06-22-2012, 01:33 AM
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S2S'S 2012 Mock Draft
1. Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov RW Sarnia Sting OHL
This is a recording. The Oilers have the first overall pick. They will take Yakupov, even if they need a defenceman as badly as they do. They can make deals to fix that later, as they will be getting a dynamic winger who shows flashes of Pavel Bure and Ilya Kovalchuk. His size and rugged game might be a concern, but the skillset is far too tantalizing to worry about that. The Oilers may consider trading down for a defender, but not likely.
2. Columbus Blue Jackets Filip Forsberg RW Leksands IF SWE
Year after year, the Blue Jackets cannot seem to find a break. Whether their pick busts or gets traded in desperate deal which does not work out, the Jackets really should not be where they are with so many cracks in the top 10. They select Forsberg, as they say they are in need of a forward with the likely departure of Rick Nash and they also stay away from the Russian factor with Forsberg, though that has said not be an issue. Forsberg has a strong two-way game and good physical play all with some good offensive potential, which if fully reached would make him a premier forward in the league.
3. Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk C Sarnia Sting OHL
The Habs end up grabbing, in my opinion, the best player in the draft, and exactly someone they need. Galchenyuk missed all but two regular season and six playoff games this season as he tore his ACL, but odds are he would be challenging Yakupov for #1 without the injury. Like a hybrid of Marian Hossa and Evgeni Malkin, Galchenyuk has the playmaking ability and goalscorers touch along with the ability to drive by the defender or slow the game down to his pace. Born in Milwaukee of Russian decent, Galchenyuk considers himself American and the Habs will reap the rewards of this pick.
4. New York Islanders Griffin Reinhart D Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
Here are the Islanders again, in their familiar spot in the top 5. For the past two years it seemed they would grab a defender but didn’t, but this is the year it will happen….. Well if it does, Reinhart’s stock rose tremendously due to his Memorial Cup run as he has shown the ability to be an all-around defender with a Shea Weber-like potential to explode in a premier player. A lot would have to go right for that to happen, but the Islanders will love Reinhart running their defence as they gear for the future.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly D Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
The Leafs are in dire need of elite talent and this is their best shot in years. Burke and company played a great game of poker, because I have no idea who they will take here. If they cannot trade up for Galchenyuk or Forsberg, their options seem varied. Mikhail Grigorenko is the player they would need most but he may slide due to perceived issues. Mathew Dumba and Jacob Trouba seem like “Burke” picks, while the top rated defender by most in Ryan Murray is still available. But I have a feeling about Rielly here. He missed a lot of the season due to a knee injury but came back and impressed. He is the best skating defender in this draft and could be very similar and potentially better than Jake Gardiner. Rielly would give the Leafs a more mobile defence which is needed for today’s game and would help rid the Leafs of the slow footed gang they seem to constantly have.
6. Anaheim Ducks Ryan Murray D Everett Silvertips WHL
The Ducks are happy and surprised to see Murray available in this position. They kick tires on Grigorenko but go with Murray as he is an all-defender with good offensive upside, though he does not have a mean streak. He is NHL ready and a safe bet to be a solid contributor, with the potential to be a top pairing defender. If that top pair also include Cam Fowler, watch out.
7. Minnesota Wild Mathew Dumba D Red Deer Rebels WHL
From 2004-2009, the Wild have had poor luck with prospects while trading one away far too soon in Nick Leddy. Since 2010, the Wild have had four first rounders they have added themselves and through a trade, which has really turned their prospect pool around. Here they select Dumba, who is a defender with a game similar to P.K. Subban and Calgary days Phaneuf. A booming shot and the ability to make huge open ice hits make him potentially elite, while his size and potential to run himself out of position make him a potential liability. The Wild hope he develops positively and if he does, he will fit right in with a team poised to fully turn things around.
