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2012 NHL Mock Draft: May 13

After two rounds of the playoffs, all but four picks remain unresolved with Phoenix, Los Angeles, New Jersey and the Rangers left vying for the Cup. In this update of our monthly NHL Mock Draft, we have projected the first 61 picks. Remember, this is a projection based on team needs and our assessment of the prospect-ranking landscape – not our opinion on where players should be drafted.


1.)  Edmonton Oilers  Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia Sting (OHL) – The name, ‘Yakupov’ remains at the top of nearly every draft ranking around the League with just over a month to go. It’s difficult to imagine Tambellini and the staff up in Edmonton reaching a different conclusion and the pressure will be on (just like in ’10 with Taylor Hall) to bring the recognized name into the fold. Barring a trade, Yakupov will find his way to Edmonton on draft day. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 1

Previous Pick: Yakupov (EDM)

2.)  Columbus Blue Jackets  Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL) – The Jackets are perhaps the biggest toss-up among the teams picking in the top-five, primarily because it’s hard to pinpoint an organizational strength that wouldn’t benefit from a first-round upgrade. Murray has excellent upside (and minimal risk) and projects as a stud two-way blueliner that will anchor the Jackets defensive corps for years to come. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 2

Previous Pick: Murray (CBJ)

3.)  Montreal Canadiens  Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – The Habs announced former Blackhawks’ assistant Marc Bergevin as their new general manager in recent weeks. Who he’ll take third overall is by no means set in stone from an outsider’s perspective: Does he go with the talented, intangible-laden young man from Sarnia (Galchenyuk) or the safer (but perhaps less exciting) Swedish prospect in Forsberg. You’ll be hearing both names associated with the Canadiens leading up to June 22, but Mikhail Grigorenko’s massive upside may be too much to pass up. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 6

Previous Pick: Galchenyuk (MTL)

4.)  New York Islanders  Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – Matt Dumba’s dominating performance at the World Under-18 Championships in April (5-7-12 in 7 games – the first defenseman ever to lead the tourney in scoring) solidified his spot among the truly elite d-men in 2012. Looking to the future, the Isles’ are far more set at forward than on the blue line – and Dumba fits the bill as the dynamic defender to usher in a new era on the Island. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 3

Previous Pick: Dumba (NYI)

5.)  Toronto Maple Leafs Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL) – One can imagine that Brian Burke’s job security in Toronto is at an all-time low but in Galchenyuk, the Leafs finally find their first-line center of the future. Drafting Galchenyuk still carries some risk (thanks to his ACL injury and a missed season of development) but Burke has to roll the dice here. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 5

Previous Pick: Grigorenko (TOR)

6.)  Anaheim Ducks  Filip Forsberg, F, Leksands IF. (Allsvenskan) – For the third straight edition of this mock, Forsberg remains the selection. Once again, Anaheim would love to add the young Swede who’s drawn some comparisons to the Ducks’ own Corey Perry for his puck-possession play and penchant for scoring. Forsberg’s five goals in six games helped Sweden to a silver medal at the U-18’s and he was named the top forward in the tourney for his efforts. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 4

Previous Pick: Forsberg (ANA)

7.)  Minnesota Wild  Teuvo Teräväinen, F, Jokerit, (SM-Liiga) – Another standout from April’s U-18 Championships in the Czech Republic, Teräväinen ends up going to Minnesota to add to their Finnish flavor. He could wind up being the best player in this class if he continues his current development curve, which should be music to the ears of Wild fans who haven’t had much to cheer about in recent seasons. Alongside Coyle and Granlund, he gives Minny an impressive trio of elite forward prospects. Obviously, they could use a defenseman but Teräväinen is our definitive best-player-available. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 7

Previous Pick: Reinhart (MIN)

8.)  Carolina Hurricanes Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frölunda HC (Elitserien) – Collberg, a sniper with elite offensive instincts has the chops be a top-six winger in the NHL. The Canes rarely take defensemen in round one (just once since the lockout) and Collberg has the highest upside among the remaining forwards. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 9

Previous Pick: Teräväinen (CAR)

9.)  Winnipeg Jets  Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) – The Jets are another squad who’d benefit from an addition anywhere in the lineup and Faksa would instantly and significantly upgrade their youth corps. With superior options (by our estimates) available – especially among defensemen – the Jets would probably be better-off going with one of Trouba, Rielly and Reinhart. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 17

