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2012 NHL Mock Draft: Final Edition

With a new champion crowned in Los Angeles, the entire league looks toward June 22 and the 2012 NHL Draft. In this final update of our monthly NHL Mock Draft, we have projected the first two rounds – sixty-one picks in total, starting with a familiar face on top. 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) –Despite rumors that GM Steve Tambellini is shopping this pick, there’s little chance of him retaining it and going a different direction than Nail Yakupov. The Oilers need defense but Yakupov remains separated from the pack as the clear-cut number-one in 2012. His addition makes Edmonton’s attack that much more devastating going forward and potentially opens-up an opportunity to move one of their other young forwards for an established stud blueliner. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 1

Previous Pick: Yakupov (EDM)

2.)  Columbus Blue Jackets – Filip Forsberg, F, Leksands IF. (Allsvenskan) The Jackets need help everywhere: The organization isn’t deep with young blue-chip talent at any position. Columbus has been linked to Forsberg repeatedly, and for good reason – he’s a first-line talent (and a safe one at that). The ultimate ceiling for Forsberg is less than Grigorenko, Galchenyuk or Teräväinen but his floor is arguably the highest of the three and there’s no scary Russian Factor to worry about. With Filatov and Zherdev still fresh in their memories, selecting a driven Swedish power-forward to anchor their first line seems like a good call. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 6

Previous Pick: Murray (CBJ)

3.)  Montreal Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL) – A solid performance at the NHL Draft Combine seems to have (nearly) completely assuaged fears that Alex Galchenyuk’s ACL injury would hamper his athletic abilities. Gally said all the right things about playing in North America and should he ‘fall’ to three, Montreal will secure his services. Galchenyuk is the ideal first-line pivot around which the new management can rebuild the most storied franchise in the game. With his selection, expect some significant forward momentum for the previously-moribund Canadiens. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 2

Previous Pick: Grigorenko (MTL)

4.)  New York Islanders –  Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL) – While the Isles might be tempted to select the über-talented Grigorenko or the dynamic defenseman Dumba, in the end they’ll pick the surprising ‘faller,’ Ryan Murray. The Islanders possess a talented young forward corps but are relatively shallow on defenseman – and noticeably lack a tent-pole blueline prospect. Murray instantly infuses their defensive-corps with talent, could play next season and will be fitted for a letter on the Island before you know it. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 3

Previous Pick: Dumba (NYI)

5.)  Toronto Maple Leafs – Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – There exist rumblings that Brian Burke trying to throw everything his organization owns at the four higher-selecting franchises to acquire two top-two picks in order to secure both Galchenyuk and Yakupov. This is both entirely crazy and entirely probable. If his machinations fail, Mikhail Grigorenko will don a Blue and White sweater on June 22. The Leafs will have the big, skilled center they’ve sought for years – and all that comes with him. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 7

Previous Pick: Grigorenko (TOR)

6.)  Anaheim Ducks – Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – Ducks fans will be dancing in the streets as their beloved franchise grabs the dynamic defenseman from Red Deer. Dumba joins Cam Fowler in what will rapidly evolve into one of the top attacking rearguard corps in the game. GM Bob Murray breathes a sigh of relief as the Ducks are able to ‘replace’ the talents of unsigned imminent-free-agent and soon-to-be former Anaheim-property, Justin Schultz. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 5

Previous Pick: Forsberg (ANA)

7.)  Minnesota Wild – Jacob Trouba, D, U.S. NTDP Under-18 The Wild go a bit ‘off the board’ to select Minnesota-native Jacob Trouba, who will eventually join 2011 top-pick Jonas Brodin in one of the best young pairings in the game. Trouba gives their defense some snarl and possesses excellent mobility. He’s a very safe and projectable blueliner and while his offensive upside is modest – Trouba won’t disappoint in Minny. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 10

Previous Pick: Teräväinen (MIN)

8.)  Carolina Hurricanes – Teuvo Teräväinen, F, Jokerit, (SM-Liiga) Carolina jumps the snap-up the most-talented player left on the board, Finland’s Teuvo Teräväinen. The Canes don’t need to supplement their very-deep blueline corps and with a forward the best-available player, this is all but a no-brainer. Teräväinen has tremendous upside – albeit with a bit of risk – but his superb hockey-sense and awe-inspiring hands should translate to mountains of points in Raleigh.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 4

