2012 Midseason TSN Draft Ranking

Check TSN's mid-season NHL draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

Included in the Top 30 are scouting reports from scout Grant McCagg, a former NHL scout and McKeen's co-publisher.

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11. Zemgus Girgensons

Zemgus Girgensons
Position: Centre Team: Dubuque (USHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 201 lbs.
DOB: Jan. 5, 1994 From: Riga, Latvia
GP G A PTS +/-
31 14 18 32 +1
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Poised to become the first Latvian-born prospect to be a first-round NHL draft choice. There's no worry about him adjusting to North American life as he's played in the U.S. since he was 15. Slated to attend the University of Vermont next season. Strengths: A smart, all-around player with size and skating ability. Good hands, heavy shot, tough and competitive, can play any style of game. A safe pick, he will play in the NHL. Weaknesses: Some scouts question his offensive instincts and ability to create scoring opportunities. May not be a top-two center at the NHL level. NHL upside: Has been compared to Colton Gillies, but with more offensive upside. The type of player that will help an NHL club win a playoff series by playing a tough, two-way game. May have the intangibles to be a top two centre.

12. Cody Ceci

Cody Ceci
Position: Defence Team: Ottawa (OHL)
Height 6'3 Weight: 207 lbs.
DOB: Dec. 21, 1993 From: Orleans, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
47 11 37 48 +20
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Already competing in his third full OHL season, and is quickly approaching the 100-point mark for his career. Came close to making Canada's WJC team, was one of the final cuts. Strengths: Smart, poised two-way defender with excellent hockey sense. Has the ability to break a trap with smart, crisp outlet passes. Reads the play well and is sound in his positional game. Has a good heavy shot from the point, can play some power play minutes as well as penalty killing – he's a minute eater. Weaknesses: Skating is all right but still needs some refinement. His hands are average - he won't be stickhandling through the opposing team. He doesn't play a physical game and won't punish the opponent. NHL upside: Not skilled enough to be a top power play guy in the NHL or physical enough to be a shutdown defenceman, but his smarts and overall game could land him the third or fourth spot on an NHL depth chart.

13. Brendan Gaunce

Brendan Gaunce
Position: Centre Team: Belleville (OHL)
Height 6'2 Weight: 215 lbs.
DOB: Mar. 25, 1994 From: Markham, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
49 22 25 47 +2
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Drafted second overall by Belleville in the 2010 OHL draft. Played a top six role for the gold medal-winning Team Ontario at the 2011 U-17 championship. Strengths: He's a great direct-line player. Takes it to the net, competes both ways, has a powerful snap shot off the rush a la Mark Recchi, possesses good vision and playmaking prowess, dedicated to improving his game, strong work ethic. Unselfish, mature, intelligent player with a pro outlook. Weaknesses: He could use a little more jam in his game considering his size. Not a dangler, needs work on his first couple of steps and his agility. NHL upside: pretty safe pick, will be at the very least a solid third center, but has the potential to be a second-line centre in the NHL.

14. Olli Maatta

Olli Maatta
Position: Defence Team: London (OHL)
Height 6'2 Weight: 202 lbs.
DOB: Aug. 22, 1994 From: Jyvaskyla, Finland
GP G A PTS +/-
40 2 19 21 +21
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
He was four months into his 16th year when he played a regular shift on defence for Finland in the world junior championship. Selected first overall by the London Knights in the 2010 CHL Import Draft. Strengths: Safe, solid puck moving defenceman. Strong, competes, good positionally, moves the puck smartly, has good hockey sense, good leadership skills and character. Weaknesses: Doesn't look like a great skater, his stride lacks smoothness. Won't put up big numbers offensively and has limited skill level with the puck with average size. NHL upside: Projected as a steady, stay-at-home blueliner who usually makes the smart first pass. A solid third or fourth defenceman with leadership skills and smarts.

15. Slater Koekkoek

Slater Koekkoek
Position: Defence Team: Peterborough (OHL)
Height 6'2 Weight: 184 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 18, 1994 From: Mountain, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
26 5 13 18 -7
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Won a Gold Medal with Team Ontario at the U-17's last winter, then represented Canada at the U-18's as an underage defenceman a few months later. Koekkoek is sidelined for the rest of the year after having season-ending shoulder surgery. Strengths: Strong character traits and leadership qualities. A big, solid, steady mature player, solid work ethic. Can lug the puck out of trouble, tough to play against in his own zone, plays a spirited, physical style. Mature for his age. Weaknesses: Tries to do too much at times, not a point producer or play creator, hockey sense is average in offensive end, has some issues when he's under pressure. Has some work to do on his backwards skating. NHL upside: Has the intangibles to be a solid defensive defenceman in the pro game, a reliable fourth or fifth defenceman with leadership qualities and some grit.

