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EASTERN CONFERENCE SCOUT MOCK DRAFT

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Note: Draft order based on standings as of March 21; final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.

Order Team Player
1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
The Blue Jackets can't pass on the consensus No. 1 player.
2 EDMONTON OILERS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
It's time for them to grab a rock-solid, two-way defenseman.
3 MONTREAL CANADIENS
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Russian center with size and skill for Habs fans.
4 MINNESOTA WILD
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
Intense competitor wants to make a difference every time he's on the ice.
5 New York ISLANDERS
Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
The Swedish power winger should be a strong complement to John Tavares.
6 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
He missed most of the season with an ACL injury, but he's too talented to pass up.
7 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Czech native with size and skill; plays a complete game and is a good fit for the Leafs.
8 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Smooth-skating puck mover has a bomb from the point.
9 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Dynamic rushing defenseman with a deceptive change of pace.
10 WINNIPEG JETS
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Intelligent two-way defender moves the puck with pinpoint accuracy.
11 BUFFALO SABRES
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big, rushing defenseman with a booming shot is an offensive force.
12 WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Playmaking center with impressive size.
13 CALGARY FLAMES
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Big blueliner with a heavy, accurate shot playing just down the road from the Flames.
14 SAN JOSE SHARKS
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Fluid-skating Finn defends effectively and makes smart, slick passes.
15 PHOENIX COYOTES
Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgarden (SWE)
SKINNY:
Skilled Swede with deceptive speed and a quick, deadly shot.
16 OTTAWA SENATORS
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY:
Injury shortened his season, but he won't be overlooked; he plays in Senators' backyard.
17 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay (USHL)
SKINNY:
USHL blueliner is silky smooth and highly skilled.
18 WashingtoN CAPITALS (FROM COL)
Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa 2 (RUS-JR)
SKINNY:
Caps like Russians and this guy can stop the puck.
19 DALLAS stars
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Not flashy, but a solid and dependable defender with leadership qualities.
20 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (FIN)
SKINNY:
Flashy Finn with quick-strike snipe ability.
21 BOSTON BRUINS
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Steady defender is effective and efficient -- a good fit for the Bruins.
22 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
High-energy power winger plays with a nasty edge; no fun to play against, and he can score.
23 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Daniil Zharkov, LW, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Russian winger is a natural goal-scorer.
24 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (from DET)
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Athletic goalie with size and a high compete level.
25 BUFFALO SABRES
Phillip Di Giuseppe, LW, Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
SKINNY:
Fleet-footed winger has a finishing touch.
26 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Hulking Latvian is big and strong with plenty of upside. He fits the Flyers' style.
27 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Michael Matheson, D, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Smart, skilled USHL defender makes good decisions and few mistakes.
28 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
The prototypical power winger is just what the Pens need.
29 NEW YORK RANGERS
Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle Jr. (SWE-JR)
SKINNY:
Slick-passing Swede can move the puck.
30 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)
SKINNY:
Big Czech turned heads at the 2012 World Junior Championship with solid game, scoring touch.

 

 
2012 NHL Draft