2012 NHL Mock Draft: Phil Di Giuseppe and Potential Stars Available in 2nd Round

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJune 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: General manager Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs speaks on stage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After a crazy first round of the 2012 NHL draft that was full of trades and unexpected picks, the second round will be very interesting to watch unfold.

With several good prospects available, the second round should be just as fun as the first round was. Let's look at a complete second-round mock draft.

*Denotes potential star

31. Columbus Blue Jackets: Oscar Dansk, G, Brynäs

Even though the Blue Jackets traded for Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Friday, they still need someone to take over for Steve Mason.

32. Edmonton Oilers: Ludvig Byström*, D, Modo (Elitserien)

After passing on Ryan Murray in the first round, expect the Oilers to draft a defenseman in the second round.

33. Montreal Canadiens: Nikolay Prokhorkin, LW, CSKA

The Canadiens would be smart to continue to build their offensive depth by taking another goal scorer in Prokhorkin.

34. New York Islanders: Sam Kurker, RW, Saint John's Prep

The Islanders made a smart pick to take Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick, so they will take a forward in Round 2.

35. Toronto Maple LeafsPhillip Di Giuseppe*, LW, University of Michigan

It was surprising that the Michigan star forward wasn't selected in the first round, but he's the perfect offensive star for Brian Burke after the Leafs chose a defenseman in Morgan Rielly with the fifth overall pick.

36. Anaheim Ducks:   Sebastian Collberg, F, Frolunda HC 

The Ducks surprised everyone in the first round by taking Hampus Lindholm sixth overall, but they won't surprise anyone by drafting Collberg, who has first-round talent.

37. Tampa Bay Lightning: Boo Nieves*, C, Kent School

Nieves is a great talent and a long-term project that the Lightning can develop for the future.

38. Carolina Hurricanes:  Jake Paterson, G, Saginaw

The Hurricanes have a goalie at the NHL level in Cam Ward who will play for them for a long time, but adding some depth at the position wouldn't hurt.

39. Winnipeg Jets: Daniil Zharkov, LW, Belleville

Daniil Zharkov would be a good addition at forward after the Jets took defenseman Jacob Trouba in the first round.

40. Tampa Bay Lightning: Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph

Kosmachuk has first-round skills and would be a steal for the Lightning at pick 40 in the second round.

41. Colorado Avalanche: Anton Slepyshev, LW, Metallurg Novokuznetsk

The Avalanche would be wise to add the impressive offensive skills of Anton Slepyshev to their organization.

42. Calgary Flames: Pontus Aberg, F, Djurgardens

The Flames drafted a long-term project in Round 1, so taking a player that will be NHL-ready next year or the year after should be a priority in Round 2.

43. Dallas Stars: Josh Anderson, RW, London Knights

The Stars will add some needed depth at the right wing position with Knights star Josh Anderson.

44. Buffalo Sabres (from Calgary Flames): Francis Beauvillier, LW, Rimouski Oceanic

The Sabres will take another forward in the second round after taking two of them in the first.

45. Philadelphia Flyers (Columbus Blue Jackets):  Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon   

The Flyers didn't draft a defenseman in Round 1, so they will certainly look at one in Round 2. Dalton Thrower has first-round talent and would be a good fit in Philadelphia.

46. Minnesota Wild (from Washington Capitals): Jarrod Maidens, C, Owen Sound

The Wild need to draft a center after taking defenseman Mathew Dumba in the first round.

47. Carolina Hurricanes (from San Jose Sharks): Lukas Sutter, C, Saskatoon Blades

The Hurricanes will need a center if they decide to move Eric Staal to the wing after acquiring Jordan Staal from the Penguins.

48. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Whitney, G*, Victoriaville Tigres

The Blackhawks were fortunate that Teuvo Teräväinen was available at No. 19, and they will address their most pressing need in the second round with top goalie prospect Brandon Whitney.

49. Detroit Red Wings: Andreas Athanasiou, C, London   

The Red Wings would be wise to draft Andreas Athanasiou to add some depth at the center position.

50. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Nashville Predators): Patrick Sieloff, D, USNTP

The Lightning drafted defenseman Slater Koekkoek in the first round, and would be wise to add more depth on their blueline in the second round.

51. Montreal Canadiens (from Nashville Predators): Zachary Stepan, C, Shattuck-St. Mary's

The Canadiens will draft a center with superb offensive talent for the future in Zachary Stepan.

52. Pittsburgh Penguins:  Gemel Smith, C, Owen Sound

The Penguins will need to bolster their center depth with Jordan Staal being deal to the Hurricanes.

53. Florida Panthers: Chandler Stephenson, LW, Regina

Chandler Stephenson would be a strong addition to the Panthers' depth and talent at the left wing position.

54. Dallas Stars (from Washington Capitals): Trevor Carrick, D, Mississauga St Michael's

The Stars didn't take a defenseman in the first round, so taking one in the second round should be a priority.

55. San Jose Sharks (Compensatory): Brian Hart, RW, Exeter

The Sharks made a risky pick in Round 1 with Tomas Hertl, and will make a safer selection in the second round with Brian Hart.

56. St. Louis Blues: Erik Karlsson, F, Frölunda (Elitserien)

The Blues didn't address their need for more goal scoring talent in Round 1, so expect them to take a forward in Round 2.

57. Vancouver Canucks:  Colton Sissons*, F, Kelowna  

The Canucks will add more size and strength at forward with Colton Sissions. Vancouver might also look at a defenseman, but Sissons makes the most sense.

58. Phoenix Coyotes:  Francis Beauvillier, LW, Rimouski Oceanic

Francis Beauvillier is not an NHL-ready prospect yet, but he has the potential to be a reliable top-nine player for many years.

59. New York Rangers: Tomas Hyka, RW, Gatineau Olympiques

The Rangers surprisingly drafted a defenseman in Round 1, and will address a need at right wing in by selecting Tomas Hyka in Round 2.

60. New Jersey Devils: Matt Finn, D, Guelph

The Devils will take a defenseman with this pick because there won't be a top goaltender prospect available.

61. Dallas Stars (from Los Angeles Kings): Richard Tanner, C, Guelph Storm

The Stars will continue to add depth at forward with Guelph center Richard Tanner with the final pick of the second round.


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