Mock Draft

Hockey Lifestyle™ — By on April 15, 2012 8:50 PM

This is my first Mock Draft. I plan on doing one after each NHL playoff series.

Top ranked prospect, and best player in the draft, Nail Yakupov

1-Edmonton: Nail Yakupov (Best player in the draft. I think Edmonton trades down though.)

2-Columbus: Ryan Murray (Columbus needs to once again rebuild and Murray is the best place to start.)

3-Monreal: Mikhail Grigorenko (He has crazy skill. Plus there’s a good chance his junior coach could be coaching the Habs next season.)

4-New York Islanders: Filip Forsberg (Big, skilled winger. Will compliment John Tavares very nicely.)

5-Toronto: Alex Galchenyuk (Could probably go higher but teams will hesitate because of his injury.)

6-Anaheim: Griffin Reinhart (Toss up between him and Dumba. Reinhart is the safer pick, plus they already have Fowler.)

7-Minnesota: Mathew Dumba (Simply too good to pass up. High risk high reward type player.)

8-Carolina: Radek Faksa (Really safe pick. Plus they took Murphy last year so I can’t see them taking a defenseman this year.)

9-Winnipeg: Cody Ceci (Hard to choose between him or Trouba, went with my gut.)

10-Tampa Bay: Morgan Rielly (Great puck moving defenseman, which is what Tamp needs.)

11-Washington: Jacob Trouba (Caps get a very good two-way defenseman with great size.)

12-Buffalo: Teuvo Teravainen (Scoring winger. Should blend in well with the rest of Buffalo’s young forwards.)

13-Dallas: Brendan Gaunce (Should be a great fit with Jamie Benn. Hard worker, who can grind it out and score.)

14-Calgary: Sebastian Collberg (Calgary needs offense. Collberg provides that.)

15-Ottawa: Pontus Aberg (Sens love their Swedes, plus their defense is good and young,another forward wouldn’t hurt.)

Olli Maatta of the London Knights. Will be a bit of a wild card.

16-Washington: Olli Maatta (Could easily take a forward here but Hunter coached him in junior so that could be an influence.)

17-Florida: Derrick Pouliot (Once again I agree with Trevor that he has potential to run Florida’s PP once Campbell is gone, as long as he’s developed properly.)

18-Columbus: Zemgus Girgensons (If he slips to Columbus here they’ll be laughing. Great prospect who can potentially be a top 6 center)

19-San Jose: Slater Koekkoek (Like many players in this years draft, injuries derailed his season. He could have competed for a top 10 pick. Should be a solid defender someday.)

20-Phoenix: Tomas Hertl (Might be a bit off the board but he’s a good player with lots of potential. Defense is solid so they need to start drafting forwards.)

21-Chicago: Andrei Vasilevski (Chicago’s goaltending is questionable. Vasilevski is the best goalie available so they should take him.)

22-New Jersey: Malcolm Subban (Have potential in Wedgewood but Subban is a great goalie with tons of potential. Can’t afford to only have one good goalie prospect in their system.)

23-Tampa Bay: Martin Frk (Missed a lot of time with a concussion, so draft stock has fallen. Tampa can afford to be patient with him. Could be a steal at 23.)

24-Boston: Brady Skjei (Solid defenseman with loads of potential. Needs a team who can develop him and be patient with him and Boston can do just that.)

25-Philadelphia: Hampus Lindholm (To be honest I don’t know much about him but from what I’ve heard he’s a solid defenseman, which is what Philly needs.)

26-Buffalo: Phillip Di Giuseppe (Many thought he should have made Team Canada at the WJC. Solid two-way player with a knack for scoring. Should fit in well with Buffalo’s forwards.)

Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts. After being passed up in two drafts he`ll finally get his shot.

27-Pittsburgh: Tanner Pearson (A bit of a wild card since he’s already been passed up in two drafts. Took his game to another level this season but needs a team who can be patient with him.)

28-St.Louis: Matt Finn (Potential to be a top 3 or 4 defenseman. Some people would have him going much higher.)

29-New York Rangers: Oscar Dansk (I know this is a bit of a bold prediction since the NYR have Lunqvist but he’s getting to older now so they can take the proper time to develop Dansk and by the time he’s ready Lundqvist will be at the end of his career.)

30-Vancouver: Colton Scissons (He doesn’t play too far away so I’m sure the Canucks have seen plenty of him. He’s a hard working player who can score. Also has great leadership qualities.)

Other Prospects to Consider:

-Steffan Matteau

-Tom Wilson

-Ludvig Bystrom

-Jarrod Maidens

-Nikita Gusev

 

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