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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT

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Order Team Player
1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
An elite scorer; easily the most offensively gifted player in this year's draft class
2 BOSTON BRUINs 
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Elite all-round skills; already a proven leader and potential future NHL captain
3 Winnipeg JETS
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
Can put the puck in the net, and isn't afraid to step up his game physically
4 New York Islanders
Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksand (SWE)
SKINNY:
Isn't related to Peter Forsberg, but certainly can score like the Swedish legend did
5 New JERSEY DEVILS
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
After dominating World U-18s, has taken outstanding offensive game to QMJHL
6 New York Rangers
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Knee injury will keep him out for this season, but he's still got fine career ahead of him
7 CALGARY FLAMES
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Teams starting to discover big forward's strong two-way game
8 Montreal CANADIENS
Jacob Trouba, D, USNTDP (U-18)
SKINNY:
Offensively gifted with good size (6-2, 193), and willing to play physically
9 St. Louis BLUES
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Latvian-born center already has NHL size, point-per-game skills
10 Detroit RED WINGS
Nick Ebert, D, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY:
Wings look just across river for offensive-minded blueliner with NHL size, improving physicality
11 Carolina HURRICANES
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Giant blueliner showing this season he's got an offensive upside
12 Vancouver CANUCKs 
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big and skilled, can handle the puck well and can quarterback a power play
13 Minnesota WILD
Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Concussion woes will subside, and high talent level will remain
14 Anaheim DUCKS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Elite skater always on the verge of making something happening in the offensive zone
15 Nashville PREDATORS
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big (6-3, 202) Czech center having strong debut in OHL
16 Ottawa SENATORS
Andreas Athanasiou, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
YouTube sensation was a standout at RDO Camp
17 Tampa Bay LIGHTNING
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Has excelled surrounded by NHL-caliber talent in Portland junior-hockey factory
18 WashingtoN CAPITALS (from COL)
Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgarden (SWE)
SKINNY:
Speedy sniper turning heads in Swedish Elite League
19 Phoenix COYOTES
Jarrod Maidens, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
SKINNY:
Power forward filling the nets, showing defensive responsibility
20 Florida PANTHERS
Matia Marcantuoni, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Blazing speed is part of deep offensive arsenal
21 Buffalo SABRES
Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda (SWE)
SKINNY:
Speedy forward has solid shot, rising in eyes of scouts
22 San Jose SHARKs 
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Not a big scorer, but having no problem defending elite forwards
23 Philadelphia FLYERs 
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY:
Good size (6-2, 184), skates well, strong shot and plays with an edge
24 Edmonton Oilers 
Jordan Schmaltz, D, Sioux City (USHL)
SKINNY:
High-end offensive skills, defensive-zone play improving
25 Chicago BLACKHAWKs 
Nicolas Kerdiles, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Talented California-born center of French heritage, headed to Wisconsin
26 Los Angeles KINGs 
Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (USHS)
SKINNY:
Big kid with great speed, top-end offensive skills
27 Washington CAPITALS
Michael Clarke, C, Windsor (OHL)
SKINNY:
Great start to first full OHL season, showing good vision, strength on the puck
28 Toronto MAPLE LEAFS
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (FIN)
SKINNY:
Fast, offensively skilled sniper that just needs to add some size
29 Dallas STARs 
Charles Hudon, LW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Small but creative offensively; projects as second-line talent
30 Pittsburgh PENGUINs 
Henrik Samuelsson, RW, Modo (Sweden)
SKINNY:
Pens make it a family affair after selecting older brother Philip in second round of '09 draft

 

 
2012 NHL Draft