Previous Pick: Trouba (WPG)

10.)  Tampa Bay Lightning  Jacob Trouba, D, U.S. NTDP Under-18 – Tampa takes American defenseman, Jacob Trouba, a safe pick which adds a second long-term anchor to the Bolts beleaguered defensive corps. Trouba is a righty shooter, which will allow him to play alongside Victor Hedman down the road, projecting as one of the elite defensive pairings over the next decade.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 10

Previous Pick: Rielly (TBL)


11.)  Washington Capitals (From COL) – Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) –The Caps get to count their blessings and pick between two talented blueline fallers – and settle on Reinhart, who could easily wind up one of the best players selected. Reinhart’s mobile, two-way game fits right into Dale Hunter’s plan to build a solid defensive program and at 6’4; he could be the number-one shutdown defender Washington has lacked. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 11

Previous Pick: Girgensons (WSH from COL)

12.)  Buffalo Sabres – Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) – With arguably the best offensive defenseman in 2012 falling into their laps at twelve, don’t expect Sabres fans to be doing much complaining on Day One. Still, with Ehrhoff signed for another nine seasons – would Buffalo be more helped trading this pick to someone for a top-six upgrade?  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 8

Previous Pick: Collberg (BUF)

13.)  Dallas Stars  Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) – The Stars could use an upgrade in their organizational depth at center after just missing out on the postseason for the second consecutive year. Girgensons’ (like our previous projection for the Stars, Faksa) high-end offensive potential may be limited, but with excellent two-way play, physicality and a notable competitive fire; he’ll be a fan-favorite in the Lone Star State when he arrives. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 13

Previous Pick: Faksa (DAL)

14.)  Calgary Flames  Olli Määttä, D, London Knights (OHL) – The Flames don’t have particularly excellent organizational depth. While they were the best team to miss the postseason (by points), they’re not really close to contention unless they can make a huge splash in the free agent or trade markets. By adding Määttä (whose superlative postseason for London has him flying up mocks around the League), the Flames get a potential tent-pole player who will stabilize their defensive corps for years to come. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 15

Previous Pick: Määttä (CGY)

15.)  Ottawa Senators  Pontus Åberg, LW, Djurgården IF, (Elitserien) – We’re going with Åberg again for the Sens at fifteen. Ottawa loves its Swedes and Åberg has the speed, offensive skillset and two-way potential to really pique the Sens’ interest. He’s also very solidly the best-player-available at fifteen so it’s a win-win scenario in Kanata. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 9

Previous Pick: Åberg (OTT)

16.) Washington Capitals Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67s (OHL) – In falling just short of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Caps received a modest (but significant) consolation prize – moving up at least eleven spots in the June draft. This allows them to select Cody Ceci, whose all-around game and general NHL-readiness are among the best in 2012. All-in-all, Washington takes more than twelve-and-a-half- feet of talented two-way blueliners in the first round and in doing so is the envy of all participants on Day One. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 18

Previous Pick: Skjei (WSH)

17.)  San Jose Sharks  Phil Di Giuseppe, LW, U. of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) – After trading Charlie Coyle to the Wild last offseason, the cupboard is pretty bare for San Jose – particularly up front. Seventeen might be a tad high for Di Giuseppe, but he’s got first-line upside and fits the bill for San Jose as the Sharks try to re-build their depleted system. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 24

Previous Pick: Di Giuseppe (LAK)

18.)  Chicago Blackhawks – Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville Bulls (OHL) – After another disappointing first-round exit with goaltending a serious issue (highlighted by Crawford’s ugly .893 Sv%), the Hawks draft Subban with their first-round selection. Subban has his flaws, but he immediately becomes the heir-apparent to the Chi-Town starter spot (if a few years removed from that eventuality) making a talented squad that much harder to face. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 33

Previous Pick: Ceci (SJS)

19.) Tampa Bay Lightning(From DET) – Oscar Dansk, G, Brynäs IF (Elitserien) – The Lightning nabbed Trouba to buttress their lackluster own-zone performance; they’ll add Dansk with their second first-round pick to secure their future in net. Dansk has the size, athleticism and technique to be an all-star tender in relatively short order and could be the best goalie selected in 2012.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 24

Previous Pick: Subban (CHI)

