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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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11. Radek Faksa

Radek Faksa
Profile
2011-12 Team: Kitchener League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'3
2011-12 Stats: 69 GP, 29 G, 66 PTS Weight: 203 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 7 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 16, The Hockey News: No. 11, Button's Ranking: No. 17
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Radek is cut from the mold of a classic center. He moves around the ice looking for opportunities and ready to exploit the weakness in an opponent. He has an excellent feel for the game and knows how to get himself into advantageous positions without the puck and then when he does have the puck, he is extremely capable of taking advantage and creating chances. He can create offense in multiple ways, with his playmaking, his shot, and his willingness to engage physically. He is still developing physically but his skating base is very good without any noticeable weakness and as he becomes stronger, it will give him more speed and quickness to be that much better. He plays very well in defensive situations because of his IQ but is very adept at transitioning quickly to offense. He gains advantages with physical play and is willing to play in traffic and along the boards. When he matures, he will be a blend of skill and size which is both coveted and important to winning.

12. Mikhail Grigorenko

Mikhail Grigorenko
Profile
2011-12 Team: Quebec League: QMJHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'3
2011-12 Stats: 59 GP, 40 G, 85 PTS Weight: 200 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 3 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 4, The Hockey News: No. 3, Button's Ranking: No. 20
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Mikhail possesses a unique blend of skill and size. He's an excellent skater with a long stride who seemingly just moves past defenders with ease. He carries the puck very well and because he can change gears in stride, it makes him very difficult to deter. A very good passer who makes plays on the move and is able to do it in traffic. He has good sense and vision and sees the potential for offensive opportunities and he creates chances. His shot is good but not threatening at this time but he shows a willingness to make this more of a weapon for himself. Because of his size and wing span, he is extremely effective defensively and he's able to force opponents away from dangerous areas and he is also able to fend off checkers when he's in offensive situations. He plays the game both ways and while he's not a physical presence, he is a player who creates challenges for opponents because of the skill and his size which he knows how to utilize to gain advantages. He possesses qualities and a potential that realized could make him a star.

13. Zemgus Girgensons

Zemgus Girgensons
Profile
2011-12 Team: Dubuque League: USHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 43 GP, 19 G, 44 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 18 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 24, The Hockey News: No. 16, Button's Ranking: No. 16
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Zemgus is a hard player. Hard on the puck, hard on the body, hard competitor, hard working and hard to play against. He is industrious and purposeful but one can't underestimate his skills. His skating is strong with excellent balance which makes it very difficult for opponents to deter him, let alone knock him awry. He has very good puck skills and while there may not be a deft touch to his passing, there certainly is an effectiveness and accuracy to it. He has a good shot but has a burning desire to take the puck to the net. He's like the running back who excels in goal line situations, going through the gauntlet has more appeal and satisfaction than making it untouched. His sense is very good and he plays equally well in offensive and defensive situations. He plays with a determination that will overwhelm those who are not up to the challenge. He's the player you love to have on your side and hate to play against.

14. Cody Ceci

Cody Ceci
Profile
2011-12 Team: Ottawa League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'3
2011-12 Stats: 64 GP, 17 G, 60 PTS Weight: 207 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 6 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 10, The Hockey News: No. 10, Button's Ranking: No. 11
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Cody is the prototypical work horse player. He goes about the game playing in all of the important situations and at the critical times, seemingly effortless but with an incredible effectiveness and efficiency that goes unheralded but is ultimately important to winning. He plays a game that is rooted in his razor sharp attention to detail, strong positioning and an awareness of what he can do to shift the balance to his team's favour. He does it in so many ways; eliminating opponents in defensive situations, getting the puck up the ice, either by passing or skating, jumping into the attack when required, running the power play with a combination of passing and shooting and helping kill penalties with whatever sacrifices are necessary. He possesses all of the requisite skills, physical and mental, as well as a determination to make a difference in the game in some way, shape or form. He is a coach's dream in that when he is on the ice, the game is under control and your team has an increased chance of success.

15. Hampus Lindholm

Hampus Lindholm
Profile
2011-12 Team: Rogle Jr. League: SWE
Position: Defence Height: 6'3
2011-12 Stats: 28 GP, 5 G, 17 PTS Weight: 196 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 4 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 19, The Hockey News: No. 15, Button's Ranking: No. 10
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Hampus is an all-around defenseman who has the capability to play whatever style the game dictates. There are good skaters but Hampus can be referred to as a complete skater with speed, quickness, agility and balance. He uses the strength of his skating to influence the game both defensively and offensively. He can skate the puck out of trouble and is very good at jumping into the attack. He can pivot and handle speed from a defensive standpoint and negate opponents. He has excellent hockey sense and is able to make plays under pressure but more importantly has the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and varying challenges. Very confident with the puck and his plays are strong. He is not hesitant to make plays that may be termed risky but the better term may be calculated risk. Effective with his body and can play a physical game and has the capability to play the heavy and hard minutes because of his stature. A complete defenseman who doesn't leave you short in any area of the game.

