2012 NHL Mock Draft: Projecting All 7 Rounds in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2012

2012 NHL Mock Draft: Projecting All 7 Rounds in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

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    To the joy of hockey fans throughout the world, the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is now less than a week away.

    General managers and their teams will have finalized their draft boards, strategized their plans of attack and prepared for their future players to be drafted.

    For a year now, mock drafts have been made in anticipation of next Friday's event.

    But few have undertaken the task of projecting the full seven rounds.

    This is one of the few.

    Lead image courtesy of whl.ca.

1st Round

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    1. Edmonton Oilers: Nail Yakupov

    RW - Sarnia Sting (OHL) - 5'11" - 185

    The Edmonton Oilers could use a defenseman here, but instead, they take the draft's best player. Russian Nail Yakupov will revolutionize the league with his speed, tenacity and skill, and he will bring the Edmonton Oilers closer to a title.

    2. Columbus Blue Jackets: Filip Forsberg

    LW - Leksand (Allsvenskan) - 6'2" - 181

    The Columbus Blue Jackets need to find a new franchise forward to replace Rick Nash, who may leave this summer, and they find it in Swede Filip Forsberg. Ryan Johansen's new winger has a complete package of skills and is NHL-ready. 

    3. Montreal Canadiens: Mikhail Grigorenko

    C - Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) - 6'3" - 200

    The Montreal Canadiens are desperate for elite, first-line talent, and they find it in Mikhail Grigorenko. The QMJHL's finest Russian has size, skill and vision and is going to play a major role in kickstarting the Habs' resurgence. 

    4. New York Islanders: Ryan Murray

    D - Everett Silvertips (WHL) - 6'1" - 195

    The New York Islanders have spent 11 of their last 12 first-round picks on forwards and will finally solve their defensive problems with Ryan Murray. A prototypical two-way blueliner, Murray will become the perfect defensive complement to the Isles' young offensive superstars. 

    5. Toronto Maple Leafs: Alex Galchenyuk

    C - Sarnia Sting (OHL) - 6'1" - 198

    The Maple Leafs have for a while needed a franchise center, and after failing to find him in 2009 first-rounder Nazem Kadri, pick up Alex Galchenyuk. The Maple Leafs have already expressed interest in Nail Yakupov's dynamic linemate, who likely would have challenged for first overall had he not suffered a season-ending ACL injury in September. 

    6. Anaheim Ducks: Mathew Dumba

    D - Red Deer Rebels (WHL) - 6'0" - 173

    With Justin Schultz not signing a contract and deciding instead to become a free agent, the Ducks are thin in defensive prospects. That ends with Mathew Dumba, the draft's most physically threatening blueliner, who will become Cam Fowler's partner.

    7. Minnesota Wild: Morgan Rielly

    D - Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) - 6'0" - 190

    For the second straight season, the Minnesota Wild grab a blue-chip defenseman in the top 10. Morgan Rielly, an offensive prodigy, could develop into a great partner for Jonas Brodin.

    8. Carolina Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen

    LW - Jokerit (SM-Liiga) - 5'11" - 165

    With Jussi Jokinen approaching the back end of his career, the Carolina Hurricanes need scoring help on the wings, and behind Yakupov and Forsberg, Finn Teuvo Teravainen is the most offensively talented player in the draft.

    Teravainen needs to add muscle to his skinny frame, but when he does, he could have one of the highest ceilings among players in the draft.

    9. Winnipeg Jets: Jacob Trouba

    D - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'2" - 193

    The Winnipeg Jets could use help everywhere, but at ninth overall, Jacob Trouba is a can't-miss prospect. The University of Michigan commit has all the skills needed to be a leading NHL defenseman, and the league's newest team would love to pick up the shark-like defenseman this late in the draft.

    10. Tampa Bay Lightning: Griffin Reinhart

    D - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - 6'4" - 197

    Five of the Tampa Bay Lightning's top defensemen are over the age of 30, and in a draft flush with top-class blueliners, the Bolts will likely look to capitalize on their defensive need later this week.

    Griffin Reinhart has excellent size, great hockey IQ and solid offensive upside—all skills that will make him a favorite at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 

    11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado Avalanche): Radek Faksa

    C - Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - 6'3" - 203

    The Caps' lack of a true second-line center shone through in the playoffs, and to finally move forward in the postseason, general manager George McPhee needs to address the need.

    Radek Faksa is big, European, hard-working and offensively dynamic—all qualities that will make him a perfect fit in D.C.

