Mock Draft 2012

I havent written my own story for a while and this is just for fun cuz i was bored.. but I decided to do my own mock draft for this junes upcoming draft… its including the latest standings so it wont be accurate in the end but what I think each teams needs.


1st Round Traded Draft Picks

13. – Washington receives Colorado’s 2012 1st round pick and a 2012 or 2013 2nd round pick (Capitals choice) for Semyon Varlamov.

26. – Buffalo receives Nashville’s 2012 1st round pick for Paul Gaustad and 2012 4th round pick.

28. – Tampa Bay receives Detroit’s 2012 1st round pick for D Kyle Quincey. Tampa had just acquired Quincey from the Avalanche in a trade for Steve Downie.

*14. – Columbus receives Los Angeles’ 2012 1st round pick (lottery protected in 2012. If the Kings miss the playoffs, Columbus decides if they want to use the pick 2012 or 2013 ) and Jack Johnson for Jeff Carter.

1st Round:

1. Columbus- RW, Nail Yakupov- best offensive player available, also dynamic, full of skill, good 2-way as well *may be risky because Columbus has taken Russians in the past and turned out to be flops (Filatov & Zherdev) and the fact hes Russian.

2. Edmonton- D, Ryan Murray- Edmonton has plenty of young talented fowards through the draft and i think they could use depth on defense and Murray is a perfect fit with his upsided 2-way play, with great offensive talent.

3. Montreal- C, Mikhail Grigorenko- With Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Subban, and a few others who are young d-men chosen by the Canadians in the past who have bright futures, the Canadians can build their stock in the center position with Cammalleri gone, they could use a player like Grigorenko who has a good shot, great speed and a set of hands, a player many teams would want.

4. NY Islanders- D, Jacob Trouba- not a surprising pick.. Islanders have gone with forwards in the first round in the past few years but with De Haan, an offensive d-man an almost NHL ready player, I think the Islanders are ready to bring in another offensive d-man, but yet big, speedy and can jump in the play and has a huge physical edge.

5. Carolina- LW, Filip Forsberg- a huge offensive player and a player the Carolina Hurricanes are missing.. a player who skates hard, not afraid to go to the net and can be a game changer.

6. Anaheim- D, Matthew Dumba- plays feisty, with an offensive upside and can lay a huge hit.. also considered to be compared to Phaneuf. Just like the Islanders, I think this is what the Ducks need that Fowler is the next offensive d-man for the Ducks, they can use a player with the same edge, but a forwards nightmare.

7. Tampa Bay- D, Morgan Reilly- a bit of a gamble due to his season-long injury, once hes back he will get back into game form and can make a big difference on defense for any NHL team with a great offensive style game, and I think thats what Tampa Bay needs right now to build a bright future on their defense through the draft.

8. Toronto- C, Brendan Gaunce- What the Leafs need, a big, two-way centreman with a knack for the net and can score the important goals. Probably the best two-way forward available and hes also good on the boards, and tight on the puck.

9. Minnesota- D, Griffin Reinhart- With Minnesota with alot of young talented forwards (Bulmer, Coyle, Phillips, Granlund, etc.), I think their next need is a offensive defenseman in Reinhart.. he has a big frame at 6’4, who also can play a physical, smart game.

10. Buffalo- C, Alex Galchenyuk- Playing on a line with Yakupov, he also has a huge offensive game.. even though injured the whole year, once hes back hell make a huge impact.. It is a knee injury and its risky but thats what you take on at the draft and with Roy rumored to go in the future, Galchenyuk can be a great replacement.

11. Calgary- D, Derrick Pouliot- What Calgary could use, a speedy puck moving defenseman who can be a key role in the power play and can make good, smart decisions, a good replacement for Jay Bouwmeester.

12. Washington- D, Cody Ceci- A big defenseman, with a hard shot, great man on man player who can easily knock a player off the puck.

13. Washington- RW, Sebastien Collberg- With Washington having a history with Swedes at the draft, Collberg had a great offensive game at the world juniors leading Sweden to gold, and can be a game changer but needs to work on his physical game and size.

