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MIKE G. MORREALE'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:
With Pavel Bure-like ability to maneuver in traffic and explode to the net, he's a game-changer
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Rebounded nicely upon return from ACL surgery; great creativity, vision and deft scorer's touch
3 MONTREAL CANADIENS
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
The 6-foot-3 Russian was the league's top rookie and best pro prospect; 85 points in 59 games
4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Confident, smart and poised; Silvertips captain is an excellent skater with great transitional ability
5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
Right-handed center is 6-foot-2 and has a great shot, two-way acumen; infectious winning attitude
6 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Described by some as Bobby Orr-like; might be the swiftest defenseman of the entire draft
7 MINNESOTA WILD
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
The gunslinger-type on the back end is hard to ignore at this point; has a great shot and likes to hit
8 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit Jr. (FIN-JR)
SKINNY:
Finesse forward with great acceleration; not intimidated by physical game; defensively responsible
9 WINNIPEG JETS
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Compared by some to Larry Murphy, Ceci is great on the power-play; exhibits a hard, accurate shot
10 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Big d-man is strong in the corners and in front of his net; possesses a cannon shot and great vision
11 Washington CAPITALS (from Col)
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Top prospect from the USNTDP; rarely caught out of position, contains well, confident and tenacious
12 BUFFALO SABRES
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Great smarts and is in position all the time; 32 points, plus-25 rating in 58 games for the Knights
13 DALLAS STARS
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
The 6-foot-2.5 Czech Republic native has speed, creates openings and shoots with great accuracy
14 CALGARY FLAMES
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Has poise under pressure, is smart with the puck; deceptive speed and can create the odd-man rush
15 OTTAWA SENATORS
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Playmaking center with an impressive 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame; 28 goals, 68 points in 68 games
16 WashingtoN CAPITALS
Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Power forward brings fantastic size (6-3, 203), tenacious play and deft scoring touch around the net
17 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Models his game after Drew Doughty; solid penalty-killer, good on the PP, steady and efficient
18 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Big-bodied (6-1.5, 210) forward can bull his way to the net, has soft hands and likes to get physical
19 SAN JOSE SHARKS
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Big (6-1.5, 198) Latvian had 22 goals, 50 points, plus-15 rating and two shorthanded goals
20 PHOENIX COYOTES
Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Possesses a hard, accurate shot, is strong on the puck and has great hands; 16 goals in 34 games
21 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Tremendous skater; understands little nuances of playing defense and has thrived in the program
22 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Colton Sissons, RW, Kelowna (WHL)
SKINNY:
A well-rounded, two-way player with good size (6-0.5, 187); had 26 goals, 41 points in 58 games
23 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (FROM DET)
Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa 2 (RUS-JR)
SKINNY:
Possesses excellent size and covers the net well; fine positional play, good instincts, reads game well
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Carey Price-like attributes with solid leg strength; had a 2.50 GAA, .923 save percentage in 39 games
25 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)
SKINNY:
Excellent skater with great acceleration, has good vision and is reliable team player and competitor
26 BUFFALO SABRES (FROM NSH)
Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)
SKINNY:
Elusive 6-2, 198-pounder with good balance, mobility; very strong 1-on-1, works well in traffic
27 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Mike Winther, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
SKINNY:
Plays a similar game to Mike Modano; skilled and fast, had 32 goals and 56 points in 71 games
28 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (HIGH-CT)
SKINNY:
Michigan-bound power forward (6-2.75, 184) is top high school player on the board
29 NEW YORK RANGERS
Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY:
Mature, smart and a nose for the net; 37 goals in 60 games, did well with Canada at WJC
30 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Phillip Di Giuseppe, LW, Michigan (CCHA)
SKINNY:
Central Scouting's top collegiate player has breakaway speed, gritty in the corners

 

 
2012 NHL Draft