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2012 NHL Draft

Swedish forward Forsberg might be year away

Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 11:42 AM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Filip Forsberg played 43 games with Leksand in Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division, and had 8 goals, 17 points and a plus-3 rating.

There's no doubt Leksand center Filip Forsberg possesses a resume as one of the more dynamic draft-eligible prospects to come out of Sweden in some time.

The question is, will the 6-foot-2, 181-pound forward bring his incredible two-way game to North America next season?

"I have one more year on my contract in Sweden for Leksand, so that's what I'm aiming for right now," Forsberg told NHL.com. "I have to be ready moving away from my hometown and country. It's a big step. You have to be ready hockey-wise and social-wise."

Forsberg is extremely humble and honest, a likable and marketable prospect for any NHL club looking to bolster its offense in the early stages of the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, to be held June 22 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

No consensus on who No. 1 pick could be

Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2012 NHL Draft


The order is set for the first round of 2012 NHL Draft. How the teams will fill those slots, though, remains a big question.

Eight days before the opening round of the draft is held June 22 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, NHL.com's draft experts -- Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Steven Hoffner -- will attempt to answer that question with their latest round of mock drafts.

The drama starts right at the top, as the Edmonton Oilers likely are deciding between a number of options with the first selection.

Severson developing defensive end of his game

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 6:10 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The murals on the wall outside the Kelowna Rockets' locker room at Prospera Place, their home rink, are as big as the footsteps they've left behind. Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, Luke Schenn and Tyler Myers are just a few of the top-end defensemen that have played for Kelowna prior to enjoying NHL success.

Damon Severson hopes to be next in that lineage?

"They're big footsteps to fill," Severson told NHL.com. "I've just got to push myself as hard as I can to get to where they're at now. It's a long journey and a lot of hard work, but hopefully I can fill those shoes someday."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder made a nice step in that direction in the 2011-12 season, totaling seven goals and 37 assists in 56 games. He's No. 48 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft.

Fargo's Cooper gets high marks on, off the ice

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 4:46 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Brian Schiazza - NHL.com Staff Writer

There is very little mystery in what defenseman Brian Cooper is all about.

"Brian's a gamer," a longtime NHL scout said of the Fargo Force blueliner. "Brian's a no-nonsense, game-on-the-line, all-out every shift, antagonistic player. He plays with an edge for his size, but with his speed, puck skills, gamesmanship and hockey sense, he's just got it all. He just wants it so bad."

But that's not all. The intellect that makes Cooper a student of the game helps him excel in the classroom.

Since age 15, Cooper has been a major blue-line presence for Fargo while maintaining exemplary grades, which helped him earn a scholarship to play at the University of Nebraska-Omaha next fall, where he plans to study medicine. A 3.9 grade-point average in his senior year of high school, coupled with induction into the National Honor Society, helped Cooper earn the USHL's 2011-12 Scholar-Athlete Award.

On the ice, he had six goals and 18 assists, plus a team-best plus-16 rating, in 55 regular-season games.

In his first season with the team, Fargo coach John Marks liked what he saw from Cooper.

Devils keeping 2012 first-round pick

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 2:44 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed Wednesday that the team will keep its first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, which is June 22 in Pittsburgh. The Devils are slotted at No. 29.

"We will pick," Lamoriello said.

New Jersey had until Tuesday to inform the League if this would be the year in which the club surrenders its first-round pick as penalty for the salary-cap circumvention in signing Ilya Kovalchuk as a free agent two summers ago. Under the terms of the League-imposed punishment, the Devils had four years to relinquish their first-round pick.

After winning the draft lottery last year and moving up to the fourth spot in the 2011 draft, they kept the pick and selected Adam Larsson. Lamoriello's confirmation that they are keeping the pick this year means the Devils will have to forfeit their first-round pick in either 2013 or 2014.

Hockey has been big sacrifice for Vail and family

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 2:29 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brady Vail understands exactly what kind of sacrifice it's taken for him to get to where he is.

The Windsor Spitfires center, No. 38 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, has traveled a long way on his hockey journey, but having most of his family by his side the whole time has made that trip a lot easier.

The next step on that road will be the draft in Pittsburgh, where the family will enjoy some rare quality time together.

"It's been a long road for a broken-up family," Vail told NHL.com. "So whenever we can all get together, we make the most of it."

McGinn following in brothers' footsteps

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 9:20 AM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Guelph Storm forward Brock McGinn comes across his toughness the old-fashioned way -- he earned it.

You have to be tough when you're the youngest of three hockey-playing brothers.

McGinn's oldest brother, Jamie, 23, just finished his fourth NHL season. Middle brother Tye, 21, was a 2010 fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers who spent his first professional season in 2011-12 with the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Being first-ever draft pick memorable for Monahan

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Garry Monahan doesn't know whether to be embarrassed or turn nostalgic when reminded he was the first player chosen in the inaugural NHL Amateur Draft a half-century ago.

Back in the early 1960s, being drafted usually referred to packing a suitcase and joining the military. But on June 5, 1963, Monahan learned a new meaning for the word.

As the NHL prepares for the 50th annual selection process, there's no better individual to help turn back the clock than the first man ever selected.

Report: Devils will keep first-round pick

Tuesday, 06.12.2012 / 10:25 PM / 2012 NHL Draft


According to a report from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, the New Jersey Devils will not surrender their first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

New Jersey faced a Tuesday deadline to inform the League if this would be the year in which the club gives up its first-round pick for salary-cap circumvention in signing Ilya Kovalchuk as a free agent two summers ago.

Under the terms of the punishment, New Jersey must relinquish its first-round pick between 2011 and 2014. The club kept last year's pick and selected defenseman Adam Larsson.

Habs hold combine for prospects, Quebec hopefuls

Tuesday, 06.12.2012 / 8:28 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. – It didn't take very long for some of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft to get a taste of what playing hockey in Montreal is like.

The Canadiens held their own mini draft combine Tuesday for 43 prospects, with the bulk of them players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League who did not get invited to the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto who Montreal wanted to get a better look at.

The list of top prospects in attendance Tuesday was headed by forwards Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting, Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts, Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts, Stefan Matteau of the U.S. National Team program, Mark Jankowski of nearby Stanstead College and defensemen Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels, Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes.

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