16. Slater Koekkoek

Slater Koekkoek
Profile
2011-12 Team: Peterborough League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 26 GP, 5 G, 18 PTS Weight: 184 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 23 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 21, The Hockey News: No. 23, Button's Ranking: No. 34
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Slater plays the game with a combination of competitiveness and determination that helps teams win. He's an excellent skater who can close down the play very quickly and deny offensive chances when they appear inevitable. He uses his body very effectively and along with his skating, he doesn't give opponents much choice or opportunity to go around or through him. He's not punishing but it's not enjoyable to play versus him because he doesn't let up in his determination to stop you. His skating also allows him to get the puck moving ahead very quickly and very effectively and he continues to explore the offensive side of his game and try to contribute in this area as well and become a well-rounded player. His puck skills are good and while there may not be a lot of deception or faking when he has the puck, there is efficiency to his puck play. He has the ability to play lots of minutes and with that type of endurance and his size, he'll be valuable in the areas that require so-called 'heavy lifting' but leads to winning.

17. Derrick Pouliot

Derrick Pouliot
Profile
2011-12 Team: Portland League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 5'11
2011-12 Stats: 72 GP, 11 G, 59 PTS Weight: 190 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 12 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 22, The Hockey News: No. 13, Button's Ranking: No. 18
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Derrick is a QB Type defenseman who relies on excellent vision and precision passing. He understands the game so well and sees what is unfolding and then is able to exploit it. He has great poise with the puck and doesn't force things but ensures when you get the puck, that you can do something positive with it. His skating is very good and he has a burst of quickness that allows him to gain a little extra time or space to make a play and he utilizes uses it offensively or defensively. He will jump into the attack and because he knows his options, he can appear to be moving untouched which is due to the opponent having to respect his ability to quickly strike with his passing and thus backing off somewhat. He relies on strong positioning to put himself in the best position to make plays and while he's not a physical player, he's very effective using his body to gain advantages. He has a calm to his play but is competitive and will not succumb to the challenges that come his way. He is a strong puck possession player.

18. Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson
Profile
2011-12 Team: Plymouth League: OHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'4
2011-12 Stats: 49 GP, 9 G, 27 PTS Weight: 203 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 15 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 17, The Hockey News: No. 25, Button's Ranking: No. 21
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Tom is a player who makes opponents very uncomfortable when he's on the ice. He has an undeniable determination and desire to impact the game through physical play. Combine that with a body that complements his desire and you have a wrecking ball type player. It's a purposeful style that can be intimidating but is very effective because he creates room, not only for himself, but for his team. He understands how to utilize these attributes whether along the boards, at the offensive net, or by separating opponents from the puck so his team can gain advantages. His skating continues to improve and he gets to the necessary places so as to create the literal and figurative impact in the game. Very good sense and he doesn't run around aimlessly and his puck skills should not be underestimated because with the room he creates, he also can finish. He's a disruptive force and a unique player because he makes the game fun, just so long as you are not an opponent.

19. Tomas Hertl

Tomas Hertl
Profile
2011-12 Team: Slavia Praha League: Czech
Position: Centre Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 38 GP, 12 G, 25 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 5 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 32, The Hockey News: No. 24, Button's Ranking: No. 22
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Tomas is a very effective and efficient center. He takes a cerebral approach which finds him in proper position on the ice but always ready to take advantage of opportunity. He forces opponents into mistakes without the puck and when he gains the puck, his awareness, vision and puck skills allow him to threaten offensively. He is a very good passer but given the opportunity to shoot, he can be dangerous. He may not possess high end speed but he has good quickness and agility and when combined with his very good sense, he's able to play at the higher and quicker pace necessary. He uses his body to protect the puck and he is not easily separated from it because he has a determination in his game that doesn't allow himself to be negated. He's a center that uses his wingers very well and will get their strengths into the game. He's very adaptable and he's able to contribute even when he's not scoring because he values the different areas of the game and understands that contributions of all kinds, help a team win.

20. Brendan Gaunce

Brendan Gaunce
Profile
2011-12 Team: Belleville League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 68 GP, 28 G, 68 PTS Weight: 215 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 13 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 11, The Hockey News: No. 17, Button's Ranking: No. 38
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Brendan is big, strong two-way center. He is a good skater with a good stride and he moves well. He can improve his quickness and by doing so, he will become more difficult to stop because with his size, when he gains a step, an opponent is faced with a losing proposition. He is smart and plays the game well both with and without the puck. He makes plays and because he's smart he gets scoring chances and an improved shot can make him that much better offensively. He works without the puck and is also capable of playing on the wing which adds a component of versatility to his game. He will assert with his body, hold off defenders and create advantages for himself and the team with his approach but is not going to be the punishing type. He has shown the ability to raise the level of his play when the games become more demanding and important. He's a very effective player and because he can find a way to contribute in multiple ways, this enhances his play and adds value to a team.

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