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Official Habs Board (Annual) 2012 Mock Draft Results (Thoughts welcomed)
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06-04-2012, 01:40 PM
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Official Habs Board (Annual) 2012 Mock Draft Results (Thoughts welcomed)
Let us know what you guys think. Comments would be appreciated. How did your team do? Would you be happy with the results?
- San Jose
– Tampa Bay
– Los Angeles
– St. Louis
– New Jersey
Et le But
Ex Habs scout Grant McCagg also made a few selections for Calgary and Detroit.
1. Edmonton -
"We believe that Murray is going to help the team, both now and in the longer run, and it will start by challenging for a top-4 spot on the Oilers."
2. Columbus -
"We feel that Nail will be an impact player in the NHL with his speed, skill and passion. We feel that he will be a cornerstone of our franchise for many years."
3. Montreal -
"We feel the fact that Alex was available at three made him the Best Player available, and with his elite level of work ethic and high end skill we feel he will add a brand new dimension to our pool of prospects. Alex brings all the tools (speed, skill, IQ, work ethic) to be an impact player on the NHL level. With this pick we feel, we finally have addressed our need for a top line center, and we look forward to seeing Alex develop as we feel he is a gem in this years' draft."
4. NYI -
"Dumba is seen as a high risk/high reward player. We in the Islanders organization strongly feel he is much closer to being a high reward. If there was one word that could describe Matt, it would be explosiveness. Whether he explodes up the ice with his superb skating, delivers an explosive shot from the blue line or catches an unsuspecting attacker with an explosive hit, he will contribute positively to this team for years. Among his uncanny talent and drive, he is a natural leader, being named captain of Team Canada on the international stage in more than one occasion."
5. Toronto -
6. Anaheim -
"Quite frankly, we're surprised he was still available, and had to double-check after the Forsberg selection. We feel that Mikhail has the size, skill, and instincts to challenge for a roster spot as early as next year, and that's significant. Able to carry a line AND make his linemates better, we're elated to be able to add Mikhail at #6."
7. Minnesota -
"The Minnesota Wild organization is so pleased to have been able to add Trouba to their team. With the belief that building an organization starts from the net out, the Wild are focusing on building a defensive core around Harding and Backstrom. We started last year with adding Brodin and this year, we add a physical defenseman in Trouba that is a tremendous skater with great speed, moves the puck well, great vision and plays a solid two-way game. We have no doubt that Jacob will be a staple on our back end for a long time."
8. Carolina -
"We believe that Teuvo is one of the most offensively gifted prospects of this entire draft. His combination of skills, vision and hockey IQ is lethal and we are absolutely thrilled to add someone of his calibre to our bank of prospects. The evolution of his play with Jokerit, from the early stages of the regular season to the SM-liiga playoffs to the U18s, as the year went on has been quite remarkable and we see no reason why it should stop there. The sky is the limit for this young man. Welcome to Carolina."
9. Winnipeg -
"Morgan is a player who we feel has tremendous offensive upside, and we believe it was a no-brainer to select him at the spot we were at. A torn ACL was likely the main reason for a few teams to pass him over, but we're not concerned, and believe he is fully recovered. Although he's known for his offensive game on the back end, we were also impressed with how calm he is back there. He's an excellent skater who we feel is not as far away from the NHL as some may think."
10. Tampa Bay -
"Last year Tampa stocked up on offense in the first few rounds; this year we're thrilled to bolster our blueline with the addition of Griffin Reinhart. Griffin has the size and skill to be a top-2 defenseman in the NHL very soon, and we think he'll look great alongside Victor Hedman."
11. Washington (From Colorado) -
"First and foremost, Faksa is a player who gives us tremendous flexibility in the future, we are comfortable with him being a center, but feel he is fully capable of transitioning to wing if needed. We also see Faksa fitting into our new mold for the team, which focuses on being defensively responsible. His size and physicality will also match up well with our more talented forwards. All in all, we are extremely pleased to have been able to select a truly versatile player with top 6 potential."
12. Buffalo -
"We believe that Collberg is far and away the best player left in the draft. We did not believe he would fall all the way to us. In Buffalo we believe in building a team with a balanced attack focused on skill and speed. Collberg gives us speed in spades and to go along with this speed; an excellent wrist shot that we believe to be NHL calibre right now."
13. Dallas -
"We feel strongly that Olli is a world-class talent and his going to be a top-pairing workhorse for us. He had a solid first season in the OHL but, what really impressed us, was the way he took his game to a whole new level in the playoffs. He showed great character and determination in the Knights long playoff battles and stepped up his offensive game two or three notches to make sure his team won. We feel he has the ability and desire to become one of the best defenders taken in this draft and look forward to rubbing our fellow GMs noses in it for years to come."
14. Calgary -
"We are extremely proud to select a player with strong leadership skills like Brendan who excels at both ends of the ice and can play in any situation."
15. Ottawa -
"We feel Matt's improvement this year is just the beginning of his development, he does everything well and no holes in his game. He is an incredibly intelligent player, skates well, has a good shot on the point and is really solid defensively. We are proud to add him to our organization."