20.)  Philadelphia Flyers Brady Skjei, D, U.S. NTDP Under-18 The Flyers need to add some depth to their organization (particularly on D) and Brady Skjei is the type of projectable blueliner with size, defensive acumen and upside to warrant a top-20 selection. He immediately re-invigorates their system and could grow into the elusive top-pairing shutdown defenseman for a Philly squad that has struggled mightily in their own zone of late. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 22

Previous Pick: Vasilevski (NJD)


21.) Buffalo Sabres (From NSH) – Tom Wilson, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL) – Wilson is only peripherally a top-six attacking talent but the allure of a Milan Lucic-type player (thanks to his size, decent skating and physical presence) is enough to push a team in the second-half of Day One to take a flyer on the Toronto native. Buffalo uses their second first-round selection to take Wilson in hopes of seeing him freight-train Tuukka Rask in the near future. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 20

Previous Pick: Dansk (TBL from Detroit)

22.)  Pittsburgh Penguins  Nicolas Kerdiles, C, U.S. NTDP Under-18 – The Penguins draft Kerdiles, a center who may fall just shy of first-line upside but possesses an outstanding two-way game and will play a complementary role on the dominant Pens attack in short order. Could he fill in as Pittsburgh’s 3C of the future? Time will tell. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 25

Previous Pick: Koekkoek (PHI)

23.)  Florida Panthers  Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) – With perhaps the best system in the NHL, the Panthers only add to the embarrassment of riches in their system with the selection of Portland’s Derrick Pouliot – a young blueliner who’s arguably second only to Morgan Rielly in terms of offensive capabilities from the point in the 2012 draft-class. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 16

Previous Pick: Gaunce (BUF from NSH)

24.)  Boston Bruins  Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL) This is basically a dream-scenario for the Bruins. Koekkoek missed much of the past season thanks to shoulder surgery, but is a puck-moving talent who can play solidly at both ends of the ice and could end up part of the Bruins future first-pairing alongside Dougie Hamilton. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 14

Previous Pick: Pouliot (FLA)

25.)  St. Louis Blues  Matt Finn, D, Guelph Storm (OHL) – Adding to what is already a talented blueline corps, St. Louis selects Canadian blueliner, Matt Finn. While he doesn’t possess imposing physical tools or immense upside, he should be a solid middle-pairing defender for St. Louis thanks to his outstanding hockey IQ.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 21

Previous Pick: Slepyshev (PHX)

26.)  Vancouver Canucks – Hampus Lindholm, D, Rögle, (Allsvenskan) –The Canucks will be drafting late in the first and can afford to take a flyer on perhaps the best Euro defenseman, who brings size and decent offensive upside to the table. Still very raw, Lindholm will need considerable time to develop and the Canucks can afford to let him mature at his own pace. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 27

Previous Pick: Matheson (BOS)

27.)  Los Angeles Kings Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville Bulls (OHL)  Thanks to some timely scoring and outstanding goaltending from Jonathan Quick, the eighth-seeded Kings found their way into the Western Conference Finals. Aside from saving a few jobs in LA, this might also result in the Jackets passing on the Kings’ 2012 first-rounder for the 2013 instead. If the Kings hold onto the pick, Brendan Gaunce’s two-way game and top-six upside fit LA perfectly.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 31

***The Blue Jackets acquired the rights to this or the King’s 2013 first-round pick in the Jeff Carter trade.

Previous Pick: Frk (PIT)

28.)  New Jersey Devils – Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL) – Laughton was very impressive at the recent U-18 Championships and may have boosted his stock enough to warrant a first-round selection. The Devils, if they choose to retain this pick, may opt to select this center with modest offensive upside but excellent intangibles to help round out a prospect/youth corps currently heavily weighted towards defensemen. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 45

*** Note: The Devils may choose to forfeit this pick (or their first-rounder in 2013 or 2014) as a result of penalties incurred due to the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.

