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2012 Final TSN Draft Ranking

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

Also included in The Top 60 are scouting reports from TSN Scout Craig Button.

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1. Nail Yakupov

Nail Yakupov
Profile
2011-12 Team: Sarnia League: OHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 5'11
2011-12 Stats: 42 GP, 31 G, 69 PTS Weight: 190 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 1 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 1, The Hockey News: No. 1, Button's Ranking: No. 1
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Nail is arguably the best skater in the 2012 draft. It's a blend of speed, power, quickness and agility that threatens and creates opportunities in the blink of an eye. He goes as fast as is necessary; seemingly just far enough ahead that creates desperation in opponents. His mind quickness and IQ is another weapon in his arsenal and he quickly sizes up opportunities for exploitation. He can play at high speed and his hands keep up and with an accurate shot which creates challenges for goaltenders. Excellent sense and can make plays that make him very challenging to keep in check. He competes and is not a one dimensional player and is not averse to initiating physical play. He found ways to be productive for his team despite being closely checked this past season and without his talented team mate Alex Galchenyuk. A blend of skill and desire with a star quality that should make him exciting to watch in the years ahead.

2. Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray
Profile
2011-12 Team: Everett League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'0.5
2011-12 Stats: 46 GP, 9 G, 31 PTS Weight: 195 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 2 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 3, The Hockey News: No. 4, Button's Ranking: No. 13
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Ryan has a sense and poise that makes it look like the game he is playing is incredibly easy. He never gets rattled and this has a calming effect on the entire team. His skating is effortless and fluid and he uses it to his advantage, especially defensively. His feet work is excellent and is able to handle an opponent's speed and quickness without giving up position. He can beat pressure and this allows his team to get out of their own end and move up ice. His awareness and vision is excellent and he gets the puck to the right people at the right time despite what challenges he may be confronted with. Offensively, he is efficient but he will help the offense because his decision making with the puck allows his team to sustain the attack. He will not race up and down the ice catching your eye but he brings a competitiveness, composure and determination that is incredibly valuable to winning. He helps individuals and teams be better and ultimately he is that player you know you can win with.

3. Filip Forsberg

Filip Forsberg
Profile
2011-12 Team: Leksand League: SWE
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 43 GP, 8 G, 17 PTS Weight: 181 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 1 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 2, The Hockey News: No. 2, Button's Ranking: No. 7
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Filip is a blend of high end skill and indomitable will. Skill that allows him to produce offensively and a will that makes it very challenging for opponents to stop him. He's a very strong skater with power in his stride and combined with speed, he's capable of opening up ice for himself and backing up defenders. Possessing very good agility, he uses this to maneuver in the tight areas around the net and make himself dangerous. His shot is hard and accurate and he can score from 35-40 feet. His release is outstanding which doesn't allow goalies to get an accurate read on it. He can shoot off the pass as well as being able to shoot in stride. He recognizes opportunities and he has a hunger to score. He's not one-dimensional though and is capable of making plays and creating offensive chances with his passing. He gets involved in the physical game and while he may not be punishing, he's assertive in establishing his presence and gaining valuable space for himself. With a playmaking center, he could be a prolific scorer in the NHL.

4. Griffin Reinhart

Griffin Reinhart
Profile
2011-12 Team: Edmonton League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'4
2011-12 Stats: 58 GP, 12 G, 36 PTS Weight: 207 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 10 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 6, The Hockey News: No. 8, Button's Ranking: No. 6
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Griffin may be a diamond in the rough but he possesses the carats of a unique player. He has a an excellent understanding of the game with a composure and patience that may suggest a lack of urgency but don't be confused, his competitive waters run deep and he's capable of being aggressive and assertive when necessary. He is a very good skater with strong balance and agility and along with his size, he is extremely difficult to break down 1-1 and gain an advantage on. He uses his body effectively and doesn't lose position and is capable of punishing opponents. His vision is very good, he sees the play unfolding, knows what his options are and is capable of doing this very quickly. He makes very good plays in all areas of the game and ones that gain advantages for his team. His offensive skills continue to evolve and he is increasingly confident creating offense. Griffin has an assuredness in his play and along with his skill and physical attributes, makes him a player who has a chance to be an impact player in the NHL.

5. Alex Galchenyuk

Alex Galchenyuk
Profile
2011-12 Team: Sarnia League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'1
2011-12 Stats: 2 GP, 0 G, 0 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 4 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 14, The Hockey News: No. 7, Button's Ranking: No. 4
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Alex is the center who makes everybody around him better and helps teams win. It begins with an excellent understanding of all the essential elements in the game. He plays a complete game and is a competitor in all the critical areas. He doesn't take shortcuts and values the plays that are important to winning. His IQ is terrific and he has the ability to size up a situation and know what must be done to take advantage either offensively or defensively. He helps his line mates take full advantage of their skills by utilizing his understanding and excellent skills to create opportunities. His puck play is outstanding and he has the ability to beat you multiple ways with his hands; either passing, stickhandling or shooting. His skating is strong and while he will not wow you with any eye catching speed, he has skating effectiveness in that he is able to change speeds and keep defenders at bay because of it. Assertive with his body and he plays in traffic well and gains advantages 1-1. Given an injury-free season, he would have been capable of dominating.