16. Washington -
"We are extremely pleased to add Ceci to our prospect pool. We feel Ceci will be an excellent top 4 defenceman for us, in the future of course, who can also quarterback the powerplay. His rocket of a shot will also add an extra dimension to the powerplay. Ceci is also a big man and we feel that, with time, he can become a physical force on our blueline."
17. Florida -
"We are very happy to welcome Zemgus to the Panthers organization. We were attracted by his great work ethic and passion for the game of hockey. He has a good skill set and plays a strong well balanced game. He brings an impressive overall package that we could not pass up."
18. Los Angeles -
"We select Hertl because we believe he has the most upside of all other forwards available. We don't another pick until a while and it is important for us to grab a potential top 6 winger with size and we think that Hertl might be that guy."
19. San Jose -
"While we do understand the implications of this pick (and since we aren't REALLY the San Jose Sharks....), we can't pass on this super talented, great frame, great skater, impressive puck skills, every possible pros an offensive forward could ever have to one day be in a top 6 position in the NHL.....if he ever wants to join the NHL......We haven't had the chance to talk to him yet, he's a little too busy partying with Kovalev and Perezhogin."
20. Phoenix -
21. Chicago -
"Pouliot is on the smaller side as a defenseman, but processes the game really well and is a superb skater. He can quarterback a powerplay and uses his hockey smarts on the defensive side."
22. New Jersey -
23. Tampa Bay (From Detroit) -
"Slater is a big, solid, skilled defenseman who has strengths in all three zones. We like his intangibles and his leadership qualities and we think he'll be a steady force on our back end for years to come."
24. Boston -
"We like his solid technique that includes quick feet and agile positioning, his stellar reflexes which makes his glove hand very fast and that he can move from post to post with fluidity."
25. Philadelphia -
26. Buffalo (From Nashville) -
"We recognize we have a need at the centre position. Kerdiles has good size, tremendous wheels and an excellent work ethic. His showing at the Under 18's, specifically in the gold medal game, shows us that he can be a point producer at the NHL level with a penchant for coming up big when it counts the most."
27. Pittsburgh -
"Brady is a big strong blueliner with an offensive upside."
28. St. Louis -
"Lindholm is an offensive defenseman with excellent skating ability, who stepped it up at the end of the season with Rögle and with the national U18 team of Sweden. We believe his hockey sense, passing ability and instincts will combine in making him a solid NHLer for years to come."
29. NYR -
"Byström is an intelligent puck moving defenseman with potential on both sides of the ice. We believe his talents will make him an impact player in the NHL, and the Rangers are thrilled to have an opportunity to draft someone so talented."
30. Vancouver -
"We love Damon's physical, two-way play. He comes from a program in Kelowna that has produced some serious NHL talent on defense and we believe he has the ability to be part of that group. The fact he plays in our backyard is the cherry on top. He injects some muscle and talent into our blueline prospect pool, and we hope to see him log heavy minutes on our defense for many, many years."
31. Columbus -
Phil Di Giuseppe
"We love his speed and high skill level and think he can be a difference maker in our team's group of top 6 forwards within two to three years. Michigan has a strong track record with coach Red Berenson of developping youg talent."
32. Edmonton -
"We feel that Matteau can help us get some grit up front as a power forward; he can hit fast and hard and play a great two-way game."
33. Montreal -
"We are absolutely thrilled to find out Cristoval was available at 33, we felt he would have been gone in the late first round. We feel for a second round pick he is an absolute steal, possessing high end skill all around. We feel Boo with some tougher competition can be a top notch player down the road."
34. NYI -
"Might be seen as a bit of a reach here, but we are very excited to land a player of Matia's skillset. Blessed with blazing speed, a hard shot and a tenacious style, Matia is the perfect fit for our organization. He has had a rough season with injuries, first with a concussion then a shoulder injury. We know that once he gets healthy and builds confidence, the rest of the NHL will regret passing on him."
35. Toronto -
"We missed out on the truculenceness of Mathew Dumba last pick, so we had to ramp up the toughness in this pick. Colton is a fine specimen of pure man, always the toughest player on the ice, and plays a hard-nosed two way hockey game. We believe Colton is the type of player that you win championships with, which we unfortunately currently have none to speak of."
36. Anaheim -
"Despite so many other good players still being available, we just couldn't resist grabbing a guy with 1st round talent before he fell any further. GM ended up making a homer pick. Sue him. Dude has all the skill of a poor man's Kovalev (quicker release, slower dangles), with 10X the work/grit (on good nights). You guys ain't havin' 'm."
37. Tampa Bay (From Minnesota, San Jose) -
"As this is a draft shallow on true superstar talent, we feel getting a player like Daniil with the 37th pick is great value. He has great size, a projectable frame, a great shot, and is a very good skater. His weaknesses such as consistency and defensive awareness can always be improved upon. We look forward to watching him grow alongside our other Russian forward prospects like Namestnikov, Kucherov and Nesterov."
38. Carolina -
"Dalton is a solid two-way defenseman who was a force on the Saskatoon blue line this season. He displays good offensive awareness and can mix it up by playing physical and by dropping the gloves. We hope to see him playing in our top 4 within a few years."
