Tuesday, May 1, 2012


NHL June Draft Revised 2012

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my revised edition



Oh how things change once you win the lottery. I previously stated that Ryan Murray would be an Oiler but after winning the NHL Amateur draft lottery, the Oiler's find themselves in the enviable position of drafting first overall for the 3rd straight year. That doesn't change my philosophy that teams draft mostly on a "Best player available strategy"and therefore doesn't change my assessment of the players but it does change where some equally similar or talented players might get drafted. We now have a "Theoretical" blueprint for the upcoming draft and now where teams might draft and who they might take.
So again, lets get started by saying....


1. Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov.

The most dynamic player, he can shoot, pass and skate and its just about been impossible to slow him down in the WHL. It won't be long before he is wrecking NHL defenses. When the Oiler's slid to 1st overall, they inevitably ended up with NAIL. He is just that far above the rest of the class and with all the weapons that the Oiler's already have, he will have an immediate impact on the Oiler's high powered offense playing alongside Hall and Hemsky. I'm still not convince that the Oiler's don't trade First for Second and the Blue Jackets 17th. 


2. Columbus Blue Jackets, Mikail Grigorenko.

Huge hockey I.Q. I previously stated that Galchenyuk would be taken 2nd but the Blue Jackets need a guaranteed winning pick. Galchenyuk has more upside but more risk along with at least another year in Junior, he might not arrive quickly. Grigorenko will play this season or next. There is still the possibility of a package sent to the Oiler's for the first overall pick of Nail Yakupov and there is certainly some dangle as the Blue Jackets hold the 17th overall pick and can package 2 and 17 for Nail.
3. MONTREAL CANADIANS , Alex Galchenyuk.

Yes, Galchenyuk. He might be Nail's competition if not for the knee injury that has kept him out. Well folks, its just a knee injury. Born in the U.S.A., There is minimal RUSSIAN FACTOR risk, and he is 6'2". He has been compared to Marion Hossa and he is just what the Canadians need...a big scoring center. I still believe that Filip Forsberg is overrated but wouldn't be surprised to see him go here but hope someone else makes that mistake.
4. NEW YORK ISLANDERS, Ryan Murray

Poised and smooth puck moving defenseman, the complete package. Probably NOT going to be and OILER if the they don't trade down for him. He could go in the top 3 otherwise but I don't believe that the Canadians or Blue Jackets are going to be working on their defense with Jack Johnson and PK Subban in tow...but you never know. The Islanders however are a perfect fit. The have some D in the system but could really use an anchor and the offense for the next bunch of years is set. 

5. TORONTO, Filip Forsberg.
This is another classic case of a player that showcases major talent but really doesn't produce the numbers to warrant such a high selection. Remember Magnus Parjarvi? For that matter, when was the last time a Swedish forward did anything close to what he is supposed to in the NHL. THEY are projects. That doesn't mean he won't turn into a great player, there have been many great swedes!
Not unlike Paarjarvi, he does posses all the necessary skills and size but it might take some honing to translate it to the NHL. I do believe this will be the nail in the Burke's coffin though because he is a project and might not even make the team for a couple of years, he won't be helping Burke now..
6. ANAHEIM DUCKS, Mattew Dumba
Does everything big. Big shot, Big hits. A month ago, arguably the first player taken from the deep defense draft but he didn't slide so much as Murray just separated himself. The Ducks need more abrasive players on the blue line that features a solid future in Fowler and Sbisa and all of the forwards are still young and prime. Dumba brings this abrasiveness and can contribute on what might be a great power play one day soon.

7. MINNESOTA WILD, Griffin Reinhart.
He is 6'4" and can skate! A mobile defensmen that excels in the shut down role and can contribute offensively, Burns is gone, NEED I say more?

8. CAROLINA HURRICANES, Radek Faska

A 6'2" Center that can put up points. Him or Brendan Gaunce. The have been missing that second wave of attack since Brind'amor left. 

9. WINNIPEG JETS, Morgan Reilly.

Had he been injury free he might be placed higher only because we would know what kind of learning curve he might have.In the peg, its time to take one of the best two players available. Him or Trouba. 

10. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING, Jacob Trouba.

Has high skill level and will eventually shut down NHL defenseman. There may be some untapped offensive potential but has yet to show much offense. Hedman and Trouba would be assets needed to compete in a tough conference. 

Most likely to break the top ten
Brendan Gaunce.
These are the type of players that you win Stanley Cups with, a powerful winger who plays both ends of the ice.



Overrated

Forsberg. This is another classic case of a player that showcases major talent but really doesn't produce the numbers to warrant such a high selection. Remember Magnus Parjarvi? For that matter, when was the last time a Swedish forward did anything close to what he is supposed to in the NHL. THEY are projects. That doesn't mean he won't turn into a hell of a player!

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