Fri 22 Jun 2012
In this Mock Draft, each player has ratings for the following scouting services: The Hockey News (THN), McKeen’s (McK), NHL’s Central Scouting (CS), and International Scouting Service (ISS). CS breaks down their ratings by North American skaters, European skaters, North American goaltenders and European goaltenders. THN lists each prospect’s NHL Translation. ISS provides a prospects’ comparable NHL player.
The draft positions are as of June 21 and presume that no trades will have been made since then.
31. Columbus Blue Jackets – Ville Pokka – D
CS: # 7E —– McK: # 33
THN: # 28 (Offensive Defenseman) —– ISS: # 41 (Justin Faulk)
After selecting Filip Forsberg in the 1st round, Pokka is a good way to start off Saturday’s draft festivities. Of course a potential Rick Nash trade could change everything, but Pokka is an offensive d-man who is developing defensive game. Pokka played in Finland’s top league as an 18-year-old.
32. Edmonton Oilers – Malcolm Subban – G
CS: # 1NA-G —– McK: # 24
THN: # 48 (Starting Goaltender) —– ISS: # 2-G (Not Available)
Even if Devan Dubnyk proves to be Nikolai Khabibulin’s successor, the Oilers are going to need to address their goaltending at some point. P.K. Subban’s younger brother has only been playing goal since he was 12. A groin injury and a high ankle sprain limited him to just 39 games so his development did not progress as fast as it could have.
33. Montreal Canadiens – Mark Jankowski – C
CS: # 43NA —– McK: # 37
THN: # 37 (Skilled Forward) —– ISS: # 55 (Shawn Matthias)
A scout told THN that Jankowski reminds him of Joe Nieuwendyk. The one concern is that he did not play against the higher competition fellow prospects faced, but he has solid hockey sense. Mark is the nephew of Montreal scout Ryan Jankowski.
34. New York Islanders – Tim Bozon – LW
CS: # 42NA —– McK: # 45
THN: # 43 (Goal-scoring Forward) —– ISS: # 40 (Slava Kozlov)
The son of former NHLer Phillipe Bozon, Tim has done a lot of traveling as part of his hockey life. Born in St. Louis, he played junior hockey in Switzerland, played for France’s U-18 team and played last season in the WHL for Kamloops. In talking with THN, one scout compared him to David Perron.
35. Toronto Maple Leafs – Tomas Hertl – C
CS: # 5E —– McK: # 32
THN: #: 24 (Playmaking Forward) —– ISS: # (Luke Adam)
Hertl played in the Czech Republic’s Extraleague as a 19-year-old and was coached by former NHLer Vladimir Ruzicka. Hertl is a strong offensive player with good hockey sense, but only average skating ability. In addition to working on his skating, Hertl needs to work on his defensive play.
36. Anaheim Ducks – Martin Frk – RW
CS: # 20NA —– McK: # 36
THN: # 45 (Goal-scoring Forward) —– ISS: # 42 (Brett Hull)
If Frk were a better skater, he would have been a 1st round draft pick – that is how good his offensive abilities are. ISS said he is “a top line scoring winger in the mold of Bobby Ryan.” He had an interesting start to the year as a preseason concussion limited him to just 34 games and limited his ability to get into game shape for the Czech Republic’s WJC team.
37. Nashville Predators (1) – Oscar Dansk – G
CS: # 2E-G —- McK: # 34
THN: # 44 (Starting Goaltender) —– ISS: # 1-G (Not Available)
GM David Poile has made a career in Nashville at mining Europe for starting goalies. With Anders Lindback dealt away to Tampa Bay, Poile has a chance to add to that reputation. While Dansk has played junior hockey in Sweden the last two years, he played his prep hockey with Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota. In addition, he has experience representing Sweden in international competition.
38. Carolina Hurricanes – Colton Sissons – RW
CS: # 14 NA—– McK: # 29
THN: # 40 (Two-way Forward) —– ISS: # 25 (Ryan Callahan)
Sissons provides the Hurricanes with a forward with size after going for finesse in the first round. He is a tough and gritty forward who has outstanding hockey sense with a work ethic to match.
39. Winnipeg Jets – Daniil Zharkov – LW
CS: # 32NA —– McK: # 52
THN: # 49 (Skilled Forward) —– ISS: # 33 (Tomas Vanek)
Zharkov played only 50 games with Belleville because of a collarbone injury at the start of the season. The Russia native has spent his last two years in North America so he is familiar with the style of play on this side of the Atlantic. He has a big-time shot and NHL-caliber offensive potential, but must find consistency.