14.L.A.or Columbus- D, Matt Finn- Has alot of poise, hes patient and is a great penalty killer and also good on the powerplay.- Great fits for either team.

15. Winnipeg- D, Olli Maatta- A speedy, patient defenseman with great vision and offensive skills.

16. Dallas- LW, Radek Faksa- A big offensive forward who can take a hit and also dish out a hit who can also get much needed time on the powerplay and penalty kill.

17. Florida- D, Slater Koekkek- A two-way defender, who can handle the puck and make quick, and smart decisions.

18. San Jose- C, Zemgus Girgensons- with Coyle, McGinn, and Setoguchi gone, the good sized center has great potential in the future, determinated, hard working center, and has a huge offensive game.

19. New Jersey- LW, Pontus Aberg- A speedy,dynamic player whos good on the puck, has hands and has good playmaking skills.

20. Chicago- D, Brady Skjei- A perfect fit for the Chicago defense, has puck skills and good skating ability and an overall hard working game.

21. Phoenix- C, Jarrod Maidens- Kind of taking a wild guess but could be a good replacement if he reaches his full potential in the future for Shane Doan.. can play at center or on the wing, plays physical and has a good offensive game and protects the puck well.

22. Ottawa- D, Dalton Thrower- has moved up in rankings, is a rough player and good point producer.

23. Philly- D, Jordan Schmaltz- A strong, big defenseman who can move the puck well.. can replace Pronger in the future.

24. Pittsburgh- C, Colton Sissons- A leader, has a great offensive game and goes hard to the net and get the dirty goals.

25. Boston- C, Stefan Matteau- Solid player in all areas of play and can put pucks in the net.

26. Buffalo- RW, Thomas Wilson- Buffalo get a solid player, probably the best power forward in the draft and has an offensive upside to his game.

27. St.Louis- D, Damon Severson- A solid all around blue-liner who is rising up and showing hes capable of a 1st round pick.

28. Tampa Bay- G, Malcolm Subban- best available goaltender, has serious potential and can develop into a top notch NHL tender sooner than possible. Also a good pickup for Tampa, get goaltending debth, especially that Dwayne Roloson is not getting any younger.

29. NY Rangers- C, Tomas Hertl- Big center, has a great offensive game and can contribute on any end of the ice.

30. Vancouver- C, Andreas Athanasiou- a great offensive player, has great hands, one of the fastest and best penalty killing prospects available.

2nd Round

31. Columbus- D, Michael Matheson- US defender, has a good hockey sense, hands and on the breakout.. good pickup for columbus’ depth for defenseman.

32. Edmont
on- C, Tanner Pearson- mature, hardworking, a skilled offensive forward with a nose for the net.

33. Montreal- C, Nicholas Kerdiles- A good two-way forward with a gritty game and with good offensive abilities.

34. Islanders- RW, Martin Frk- high talented level with speed and canplay with grit.

35. Carolina- D, Ludvig Bystrom- Another Swedish defensive prospect who has good long term potential. He displays excellent all-direction feet and makes poise puck decisions, has good vision and very good passing ability.

36. Ducks- C, Mike Winther- smart, gritty, has skill and likes to battle in the dirty areas.

37. Lightning- RW, Scott Kosmachuk- excellent speed, toughness, and a 2-way game. plays strong on the puck and is fierce.

38. Leafs- LW, Phillip DiGiuseppe- agile with a high skill set like speed, shot, good feet, and hands.

39. Lightning- F, Danill Zharkov- good size, stick handling skills, technical with his stride and feet.

40. Buffalo- LW, Tim Bozon- puck carrier, is a play-maker and goal scorer and can play all 3 forward positions.

41. Buffalo- D, Ville Pokka- 2 way defender, takes the body well, good puck distributor, plays pp well.

42. Minnesota- LW, Teuvo Teravainen- offensive, agile, can dangle and create scoring chances, well balanced stride and good all around player.

43. Colorado- RW, Tomas Hyka- great skeater, has great puck possession skills, good passer and hassoft hands.

44. Dallas- C, Henrik Samuelsson- has good size and frame.. speedy, strong on puck, good power forward, and has a heavy shot and fast release.

