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Future Considerations December Top 30 W/ Fallout Article.

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Russian race in December draft ranking

Nail Yakupov is still No. 1, but he can hear the footsteps of countryman Mikhail Grigorenko.

Grigorenko jumped into third position in Future Considerations’ December ranking for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, trailing both Yakupov and Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray. All three are expected to be major players in the World Junior Championship, underway in Alberta later this month, and their performances could dictate who reigns in January.

“It is time to give Mikhail Grigorenko his due as a legit riser with his play this year in the QMJHL,” scouting director Dan Stewart said.” While he has had a bit of a consistency issues in the past with his Russian team CSKA, his play in Quebec under coach Patrick Roy has been phenomenal.”

1). RW Nail Yakupov, Sarnia, OHL, 5-10, 170
2). D Ryan Murray, Everett, WHL, 6-1, 195
3). C Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-2, 190
4). D Matt Dumba, Red Deer, WHL, 6-0, 175
5). C Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia, OHL, 6-1, 185
6). LW Filip Forsberg, Leksand Jr., Swe Jr., 6-1, 175
7). D Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw, WHL, 6-0, 195
8). D Cody Ceci, Ottawa, OHL, 6-3, 210
9). C Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque, USHL, 6-2, 185
10). D Jacob Trouba, USNTDP U18, USHL, 6-2, 185

Grigorenko isn’t the only prospect trending upwards...
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Stewart: December’s draft ranking fallout

It is time to give Mikhail Grigorenko his due as a legit riser with his play this year in the QMJHL. While he has had a bit of a consistency issue in the past with his Russian team CSKA, his play in Quebec under coach Patrick Roy has been phenomenal.

Grigorenko, while consistently dominant in the offensive zone, still has some distance to go before catching top prospect Nail Yakupov. The difference is Yakupov’s commitment to playing a complete game in all zones, displaying his drive to constantly improve his game, his ability to play through physical blanketing teams thorough at him and not just taking what is given but instead creating his own space and chances.

Zemgus Girgensons, meanwhile, has really taken a step forward this year in terms of consistency...
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