2012 NHL Draft - Top 80 Forwards

Derek Zona
May 22 2012 10:23AM


Sebastian Collberg might be a top 10 pick
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The May version of the Consensus Top 100 is in and the top of the draft continues to be dominated by European forwards and Canadian defensemen. 

Ov Name   Ht Wt Team  
1 Nail Yakupov  5'11 180 Sarnia Sting
2 Filip Forsberg  6'2 180 Leksand
3 Alex Galchenyuk  6'1 185 Sarnia Sting
4 Mikhail Grigorenko  6'2 192 Quebec Remparts
7 Teuvo Teräväinen  5'10 161 Jokerit
12 Radek Faksa  6'2 183 Kitchener Rangers
13 Sebastian Collberg  6'0 180 Frölunda
14 Pontus Åberg  5'11 183 Djurgården
15 Zemgus Girgensons  6'1 182 Dubuque Fighting Saints
20 Brendan Gaunce  6'2 205 Belleville Bulls
21 Tomas Hertl  6'2 196 Slavia Praha
25 Martin Frk  5'11 190 Halifax Mooseheads
26 Nicolas Kerdiles  6'1 183 USA NTDP U18
27 Philip Di Giuseppe 5'11 176 Michigan
31 Stefan Matteau  6'1 188 USA NTDP U18
32 Tanner Pearson 6'0 192 Barrie Colts
35 Daniil Zharkov  6'3 195 Tri-City Storm
36 Jarrod Maidens  6'2 170 Owen Sound Attack
37 Tom Wilson  6'4 195 Plymouth Whalers
38 Colton Sissons  6'0 173 Kelowna Rockets
39 Matia Marcantuoni  5'11 185 Kitchener Rangers
41 Scott Laughton  6'0 174 Oshawa Generals
42 Henrik Samuelsson  6'2 192 Edmonton Oil Kings
43 Cristoval Nieves  6'2 175 Kent Prep School
44 Scott Komaschuk 5'11 185 Guelph Storm
46 Mike Winther 5'11 170 Prince Albert Raiders
47 Brady Vail  6'1 190 Windsor Spitfires
48 Andreas Athanasiou  6'0 165 London Knights
51 Anton Slepyshev 6'2 187 Novokuznetsk
52 Tim Bozon 6'1 178 Kamloops Blazers
55 Gemel Smith 5'11 165 Owen Sound Attack
57 Raphaël Bussières  6'0 183 Baie-Comeau Drakkar
59 Mark Jankowski 6'2 170 Stanstead
60 Charles Hudon  5'8 165 Chicoutimi Sagueneens
61 Nikolai Prokhorkin  6'2 183 CSKA Moscow
63 Tomas Hyka 5'11 160 Gatineau Olympiques
64 Chandler Stephenson  5'9 170 Regina Pats
66 Ryan Olsen  6'2 190 Kelowna Rockets
67 Dane Fox 6'0 185 London Knights
68 Emil Lundberg  6'3 198 Södertälje
69 Branden Troock  6'1 175 Seattle Thunderbirds
70 Steven Hodges  5'11 165 Chilliwack Bruins
71 Tanner Richard 5'11 182 Guelph Storm
72 Brian Hart  6'1 190 Phillips Exeter Academy
73 Devin Shore 6'0 184 Whitby
74 Nikita Gusev 5'9 163 CSKA Moscow
75 A.J. Michaelson  6'0 180 Waterloo Black Hawks
78 Troy Bourke  5'10 150 Prince George Cougars
80 Brendan Leipsic  5'9 155 Portland Winterhawks
81 Coda Gordon 6'2 174 Swift Current Broncos
82 Lukas Sutter  6'0 199 Saskatoon Blades
88 Jimmy Vesey 6'0 176 South Shore Kings
90 Ben Johnson  5'10 155 Windsor Spitfires
91 Vyacheslav Osnovin 6'0 188 Cheljabinsk
92 Dominik Volek 6'1 180 Regina Pats
93 Riley Barber  5'11 195 USA NTDP U18
95 Matej Beran 6'4" 215 PEI Rocket
96 Chris Tierney 6'0 181 London Knights
98 Kalle Torniainen  5'10 172 Djurgården
101 Zach Stepan  6'0 170 Shattuck St. Mary's
102 Gustav Rydahl  6'2 194 Färjestad
103 Mathew Campagna  5'11 170 Sudbury Wolves
106 Dalton Sward  6'0 165 Vancouver Giants
107 Ludvig Nilsson 6'1 175 Timra
109 Logan McVeigh  6'0 179 Kamloops Blazers
113 Erik Karlsson  6'0 161 Frölunda
114 Seth Griffith 5'10 185 London Knights
115 Michael Clark 6'1 184 Windsor Spitfires
116 James Melindy 6'2 195 Moncton Wildcats
117 Chris Canlan 6'2 195 Nobles
118 Teddy Blueger 6'0 180 Shattuck St. Mary's
119 Arturs Gavrus 5'10 165 Owen Sound Attack
121 Denis Kamaev 5'10 165 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
122 Kevin Roy 5'10 170 Lincoln Stars
123 Andrew Ryan  6'2 200 Halifax Mooseheads
124 Brett Kulak 6'0 175 Vancouver Giants
128 Robert Baillargeon 6'0 175 Indiana Ice
129 Nathan Walker 5'9 176 HC Vitkovice
130 Frank Vatrano 5'10 215 USA NTDP U18
131 Daniel O'Regan 5'9 160 St. Sebastien

