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Top 75 for the 2012 Draft- Sept 11, 2011


chickenman92

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top 75 for the 2012 Draft- Sept 11, 2011

By Ian Esplen

ok here is my pre-season top 75 for the up coming draft. any questions or comments are appreciated

1- Nail Yakupov F 5”11 180 Sarnia Sting RUS

Assets- pure scorer, great shot, skill and skating, willing to play physical, hard worker, great attitude, smart

Flaws- sometimes forgets about his own end, D still needs work

NHL Comparison- Steven Stamkos

2- Mikhail Grigorenko F 6”2 192 CSKA Moscow RUS

Assets- Size, out of this world passing and skill, good skater, very smart player

Flaws- compete level is a bit hit and miss at times, lacks fire in his belly, a bit soft, doesn’t play physical

NHL Comparison- Evgeni Malkin

3- Griffin Reinhart D 6”4 202 Edmonton Oil Kings CAN

Assets- Size, excellent mobility, great skater and passer, can skate the puck out of trouble, very poised, smart, never looks rattled, bomb of a shot

Flaws- doesn’t hit enough, plays smaller then he is, needs to become harder to play against

NHL Comparison- Nicklas Lidstrom/Jay Bouwmeester Cross

4- Ryan Murray D 6”0 182 Everett Silvertips CAN

Assets- extremely smart, great passer, moves the puck very well, always in the right position, good skater, runs the PP, can play a ton, very smooth, doesn’t make mistakes

Flaws- only average size, not physical, may struggle at the next level against bigger players

NHL Comparison- smaller Nicklas Lidstrom

5- Jordan Schmaltz D 6”2 175 Sioux City Musketeers USA

Assets- good size, mobile, good skater, very smart, always in position, mistake free, great stick checker, excellent passer, good shoot, excellent skill, can play a ton of minutes, can shut top players down

Flaws- needs to get stronger, could play more physical, play a bit more nasty

NHL Comparison- Nicklas Lidstrom

6- Mathew Dumba D 5”11 172 Red Deer Rebels CAN

Assets- leadership, physical, hits, excellent shot, pure scoring D, excellent passer, hard worker, extremely competitive, strong character, excellent athlete, plays all out every shift

Flaws- gambles a bit too much, has his moments in his own end, a bit small

NHL Comparison- P.K. Subban

7- Andreas Athanasiou F 6”0 165 London Knights CAN

Assets- excellent skater, can play in every situation, good in all 3 zones, great at takeaways, good shot, excellent skill, good passer, very good all around player, great hands, makes players around him better

Flaws- needs to get stronger, could hit a bit more

NHL Comparison- Henrik Zetterberg

8- Nick Ebert D 6”0 195 Windsor Spitfires USA

Assets- physical, excellent shot, pure scoring D, excellent passer, hard worker, good skater, solid in his own end, mobile, strong

Flaws- has his moments in his own end, a bit small, runs around a bit at times

NHL Comparison- Dan Boyle

9- Filip Forsberg F 6”1 176 Leksand SWE

Assets- very high compete level, good size, very complete player, hard worker, leadership, good skill level, can "will" plays to happen, willing to go to the dirty areas, makes the players around him better, excellent passer

Flaws- skating is average, may top out as a second line player

NHL Comparison- Mikko Koivu

10- Martin Frk F 5”11 190 Halifax Mooseheads CZE

Assets- pure power forward, good skater, very physical, good hands, can score, score spectacular goals, great shot, will go around you or through you, hits, plays on the edge, nasty at times, hard to play against

Flaws- may be a bit small to play as physical at the NHL level, takes bad penalties, positioning in his own end needs some work

NHL Comparison- Bobby Clarke

11- Jacob Trouba D 6”1 183 USA NTDP USA

Assets- good size, very physical, hits, solid in his own end, works hard, good 2-way D, can play in all situations, good skater, excellent puck mover, good passer, nasty

Flaws- can run around a bit at times, takes himself out of position trying for the big hit, needs to bulk up

NHL Comparison- James Wisniewski

12- Jesse Graham D 5”11 160 Niagara IceDogs CAN

Assets- excellent skater(best in the draft), excellent speed, excellent mobility, play mistake free hockey, always in the right position, great passer, great skill, excellent poise, can skate or pass out of trouble, very smart, excellent PP QB

Flaws- needs to bulk up and get stronger, struggles in the corners and in front of the net, has troubles with bigger players, could work on his shot, could play more physical

NHL Comparison- Duncan Keith

13- Derrick Pouliot D 5”11 192 Portland Winterhawks CAN

Assets- excellent speed, great mobility, play mistake free hockey, always in the right position, great passer, great skill, excellent poise, can skate or pass out of trouble, very smart, excellent PP QB, great puck rusher, very strong for his size, steady, solid leader, good shot

Flaws- a bit small, can struggle to clear the front of the net, could be more physical