45. Jets- RW, Branden Troock- good feet, hard to stop, fast, and drives the net hard.

46. Stars- D, Patrick Sieloff- solid d-man,likes to jump in the play, soft hands, good skill set, steady and effective defenseman, smart.

47. Panthers- RW, Anton Slepyshev- agile winger, good offensive abilities, a strong 2way player, great puck carrier.

48. Carolina- D, Nick Ebert- 2way defender with great size, vision, and feet and can contribute defensively with a blistering shot.

49. Devils- D, Esa Lindell- solid frame, and significant upside.

50. Chicago- G, Andrei Vasilevski- the second best available goalies, with their future in goal on Cory Crawford’s shoulders, Chicago are willing to take this goalie to give competition to the Chicago tender who hasnt been living up to his performances. Chicago get a big, athletic goalie who covers alot of the net and challenges the shooters well.

51. Coyotes- D, Hampus Lindholm- smart, steady skater with a solid 2way game. Plays strong in his end, and very agile and mobile for such a big defender.

52. Columbus- G, Brandon Whitney- a large, athletic goalie with raw talent and takes up a big portion of the net.

53. Lightning- D, Gianluca Curcurto- reads situations well, efficient and is a good shutdown defender. nice size and wide skating strides. Good footwork, and has great positioning to break up plays.

54. Penguins- C, Cristobal Nieves- has big pro-style size similar to previous draft pick Tom Kuhnackl, has a smooth, quick stride, has great agility, good lateral movement, obtains numerous scoring chances, has hands of a scorer, and is an excellent passer.. great all around player.

55.* The San Jose Sharks will receive the 25th pick of this round (55th overall) as compensation for not signing 2007 first-round draft pick Patrick White.——-> LW, Brady Vail- good skill set, good size, physical, has a good defensive game and plays with confidence.

55. Colorado or Washington- RW, Brian Hart- great shot, good all around player, has hands and can play a good 2way game.

56. Montreal- G, Oscar Dansk- quick-legged butterfly goalie, strong positioning, good balance, and has size. Very sharp and in control during games by giving few rebounds.

57. Blues- C, Scott Laughton- reliable 2way forward, team leader and hard worker who shows some grit.. plays hard on the puck, skates well and is an excellent forechecker.

58. Detroit- D, Adam Pelech- a big-stay at home defenseman, hits hard, skates well, shows some offensive ability, and uses his reach and size to his advantage.

59. Rangers- LW, Raphael Bussieres- 2-way player with terrific feet, good puck handler, beats defenders on the outside, good offensive generator.

60. Canucks- LW, Coda Gordon- Solid wing with great strength and some abilities to generate and also score. Reads the ice well, finds the open spots, has good feet, and has scoring prowess and size.

94 Responses to Mock Draft 2012

  1. Steven_Leafs says:

    if Galchenyuk is available wherever the Leafs are in the draft Burke will pick him up. He is American born and raised (his father is from Belarus and although I heard Galchenyuk was born in Russia and spent his life in the USA I could not find that to be true. Online profiles say Galchenyuk was born in the U.S.), a big talented projected first line center.

    Imagine the Leafs having Galchenyuk / Colborne in a couple years, solves all of our problems.

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    depending on where we are drafting, I'm ok with letting Nash go. Of course though if Columbus is willing to take on one of Lombardi, Komisarek, or Connolly and count that player as one of the 4 pieces they are asking for then by all means go after Nash.

    But if this is going to be the cost for Nash then I say forget him and stay true the path:



    10th-ish overall pick

    way too much for a 8M cap hit, and that is coming from someone that really likes Rick Nash and wishes we had him.

  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    you know what though, haven't we been going back and forth for the last 2 weeks? Screw it, ride one goalie for a few games, if we lose them all then switch to the other goalie and ride him for a few games. Screw it, we have nothing to lose at this point.

  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    that is incorrect. And I love that you finished the post with "Dont you know the rules lol.".

