2012 NHL Draft Top 100 - June Update: Yakupov is Unanimous

Derek Zona
June 12 2012 11:39AM


Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikimedia Commons

Aside from Mathew Dumba's leapfrog of Mikhail Grigorenko, the top 12 in our consensus list remained the same.  Nail Yakupov has gone from the strong consensus #1 to the unanimous #1 and Filip Forsberg has lengthened his lead on Alex Galchenyuk, but the list has held steady.

The big movers in June jumped into the back half of the first round.  Rogle's Hamphus Lindholm moved five spots to #16, Oshawa's Scott Laughton moved 19 spots to #23 and Henrik Samuelsson moved thirteen spots to #30.

Future Considerations describes Lindholm as "...a very aggressive puck rushing defenseman with a high offensive upside. He starts rushes quickly with his high-end skating ability and vision."  But with a significant downside, namely, his defensive game:  "He makes bad decisions and is not hard enough on the puck. Inconsistent play is the biggest detraction from Lindholm’s game. He can force things and tries to make low percentage passes that turn into odd-man rushes or scoring chances against."

Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman thinks Laughton is "...a quick, smart effective player with an average skill level who is a "does all the little things" type of guy in the lineup and seems to always be around the play." but doesn't think he projects into the top six in the NHL.

The Scouting Report thinks Samuelsson is a grinder, noting he's "...a strong complementary player that does the dirty work, but has enough skill to finish off plays as well."  But he isn't going to be an offensive dynamo, "Skating is pretty average, and his offensive puck skills aren’t going to blow you away..."

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Redline Report, Future Considerations, ISS, Craig Button, Hockey Prospectus, The Scouting Report, and Win Shares via Nick, A.K.A. Mathletic.  Their prior records are used to establish a weighting so that the opinions of the more accurate (McKenzie and Button) have more value than the opinions of the less accurate.

