2010 NHL Mock Draft, 20th Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins Select John McFarland

Got slightly behind on the pickin' with the crazy hockey news day that was Tuesday. We shall catch up today with five picks. With the 20th pick in the 2010 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, our Pittsburgh Penguins bloggers at Pensburgh select...

John McFarland, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)

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From Pensburgh...

We agreed that the Penguins, given the 20th pick, the likeliness of him dropping and the whole mentality of "pick the best player available," that John McFarland from the OHL's Sudbury Wolves is a great pick.  Over the years (and by that we mean, his obvious growing years), McFarland has garnered comparisons to a grittier Nik Zherdev (vomit) and Chris Kunitz (tolerable).  In 2008, there were talks of him possibly being the number one pick in this upcoming class but there's a sense of wonderment as to why or how he fell off that track so fast.  I don't think there is any reason for concern though, mainly because I feel the Pens can really make a steal with this pick if McFarland does drop to the 20th pick.  Perhaps the issues resided in a lack of focus or distractions off the ice, but I'm going to chalk it up as being McFarland's boredom due to a lack of competition, if only because it helps justify our pick.

Detroit is up next.

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