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MIKE G. MORREALE'S MOCK DRAFT PART II

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*Standings as of All-Star Break

Order Team Player
1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Proving not only to be an offensive dynamo, but an effective two-way player with superior speed.
2 EDMONTON OILERS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Already stocked with young offensive talent, it's time to get a consistent force along the blue line.
3 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
A defenseman with good transition skill, feistiness and willingness to step up for teammates.
4 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound Russian with deceptive speed, great hands and exceptional shot.
5 BUFFALO SABRES
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Sidelined all season after ACL surgery, but Sabres need a dynamic, consistent scorer up front.
6 New York ISLANDERS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
One of the few players who can reach another gear in transition; out since November with torn ACL.
7 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound Swede can score big goals and skates hard in all three zones.
8 Montreal CANADIENS
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
SKINNY:
Czech Republic native has good size (6-3, 202) and mobility; can take hits and deliver his own.
9 WINNIPEG JETS
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Michigan-bound defender was the youngest player for U.S. at 2012 World Junior Championship.
10 PHOENIX COYOTES
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Strong defender who enjoys using his 6-4, 207-pound frame in the corners and in front of his net.
11 CaLGARY FLAMES
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Fearless Finn has good mobility, can handle the puck well and plays penalty kill and power play.
12 DALLAS sTARS
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Offensive-minded and skates with good power; has smarts, makes good decisions on power play.
13 Washington CAPITALS (from Col)
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Has patience and poise; solid penalty-killer and a bonus on the power play; is steady and efficient.
14 MINNESOTA WILD
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Powerful center with strong two-way skills; tough along the boards and in front of the opposing net.
15 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau can play physical or use his offensive skill to make a play.
16 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Colton Sissons, RW, Kelowna (WHL)
SKINNY:
Kelowna captain plays at a high tempo, is solid in all zones and never backs away from a challenge.
17 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big blueliner (6-2.5, 207) is hard to knock off puck, has hard shot and great awareness in his end.
18 WashingtoN CAPITALS
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY:
Physical, two-way defender capable of making smart, quick decisions off the transition.
19 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda Jr. (Swe-Jr.)
SKINNY:
Offers fantastic speed down the wing, has great offensive instincts and works hard to possess puck.
20 OTTAWA SENATORS
 Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
The 6-1.5, 198-pound center has great potential; will not shy from contact and is passionate.
21 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY:
Mature, smart and effective forward with a nose for the cage; represented Canada at WJC.
22 San Jose SHARKs 
Andreas Athanasiou, C, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Fantastic puck skills, lightning speed and one of best penalty-killers in the draft.
23 Philadelphia FLYERs 
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
His size (6-2.75, 200), puck skills and skating ability could make him the steal of the first round.
24 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Jarrod Maidens, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
SKINNY:
Power forward can excel at center or wing, has good shot, plays physical and protects the puck well.
25 NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Daniil Zharkov, LW, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big Russian is explosive and aggressive, can generate plenty of offense and finish with authority.
26 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Is primed for a big second half of the season; strong offensive game down low with speed and skill.
27 BOSTON BRUINS
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Athletic goalie with great leg strength, drive and determination; big in the clutch.
28 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Cristoval Nieves, LW, Kent School (HIGH-CT)
SKINNY:
Top scholastic player with explosive skill; fantastic agility, balance and quickness to break free.
29 NEW YORK RANGERS
Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Great vision, hockey sense and a solid compete level on every shift; will generate chances.
30 DETROIT RED WINGS
Michael Matheson, D, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Boston College-bound defender is praised for his hockey sense, hands; great on the transition.

 

 
2012 NHL Draft