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2012 Midseason TSN Draft Ranking

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

Included in the Top 30 are scouting reports from scout Grant McCagg, a former NHL scout and McKeen's co-publisher.

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1. Nail Yakupov

Nail Yakupov
Profile
Position: Left Wing Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Height 5'11 Weight: 189 lbs.
DOB: Oct. 6, 1993 From: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
GP G A PTS +/-
29 22 33 55 19
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
He took North America by storm last season, breaking the 100-point barrier as an OHL rookie and leading Russia with 13 points in seven games at the U-18's - whetting scouts' appetites for his draft year. Averaged more than two points a game for Sarnia before suffering a knee injury at the WJCs. Strengths: Unbelievable skill level in every facet of his game - quick feet, tremendous burst, top-notch agility, slick hands, dangerous shot, quick release. Plays bigger than he is, not afraid to get his nose dirty and take a hit to get the puck. Already plays a North American style, and should have little trouble adapting to the NHL game - very competitive. Weaknesses: Lack of size will prevent him from playing a rugged style in the NHL every shift, tries to do too much with the puck and he could use linemates more at times. NHL upside: Has been called a mini-Ovechkin. Will make you pay the price with a big hit, but doesn't pack the same wallop as Ovechkin due to a lack of size. Has the dynamic skill set to be a first-line NHL winger.

2. Mikhail Grigorenko

Mikhail Grigorenko
Profile
Position: Centre Team: Quebec (QMJHL)
Height 6'3 Weight: 200 lbs.
DOB: May 16, 1994 From: Khabarovsk, Russia
GP G A PTS +/-
43 28 37 65 18
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Highly regarded winger burst onto the international scene with ten points in six games as a 15-year-old at the U-17's in 2009 and followed up with a staggering 18 points in seven games at last spring's U-18 championship. Strengths: Possesses the size, strength and skill teams covet in a first-line centre, protects the puck well and has great hands for a big man. Also has a smooth, powerful stride and drives to the net with force. Has a heavy shot, great vision and passing skills, elite offensive talent. Not afraid to get his nose dirty when so inclined. Weaknesses: Has to continue working on his all-around game, needs to bring more consistency, will take some shifts and games off. NHL upside: Has been compared to Viktor Kozlov in terms of his size/skill package, but also because of his inconsistency. Has the capability of being a skilled number one center at the NHL level, but will he have the desire?

3. Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray
Profile
Position: Defence Team: Everett (WHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 201 lbs.
DOB: Sep. 27, 1993 From: White City, Saskatchewan
GP G A PTS +/-
26 8 12 20 -7
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Has been highly touted and scouted for years, already representing Canada at three major U-18 tournaments and this year's WJC. Was barely 15 when he made his WHL debut in the 2008-09 WHL playoffs. Strengths: A real 'Steady Eddie' on the blue line; rarely makes a mistake and displays a poise well beyond his years. Smart, dependable rearguard who will be on the ice protecting leads at the end of games. Strong skater with a powerful stride. A team leader with high character. He moves the puck with short, accurate passes. Hard to beat one-on-one. Weaknesses: He's not a punishing guy who will provide a physical presence while his offensive skills may be limited and he may be more of a stay-at home defender. NHL upside: A No. 2 or No. 3 defenceman with leadership qualities who will be relied upon to shut down team's top players, kill penalties and protect leads.

4. Filip Forsberg

Filip Forsberg
Profile
Position: Left Wing Team: Leksands (SWE)
Height 6'2 Weight: 181 lbs.
DOB: Aug. 13, 1994 From: Ostervala, Sweden
GP G A PTS +/-
36 7 7 14 0
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Already has 1 1/2 seasons under his belt in the Swedish Elite League, even though he won't turn 18 until August. One of the more highly touted Swedish forward prospects of the past decade, played a regular shift on Sweden's gold-medal winning WJC team. Strengths: Big, strong winger with power forward potential, adept at protecting the puck from the opposition and working along the walls, big shooter with a quick, hard release. Not afraid to initiate contact and has the strength to win many battles. Weaknesses: Has to work on skating, his stride is a little choppy. NHL upside: Improvements in skating stride could lead to first-line power forward duty in the NHL. He will be a big load for NHL defencemen and goalies to contend with for many years.

5. Mathew Dumba

Mathew Dumba
Profile
Position: Defence Team: Red Deer (WHL)
Height 6'0 Weight: 183 lbs.
DOB: July 25, 1994 From: Calgary, Alberta
GP G A PTS +/-
49 16 22 38 1
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Scouts have been marveling over Dumba's offensive skills since he first stepped on WHL ice in 2010 as a 15-year-old. Led all WHL rookie defencemen with 15 goals last season and notched 14 this campaign before the Top prospects game. Led the 2011 U-17 tournament in scoring, collecting 12 assists in six games. Strengths: One of the draft's best skaters and gets his team out of trouble with his wheels. Has a hard point shot, considered one of the best shooters in the draft. Strong passing skills and vision, adept at finding shooting and passing lanes, looks for the big hit and not afraid to lay out opponents. Weaknesses: A risk taker who will cost his team some goals with his over aggressiveness. Will need to add some muscle to play a robust style at the NHL level. Lack of size will cause him some problems down low and in front of the net. NHL upside: Draws many comparisons to PK Subban in skating, shot and risk taking, but may have more overall sense. Has the skills to be a power play quarterback and top two defenceman.

