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2012 Redraft: Matt Murray of Penguins makes jump to No. 1

Two-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender for Pittsburgh was taken No. 83; defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere, Colton Parayko move into top 10

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

It's not that amateur scouts weren't high on goaltender Matt Murray during the 2011-12 season, but his poor second half with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League had left questions.

He finished the season with 13 wins, a 4.08 goals-against average and an .876 save percentage in 36 games. Among OHL goalies to play more than 20 games, he had the third-worst GAA and the second-worst save percentage.

NHL Central Scouting had him No. 18 among North American goaltenders in its final ranking, down from No. 2 in the midterm.

The Penguins took a chance on Murray in the third round (No. 83). He was the 10th goalie chosen.


[RELATED: 2017 first-round draft order]


"We got some real good views on him early in the season," Penguins amateur scout Jay Heinbuck said. "Then Sault Ste. Marie traded for Jack Campbell so there weren't as many chances for viewings late in the season. But we remembered what we saw early. And we thought he was skinny (6-foot-4, 169 pounds in his draft year), but if he ever put on some muscle, he had a chance to be really good."

Murray, now listed at 6-foot-4, 178 pounds, has emerged as the No. 1 player in the 2012 draft class. He joined the Penguins late in the 2015-16 season and was in goal when they defeated the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup. He repeated the feat this season, capped off by back-to-back shutouts in Games 5 and 6 to help the Penguins repeat as champions.

Not every player selected that weekend in Pittsburgh has reached that lofty status. So with five years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

Note: Players listed with current teams; original draft position in parenthesis

1. Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins (83)

Murray, 23, became the first player to win the Stanley Cup twice as a rookie. His 32 wins in 2016-17 were a Penguins rookie record, and his 2.41 goals-against average and .923 save percentage were first among Pittsburgh rookie goalies to play at least 25 games. His 15 playoff wins in 2016 were one shy of the NHL record. Murray's NHL career record is 41-12-5 in 62 games, and of the nine goalies picked ahead of him, only Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning (90) has played in more.

Video: PIT@NSH, Gm6: Murray denies Subban's early bid


2. Filip Forsberg, LW, Nashville Predators (11)

Forsberg, 22, was selected by the Washington Capitals and traded to the Predators before he reached the NHL. He scored 31 goals this season, his second straight with at least that many. His 91 goals in the League are the most of any player drafted in 2012, and his 191 points are second behind Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens (204), but Forsberg has played 72 fewer games.


3. Alex Galchenyuk, C, Montreal Canadiens (3)

A knee injury limited Galchenyuk, 23, to two games in his draft season but the Canadiens still took him with the third pick. He recovered well enough to earn a roster spot at age 18 when the 2012-13 season started and had 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 48 games. He had 30 goals in 2015-16, and he's first among players in his draft class in points and games played (336), and second in goals (87).

Video: Canadiens draft Alex Galchenyuk in the 2012 NHL Draft


4. Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks (6)

Lindholm, 23, was No. 4 among European skaters but the Ducks reached for him and are happy to have done so. He has recovered from two concussions sustained in the American Hockey League in 2012-13 to play at least 78 NHL games in his first three seasons. He missed the first 13 games this season working on a contract and then had 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 66 games, averaging 22:27 per game, second on the Ducks. His 112 points (29 goals, 83 points) and 302 games played in the League are second among defensemen in the 2012 draft class, behind Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs (119 points in 312 games). Lindholm could miss the start of next season recovering from shoulder surgery.


5. Morgan Rielly, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (5)

In his fourth NHL season, Rielly, 23, has emerged as the Maple Leafs' No. 1 defenseman and a team leader. He averaged 22:10 of ice time per game during the regular season, and that number rose to 26:53 per game in six games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rielly has played at least 73 games in his four NHL seasons, and his 312 games played in the League are first among defensemen and third among all players picked in 2012.

Video: TOR@WSH, Gm2: Rielly scores PPG through traffic


6. Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (18)

As a rookie in 2014-15, Teravainen helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 playoff games, including two goals and two assists in six games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final. He was traded to the Hurricanes on June 15 and set NHL career highs this season in goals (15), assists (27), points (42) and games played (81).


7. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Philadelphia Flyers (78)

Gostisbehere, 24, arrived last season and set an NHL record for rookie defensemen with a point in 15 consecutive games, the longest streak by any defenseman since the 1995-96 season. His 17 goals were the most by a rookie defenseman since Dion Phaneuf had 20 with the Calgary Flames in 2005-06, and Gostisbehere finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy. His numbers dropped this season, in part because of hip and abdominal muscle surgery in May 2016, but his puck movement and shot from the point on the power play are among the reasons the Flyers have 107 man-advantage goals the past two seasons, third-most in the League.