39. Winnipeg -
"We're very happy to find Andreas still on the board with our 2nd round pick, as we feel he possesses first round talent. He didn't have the best season statistically, we we can clearly see the upside is there. With his speed and creativity, we see him being a definite part of our club in the future."
40. Tampa Bay -
"Similar to our previous selection Daniil Zharkov, we like the idea of getting a player with Tim's offensive skills at this point his draft. He has a good shot, good feet, and isn't afraid to get his nose dirty. His concerns are similar too - shift-to-shift consistency being a main one, but it's nothing that can't be worked on, and worth taking a chance on at this point in the draft."
41. Colorado -
"We believe he's the 2nd best goalie available in this draft and excited to add him to our organization."
42. Buffalo -
"We believe Jarrod has offensive potential to go with his strong frame. He prides himself on battling down low, being responsible and carries a tremendous shot. He's a future power forward to help plug the hole left by dealing Kassian."
43. Dallas -
"Mark has everything we look for in a prospect; he's smart on and off the ice, works hard in all zones, he's dedicated to getting better all the time and has great bloodlines. It's hard to say just how good he can be until he test himself at the next level but the displays of playmaking skills and dominance at both ends of the ice with the Spartans makes us think he'll be a very good player for us. We like our prospects to take the college route and we think Mark is on the right track. We will encourage him to play a year in the USHL next season and then look at whether Providence College or another school might be better suited for him."
44. Buffalo (From Calgary) -
"Matheson possesses everything needed in the new NHL in a defenceman. He can move the puck, he's got NHL mobility and fluid skating. We like his frame to go with that skating ability. He can dish out the big hit and with that maintains an element of swagger needed to disorient opponents."
45. Columbus (From Ottawa, Phoenix) -
"We love his all around game and feel he can be a top 6 forward for us down the road who can not only score goals but is strong in the corners, plays both ends of the rink and is willing to stand up for teammates, the type of player coaches love."
46. Minnesota (From Washington, New Jersey) -
"Tanner Pearson was entering his third year of eligibility but this time around, it was just too easy to select him. He's having an amazing year with the Colts this year, as a 90+ point player playing alongside Jets first round draft pick from the previous year, Mark Schiefele. Tanner has made a lot of improvements over the last three years and is really developping into the top 6 two-way player that the Wild could use. His combination of speed, playmaking ability and accurate wrist shot make him a threat every time he enters the offensive zone, while his defensive game is becoming a force to be feared."
47. Tampa Bay (From Florida, Philadelphia) -
"With an abundance of second round draft picks, we felt we could take a bit of a gamble on Charles. He's impressed us every time we've seen him with his offensive instincts and work ethic. We've had a lot of success with another small, hard-working forward named Marty St. Louis, and we think he'll be a great mentor and role model for Charles."
48. Dallas (From Los Angeles, Philadelphia) -
"Mike is an outstanding skater and has excellent hockey sense and anticipation. He has gotten stronger as the season went on, including a five point night against Regina, and showed well against his peers at the U-18s. He models his game on former Raider and Stars great Mike Modano, and although Winther doesn't have the size, the men in his family are all over 6'2 and he has some growing to do."
49. Carolina (From San Jose) -
"Scott is a good two way forward with underrated offensive skills to go with his horse-like work ethic. He is a guy that just gets it. He will be a solid addition to our roster down the line."
50. Phoenix -
51. Chicago -
"Coda knows goal-scoring. Gordon exhibits really good hockey sense. He’ll need to continue to work on skating."
52. New Jersey -
"Ville's strong two-way play, poise and puck moving skills will be a nice fit in our organization. It's always nice to add a skilled right shooting defenseman to the system."
53. Detroit -
"Patrick is a fine player who brings physical play every time he steps on the ice. We see a lot of Niklas Kronwall in him, as he loves dishing out crushing hits despite being of average size. He is a great defensive player and we believe he also has some untapped offensive potential. Patrick is a project, but with him going the NCAA route, he will have the time to mature into the player we want him to be."
54. Washington (From Boston, Toronto, Colorado) -
55. San Jose (Compensation) -
"We just simply can't believe that this player was still there. Has produced everywhere he has played in the past 2 years. Big frame, good offensive instincts to go with the grit he normally plays with. Still raw but tons of possible upside with the kid. And we're taking a page out of the best head scout in the business, Trevor Timmins, and we'll say that we believe in bloodlines."
56. Tampa Bay (From Philadelphia) -
"Joonas is a big goalie with NHL-capable size and has posted stellar numbers at virtually every level he's played at. He was particularly impressive at the U18 tournament and as this seems like a weak draft for goaltenders, we wanted to grab him here before someone else could."
57. Montreal (From Nashville) -
"We are thrilled to find out Calle was available, and we feel he is a potential steal of the draft. With polishing to do on his game, he captains the powerplay with a vengeance, he is an offensive force on the back end and has been nicknamed by scouts as "The Powerplay General" We feel with proper development and polishing he can develop into a solid 3rd or 4th D with top powerplay unit minutes."