    The full rules are there. (note that 2-way deals only affect salary differences for AHL and NHL)

  5. KingCanada says:

    Well..I was referring to the tampering rules haha but ya ur right, its only salary.  Theres a waiver eligibility chart that Im looking at but its too much to post…  Basically depends on age, games played and skater/goalie.

    But by looking at the chart I dont see anyone else eligible..but it wouldnt matter since the deadline is past anyways.

  6. KingCanada says:

    No kidding eh…how much better off would we of been with one of Matt Duchene, Evander Kane or Brayden Schenn…night and day difference!

    Quite the dropoff from 5th to 6th still…

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    Question was answered before he even played. By sitting a healthy Lombardi the leafs had to use if the wanted Ashton to play. I think from what i saw he did ok. I think with a few games under his belt he will do better for sure. Looks like a good hard hitting guy for the forecheck who wont back down. Thanks fawk cause we need more of that, him and Frattin would be a good physical but can combo for the right centre, IMO

  8. leafmeister says:

    I really want Forsberg or Galchenyuk. Its definitely possible. With the way things are going we could be as low as 27th by years end. That would give us an outside shot at Yakubov; or just a great forward prospect. Disappointing way to end the season but they have to maximize the good that will come out of this.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    Funny, I was kinda thinking about this last night, I figure even 6th would get us maybe one of the two(Galchenyuk most likely). However if you draft slightly higher and they are both there, which one do you take? Tough, tough call, IMO, but a good problem to have. Also drafting so high could give you an outside shot at an already established centre(I am talkin worth trading pick for).

  10. leafmeister says:

    The center would have to be Getzlaf/Staal territory. Developing a star forward from draft would be great for the organization; especially since he would come cheap the first 3 years. If the best player available is a d-man; I would consider a trade for a star forward.

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol, I was thinking those same two names, just didn't wanna say it. Ya a star is great and pending the dman i think you still have to consider taking them. i don't really know where we end up but here is hoping lower and lower day by day

  12. mapleleafsfan says:

    I take Galchenyuk.. I want a Center. Before the injury there was talk he could potentially go anywhere from 1-3… Centers win championships. Injury doesn't overly concern me because his work ethic is apparently ridiculous. Potentially having a real first line C again gets me far too excited. 

  13. mapleleafsfan says:

    I know it was just speculation, but Getzlaf isn't moving. Even when the ducks sucked, it made no sense to move him, but now they are playing good hockey again there is a 0% change he goes anywhere. Young top level centers don't get moved. And if he WAS to be moved, the price would be INSANE to the point we couldn't even do it. Far, far more than what the Nash return was rumored to be. His contract is much better (although FA soon could hurt the return a bit), he's a much more productive player (albeit with better linemates), and he's a Center. His value would be insane to the point where we literally could not afford him. 

  14. mapleleafsfan says:

    2 goals, 3 points in 3 games with Carlyle, Kessel seems fine so far. 

  15. JoelLeafs says:

    If Toronto wins ten of the remaining games with two OT losses (or just 11 wins), they have have roughly a 50% chance of making the playoffs statistically.

    Wanna really get depressed? Look at the graph in the above link that show where they were at the start of march… That slide took them from about an 80% chance to about a 10% chance in only two weeks and change.


  16. mapleleafsfan says:

    Lol dude, come aboard the tank band wagon. You know the leafs. We'll win 12 of 12 and still finish 9th. Here's to hoping we lose every game from here on out. (Except maybe games against the Sens and the habs, as much as I want a good pick, I f*cking hate them more)

  17. JoelLeafs says:

    Ha ha, well another loss or two in a row and I might think about it. I like to keep hope alive, even when it's obvious…

    Funny, I left for vacation near the end of Feb and the leafs were in 6th. When I got back they were in 11th. Plus there was a foot of snow on the ground. Great kick in the balls for my welcome back to Canada. Oiy.

  18. Steven_Leafs says:

    we want to lose to the Habs, give them as many points as possible while getting none. lol.

  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Because a team that has basically 1 win in the last while, missing one of their best players, and cannot stop a beach ball is going to pull off some miracle run and go 10-3-2?


