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As of January 20th, 2012:

1. C - Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads
An elite talent. Explosive and exciting to watch. Has the entire package expected of a number one overall pick.
2. D - Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks
A franchise defenseman with bear-like size. A confident puckmover, outstanding offensive talent and underrated defensive ability.
3. C - Aleksander Barkov - Tappara
Big, smart centerman who is already excelling in Finland's top league. He has all the skills to be a number one centerman, and with a little work on his skating could become one of the NHL's best.
4. C - Sean Monahan - Ottawa 67's
An excellent two-way centerman who has top notch vision and hockey sense. He also boasts exceptional leadership ability.
5. LW - Jonathan Drouin - Halifax Mooseheads
An explosive offensive talent. The best puckhandler in this draft class. Can control the game with the puck on his stick.
6. C - Elias Lindholm - Brynas
A skilled playmaker with excellent vision. He plays aggressively at both ends of the ice.
7. LW- Hunter Shinkaruk - Medicine Hat Tigers
A dynamic offensive player who is a goal scoring machine. Has top-notch hands and high-end finishing ability.
8. LW - Valeri Nichushkin - Chelyabinsk
Plays a power game. Protects the puck and drives hard to the net. Lacks the vision and hockey sense to be among the elite in this draft class.
9. D - Ryan Pulock - Brandon Wheat Kings
An elite defenseman. Has incredible hockey sense and the best point shot in this draft class.
10. D - Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Great raw tools to go with a massive frame. Has a lot of developing to do, but has all of the tools to become a star.
11. RW - Valentin Zykov - Baie Comeau Rockets
A sniper with a great feel for putting the puck in the net. Has decent hands and a powerful stride. Needs to become more consistent.
12. LW - Anthony Mantha - Val d'Or Foreurs
A power forward in the making. He has the skills needed to be in the top 5, but his drive is inconsistent. He can be a prolific goal-scorer.
13. C - Frederik Gauthier - Rimouski Oceanic
A two-way centerman with the size and skill to become a coveted second line anchor for years. Needs to initiate more on offense, but is excelling as a rookie in the Q.
14. D - Rasmus Ristolainen - TPS
A two-way defender who does everything well. Likes to play physical, but tends to play poorly when you play physical against him. Takes bad penalties at times.
15. D - Nikita Zadorov - London Knights
A rock defensively with imposing size and wingspan. Loves to play the body. Has shown steady improvement all year, and stepped up his game with teammates away at International competition.
16. D - Josh Morrissey - Prince Albert Raiders
He is a riverboat gambler but don't mistake that for being poor defensively. He is solid in his own zone, but is constantly joining the rush to try and create offense. He is an elite skater.
17. D - Robert Hagg - MoDo
A terrific skater and good puckmover. He can create offense from the point. He has the hockey sense to utilize his tools to the best of his ability.
18. RW - Adam Erne - Quebec Remparts
A tantalizing combination of size and speed. Has the tools to become an elite power forward. Dropped out of my top 15 due to recent team suspension, but the tools are there.
19. C - Max Domi - London Knights
Does everything well. Has patience and poise with the puck and a low center of gravity. His size is the only thing that will hold him back, but with his drive and determination I don't see it as a big issue.
20. C - Curtis Lazar - Edmonton Oil Kings
One of the best defensive forwards in this draft. He has a heavy shot as well, but has had difficulty producing offensively. The jury is still out as to whether that is due to skill or opportunity, which is why he falls in at No. 20. A sure-fire third liner, but could develop further.
21. G - Zach Fucale - Halifax Mooseheads
A refined butterfly goaltender. He is big and athletic and has the potential to be a franchise tender. He is composed, mentally strong, and a student of the game - all necessary traits of good goalies.
22. LW - Jason Dickinson - Guelph Storm
A tall, lanky forward who can make things happen with his hands, creativity and accelleration.
23. C - Morgan Klimchuk - Regina Pats
Has breathtaking speed and the ability to handle the puck at high speed. A tenacious forechecker who contributes at both ends and helps out on the PK.
24. LW - Bo Horvat - London Knights
A complete player who commits to the game with and without the puck. The offense has yet to come, but opportunity could be the issue. The kind of guy you want on the ice at critical situations, whether up, down or tied. Excellent at taking draws also.
25. C - Connor Hurley - Edina High
A creative offensive player whose passing and vision is elite. Scores highlight reel goals and makes tape to tape no-look passes. Competition keeps him from being in the top 20 at this point as it is hard to project high school players.
26. LW - Kerby Rychel - Windsor Spitfires
A power forward with a solid one-timer. Drives the net and protects the puck. Strong, powerful and willing to do whatever it takes.
27. RW - Andre Burakovsky - Malmo
Has top-end speed and offensive ability and a tremendous work ethic. Plays smart, and should become better as he gains strength.
28. D - Keaton Thompson - US NTDP
A fluid skater who is consistent and calm under pressure. Will engage physically, but needs to add weight and strength.
29. LW - Anthony Duclair - Quebec Remparts
An offensive catalyst who has amazing speed and incredible hands. Tries to do too much and causes turnovers. Is incredibly competitive. Has fallen down the rankings due to a recent suspension.
30. C - William Carrier - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
An incredibly hard-worker who has very good shooting ability off the rush. Drives hard to the net, but needs to improve his footspeed.