Previous Pick: Collberg (CAR)

9.)  Winnipeg Jets – Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) – While the Jets possess two excellent offensive-defenseman on their roster, their organizational depth lacks such a player. Rielly is easily the best available talent at nine (and there are arguments that he might be the best blueliner in the entirety of the draft). If the Jets snag Rielly, he becomes their top-prospect and it won’t be long before he challenges for a job in the ‘Peg.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 8

Previous Pick: Faksa (WPG)

10.)  Tampa Bay Lightning – Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) The Bolts need to upgrade at both defense and goalie, so when a best-player-available defenseman falls into their lap at ten, don’t expect Stevie Y & Co. to balk. Reinhart is a lefty – so he won’t be paired with fellow-southpaw, the gargantuan Victor Hedman anytime soon. Still, with Hedman and Reinhart patrolling the defensive zone with their size, mobility, and poise with the puck; scorers won’t be padding their stats  against the Lightning for long. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 9

Previous Pick: Trouba (TBL)

11.)  Washington Capitals (From COL) – Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67s (OHL) One of the major risers this season, Cody Ceci’s production for the 67s was shocking: He tallied nearly a point per game. When you consider his size (6’3), advanced two-way game and minute-eating potential, the Caps – who need to add some organization depth at D – won’t pass up this opportunity. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 13

Previous Pick: Reinhart (WSH from COL)

12.)  Buffalo Sabres – Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) – While they aren’t as fortunate this time around after picking up Rielly in our last mock, the Sabres still acquire one of the premier two-way talents in 2012. Radek Faksa’s 29 goals and 67 points are only part of the picture. He’s forward with outstanding strength – making him an outstanding weapon in front of the crease, on the forecheck and the cycle. Add to that his conscientious defensive game and intelligence and the Sabres have a stud. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 11

Previous Pick: Rielly (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’ ultimate offensive upside 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 from the moment he arrives. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 14

Previous Pick: Girgensons (DAL)

14.)  Calgary Flames – Olli Määttä, D, London Knights (OHL) – For the third consecutive month, we’re picking Määttä for the Flames. Why? He’s a stocky bull of a rearguard with impressive mobility and hockey-sense. His play during the Knights’ run to the Memorial Cup Finals was eye-opening as the defense-first blueliner chipped in 23 points in 19 games during the OHL playoffs to lead all defensemen. It’s fair to suggest that his offensive development curve just went north. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 17

Previous Pick: Määttä (CGY)

15.)  Ottawa Senators – Hampus Lindholm, D, Rögle, (Allsvenskan)With the ‘graduation’ of Jared Cowen and the move of David Rundblad to Phoenix, the Ottawa defensive cupboard is looking pretty bare. Enter Hampus Lindholm. Lindholm’s impressive ride up NHL Draft Rankings around the world is largely thanks to his outstanding skating and offensive instincts. It doesn’t hurt that he’s 6’3, either. Lindholm remains a project with considerable work to do defensively but with Karlsson and Cowen with the club already, the Sens can take their time. With several high-profile Swedes including Zibanejad, Lehner, Karlsson, Silfverberg, and (of course) Alfredsson already sporting the red, black and gold – Ottawa is quickly becoming “West Stockholm.” NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 18

Previous Pick: Åberg (OTT)

16.)  Washington Capitals – Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL) – With their own selection in the 2012 Draft, the Caps select another OHL defenseman, Slater Koekkoek. Koekkoek has pro-caliber size, skating and two-way capabilities but analysts seem very divided on his ultimate upside. Some (including NHLMockDraft) believe he’s a raw two-way talent with first-pairing potential. Others see him as toolsy and flawed but a relatively ‘safe’ bet. In either case, the Caps conclude Day One of the draft with a borderline-absurd upgrade to their franchise’s defensive future. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 12

Previous Pick: Ceci (WSH)

17.)  San Jose Sharks – Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frölunda HC (Elitserien) With the Sharks firmly in the ‘Best Player Available’ camp (thanks to their League-worst prospect system), the Hockey Gods smile upon San Jose management with super-skilled faller, Sebastian Collberg. An elusive forward with heaping helpings of talent in his hands, Collberg had a disappointing season in the Elitserien (no points in 41 games). Still, he got minimal ice-time and displayed some excellent production in several international competitions. His flaw is his strength and occasional ‘perimeter’ play – but at seventeen, many would consider him an outright steal. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 15

