NHL Draft 2012: Winners and Losers from Day 2
The 2012 NHL draft has come to a conclusion, and after Friday night's Round 1 took took about three hours from start to finish, the final six rounds were selected in a mere two hours and 45 minutes.
The great thing about the NHL draft is that a lot of the players selected will not make a name for themselves in the NHL until three or four years down the road, so the draft is only the beginning.
Many will go on to either continue their junior careers or play college hockey somewhere in America. There were many surprises throughout the second day, so let's take a look at some of the winners and losers from Day 2.
Winner: Calgary Flames
Many people thought that the trade the Calgary Flames made on Day 1 was an atrocious decision. I completely disagree.
The Flames proved that they were going to take quantity over quality in a draft that wasn't really loaded with players expected to make an immediate impact. The trade sent the 14th overall pick to Buffalo in exchange for the 21st and 42nd overall picks.
The 42nd pick ended up being defenseman Patrick Sieloff from the USA U-18 team in the USHL. The Flames have struggled to find a franchise defenseman, and down the road, Sieloff should be able to fill that void.
I also love their 75th overall pick of goaltender Jon Gillies from the USHL's Indiana Ice. Gillies stands at 6'4", and in a few years, could be a guy who will push current goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to his highest potential.
Loser: Anaheim Ducks
A main reason why the Anaheim Ducks had a tough weekend had very little to do with the draft, but instead the Bobby Ryan situation that plagued the mood of the entire organization.
Ryan was quoted by Randy Miller of the Coutier Post, "I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don't care. Move me...because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved."
On top of this, the Ducks had an average draft at best, and although they might have gotten a steal with Nicolas Kerdiles when they drafted him 36th overall, he has committed to playing for the University of Wisconsin and will not be affecting the Ducks organization for quite some time.
I also don't really understand drafting a goalie at the late end of the third round due to the fact that the Ducks are very deep in that department. They had four different starters in net during the 2011-12 season.
Winner: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins had, by far, the best weekend out of any team in the NHL. They made two great trades in order to free up cap space for free-agent signings, and every one of their draft picks filled a seam that was missing in the organization.
With the 52nd overall pick, the Pens selected Theodor Blueger, a Latvian center who plays for Minnesota powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's. Blueger has 154 points in 105 games over the last two years playing with Shattuck.
Who else played for Shattuck-St. Mary's whom the Penguins drafted a few years back? Sidney Crosby. Shattuck-St. Mary's produces NHL talent on an annual basis, and Blueger, with time, will fill the hole at center that Jordan Staal left when he was traded to Carolina.
A big sleeper in the draft was 6'4" tough guy Clark Seymour, who was selected in the fifth round by the Penguins. If he can find a way to develop a little more offensive talent, he could become a big presence on the blue line in the near future.
Loser: Philadelphia Flyers
I honestly have no idea what the Flyers are doing. The last two years, the Flyers have made horrible moves in the offseason.
Last year, they got rid of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, only to watch them hoist the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings, and this weekend, they sent away goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus.
They did get three draft picks, however, with the most notable one being the 45th overall pick, who they used to draft a goaltender. Wait, what?
The Flyers decided to draft goaltender Anthony Stolarz in the second round out of the North American Hockey League. The NAHL is one of the more watered down junior divisions in America, and although Stolarz was the best goaltender in the league this year, I think 45th overall is way too high to draft him.
The Flyers need scoring depth and a solid presence on the blue line, yet they spent a second-round draft pick on the one position where they have a player signed for the next eight years.
I don't get it.
Winner: Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes made the best deal of the weekend when they acquired Jordan Staal and utilized all of their draft picks on the second day. With the 47th overall pick, the Hurricanes selected Brock McGinn, brother of current Colorado Avalanche forward Jamie McGinn, and then, got a steal by drafting Erik Karlsson in the fourth round.
Karlsson was projected by many to go as high as mid-second round, yet fell all the way to pick No. 99 where the Hurricanes gladly picked him up. Karlsson is a player who can contribute in the next year or two, as he can play center and wing, and will be a great fill-in player during his rookie season.
The Hurricanes have a bright future ahead of them, and it will be interesting to see how the Staal brothers play together next season.
Loser: New York Islanders
I will start off by saying that the trade the Islanders made in order to get Lubomir Visnovsky was a great deal. They only had to give up a second-round pick, and they got the veteran defenseman whom they have needed for many years. But their draft selections were not stellar by any means.
They drafted Ville Pokka 34th overall, and in my mind, he was the most overrated player in the draft and displays very little, if any, upside. He has a style similar to Brooks Orpik, but Orpik is much better at moving the puck through the defensive zone and a much smarter player in the neutral zone. In his last two full seasons in Finland, Pokka had just six goals and 24 points in 67 games.
After getting a solid defenseman in Visnovsky via trade, it would have made sense for the Islanders to try and acquire some young power on the offensive side. That didn't happen.
The Islanders had seven draft picks and drafted seven defenseman. I don't get it either.
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