It depends on who the "top regular guys" are. The only guys you can count on for sure to be gone by then are Crosby, Stamkos and Malkin. I've seen Ovechkin, Giroux and Lundqvist all fall past 5th in different drafts. That said, if Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Ovechkin and Giroux are gone, and you don't want to take a goalie with your first pick, I'd take Tavares. If Ovechkin or Giroux fall, I'd take them in that order. I don't think Perry should be taken in the first round here. Kovalchuk's situation means that he will probably fall farther than normal, and even before he said he might stay in Russia I snagged him in the 5th round of a 10 team, head-to-head league this year.
At 6-8 I'd be hoping for Tavares all the way.
16 team, full keeper
19 roster players, 15 prospects
Stats: G, A, PPG, SHG, special teams assists, SOG, FOW, PIM, hits, blocked shots, +/-, W, SO, saves, s%, GAA, shootout saves
C: Crosby, Backstrom, H. Sedin, Boyle, Brassard
W: Voracek, Burrows, McDonald, Filppula, Dorsett, Hudler, Abdelkader, Bouchard, Ott, Zuccarello, Stalberg
D: Karlsson, Letang, Enstrom, Boyle, Giordano, Gorges, M. Stuart
G: Quick, Kiprusoff, Ellis
Prospects: Granlund, Pirri, Caron, Killorn, T. Johnson, Galiev, Corrado, Vatanen, Moore, Rundblad, Bachman, C. Johnson, Desjardins