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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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51. Cristoval Nieves

2012 NHL Draft
Profile
2011-12 Team: Kent High League: USHS
Position: Centre Height: 6'3
2011-12 Stats: 26 GP, 7 G, 39 PTS Weight: 184 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 27 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 63, The Hockey News: No. 55, Button's Ranking: No. 50
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Cristoval is a very gifted and talented player who may still be exploring the limits of his potential. He does things from an athletic point of view with extreme ease. His skating is almost flawless in terms of stride and feet work. He moves with a confidence and assuredness that makes you take notice of his command. He has very good puck skills and is able to handle the puck under very challenging circumstances and he is an excellent passer. He may be accused of passing too much and being too unselfish but he makes plays that help his team for the most part. He has the size and body that appears to be 'tailor made' for hockey and while he doesn't play a physical game, he uses his size very effectively to gain advantages and hold off defenders which gives him the necessary time and space to make plays. He's a player that may not realize how good he can be. Given his skill, when that part comes to fruition, there may be the case of teams asking 'how did they get him there.' A player with excellent upside and that is a big variable but one that can pay off.

52. Lukas Sutter

Lukas Sutter
Profile
2011-12 Team: Saskatoon League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 70 GP, 28 G, 59 PTS Weight: 207 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 39 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 68, The Hockey News: No. 63, Button's Ranking: No. 45
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Lukas finds some way, somehow to inject himself into the game. He can do it defensively, offensively or by getting under the skin of opponents and disrupting them. At times there is analysis of skating that really doesn't matter and it applies with Lukas because he gets to the areas on the ice where he makes an impact and it is better to be timely than pretty. He is so 'dialed in' to the game and understands it's rhythms and momentums and how to keep them for his team and upset them in the opponent. He is smart in all regards and he makes plays in all areas of the game under all situations and there are no shortcuts in his approach. He doesn't allow himself to be denied and he's tenacious and is a player that as an opponent you have to compete against because he's simply not going away until the conclusion of the game. He uses his body effectively and is weighty and pushes himself into areas where he gains advantages. Overall, he's a player who is committed to winning and invests himself fully to do what he can so that winning is the end result.

53. Jake McCabe

2012 NHL Draft
Profile
2011-12 Team: Wisconsin League: WCHA
Position: Defence Height: 6'1
2011-12 Stats: 26 GP, 3 G, 12 PTS Weight: 201 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 47 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 76, The Hockey News: No. 59, Button's Ranking: N/A
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Jake is more of a defending type player but may be able to contribute a measure of offense in time because he has no hesitation in jumping into the play and trying to make a difference offensively. His skating base is decent but his agility and quickness will have to improve to be able to have success at the NHL level. He competes and plays a determined style of game but he doesn't possess a punishing aspect to his game or one that gets the attention of opponents and can keep them off balance. Without an improvement in his skating, he will find himself off balance and challenged vs. speed and in a quick pace. He has good sense and makes plays with the puck that are solid and safe. He isn't hesitant to try to initiate things with the puck but his game is defensive positioning and trying to make it challenging for opponents to get scoring chances. Has time to improve and there isn't any major drawback that indicates he can't improve.

54. Matthew Murray

2012 NHL Draft
Profile
2011-12 Team: Sault Ste. Marie League: Goaltender
Position: Goaltender Height: 6'4
2011-12 Stats: 36 GP, 4.08 GAA, .876 SV% Weight: 162 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 18 NAG, International Scouting Services: No. 4 (Goaltender), The Hockey News: No. 61, Button's Ranking: No. 44
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Matt has shown the capability of playing his best under the spotlight of some big games. Whether at the prospects game or at the Under 18's, this is always a positive for young goaltenders. He is a big goalie who utilizes his size to great advantage. He plays upright and allows his size to become a real intimidating factor to the opposing shooters. He has a solid stance in the net and he moves very well in the net whether it's across or out to close down an opportunity. He has very good legs and he uses them very effectively to keep an advantage and close off the lower part of the net. He reads the plays very well and along with being a very good competitor, he makes it difficult to get the puck behind him. He makes timely saves and is very adept at getting on to the next play and parking mistakes and not letting them seep into next sequences. He is very composed and his poise under pressure allows him to remain settled. As he matures, he has the talent, physically and mentally to be a very good goalie at the NHL level.

55. Samuel Kurker

2012 NHL Draft
Profile
2011-12 Team: St. John's Prep League: USHS
Position: Right Wing Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 24 GP, 32 G, 60 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 36 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 90, The Hockey News: N/A, Button's Ranking: N/A
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Sam could be characterized as an up and down winger who can skate pretty well and can assert with his body and be that weighty winger who is good along the boards and in the corners. He works hard and battles you but there doesn't appear to be an edge to his game but there is certainly a determination. He skates well and can get on top of defensemen and effectively eliminate them with his body. His offense is adequate and the offense he does produce is a byproduct of his willingness to engage physically and battle. He has good sense and plays a responsible game both with and without the puck. He is a player that can contribute but it will be in the areas that don't show up on the personal stats sheet but is important to winning.