58. Pittsburgh -
59. St. Louis -
"Brady promises to become a very solid two-way forward at the NHL level. He is the kind of player you need on your team to win a championship."
60. NYR -
61. Vancouver -
"We are very happy to have Lukas slip to us. He has the full package, with skill, size and a mean streak. He's the type of player that can fill many roles and we are looking forward to monitoring his development."
62. Columbus -
"We loved his play at the WJHC and really like his agility and athleticism, we feel he will be a #1 NHL goaltender in a few years."
63. Edmonton -
"We're very happy to get a goaltender with quick reflexes, impressive skating, as well as sound positioning and a large frame so that we can have confidence in his future as a goaltender."
64. Montreal -
"Brian has been nothing short of Dominant at Exeter and we feel with proper development he can be a great NHLer. He has the size, smarts, and physical play to be a force in the coming years."
65. NYI -
"We are very excited to add Jake McCabe to our organization. A well rounded defenceman with very good size, Jake looks to be a solid presence on our backend for years to come."
66. Nashville (From Toronto, LA) -
"Erik Karlsson is a typical pick for us. He comes with loads of hockey sense, technical skills and pretty good skating abilities that help him with his solid two-way game. He needs to build up and face better competition, though."
67. St. Louis (From Anaheim) -
"Fox is a forward who plays the game at a high energy level and who possesses solid offensive skills. He has improved steadily through the season, and we believe his role as a go-to-guy in Erie will get him a breaktrough season next year."
68. Minnesota -
"Esa has always been quite the offensive defenseman, producing at every platform he's played at, but he really surprised us when he performed to the next level with Jokerit in the Jr. A SM-Liiga. We are pleased to add a defenseman with his skillset to our prospect pool."
69. Carolina -
"We are excited to add an offensive prospect with the world class skills that Nikita possesses. His hockey IQ and play with the puck is simply exquisite. In our eyes, he is definitely a 1st round talent and we cannot simply pass him up at this point."
70. Winnipeg -
71. Tampa Bay -
"Tanner was passed over in the draft last year but has made an excellent case for himself this year, showing great offensive instincts with Guelph. We feel he has the upside to be a versatile centre in the NHL who can play either a top-six or a checking role due to his smarts and intensity."
72. Colorado -
73. Buffalo -
"Emil brings a big body who loves to score garbage goals. Among draft eligible prospects in the Allsvenskan league, he was one of the top scorers. His big frame combined with his coach-ability and combativeness will make him a player in this league. We are hoping he develops along the lines of Johan Franzen."
74. Dallas -
"Dylan is a big, powerful defender, becoming one of the best in the OHL in a shut-down role, and one we feel also has an untapped offensive upside. He reads the game well and has a heavy shot, with some work on his mobility he could become a first-pairing guy who can play the point with the man advantage. He wants to play the game like Shea Weber and we think that's a real good target for him to set for himself in terms of development."
75. Calgary -
76. Ottawa -
"Baillargeon has tremendous hockey IQ, he's dangerous around the net and is a natural goal scorer. We like his commitment to BU and think he will develop his all around game at the college level."
77. Washington -
"We feel Zakhar has the potential to be a solid NHL player, with solid skills, and great skating, we feel he can be a solid stay at-home defender that wont dazzle you with flash, but be a solid fixture on our back end bringing stability and size."
78. Florida -
"Dillon is a smart well rounded player who will help our defensive depth in Florida. He brings a nice overall package on the back end while having the ability to chip in on offence. Selected first overall in the 2010 QMJHL entry draft, we feel that Dillon has the potential to become a reliable defenseman in the NHL."
79. Edmonton (From Los Angeles) -
"While he may only be 5'10", Smith is a fast, agile forward that plays bigger than his size, a player that works hard every shift, one that will provide a sound physical game and still score points once in a while"
80. Philadelphia (From San Jose, Florida) -
81. Phoenix -
82. Chicago -
83. New Jersey -
"As was on display at the CHL Prospects game, Branden has all the size and skill in the world. It's up to us to develop him and turn him into a more consistent performer."
84. Detroit -
"The Latvian centre has been a late riser in this draft and he shows much promise. We are aware that he played against weaker competition this year, but we are confident in his skills. He will join a strong program at Minnesota State next year that will help Teddy grow as a player. He has great playmaking skills and we look forward to having him with us in Detroit."
85. Boston -
"This kid can skates and thinks the game well. He works extremely hard and shows he wants to be a player by his actions as a leader on and off the ice, leading a thin Erie club in his OHL rookie season."
86. Phoenix (From Philadelphia) -
87. Ottawa (From Nashville) -
"Melindy has a big frame for a defenseman. He's paying his dues in the QMJHL and has shown some offensive flair. We think he could develop into a solid defenseman at the NHL level."
88. Pittsburgh -
"Artur had a great year coming into a foreign country and style of play."
89. St. Louis -
90. NYR -
91. Anaheim (From Vancouver) -
"Forced into taking yet another BPA off the board, the Ducks are still interested by a somewhat overlooked prospect in Stephenson. Plays with a lot of energy, and has put on some size and strength. He's composed and reliable as a centre, but has shown increased offensive potential from the wing. Despite being derailed by a knee injury in the middle of his breakout season, we're encouraged by his progress and the fact that surgery wasn't required. We hope he'll bring some versatility and realize some untapped offensive potential."
