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2012 NHL Mock Draft

TSN's resident general managers Craig Button and Pierre McGuire predicted selections for each team in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.


1. Edmonton Oilers

Player: Nail Yakupov
Position: Right Wing
Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "Too dynamic, skilled and exciting to pass up. He’ll fit in with the trio of Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Hall."


2. Columbus Blue Jackets

Player: Ryan Murray
Position: Defence
Team: Everett (WHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Leadership and dynamic ability. He’s a proven player, and a ready player who can bring stability to the back end."


3. Montreal Canadiens

Player: Alex Galchenyuk
Position: Centre
Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "He can play the game any way you want. He can make plays, score and makes those around him better. "


4. New York Islanders

Player: Griffin Reinhart
Position: Defence
Team: Edmonton (WHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "The 6'4" blueliner can take games over with his size. Has the NHL in his bloodlines with his father Paul and his brother Max."


5. Toronto Maple Leafs

Player: Filip Forsberg
Position: Left Wing
Team: Leksand (FIN)
Craig Button's Notes: "A big strong winger who plays with determination and can score."


6. Anaheim Ducks

Player: Morgan Rielly
Position: Defence
Team: Moose Jaw (WHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "The best pure play making defenceman in the draft this year."


7. Minnesota Wild

Player: Matt Dumba
Position: Defence
Team: Red Deer (WHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "He impacts the game offensively, defensively and physically."


8. Carolina Hurricanes

Player: Radek Faksa
Position: Centre
Team: Kitchener (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Three years in a row, the Hurricanes will take a Kitchener Ranger in the first round."


9. Winnipeg Jets

Player: Jacob Trouba
Position: Defence
Team: USNTDP (USHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "He's big and rugged and reminds me of Adam Foote. A very physical with a high compete level."


10. Tampa Bay Lightning

Player: Olli Maatta
Position: Defence
Team: London (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Probably the most NHL ready defenceman in the draft right now."


11. Washington Capitals

Player: Teuvo Teravainen
Position: Left Wing
Team: Jokerit (FIN)
Craig Button's Notes: "GM George McPhee loves to go for the home run, and the diminutive forward from Jokerit could be exactly that."


12. Buffalo Sabres

Player: Hampus Lindholm
Position: Defence
Team: Rogle Jr. (SWE)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Reminds of the the way Erik Karlsson moved up in the 2008 draft. I think he moves all the way up to 12."


13. Dallas Stars

Player: Cody Ceci
Position: Defence
Team: Ottawa (OHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "Dallas passed on Dmitry Kulikov and Cam Fowler, there's no way they'll pass on Ceci."


14. Calgary Flames

Player: Derrick Pouliot
Position: Defence
Team: Portland (WHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Great puck mover and skater. He's played three years of junior before being drafted which is also a plus."


15. Ottawa Senators

Player: Zemgus Girgensons
Position: Centre
Team: Dubuque (USHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "A big, strong, hardnosed player, who could be a bigger version of Dale Hunter."


16. Washington Capitals

Player: Matt Finn
Position: Defence
Team: Guelph (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "A safe and reliable player on the blueline. "


17. San Jose Sharks

Player: Mikhail Grigorenko
Position: Centre
Team: Quebecv (QMJHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "The strong two-way centre falls to the Sharks, and he might be ready to play in the NHL next season."


18. Chicago Blackhawks

Player: Slater Koekkoek
Position: Defence
Team: Peterborough (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "A smart defenceman who is going to out work a lot of people and should be NHL ready in the next year or two."


19. Tampa Bay Lightning

Player: Ludvig Bystrom
Position: Defence
Team: Modo (SWE)
Craig Button's Notes: "A Swedish defenceman who knows how to play the game, GM Steve Yzerman knows about those types of players."


20. Philadelphia Flyers

Player: Tom Wilson
Position: Right Wing
Team: Plymouth (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "The perfect Flyer. He's big, mean, nasty and can score."


21. Buffalo Sabres

Player: Brendan Gaunce
Position: Centre
Team: Belleville (OHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "A big, strong centre that could be in the mold of Keith Primeau. "


22. Pittsburgh Penguins

Player: Tomas Hertl
Position: Centre
Team: Slavia Praha (CZE)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Very talented, offensive minded centre who put up big points at the World Jrs."


23. Florida Panthers

Player: Brady Skjei,
Position: Defence
Team: USNTDP (USHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "The Hawks are loaded with forwards, Skjei is big defenceman who can skate. He's efficient and effective."


24. Boston Bruins

Player: Andrei Vasilevski
Position: Goaltender
Team: Ufa Tolpar (RUS Jr)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "His size is a such a factor. He's also athletic and quick. When he gets more refined, he'll be a special player."


25. St. Louis Blues

Player: Henrik Samuelsson
Position: Right Wing
Team: Edmonton (WHL)
Craig's Notes: "The Blues like big players with grit, Ulf's son brings them more of that."


26. Vancouver Canucks

Player: Malcolm Subban
Position: Goaltender
Team: Belleville (OHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "An athletic, quick and really smart player who will have time to grow in the Canucks system."


27. Phoenix Coyotes

Player: Scott Laughton
Position: Centre
Team: Oshawa (OHL)
Craig Button's Notes: "A strong two-way player. "


28. New York Rangers

Player: Stefan Matteau
Position: Centre
Team: USNTDP (USHL)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Has bloodlines to the Rangers, but is a good pick on his own merits."


29. New Jersey Devils

Player: Mark Jankowski
Position: Centre
Team: Stanstead (QUE PREP)
Craig Button's Notes: "The Devils always find diamonds in the rough, and Jankowski is that player. "


30. Los Angeles Kings

Player: Oscar Dansk
Position: Goaltender
Team: Brynas Jr. (SWE JR)
Pierre McGuire's Notes: "Tremendously talented player, that gives the Kings depth if they deal Jonathan Bernier in the off-season."




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