    12. Buffalo Sabres: Brendan Gaunce

    C - Belleville Bulls (OHL) - 6'2" - 215

    The Buffalo Sabres center corps stands at an average height of 5'10" and 183 pounds and is desperate for an injection of size and strength. There are no better options in the draft than workhorse Brendan Gaunce, who projects as a high-end third-line center. 

    13. Dallas Stars: Sebastian Collberg

    RW - Frölunda (Elitserien) - 5'11" - 176

    The reason for the Dallas Stars' struggles this season was the lack of offense. Without Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson took a step back in his development. The Stars are desperate for a playmaker; they find one of the draft's best in Swede Sebastian Collberg.

    14. Calgary Flames: Olli Maatta

    D - London Knights (OHL) - 6'2" - 202

    The Calgary Flames need help all over, and as a result, their greatest need is simply filling up on blue-chip prospects. Aside from T.J. Brodie, there are no top-four defensive prospects in the system.

    That changes with Olli Maatta. The young Finn moves the puck well, is very solid in his own zone and would make the Flames very happy should he drop to 14th overall.

    15. Ottawa Senators: Cody Ceci

    D - Ottawa 67's (OHL) - 6'3" - 207

    The Ottawa Senators have the most offensively promising prospect pool in the NHL, but with the graduation of 2009 first-rounder Jared Cowen, the team lacks defensive talents.

    In Cody Ceci, they get a hometown kid who lives and breathes Ottawa. He is a physical force who is going to help bring out the best in Sens superstar Erik Karlsson.

    16. Washington Capitals: Hampus Lindholm

    D - Rögle (Elitserien) - 6'3" - 196

    With John Carlson, Mike Green and Dmitry Orlov, the Caps' blue line is going to be strong for seasons to come. That said, the team's system lacks elite defensive defensemen, and with the biggest need already solved with Radek Faksa, the Caps address their second one.

    In Hampus Lindholm, the Caps get a no-nonsense blueliner who excels in his own zone and will be a great complement to the offensive guys.

    17. San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl

    C - HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) - 6'2" - 198

    The San Jose Sharks have made just one first-round selection in the past four drafts, and that player, Charlie Coyle, was traded. The Sharks have stayed afloat through NCAA free-agent signings, but need to make a splash in this year's draft.

    Joe Thornton is 32, so the Sharks need to look at getting a new top-six center. They'll look no further than Czech Tomas Hertl. 

    18. Chicago Blackhawks: Thomas Wilson

    RW - Plymouth Whalers (OHL) - 6'4" 203

    The 'Hawks signings of Andrew Brunette, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Sean O'Donnell, as well as their drafting of Phillip Danault and Mark McNeill, made clear their agenda a summer ago: They want to get tougher.

    That continues with the most physically imposing forward in the draft, Thomas Wilson.

    19. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit Red Wings): Pontus Åberg

    LW - Djurgården (Elitserien) - 5'11" - 194

    Having picked up a defenseman, the Tampa Bay Lightning use their second first-rounder on a player that is going to help replace the scoring lost by Martin St. Louis down the road.

    Pontus Åberg missed the World Juniors, but showed enough playing with men in the Swedish Elite League, getting 15 points in 47 games, to solidify his place as a first-rounder. He is physically mature enough to play in the NHL next year.

    20. Philadelphia Flyers: Derrick Pouliot

    D - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 5'11" - 190

    Of the Flyers' top six defensemen, three are over the age of 36. Philly desperately needs to add depth and youth on the blue line, and they do so with Derrick Pouliot, a dynamic, two-way defenseman who is going to be a force on the power play, 

    21. Buffalo Sabres (from Nashville Predators): Andrei Vasilevski

    G - Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) - 6'3" - 204

    It is easy to forget that, come next season, Ryan Miller will be 32 years old. With the pick acquired from the Nashville Predators in the Paul Gaustad trade, the Buffalo Sabres get their goalie of the future with giant Russian World Juniors star Andrei Vasilevski.

    A tireless netminder with a composed mentality, Vasilevski has a lightning-quick glove hand and sound lateral movement, though he doesn't always need to use it because of how much net he covers. He is a future NHL star.

    22. Pittsburgh Penguins: Zemgus Girgensons

    C - Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) - 6'2" - 198 

    The Penguins have made a living off having three great centers—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal—but with all three of those set to be free agents over the next two summers, the Pens need to think about restocking the system.

    They do so with Latvian Zemgus Girgensons, a hard-working, heart-and-soul center who has great goal-scoring upside and would fit seamlessly onto Pittsburgh's third line.

    23. Florida Panthers: Colton Sissons

    C - Kelowna Rockets (WHL) - 6'1" - 187

    The Florida Panthers need to add role players to the team, and they do so with Colton Sissons. A player who could turn out to be a steal at 23rd overall, Sissons will bring grit, energy and scoring to the Panthers' third line. Hewill serve to be a great complement to the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau, Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss higher up the order.