92. Pittsburgh (From Columbus) -
"Here is a goalie who has slipped through the cracks last year and only played better this year earning league awards for his play."
93. Edmonton -
"In Nilsson, we get a big player that can be switched to all three forward positions so that he can provide a presence in front of the net, score goals, help set up plays."
94. Montreal -
"With Brendan still on the board at 94 we felt we've waited long enough. He has alot of work to do but brings the same type of energy game that Brendan Gallagher has, hes tenacious has a solid skill set, and with a few years a development we feel he can be one hell of a player in the NHL. He is small stature has never been an issue for him as hes taken every challenge on by storm, and with Portland losing some of their top players to graduation, and the addition of Seth Jones to the roster we feel Brendan will be given a major role in offensive production and we are incredibly excited to see him develop."
95. Columbus (From NYI, Vancouver) -
"We feel that he is an absolute steal at this point in the draft, we were even considering taking him with our last pick. He brings a high upside creative game and has the potential to be a top 2 NHL center in a few years. He is headed to his home town University of Minnesota-Duluth for more seasoning."
96. New Jersey (From Toronto) -
"Vainonen impressed us throughout the World Under 18 with his impressive two-way play. He also has great size, hockey smarts and is decent offensively. He's a true gamer."
97. Anaheim -
"Anaheim is glad that their BPA also fills an organizational need for more impact left wingers. Ikonen is a good scorer, but can also develop the play. He also brings more versatility, as he can play a steady game at centre as well. Increasing his size and strength has been a focus of his, and he has added around 15-20 pounds since joining the U20 developmental program without losing a step. We look forward to seeing his progress as he works toward a full-time shift in the SM-Liiga top ranks."
98. Minnesota -
"We have been scouting this young man when he was just 13 years old and taking liberties at his goaltender in a shoot-out drill, displaying poise, confidence and pure natural skill. We followed his progress all the way to Lincoln, where he had a fabulous season with the Stars, posting a season of 104 points, including 54 goals in 59 games. He still has much work to do but we see enough promise in his game, both offensively and defensively, that we feel we can do something with Kevin."
99. Carolina -
100. Washington (From Winnipeg) -
"While Volek's skating technique requires work we've loved his hockey sense and vision from the get go, we feel with a lot of work Volek could surprise many and be a solid player for the future."
101. Tampa Bay -
"Niklas is a smooth skater with great offensive instincts. We like the chances of him quarterbacking an NHL powerplay in the future. He may not be the biggest defenseman in the draft but his high hockey IQ will help him overcome any size difference."
102. Phoenix (From Colorado) -
103. NYI (From Buffalo) -
"Mackenzie was a standout in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League, scoring 90 points in 29 games. A great skater with nice hands, he looks to be a long term project. He could stand to bulk up as he is 6'2 175lbs. He has committed to Michigan State."
104. Dallas -
"Mitch can inspire with a fight and intimidate with a hit and will be a favorite of teammates wherever he plays. One of the most improved players on a good team, Mitch has gotten better all year and found another gear in the playoffs. His play in Game 1 of the WHL final, when he laid out Portland's Ty Rattie and set up the game winner with a nice pass after running over Derrick Pouliot is already legendary in the blogosphere. He compares so well to Milan Lucic we are not even going to try and deny we think he can be a similar type of player. We will just say that his skating is already better than that hunchback goof and someday people will be talking about Moroz envy in the draft"
105. Calgary -
106. Ottawa -
"We are ecstatic that this player fell to us this far in the draft. Kurker possesses three things you want in a hockey player, speed, size and a dangerous shot. We believe that Kurker can develop into a power forward at the next level and has all the tools to be a handful for defenseman. Going to BU will give him time to develop and will give him the proper culture to round out his skills."
107. Washington -
108. Florida -
"Cody is a Strong hard working defenseman who plays with great confidence. He has the makeup of a natural team leader, who will do whatever it takes to help his team to win. We feel that he has been underrated and look forward to following his progression moving forward."
109. Los Angeles -
"I feel he is ready for the pro (AHL) next year and I hope he can pull an Andrew Shaw. I really like everything about his game and I can't wait to see how he pans out."
110. San Jose -
"Not only is Cangelosi one of the youngest player in the draft, but will be headed to one of the best programs in NCAA hockey with Boston College in 2013. Cangelosi has a whole lot of qualities that should make him a fine offensive player in higher levels. From his vision, to his skating, just needs to bulk his frame like a whole lot of prospects and we hope his ceiling is still to be determined."
111. Nashville (From Phoenix) -
"Jimmy broke several records in his EJHL rookie year, an offensive feat we hope he can translate at higher levels. He, like most prospects in this range, will need a few years to grow but his offensive acumen is getting us excited."
112. Chicago -
"Czarnik became a known player when he rose to the occasion playing for Team USA. He possess good shooting and skating and has the potential to become a solid NHL player. He'll need to work on his defensive game if he wants to become a complete player."