  20. LeafsFTW17 says:

    It's a lot easier to take in not making the playoffs when you have a good pick, the last 2 years where we didn't have our 1st was devastating but now that we have our 1st I'm almost excited to see what happens.

  21. mapleleafsfan says:

    Because he said it was happening..

    zzzz you're getting old
  22. frankinboltonleafs says:

    We're in a perfect postion to tank honourably. We have a new coach the polar opposite to Wilson with a team that was kinda built for Wilson in a run-n-gun high pressure quick out kinda way. A collection of gazelles who are now supposed to be lions under Carlyle. We have a goaltending coach who could have wiped out Tim Thomas' career before it even started had he been the goaltending coach for the Bruins way back. I don't think it's unreasonable to see us in the 4th or 5th spot in the draft…..especially with the injuries of late. And with the Marlies doing well Burke may see fit to leave them be with no call-ups. The perfect scenario for the perfect "tank"!

  23. TheLeafNation91 says:

    That may have come off a lot more sarcastic then what I actually meant…

    But to say there's a chance or calculating odds is kind of foolish at this point.

    Especially with the amount of teams ahead, as well as Washington, Tampa, and Buffalo are playing way better then the Leafs right now.

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    We are out of call ups so no problem there. As for draft if we are 6th or lower we are golden. We should get a stellar player, IMO.

  25. frankinboltonleafs says:

    My only fear is that Burke takes "the best player available" rather than the guy we need.

  26. reinjosh says:

    As long as he doesn't take a dman…

    I think any forward we have at that point is a good forward. 
    I think I'd want in order at the draft Yakupov, Galchenyuk/Grigorenko (not sure which one I like better), Forsberg, Faksa/Gaunce. With the exception of Yakupov all have size, and all but Yakupov and Forsberg are centers.
  27. 93killer93 says:

    I actually wouldn't mind drafting a dman if it was Dumba or Murray.  Even though we really could use forwards, if they're available and Galchenyuk is gone i would draft them and move out some of our current dmen.  

  28. dumbassdoorman says:

    You ALWAYS take the best player avaliable, ALWAYS!!!!! lol. If it's a dman so be there are 3 studs in this draft for sure. I don't think you can have too many good dmen, but that's just me.

  29. mapleleafsfan says:

    Meh it was just for fun… I think anyone would be a fool at this point to actually think we're going to make it… Funny thing is, up until a few weeks ago this was our best season in a long time. Now we have worse odds of making the playoffs at this point than previous seasons. We usually at least make it until the last few games to get eliminated. 

  30. reinjosh says:

    I'd consider those two and only those two but I think I'd still take the guys I listed over them. Defense is sort of our deepest position and being so young, dman are sort of unneeded for us. 

    I'd for sure take Yakupov, Grigorenko, Galchenyuk over them. But I guess if those three are gone, I'd have a tough decision on who to take. I'm a big Dumba fan, but it would be hard to pass up a guy like Faksa, Gaunce, Forsberg. I don't know who I would take at that point. I like the idea of a center over a dman but I guess Dumba would be hard to turn down. 
    Phaneuf and Phanue/Subban 2.0 on the same team? Hoy boy, that would be terrifying for other teams.
  31. reinjosh says:

    At 5 or 6 I don't think the problem is BPA. I think its distinguishing who that is lol.

    After Yakupov, Grigorenko/Galchenyuk, I think Faksa/Dumba/Forsberg/Murray are all close or even. I just don't know who you take. 
    I love Dumba. Guy is like Phaneuf 2.0 or Subban 2.0 or even a cross of the two. Murray could be a steady dman like Bouwmeester but better. Faksa might be a Landeskog clone with a little less physicality and a little more offense. 
  32. dumbassdoorman says:

    Oh I think you take Forsberg if he is avail, but I don't think Gaunce is a better prospect then, Murray, Dumba or even Trouba. Problem is Gaunce fills the hole of big centre, but is probably a couple years away. That being said I say if damn is best player avail, you take the dman.

