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ADAM KIMELMAN'S MOCK DRAFT PART IV

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Order Team Player
1 EDMONTON OILERS
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Oilers just can't pass on the most gifted offensive player in the draft
2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)
SKINNY:
Showcased same explosiveness at the Combine that scouts saw in 2010-11
3 MONTREAL CANADIENS
Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand (SWE-2)
SKINNY:
Will need at least another year to get stronger, but should be worth the wait
4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)
SKINNY:
Looks like the kind of blueliner you can pencil into a top pairing for 15 years
5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
High-end offensive talent who isn't afraid to get nasty if needed
6 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big and talented, excelled in first year in North America
7 MINNESOTA WILD
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)
SKINNY:
Strong, physical defenseman also has an offensive upside
8 CAROLINA HURRICANES
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)
SKINNY:
Big, lanky Russian gives 'Canes potential for a high-skilled 1-2 punch up the middle
9 WINNIPEG JETS
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
SKINNY:
Won't be long before Jets fans see talent most missed this season
10 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
SKINNY:
Highly skilled and very reliable, can shoot the puck and kill penalties
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
Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit Jr. (FIN-JR.)
SKINNY:
Finnish league rookie of the year excelled at the World U-18 tournament
13 DALLAS STARS
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)
SKINNY:
Highly skilled blueliner stands out on a talented Winterhawks team
14 CALGARY FLAMES
Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
A scout said if he were building a team from ground-up, Gaunce would be his first pick
15 OTTAWA SENATORS
Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)
SKINNY:
Big, strong and talented, continually got better as the season went on
16 WashingtoN CAPITALS
Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR.)
SKINNY:
Talented scorer was big reason Sweden won gold at the World Junior Championship
17 SAN JOSE SHARKS
Stefan Matteau, LW, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
Tough and talented forward just what the Sharks need in prospect pool
18 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)
SKINNY:
Smart and skilled defensively, high-rising prospect showed he has offensive upside
19 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (FROM DET)
Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)
SKINNY:
Considered one of the best athletes in the draft; compared by some to Carey Price
20 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
SKINNY:
Improving offensive game will complement developed physical side
21 BUFFALO SABRES (FROM NSH)
Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)
SKINNY:
Latvian-born forward scored at better than a point-per-game pace this season
22 PITTSBURGH pENGUINS
Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)
SKINNY:
Prototypical power forward has a nose for the net and a nasty edge to his game
23 FLORIDA panthers
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)
SKINNY:
Panthers know shoulder injury likely only reason the talented blueliner lasts this long
24 BOSTON BRUINS
Oscar Dansk, G, Brynas Jr. (SWE-JR.)
SKINNY:
Bruins need to add a goaltender to prospect pool
25 ST. LOUIS BLUES
Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
SKINNY:
There's a lot to like with this smooth-skating blueliner who does everything well
26 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)
SKINNY:
Big and skilled, and already a star in the Czech league
27 PHOENIX COYOTES
Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie (OHL)
SKINNY:
One scout called this late-bloomer the purest goal-scorer in the draft
28 NEW YORK RANGERS
Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (HIGH-CT)
SKINNY:
When he grows into his body, has the making of a high-end power forward
29 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa-2 (RUS-JR.)
SKINNY:
Among the best goalies at the 2012 WJC, could be the long-term successor to Brodeur
30 LOS ANGELES KINGS
Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgarden (SWE)
SKINNY:
Skilled forward performed well against men in the Swedish Elite League

 

 
2012 NHL Draft