40. Tampa Bay Lightning – Jarrod Maidens – C
CS: # 35NA —– McK: # 47
THN: # 38 (Power Forward) —– ISS: # 58 (Mike Richards)
Maidens season was cut short after 28 games due to a concussion. He plays solid in all three zones and is a competitor with leadership qualities. His junior coach showed enough trust to have Maidens on the ice in overtime in Game 7 of the OHL Finals in 2011. The 16-year-old repaid his coach’s trust by scoring the game-winning goal.
41. Colorado Avalanche – Phillip Di Giuseppe – LW
CS: # 22NA —– McK: # 31
THN: # 31 (Two-way Forward) —– ISS: # 35 (Russ Courtnall)
Di Giuseppe uses his hockey sense and game-reading skills to put himself into good scoring position – especially on the power play. While he still needs to work on his defensive play, you can bet that Coach Red Berenson will work on that as Phil approaches his sophomore season at the University of Michigan.
42. Buffalo Sabres – Adam Pelech – D
CS: # 120NA —– McK: # 57
THN: # 41 (Shutdown Defenseman) —– ISS: # 30 (Mark Stuart)
After adding an offensive d-man in the 1st round (as well Nic Kerdiles), Buffalo settles in with Pelech who will give them the prototypical defensive d-man. A broken wrist cost Pelech 24 games with Erie. His brother Matt is with the Calgary Flames and their uncle is Vancouver GM Mike Gillis.
43. Dallas Stars – Jordan Schmaltz – D
CS: # 34NA —– McK: # 44
THN: # 34 (Offensive Defenseman) —– ISS: # 45 (Keith Yandle)
Schmaltz will bring an offensive game to the Stars and will serve as a compliment to huge Jamie Oleksiak (6-7/240). A strong shot and solid passing skills make him a valuable member of the PP. but he does need some work in the defensive zone. He has represented the USA in international play and is committed to attend the University of North Dakota.
44. Buffalo Sabres (2) – Jon Gillies – G
CS: # 6NA-G —– McK: # 61
THN: # Not Rated —– ISS: # 6-G (Not Available)
With all of the picks the Sabres have, they can take a flyer on a goalie for the future. Gillies has the size (6-5/215) teams want. Gillies needs to work on his technique, but will have a chance to do so at Providence College. He will also attend the USA National Junior team evaluation camp in Lake Placid.
45. Columbus Blue Jackets (3) – Andrey Makarov – G
CS: # 7NA-G —– McK: # 84
THN: # Not Rated —– ISS: # 19-G (Not Available)
While Columbus might need to find a veteran goalie to help out now, Makarov’s drafting will be a look to the future. Makarov began the WJC as Russia’s starting goalie before losing the job to Andrei Vasilevski. Makarov spelled the slumping Vasilevski at the end of the semifinals and then was brilliant in a 1-0 loss in the Gold medal game, stopping 57 of 58 shots. Makarov has played the last two seasons in the QMJHL.
46. Minnesota Wild (4) – Anton Slepyshev – LW
CS: # 10E —– McK: # 67
THN: # 51 (Power Forward) —– ISS: # 36 (Brandon Sutter)
The Wild’s search for offense takes them to Russia for the power forward to be. Slepyshev started the year in the Russian junior league before graduating to the KHL where he played 39 games as an 18-year-old. While his offensive game is still developing, he is a solid player in his own zone and is strong on the penalty kill.
47. Carolina Hurricanes (5) – Patrick Sieloff – D
CS: # 31NA —– McK: # 42
THN: # 53 (Defensive Defenseman) —– ISS: # 44 (Travis Hamonic)
Sieloff has average size (6-0/200), but he plays a physical game and is a strong skater. As a result, he is able to be a plus penalty killer and has the ability to succeed in all situations of the game. Sieloff will move from the USNTDP to the University of Miami (Ohio) next season.
48. Chicago Blackhawks – Cristoval “Boo” Nieves – C
CS: # 27NA —– McK: # 48
THN: # 55 (Offensive Forward) —– ISS: # 63 (Not Available)
After passing on a goalie in the 1st round, the Blackhawks might look to go goalie at this point in the draft (Matt Murray?). Odds are they will take a run at a netminder in the 3rd round and settle on Nieves as they look to add someone to anchor their second line. Nieves is more playmaker than scorer and his game is keyed by his speed and outstanding skating ability.