Previous Pick: Di Giuseppe (SJS)

18.)  Chicago Blackhawks – Oscar Dansk, G, Brynäs IF (Elitserien) – The Hawks goaltending has been disappointing for some time, now. Their organization lacks any real surefire number-one talents and Corey Crawford’s performance to date has been uneven. With three goalies with starter-plus potential, the Blackhawks take the safest: Oscar Dansk of Sweden. Dansk has some modest flaws but, while some would argue he lacks ‘elite’ potential, he’s considerably less risky than either Vasilevski or Subban. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 26

Previous Pick: Subban (CHI)

19.)  Tampa Bay Lightning (From DET) – Andrei Vasilevski, G, Tolpar Ufa, (MHL) – The Lightning selected Reinhart at 10 to bolster their lackluster own-zone performance; they’ll add Andrei Vasilevski with their second first-round pick to secure their future in net. Vasilevski drew rave reviews for his performance at the World Junior Championships this past winter and possesses ideal size, athleticism, technique and poise teams look for in top ‘tenders. Of course, the Bolts’ signing of Riku Helenius and acquisition of Anders Lindback from Nashville might change their plans – but there is still certainty that the Lightning need help between the pipes. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 30

Previous Pick: Dansk (TBL)

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 on D and could grow into the elusive top-pairing shutdown defenseman for a Philly squad that struggled mightily in their own zone this past season. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 21

Previous Pick: Skjei (PHI)

21.)  Buffalo Sabres (From NSH) Pontus Åberg, LW, Djurgården IF, (Elitserien) The Sabres pick Pontus Åberg, the speedy winger who put up 15 points while playing against men in the Swedish Elite League. He can finish, plays a solid possession game and has great intangibles. He’s fallen a bit after a cool finish to the season, but this kid’s wheels and two-way game make him a can’t miss option in the final third of the first round – easily the best player available.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 16

Previous Pick: Wilson (BUF from NSH)

22.)  Pittsburgh Penguins – Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville Bulls (OHL) The Penguins don’t have much in the way of pro-caliber centers in their prospect system (though, it’s understandable why); however, with Jordan Staal potentially on the move, the Pens would do well to find a solid-as-a-rock two-way center, and Brendan Gaunce fits the bill. He might not fall this far – as most organizations rate him higher than we do – but he’s an effort and intangibles-laden forward with two-way upside even if his offensive game and skating are a bit suspect. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 33

Previous Pick: Kerdiles (Pit)

23.)  Florida Panthers – Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) – The Panthers’ system isn’t exactly lacking in depth or top-end talent; but with that said, adding an elite offensive-defenseman like Derrick Pouliot couldn’t hurt. While he needs a bit of polish – particularly in the defensive zone – Pouliot possesses an outstanding skating-game, excellent puck-moving abilities and should evolve into a superlative powerplay quarterback for the Cats. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 16

Previous Pick: Pouliot (FLA)

24.)  Boston Bruins – Matt Finn, D, Guelph Storm (OHL) – The Bruins might be angling for a higher-upside option, but Matt Finn is an intelligent, mobile two-way defenseman who instantly becomes Boston’s second-best prospect on the blue line. The Bruins will pick the best-player-available with the strength of their organization, but they reportedly love players with superlative play-reading abilities – and Finn’s hockey IQ is elite. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 22

Previous Pick: Koekkoek (BOS)

25.)  St. Louis Blues – Ludvig Bystrom, D, MoDo (Elitserien) – Adding to what is already a talented defensive corps, St. Louis selects Swedish blueliner, Ludvig Bystrom. While he doesn’t possess imposing physical tools or immense upside, Bystrom should be a solid middle-pairing puck-mover and powerplay contributor for the Blues in the coming years.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 31

Previous Pick: Finn (STL)

26.)  Vancouver Canucks Tom Wilson, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL) – While some would argue the acquisition of Zack Kassian this spring makes our Canucks’ pick, Tom Wilson, redundant – we believe that the Canucks, who already possess excellent skill and depth on defense, could do with even more size and toughness on their front-lines. If Vancouver is able to run-out both Kassian and Wilson on a regular shift sometime down the line, that’s a scary prospect for their Western Conference rivals. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 20

Previous Pick: Lindholm (VAN)