Will post the next 30 soon.


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You should post your qualifications or something to give the list some relevance.

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31-60.

31. RW - Artturi Lekhonen - KalPa
A small scoring winger with good scoring instincts and an excellent shot.
32. RW - Ryan Hartman - Plymouth Whalers
An agitator who plays with passion. Has very good hockey sense. Plays a power forward game without the power forward frame.
33. D - Ian McCoshen - Waterloo Blackhawks
A big, stay at home defenseman with a booming shot. Has great size and reach and is solid at gap control.
34. C - Nicolas Petan - Portland Winterhawks
An undersized ball of energy who is exciting to watch. Has solid offensive skills but will have to make up for a lack of size.
35. RW - Nick Moutrey - Saginaw Spirit
A big power forward who uses his size to create chances. His combination of size, speed, skill and hockey sense could propel him into the first round.
36. D - Madison Bowey - Kelowna Rockets
An excellent puck mover with high hockey IQ. Tends to watch the play too much in his own zone.
37. G - Spencer Martin - Mississauga Steelheads
A very athletic goalie who uses his large frame to almost always stop the first shot.
38. D - Chris Bigras - Owen Sound Attack
A solid all-around defenseman. I don’t see the offensive game translating to the next level, but he should be solid in the defensive zone.
39. RW - Oliver Bjorkstand - Portland Winterhawks
A natural goal scorer with good instincts and great hands. Just seems to know where to be on the ice.
40. LW - Jacob de la Rose - Leksand
A solid two-way forward with good size and drive. Is used in all situations
41. C - Alexander Wennberg - Djurgarden
A good offensive player who seems to make plays out of nothing. A good stickhandler and skater. Needs to play more physical.
42. D - Shea Theodore - Seattle Thunderbirds
A pure offensive defenseman who moves the puck well and should quarterback a power play.
43. LW - J.T. Compher - US NTDP
A solid defensive forward. Plays hard and with a lot of energy. Questions remain on whether he can put up offense at the next level.
44. D - Samuel Morin - Rimouski Oceanic
A massive defensman with an elite physical game. The offense will likely not come, but he can play a shutdown role.
45. C - Laurent Dauphin - Chicoutimi Sagueneens
A very good skater who hustles at both ends of the ice. Has good hands and can score highlight reel goals.
46. D - Steve Santini - US NTDP
A physical defender with a good combination of size and skating. A big hitter who likely won’t contribute much offensively at the next level.
47. D - Dillon Heatherington - Swift Current Broncos
A solid, positionally sound defensive defenseman. Has a good reach and plays with a mean streak.
48. LW - Pavel Buchnevich - Cherepovets
A talented forward who protects and handles the puck well. Has the ability to bring fans out of their seats.
49. D - Linus Arnesson - Djurgarden
A big and mobile shutdown defender. Makes very few mistakes.
50. D - Mirco Mueller - Everett Silvertips
A poised, confident defender. Plays a safe and effective game.
51. C - Marko Dano - Bratislava
A very good stickhandler and playmaker who flies to the puck. Tends to turn the puck over too much.
52. C - Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals
A solid two-way guy who plays with a reckless abandon. Has good vision and hockey IQ.
53. LW - Anton Slepyshev- Novokuznetsk
A skilled forward who is eligible for the second time. Russian factor has scared teams off. He didn’t show up for the combine last year and has a 3 year deal in the KHL.
54. D - Eric Roy - Brandon Wheat Kings
A big and mean defenseman who is solid offensively. Looks lost in his own zone.
55. C - Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston Frontenacs
A competent two-way forward who needs to use his size more effectively. A hard-working playmaker who showed some offensive ability while teammates were playing internationally.
56. RW - Hudson Fasching - US NTDP
A gritty, hard working player who shows flashes of brilliance. Is underwhelming at times. A project at this point.
57. RW - Tyler Hill - Chicago Steel
A huge, aggressive winger. Very raw ability, but has tremendous potential.
58. RW - Nick Sorensen - Quebec Remparts
A skilled player who is also good defensively. Concerns that he won’t have the offensive ability to contribute at the next level.
59. G - Eric Comrie - Tri-City Americans
A student of the game with NHL bloodlines. Has the tools to be a starter, but his recent hip surgery and the fact that his brother retired for the same reason has made him fall to the bottom of the second round.
60. RW - J.C. Lipon - Kamloops Blazers
Has completely revamped his game and is excelling as a sparkplug on the ice. Plays a power forwards game.