49. Detroit Red Wings – Tanner Pearson – LW
CS: # 25NA —– McK: # 39
THN: # 36 (Offensive Forward) —– ISS: # 88 (Not Available)
It will be next to impossible to replace Nicklas Lidstrom, but Detroit will look to prospect Brendan Smith and UFA Ryan Suter. Pearson was passed over in the last two drafts, but his determination and development made him the first Canadian since Danny Syvret in 2005 to make the WJC team as an undrafted player. He lost a chance to finish a great season with an even bigger flourish when a broken fibula cost him any chance at playing in the playoffs.
50. Nashville Predators (6) – Mike Matheson – D
CS: # 30NA —– McK: # 30
THN: # 27 (Two-way Defenseman) —– ISS: # 34 (Jake Gardiner)
Matheson spurned a chance to play in the QMJHL to commit to Boston College. Matheson is an offensive d-man who uses those skills to be a strong power play QB. While he needs to continue to develop his defensive game, Matheson matched up against opposing top lines as he helped lead Canada to Gold in the Ivan Hlinka tournament.
51. Montreal Canadiens (7) – Damon Severson – D
CS: # 48NA —– McK: # 53
THN: # 65 (Not Available) —– ISS: # 50 (Tim Gleason)
Severson is a solid defenseman who plays a steady game in all three zones and has the ability to play in all situations as well. He plays a physical style and is not afraid to block shots – and will drop the gloves if need be.
52. Pittsburgh Penguins – Andreas Athanasiou – C
CS: # 40NA —– McK: # 106
THN: # 32 (Skilled Forward) —– ISS: # 37 (Wojtek Wolski)
Athanasiou might well be one of the fastest skaters in the draft. Played well in the Ivan Hlinka tourney, but he never carried that momentum over in his year with London. According to McKeen’s, Andreas “recorded sensational tests in Next Testing at the Top Prospects Game.” He needs his to work on his all-around game and his consistency, but is worth the Penguins while to take a flyer on him given the high-risk/high-reward potential he has.
53. Florida Panthers – Brady Vail – LW
CS: # 38NA —– McK: # 40
THN: # 58 (Shutdown Forward) —– ISS: # 48 (Jamie McGinn)
The Palm City, FL native brings excellent defensive play, leadership and character to South Florida. Vail is the type of player you want on the ice in close games against your opponents’ top lines. He is still developing offensively as he jumped from 10 points in his OHL rookie season to 52 points last year for the Windsor Spitfires.
54. Colorado Avalanche (8) – Mikko Vainonen – D
CS: # 11E —– McK: # 98
THN: # 69 (Not Available) —– ISS: # 53 (Rob Scuderi)
Vainonen is a solid defensive d-man who has fine size (6-3/210) and leadership abilities (served as Captain of Finland’s U-18 team). While he won’t be confused with Bobby Orr offensively, he does a good job in the offensive zone because of a good shot and smart decisions.
55. San Jose Sharks (9) – Emil Lundberg – LW
CS: # 44E —– McK: # Not Rated
THN: # 52 (Power Forward) —– ISS: # 66 (Not Available)
Lundberg is not your usual Swedish forward. He has a power forward’s size (6-3/210) and mentality. He plays well along the boards and in front of the net – and thrives in the physical game. Lundberg played 51 games in the Swedish Elite League as a 19-year-old.
56. St. Louis Blues – Lukas Sutter – C
CS: # 39NA —– McK: # 50
THN: # 63 (Not Available) —– ISS: # 68 (Not Available)
The Blues started the Sutter family’s foray into the NHL when they drafted Lukas’s uncle Brian. Lukas, whose father is Rich, is a typical Sutter because he is at his best in the physical game. He is a strong defensive player who lives to antagonize his opponents. Sutter’s offensive game is a work in progress, but he improved from 19 points in 2010/2011 to 59 points last season with Saskatoon.
57. Vancouver Canucks – Valeri Vasilyev – D
CS: # 16E —– McK: # Not Rated
THN: # 64 (Not Available) —– ISS: # 57 (Darius Kasparaitis)
This might be a bit of a reach, but Vasilyev adds a physical defensive d-man to the Canucks. At 6-1/205, he has good size and uses in a smart way. While he does not have great offensive skills, he is a very good skater and has a good shot when he has time to shoot.
58. Phoenix Coyotes – Mike Winther – C
CS: # 21NA —– McK: # 63
THN: # 35 (Offensive Forward) —– ISS: # 38 (Tyler Kennedy)
Winther is more of a goal scorer than playmaking center who bases his game on his speed and strong skating. As a result, he is a good candidate to contribute on both special teams. Once Winther finds a consistency to his game, his defensive game should improve as well.
