2012 Draft Lottery Mock Draft

Check out Craig Button's predicted selections for all of the NHL's non-playoff teams after the Draft Lottery.

1. Edmonton Oilers

Player: Nail Yakupov
Position: Right Wing
Craig's Notes: Highly skilled, great skater who can electrify.

2. Columbus Blue Jackets

Player: Ryan Murray
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: A very smart and steady player without flash who will help a team win.

3. Montreal Canadiens

Player: Mikhail Grigorenko
Position: Centre
Craig's Notes: Tantalizing size and skill. The big centre teams look for.

4. New York Islanders

Player: Filip Forsberg
Position: Left Wing
Craig's Notes: Great combination of size, skill and will.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs

Player: Alex Galchenyuk
Position: Centre
Craig's Notes: Strong two-way centre in the mold of Ron Francis.

6. Anaheim Ducks

Player: Teuvo Teravainen
Position: Right Wing
Craig's Notes: Call him small, call him light but he's a highly skilled, dynamic player.

7. Minnesota Wild

Player: Griffin Reinhart
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Big, strong and comfortable playing any way the game dictates.

8. Carolina Hurricanes

Player: Jacob Trouba
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Big, rangy and competitive. Size and skating can make an impact from the the defence position.

9. Winnipeg Jets

Player: Matt Dumba
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Can impact game in so many ways. Skill, skating, defensively, offensively and physically.

10. Tampa Bay Lightning

Player: Morgan Rielly
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Smooth skating and smooth thinking and can make plays few can.

11. Washington Capitals

Player: Zemgus Girgensons
Position: Centre
Craig's Notes: A determined, hard working, competitive centre who will contribute offensively.

12. Buffalo Sabres

Player: Hampus Lindholm
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Was a big part of the Rogle team that qualified for the Swedish Elite League.

13. Dallas Stars

Player: Cody Ceci
Position: Defence
Craig's Notes: Has shown a continued development of an all-around game.

14. Calgary Flames

Player: Radek Faksa
Position: Centre
Craig's Notes: Has skill, has size, plays hard and with his smarts, is a very good player.


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