113. Carolina (From New Jersey) -
"Chris skates pretty well and is going to get better as he physically matures. His passing, shot and vision are all strengths and he elevates his game in key situations."
114. Detroit -
"Johnson came on strongly in his rookie OHL season, notching 15 points in his final 17 games down the stretch. One of the best skaters in the draft."
115. Carolina (From Boston) -
116. Philadelphia -
117. Nashville -
"Somewhat of a late bloomer, Jujhar showed nice progression and displayed solid all-around skills, something very important in our fowards."
118. Pittsburgh -
"Alex will be a good shut down player in the NHL. He will see a lot of minutes over the next two years in Kingston and will be mentored by Todd Gill."
119. St. Louis -
120. NYR -
121. Columbus (From Vancouver) -
"We love his grit and intensity coupled with above average skill, we feel that he was a key part of their run to an OHL title and has a bright future in the pros."
122. Calgary (From Columbus, Montreal) -
"We are ecstatic that the 6-4 netminder was still available in the fifth round. In fact, we had to quadruple check the draft board because we couldn't believe it. Murray enjoyed a solid campaign and finished the season strongly as the starting goalie for Canada at the U-18's. We are confident Murrray has the skill and mental makeup to earn a spot on our NHL roster one day."
123. Edmonton -
"Even though he's likely to be Russia-bound, we feel like he could become a defensive, shutdown force with the Oilers"
124. NYI (From Montreal) -
"Passed up completely in the 2011 draft, Zlobin has proven he can be a strong offensive presence in the QMJHL, leading a good Shawinigan team in points (76) and goals (40). Blessed with great hands and a nice shot, Anton can accomplish great things, but in order to do so, must not shy away from contact."
125. NYI -
"A solid combination of size, skill and toughness, Travis Brown is a fearless competitor. The leading defensive scorer on a good Moose Jaw team, we feel Travis is just scratching the surface of his potential. Not afraid to drop the gloves to defend teammates, Travis will look to continue his strong progression."
126. Toronto -
127. Anaheim (From Montreal) -
"A slight wrist break (so slight it wasn't immediately detected) kind of derailed a season that was full of much promise, but Brock has already had time to impress us with what he brings to the table. His offensive game is coming along nicely, his coaches continually praise his work ethic and hockey sense, and he is totally committed to doing what it takes to join his brothers in the pro hockey ranks. We think this is the right time to pick him, and are glad to have the opportunity."
128. Minnesota -
"Tremblay is technically sound and very calm in goal. His big frame (6'2, 200 lbs) really shows when he covers the top of the net just as well as the bottom. Still a project and a lot of work to do, but we believe he has enough potential to make a name for himself in the NHL some day."
129. Carolina -
"Zach is an offensive player who possesses a good shot with great vision and excels at distributing the puck. Welcome to Carolina."
130. Winnipeg -
"We're ecstatic to select Brian in the 5th round, as we feel he definitely should have been scooped up by now at this point in the draft. We love his puck rushing abilities and we feel he can be a very useful player, especially in powerplay situations. We're excited to see how Brian progresses over the next few seasons playing for Nebraska-Omaha of the WCHA."
131. Tampa Bay -
"Cedric is a big, strong player who can play well at both ends of the rink. He also adds an offensive touch and has drawn comparisons to two-way scoring forwards like Patrice Bergeron and Joe Pavelski."
132. Colorado -
"We like his bloodline as his older brothers Nick and Drew are looking like good prospects. We aren't sure he'll be as good as the other two, but his play in the U18 tournament was promising therefore this late in the draft it seems like a good risk to take."
133. Buffalo -
Paul De Jersey
134. Dallas -
"John projects to be a great shut-down D with his awareness, mobility and toughness but we've also seen flashes of an exciting offensive upside with him. He's a natural leader and will be the cornerstone of a Michigan State program that has an impressive freshman class next season."
135. New Jersey (From Calgary) -
"We feel we got a very underrated player in Tierney. Chris plays on a deep Knights team and rarely sees any powerplay time but still managed 34 points in the regular season despite playing a good chunk of the season on the 4th line. Most of his points came in the second-half when his responsibilities increased based on his play. Chris has also played very well in the playoffs scoring some big goals including the game winner in Game 3 versus Niagara which may have been the turning point of the series and gave London a 2-1 series lead. Chris oozes character and does all the little things it takes to win a championship."
136. Ottawa -
137. Washington -
"We like Mikael's mix of size and skill, and we feel he has solid potential. While a long term project we feel Mikael will end up being one of the better picks of the draft with proper grooming. We hope to see him develop into a solid two-way defender with a physical punch to his game."
138. Dallas (From Florida) -
Sam "Hunter" Fejes
"Hunter skates well and works hard in all three zones. He was the school's top goal scorer despite playing mostly on the second and third lines and we like his character and determination. He comes by his name honestly, as his Dad is a big game tracker back in Alaska and he works in the family business in the off season. Next year, Hunter will become a Tiger at Colorado College."