NHL Comparison- Keith Yandle

14- Sebastian Collberg F 6”0 180 Frölunda SWE

Assets- excellent speed(fastest in the draft), excellent athlete, high skill level, great shot, pure scorer, game breaker, hard worker, strong character

Flaws- a little soft, not physical, needs work in his own end

NHL Comparison- Marian Gaborik

15- Alex Galchenyuk F 6”0 185 Sarnia Sting USA/RUS

Assets- smart, solid 2-way game, willing to hit, high skill level, excellent passer, very coachable

Flaws- takes shifts off, plays a little soft at times, awkward skater, could be more physical

NHL Comparison- Alex Tanguay

16- Michael Matheson D 6”1 175 Lac St. Louis Lions CAN

Assets- good size, very mobile, hits, plays physical, great skater, great puck mover, mistake free, good in his own end, very poised player, excellent passer, excellent at reading the play, good leader, strong character

Flaws- may top out as a second pairing D, doesn’t wow you, needs to get stronger

NHL Comparison- Niklas Kronwall

17- Morgan Rielly D 6”0 190 Moose Jaw Warriors CAN

Assets- excellent skater, excellent mobility, very high skill level, great puck rusher, great passer, good shot, future PP QB

Flaws- needs to get stronger, could play more physical, struggles in the corners and in front of the net, needs to work on his play in his own end

NHL Comparison- Erik Karlsson

18- Charles Hudon F 5”8 165 Chicoutimi Sagueneens CAN

Assets- great skill level, feisty, has a motor that doesn’t stop, great passer, high compete level, willing to finish checks, plays his best on the big stage, great speed, great at finding holes, excellent passer, excellent shot, pure scorer, makes players around him better, willing to go to the net

Flaws- size, needs to get stronger, needs to play better in his own end

NHL Comparison- Danny Briere

19- Zemgus Girgensons F 6”1 182 Dubuque Fighting Saints LAT

Assets- good skater, high skill level, excellent at protecting the puck, good 2-way player, finishes checks, very competitive, strong will to win, great work ethic, good passer, good shot

Flaws- still leaning the North American game, may top out as a second line player, hasn’t played at a high level yet, can be inconsistent

NHL Comparison- Andy McDonald

20- Henrik Samuelsson F 6”2 192 Modo USA/SWE

Assets- Big, strong, athletic, plays physical, hits, has a nasty edge to his game, pure power forward, good skater, good puck protection skills, good in the corners and in front of the net, plays hard at both ends

Flaws- offensive game needs some polish, still learning how to play in his own end

NHL Comparison- Brenden Morrow

21- Olli Määttä D 6”1 198 London Knights FIN

Assets- good size, moves the puck well, rock solid in his own end, finishes checks, mobile, good skater, good shot, steady, blocks shots, 2-way ability

Flaws- makes a lot of good plays but nothing that stands out, may top out as a 3-4 D, could play more physical

NHL Comparison- Roman Hamrlik

22- Alex Gudbranson D 6”2 204 Kingston Frontenacs CAN

Assets- big, strong, good skater, moves the puck well, tough, delivers big hits, very good in the corners and in front of the net, physical, hard nosed D, hard shot, untapped offensive potential, great fighter, good leader, excellent character, blocks shots

Flaws- first few steps need work, mobility could be better, is a bit slow at reading the play (getting better tough), tries to do too much at times

NHL Comparison- Dan Hamhuis

23- Daniel Altshuller G 6”2 174 Oshawa Generals CAN

Assets- big, athletic, good solid butterfly, excellent at covering the bottom of the net, can steal a game for his team, plays well on the big stage, calm, doesn’t get rattled

Flaws- goes down a bit early, when he’s bad he’s really bad

NHL Comparison- Marc-Andre Fleury

24- Stefan Matteau F 6”1 188 USA NTDP USA

Assets- big, strong, good in the corners and in front of the net, finishes checks, decent fighter, good speed, passes the puck well, excellent 2-way player, leadership, goes to the dirty areas, good on the PP and PK, excellent work ethic

Flaws- lack of high end skill, first few steps need work, mobility could be better, could play more physical

NHL Comparison- RJ Umberger

25- Slater Koekkoek D 6”2 180 Peterborough Petes CAN

Assets- mobile, athletic, very physical, hits, decent skill, good skater, plays rock solid D, good worker, can play the PP and PK, nasty edge, great shot

Flaws- doesn’t wow you, can run around at times, tries to do too much, turns the puck over

NHL Comparison- Kevin Bieksa

26- Matia Marcantuoni F 5”11 185 Kitchener Rangers CAN

Assets- excellent skater, battles hard, good shot, good skill level, good passer, willing to go to the dirty areas, good leader, strong work ethic, excellent 2-way player, can play the PP and PK, hits, excellent speed, gritty

Flaws- may top out as a 2-3 line centre, needs to get stronger, not sure if he’ll be as physical at the NHL level