6. Mathew Dumba

Mathew Dumba
Profile
2011-12 Team: Red Deer League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 69 GP, 20 G, 57 PTS Weight: 183 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 11 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 8, The Hockey News: No. 5, Button's Ranking: No. 2
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Matt has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. He can do it offensively, defensively and physically which is a rare blend in defensemen. It begins with excellent skating ability that is founded in great balance and agility and he uses these elements in the various areas to make that impact. Whether skating the puck up ice, being able to handle opponents 1-1 or delivering bone rattling hits, his skating foundation is at the root of his game. He has excellent puck skills with a powerful shot that can overwhelm goaltenders. He passes the puck well and sees the play well. He understands the various situations in the game and what may be necessary at any given point to give his team an advantage. He's capable of intimidating opponents with both his skill and his physical presence and does not play with a reckless abandon. He's focused on the ice and can play in all critical situations and be a force of will and skill. A leader who lets his actions do the talking.

7. Teuvo Teravainen

Teuvo Teravainen
Profile
2011-12 Team: Jokerit League: FIN
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11
2011-12 Stats: 40 GP, 11 G, 18 PTS Weight: 165 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 2 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 9, The Hockey News: No. 12, Button's Ranking: No. 5
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Teuvo possesses the proverbial calm in the eye of the storm patience. When everything around him appears chaotic and without pattern, he is has the uncanny ability to remain calm, poised and fully aware of his options. He has 360 degrees vision and awareness and there is no player or possibility he is not aware of when he has the puck. He is elusive and is like a chess player in that he can anticipate moves 3-4 steps ahead of his opponent. Excellent agility and balance & he maneuvers away from danger and opposing checks very well. Great hands in traffic and he's able to make any type of pass under any circumstance and he has a very good shot that makes him a multiple threat when he's on the ice. There may a tendency to underestimate him based on his size but it's not a deterrent to him in any way because he has the ability to play the game to his strengths regardless of the challenges and obstacles he may be faced with on the ice.

8. Morgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly
Profile
2011-12 Team: Moose Jaw League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 18 GP, 3 G, 18 PTS Weight: 190 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 5 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 7, The Hockey News: No. 6, Button's Ranking: No. 3
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Morgan is the defenseman who is ever elusive. When an opponent has him in a seemingly difficult spot, it can quickly become a case of a vanishing act because he is so adept at escaping trouble. He is a superb skater who has the ability to change gears in stride and beat pressure or create an opportunity by beating an opponent 1-1. He is very smart and recognizes very quickly where his skating can be an advantage and then utilizes it. He is always thinking 2 and 3 steps ahead both from an offensive and defensive standpoint. There may not be a better passer in the draft. Combined with excellent vision, his passes are made where you are given an advantage and not where you must deal with complications. He uses his body in such an effective manner and while not a physically imposing player, he is one who is very difficult to gain the upper hand on. He plays the game with a brilliant mind and then with his blend of high end skill and desire, he becomes a player capable of dominating.

9. Jacob Trouba

Jacob Trouba
Profile
2011-12 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 22 GP, 4 G, 18 PTS Weight: 196 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 9 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 5, The Hockey News: No. 9, Button's Ranking: No. 12
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Jacob is an initiating player who takes charge. It begins with an intense desire to impact the game in some way. He takes charge of situations and if an opponent is not prepared to commit 100% versus him, he will find himself falling short. He is a very strong skater, with excellent balance & this allows him to jump into the attack and move up ice but it also allows him to deliver bone jarring hits as well as fend off opposing checks. With his size and skating combination, he's a very difficult player to break down defensively and to gain the upper hand on. Very good understanding of the game and his awareness and poise allows him to make strong plays under pressure. He moves the puck well and can make plays offensively but his best offensive weapon is a heavy shot that can overwhelm goalies and creates challenges for them in terms of corralling it. He thrives in the competitive moments and the bigger the game, the better he is. He plays to win and there is no sacrifice he won't make in the game to help his team win.

10. Olli Maatta

Olli Maatta
Profile
2011-12 Team: London League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 58 GP, 5 G, 32 PTS Weight: 202 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 8 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 12, The Hockey News: No. 20, Button's Ranking: No. 28
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Olli plays the game with a workmanlike approach. He has a strong hockey IQ and reads the play and understands what the challenges are and what the appropriate responses should be. He anticipates the play so well and it allows him to get on top of opponents defensively despite not being blessed with closing quickness. He is a heads up player and is finely attuned to the game. He competes in 1-1 battles and doesn't give in at all. He's not punishing but he's physical and assertive. His passing is good and he gets the puck to the right areas and he does it quickly. There is no lingering in his play. Offensively he gained tremendous confidence in the latter part of the season and it became a significant weapon for him and his team. Jumping into the attack and being assertive was a testament to his becoming increasingly confident in his abilities and expanding his game. He is a player who can continue to develop and he shows the desire and determination to do exactly that.

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