16. Sebastian Collberg

Sebastian Collberg
Position: Right Wing Team: Frolunda (SWE)
Height 5'11 Weight: 174 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 23, 1994 From: Mariestad, Sweden
GP G A PTS +/-
14 4 5 9 +1
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
He has made a dramatic rise in the rankings over the past six months due to some impressive showings at U-20 tournaments, including the WJC, where he didn't look out of place as a 17-year-old on a gold-medal winning team. Strengths: Has elite offensive skills, including great speed, soft hands and a nose for the puck. Uncanny puck sense and instincts, a top-notch playmaker. Great one-on-one skills. Weaknesses: Not overly large, will need to add bulk and strength to withstand an NHL pounding. Defensive zone coverage will need some work, and will need more consistency. NHL upside: Has been compared to Jeff Skinner in regards to his ability to always be around the puck despite his size issues. He has the skills to compete for a top-six role in the NHL.

17. Derrick Pouliot

Derrick Pouliot
Position: Defence Team: Portland (WHL)
Height 5'11 Weight: 186 lbs.
DOB: Jan. 16, 1994 From: Weyburn Saskatchewan
GP G A PTS +/-
53 8 32 40 0
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Selected first overall by the Winter Hawks in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, he had a regular role as a rookie defenceman last season during Portland's lengthy playoff run. Strengths: One of the draft's better puck-rushing blueliners, likes to join the play and create offence. Has a good stick, good skater, decent puck mover. Weaknesses: He can play a little too casually, suspect on his puck moving at times when he tries to do too much. An undersized rearguard with little physical presence - a container who will need to add 15-20 pounds of muscle. Can be inconsistent with his decision making. NHL upside: May be a secondary offensive defenceman who sees some power play time, a No. 3 or No. 4 puck-moving defender.

18. Andrei Vasilevski

Andrei Vasilevski
Position: Goaltender Team: Ufa Tolpar (RusJr)
Height 6'3 Weight: 204 lbs.
DOB: July 25, 1994 From: Tyumen, Russia
22 2.15 .934 3
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Has been on scouts' radars since he started for Russia in the 2010 U-18 championships at 15 years of age, but he really turned heads with his spectacular play at this year's WJC, posting a scintillating .953 save percentage as a 17-year-old. Strengths: Extremely poised under pressure, doesn't seem to get rattled. Reads plays well, reacts properly, highly skilled. Good size at 6-3, covers most of the net, is athletic, very quick pads and glove, strong rebound control, excellent positioning, doesn't overreact to cross-ice passes. Weaknesses: He has few discernible weaknesses in his game, but showed he was beatable in the Russia-Canada WJC semi-final. How long will an NHL team have to wait for him to leave Russia, and will he even want to come over after several years of being asked to stay? NHL upside: Has the size, mental approach and skill to be a solid No. 1 goaltender at some juncture.

19. Pontus Aberg

Pontus Aberg
Position: Left Wing Team: Djurgardens (SWE)
Height 5'11 Weight: 194 lbs.
DOB: Sep. 23, 1993 From: Stockholm, Sweden
GP G A PTS +/-
37 7 7 14 0
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Made Sweden's world junior team only to suffer a shoulder injury in a pre-exhibition match against Canada on a hard hit from Jamie Oleksiak, knocking him out of action for a month. He's already playing in the Swedish Elite League. Strengths – A very creative player, good in tight spaces, able to spin away from trouble, has a quick, heavy wrist shot and slap shot. Also a good puck handler, able to come up with passing options. A conscientious two-way player with good balance on his skates and is a strong, natural goal scorer who likes to shoot. Weaknesses: Not overly large, his durability may be a concern unless he bulks up even more. He could use his teammates a little more. NHL upside: Has been compared to Marcus Johansson and has the offensive tools to be a top six forward who takes care of his own end.

20. Thomas Wilson

Tom Wilson
Position: Right Wing Team: Plymouth (OHL)
Height 6'4 Weight: 203 lbs.
DOB: March 29, 1994 From: Toronto, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
41 7 15 22 +18
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Turned heads at the Ivan Hlinka U-18 tournament last summer with his energetic, physical play, but then struggled to produce offensively at the start of the OHL season. Strengths: One of the more rugged prospects in the draft, loves to throw his weight around, and not afraid to drop the gloves. Strong, decent straight ahead skater, competitive, works hard at both ends of the ice. Weaknesses: Won't ever put up offensive numbers, has limited offensive skills, average hands, poor puck skills, below average agility. NHL upside: Has the size and toughness along with straight ahead speed to be a regular lower-line NHL player with a physical presence.

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