#   Pos   Name   HT   WT   L/R   Team   Move
1 F Nail Yakupov  5'11 180 L Sarnia Sting 0
2 F Filip Forsberg  6'2 180 R Leksand 0
3 F Alex Galchenyuk  6'1 185 L Sarnia Sting 0
4 D Ryan Murray  6'0 182 L Everett Silvertips 0
5 D Mathew Dumba  6'0 172 R Red Deer Rebels 1
6 F Mikhail Grigorenko  6'2 192 L Quebec Remparts -1
7 D Morgan Rielly  6'0 190 L Moose Jaw Warriors 0
8 F Teuvo Teräväinen  5'10 161 L Jokerit 0
9 D Jacob Trouba  6'1 183 R USA NTDP U18 0
10 D Griffin Reinhart  6'4 202 L Edmonton Oil Kings 0
11 D Cody Ceci  6'2 203 R Ottawa 67's 0
12 F Radek Faksa  6'2 183 L Kitchener Rangers 0
13 F Sebastian Collberg  6'0 180 R Frölunda 1
14 D Olli Määttä  6'2 198 L London Knights 3
15 F Zemgus Girgensons  6'1 182 L Dubuque Fighting Saints 0
16 D Hamphus Lindholm 6'2 180 L Rogle 5
17 D Derrick Pouliot  5'11 192 L Portland Winterhawks 1
18 F Pontus Åberg  5'11 183 R Djurgården -5
19 D Matt Finn  6'0 197 L Guelph Storm -3
20 D Slater Koekkoek  6'2 180 L Peterborough Petes -1
21 F Brendan Gaunce  6'2 205 L Belleville Bulls -1
22 F Tomas Hertl  6'2 196 L Slavia Praha 0
23 F Scott Laughton  6'0 174 L Oshawa Generals 19
24 D Brady Skjei 6'1 183 L USA NTDP U18 -1
25 G Andrei Vasilevski  6'3 200 L Ufa -1
26 D Ludvig Bystrom 6'0 176 L Modo 2
27 F Nicolas Kerdiles  6'1 183 L USA NTDP U18 -1
28 F Tom Wilson  6'4 195 R Plymouth Whalers 4
29 D Michael Matheson  6'1 175 L Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
30 F Henrik Samuelsson  6'2 192 R Edmonton Oil Kings 13
31 L Philip Di Giuseppe 5'11 176 L Michigan -4
32 D Damon Severson  6'1 188 R Kelowna Rockets -3
33 F Martin Frk  5'11 190 R Halifax Mooseheads -8
34 F Stefan Matteau  6'1 188 L USA NTDP U18 -3
35 F Tanner Pearson 6'0 192 L Barrie Colts -2
36 D Dalton Thrower  6'0 195 R Saskatoon Blades -1
37 D Jordan Schmaltz  6'2 175 R Green Bay Gamblers -3
38 L Anton Slepyshev 6'2 187 R Novokuznetsk 6
39 F Daniil Zharkov  6'3 195 L Tri-City Storm -3
40 D Ville Pokka  6'0 187 R Kärpät -2
41 F Cristoval Nieves  6'2 175 L Kent Prep School 4
42 F Colton Sissons  6'0 173 R Kelowna Rockets -3
43 F Jarrod Maidens  6'2 170 R Owen Sound Attack -6
44 F Mike Winther 5'11 170 R Prince Albert Raiders 4
45 F Brady Vail  6'1 190 L Windsor Spitfires 4
46 D Patrick Sieloff  6'0 173 L USA NTDP U18 1
47 R Scott Kosmachuk 5'11 185 R Guelph Storm -7
48 D Adam Pelech  6'2 200 L Erie Otters 2
49 F Andreas Athanasiou  6'0 165 L London Knights 2
50 F Matia Marcantuoni  5'11 185 R Kitchener Rangers -9
51 D Gianluca Curcuruto  6'1 187 L SSM Greyhounds 1
52 F Tim Bozon 6'1 178 L Kamloops Blazers 2
53 G Malcolm Subban  6'0 178 L Belleville Bulls -7
54 F Nikolai Prokhorkin  6'2 183 L CSKA Moscow 2
55 F Charles Hudon  5'8 165 L Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0
56 L Gemel Smith 5'11 165 L Owen Sound Attack 1
57 D Dillon Fournier  6'1 160 L Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1
58 F Tomas Hyka 5'11 160 R Gatineau Olympiques 1
59 D Esa Lindell 6'3" 194 L Jokerit 1
60 G Oscar Dansk  6'2 183 L Brynäs 4
61 F Mark Jankowski 6'2 170 L Stanstead 4
62 D Calle Andersson  6'1 194 R Malmö 4
63 F Chandler Stephenson  5'9 170 L Regina Pats 4
64 F Brian Hart  6'1 190 R Phillips Exeter Academy 4
65 D Nick Ebert  6'0 195 R Windsor Spitfires -12
66 F Nikita Gusev 5'9 163 R CSKA Moscow 4
67 C Dane Fox 6'0 185 L London Knights 4
68 F Emil Lundberg  6'3 198 L Södertälje -6
69 F Raphaël Bussières  6'0 183 L Baie-Comeau Drakkar -8
70 F Coda Gordon 6'2 174 L Swift Current Broncos 4
71 D Mikko Vainonen 6'2 205 L HIFK 1
72 F Lukas Sutter  6'0 199 L Saskatoon Blades 4
73 D Valeri Vasiliyev 6'1 200 L Spartak Moscow 4
74 F Ben Johnson  5'10 155 L Windsor Spitfires 6
75 C Tanner Richard 5'11 182 L Guelph Storm -12
76 F Riley Barber  5'11 195 R USA NTDP U18 7
77 C Devin Shore 6'0 184 L Whitby 7
78 G Matt Murray 6'4" 162 R SSM Greyhounds 8
79 D Jake McCabe  6'0 195 L USA NTDP U18 9
80 G Brandon Whitney 6'5 193 R Victoriaville 10
81 F Ryan Olsen  6'2 190 R Kelowna Rockets -12
82 F Erik Karlsson  6'0 161 L Frölunda 31
83 F Steven Hodges  5'11 165 L Chilliwack Bruins -10
84 F Branden Troock  6'1 175 R Seattle Thunderbirds -9
85 F Jimmy Vesey       South Shore Kings 8
86 D Niklas Tikkinen 5'11 172 L Espoo Blues -7
87 D Trevor Carrick 6'2 175 L Mississauga St. Mike's Majors -9
88 C Vyacheslav Osnovin 6'0 188 L Cheljabinsk -7
89 F Dominik Volek 6'1 180 L Regina Pats -7
90 G Jon Gillies  6'5 202 L Indiana Ice 9
91 F Troy Bourke  5'10 150 L Prince George Cougars -4
92 F A.J. Michaelson  6'0 180 L Waterloo Black Hawks -7
93 F Brendan Leipsic  5'9 155 L Portland Winterhawks -4
94 G Daniel Altshuller 6'3 195 L Oshawa Generals 10
95 D Dylan Blujus  6'3 184 R Brampton Battalion -4
96 D Jaynen Rissling  6'4 220 L Calgary Hitmen -4
97 F Teddy Blueger 6'0 180 L Shattuck St. Mary's 21
98 D Brian Cooper  5'9 176 L Fargo Force 22
99 C Michael Clarke 6'1 184 L Windsor Spitfires 16
100 F Brett Kulak 6'0 175 L Vancouver Giants 24

  • By this list, the Oilers are slated to take Nail Yakupov and Damon Severson. In all of the projections and predictions I've read about the Oilers first two picks, this seems as likely as any. The star forward and the WHL defenseman fit the Oilers' MO.
  • The first round by country: 12 Canadians, 6 Swedes, 4 Americans, 3 Russians, 2 Czechs, 2 Finns and a Latvian, Zemgus Girgensons, set to become the highest-drafted Latvian ever.
  • The first round by position:  15 forwards, 14 defensemen, 1 goalie, with 8 forwards and 7 defensemen in the top 15.
  • 2012 won't be remembered as a good year for the Slovaks: the first Slovakian player on the combined list, Daniel Rzavský, checks in at #166.
  • Though Mikhail Grigorenko fell to #6, I have a hard time believing that Montreal, the Islanders, and Toronto will all pass on the talented Russian. If he does fall that far, Sean Couturier comparisons will begin immediately.
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