6. Jacob Trouba

Jacob Trouba
Profile
Position: Defence Team: USA U-18 (USHL)
Height 6'2 Weight: 196 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 26, 1994 From: Rochester, Michigan
GP G A PTS +/-
32 6 13 19  
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Has spent the past two seasons with the USNDTP, quickly advancing from the U-17 program to the U-18 team last season. Was one of the better defencemen for the U.S. at the recent WJC, cementing his status as a top prospect for the draft. Committed to the University of Michigan for 2012. Strengths: A mobile defenceman with length, strength and range. Plays a physical game and not afraid to take a run at an opponent. Has some offensive skills, is a good passer with vision and a hard point shot. Weaknesses: there are some questions about his overall hockey sense, needs to learn to rein in the physical play at times and play with composure. NHL upside: Has the physical package to be a top two defenceman in the NHL if he learns the finer points of playing defence.

7. Alex Galchenyuk

Alex Galchenyuk
Profile
Position: Centre Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Height 6'1 Weight: 198 lbs.
DOB: Feb. 12, 1994 From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GP G A PTS +/-
0 0 0 0 0
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
His Belarusian-born father played pro hockey for 24 years on 18 different teams and in more than a dozen leagues, so Milwaukee-born son Alex has been well travelled. Has missed the entire OHL season with a torn ACL he suffered during an OHL exhibition game in mid-September. He had scouts drooling last season with 83 points as an OHL rookie at 16. Strengths: A big, power-forward type winger with soft hands who is good along the wall, has soft hands and can shoot the puck. Weaknesses: He has missed his entire draft year with a knee injury, so there has been a decided lack of exposure. Teams may be concerned with how he bounces back from the injury. NHL upside: has the size and skill to be a top two centre if he recovers fully from missing an entire season.

8. Morgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly
Profile
Position: Defence Team: Moose Jaw (WHL)
Height 6'0 Weight: 190 lbs.
DOB: Mar. 9, 1994 From: Vancouver, British Columbia
GP G A PTS +/-
18 3 15 18 6
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
A graduate of the famed Notre Dame Hounds Midget program, he was averaging a point per game when he tore up his knee in early September sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Strengths: An elite puck rushing defenceman with creativity, vision and hands. Competitive and decent in his position game, he has good hockey sense and instincts. Strong skater with good mobility. Weaknesses: Not overly big or physical, described by one scout as a '5-11 rover' and will have to continue to refine his defensive play. His knee injury will concern some teams and questions will arise concerning how it may affect his mobility. NHL upside: Offensive skills will intrigue several teams in the Top 20 despite his knee injury and he'll get a solid opportunity to be an offensive defenceman in the NHL.

9. Griffin Reinhart

Griffin Reinhart
Profile
Position: Defence Team: Edmonton (WHL)
Height 6'4 Weight: 207 lbs.
DOB: Jan. 24, 1994 From: West Vancouver, British Columbia
GP G A PTS +/-
38 11 14 25 12
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Son of former NHL defenceman Paul Reinhart and brother of fellow WHLers Sam and Max. Has reached the 50-point mark in his WHL career before the age of 18, a rare feat for a 6-4 WHL defenceman. Strengths: Very few 6-4 blueliners can skate and handle the puck like Reinhart, and those attributes alone will intrigue lots of scouts. Has a hard point shot that often finds its mark, good passing skills. Weaknesses: Does not always play with an abundance of passion and drive. Could be more assertive physically, and more consistent in his effort. NHL upside: Has been compared by some scouts to Dougie Hamilton. Has the size, skill and skating ability to be a top two NHL defenceman.

10. Radek Faksa

Radek Faksa
Profile
Position: Centre Team: Kitchener (OHL)
Height 6'3 Weight: 202 lbs.
DOB: Jan. 9, 1994 From: Opava, Czech Republic
GP G A PTS +/-
43 22 26 48 18
Grant McCagg, TSN.ca
Drafted 22nd overall by Kitchener in the 2011 CHL Import draft. Scored two goals for the Czech Republic at the WJC. Averaging more than a point per game in his rookie OHL season, has really come on since returning from the WJC. Strengths: Plays a power-forward style minus the fighting, smart, manages the puck well, competes hard on the forecheck. Has good hands, a quick release and a heavy shot. Has a nose for the net. Above average hockey sense at both ends of the rink. Has played the point on the power play, offering smart playmaking and a low, hard slap shot. Weaknesses: Lacks explosiveness in his skating, could really help his draft stock. NHL upside: The physical package is there to be a top two winger that provides size and offence to an NHL lineup soon.

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