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STEVEN HOFFNER'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:
The best player in draft would add to impressive offensive arsenal
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Best all-round defenseman in draft
3 MONTREAL CANADIENS
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Plays in Quebec for Montreal legend Patrick Roy. Also learning French, making for a perfect fit
4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Scouts call him the next Erik Karlsson; Islanders need help for their blue line
5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
U.S.-born player of Russian descent can add badly needed skill up front
6 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
A steal if he falls this far. Best European skater in draft according to scouts
7 MINNESOTA WILD
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
A big center who can score; the Wild need big help up front
8 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)
SKINNY:
Likely the most exciting blueliner in the draft. Will be a star and a fan favorite where he lands
9 WINNIPEG JETS
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big blueliner would look pretty dangerous skating alongside Dustin Byfuglien
10 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Best goalie in draft has good genes and would fit nicely into Tampa crease
11 Washington CAPITALS (from Col)
Griffin Reinhardt, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
It's hard to pass on defensemen this big (6-4, 207) or this talented
12 BUFFALO SABRES
BBrendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL
SKINNY:
Solid power forward, trains with Gary Roberts -- what’s not to like?
13 DALLAS STARS
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Best U.S.-trained player in the draft; a great all-round defenseman
14 CALGARY FLAMES
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Scouts say he does everything right
15 OTTAWA SENATORS
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Really impressive skilled two-way defenseman not afraid to throw a big hit
16 WashingtoN CAPITALS
Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Climbed high in final rankings for a reason; big, skilled and nasty if needed
17 FLORIDA PANTHERS
Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna (WHL)
SKINNY:
A leader on and off the ice, and seems like a Dale Tallon-type of player
18 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
If Kings get to keep pick, he would bring a nice skill set to the Kings
19 SAN JOSE SHARKS
Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)
SKINNY:
Czech center might be a steal at this pick. He's 6-foot-2 and put up points playing against men.
20 PHOENIX COYOTES
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit Jr. (FIN-JR)
SKINNY:
Excelled at under-18 tournaments this season; needs to get bigger but very skilled
21 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Smart, solid defenseman with great presence
22 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
The highly coveted center has a father that should be familiar to Devils fans
23 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (FROM DET)
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, it's hard to miss this high-skill blueliner
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Shows lots of skill and grit; a Bruins-type player
25 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
 Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay (USHL)
SKINNY:
Big, strong blueliner a nice asset to aging Flyers' defense corps
26 BUFFALO SABRES (FROM NSH)
Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Skilled Czech-born forward has a big upside
27 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tanner Pearson, C, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY:
After going unpicked twice, Pearson has worked his way into the first round
28 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle Jr. (SWE-JR)
SKINNY:
Swede rated as top European defenseman available for draft
29 NEW YORK RANGERS
Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (HIGH-CT)
SKINNY:
Will take his great hands next to the University of Michigan
30 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Versatile center had a strong second half to his season

 

 
2012 NHL Draft