27.)  Phoenix Coyotes – Tomáš Hertl, C, Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) – The surprising ‘Yotes made it to the conference finals thanks to goaltending and defense, but their quick disposal at the hands of the Kings reinforces their need for talent up-front. Tomas Hertl is one of the most talented forwards at this point in the draft, but his skating leaves much to be desired. Should the Czech national improve that aspect of his game, he would be a steal at 27.  NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 24

Previous Pick: Gaunce (LAK)

28.)  New York Rangers – Ville Pokka, D, Karpat (SM-liiga) – The Rangers youth at all levels of their organization includes significant talent. While the assumed ascension of Chris Kreider to their NHL club means the organization lacks a blue-chip forward, Ville Pokka possesses excellent vision, poise and puck-skills without much downside. He’s a safe bet to make the jump to the NHL as a puck-mover and powerplay quarterback in relatively short order and if his athleticism and defensive-game catch up with his transition-game and attack, he’s an even-better value selection. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 40

Previous Pick: Laughton (NJD)

29.)  New Jersey Devils – Nicolas Kerdiles, C, U.S. NTDP Under-18 The Devils possess excellent organizational depth and top-flight potential from their young blueliners. If there isn’t an obvious best-player-available, expect New Jersey to take a forward like Nicolas Kerdiles who possesses excellent possession and finishing skills in spite of some inconsistent performances this season. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 27

*** Note: The Devils chose not to forfeit this pick. They must now forfeit their first-rounder in 2013 or 2014 as a result of penalties incurred due to the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.

Previous Pick: Kerdiles (PHX)

30.)  Los Angeles Kings – Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead College (Quebec Prep) – If Columbus decides to pass on the Kings’ pick in favor of a lower potential pick in ’13; the Kings should shoot for the heavens. The Kings are very solid at nearly every position, but their offensive offensive performance during the regular season ought to provoke Dean Lombardi and company to search for high-upside options. Mark Jankowski was virtually unknown until the second half of the season (due to playing in an ‘obscure’ league) but boasts the holy trifecta of size, skill and skating. He’s a swing-for-the-fences prospect whose northward trend this season has analysts dreaming of elite upside. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 51

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

Previous Pick: Bystrom (NYR)

 

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31.)  Columbus Blue Jackets – Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville Bulls (OHL) The Jackets certainly could use an upgrade in-net. If one of the ‘big three’ goaltenders is available here, bet on them snatching him up (particularly if it isn’t Vasilevski). NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 32

32.)  Edmonton Oilers – Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL) The Oilers would probably like to grab one of the aforementioned ‘big three’ netminders, but, failing that an upgrade to their defense is all but inevitable. Thrower has solid all-around upside and the ideal toughness one wants in a middle-pairing defenseman. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 34

33.)  Montreal Canadiens – Phil Di Giuseppe, LW, U. of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) Montreal is set in net for the foreseeable future and possesses a solid defense. Di Giuseppe is another talent with solid intangibles and top-six offensive upside. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 25

34.)  New York Islanders – Damon Severson, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) – Scouts seem split on Damon Severson’s ultimate upside, but even if the offense never comes his pro-caliber size and excellent defensive and transition games would be a boon to any club. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 44

35.)  Toronto Maple Leafs – Henrik Samuelsson, F, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) While Brian Burke may be unable to add a ‘truculent’ player with his fifth-overall selection, Henrik Samuelsson certainly fits the bill in the early second round. With his top-six scoring potential, the Leafs come away with an impressive early-round haul. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 23

36.)  Anaheim Ducks – Anton Slepyshev, LW, Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL) – Perhaps the most talented forward available on the board since Pontus Åberg was snatched-up at eleven, the Ducks simply can’t overlook his home-run potential… even if his KHL status and inconsistent efforts are what land him in their laps in the first-place. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 29

37.)  Nashville Predators (From MIN) – Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL) – Few players put forth efforts like Oshawa’s Scott Laughton. He wins puck-battle after puck-battle despite his modest size. While top-six upside might be pushing it, with his unbelievable compete level, Laughton should be a third-line stud and capable secondary scorer that every fanbase loves and every coach dreams of. It’s almost highway-robbery securing him at 37 – and he’ll work wonders in Barry Trotz’s system. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 28

