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NHL Draft 2012: 20 Best Prospect Highlight Videos on YouTube

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIMay 2, 2012

NHL Draft 2012: 20 Best Prospect Highlight Videos on YouTube

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    There's no easier way to see what a prospect brings than watching him play.

    Sure, you can look at all the scouting reports and mock drafts you want, but before the 2012 NHL draft, it's good to get a taste of what each of the world's top young players bring by simply watching them play hockey.

    As recent as five seasons ago, it would be difficult to find such quality video of the top draft-eligible players.

    Today, the Internet video-sharing behemoth YouTube has made scouting these players relatively easy.

    They're all just a search away.

20. Martin Frk

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    Right Wing, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

    Here, Frk's playmaking and shooting abilities are displayed.

19. Tom Wilson

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    Right Wing, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

    Most videos of the 6'4" Wilson show him dropping his gloves and fighting.

    Wilson is an old school power forward who's going to be very difficult to clear out of the crease in the NHL.

18. Matt Finn

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    Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)

    This nice shot displays offensive capabilities from the quality defender.

17. Brendan Gaunce

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    Center, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

    This shows how rounded of a player Gaunce is. He can cause turnovers, deke and shoot well.

16. Jacob Trouba

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    Defenseman, USHL Development Team

    There's no actual footage of Trouba playing, but the 6'2" 193-pound player totaled 29 points in 48 games.

15. Derrick Pouliot

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    Defenseman, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

    The defenseman shows his ability to step up and finish a play in this video.

14. Teuvo Teravainen

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    Left Wing, Jokerit (SM-liiga)

    As agile as this video shows Teravainen to be, size could be a factor in the NHL as the Finnish winger is just 5'11" and weighs 165 pounds.

13. Radek Faksa

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    Center, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

    Faksa scored 29 goals this season with finishing abilities shown in this highlight video.

12. Malcolm Subban

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    G, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

    This profile from December 2011 gives a little footage on the top goaltending prospect in this season's draft.

11. Griffin Reinhart

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    Defenseman, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

    Reinhart's positioning here is questionable, but he was a plus-23 this season, so he likely knows where to be on the ice.

10. Zemgus Girgensons

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    Center, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

    Girgensons was more than a point-per-game player this season, but take a look at his hitting instincts in this video.

9. Cody Ceci

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    Defenseman, Ottawa 67's (OHL)

    With all five opponents collapsing back to the net, Ceci was able to risk stepping up in order to shoot the puck on net.

8. Olli Maata

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    Defenseman, London Knights (OHL)

    There isn't much video of Maatta, but the defenseman is ranked 8th among North American skaters by NHL.com's Central Scouting.

7. Morgan Rielly

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    Defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

    Rielly was compared to Paul Coffey and Erik Karlsson. He'll need to be sharp defensively as well, but the offensive talents are clear.

6. Alex Galchenyuk

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    Center, Sarnia Sting (OHL)

    This report features quality highlights of Galchenyuk, who recenetly returned from a knee injury after missing most of the season.

5. Mathew Dumba

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    Defenseman, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

    Dumba is a great all-around defenseman who seems to have the ability to do everything.

4. Filip Forsberg

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    Left Wing, Leksand (Swedish League)

    Forsberg always seems to be one step ahead of the defense when producing offensive plays.

3. Ryan Murray

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    Defenseman, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

    Murray will likely be the first defenseman drafted this year.

2. Mikhail Grigorenko

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    Center, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

    Grigorenko shows an impressive ability to create space and goals.

1. Nail Yakupov

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    Right Wing, Sarnia Sting (OHL)

    If the Edmonton Oilers use their top pick in the draft to pick this incredible offensive talent and keep Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, they will have the NHL's most dangerous offense within three seasons.

     

    Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers. He is available on Twitter for hockey updates, analysis and commentary.

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