June 22, 2012
NHL draft pick by pick
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
1. Edmonton: Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Oilers decide not to go outside of the box and take consensus No. 1, a physical, productive forward expected to make the jump right to NHL.
2. Columbus: Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Jackets go for what many consider a safe pick. Stay-at-home defencemen don’t get many fired up. Solid for Canada at World Jrs.
3. Montreal: Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Big, strong player down the middle but also has some offensive upside. Draft going to form so far.
4. New York Islanders: Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Son of former NHLer Paul, the 6-foot-4 blueliner is a physical presence with a big shot.
5. Toronto: Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
For the second year in a row, Leafs take a first-round D-man that will need some time to develop.
6. Anaheim: Hampus Lindholm, D, Rögle BK (SEL)
First mild surprise of the draft as the run on defencemen continues -- four of six. Strengths are skating and fitness.
7. Minnesota: Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Another D-man with an offensive upside after putting up 57 points in the WHL last season.
8. Carolina (from Pittsburgh): Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Undersized D-man fits into the theme of this first round -- another 59-point producer in the WHL last season.
9. Winnipeg: Jacob Trouba, D, U.S. Development Program
That’s six defencemen in a row, but Trouba has a more physical edge than most. The OHL's Kitchener Rangers own his junior rights.
10. Tampa: Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman sticks to his guns and drafts for need. The Bolts are hurting on D and need a shut-down guy like this big body.
11. Washington: Filip Forsberg, RW, Leksands IF (HockeyAllsvenskan)
Ranked as high as No. 2 by some prognosticators, Forsberg qualifies as potential steal of the draft. Power forward could be a nice fit with Caps.
12. Buffalo: Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Grigorenko would have been drafted much higher if he didn’t falter late in the QMJHL season. Could make immediate impact down the middle with young Sabres.
13. Dallas: Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Faksa scored 67 points in the OHL for Rangers. Projected as a solid two-way centre in the pros. Ten of top 13 picks come from CHL.
14. Buffalo (from Calgary): Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
With Buffalo picking another big centre that isn’t afraid to use his size, these are no longer Tim Connolly’s Sabres.
15. Ottawa: Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67's (OHL)
Sens go homegrown with a blueliner renowned for his hard and accurate shot.
16. Washington: Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
A 6-foot-4, 200-pound winger? The Caps didn’t draft this bruiser for his hands.
17. San Jose: Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)
Another big centre with good puck skills. Consensus is skating could use some work, however.
18. Chicago: Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
Teravainen showed his maturity by splitting last season with Jokerit’s junior and senior clubs in Finland.
19. Tampa Bay: Andrei Vasilevski, G, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
The top-ranked European goalie fills another need for the Lightning, who missed the playoffs especially because of the weakness in net.
20. Philadelphia: Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Laughton is a Flyers-style forward in that his strength is on defence. Skills need some work, however. Third-line centre one day?
21. Calgary: Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead College, Que.
Biggest shock of the first round. Drafted for his size, Janikowski will need time to prove himself against better players than the level he’s performed.
22. Pittsburgh: Olli Maatta, D, London Knights (OHL)
With all the firepower up front, Pittsburgh is focussing on the back end that let them down in the playoffs.
23. Florida: Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Blueliner headed for Boston College. Like so many of this first-round D-men, Matheson's skating is his strength.
24. Boston: Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Take that, Tim Thomas. Perfect spot for Bruins to grab Subban and create an instant rivalry with brother and Habs D-man P.K.
25. St. Louis: Jordan Schmaltz, D, North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA)
Schmaltz was not pegged as a first-rounder by many. The undersized defenceman will have some time to develop.
26. Vancouver: Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Some size down the middle never hurts. Gaunce has some offensive upside as well with a point-per-game average in the OHL last season.
27. Phoenix: Henrik Samuelsson, C/RW, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Son of former NHLer Ulf -- who was a former assistant coach with the ‘Yotes -- Henrik plays with an edge, though he will take some time to develop.
28. N.Y. Rangers: Brady Skjei, D, U.S. Development Program
Scouts rave about Skjei's skating ability. To be effective in the NHL, he’ll need to make better use of his size when he moves on to the University of Minnesota.
29. New Jersey: Stefan Matteau, LW, U.S. Development Program
Strong and physical, Matteau plays with a temper. The son of former NHLer Stephane Matteau, Stefan will take that attitude to the QMJHL next season.
30. Los Angeles: Tanner Pearson, LW, Barrie Colts (OHL)
The late-blooming 19-year-old scored 91 points in the OHL last season.