With the eighth pick in the 2010 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, our Atlanta Thrashers bloggers at Bird Watchers Anonymous select...
Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars (WHL)
photo via Western Hockey League
With Nino Niederreiter off the board the Thrashers take the winger from the WHL. He has star talent but missed much of the season with a hip injury. Most observers say that on pure talent Connolly is a top 5 talent, the question is his health. Thrashers have done their due diligence (don't forget Atlanta took Patrik Stefan despite concussion concerns). One Thrashers scout said that he's "never seen him have a bad game"--the team likes his potential.
The final pick on day three belongs to the Minnesota Wild, via Hockey Wilderness. They are on the clock.