38.)  Carolina Hurricanes – Tim Bozon, F, Kamloops Blazers (WHL) – An impressive rookie season in the WHL earned France’s Tim Bozon a spot among the first-ten selected on day-two. His potential as a second-line sniper fits the needs of the Canes nicely. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 42

39.)  Winnipeg Jets – Daniil Zharkov, RW, Belleville Bulls (OHL) – With the tools to be a successful top-six scorer at the highest level, the Jets roll the dice on Daniil Zharkov and hope that with added strength and development this enigmatic Russian will turn into one of the better forwards in this class. Of course Ondrej Pavelec’s potential ‘defection’ to the KHL could put the kibosh on the Jets drafting Russians for a spell. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 35

40.)  Tampa Bay Lightning – Adam Pelech, D, Eerie Otters (OHL)  A no-nonsense defenseman, Adam Pelech was very impressive at the U-18 tourney and while he’ll never be a scorer or a transition-whiz, Pelech is a meat-and-potatoes type who’ll do the little things a team needs to win a Cup. He’ fits Tampa’s still-glaring defensive needs to a ‘T’. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 56

41.)  Colorado Avalanche – Martin Frk, RW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) – The Avs are stacked down the middle and possess solid young talents on defense and in-net, but adding another winger with grit and finish should be a priority with their first selection of 2012 – and Martin Frk seems to fit the bill. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 39

42.)  Buffalo Sabres – Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie Colts (OHL) – The Sabres have four picks of the first forty-four and can afford to take a ‘chance’ on a twice-passed-over undersized forward in Tanner Pearson. Pearson lit up the OHL early before fading late and possesses legitimate NHL-caliber hockey sense, vision, distribution and finishing-skills. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 41

43.)  Dallas Stars Stefan Matteau, C, U.S. NTDP Under-18 – The Stars’ system lacks blue-chip pivots and while Stefan Matteau has his flaws, he makes perfect sense for the organization. Big and belligerent, Matteau has the size and strength to be a solid forechecker/net-front presence and has solid bloodlines and finish. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 36

44.)  Buffalo Sabres (from CGY) – Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) – With their final selection of the first-two rounds the Buffalo Sabres pick-up the intangible-laden two-way center from Kelowna, Colton Sissons. His upside might be limited, but he’s a safe forward who could see solid bottom-six minutes for the Sabres in relatively short-order. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 43

45.)  Philadelphia Flyers (from OTT) – Pat Sieloff, D, U.S. NTDP Under-18 – The Flyers step up to the podium at 45 to select Pat Sieloff, an understated defenseman who’s solid in his own zone and plays with intelligence and some snarl. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 46

46.)  Minnesota Wild (from WSH) – Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) The Wild add Mike Matheson with their only second-round pick. Matheson has significant two-way upside but is a handle-with-care prospect who needs substantial development time. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 37

47.)  Carolina Hurricanes (from SJS) – Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph Storm (OHL) Scott Kosmachuk rounds-out the ‘Canes trio of forwards in the first fifty, adding significant finish, energy and agitation to Raleigh’s prospect corps. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 45

48.)  Chicago Blackhawks – Nikolai Prokhorkin, C, CSKA Moscow (KHL) The Russian prospect Nikolai Prokhorkin added a goal in the KHL to his resume and scored at a greater-than point-per-game clip in the MHL, so the talent’s there – the question remains whether the Hawks can lure him across the pond. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 48

49.)  Detroit Red Wings – Mike Winther, C, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) – The Wings use their first pick in 2012 to select WHLer Mike Winther. Winther possesses an outstanding shot along with some impressive all-around play despite his subpar size. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 50

50.)  Nashville Predators (from PHI) – Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) Using the second pick they acquired in the Anders Lindback trade, the Preds welcome a defenseman to their organization: Jordan Schmaltz. His outstanding offensive tools are evident – the question is, will this blueliner whose defensive game has been called ‘timid’ and ‘subpar’ pick up the slack, or will he become a powerplay specialist. With Nashville’s ability to develop blueliners and Schmaltz’s raw talent, this has ‘steal’ potential written on it. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 38

51.)  Montreal Canadiens (from NSH) – Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, F, Kent School (USHS-CT) – There are few players in this draft with the raw physical tools that Boo Nieves possesses: Elite speed and excellent size. However, will Nieves – who only tallied seven goals in almost thirty games against High School competition – be able to find his name on the score-sheet? NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 53