  33. 93killer93 says:

    My order would be Yakupov, Galchenyuk, Murray/Dumba, Gaunce. I'm not sure about Grigorenko with all these reports that scouts are questioning his compete level.  I think Dumba could learn a lot from Phaneuf, and if he or Murray are available and Galchenyuk is gone i would prefer to draft them and move out players for a proven Centre.  

  34. dumbassdoorman says:

    I agree, I am not sold on Grigor either, I read somewhere he wanted to go back to Russia and play in the KHL, but can't find it now, lol. But uber talented guy for sure, if he was 100% into it, might be best player in the draft?

  35. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I was rating Gaunce to high

  36. reinjosh says:

    I've heard that too but it hasn't been substantiated or proven to be correct. There's an idea he hasn't looked totally into it because he's had to learn how to play the NA game as well as dealt with injuries.

    I still take him over almost everybody accept Yakupov and Galchenyuk. You can't pass up that kind of upside and talent in a player because of unsubstantiated reports.
  37. Boston_Bruins says:

    Interesting htat you're against the BPA approach. I know you guys are loaded on the blueline, but IMO you HAVE to take the BPA as things can change so easily in pro sports.

    I think you're safe to take a forward though. There are too many forwards with high end potential in this draft to pass up.
  38. Boston_Bruins says:

    I still think Galchenyuk ends up being the best player in this draft. Such a shame that he didn't get the opportunity to really showcase himself this year yet. His skill set is one that you just drool over.

  39. dumbassdoorman says:

    I am not against the BPA, lol, you ALWAYS take the best BPA, lol, like could a quarterback ever have too many good linemen….lol

  40. reinjosh says:

    Ever since you started trumpeting him last year, I began to become a bigger and bigger fan. I definitely do drool over his skill set. 

  41. SabresFan220 says:

    The Sabres do desperately need an impact forward in this draft, definitely a center. Passing on McNeill for Armia last year may still pay off, especially if they can land one of the top centers in this draft. It doesn't matter to me whether it's Grigorenko, Forsberg, Gaunce, or Galchenyuk, if the Sabres get one of them it's a great pick up. Nashville's pick could also end up near the middle of round 1 too, if they're upset in Round 1 of the playoffs as a non division winner that pick will be in the teens. That 2nd #1 can be a forward or a defenseman, this is a defensively heavy draft, especially near the top.

  42. reinjosh says:

    Armia was a favourite of mine last year and I don't think they made a bad choice. It might not be a perfect one but Armia a potential stud. The guy is slick. And the addition of Hodgson makes the need for a center less of a need. 

    Unfortunately for you, Miller has done his best to relegate Buffalo to another middling performance, losing the shot at a top pick and with it one of those guys you want. 
    I think you best shot is Gaunce or Girgensons. Both are big centers. People really aren't sure about Gaunce's offensive upside. It could be great, it could be just 3rd line center kind stuff. He's sort of like Colborne in that regards. Girgensons could be an interesting pick. He was a guy that had a lot fans early on but sort went under the radar while a guy like Faksa has rocketed up and stolen some of his thunder. He could be a nice pick by the Sabres if they slip out of the top ten. 
    If you get lucky and have Nashville fall out in the first round, you should try and snag Maatta. Solid top 4 guy I think, one with some good size, and good all around skill. Likely won't be anything spectacular but just a solid all around guy. Otherwise go after a guy like Wilson or Frk in the 20ish range. 
  43. JoelLeafs says:

    Yup, pure math is foolish. And by pointing out the statistical reality, I am being very foolish.

  44. SabresFan220 says:

    With St Louis leading the league the Redwings won't likely catch them. That could lead to Nashville butting heads with Detroit in round 1, and that will be a hard 1st round series to win. If any division winners get bounced, Nashville's pick will be higher than any of them.

    Even though the Sabres have put themselves in a middle of the pack position, the top 5 of the draft isn't that far fetched still. They won't get into the draft lottery, but the standings are still a giant cluster. So many teams that aren't far behind them have games in hand or play them in the last 10. Logically the Sabres aren't likely to pick higher than 6th, but that should still net them one of the 4 centers I talked about. Several defensemen will go in the top 5, there are too many good ones to not see at least 3 going in the top 6.

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