61-100 coming soon...


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Alexander Wennberg is surefire 1st rounder.

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You should post your qualifications or something to give the list some relevance.
He calls it by his HF name. It's relevant to this board and that's enough.

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How does Shinkaruk compare to Jordan Eberle?

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Pretty good list so far, I like that you have Petan close to the 1st round.

One thing though, if you put a space of a whole line between players, it would make for an easier read and look less busy.

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How does Shinkaruk compare to Jordan Eberle?
I didn't think Eberle would be as successful as quickly as he has done but Hunter's game is alot like Jordan's. He is an opportunist sniper and will score at the next level.

I saw him playing against Musil (who is 2 years older and a pretty good defensive Dman) and Hunter's team isn't the strongest this year.

In the 3rd period hunter had a shift where he just cranked it up and had 2 excellent chances to score and ended up drawing a penalty from Musil.

A very exciting player, if he was 2 inches taller he would be a lock for the top 5 IMO.

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I lol'd at Anton Slipshod. Autocorrect?

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I lol'd at Anton Slipshod. Autocorrect?
Copy that. Edited. I don't know how many times it changed Bjorkstrand to Bookstand too.....

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You should post your qualifications or something to give the list some relevance.
I watch a lot of hockey......I have 31 years experience.....

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I watch a lot of hockey......I have 31 years experience.....
Is Forsberg skilled enough to make your top 100?

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Is Forsberg skilled enough to make your top 100?
Skilled enough? Yes.
He is not in the top 100 because I value character too much. I don't blame Alex for all that has happened. The Prince George organization deserves some blame, but Alex's family deserves a lot too. I HATE hockey parents. LOL!

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The final installment:

