assessment: too good to pass up, if they decide to keep the pick. A combination of speed, shot and a filthy release make Yakupov a threat from anywhere on the ice. This only adds to the plethora of young talented forwards on the oilers, joining; Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
D, Ryan Murray.
assessment: A Scott Niedermeyer clone. Extremely smooth skating dman with excellent vision could make him a #1 NHL dman who can play on both sides of the puck. Murray shows leadership on and off the ice and had a solid WHC playing among men. This pick opens up all kinds of possibilities on the Rick Nash front, basically meaning they would center trades around young forwards rather than dmen.
C, Alex Galchenyuk.
assessment: Comparable to Jason Spezza, Galchenyuk possesses all the tools necessary to become a top-line center in the NHL. An injury to his knee may have hurt his draft stock, until the recent NHL combine where he put those worries to rest. Galchenyuk is praised for playing hard on both sides of the puck and has a set of filthy hands on him, as well as a killer shot. Canadiens are also keen on Filip Forsberg.
D, Morgan Rielly
assessment: A pure offensive dman. Rielly is a true student of everything happening around him, giving him the ability to pick apart defensive schemes with tape-to-tape passes. Perhaps the most pre powerplay quarterback in the draft as well, gives the Islander a much needed blue-chip prospect at defense.
RW/LW, Filip Forsberg
assessment: Already playing with men, Forsberg has not looked out of place. Dominated the WJHC with team Sweden and shows leadership skills. Good set of hands and ability to see the ice makes him a sure fire NHLer, only question on Forsberg is exactly how high his ceiling is, however, he may be the least risky pick in the entire draft. Most expect him to be a top 6/top line winger in the NHL who plays hard 2-way hockey. Great pick.
C, Mikhail Grigorenko
assessment: With uncertainty at the center position ie Getzlaf's contract and Koviu getting older, the Ducks have a gift drop to them at number 6. Grigorenko may have the highest boom or bust factor in the entire draft, has all the tools to become a 'Malkin Type' player but problems with his character being brought into question also makes him a risky pick, has the ability to dominate using his big frame.
D, Mathew Dumba
assessment: With players like Granlund, Coyle and Phillips coming through the pipelines up front, Minnesota's need is on the back end. Dumba has an electricity about him similar to PK Subban and most predict him to be Subban clone. Possesses a good shot, skating and a knack for catching an opponent with his head down. Perfect fit for Minny.
LW, Teavu Teravainen
assessment: Great ceiling on this player, having already played with men, some might see him going higher. If Teravainen is here, you can count on him being a hurricane and joining the core of Skinner and Staal upfront.
D, Griffin Reinhart
assessment: an absolute beast of a teenager. Reinhart has a huge frame and uses it well, however, his offensive play raised some eye brows racking up points on the blue-line of the powerhouse Edmonton Oil Kings. A strong playoff really helps his cause as well, measures out to be an impact dman, with a bomb of a shot.
D, Cody Ceci
assessment: Bolts are in huge need of offense from the blue-line, they get this from Ceci. Tough between Trouba, Maata and Ceci here, but Ceci IMO and in the opinion of others is the best offensive dman of the group, will serve great as a powerplay QB in Tampa in the near future.