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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21. Brady Skjei

Brady Skjei
Position: Defence Team: USA U-18 (USHL)
Height 6'3 Weight: 203 lbs.
DOB: March 26, 1994 From: Lakeville, Minnesota
GP G A PTS +/-
38 1 10 11  
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Strengths: A great skater for his size, likes to support the play from the back end, above-average puck mover, can lug the puck if needed, good hockey sense, gets point shots on the net, passing skills are okay, can play on the power play. Has improved quite a bit in last few months, hasn't reached his full potential yet. Weaknesses: Not a hard-nosed kid, won't play a physical style despite his size and needs to add some muscle. Not an overly creative player and his offensive production may not be great - he needs work on his consistency. NHL upside: May have the size/skating ability to be given top three minutes on an NHL blue line someday.

22. Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban
Position: Goaltender Team: Belleville (OHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 188 lbs.
DOB: Dec. 21, 1993 From: Rexdale, Ontario
20 14 1.98 .937 2
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Brother of NHL defenceman PK Subban has battled injuries this season, missing five weeks with a sprained ankle early in the season and then injuring his groin over Christmas and missing another five weeks (along with an opportunity to represent Canada at the WJC). Strengths: Athletic, competitive and never gives up on a play. Extremely quick and mobile and takes up a lot of net. He reads the play well, has decent rebound control with a quick glove and pads. Weaknesses: Like most young goalies, he needs to work on his consistency and can't get too down when he lets in a bad goal. There are concerns that he may be injury prone. NHL upside: If he stays healthy, has the natural ability and competitive fire to be a starting goalie in the NHL.

23. Tomas Hertl

Tomas Hertl
Position: Centre Team: Slavia Praha (Czech)
Height 6'2 Weight: 198 lbs.
DOB: Nov. 12, 1993 From: Prague, Czech Republic
GP G A PTS +/-
32 9 10 19  
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
He caught the attention of the scouting world by outplaying Radek Faksa and most of his teammates at the WJC, finishing with three goals and five points in six games. He had a strong start to his Czech league rookie season, but has seen ice time dwindle in the last month. Strengths: Brings good size and competitiveness, very smart and skilled, soft hands, deft playmaker, able to hold the puck and make a play, plays a tenacious style, has good puck instincts. Weaknesses: His feet are questionable and is not very good on his edges. He can trail the play due to lack of top-end speed. NHL upside: Has the size and skills to be a top two winger if the skating doesn't hold him back.

24. Martin Frk

Martin Frk
Position: Right Wing Team: Halifax (QMJHL)
Height 6'0 Weight: 204 lbs.
DOB: Oct. 5, 1993 From: Bochov, Czech Republic
GP G A PTS +/-
18 8 6 14 -10
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
First represented the Czech Republic at the 2008 U-16 championship as a 14-year-old and has already competed in seven international junior tournaments for his country. After a 50-point rookie QMJHL debut, he missed the first 29 games of this season with a head injury. Strengths – He has quick hands, competes, goes to net, makes plays and shares the puck. He has an edge to his game and has good puck skills. Also shifty, strong, will go into high traffic areas and has a quick deadly release. Weaknesses: Needs to play with more discipline, as he takes too many penalties. His durability may be a question given his head injury and playing style. He also has to pay attention to his fitness level and defensive coverage. NHL upside: A chippy winger with the offensive skills to play in a top-six role, but he'll have to work harder off the ice as few make it on talent alone.

25. Stefan Matteau

Stefan Matteau
Position: Left Wing Team: USA U-18 (USHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 210 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 23, 1994 From: Chicago, Illinois
GP G A PTS +/-
32 12 13 25  
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Son of former NHLer Stephane Matteau and a member of the U.S. U-18 development program. He recently announced via Twitter that he will play in the QMJHL next season for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Strengths: Plays a power forward style similar to his father's and is strong, competes well, has a good shot and works the wall effectively. Also a physical player who shares the puck. A student of the game, he has good character and leadership qualities. Weaknesses: He's inconsistent. His puckhandling and hands are average. Lacks high-end skill and agility and won't be a scoring star. NHL upside: A second or third-line winger at the NHL level who plays a smart, hard, north-south game.