56. Mitchell Moroz

Mitchell Moroz
Profile
2011-12 Team: Edmonton League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'2
2011-12 Stats: 66 GP, 16 G, 25 PTS Weight: 209 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 72 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 170, The Hockey News: N/A Button's Ranking: N/A
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Mitchell is a player who enjoys the physical game. He will hit and punish opponents but is also willing and able to stand up to the challenges that comes with playing that particular style. He's a very good skater and can close on opponents very quickly and thus there is not a lot of wiggle room to avoid a check when he's on the ice. Because his skating is so good, he can play versus better players and make them uncomfortable. He plays in straight lines and is very effective along the boards. He doesn't run around without purpose and he is very effective in his approach. He has very good awareness playing and is capable of contributing in areas other than physical play. He battles for the puck, will go to the net and is a player who plays with energy and an undeniable spirit and determination. He gives players on the ice a certain comfort but only if you are on the same team. Playing versus him, is a challenge and not fun because he is focused on doing what he can to disrupt you and help his team win.

57. Devin Shore

Devin Shore
Profile
2011-12 Team: Whitby League: OJHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 41 GP, 29 G, 58 PTS Weight: 184 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 58 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 73, The Hockey News: No. 68, Button's Ranking: No. 37
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Devin is a solid all-around player who is concerned with one thing - What can I do to help the team win. Incredibly unselfish, when it comes to the critical times in the game, Devin will take the 'bull by the horns' and do whatever is in the best interests of the team. His skating base is good and with improved strength, it will help his speed and help him be that much more difficult to keep in check. He has good quickness and agility and he's able to change pace and make it difficult for defenders to gauge his pace. His sense is excellent and he knows how to play the entire square footage of the rink and how to contribute in every situation. He plays at the critical times and he is a learn and adjust player so he gains valuable experience during the game that can help him later. He is a strong competitor and is not going to allow himself to be denied or deterred form the task at hand. He makes those around him better and is capable of changing the direction of the game to his team's favour because of having his finger on the pulse and believing he can deliver.

58. Matia Marcantuoni

Matia Marcantuoni
Profile
2011-12 Team: Kitchener League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 24 GP, 9 G, 14 PTS Weight: 174 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 59 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 74, The Hockey News: No. 71, Button's Ranking: N/A
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Matia had a start to his year that set him back and didn't allow him to adequately show what he's capable of. It began with a concussion and then a shoulder injury ended his season and he was never able to get his feet underneath him. He is an excellent skater with speed and quickness and he can close on the fore-check quickly or create open ice and separation for himself. He is a competitor and he gets involved physically and he engages fully in the competitive battles. With his skating he can make a big difference in the game and while he has utilized it mostly for offense to this point, it certainly can be a weapon to play defense and disrupt an opponent's offensive thrust. He has a good shot and he will follow it to the net and pay the price to score. He is more of a player who receives the puck than delivering it and with the right compliment of line mates, his skills could be maximized. He has a very good skill set and being able to stay healthy should help him realize his potential.

59. Brock McGinn

Brock McGinn
Profile
2011-12 Team: Guelph League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 5'11
2011-12 Stats: 33 GP, 12 G, 19 PTS Weight: 174 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 49 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 164, The Hockey News: N/A, Button's Ranking: Watch List
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Brock is a hard edged player who competes with the idea that nothing else matters but winning so I will do whatever is needed to help my team win. He gets involved physically along the boards, in the corners, at the net and he simply doesn't know what the word quit means. He is a smart player and knows what he can bring to help the team win. He skates well and is capable of contributing if the game is tilted towards skill and pace or a rumble in the jungle. He can contribute offensively and he has good awareness and knows how to compliment the efforts of others. When the puck is dropped at the beginning of the game, Brock is not a player a coach needs to worry about. He will size up the game and know what must be done at any particular time and regardless of the challenges that may be faced, he will be ready to meet those challenges. He's a player who finds his way onto winning teams because his contributions are valued.

60. Brady Vail

Brady Vail
Profile
2011-12 Team: Windsor League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6'0
2011-12 Stats: 68 GP, 22 G, 52 PTS Weight: 195 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 38 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 48, The Hockey News: No. 58, Button's Ranking: No. 40
TSN Scout Craig Button:
Brady is good two-way player who can play in any situation during the game and will find a way to contribute. There is not a lot of fanfare to his play but there's a lot of good, industrious hard work that leads to productivity and ultimately to his team being in a better position to win. Skating is good and he has a good stride but will benefit from improved speed. He isn't behind but with his strong sense, more speed will allow him to impact the game in a far greater way. There is nothing that he isn't willing to do in the game. He's versatile and can make plays, block shots, screen the goalie and pay the price in front of net, be strong on the fore-check, kill penalties, and be a Swiss army knife type of player. He has good size and he uses it well to protect the puck and gain position both offensively and defensively. He is a player that is smart and thus can play with any type of player and not only find a way to benefit but also compliment that player's strengths. Has the potential to take his game to another level and perhaps be a steal in the draft.

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