Thursday, 12 April 2012

2012 Mock Draft 2.0

We're going to do something a little different this time around, we're going to each give our individual Mock Draft. So you're going to see two drafts here.

Bradley's Draft:

1-Edmonton: Nail Yakupov (Best player in the draft. I think Edmonton trades down though.)
2-Columbus: Ryan Murray (Columbus needs to once again rebuild and Murray is the best place to start.)
3-Montreal: Mikhail Grigorenko (He has crazy skill. Plus there's a good chance his junior coach could be coaching the Habs next season.)
4-New York Islanders: Filip Forsberg (Big, skilled winger. Will compliment John Tavares very nicely.)
5-Toronto: Alex Galchenyuk (Could probably go higher but teams will hesitate because of his injury.)
6-Anaheim: Griffin Reinhart (Toss up between him and Dumba. Reinhart is the safer pick, plus they already have Fowler.)
7-Minnesota: Mathew Dumba (Simply too good to pass up. High risk high reward type player.)
8-Carolina: Radek Faksa (Really safe pick. Plus they took Murphy last year so I can't see them taking a defenseman this year.)
9-Winnipeg: Cody Ceci (Hard to choose between him or Trouba, went with my gut.)
10-Tampa Bay: Morgan Rielly (Great puck moving defenseman, which is what Tamp needs.)
11-Washington: Jacob Trouba (Caps get a very good two-way defenseman with great size.)
12-Buffalo: Teuvo Teravainen (Scoring winger. Should blend in well with the rest of Buffalo's young forwards.)
13-Dallas: Brendan Gaunce (Should be a great fit with Jamie Benn. Hard worker, who can grind it out and score.)
14-Calgary: Sebastian Collberg (Calgary needs offense. Collberg provides that.)
15-Ottawa: Pontus Aberg (Sens love their Swedes, plus their defense is good and young,another forward wouldn't hurt.)
16-Washington: Olli Maatta (Could easily take a forward here but Hunter coached him in junior so that could be an influence.)
17-Florida: Derrick Pouliot (Once again I agree with Trevor that he has potential to run Florida's PP once Campbell is gone, as long as he's developed properly.)
18-Columbus: Zemgus Girgensons (If he slips to Columbus here they'll be laughing. Great prospect who can potentially be a top 6 center)
19-San Jose: Slater Koekkoek (Like many players in this years draft, injuries derailed his season. He could have competed for a top 10 pick. Should be a solid defender someday.)
20-Phoenix: Tomas Hertl (Might be a bit off the board but he's a good player with lots of potential. Defense is solid so they need to start drafting forwards.)
21-Chicago: Andrei Vasilevski (Chicago's goaltending is questionable. Vasilevski is the best goalie available so they should take him.)
22-New Jersey: Malcolm Subban (Have potential in Wedgewood but Subban is a great goalie with tons of potential. Can't afford to only have one good goalie prospect in their system.)
23-Tampa Bay: Martin Frk (Missed a lot of time with a concussion, so draft stock has fallen. Tampa can afford to be patient with him. Could be a steal at 23.)
24-Boston: Brady Skjei (Solid defenseman with loads of potential. Needs a team who can develop him and be patient with him and Boston can do just that.)
25-Philadelphia: Hampus Lindholm (To be honest I don't know much about him but from what I've heard he's a solid defenseman, which is what Philly needs.)
26-Buffalo: Phillip Di Giuseppe (Many thought he should have made Team Canada at the WJC. Solid two-way player with a knack for scoring. Should fit in well with Buffalo's forwards.)
27-Pittsburgh: Tanner Pearson (A bit of a wild card since he's already been passed up in two drafts. Took his game to another level this season but needs a team who can be patient with him.)
28-St.Louis: Matt Finn (Potential to be a top 3 or 4 defenseman. Some people would have him going much higher.)
29-New York Rangers: Oscar Dansk (I know this is a bit of a bold prediction since the NYR have Lunqvist but he's getting to older now so they can take the proper time to develop Dansk and by the time he's ready Lundqvist will be at the end of his career.)
30-Vancouver: Colton Scissons (He doesn't play too far away so I'm sure the Canucks have seen plenty of him. He's a hard working player who can score. Also has great leadership qualities.)