    24. Boston Bruins: Slater Koekkoek

    D - Peterborough Petes (OHL) - 6'2" - 184

    The Bruins will take the best player available, which this late is no doubt defenseman Slater Koekkoek. A player with a dominant two-way game and good special teams capabilities, Koekkoek was a consensus top-15 pick before he was sidelined by a shoulder injury in November.

    This could turn out to be a steal for the Bruins.

    25. St. Louis Blues: Matthew Finn

    D - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 6'0" - 192

    The St. Louis Blues could do with adding offensive players to their roster, but with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko ready to step up, help is coming.

    Instead, the Blues improve their defense with Matt Finn. A low-risk, high-reward selection, Finn is a steady blueliner who is sound in all facets of the game and is going to add stability to the St. Louis defensive corps.

    26. Vancouver Canucks: Ville Pokka

    D - Kärpät (SM-Liiga) - 6'0" - 196

    With a well-rounded team and prospect group, the Vancouver Canucks will take the best player available, and that, at 26th overall, is Ville Pokka. The Finn will add good finesse and skill to a group that prioritizes with snarl and physical dominance, creating a good complement on the Vancouver blue line.

    27. Phoenix Coyotes: Tanner Pearson

    LW - Barrie Colts (OHL) - 6'0" - 195

    The Phoenix Coyotes, to be a truly contending team, need to add more goal scoring to their roster. In Tanner Pearson, the Coyotes find an overage (birth year is 1992) offensive talent who can put the puck in the net.

    He is seemingly ready for NHL duty, and if placed in the right scenario, he could be good for more than 20 goals in his rookie NHL season.

    28. New York Rangers: Stefan Matteau

    C - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'2" - 210

    The New York Rangers, searching for role players, pick up the son of ex-Ranger Stephane Matteau. A center with good size, the ability to drive the net and a hard shot, Matteau could blossom into a dominant power forward for the Rangers. There have been questions over his work ethic, but those should dissolve when he breaks into the NHL.

    29. New Jersey Devils: Mike Winther

    C - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) - 6'0" - 170

    The Devils have next to no high-end offensive prospects. Using the pick they chose not to forfeit, the Devils correct that, picking Mike Winther. Playing on a struggling team this season, Winther put his offensive skills and power-play capabilities on full display.

    With Zach Parise possibly gone, Winther would be a welcome addition to the Devils offense. 

    30. Los Angeles Kings: Martin Frk

    RW - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) - 6'0" - 200

    The L.A. Kings will take a risk on a player on the best available player. Before a concussion this season, Frk was a consensus top-10 pick. He certainly still has the skill set that made him so highly rated for scouts, and if he develops well, the Czech power forward could be a steal for the Kings with the last pick in the first round.

2nd Round

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    31. Columbus Blue Jackets: Malcolm Subban

    G - Belleville Bulls (OHL) - 6'1" - 188

    Having added offense, the Blue Jackets get their goalie of the future with the very athletic Malcolm Subban.

    32. Edmonton Oilers: Brady Skjei

    D - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'3" - 200

    The Oilers, with Yakupov in hand, continue to add to their defensive corps with big blueliner Brady Skjei.

    33. Montreal Canadiens: Nikolay Prokhorkin

    LW - CSKA (KHL) - 6'3" - 191

    Their second Russian off the board, skillful power forward Nikolay Prokhorkin is Mikhail Grigorenko's future winger on the Habs' first line.

    34. New York Islanders: Oscar Dansk

    G - Brynäs (Elitserien) - 6'3" - 186

    Needing a secure goaltender, the Islanders turn to Swede Oscar Dansk. The latest Brynäs net product has superstar potential.

    35. Toronto Maple Leafs: Phillip Di Giuseppe

    LW - University of Michigan (CCHA) - 6'0" - 176

    Phil Di Giuseppe is big, strong and talented—a typical Brian Burke player.

    36. Anaheim Ducks: Nicolas Kerdiles

    LW - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'2" - 201

    The Anaheim Ducks draft California's latest product. The power forward will be a good second-liner at the NHL level.

    37. Nashville Predators (from Minnesota Wild): Boo Nieves

    C - Kent School (USHS) - 6'3" - 184

    With the first of two second-rounders acquired via the Anders Lindbäck trade with Tampa Bay, the Predators pick up some much-needed scoring help. 

