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Hockey This Week 2012 NHL Mock Draft. By @TonyStabile

June 15, 2012
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Hockey This Week

It’s mock draft time. The Stanley Cup finals are over  and the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is just one week away. Here is a look as the way I see the draft going.

Tony Stabile
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Hockey This Week - 2012 NHL Mock Draft

Hockey This Week – 2012 NHL Mock Draft

1.Edmonton Oilers : Nail Yakupov LW Sarnia OHL

Yakupov is the consensus number 1 selection and Edmonton will add another elite offensive player here. With RNH, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall already on board, this team is going to be scary good very soon.

2. Columbus Blue Jackets : Ryan Murray D Everett WHL

Murray is the safest pick in the first round, and after gambling in the past on some 1st round selections (see Nikita Filatov), GM Scott Howson makes the smart move and takes the very talented and polished Murray at #2.

3. Montreal Canadians : Mikhail Grigorenko RW Quebec QMJHL

After spending this past season playing for former Habs great Patrick Roy, Grigorenko is about as likely to be picked 3rd as Yakupov goes 1st. Grigorenko has been termed by ISS scouts as the Russian Joe Thornton, and he even speaks some French! No brainer for a Canadians team looking for a talent upgrade.

4. New York Islanders : Filip Forsberg RW Leksand SEL

In an absolute steal, Forsberg is snapped up by the Isles here. Forsberg is a beast on the puck and should fill out nicely into his already 6’2” frame. GM Garth Snow would like to trade back and take one of the many available stud defenseman, but Forsberg is just too good to pass up at 4.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs ; Jacob Trouba D USHL

Trouba is considered a top pairing defense prospect who plays an extremely physical game. Sounds like a Brian Burke guy to me. The Leafs consider Dumba here, but Trouba is just too good to pass up. He’ll become a Toronto fan favorite just after stepping onto the ice for the first time.

6. Anaheim Ducks : Teuvo Teravainen LW Jokerit FEL

Teravainen is an extremely skilled winger who only lacks size. He can play in any situation and with some solid young defenseman already playing in the NHL jumping on the Finn (see Selanne) is not a bad gamble for Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks.

7. Minnesota Wild : Griffin Reinhart D Edmonton WHL

Reinhart is a big mobile defenseman who will look very good on the Wild’s blueline. With some impressive forwards ready to crack the NHL lineup, this pick makes the most sense. Again Dumba and Morgan Reilly are possibilities here, but Reinhart’s size and upside win here.

8. Carolina Hurricanes : Matt Dumba D Red Deer WHL

Dumba is the most intriguing pick in the top 10. He has that star quality about his play, every time he’s on the ice, you expect him to do something spectacular. He throws tremendous open ice hits, has a cannon of a shot and he has an amazing work ethic. He needs to add weight (currently at 173 lbs.), but his game should translate well into the NHL.

9. Winnipeg Jets : Alexander Galchenyuk C Sarnia OHL

Galchenyuk, who missed most of this season with a torn ACL, has as much skill as anyone in this entire draft. That being said, it’s his durability most teams will worry about. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will not let the uber-talented Galchenyuk past his pick at 9.

10. Tampa Bay Lightning : Morgan Reilly D Moose Jaw WHL

Reilly, who also missed time with a knee injury this season, is among the top skaters in the draft. He has great poise, excellent vision and will be a very good offensive force. He will need to add weight to his frame, but his skills and skating are excellent. ISS Scouts termed this kid to have “Million Dollar Legs”.

11. Washington Capitals : Cody Ceci D Ottawa OHL

Ceci is a big and talented defenseman who needs to play more physical. Sounds like a perfect fit in Washington. A team that may look to make changes, and has an abundance of elite forwards, Ceci makes a ton of sense for the Caps.

12. Buffalo Sabres : Brendan Gaunce C Belleville OHL

Any time you have a player who is 6’2”, 215 lbs and his style compares to David Backes….you have to be intrigued, enter Brendan Gaunce. Gaunce needs to work on his skating, but his big body and excellent leadership qualities make him a quality pick for Buffalo (who traded a similar player in Zack Kassian this past deadline for Cody Hodgson).

13. Dallas Stars : Olli Maata D London OHL

Maata is a slick defenseman who has seen his stock rise after a tremendous playoff run with the London Knights. Maata projects to be a top 4 defenseman with offensive skill. He has good size and his composure is nearly flawless. Needs some skating work, but should turn out to be a very good defenseman down the road.

14. Calgary Flames : Radek Faksa LW Kitchener OHL

Faksa is a big bodied winger with a very good scoring touch. He has a very high compete level and possesses a lethal shot. He, like other kids in this draft, needs to work on his skating, but ISS seems to think Faksa will be no worse than a scoring 2nd line forward.

15. Ottawa Senators : Matt Finn D Guelph OHL

If you want to talk about a defenseman who can explode through the neutral zone, then we can discuss Matt Finn. He is a natual leader, and has an amazing hockey IQ. He displays tons of character on the ice and is extremely talented. He doesn’t possess much of a physical game, but Finn should become a complete top 4 defenseman when all is said and done.