52.)  Pittsburgh Penguins – Troy Bourke, LW, Prince George Cougars (WHL) The Penguins select Troy Bourke, a smart distributor from the wing to bolster their organizational forward-corps. Bourke needs to add some strength to be more than a perimeter player in the NHL. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 54

53.)  Florida Panthers – Jake McCabe, D, University of Wisconsin (NCAA) – The Panthers pick-up a solid two-way defenseman, Jake McCabe with their only selection in round-two. While he’s not elite in any capacity, he reads plays well and is more than adequate at both ends of the ice. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 69

54.)  Colorado Avalanche (from BOS) – Brady Vail, C, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – The Avs pick up future bottom-sixer Brady Vail with their second round-two selection. Despite lacking significant offensive upside, Vail brings a solid forechecking and backchecking presence, chip in some secondary scoring, and do the little things needed to win games. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 52

55.)  San Jose Sharks (Compensatory) – Brian Hart, RW, Phillips Exeter Academy (USHS-MA) – The Sharks need everything and one of the best-players-available at 55 in this mock, Brian Hart, is a strong north-south power-forward with a great shot and a heavy game. His size, skating and skillset make him a safe-bet as a third-line contributor with perhaps some top-six upside. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 49

56.)  St. Louis Blues – Devin Shore, C, Whitby (OJHL) – The Blues use their second-round pick to grab a player from Canada’s Junior-A Leagues, Devin Shore. Shore is a patient playmaker with top-six scoring upside, but his skating-game leaves something to be desired. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 63

57.)  Vancouver Canucks – Jimmy Vesey, LW, South Shore (EJHL) – After setting the EJHL scoring-record this past winter, Jimmy Vesey is welcomed into the Vancouver Canucks organization because of his hands, smarts and finish. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 66

58.)  Phoenix Coyotes – Mackenzie MacEachern, Brother Rice (USHS-MI) – The Coyotes, seeking offense, go to the rarely-used well of the Michigan Prep leagues to add Mackenzie MacEachern. He’s got the raw tools of size, speed and hands and scored more than a goal per game and more than three points per game against relatively weak competition while playing for Brother Rice. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 76

59.)  New York Rangers – Nick Ebert, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – The Ranger’s go off the board a bit to select the Spits’ Nick Ebert at 59. Ebert has almost fallen completely off the map after starting the season as a possible top-five selection. His completely-underwhelming performance for Windsor this season doesn’t change his impressive skillset and a team in the late second or third might pick him up in hopes that he’ll regain the magic of 2010-11. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 60

60.)  New Jersey Devils – Anton Zlobin, LW, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) – An eye-opening forty goals this season coupled with a great performance in the Memorial Cup (including the OT Cup-Winning goal against London) has seen Anton Zlobin shoot way up the rankings in his second draft-eligible season. Zlobin makes sense for a Devils organization looking to add offense to its prospect-corps. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 70

61.)  Los Angeles Kings – Dane Fox, F, Erie Otters (OHL) The Champs select Erie’s Dane Fox with the last pick of the second round. Fox, whose offseason issues in 2011 might scare-off some squads, nonetheless presents great opportunity to add a two-way top-nine-caliber agitating forward with secondary-scoring potential. NHLMockDraft.org Rank: 47

Best of the Rest (Rank)

Charles Hudon, LW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (54); Chandler Stephenson, LW, Regina Pats (57); Calle Andersson, D, Färjestad Jr. (58); Andreas Athanasiou, LW, London Knights (59); Gemel Smith, C, Own Sound Attack (61); Esa Lindell, D, Jokerit Jr. (62); Lukas Sutter, C, Saskatoon Blades (64); Jarrod Maidens, C, Owen Sound Attack (65); Dillon Fournier, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (67); Seth Griffith, RW, London Knights (68)

 

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  • traktor

    wow thanks for the free guide

  • Fdan

    I honestly think your picks for the Montreal Canadiens in the second round are way off. They are going back to their roots and I believe they will select Bozon, Matteau, and/or Mike Matheson  in the second round if they are available. Just my opinion! happy draft everyone!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6RSYCXLWASZVWXPPO2RUGXPBFM Pete

    think Logan  McVeigh from the Prince Albert Raiders is going to go higher  than expected. he is the type of player every team will wish they would have drafted

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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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