    38. Carolina Hurricanes: Dalton Thrower

    D - Saskatoon Blades (WHL) - 6'0" - 189

    With an aging blue-line corps, the Carolina Hurricanes get the draft's most physically dominant defenseman.

    39. Winnipeg Jets: Daniil Zharkov

    LW - Belleville Bulls (OHL) - 6'3" - 202

    Alex Burmistrov's future linemate becomes the third Bulls player drafted.

    40. Tampa Bay Lightning: Jordan Schmaltz

    D - Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) - 6'2" - 185

    The Lightning are desperate for offensive blueliners, and they get one of the draft's finest with North Dakota-commit Jordan Schmaltz. The Lightning leave the second round with an impressive haul of Griffin Reinhart, Pontus Åberg and Jordan Schmaltz through two.

    41. Colorado Avalanche: Anton Slepyshev

    LW - Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL) - 6'2" - 187

    The Avalanche, with their first pick, pick up a goal-scoring complement to Gabriel Landeskog.

    42. Buffalo Sabres: Mark Jankowski

    C - Stanstead College (CAHS) - 6'3" - 170

    The Buffalo Sabres continue to add size to their roster with an elite goal scorer from a Quebec boarding school.

    43. Dallas Stars: Scott Laughton

    C - Oshawa Generals (OHL) - 6'0" - 180

    The gritty two-way forward is a potential first-rounder. At 43rd overall, he is the best player available by far.

    44. Buffalo Sabres (from Calgary Flames): Scott Kosmachuk

    RW - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 6'0" - 183

    The Sabres continue to add size and energy through role players. Scott Kosmachuk and Mark Jankowski could be future linemates.

    45. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Ottawa Senators): Michael Matheson

    D - Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) - 6'1" - 178

    The Blue Jackets have drafted already a forward and a goalie; now they get their blueliner. Michael Matheson is a low-risk, stay-at-home prospect.

    46. Minnesota Wild (from Washington Capitals): Jarrod Maidens

    C - Owen Sound Attack (OHL) - 6'1" - 178

    With their wealth of talented offensive prospects, the Wild could look to add role players. Maidens is the best available.

    47. Carolina Hurricanes (from San Jose Sharks): Lukas Sutter

    C - Saskatoon Blades (WHL) - 6'0" - 214

    The 'Canes acquire their third Sutter member in Lukas, a fight-happy, physical forward who has all the tools to be an elite third-line center.

    48. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Whitney

    G - Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) - 6'5" - 196

    The Blackhawks must add goaltending quality and depth to their prospect pool, and they do so with giant netminder Brandon Whitney. He will compete with Corey Crawford down the line. 

    49. Detroit Red Wings: Ludvig Byström

    D - Modo (Elitserien) - 6'1" - 208

    With their first pick, the Wings begin preparing for life without Lidström, drafting the second-highest-rated Swedish defenseman in the draft. 

    50. Nashville Predators (from Philadelphia Flyers): Patrick Sieloff

    D - USNTP (USHL) - 6'0" - 198

    With Ryan Suter likely gone, the Predators need defensemen. Patrick Sieloff is an intimidating, physical, defensive defenseman.

    51. Montreal Canadiens (from Nashville Predators): Sam Kurker

    RW - Saint John's Prep (USHS) - 6'2" - 198

    It is imperative that the Montreal Canadiens add character to their bottom six, and they do so with Boston University-bound Sam Kurker, a physically imposing winger. 

    52. Pittsburgh Penguins: Andreas Athanasiou

    C - London Knights (OHL) - 6'0" - 180

    This year's Tomas Jurco, Andreas Athanasiou has mesmerizing skill. Questions about the finer points in his game will dissolve if he is given time to develop.

    53. Florida Panthers: Trevor Carrick

    D - Mississauga St Michael's Majors (OHL) - 6'2" - 172

    As they continue to round out their impressive prospect pool, the Panthers will look for offensive defensemen. More than anyone available at this point, Trevor Carrick has great offensive upside and two-way potential.

    54. Washington Capitals (from Boston Bruins): Josh Anderson

    RW - London Knights (OHL) - 6'1" - 183

    Dale Hunter, who will be present at the draft, has his say, as the Caps pick up London Knights winger Josh Anderson. Undrafted in the OHL, Anderson is a dangerous offensive talent.

    55. San Jose Sharks (Compensatory): Jake Paterson

    G - Saginaw Spirit (OHL) - 6'2" - 183

    The Sharks need a goaltending project they can allow to develop behind Antti Niemi. Jake Paterson is a solid prospect with a high ceiling.

    56. St. Louis Blues: Chandler Stephenson

    LW - Regina Pats (WHL) - 5'11" - 192

    Goal scoring is a question mark for the Blues. Stephenson, while small, likes to push the play and can put the puck in the net. 