Other Prospects to Consider:
-Steffan Matteau
-Tom Wilson
-Ludvig Bystrom
-Jarrod Maidens
-Nikita Gusev

Trevors Draft:

1-Edmonton: Nail Yakupov (Slam dunk top prospect.)
2-Columbus: Mikhail Grigorenko (I could see Murray here also.)
3-Montreal: Ryan Murray (Not who I would take based on what they need but best player at this point.)
4-New York Islanders: Alex Galchenyuk (Have a history of taking who he wants and likes Sarnia players.)
5-Toronto: Filip Forsberg (Scoring forward we need,has loads of skill,good potential,probably wont come over right away.)
6-Anaheim: Mathew Dumba (Loads of potential but riskiest top pick.)
7-Minnesota: Griffin Reinhart (In any other draft hes a potential top 5 but in this one hes barely mentioned.)
8-Carolina: Radek Faksa (Rutherford not a big fan of taking defence in 1st round probably lowest risk player.)
9-Winnipeg: Jacob Trouba (Could see him switching with Reinhart since Trouba is from USA.)
10-Tampa Bay: Morgan Rielly (Is that puck mover they need.)
11-Washington: Olli Maatta (Think they take a dman and forward,Hunter has coach Maatta before so thats why hes here.)
12-Buffalo: Brendan Guance (Would place him lower based on how I rank,but for this mock this is where I see him very safe prospect.)
13-Dallas: Cody Ceci (Lack a top prospect on defence.)
14-Calgary: Teuvo Teravainen (Scoring winger,great compliment to Baertschi and has star potential.)
15-Ottawa: Pontus Aberg (They are fairly good with prospects,like Swedes and no immediate rush to bring him over.)
16-Washington: Sebastian Collberg (Scoring winger they need,and a good prospect in there system.)
17-Florida: Derrick Pouliot (Surprise team this year,might take a step back but could be future PP QB when Campbell is gone.)
18-Columbus: Slater Koekkoek (Injury has hurt his stock but was pushing for top 10 before injury and has top 4 dman potential.)
19-San Jose: Matt Finn (There prospects are weak and they need to replenish,Finn would help and his name is ironic.)
20-Phoenix: Zemgus Girgensons (Only so far he can drop,good potential but for whatever reason he falls to here,this years faller.)
21-Chicago: Malcolm Subban (They lack a real good goalie and not sure if hes the answer but dont think they like Vasilevski.)
22-New Jersey: Andrei Vasilevski (Future heir to the throne for Brodeur,high potential but could also go dman.)
23-Tampa Bay: Tomas Hertl (Hertl is a good prospect for them,good playmaker,possibly a goalie. If Vasilevski is here hes there man.)
24-Boston: Ludvig Bystrom (Not many holes,good prospects,can afford to let him develop overseas and not rush him.)
25-Philadelphia: Hampus Lindholm (They improved there defence but could improve more,good pick for them here.)
26-Buffalo: Martin Frk (With there 2nd pick they pick a crafty forward who has fallen after an early injury,could be a steal.)
27-Pittsburgh: Phillip Di Giuseppe (Would probably prefer Frk however,Di Giuseppe has good 2 way came and can score.)
28-St.Louis: Stefan Matteau (Will play in the QMJHL next year,so deep in prospects they will just take BPA.)
29-New York Rangers: Brady Skeji (Will be going NCAA route gives him time to develop,good prospect.)
30-Vancouver: Jarrod Maidens (Got hurt,but is good 2 way player and I see them going to the CHL with this pick.)
Other Prospects to Consider:
-Gemel Smith
-Tom Wilson
-Oscar Dansk
-Dalton Thrower
-Scott Laughton

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