  • My favorite name on the list is the 78th ranked forward (#128 overall), Nathan Walker from the Czech Republic via Australia.  Walker could become a singular sports celebrity in his native Australia if he is drafted in June.
  • The first Canadian forward is Brendan Gaunce, ranked 10th amongst forwards (#20 overall).  After Gaunce, it's Philip Di Giuseppe, ranked 14th (#27 overall) then Tanner Pearson, ranked 16th (#33 overall).  I can't recall a weaker draft class for Canadians up front.
  • Even with the weak class, Canada still makes up 37 of the top 80.  The United States is second with 15, Sweden and Russia tie for third with 8, and the Czechs have 6 in the top 80.
  • The OHL leads the way in originating leagues with 21 of the top 80.  The WHL is second with 15, the USHL and QMJHL tie for third with 9.
  • This might be the year (albeit temporary) that the USHL overtakes the QMJHL as the third Major Junior League in the world.  The USHL has the same number of forwards in the top 80 as the QMJHL and the USHL has recently produced more high-end defenders as well.  3 of the USHL's top 9 forwards are imports (one player from Canada, Latvia and Russia), five of the QMJHL's top 9 forwards are imports (3 players from the Czech Republic and 2 from Russia).
  • The Czechs have to be ecstatic with this draft class.  They've got two sure-fire first round picks in Faksa and Hertl and a possible third in Frk.  Hyka is a bottom of the second, top of the third pick and Beran and Volek could go at the bottom of the third or top of the fourth.  If 6 Czech players come off of the board in the first 100 picks, there may be a revival underway in the Czech Republic.
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#1 RexLibris
May 22 2012, 07:49PM
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Any chance the Oilers could draft Erik Karlsson in round three, then surreptitiously exchange their Karlsson for Ottawa's in the middle of the night?

Just a thought. Sometimes you have to think outside the box.

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#2 digits
May 24 2012, 03:46PM
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I see reinhart might slip down! I will take a canadian with heart over any euro with talent !

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#3 digits
May 24 2012, 03:51PM
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funny how the draft still works your best picks are the kids 6 foot or taller over 2oo lbs, a point a game and over 100 minutes in penalties ,you want the agressive players which means you wouldn't want a Sedin ! ever. just take a look at that formula the last 20 draft years and see for yourself!

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#4 digits
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you certainly dont want to draft a wall flower like nugent hopkins or hall as #1 overall they are not competitive enough in the physical department, this is why both spent a large portion of the seaon on the injury reserve . oilers would have been better of f addressing their holes on defense by picking larson but the oilers got greedy and drafted another soft player who may not last 5 years in this league.

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#5 EasyOil
May 27 2012, 07:29AM
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@digits

Wow. Simply wow. Nugent-Hopkins and Hall both suffered freak injuries and all of a sudden they're "wall flowers"? RNH has underrated physical abilities (see him laying several hits on Dallas' Morrow this year, to name but one), but that's not his game. Hall is a bull in a china shop - might not hit a lot but is absolutely fearless.

Besides, since when is being physical more important than actually being able to play hockey? If that were the case then Derek Dorsett should win the Hart this year. RNH is an absolute wizard and will only get better, and Hall is a gritty emotional goal scorer who, again, will only get better. Hall's style might lead to more injuries, yes, but so did Forsberg's and no-one called him soft.

I think you would fit in quite well with the Oiler's scouting department circa 2002-2006. Draft big players with lots of PIMs over players who can impact the game in ways that matter (see: taking MAP and JFJ over Parise).

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