    57. Vancouver Canucks: Brian Hart

    RW - Exeter (USHS) - 6'2" - 216

    The Canucks have said they want to get bigger. They do so with Brian Hart, an offensive talent with great technical skills and the size to complement them. 

    58. Phoenix Coyotes: Tim Bozon

    LW - Kamloops Blazers (WHL) - 6'0" - 175

    The Coyotes need forwards, and they continue to build on their young group with French winger Timothy Bozon. A creative forward with great skill, Bozon is a few years from NHL duty, but he'll have a high ceiling when he comes.

    59. New York Rangers: Zachary Stepan

    C - Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) - 6'0" - 166

    With no glaring holes in the prospect pool, the Rangers can afford to take a risk on Derek's cousin. Time at the prolific Shattuck-St. Mary's boarding school has taught Zach Stepan how to play an effective two-way game, something that will suit him well in New York.

    60. New Jersey Devils: Erik Karlsson

    LW - Frölunda (Elitserien) - 6'0" - 162

    The New Jersey Devils need forwards, and Swedes from Frölunda with the name Erik Karlsson have a 100 percent NHL success rate.

    61. Dallas Stars (from Los Angeles Kings): Gemel Smith

    C - Owen Sound Attack (OHL) - 5'10" - 161

    The Dallas Stars will continue to build on their forward corps, taking the best offensive player available. At 61st overall, that is dynamic center Gemel Smith.

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    62. Columbus Blue Jackets: Tomas Hyka

    RW - Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) - 5'11" - 164

    Undrafted a year ago, the young Czech playmaker put himself back on the map after an impressive year in the QMJHL.

    63. Edmonton Oilers: Anthony Stolarz

    G - Corpus Christi (NAHL) - 6'5" - 200

    Giant goaltender has immense raw talent—a project pick for the Oilers. 

    64. Montreal Canadiens: Francis Beauvillier

    LW - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) - 6'1" - 176

    Skilled playmaker Beauvillier becomes the first French-Canadian drafted by new GM Marc Bergevin. 

    65. New York Islanders: Richard Tanner

    C - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 6'0" - 182

    Swiss forward has an all-around game well suited to the direction the Islanders' franchise is moving. 

    66. Nashville Predators (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Jake McCabe

    D - University of Wisconsin (WCHA) - 6'0" - 195

    The Predators continue to build on their blue-line corps with a mature two-way talent. 

    67. St. Louis Blues (from Anaheim Ducks): Mikko Vainonen

    D - HIFK (SM-Liiga) - 6'3" - 205

    Defensive blueliner adds size and strength to a St. Louis Blues defense that could do with being bigger.

    68. Minnesota Wild: Joonas Korpisalo

    G - Jokerit (SM-Liiga) - 6'2" - 173

    Minnesota get their future No. 1 netminder in a lanky, WHL-bound raw talent.

    69. Carolina Hurricanes: Jon Gillies

    G - Indiana Ice (USHL) - 6'5" - 217

    Jon Gillies is a project to develop in goal for a team with very few goaltending prospects.

    70. Winnipeg Jets: Chris Calnan

    RW - Nobles (USHS) - 6'2" - 188

    Jets address lack of size up front with blossoming high school power forward.

    71. Tampa Bay Lightning: Brady Vail

    C - Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - 6'0" - 195

    If developed well, this Florida native has second-line potential.

    72. Colorado Avalanche: Dane Fox 

    C - Erie Otters (OHL) - 6'0" - 185

    With just their second pick in the draft, the Avs will add the best player they can find. Dane Fox brings energy and a solid two-way game.

    73. Buffalo Sabres: Matia Marcantuoni 

    C - Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - 6'0" - 194

    Before a bad season, Marcantuoni was seen as a potential top-10 pick. The Sabres take a risk on the speedy two-way center. 

    74. Dallas Stars: Damon Severson

    D - Kelowna Rockets (WHL) - 6'2" - 193

    In picking the best player available, snarly blueliner Damon Severson, the Stars add to an already impressive defensive pipeline.

    75. Calgary Flames: Brock McGinn

    LW - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 5'11" - 174

    With their second selection, the Flames get an intriguing prospect with a great mix of physical play and skill.

    76. Ottawa Senators: Coda Gordon

    LW - Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - 6'1" - 171

    Checking-line winger can go to the net and score. He'd be a good complement to the likes of Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad 

    77. Washington Capitals: Henrik Samuelsson

    RW - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - 6'2" - 211

    Clever Swede was instrumental in leading his WHL team to the Memorial Cup finals, helping his draft stock in the process.