8. Carolina Hurricanes Teuvo Teravainen C/RW Jokerit Helsinki SM-Liiga
The Hurricanes love to take forwards early and this year will be no exception. Teravainen just seems destined to be a Hurricane (Just like I predicted with Zach Boychuk in 2008). He has absolute elite skills and could potentially have the best offensive upside in the draft, while some have been comparing his skills to Claude Giroux. His size and compete level have brought up red flags to some but not to the red-flagged team. Teravainen will make their top six even scarier than it already is for years to come. I can also see this pick along with Brandon Sutter and a defensive prospect being dealt to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal. That is the one potential deal I will call. Pittsburgh here would then take Jacob Trouba.
9. Winnipeg Jets Olli Maatta D London Knights OHL
The Jets take a defenceman who has also risen up the charts in Maatta as he was a huge part of the Knights’ Memorial Cup run. Maatta is solid defensively with some untapped offensive potential and a great IQ. The Jets consider a few players at this position but cannot pass up Maatta’s upside.
10. Tampa Bay Lightning Jacob Trouba D USNDTP USHL
Trouba is a defenceman with a mean streak and with a solid overall ability in his own zone, though his offensive upside might be limited. The Lightning keep an eye on the sliding Grigorenko but pick Trouba here with the intentions of him joining Hedman to make the Lightning a solid team in their own zone to help match the offence they are building.
11. Washington Capitals via Colorado Avalanche Radek Faksa C Kitchener Rangers OHL
Faksa is yet another Kitchener Ranger with all the intangibles such as two-way play, heart, grit, leadership and potential offensive upside. The Capitals would love a player like this and should he reach his offensive upside, like it looks like former Rangers Jeff Skinner and Gabriel Landeskog have, this will be a steal and great pick for the Caps going forward.
12. Buffalo Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko C Quebec Remparts QMJHL
The Sabres watched Grigorenko slide enough and decide to put an end to it, and are delighted to do so. Grigorenko has elite talent as a big and skilled centre in the mold of Joe Thornton or Jason Spezza. Many have tagged him with the Russian factor though he has stated he is here to stay. His consistency and ethic has also been knocked very hard but an ankle injury and a bout of mononucleosis are the likely culprits. He should be gone by five at the Leafs, but I see him slipping only to become a steal and a half for Buffalo.
13. Dallas Stars Cody Ceci D Ottawa 67s OHL
The Stars take the offensively-gifted defender in Ceci here in hopes of finding a strong puck mover for the future. The Stars feel Ceci is the perfect player to pair with Jamieson Oleksiak in the future as they continue to reshape their defensive core.
14. Calgary Flames Zemgus Girgensons C Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL
The Flames have been mastering the “can’t make the playoffs and can’t quite tank” mode to perfection and thus need some young elite talent. Well they got off to a great start last year with Sven Bartschi and hope to continue that trend with the Latvian Girgensons. He plays a North American game with plenty of heart and grit while possessing a good amount of offensive ability, perfect for the Flames.
15. Ottawa Senators Matt Finn D Guelph Storm OHL
After picking three forwards in the first round last year and trading for Kyle Turris, it is time for the Senators to replenish the defensive prospect pool and they are happy to select Finn. He is a good defender who uses a good stick, is solid on his skates and has a great amount of offensive ability which could get even better.
16. Washington Capitals Tom Wilson RW Plymouth Whalers OHL
Wilson is this year’s “He could be the next Lucic!” that seems to pop up every draft. The thing is, he likely has the best chance to develop that type of game. Wilson is all heart and grit and the offensive upside is definitely there, it just seems to be developing slower than anticipated. He can also skate well and has NHL size already. The Capitals would love to add this type of player to their core, someone who will come through when it really matters. He would rank the first Canadian forward taken, which would be a record as to how late it is, the previous being Kris Beech 7th overall in 1999 to…. The Washington Capitals!
17. San Jose Sharks Brendan Gaunce C Belleville Bulls OHL
The Sharks have traded away picks and prospects in order to compete and so far it hasn’t fully worked out. The Sharks need to replenish their thin prospect pool and take Gaunce who is a strong two-way forward that has every intangible you could ask for. The issue is that he may not have the offensive upside the most once thought he had. The potential to be a power centre is there, the question is whether he will be a great second line centre with offensive flair, or a third line checker.
