2012 NHL Draft: Final Ranking of the Top 50 Players Available

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 5:  Nail Yakupov #10 of Team Russia waits for a face-off during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game against Team Sweden at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 5, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Team Sweden defeated Team Russia 1-0 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NHL draft takes place Friday at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and there should be a lot of excitement over this year's class of players.

Talented stars such as Nail Yakupov and Filip Forsberg will add a new level of excitement to the game and give the lucky fans of the prospects' new teams even more reason to support their favorite club.

Here are my final rankings for the top 50 players available in the 2012 draft:

Rank Player Team (League) Position
1 Nail Yakupov Sarnia Sting (OHL) RW
2 Filip Forsberg Leksand (Sweden-2) C
3 Ryan Murray Everett (WHL) D
4 Alex Galchenyuk Sarnia (OHL) C
5 Mikhail Grigorenko Quebec (QMJHL) C
6 Morgan Rielly Moose Jaw (WHL) D
7 Radek Faksa Kitchener (OHL) C
8 Cody Ceci Ottawa (OHL) D
9 Teuvo Teravainen Jokerit (Finland) LW
10 Mathew Dumba Red Deer (WHL) D
11 Jacob Trouba USA-18 (USHL) D
12 Griffin Reinhart Edmonton (WHL) D
13 Olli Maatta London (OHL) D
14 Derrick Pouliot Portland (WHL) D
15 Sebastian Collberg Frolunda (Sweden) RW
16 Hampus Lindholm Rogle Jr. (SWE-JR) D
17 Brendan Gaunce Belleville (OHL) C
18 Colton Sissons Kelowna (OHL) C
19 Thomas Wilson Plymouth (OHL) RW
20 Matthew Finn Guelph (OHL) D
21 Stefan Matteau USA-18 (USHL) C
22 Zemgus Girgensons Dubuque (USHL) C
23 Brady Skjei USA-18 (USHL) D
24 Martin Frk Halifax (OHL RW
25 Malcolm Subban Belleville (OHL) G
26 Andrei Vasilevski Ufa-2 (Russia-Jr) G
27 Mike Winther Prince Albert (WHL) C
28 Phil Di Giuseppe Michigan (CCHA) LW
29 Tomas Hertl Slavia (CZREP) C
30 Pontus Aberg Djugarden (Sweden) LW
31 Slater Koekkoek Peterborough (OHL) D
32 Dalton Thrower Saskatoon (WHL) D
33 Ville Pokka Karpat (Finland) D
 34 Scott Kosmachuk
Guelph (OHL)
 35 Tanner Pearson Barrie (OHL)
 36 Cristoval Nieves
Kent School (HIGH-CT)
 37 Brandon Whitney
Victoriaville (QMJHL)
 38 Ludvig Bystrom
Modo-Jr (SWE-JR) D
 39 Scott Laughton
Oshawa (OHL)
 40 Nicolas Kerdiles USA-18 (USHL)
 41 Michael Matheson Dubuque (USHL)
 42 Danill Zharkov
Belleville (OHL) LW
 43 Patrick Sieloff USA-18 (USHL)
 44 Oscar Dansk Brynas Jr (SWE-JR) G
 45 Nikolai Prokhorkin CSKA 2 (RUS-JR) LW
 46 Jake Peterson Saginaw (OHL)
 47 Anton Slepyshev Novokuznetsk (Russia)
 48 Chandler Stephenson Regina (WHL)
 49 Jordan Schmaltz Green Bay (USHL) 
 50 Samuel Kurker
St. John's Prep (HIGH-MA) RW

Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. He has covered the Boston Bruins firsthand since the 2011 SCF.