59. New York Rangers – Brian Hart – LW
CS: # 54NA —– McK: # 54
THN: # 56 (Power Forward) —– ISS: # 64 (Not Available)
The Rangers have done well over the last couple of years drafting American forwards (Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan) so drafting Hart will be a natural for the Blueshirts. At 6-2/216 Hart is a natural athlete who was a soccer star as well. Hart will continue his development in college at Harvard.
60. New Jersey Devils – Scott Kosmachuk – RW
CS: # 24NA —– McK: # 35
THN: # 47 (Offensive Forward) —– ISS: # 46 (Justin Abdelkader)
Kosmachuk is a strong two-way forward whose offensive game improved from his first year in Junior to his second year (21 points to 59 points). While he has average size (6-0/185), Kosmachuk is not afraid to fight if necessary (110 PIM in 67 games). He has fine speed and skating ability which allows him to be hard on the forecheck. Once Scott finds a consistency to his game, he will be a valuable member of the Devils.
61. Dallas Stars (10) – Calle Andersson – D
CS: # 15E —– McK: # 68
THN: # 87 (Not Available) —– ISS: # 47 (Christian Backman)
Andersson is a solid all-around blueliner who moves the puck well and uses his hockey IQ to anticipate the well. At 6-3/210, he does not need to take advantage of his size better. On the plus side, he is a veteran of international competition for Sweden – playing for the U-19 World Junior A Challenge and the U-18 WJC.
Second Round Draft Pick Transactions
1. Minnesota’s 2nd round pick goes to Nashville as a result of the 6/15/12 trade that sent Anders Lindback, Kyle Wilson and a 7th round pick in 2012 to Tampa Bay in exchange for Sebastian Caron, Philadelphia’s 2nd round pick in 2012, a 3rd round pick in 2013 and this pick. The Lightning previously acquired the pick as a result of the 2/16/12 trade that sent Dominic Moore and a 2012 7th round pick to San Jose in exchange for this pick. The Sharks previously acquired this pick as a result of the 6/24/11 trade that sent Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and 2011 1st round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Brent Burns and this pick.
2. Calgary’s 2nd round pick goes to Buffalo as a result of the 6/25/11 trade that sent Chris Butler and Paul Byron to Calgary for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and this pick.
3. Ottawa’s 2nd round pick goes to Columbus as a result of the 2/22/12 trade that sent Antoine Vermette to Phoenix in exchange for Curtis McIlhinney, a conditional pick in 2013 and this pick. The Coyotes previously acquired this pick as a result of the 12/17/11 trade that sent Kyle Turris to the Senators in exchange for David Rundblad and this pick.
4. Washington’s 2nd round pick goes to Minnesota as the result of a 2/24/12 trade that sent Marek Zidlicky to New Jersey in exchange for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, a conditional 2023 3rd round pick and this pick. The Devils previously acquired this pick as a result of a 2/28/11 trade that sent Jason Arnott to Washington in exchange for Dave Steckel and this pick.
5. San Jose’s 2nd round pick goes to Carolina as a result of the 2/18/11 trade that sent Ian White to San Jose in exchange for this pick.
6. Philadelphia’s 2nd round pick goes to Nashville as a result of the 6/15/12 trade that sent Anders Lindback, Kyle Wilson and a 2012 7th round draft pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for Sebastien Caron, Minnesota 2012 2nd round draft pick, a 2013 3rd round draft pick and this pick. The Lightning previously acquired this pick as a result of the 7/1/10 trade that sent Andrej Meszaros to the Flyers in exchange for this pick.
7. Nashville’s 2nd round pick goes to Montreal as a result of the 2/17/12 trade that sent Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 5th round pick to Nashville in exchange for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and this pick.
8. Boston’s 2nd round pick goes to Colorado as a result of the 6/24/11 trade that sent John-Michael Liles to Toronto in exchange for this pick. NOTE: Pick may be optioned to Washington. The Maple Leafs previously acquired this pick as a result of a trade that sent Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins in exchange for Joe Colborne, a 2011 1st round pick, and this pick to the Bruins (which was conditional at the time of the trade). The condition – Boston reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals – was converted on 5/27/11.
9. San Jose will receive the 25th pick of the second round (55th overall) as Compensation for not signing 2007 1st round pick Patrick White.
10. Los Angeles’ 2nd round pick will go to Dallas as result of the 2/16/12 trade that sent Nicklas Grossman to Philadelphia in exchange for a 2013 draft pick and this pick. The Flyers previously acquired this pick as a result of the 6/23/11 trade that sent Mike Richards to the Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and this pick.
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