NHL Comparison- Ryan Kesler

27- Brady Skeji D 6”1 183 USA NTDP USA

Assets- excellent skater, excellent mobility, moves the puck well, solid offensive upside, good size, good passer, good skill level, able to get his shot through traffic, good on the PP

Flaws- prone to mistakes in his own end, could play more physical, tries to do too much, needs to get stronger

NHL Comparison- Tobias Enstrom

28- Pontus Åberg F 5”11 183 Djurgården SWE

Assets- Pure goal scorer, excellent skater, excellent speed, hard to knock off the puck, hard worker, finishes checks, great shot

Flaws- doesn’t pass much, sometimes forgets about his own end

NHL Comparison- Michael Grabner

29- Cody Ceci D 6”2 203 Ottawa 67's CAN

Assets- big, strong, fairly mobile, hits, fights, reliable in his own end, steady, moves the puck out of the zone, hard shot, blocks shots, stay at home D, good in the corners and in front of the net

Flaws- doesn’t wow you, may top out as a 3-4 D, won’t score a ton at the NHL level

NHL Comparison- Braydon Coburn

30- Gianluca Curcuruto D 6”1 187 SSM Greyhounds CAN

Assets- great skater, excellent passer, excellent puck mover, solid in his own end, good size, high skill level, good character, good leader, very mature, decent shot, excellent work ethic, great at reading the play

Flaws- doesn’t play physical, needs to shoot more, shies away from physical play, needs to be better in the corners and in front of the net

NHL Comparison- Tomas Kaberle

31- Brendan Gaunce F 6”2 205 Belleville Bulls CAN

32- Nicolas Kerdiles F 6”1 183 USA NTDP USA

33- Malcolm Subban G 6”0 178 Belleville Bulls CAN

34- Tom Wilson F 6”4 195 Plymouth Whalers CAN

35- Adam Pelech D 6”2 200 Erie Otters CAN

36- Matt Finn D 6”0 197 Guelph Storm CAN

37- Jaynen Rissling D 6”3 215 Calgary Hitmen CAN

38- Brendan Leipsic F 5”9 155 Portland Winterhawks CAN

39- Scott Laughton F 6”0 174 Oshawa Generals CAN

40- Troy Bourke F 5”10 150 Prince George Cougars CAN

41- Eric Locke F 5”9 171 Barrie Colts CAN

42- Kalle Torniainen F 5”10 172 Djurgården FIN

43- Mathew Campagna F 5”11 170 Sudbury Wolves CAN

44- Raphaël Bussières F 6”0 183 Baie-Comeau Drakkar CAN

45- Calle Andersson D 6”1 194 Malmö SWE

46- Ville Pokka D 6”0 187 Kärpät FIN

47- Patrik Machac F 5”9 165 Kladno CZE

48- Damon Severson D 6”1 188 Kelowna Rockets CAN

49- Jarrod Maidens F 6”2 170 Owen Sound Attack CAN

50- Ryan Olsen F 6”1 172 Saskatoon Blades CAN

51- Teuvo Teräväinen F 5”10 161 Jokerit FIN

52- Dylan Blujus D 6”3 184 Brampton Battalion USA

53- Jake McCabe D 6”0 195 USA NTDP USA

54- Luca Ciampini F 5”11 189 Halifax Mooseheads CAN

55- Cristoval Nieves F 6”2 175 Kent Prep School USA

56- Dominic Poulin D 6”1 185 Chicoutimi Sagueneens CAN

57- Colton Sissons F 6”0 173 Kelowna Rockets CAN

58- Nikolai Prokhorkin F 6”2 183 CSKA Moscow RUS

59- Miles Koules F 5”11 177 USA NTDP USA

60- Oscar Dansk G 6”2 183 Brynäs SWE

61- Emil Lundberg F 6”3 198 Södertälje SWE

62- Brandon Magee F 5”7 161 Victoria Royals CAN

63-Kristoff Kontos F 6”1 203 Sudbury Wolves CAN

64- Gustav Rydahl F 6”2 194 Färjestad SWE

65- Dalton Thrower D 6.00 195 Saskatoon Blades CAN

66- Jon Gillies G 6”5 202 Indiana Ice USA

67- Radek Faksa F 6”2 183 Trinec CZE

68- Brian Cooper D 5”9 176 Fargo Force USA

69- A.J. Michaelson F 6”0 180 Apple Valley Varsity USA

70- Chandler Stephenson F 5”10 170 Regina Pats CAN

71- Daulton Siwak F 6”0 196 Red Deer Rebels CAN

72- Marcus McIvor D 6”1 204 Brampton Battalion CAN

73- Dalton Sward F 6”0 165 Vancouver Giants CAN

74- Brady Vail F 6”1 190 Windsor Spitfires USA

75- Andrei Vasilevski G 6”3 200 Ufa RUS

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