Previous Pick: Finn (STL)

29.)  Phoenix Coyotes  Tomáš Hertl, C, Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) – The surprising ‘Yotes are four wins away from the Cup Finals but they could still use some more offense especially when so much of their attack relies on the aging Ray Whitney and Shane Doan. Hertl possesses an excellent power game (with suspect wheels) and instantly becomes Phoenix’s top forward prospect. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 28

Previous Pick: Nieves (NYR)

30.)  New York Rangers – Ludvig Bystrom, D, MoDo (Elitserien) – Bystrom could easily go much earlier (some rankings have him in the low teens… and better) but the Rangers are rewarded for their first excellent season in well over a decade with a surprising faller with solid upside at both ends of the ice. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 30

Previous Pick: Lindholm (VAN)


Second-Round Top-10:

31.)  Columbus Blue Jackets – Henrik Samuelsson, F, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

32.)  Edmonton Oilers Andrei Vasilevski, G, Tolpar Ufa, (MHL Russia-Jr.)

33.)  Montreal Canadiens  Daniil Zharkov, RW, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

34.)  New York Islanders Damon Severson, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

35.)  Toronto Maple Leafs  Anton Slepyshev, LW, Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL)

36.)  Anaheim Ducks – Ville Pokka, D, Karpat (SM-liiga)

37.)  Tampa Bay Lightning (From MIN) – Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

38.)  Carolina Hurricanes  Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

39.)  Winnipeg Jets Martin Frk, RW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

40.)  Tampa Bay Lightning – Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

41.)  Colorado Avalanche – Tim Bozon, F, Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

42.)  Buffalo Sabres – Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, F, Kent School (USHS-CT)

43.)  Dallas Stars – Stefan Matteau, C, U.S. NTDP Under-18

44.)  Buffalo Sabres (from CGY) – Mike Winther, C, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

45.)  Columbus Blue Jackets (from OTT) – Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

46.)  Minnesota Wild (from WSH) – Pat Sieloff, D, U.S. NTDP Under-18

47.)  Carolina Hurricanes (from SJS) – Brady Vail, C, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

48.)  Chicago Blackhawks – Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph Storm (OHL)

49.)  Detroit Red Wings – Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie Colts (OHL)

50.)  Tampa Bay Lightning (from PHI) – Adam Pelech, D, Eerie Otters (OHL)

51.)  Montreal Canadiens (from NSH) – Nikolai Prokhorkin, C, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

52.)  Pittsburgh Penguins – Troy Bourke, LW, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

53.)  Florida Panthers – Nick Ebert, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

54.)  Colorado Avalanche (from BOS) – Calle Andersson, D, Färjestad Jr. (J20 SuperElit)

55.)  San Jose Sharks (Compensatory) – Cody Corbett, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

56.)  St. Louis Blues – Lukas Sutter, C, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

57.)  Vancouver Canucks – Jimmy Vesey, LW, South Shore (EJHL)

58.)  Los Angeles Kings – Brian Hart, RW, Phillips Exeter Academy (USHS)

59.)  New Jersey Devils – Devin Shore, C, Whitby (OJHL)

60.)  Phoenix Coyotes – Charles Hudon, LW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

61.)  New York Rangers – Andreas Athanasiou, LW, London Knights (OHL)

Bob is the Boston Bruins correspondent for The Hockey Writers and a credentialed member of the Providence Bruins' Media.

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  • http://www.NHLMockDraft.org/ Bill Ladd

    I like it Bob. I think the top of this round makes a lot of sense. I could see the Habs taking a chance on Grigo. Galchenyuk and the Leafs are a perfect fit. Ditto for Teravainen and the Wild. Well done!

  • Hawkeyegeo

    I could see The Bruins taking Slater KouKouk, Defenceman, Peter Borough Petes with their First Pick. I could see The Calgary Flames taking Cody Ceci, With their First Pick and Detroit could possibly take Lukas Sutter, With their First Pick in the second Round.

  • Hawkeyegeo

    Also, If Brendan Gaunce should fall to 14th . I could see The CAlgary Flames him and with their second pick in the third round 75th. They should take defenceman, Gianluca Corturro, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and or possibly Josh Anderson,

1.) Seth Jones – D – 6’4, 205
2.) Nathan MacKinnon – C – 5’11, 180
3.) Jonathan Drouin – LW – 5’11, 175
4.) Aleksander Barkov – C – 6’3, 205
5.) Elias Lindholm – C – 6’0, 185
6.) Sean Monahan – C – 6’2, 195
7.) Valeri Nichushkin – RW – 6’3, 175
8.) Hunter Shinkaruk – LW – 5’11, 175
9.) Ryan Pulock – D – 6’1, 205
10.) Nikita Zadorov – D – 6’5, 220
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