139. Los Angeles -
140. San Jose -
"Beauvilier is just a great skater who has some awesome awareness in all 3 zones. Surely fell in this mock draft based on the lack of real improvement statiscally in the playoffs but we still like the way how he kept a good work ethic and competed pretty hard in every series. We are certain that he's gonna have a great year next season that should give him the confidence for the rest of his career."
141. Phoenix -
142. Chicago -
"We feel Gianluca has some long term potential in him. He's a strong skater, has good footwork and mobility to start. When he's at his best, he can skate the puck from end-to-end and utilize his hard slap shot from the point. He also uses his body well to seperate players from the puck and works well down low and along the boards. He'll need to work on consistency if he wants to make an impact in the NHL some day. His overall work in the defensive zone is lacking and he is often prone to poor decision making with the puck, especially with his passes. At this point in the draft however, we feel Gianluca is the perfect pick-up."
143. New Jersey -
"We're pleased to land DeBlouw. After an unfortunate injury plagued first season in the USHL, everything came together for Matt this season. Matt possesses impressive speed, playmaking and technical abilities. He will be continuing his development this fall with the Michigan State Spartans."
144. Detroit -
"Already one of the more highly regarded North American goalies all season long, his stock rose further after a solid playoff showing."
145. Boston -
"Kamaev has intriguing speed, and we like his good vision, slickness with the puck and hockey sense. As a rookie in the league, he was one of the two 20 goals scorer on the team."
146. Philadelphia -
147. Nashville -
"He's a very big guy who while might not be overly physical, understands where to go on the ice in order to be effective. He has a fantastic attitude on and off the ice along with solid offensive tools."
148. Pittsburgh -
"Tyrel is a big bruising centre who is not afraid to get his nose dirty."
149. St. Louis -
150. Chicago (From NYR) -
"We believe Josh possesses a tremendous amount of upside. He plays a very good two-way game with London and contributes physically too, laying on big hits and dropping the gloves when needed. His bloodlines are fantastic as well, as both Pete and Frank Mahovlich are his mother's cousins. Josh has received a lot of advice from Frank on the game of hockey. Josh's offensive game is still inconsistent but what we love is that his defensive game remains strong every game. A project at this point but one with a lot of potential to be a regular in the NHL. Not bad for a kid that wasn't even drafted into the OHL, but given a chance by the team when he received a try-out after being passed up."
151. Vancouver -
"Matt brings speed, skill and intensity to the rink, which makes him a very appealing prospect. He has the talent to be a regular contributor in the NHL and we think his ceiling is very high. His play at the U18s showed he can play at a high level, with and against quality players."
152. Columbus -
"We feel that Justin will be an excellent all around defenseman in the NHL, posessing strong physical qualities as well as offensive skill and a great attitude and work ethic."
153. Edmonton -
154. Montreal -
"We've kept a close eye on Petteri and was hoping he would slide down the ranks, when we saw him still on the board in the 6th round we had to take him. His big 6'3 209 lb frame mixed with his edgy nasty side he brings makes him a prime player that we feel can be a quality shutdown defensive defender in the NHL one day. We are extremely pleased with this pick."
155. NYI -
156. Toronto -
157. Toronto (From Anaheim) -
158. Minnesota -
"We like his feisty attitude when hunting for pucks and his awareness in all three zones. He is just as good with the puck as he is without, and is almost always in the right place to retrieve loose pucks. He's also very crafty with the puck and distributes it well. What is currently holding him back is the first few steps in his stride and his top overall speed. His defensive game may be good, but it's inconsistent at this point, especially in front of the net with taking away passing lanes. We believe he has the drive to work hard and improve these things and hope that one day he proudly wears the Wild colors."
159. Carolina -
160. Winnipeg -
161. Tampa Bay -
"Suffice to say we had extremely limited viewings of Alexander, but his performance at the U18's made him a late-round selection in our book. He has good size, good speed, a hard shot and he loves to get involved in the play. We're hopeful our pool of other young, talented Russians will be sufficient to luring him over to this side of the pond."
162. Colorado -
“Terrific two-way defenseman. Game has flourished at the US program which has been a great developmental ground for him.”
163. Buffalo -
164. Nashville (From Dallas, Florida) -
"Fairly small, but he had a dynamic offensive year for his team, outscoring several highly drafted player from last year and leading it in playoff scoring."
165. Calgary -
166. Ottawa -
"Tringale is a very physical player with a non-stop motor. He is so aggressive and tenacious that we believe he will find his way into the NHL; if not as a scoring player then by a physical presence on the bottom lines. We hope he can cultivate his vision and ability to score in traffic at Harvard."
167. Washington -
"The caps are happy to add another d-man with an offensive dimension to his game. Can play setup man on the powerplay, as well as boost the transition game with his passing ability from the back end."
168. Florida -
"Gustav is a center with good size that plays with great hockey sense. He is a willing shot blocker who has shown the ability to play in any game situation including special teams. He has playmaking skills and good on ice vision. While his mid season ranking was 116th by central scouting for European players, he jumped to 36th on the final ranking chart. This move attracted our attention and we feel that he is a solid late round pick."