    78. Philadelphia Flyers (from San Jose Sharks): Matthew Deblouw

    C - Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) - 6'0" - 185

    Hard-working forward spent this season slowly recovering from a lacerated spleen. His potential is higher than his numbers suggest.

    79. Chicago Blackhawks: Robert Baillargeon

    C - Indiana Ice (USHL) - 6'0" - 170 

    Playmaker is the best player available and would be a welcome addition to a 'Hawks prospect pool starved on skill. 

    80. Detroit Red Wings: Branden Troock

    RW - Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - 6'2" - 190

    The Detroit Red Wings need to add size to their forward corps. Troock has managed to find success despite playing on a struggling team. 

    81. Phoenix Coyotes (from Philadelphia Flyers): Brett Kulak

    D - Vancouver Giants (WHL) - 6'1" - 180

    The Phoenix Coyotes have one of most promising blue lines in the NHL, but Kulak is a very smart defenseman with a high ceiling. He is undoubtedly worth a third-round pick.

    82. Ottawa Senators (from Nashville Predators): Ben Johnson

    C - Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - 6'0" - 186

    Johnson doesn't excel in any one area of the game, but he has great speed and is well rounded. He could be molded into any role by the Senators.

    83. Pittsburgh Penguins: James Melindy

    D - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) - 6'3" - 191

    The Penguins have a number of good defensive prospects, but none of them have the size James Melindy can provide. He can drop the gloves, too. 

    84. Florida Panthers: Artur Gavrus

    LW - Owen Sound Attack (OHL) - 5'10" - 168

    Belarussian Artur Gavrus gained fame after being recklessly hit by 2013-eligible Max Domi, but it is his game that scouts like. He is skillful and has all the tools needed to be a productive scorer for the Panthers. 

    85. Boston Bruins: Andrey Makarov

    G - Saskatoon Blades (WHL) - 6'1" - 180

    Russian World Juniors star (made 57 saves on 58 shots in the final against Sweden) will provide long-term competition with Mike Hutchinson and Tuukka Rask in net. 

    86. St. Louis Blues: Devin Shore

    C - Whitby Fury (OJHL) - 6'0" - 184

    Skillful 17-year-old tore up the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. Shore is committed to the University of Maine for next season.

    87. Anaheim Ducks (from Vancouver Canucks): Kenton Helgesen

    D - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - 6'3" - 186

    The Anaheim Ducks must add size to their defensive corps. Kenton Helgesen does everything you need a defensive defenseman to do.

    88. Phoenix Coyotes: Mitchell Moroz

    LW - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - 6'2" - 209

    The Coyotes need to add third- or fourth-line wingers. Mitchell Moroz is the prototypical energy-line forward.  

    89: New York Rangers: Francois Tremblay

    G - Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL) - 6'2" - 186

    The Rangers want a netminder to develop in Henrik Lundqvist's shadow. Tremblay is talented. 

    90. New Jersey Devils: Ryan Culkin

    D - Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) - 6'1" - 174

    Determined youngster will bring offensive punch to the Devils' blue line.

    91. Edmonton Oilers (from Los Angeles Kings): Esa Lindell

    D - Jokerit (SM-Liiga) - 6'3" - 194

    Finn brings Oscar Klefbom-like size to the Oilers' developing blue line.

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    92. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Christophe Lalancette

    RW - Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) - 6'0" - 168

    French-Canadian winger has grit and energy, but second-line scoring upside.

    93. Edmonton Oilers: Logan Nelson

    C - Victoria Royals (WHL) - 6'1" - 180

    The young power forward, passed over in last year's draft, would be a good complement to the more skillful players in the Oilers' lineup.

    94. Montreal Canadiens: Charles Hudon

    LW - Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) - 5'10" - 170

    The Montreal Canadiens need scorers. Hudon is small and struggled this season, but the talent is undeniably there.

    95. Columbus Blue Jackets (from New York Islanders): Jimmy Vesey

    LW - South Shore Kings (EJHL) - 6'1" - 200

    Physical forward from smaller league could be a good option behind Filip Forsberg.

    96. New Jersey Devils (from Columbus Blue Jackets): A.J. Michaelson

    C - Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) - 6'1" - 192

    Skillful forward rocketed up draft boards this season after impressive USHL season.

    97. Anaheim Ducks: Jujhar Khaira

    LW - Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) - 6'3" - 182

    The Ducks could do with adding size to their wings. Khaira is big.

    98. Minnesota Wild: Dylan Blujus

    D - Brampton Battalion (OHL) - 6'3" - 193

    The Wild will look for big, physical defensemen to complement Jonas Brodin and Morgan Rielly.