Video: PHI@PIT: Gostisbehere cranks home a sweet one-timer


8. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning (19)

Vasilevskiy, 22, became the No. 1 starter after Ben Bishop was traded Feb. 26. In 18 games in that role, he went 12-4-2 with a 2.27 GAA and .930 save percentage, numbers better than what he had as a backup (11-13-5, 2.81, .909, 32 games). Vasilevskiy also has proven himself to be a playoff performer, replacing an injured Bishop to help the Lightning reach Game 7 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final against the Penguins.


9. Colton Parayko, D, St. Louis Blues (86)

Parayko, 24, played three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and following a short stint with Chicago of the American Hockey League after signing with the Blues, Parayko has emerged as one of the top young two-way defensemen in the League. He had 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and a plus-28 rating in 79 games that was second among all defensemen as a rookie in 2015-16. This season, his ice time rose to 21:11 per game from 19:23, and he had 35 points (four goals, 31 assists) in 81 games.

Video: NSH@STL, Gm1: Parayko shows patience, goes five-hole


10. Tomas Hertl, C, San Jose Sharks (17)

Hertl, 23, announced his presence in his third NHL game when he scored four goals against the New York Rangers on Oct. 8, 2013. He had his first 20-goal season in 2015-16, and was on pace for another one this season when he sustained a knee injury Nov. 18 that sidelined him for two months. He struggled when he returned but remains a talented, versatile goal scorer who can play center or on the wing.


11. Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets (8)

Trouba, 23, needed one season at the University of Michigan before jumping into the Jets lineup. He scored 10 goals as a rookie in 2013-14, and has averaged at least 22 minutes per game in his four NHL seasons. His 31 goals are most among defensemen drafted in 2012, and his 105 points are third, behind Rielly and Lindholm. 

Video: WPG@CBJ: Trouba rips one-timer past Korpisalo for PPG


12. Olli Maatta, D, Pittsburgh Penguins (22)

Injuries have limited Maatta, 22, to 220 of the 328 games he could have played in four NHL seasons, but he has played a big role on two straight Stanley Cup championship teams. He struggled this season but had a strong postseason, with eight points (two goals, six assists) and a plus-8 rating averaging 20:36 of ice time in 25 games.


13. Frederik Andersen, G, Toronto Maple Leafs (87)

Andersen, 27, did not sign after being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round (No. 187) in the 2010 draft. He played one more season at home in Denmark, then after a strong season with Frolunda in Sweden, the Anaheim Ducks selected him in the third round (No. 87) in 2012 and brought him to North America. He emerged as the Ducks starter in 2013-14, and after three strong seasons was traded to the Maple Leafs on June 20, 2016. After a slow start this season, he helped Toronto reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013 and push the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in the Eastern Conference First Round. He was 33-16-14 with a 2.67 GAA and .918 SV% in 66 games for the Maple Leafs this season.

Video: WSH@TOR, Gm6: Andersen fights off Ovechkin's laser


14. Tanner Pearson, LW, Los Angeles Kings (30)

After being passed over twice in the NHL draft, the Kings used the final pick of the first round on Pearson, 24. He had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 24 playoff games to help the Kings win the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2014, and he had his first 20-goal season in 2016-17, and finished with a carer-high 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) in 80 games.


15. Brady Skjei, D, New York Rangers (28)

The Rangers are reaping the benefits to their patient approach to Skjei's development. After three seasons at the University of Minnesota and one in the AHL, Skjei, 23, emerged as a full-time NHL player this season. He was second among Rangers defensemen with 39 points (five goals, 34 assists) in 80 games, was a plus-11 and averaged 17:27 of ice time per game. He raised his game in the postseason; his four goals tied for third among all defensemen, and his average ice time rose to 19:14 in 12 games.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm2: Skjei pots wrister through a screen


16. Jaccob Slavin, D, Carolina Hurricanes (120)

Slavin, 23, jumped from Colorado College into a surprise spot in the Hurricanes lineup in 2015-16 and has become arguably their most dependable defenseman. He averaged 20:59 of ice time in 63 games as a rookie last season. His ice time jumped to a team-best 23:26 in 82 games this season, and he had a plus-23 rating to go with 34 points (five goals, 29 assists). He also led the Hurricanes with 161 blocked shots.


17. Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa Senators (15)

Ceci, 23, has become a key part of the Senators defense, spending most of the season on the second pair with Phaneuf. He averaged an NHL-career high 23:12 of ice time in 79 games, and responded with 17 points (two goals, 15 assists). Though his goals were down from the 10 he had in 2015-16, he had 143 shots on goal, a personal League best.

Video: OTT@DAL: Ceci's shot pinballs into the net


18. Matt Dumba, D, Minnesota Wild (7)

Dumba, 22, has 21 goals the past two seasons, and had a personal NHL-high 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 2016-17. His ice time per game rose this season to 20:20, the most he's played in his four NHL seasons, and in 76 games was a personal League-best plus-15.


19. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets (130)

After a strong performance as Ondrej Pavelec's backup last season, Hellebuyck was named the Jets starter this season. There were some bumps in the road, but at 24 years old and with 82 games of NHL experience, it's unlikely Winnipeg has lost faith. He had four shutouts in 56 games, and finished the season with three straight wins. He also had a .922 save percentage in two games for the United States at the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

Video: OTT@WPG: Hellebuyck protects the lead with late save


20. Michael Matheson, D, Florida Panthers (23)

In his first full NHL season, Matheson, 23, had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 81 games, and was third among Panthers defensemen with an average ice time of 21:03 per game. When No. 1 defenseman Aaron Ekblad left the Florida lineup with an upper-body injury sustained March 11, Matheson raised his play with three points (two goals, one assist), and a plus-1 rating in 22:59 of ice time in the final 15 games of the regular season.


21. Damon Severson, D, New Jersey Devils (60)

Severson, 22, set a personal NHL best with 31 points (three goals, 28 assists) in 80 games this season. He averaged 20:21 of ice time per game, up from the 18:10 he averaged last season, showing a growing trust he has gained from Devils coach John Hynes.

Video: NJD@DAL: Severson goes top-shelf to open the scoring


22. Jon Gillies, G, Calgary Flames (75)

Gillies, 23, made his NHL debut April 6, making 28 saves in a 4-1 win at the Los Angeles Kings. With goalies Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1, Gillies could take his 6-foot-6, 223-pound frame to the NHL on a full-time basis next season after two straight solid AHL seasons.


23. Ryan Murray, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (2)

Injuries have been a near constant for Murray, 23, in his four NHL seasons. This season he played 60 games, in part because of a broken hand sustained March 11 that ended his season. He has shown glimpses of what he can do when healthy. Last season he played all 82 games and had 25 points (four goals, 21 assists), and this season he had 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-3 rating in 60 games. If he can stay on the ice, he'd be a smart complement to defensemen Seth Jones and Zach Werenski.

Video: PIT@CBJ: Murray opens scoring with a backhander


24. Andreas Athanasiou, C, Detroit Red Wings (110)

The speedy Athanasiou, 22, earned a full-time spot in Detroit this season and scored 18 goals in 64 games. He averaged 0.28 goals per game, the same as, among others, Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild, Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils. With Detroit transitioning to a younger team, Athanasiou will be counted on as a top-end contributor. 


25. Jimmy Vesey, LW, New York Rangers (66)

A third-round pick by the Nashville Predators, Vesey, 24, opted to become an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Rangers on Aug. 20. He had a solid rookie season with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 80 games. He appeared to wear down as the season went on, but showed he could keep up with the NHL pace and should be a key contributor moving forward.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm5: Vesey lays out for first playoff goal


26. Connor Brown, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (156)

Brown, 23, was overshadowed by some of the Maple Leafs' other big rookies this season, but he had 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 82 games. He also showed a commitment to playing solid defensively, with a plus-3 rating, 40 takeaways and 46 blocked shots, and averaged 1:59 per game on the penalty kill.


27. Radek Faksa, C, Dallas Stars (13)

Faksa, 23, spent his first full season in the NHL and responded with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 80 games. And he was that productive despite starting 40.67 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, fewest among Stars forwards.

Video: NSH@DAL: Faksa deflects Hamhuis' shot past Saros


28. Josh Anderson, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (95)

Anderson, 23, added some grit and scoring touch to the bottom-six forward group for the Blue Jackets with 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 78 games. He was fourth on the team with 147 hits and had 89 penalty minutes.


29. Esa Lindell, D, Dallas Stars (74) 

In his first full NHL season, Lindell, 23, had 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 73 games. His plus-8 led Stars defensemen and his average ice time of 21:52 per game was second on Dallas to defenseman John Klingberg (23:21).

Video: DAL@VAN: Lindell finds twine late in the 1st


30. Tom Wilson, RW, Washington Capitals (16)

Wilson, 23, tied his personal NHL-best with seven goals this season, and cut his penalty minutes to a career-low 133. In his four NHL seasons, he has proven to be a physical presence in a lower-line role, and coach Barry Trotz has shown a willingness to give Wilson more ice time if he can play with discipline. He averaged 12:56 per game this season, the most of his career.

Missing first-round picks: Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers (1); Griffin Reinhart, New York Islanders (4); Derrick Pouliot, Pittsburgh Penguins (8); Slater Koekkoek, Tampa Bay Lightning (10); Mikhail Grigorenko, Buffalo Sabres (12); Scott Laughton, Philadelphia Flyers (20); Mark Jankowski, Calgary Flames (21); Malcolm Subban, Boston Bruins (24); Jordan Schmaltz, St. Louis Blues (25); Brendan Gaunce, Vancouver Canucks (26); Henrik Samuelsson, Phoenix Coyotes (27); Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres (28); Stefan Matteau, New Jersey Devils (29)

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