169. Los Angeles -
170. San Jose -
171. Phoenix -
172. Chicago -
"He's undersized and still has a way to go before he can scratch the surface of the NHL, but we liked what we saw from him when he played with the Swiss team, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games while showing feisty play and a nose for the net."
173. New Jersey -
"Black is a second year draft eligible who broke out with a 50 point season on a weak team. He also finished the season hotter than a pistol with 11 points in his last 5 games. Graham has good speed, shot, playmaking abilities and grit. He was one of the best defensive forwards in the entire Dub. Our successful Stanley Cup playoff run showed the importance of having strong 3rd and 4th line contribution and this is where we see Graham contributing in a few years."
174. Detroit -
"Austin suffered an injury last season which made him go undrafted. This year he's played against men and managed a respectable 7 goals and 17 points. He is tremendous along the walls and can be a character scorer in the NHL."
175. Boston -
"Laleggia has a very smooth skating stride and a cannon of a shot from the point. He excels at sneaking into the slot undetected, setting himself up for the one-timer. He proved at Denver that he can keep producing and playing well at both end of the Ice in an higher level league."
176. Los Angeles (From Philadelphia) -
177. Nashville -
178. Pittsburgh -
179. St. Louis -
180. Nashville (From NYR) -
181. Vancouver -
"Chris is a very gifted offensive player and we are thrilled to see him available this late in the draft. His production was very good for a guy his age and we believe his size won't prevent him from translating his game to the pros."
182. Columbus -
"Mike is somewhat of a project having only started playing defense 2 years ago but we will be patient with him as we feel he has huge upside."
183. LA (From Edmonton) -
184. Phoenix (From Montreal) -
185. NYI -
"Corbin made huge strides after being passed over in last year's draft. Had a great second half of the season and was invited to the Team Canada goaltender development camp."
186. Calgary (From Toronto) -
187. Anaheim -
"We believe that Marcus has a lot to offer, and brings with him decent size, leadership, rounded skillset, and the ability to contribute in any game situation. We've only seen a little of what he has been able to do since being called up to the Eliteserien in February, but we like what we see. Having been very productive as an under-ager in the U20 ranks, we hope to see some of that offense come through at higher levels."
188. Minnesota -
"As an offensive-minded defenseman, Graham's bread and butter is his skating and great hockey IQ when he has the puck. Using his speed, he can either rush the puck to the net or open some lanes for some nice passes. With the good comes the bad, as his offensive-minded attitude makes him prone to being out of position in the defensive zone. On top of that, Graham will need to work more on his core strength as well as winning more battles for the puck - a problem he seems to have due to his 5'11/166 pound frame."
189. Carolina -
190. Winnipeg -
191. San Jose (From Tampa Bay) -
"At this point of the draft, it's great to be able to pick a super skilled offensive forwards with great speed, great hands and great offensive IQ that Sven represents. Would need to perfect the rest of his overall game and....grow up."
192. Colorado -
"Just last year he was touted as a probable first rounder. He's got speed, he's got the talent, and according to his coach in the USHL O'Handley, he's got the work ethic. Though his stats weren't impressive last season, at this point in the draft, we feel it's a good pick."
193. Buffalo -
"Dickman is big and thick. He finds a way to get into open holes and manages to score with a bursting release. Dickmans size and ability to score will make him a popular player in the league. He engorges with competitive spirit and is able to hammer people with alarming stamina."
194. Dallas -
"He's inherited his grandpa's work ethic and hockey sense and he's got time to grow into a size similar to North Stars legend "Sweet Lou from the Soo" during his upcoming four years with the Golden Gophers. He's already captain of the Hornets as a junior and shown a knack for timely scoring. We hope having Louie on the books will help with the healing in the State of Hockey."
195. Calgary -
196. Ottawa -
197. Washington -
198. Buffalo (From Florida, Chicago) -
199. Los Angeles -
200. San Jose -
201. Phoenix -
202. Chicago -
"We are very excited to add Mr. Grzelcyk to our defensive pool and we look forward to watching his progression as he joins the program at Boston University this upcoming season."
203. Anaheim (From New Jersey) -
"We can't believe that this guy isn't on anyone's rankings list or radar. Despite being dropped from the U-20 World Cup team after the first week, we see tremendous potential in him, and love adding a player like him to the organization with a 7th round pick. He already has decent size, well-rounded skills, and a reputation as a reliable player who leads by example."
204. Detroit -
"We like Jordan a lot because he can do many things well on the ice. He's a tough guy who is not afraid to duke it out, but he also plays on the penalty kill and the powerplay. He also has a scorer's touch, as evidenced by his 40 goals for the Giants last season."
205. Boston -
"Smith skates very well and is a great playmaker that is creative with the puck and good at setting up plays, he also have nice hands."
206. Philadelphia -
207. Nashville -
208. Pittsburgh -
"Billy is a shifty skater with excellent play making abilities. He had 25 pts in 31 games after his trade to Kingston."
209. St. Louis -
210. Toronto (From NYR) -
211. Vancouver -
"Alex has a very good offensive package with his speed, release and overall skill level. He had a very good rookie season in the WHL after a good career in the MHL. We hope to see him make the jump to the pros as soon as next year and help him build on his game in North America."
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