The 2012 Draft Thread (con't.) - 12, 21, 42, 44, 73, 133, 163, 193, 204
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06-28-2012, 08:30 PM
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Didn't see it posted anywhere, but here's Hockey Prospectus' thoughts on our draft:
Player Position Selected (HP Rank)
Mikhail Grigorenko Center 12th (2nd)
Zemgus Girgensons Center 14th (14th)
Jake McCabe Defense 44st (67th)
Justin Kea Center 73rd
Logan Nelson Center 133rd
Linus Ullmark Goaltender 163rd
Brady Austin Defense 193rd
Judd Peterson Center 204th
Day 1: Grigorenko is an elite prospect and has the kind of rare talent level you simply don't find. I know there are some concerns about him which I've addressed at length
, but I'd take his talent level at 12 any day of the week. Girgensons was a hard player to get a read on this season. Some scouts I talked to called him a legit top-six talent, while some called him a third liner, and one scout I talked to even said he has top-line talent. I like him a fair amount between his great skill level and intangibles.
Day 2: McCabe was really impressive for a freshman in the WCHA. I had him rated lower than Buffalo took him, but I completely see the reasoning for it as there were some nights that McCabe looked like a really good prospect. His offensive touch came a long way since being with the USNTDP last year and if Buffalo really believes in some of the two-way possession skills he showed, he could be fine value at 44.
Summary: Buffalo went from a prospect system for which I had some serious concerns about, and alleviated them quickly by getting talent. Grigorenko is an elite prospect, Girgensons is a very good one, and McCabe a solid option as their third pick. Buffalo's prospect depth I would not say is overly impressive, but they now have several prospects in their system who have significant potential.
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