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  • 2012 NHL First Round Print
    Features
    Written by HPT Staff   
    Friday, 22 June 2012 17:36
    Pick Player Stats  Analysis
    1) Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL) 42 GP, 31 G, 38 A  Good, safe pick by the Oilers. They still have a need on defense, but Yakupov was the best available.
    2) Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)  46 GP, 9 G, 22 A  The next expected pick. Good, complete defenseman for the Blue Jackets, who had needs all over. 
    3) Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)  2 GP, 0 G, 0 A  Missed almost all of '11-'12 campaign with a knee injury. Scored 83 points in 68 games two years ago. 
    4) N.Y. Islanders Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)  58 GP, 12 G, 24 A  Great pick for the Isles here. They address a glaring need on defense with a player that might be able to step into the line up next season. 
    5) Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)  18 GP, 3 G, 15 A  Good, puck-moving defenseman. He might be a bit one dimensional, but he's very good at what he does. Returned from knee injury to play very well. 
    6) Anaheim Ducks Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle Jr. (SWE)  29 GP, 5 G, 12 A  A bit off the board, but still a good pick for the Ducks. Lindholm can play at both ends of the ice quite well and he takes the game very seriously. 
    7) Minnesota Wild Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)  69 GP, 20 G, 37 A  Surprising, in the regard that a couple solid scorers were still available, but Dumba will give the Wild a terrific puck-mover and an aggressive player on the blue line. 
    8)Pittsburgh Penguins (from CAR) Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)  72 GP, 11 G, 48 A  After trading up to the eighth pick in the deal for Jordan Staal, the Pens addressed a big time issue for them on the blue line. Pouliot has been compared to Kris Letang, so he should be a good fit. 
    9) Winnipeg Jets Jacob Trouba, D, USNTDP (USHL)  22 GP, 4 G, 14 A  Solid, stay-at-home defenseman who is heading to the University of Michigan to ply his trade. 
    10) Tampa Bay Lightning Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)  26 GP, 5 G, 13 A  Not quite as offensive as the other defensemen in the draft, but he plays a solid two-way game and will be a solid shutdown defenseman for the Bolts. 
    11) Washington Capitals * Filip Forsberg, RW, Leksand (SWE)  43 GP, 8 G, 9 A  No one expected Forsberg to fall this far, but the Caps get a top-teir offensive player here. 
    12) Buffalo Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)  59 GP, 40 G, 45 A  Grigorenko's stock fell like a brick as questions about his commitment surfaced, but he's a potential game-breaker for sure. 
    13) Dallas Stars Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)  62 GP, 29 G, 37 A Faksa can play in all situations and he looks to be a solid, second-line two-way center in the future for the Stars. 
    14) Buffalo Sabres (from CGY) Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)  49 GP, 24 G, 31 A  Apart from having the best name in the draft, Girgensons brings grit, toughness and leadership, along with some great offensive ability. 
    15) Ottawa Senators Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)  64 GP, 17 G, 43 A  Big time, blue chip defensive prospect with high-end potential. He's a workhorse who can play effectively in any situation. 
    16) Washington Capitals Tom Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)  49 GP, 9 G, 18 A  Voted the Best Body Checker in the OHL by the coaches, he's big, he's strong and he likes to get rough. He missed some time with a broken knuckle, but he averaged a point-per-game in the playoffs. 
    17) San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZE)  38 GP, 12 G, 13 A  San Jose gets their big, skilled player with Hertl, who can put the puck in the net and go to the dirty areas, too. 
    18) Chicago Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen, C, Jokerit (FIN)  40 GP, 11 G, 7 A  The Blackhawks get a gem at No. 18, getting a player that has the potential to be a special player in the NHL. He has some of the best hands in the draft and the 'Hawks get both Finnish and finish, with him. 
    19) Tampa Bay Lightning ** Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa-2 (RUS)  27 GP, 2.23 GAA, .931 Sv Pct  Considered by many to be the best goalie in the draft, Vasilevski has garnered comparisons to Henrik Lundqvist and helps the Bolts in net here. 
    20) Philadelphia Flyers Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL)  64 GP, 21 G, 32 A  A solid, checking-line center, Laughton has a little offensive upside to go with his defensive skills and grit. 
    21) Calgary Flames (from BUF) Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead College (HS-QC)  57 GP, 53 G, 41 A  The Flames dive off the board with this pick, picking Jankowski, who has great skills but chose the road less travelled. Great goal-scoring skills, but he's a project player. 
    22) Pittsburgh Penguins Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)  58 GP, 5 G, 27 A  Maatta has struggled with injuries because of a concussion, but he's a solid two-way defenseman that knows what he's doing on both sides of the ice. Pittsburgh has a gem here, with Maatta. 
    23) Florida Panthers Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque (USHL)  53 GP, 11 G, 16 A  Reliable two-way defenseman that is a terrific skater, who can put the puck in the net. There are questions about his physicality. 
    24) Boston Bruins Malcom Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)  39 GP, 2.50 GAA, .923 Sv Pct  With Thomas seemingly on the way out, the Bruins get a long-term replacement that has been compared to Carey Price. Great positioning and athleticism highlight his game. 
    25) St. Louis Blues Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay (USHL)  55 GP, 10 G, 31 A  Schmaltz is a great skater and a great offensive talent. It might be a bit off the board, but he'll develop into a solid power play quarterback. 
    26) Vancouver Canucks Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)  68 GP, 28 G, 40 A  Gaunce is a checking-line type center that has some offensive upside, as well. He can put points up, but his skating needs to improve. 
    27) Phoenix Coyotes Henrik Samuelsson, RW, Edmonton (WHL)  28 GP, 7 G, 16 A  The Coyotes take a player that learned to play in their youth organization, son of former assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson. Strong and feisty, can be a terrific power forward. 
    28) N.Y. Rangers Brady Skjei, D, USNTDP (USHL)  56 GP, 4 G, 18 A  Skjei is a terrific skater and has great hockey sense in his own zone. Big and strong, he has room to keep improving, too. 
    29) N.J. Devils Stefan Matteau, LW, USNTDP (USHL)  46 GP, 15 G, 17 A  The most deliciously ironic pick of the draft, the Devils get Matteau the younger, who is physical, strong and offensively skilled. 
    30) L.A. Kings Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie (OHL)  60 GP, 37 G, 54 A  In his third draft, Pearson is finally drafted. A terrific scorer, Pearson is a smart, responsible player. 

    * denotes pick acquired from Colorado Avalanche
    ** denotes pick acquired from Detroit Red Wings
    *** denotes pick acquired from Nashville Predators


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