61. G - Phillipe Desrosiers - Rimouski Oceanic
A goaltender with decent size who makes highlight reel saves with tremendous athleticism and reflexes. Many of those saves, however, are a by-product of being out of position.
62. RW - Nick Baptiste - Sudbury Wolves
A big winger who moves well and protects the puck. If he learned to use his size more effectively could become a game changer.
63. RW - Michel McCarron - US NTDP
A big man with decent skills who needs to improve his skating. Looks like a bull-rusher at times.
64. RW - Juuso Ikonen - Espoo Blues
The Finnish Finisher has been a dominant offensive player in the Junior A ranks. He has the work ethic to meet his potential.
65. C - Vincent Dunn - Val d’Or Foreurs
A vocal, irritating pest who can put up points. Needs to play on the edge to be effective but also needs to know where to draw the line.
66. G - Ville Husso - HIFK Jr.
A confident goalie with good size and excellent positioning. Moves well laterally. Has the skills to become a starter at the NHL level.
67. G - Tristan Jarry - Edmonton Oil Kings
A brick wall with a confident demeanor. He has maintained a +.930 Save PCT, but his ice time has been limited. Would like to see him get more playing time, but that won’t come with Broissoit in front of him.
68. C - Marc-Olivier Roy - Blainville Boisbriand Armada
A very good skater with the hockey sense and hands to be a good offensive player. Shows good compete level.
69. D - Sergei Stetsenko - CSKA
Defender from the MHL with pro-calibre size and demeanor.
70. LW - Taylor Cammarata - Waterloo Blackhawks
Small, aggressive, elusive, crafty and smart…..but big emphasis on the small keeps him from being higher on this list.
71. D - Wilhelm Westland - Farjestad Jr.
Solid but unspectacular two-way defenseman who skates well. Has the hockey sense needed to succeed.
72. G - Eamon McAdam - Waterloo Blackhawks
American goaltender with decent size and considerable international experience. Plays a strong butterfly and is more of a shot blocker than puck stopper.
73. RW - Justin Bailey - Kitchener Rangers
A big man with a pro-calibre shot. His skating is a little awkward, but sufficient. Needs to remain healthy to gain some consistency if he wants to move up these rankings.
74. C - Viktor Crus Rydberg - Linkoping
A creative playmaker who sees the ice well. Has a pass-first mentality.
75. D - Michael Downing - Dubuque Fighting Saints
A very good skater with good physical tools who is not afraid of being played against physically, but could stand to be more physical himself.
76. C - Matt Needham - Kamloops Blazers
An undersized but feisty agitator who competes hard and finishes checks. He is a riser as he seems to be getting better and gaining more confidence.
77. C - Luke Johnson - Lincoln Stars
A creative offensive player with fantastic accelleration. Needs to be more engaged on the defensive side of the game.
78. C - Lucas Wallmark - Skelleftea Jr.
A smart two-way hockey player with excellent vision and playmaking ability. Needs to add weight and strength to have his game translate across the pond.
79. LW - Stephen Harper - Erie Otters
A power forward who can play in any situation. He can be lethal in front of the net. However, he all to often seems to disappear on the ice, and his attitude, work ethic and determination are under scrutiny. Not a good sign for draft eligible player.
80. G - Marcus Hogberg - Linkoping
A large Swedish goaltender who plays low in the net. Needs more playing time to show what he can do.
81. LW - Josh Burnside - Mississauga Steelheads
A former defenseman turned forward who has incredible speed and uses it to forecheck aggressively or get back in the play. Has the makings of a defensive specialist.
82. C - Jimmy Lodge - Saginaw Spirit
A big forward with the ability to create offense. Is wildly inconsistent.
83. RW - Sergey Tolchinsky - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
An electric offensive player with great hands and skating ability.
84. D - Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls
A smooth skating, dynamic offensive defenseman with terrific footwork and speed. He can create offense off of the rush.
85. C - Saku Salminen - Jokerit
A big-bodied defensive specialist with the ability to play physical. He needs to work on his skating and footwork.
86. D - Nolan DeJong - Victoria Grizzlies
A big defenseman with good offensive awareness, yet plays solid positional hockey in his own zone. Is committed to the University of Michigan.
87. D - Teemu Kivihalme - Burnsville
A graceful skating puck mover with excellent offensive potential.
88. C - Tyler Motte - US NTDP
An exciting, skilled and creative puck handler who is a leader on and off the ice.
89. D - Wiley Sherman - Hotchkiss
A defensive defenseman who plays a simple game and exhibits good reach.
90. D - Anton Cederholm - Rogle
A big defenseman who plays a smart, simple and solid positional game.
91. D - Matt Murphy - Val d’Or Foreurs
A solid two-way defenseman who never seems to make a mistake. Makes smart passes and seems calm at the point.
92. LW - Adam Tambellini - Vernon Vipers
Has big league size, good skills and the pedigree to succeed. He has good wheels, but is definitely a project at this point. Great fourth round value.
93. D - Jesse Lees - Kelowna Rockets
A puck rushing offensive defenseman who seems like a fourth forward at times. He is a hard-worker who can make some exciting plays with the puck.
94. D - Tommy Vannelli - Minnetonka High
A big, right-handed, two-way defenseman who skates well. He is a raw talent, but has been trending upwards in his development.
95. C - Tobias Liljendahl - Djurgarden Jr.
Brings his lunch bucket with him to the rink….Willing to go to the dirty areas, be it on the wall, or in front of the net. Needs to improve his skating, but his offensive touch seems to be improving.
96. D - Keegan Kanzig - Victoria Royals
A massive shutdown defenseman. He plays so defensive that there is literally zero offensive potential here. Nothing wrong with playing a safe game, but must add some offense to his game or will never make it.
97. LW - Gustav Possler - MoDo
A creative offensive player with excellent passing ability and vision. Tends to be a perimeter player and shy away from contact.
98. G - Charlie Graham - Belleville Bulls
Plays sparingly behind Subban, but his mobility, instincts and athleticism should propel him further than most expect.
99. RW - Sven Andrighetto - Rouyn Noranda Huskies
A dynamic waterbug. He sees the ice well, but tends to play on the perimeter.
100. D - Kayle Doetzel - Red Deer Rebels
A big two-way defenseman. He is not afraid to play the body. Seems to be adept at making a solid outlet pass.

