NHL Draft Order 2012: Goal-Scoring Machines Who Will Make Quickest Impact

Tim KeeneyContributor 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 NHL draft is full of talented goal-scorers. 

Sure, a large portion of the players who are drafted on Friday night won't make an immediate impact, but there are some talented young guns—most notably forwards and centers—who will be providing plenty of quality ice time for NHL teams sooner rather than later.

Let's take a look at who those prospects are. 

Note: For a complete look at the NHL draft order, click here


Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia

The Edmonton Oilers could still go a bunch of different ways with the No. 1 overall pick, but they will find it hard to pass up a talent like Yakupov.

The 18-year-old Russian has drawn comparisons to Alex Ovechkin, who you may have heard of. And considering his combination of speed, moves with the puck and ability to rack up goals, it's not hard to see why. 

Yakupov scored a ridiculous 49 goals during his rookie season with Sarnia, and he followed that up this year with another 31 in just 42 games. 

He's an absolute machine, and he'll prove that very soon in the NHL. 


Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia

Who else could be next on the list but Yakupov's friend and teammate at Sarnia. 

Galchenyuk is 6'2", so he has good size that helps him be a force down low and on the boards. Still, though, he doesn't let that size limit his skating ability, which overall is very good. The 18-year-old Wisconsin native could add a little more physicality, but that's just nitpicking. 

He scored 31 goals for Sarnia last season, and that's coming off a 44-goal season in just 38 games for the Chicago Young Americans. He can flat out find the back of the net in a variety of ways and is a likely top-three pick. 


Filip Forsberg, LW/RW, Leksands

While Galchenyuk is effective because of his size, Forsberg has dynamic speed and skating ability. 

He's constantly one of the fastest players on the ice, and because of that, he's very hard to contain. He has good ability with the puck at his stick, and he can zoom through tight spaces. 

Throw in a powerful shot, and it's no wonder that he has busted onto the scene in Sweden. At just 17 years old, he scored five goals in 11 games for Sweden's Under-20 team and even scored eight goals for Leksand's pro team. 

He is scary good for his age, and he will only continue to prove that in the NHL.