of the QJMHL.

Phillips had 95 points last season (38 goals, 57 assists), his second with Saint John. He may not be as highly-rated as the top centers in this draft, but his body of work speaks for itself. Phillips has shown a knack for creativity and vision in the offensive zone, and he should add nice depth up the middle for the Leafs.

Our current draft board:

1. Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson, D (Pick by Derek Zona, The Copper & Blue)
2. Colorado Avalanche: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C (Pick by David Driscoll-Carignan, Mile High Hockey)
3. Florida Panthers: Gabriel Landeskog, F (Pick by Staff of Litter Box Cats)
4. New Jersey Devils: Jonathan Huberdeau, F (Pick by Tom Mantzouranis)
5. New York Islanders: Doug Hamilton, D (Pick by Daniel Friedman, Bleacher Report)
6. Ottawa Senators: Sean Couturier, C (Pick by Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven Sens)
7. Winnipeg (Atlanta Thrashers): Mika Zibanejad, C (Pick by Ben Wendorf, BehindTheNetHockey.com)
8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Nathan Beaulieu, D (Pick by Dan Parker, The Cannon)
9. Boston Bruins: Ryan Murphy, D (Pick by Anthony Travalgia, TheHubofHockey.net)
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi, F (Pick by Bruce Ciskie, The Ciskie Blog)
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens, D
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Oscar Klefbom, D (Pick by Bob Wage, Canes Country)
13. Calgary Flames: Rocco Grimaldi, C (Pick by Arik Knapp, Matchsticks & Gasoline)
14. Dallas Stars: Joel Armia, F
15. New York Rangers: Mark Scheifele, C (Pick by Kevin DeLury, The New York Rangers Blog)
16. Buffalo Sabres: Brandon Saad, F (Pick by Timothy Redinger, SabreNoise.com)
17. Montreal Canadiens: Matt Puempel, F (Pick by Andrew Berkshire, HabsEyesonthePrize.com)
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Boone Jenner, C (Pick by Sam Fels, Second City Hockey)
19. Edmonton Oilers: Jameson Oleksiak, D
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Mark McNeill, C
21. Ottawa Senators: Tomas Jurco, F (Pick by Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven Sens)
22. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Strome, C (Pick by Andy Elvstrand)
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Tyler Biggs, F (Pick made by Adam Gretz, steelerslounge.com)
24. Detroit Red Wings: Jonas Brodin, D (Pick by Sarah Lindenau, TheLeftWingLock.com)
25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Zack Phillips, C
26. Washington Capitals:
27. Tampa Bay Lightning:
28. San Jose Sharks:
29. Vancouver Canucks:
30. Toronto Maple Leafs:

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