I will post a list of 10 Honourable Mentions soon.

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In order by position....12 Honourable Mentions:

1. C - Alex Forsberg - Humboldt Broncos
2. C - Timotej Sille - HK 36 Skalica
3. LW - Joose Antonen - JYP
4. LW - Timi Lahtinen - Jokerit Jr.
5. RW - Markus Soberg - Frolunda
6. RW - Zack Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack
7. D - Kade Pilton - Victoria Royals
8. D - Ryan Graves - P.E.I. Rocket
9. D - Charlie Pelnik - Fargo Force
10. D - Niklas Hansson - Rogle
11. G - Brendan Burke - Portland Winterhawks
12. G - Jordan DeKort - Windsor Spitfires


That's all for now. Will do my seven round mock shortly before the draft, but not sure if I will release another set of rankings before then.

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No Jackson Houck and yet Kade Pilton makes honorable mention?

Houck does things to help his team win while Pilton looks like an impressive very poor man's Iafrate out there, seems like no hockey sense at all.

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No Jackson Houck and yet Kade Pilton makes honorable mention?

Houck does things to help his team win while Pilton looks like an impressive very poor man's Iafrate out there, seems like no hockey sense at all.
At this point in the draft teams will be looking for diamonds in the rough. Houck is a solid WHL player, I just don't see it translating to much of a pro career. Pilton is not as good of junior playern agreed, but we are trying to project what they may become, and I, personally, like Pilton's chances more. Let's not kid ourselves here tho. At this point we are talking about fourth round picks. There is little difference IMO between a fourth rounder, a seventh rounder and a guy who doesn't make it. We aren't drafting at this point based on what the player is, but more on a glimpse here and there of what they might become.

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At this point in the draft teams will be looking for diamonds in the rough. Houck is a solid WHL player, I just don't see it translating to much of a pro career. Pilton is not as good of junior playern agreed, but we are trying to project what they may become, and I, personally, like Pilton's chances more. Let's not kid ourselves here tho. At this point we are talking about fourth round picks. There is little difference IMO between a fourth rounder, a seventh rounder and a guy who doesn't make it. We aren't drafting at this point based on what the player is, but more on a glimpse here and there of what they might become.
Houck might not be the most gifted goal scorer but he is strong for his size and almost certainly projects as a solid 3rd liner energy guy in the NHL with an undetermined ceiling (the giants have been horrible this year and even with constantly changing line mates Houck leads the Giants in scoring with a 48-13-27-40 and a very solid -3, 15 players at double digits in minus, and is 6'0" 184lbs).

I have seen him play over a dozen times in the last 2 years and he is a solid middle 3rd round guy and perhaps higher.

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Quite an effort. Murphy plays for Halifax now.

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