    99. Carolina Hurricanes: Brian Cooper

    D - Fargo Force (USHL) - 5'10" - 184

    Offensive defenseman in the Ryan Murphy mold is an NCAA-bound project.

    100. Washington Capitals (from Winnipeg Jets): Franky Palazzese

    G - Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - 6'0" - 160

    The Caps have had success drafting goalies in the fourth round. Franky Palazzese is another good goaltender to add to the mix.

    101. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vyacheslav Osnovin

    C - Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) - 6'0" - 180

    The Lightning haven't shied away from drafting Russians under Steve Yzerman. Osnovin would go higher if not for "the Russian factor."

    102. Phoenix Coyotes (from Colorado Avalanche): Riley Barber

    RW - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'0" - 194

    Riley Barber is another top-six forward for a team that needs them.

    103. New York Islanders (from Buffalo Sabres): Devin Tringale

    LW - Lawrence (USHS) - 6'0" - 186

    Devin Tringale is a physical specimen who loves to go to the corners. He'll be a great complement to Nino Niederreiter.

    104. Dallas Stars: Daniel O'Regan

    C - St. Sebastian (USHS) - 5'9" - 162

    The Dallas Stars need skillful players at the top of the order. The diminutive O'Regan has all the skill in the world.

    105. Calgary Flames: Nicholas Walters

    D - Everett Silvertips (WHL) - 6'2" - 187

    With Olli Maatta in the mix, Walters adds size to the Flames' blue line corps.

    106. Ottawa Senators: Max Iafrate

    D - Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - 6'1" - 198

    Al's son will add depth to the only short-handed area of the Senators' prospect pool.

    107. Washington Capitals: Niklas Tikkinen

    D - Espoo Blues (SM-Liiga) - 5'11" - 172

    Tikkinen is a dominant offensive prospect. He'll take time, but he has a high ceiling.

    108. Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose Sharks): Dakota Mermis

    D - Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) - 5'11" - 188

    Another two-way defenseman added to a suddenly deep and talented Ducks blue-line group.

    109. Chicago Blackhawks: Reece Willcox

    D - Merritt Centennials (BCHL) - 6'3" - 184

    The Blackhawks want to get tougher, and Willcox is a big guy.

    110. Detroit Red Wings: Erik Thorell

    C - Färjestad (Elitserien) - 5'10" - 185

    Passed on twice, Erik Thorell has impressed this season. A typical Red Wings player.

    111. Philadelphia Flyers: Nick Ebert

    D - Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - 6'0" - 200

    Before a bad season, Ebert was a consensus top-10 pick. The Flyers take a chance on the physical blueliner.

    112 Nashville Predators: Joonas Donskoi

    RW - Kärpät (SM-Liiga) - 6'0" - 187

    Joonas Donskoi was drafted in the fourth round by the Panthers in 2010, but was unsigned. An elite goal scorer.

    113. Pittsburgh Penguins: Adam Johnson

    LW - Hibbing (USHS) - 5'11" - 150

    The Minnesota high school junior, while slender, has mesmerizing talent.

    114. Florida Panthers: Samuel Fejes

    LW - Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) - 6'1" - 190

    Strong winger would look good on the Panthers' third line next to Colton Sissons.

    115. Carolina Hurricanes (from Boston Bruins): Kevin Roy

    C - Lincoln Stars (USHL) - 5'9" - 160

    A skillful center who has dropped because of his size, Roy has the will and perseverance to crack an NHL roster.

    116. St. Louis Blues: Patrik Bartosak

    G - Red Deer Rebels (WHL) - 6'0" - 181 

    Bartosak will compete with Jake Allen for a long-term spot in the Blues net.

    117. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Vancouver Canucks): Calle Andersson

    D - Färjestad (Elitserien) - 6'2" - 208

    Andersson is a big, strong defenseman. The Blue Jackets need those.

    118. Nashville Predators (from Phoenix Coyotes): Quentin Shore

    C - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'2" - 189

    The Predators continue to pile on the forwards with Quentin Shore, an all-around forward with special teams expertise.

    119. New York Rangers: Thomas Di Pauli

    C - USNTDP (USHL) - 5'11" - 188

    If he develops well, Di Pauli could be a two-way, second-line center at MSG.

    120. Carolina Hurricanes (from New Jersey Devils): Justin Kea

    C - Saginaw Spirit (OHL) - 6'4" - 212

    Giant center would create a scary one-two punch with Eric Staal.

    121. Los Angeles Kings: Alexander Gonye

    LW - Deerfield (USHS) - 6'1" - 166

    The L.A. Kings need left-wingers. Gonye is raw, but talented.