16. Washington Capitals : Sebastian Collberg RW Frolunda SEL

After taking Cody Ceci at 11 (acquired via Colorado in the Semyon Varlamov trade), Collberg is a perfect fit for the Caps. He is a little on the smallish side, but has excellent offensive skills and put in the right situation, he should offense could explode.

17. San Jose Sharks : Nicholas Kerdiles C USHL

Described as a “Big Game Player” by ISS, Kerdiles is a good fit for San Jose here at 17. A natural goal scorer with good size, Kerdiles had a very good WJC scoring a game winning goal OT after absorbing a big open ice hit by fellow 1st rounder Matt Dumba earlier in the game.

18. Chicago Blackhawks : Pontus Aberg LW Durgarden SEL

Aber, who has been called a good complimentary scorer, would be in a very good situation in Chicago. With scorers like Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and some guy named Toews, Aberg would be surounded by offensive talent. He needs to get stronger and needs some work on his defensive zone coverage, but Aberg should be a solid NHL’er.

19. Tampa Bay Lightning : Slater Koekkoek D Peterborough OHL

After selecting the super talented Morgan Reilly at 10, Steve Yzerman takes the bigger and very smooth Slater Koekkoek. At 6’2″ and 185 lbs, Koekkoek has plenty of size and skill. He can run the PP and has a great shot from the point. He’ll needs to work on his physical play and using his big frame more effectively.

20. Philadelphia Flyers : Scott Laughton C Oshawa OHL

Laughton is exactly the type of player the Flyers look for. He’s a great penalty killer, shows outstanding leadership abilities and is a very hard worker. He needs some work on his net play, but Laughton is a player who should thrive under Peter Laviolette’s tutelage.

21. Buffalo Sabres : Thomas Wilson RW Plymouth OHL

With Buffalo’s second pick in the first round, they take the raw but very talented Wilson. Wilson, who’s almost 6’4″, has raw offensive skills but is very physical and is extremely driven. One scout said you can see parts of Todd Bertuzzi and Milan Lucic’s game in Wilson, this is a player Lindy Ruff will love on his bench.

22. Pittsubrgh Penguins : Derrick Pouliot D Portland WHL

After taking defenseman Joe Morrow last year in the first round, the Pens follow up that pick with the more offensive Pouliot. A strong skater with great vision and quarterbacking ability, Pouliot should fit nicely into the Pens Power Play attack.

23. Florida Panthers : Colton Sissions C Kelowna WHL

Sissons (no relations to 1st round bust Scott), has an outstanding work ethic, great leadership skills and full ice commitment. His game has been compared to NY Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan since he does whatever it takes when on the ice. Sissions is not a polished goal scorer, but will work hard to to further his development.

24. Boston Bruins : Henrik Samuelsson C Edmonton WHL

Samuelsson (son of former NHL Defenseman Ulf Samuelsson), has great size, intensity and also has a nice set of hands around the net. Not a high end offensive talent, but can grind it out and is still learning to use his size to his advantage. He may be the most talented Samuelsson yet.

25. St. Louis Blues : Hampus Lindholm D Rogle SEL

Lindholm is a big well rounded two way defenseman. He has good size and thinks the game well. He has some offensive ability and should fit very nicely into the Blues defensive scheme. ISS feels Lindholm could become a second or third pairing defenseman with second PP unit potential.

26. Vancouver Canucks : Dalton Thrower D Saskatoon WHL

Thrower, appropriately named by the way, is a gritty and physical warrior on the ice. ISS describes him as fearless, rough and has good offensive upside. He’s not a big guy (5’11”) but knows how to throw (pardon the pun) his weight around. Is a local Vancouver boy and should be a fan favorite for years to come.

27. Phoenix Coyotes : Adam Pelech D Erie OHL

Pelech is a big stay at home defenseman who Coach Dave Tippett will love clearing the crease for star goaltender Mike Smith. Pelech is projected to be a top 4 shut down defenseman at the next level and will be a huge asset for the Coyotes in the future.

28. New York Rangers : Oscar Dansk G Brynas SEL Jr.

With Henrik Lundqvist not getting any younger, the Rangers take the next best goaltender from Sweden in Dansk (who was outstanding at the WJC last January). Dansk, who needs some additional seasoning, but is the top goaltender in this draft class and could take his sweet time in the SEL preparing for the day the Rangers need to transition to a younger goaltender.

29. New Jersey Devils : Ludvig Bystrom D Modo SEL

Dansk makes a lot of sense here for the Devils as does talented goaltender Malcom Subban, but Bystrom is too good to pass up here. He has very good vision and is a quick thinker. A very good player to get at the end of the first round.

30. Los Angeles Kings : Daniel Zharkov LW Belleville OHL

With Dustin Penner ready to leave as a UFA this summer, the Kings look to replace him with Zharkov. He has very good size, a big frame and excellent release of his lethal shot. He moves very well for a player of his size but has been known to go through goal scoring droughts.

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