18. Chicago Blackhawks Malcolm Subban G Belleville Bulls OHL
The Hawks have drafted extremely well since their cup win, so they can afford to take a goalie in the first round, something which is also a need. Brother of P.K., Malcolm is an extremely athletic goaltender with very high potential. He still needs to work on his technical game but this pick can more than pay off for the Hawks down the road.
19. Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevski G Tolpar Ufa MHL
The Lightning grab another top goaltending prospect in Vasilevski who was dynamite in the World Juniors. He has great size combined with amazing mobility and he gives the Lightning three young goaltenders along with Anders Lindback and Dustin Tokarski.
20. Philadelphia Flyers Slater Koekkoek D Peterborough Petes OHL
Koekkoek has the ability to log huge minutes as well as having tremendous upside should he combine all his skills to the fullest. The Flyers love this pick and hopes he can stabilize their blueline in the future. The only issue is injury concerns, but the Flyers do not worry about that with his potential upside.
21. Buffalo Sabres via Nashville Predators Sebastian Collberg RW Frolunda SEL
Collberg is a speedy forward with a great shot and tremendous hands. The Sabres took a highly skilled player in Grigorenko with their first pick and are happy to take Collberg, both who will add to the skilled team they already have in the future. Collberg even outplayed Filip Forsberg at the World Juniors and many feel the upside is there.
22. Pittsburgh Penguins Nicolas Kerdiles C/LW USNDTP
Kerdiles is a power forward in the making with his size and speed as well as offensive ability. The Penguins feel he will be a versatile forward who will be able to play all over their lineup with the potential to do the dirty work and benefit from Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
23. Florida Panthers Derrick Pouliot D Portland Winterhawks WHL
The Panthers easily have the best prospect pool in the NHL and at this point they are very happy to add Pouliot, who is an offensive defenceman. He can skate and make perfect first passes while putting up a ton of points. He would look great paired with Erik Gudbranson.
24. Boston Bruins Pontus Aberg LW Portland Winterhawks WHL
The Bruins take Aberg here who has plenty of offensive skill, but needs to work on some consistency. The Bruins need top wing prospects and Aberg will eventually add to the strong core which the Bruins already possess.
25. St. Louis Blues Brady Skjei D USNDTP USHL
The Blues rarely shy away from taking skilled defencemen and here is no exception. Skjei is a tremendous skater, one of the best in the draft, and has great offensive ability and instincts. He does need to use more physicality but the Blues are happy with this solid choice.
26. Vancouver Canucks Henrik Samuelsson C/RW Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
Son of Ulf, Henrik plays a nasty game and is a smart player with an offensive edge. Many worry about his overall skating ability, but the Canucks will be happy to add someone to their lineup who plays with an edge but can also put up points.
27. Phoenix Coyotes Colton Sissons C/RW Kelowna Rockets WHL
The Coyotes need offensive prospects and they pick up Sissons who has a high work ethic and has plenty of skill and speed. He is a late bloomer so there is a chance for some strong top 6 potential as he continues to develop.
28. New York Rangers Stefan Matteau LW USNDTP USHL
After being defeated by the Devils, the Rangers can’t help but pick Matteau!!!! Son of Stephane, Stefan has the tools to be a power forward with his edgy play and effective work. The Rangers love what can bring and are happy to take him late in the round.
29. New Jersey Devils Dalton Thrower D Saskatoon Blades WHL
The Devils did not forfeit, or throw away their pick so they grab Dalton Thrower, who not only can put up points and help shut down opponents, but he also fights, which is an example of the toughness he possesses.
30. Los Angeles Kings Scott Laughton C Oshawa Generals OHL
Maidens never really showed the offensive prowess he was supposed to have, and he may never show it, but he is a player with plenty of heart and will be the guy that does the dirty work in the playoffs when the going gets tough, something the Kings have recently benefited from.
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Heading into the draft, Reilly might have been the least discussed top 10 prospect amongst Leaf fans...much like the Kadri pick, we never saw it coming. Even more surprising that we took him with Forsberg on board at 5.
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