NHL Draft 2012 Grades: Teams Who Failed to Improve

Alex FrenchCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

Mallet, 20, went unselected in last year's draft.
Mallet, 20, went unselected in last year's draft.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The 2012 NHL draft saw a multitude of young prospects go to organizations in hope of future success.

Not all 30 teams amply did so, though. Here are a few teams who failed to improve the immediate and long-term needs.


Vancouver Canucks

The 2011-12 President's Trophy winners arguably didn't have many holes to fill, but after its first-round pick, Vancouver only selected four players and players who are considered old by today's draft standards.

It's first pick on day two—Alexandre Mallet—wasn't even rated by Central Scouting, the league's scouting department. Mallet, 20, went undrafted in the 2011 NHL draft and is projected to play in the American Hockey League for at least the next season.

In addition, the Canucks' 177th pick, Wesley Myron, will be 20 in August and is likely on the same path as his new teammate Mallet.


Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago has a plethora of offensive talent, but it's Achilles heel remains in between the pipes.

The 2010 Stanley Cup champions failed to seriously address its goaltending needs this weekend, and passed up golden opportunities to take top-level prospects in the early rounds.

After choosing Teuvo Teravainen, a winger, in the first round, Chicago had missed out on four of the top goalie prospects by its second pick at 48.

The Blackhawks were able to pick up two young goalies this weekend though. However, they were the 22nd and 23rd goalies taken overall in the seventh round.


New York Rangers

The Rangers, who finished just behind Vancouver in the regular season standings this year, failed to make the biggest draft impact simply because they only made four picks.

New York has been repeatedly linked with trading for Columbus star Rick Nash, and it seemed more focused on those talks than building it's future talent.

It can be argued that the Rangers' few picks were the best available, but it's difficult to build on only four prospects.