Thread: Speculation: 2012 NHL Draft Talk
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03-07-2012, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
Well that's not any Fun....

Seriously though, I am a big believer in BPA myself.

I'm just trying to get some discussion going. There have to be some guys here that have seen a lot of these prospects. For someone like myself who hasn't seen any of them, it's cool to hear people's opinions.

Here is a top 30 from (Not saying it's the best or anything)

Some interesting names in our range. And Gaunce is at 23.

Zemgus Girgensons
Ht/Wt: 6' 2"/175 lbs
Position: C
Team: Dubuque (USHL)

A native of Riga, Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons has been a pleasant surprise in North America. He has good size, soft hands and a physical edge to his game that make him a can't-miss prospect. Girgensons has great skating stride and he plays well at all ends of the ice. He has tremendous leadership despite not knowing a lot of English. His first season in North America with the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints was a huge success, nearly going a point per game, and winning the Clark Cup as league champion that season. A smart, two-way centre, he can play in all situations and he can be counted on for also dishing out the big hit when needed. He has acclimatized quite nicely to the North American style. Girgensons will be entering his second season with the Saints in 2011-12, expected to fill the leadership and offensive gap left behind with the graduation of Calgary Flames draft pick John Gaudreau. Although picked in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the WHL's Kelowna Rockets, Girgensons has committed to playing at the University of Vermont starting in 2012-13. He will also be given the chance to shine at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for his native Latvia when the tournament is held in Calgary and Edmonton over the Christmas holidays. He needs to work on his speed a bit more since his stature is a bit lanky but that will improve in time. Once he fills out, he could become an elite power forward. Girgensons has a bright future and he is a great role model for young hockey players in Latvia.
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