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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT PART III

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NOTE: First 14 picks based on NHL Draft Lottery. Remainder of draft order will be set following Stanley Cup Final

Order Team Player
1 EDMONTON OILERS
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Dynamic scorer is the unanimous choice as the best prospect available
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Big center excelled playing first season in North America
3 MONTREAL CANADIENS
Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
Needs to get bigger, but top-rated European skater has all the offensive skills
4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Islanders fortunate to add best all-round defenseman in the draft
5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Fully recovered from knee injury and back to showcasing high skill level
6 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Knee injury set him back, but when healthy, he can be a game-changer
7 MINNESOTA WILD
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit Jr. (FIN-JR)
SKINNY:
Needs to get stronger, but has top-end offensive skills
8 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big-bodied playmaker would look good joining Staal up the middle for 'Canes
9 WINNIPEG JETS
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big and strong, but also skates well and has an offensive upside
10 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big, athletic blueliner got better as the season went on
11 Washington CAPITALS (from Col)
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
High-end offensive talent plays fearlessly with and without the puck
12 BUFFALO SABRES
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
One scout said if he was building team from ground-up, Gaunce would be his first pick
13 DALLAS STARS
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Solid frame complements strong skating and offensive skills
14 CALGARY FLAMES
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Finnish-born defenseman showed no problem adjusting to life in North America
15 OTTAWA SENATORS
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Smart and skilled defensively, high-rising prospect showed he has offensive upside
16 WashingtoN CAPITALS
Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Big, skilled and nasty -- among USNTDP leaders in scoring and penalty minutes
17 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Latvian-born forward scored at better than a point-per-game pace this season
18 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Jackets could opt for this pick via Carter trade; either way, teams would love Pouliot
19 SAN JOSE SHARKS
Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna (WHL)
SKINNY:
Skilled forward will make a strong addition to team's prospect pool
20 PHOENIX COYOTES
Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Injuries delayed talent forward's development, but had 16 goals in 34 games
21 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
There's a lot to like about the big, strong blueliner with a nice offensive upside
22 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa-2 (RUS-JR)
SKINNY:
Among best goalies at 2012 WJC, could be long-term successor to Brodeur
23 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (FROM DET)
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Athletic goalie already earning comparisons to Habs' Carey Price
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big, nasty and highly skilled forward excelled at Top Prospects Game
25 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY:
Point-producer with Blades doesn't shy away from rough play
26 BUFFALO SABRES (FROM NSH)
Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)
SKINNY:
Big and skilled, and already a star in the Czech league
27 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (HIGH-CT)
SKINNY:
When big center grows into his body, could be a dominant power forward
28 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay (USHL)
SKINNY:
Packs solid offensive skill into NHL-ready size (6-2, 189)
29 NEW YORK RANGERS
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY:
Shoulder injury cost him most of the season, but scouts know his upside
30 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
SKINNY:
Scoreless in 41 games in SEL; needs to get stronger, but possess great speed, nose for the net

 

 
2012 NHL Draft