26. Tanner Pearson

Tanner Pearson
Position: Left Wing Team: Barrie (OHL)
Height 6'0 Weight: 198 lbs.
DOB: Aug. 10, 1992 From: Kitchener, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
42 30 44 74 +18
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
It's rare for a 19-year-old prospect to get considered for the draft's first round, but he's gone from a 40-point 18-year-old OHL rookie in 2010-11 to a strong candidate for the league scoring title. Strengths: A crafty winger who can really shoot the puck, possesses good puck control, has above average smarts, vision and sense. He's able to find open areas in the offensive zone and showed strong character to go from anonymity in August to being a member of the Canadian WJC team. Weaknesses: Will need to learn to compete in tight areas more frequently, could play with more physical intensity, especially defensively. His feet aren't great, while his skating technique and foot speed will need work to play at NHL level. NHL upside: May challenge for a second-line or third-line slot in a couple of years, but has a bit of a boom or bust potential that could scare away some teams.

27. Phillip Di Giuseppe

Phillip Di Giuseppe
Position: Left Wing Team: Michigan (CCHA)
Height 6'0 Weight: 176 lbs.
DOB: Oct. 9, 1993 From: Maple, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
27 8 8 16 +9
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
The University of Michigan freshman made a positive impression on scouts at the Canadian WJC camp in December. He's enjoying a solid first season in NCAA, with 16 points through 27 games. Strengths: Very quick skater with soft hands, a sneaky release and he competes. Good offensive instincts, good size, tough to contain along the boards on the cycle. Weaknesses: Needs to keep working on his defensive duties and could play with a bit more edge more consistently. He will likely require more time in college to round out his game but has been rumoured to be leaning towards playing all four seasons in Michigan. His production has waned in second half of season. NHL upside: Has the size/skill/speed combination scouts like to see in prospective second-line wingers.

28. Teuvo Teravainen

Teuvo Teravianen
Position: Right Wing Team: Jokerit (FIN)
Height 5'11 Weight: 161 lbs.
DOB: Sept. 11, 1994 From: Helsinki, Finland
GP G A PTS +/-
23 8 3 11  
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
If he was born a week later, he wouldn't even be eligible until the 2013 draft. Yet he's already played in 16 games for Finland at the U-18 level and has graduated full time to the Finnish Elite League, netting seven goals for Jokerit in 27 games this season. Strengths: A speedy goal scorer with good vision and creativity. Has great hockey sense and puck-handling prowess and brings quickness and skill to the offensive zone. Creative and calm with the puck and effective on the power play. Weaknesses: Needs to improve his balance and gain strength to take on veteran opponents. Could be grittier, will need to bulk up to handle the NHL game. NHL upside: Has been compared to Valtteri Filppula and has the talent to score plenty of goals in the NHL if he can handle the grind.

29. Matt Finn

Matt Finn
Position: Defence Team: Guelph (OHL)
Height 6'0 Weight: 195 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 24, 1994 From: Toronto, Ontario
GP G A PTS +/-
43 7 27 34 -3
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
He's the top scoring rearguard on his Guelph OHL team with 33 points in 42 games and is already an assistant captain. Strengths: A competitive, gritty six-foot defenceman with some offensive ability. He cares and he wants to win. He has good hockey sense at both ends of the rink, has decent speed and makes a solid outlet pass. A strong point shot and stellar leadership qualities. Weaknesses – His skating is a little choppy and he gets in a bit of trouble under pressure. Not big enough to be a physical blueliner at the next level. No real standout dimension physically. NHL upside: Lacks the physical tools to be a top-three defenceman, but he may be versatile enough to be Top 4 with some refinement.

30. Colton Sissons

Colton Sissons
Position: Right Wing Team: Kelowna (WHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 189 lbs.
DOB: Nov. 5, 1993 From: North Vancouver, British Columbia
GP G A PTS +/-
53 26 13 39 -14
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Went from never being drafted in the WHL to captaining Team Orr at the recent Top Prospects Game. Saskatoon traded his rights to Kelowna while he was toiling in the BCHL in Jan. 2010. Strengths: Strong character, a hard-nosed kid, pays the price to get little things done that aren't always noticed, strong along the boards and in front of the net, has a good wrist shot from the slot that usually finds the mark, really good hockey sense, a gifted goal scorer and strong anticipatory skills. Weaknesses: Skating issues will need to be addressed, lack explosiveness in his stride. Too small to be a bruiser in the pros. NHL upside: Will compete for a second or third-line role at the NHL level due to his competitiveness and goal scoring talent, but skating needs lots of work.

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