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    122. Calgary Flames (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Matej Beran

    C - Prince Edward Island Rocket (QMJHL) - 6'5" - 211

    123. Edmonton Oilers: Graham Black

    C - Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - 5'11" - 173

    124. New York Islanders (from Montreal Canadiens): Steven Hodges

    C - Victoria Royals (WHL) - 5'11" - 178

    125. New York Islanders: Doyle Somerby

    D - Kimball Union (USHS) - 6'5" - 232

    126. Toronto Maple Leafs: Frank Vatrano

    C - USNTDP (USHL) - 5'10" - 218

    127. Anaheim Ducks: Travis Brown

    D - Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) - 6'2" - 179

    128. Minnesota Wild: Austin Wuthrich

    RW - University of Notre Dame (CCHA) - 6'1" - 190

    129. Carolina Hurricanes: Paul De Jersey

    RW - Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) - 6'3" - 197

    130. Winnipeg Jets: Adam Gilmour

    RW - Nobles (USHS) - 6'2" - 193

    131. Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyrel Seaman

    C - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) - 6'2" - 196

    132. Colorado Avalanche: Christian Djoos

    D - Brynäs (Elitserien) - 5'11" - 158

    133. Buffalo Sabres: Ashton Sautner

    D - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - 6'0" - 184

    134. Dallas Stars: Philip Tot

    RW - Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) - 6'2" - 197

    135. New Jersey Devils (from Calgary Flames): Justin Auger

    RW - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 6'6" - 216

    136. Ottawa Senators: Joshua Hanson

    D - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 6'3" - 199

    137. Washington Capitals: Nikita Gusev

    LW - CSKA (KHL) - 5'9" - 163

    138. San Jose Sharks: Jacob Montgomery

    LW - Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) - 6'1" - 191

    139. Chicago Blackhawks: Matthew Beattie

    LW - Exeter (USHS) - 6'3" - 173

    140. Detroit Red Wings: Petr Straka

    RW - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) - 6'0" - 194

    141. Philadelphia Flyers: Daniel Altshuller

    G - Oshawa Generals (WHL) - 6'3" - 191

    142. Nashville Predators: Kristoff Kontos

    C - Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL) - 6'1" - 199

    143. Pittsburgh Penguins: Andrew Ryan

    LW - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) - 6'2" - 207

    144. Dallas Stars (from Florida Panthers): Jean Auren

    G - Sport Vaasa (Jr SM-Liiga) - 6'2" - 187

    145. Boston Bruins: Brendan Leipsic

    LW - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 5'9" - 165

    146. St. Louis Blues: John Draeger

    D - Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) - 6'2" - 186

    147. Vancouver Canucks: Mikael Wikstrand

    D - Mora (Allsvenskan) - 6'1" - 183

    148. Phoenix Coyotes: Adam Pelech

    D - Erie Otters (OHL) - 6'2" - 194

    149. Chicago Blackhawks (from New York Rangers): Connor Brown

    RW - Erie Otters (OHL) - 5'11" - 160

    150. New Jersey Devils: Joey Leach

    D - Kootenay Ice (WHL) - 6'2" - 187

    151. Los Angeles Kings: Joel Wigle

    RW - Niagara IceDogs (OHL) - 6'3" - 196

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    152. Columbus Blue Jackets: Austin Farley

    LW - Fargo Force (USHL) - 5'8" - 168

    153. Edmonton Oilers: John Stevens

    C - Salisbury (USHS) - 6'1" - 175

    154. Montreal Canadiens: Etienne Marcoux

    G - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) - 6'0" - 155

    155. New York Islanders: Valeri Vasiliev

    D - Spartak (KHL) - 6'1" - 203

    156. Toronto Maple Leafs: Gianluca Curcuruto

    D - Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) - 6'0" - 195

    157. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Anaheim Ducks): Chris Tierney

    C - London Knights (OHL) - 6'0" - 181

    158. Minnesota Wild: Chris Driedger

    G - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - 6'3" - 187

    159. Carolina Hurricanes: Cody Corbett

    D - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - 6'0" - 205

    160. Winnipeg Jets: Matej Machovsky

    G - Brampton Battalion (OHL) - 6'2" - 191

    161. Tampa Bay Lightning: Evgeni Krutikov

    LW - Spartak (KHL) - 6'1" - 174

    162. Colorado Avalanche: Adam Janosik

    D - Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) - 5'11" - 176

    163. Buffalo Sabres: Connor Carrick

    D - USNTDP (USHL) - 5'11" - 185

    164. Nashville Predators (from Dallas Stars): Vincent Hinostroza

    C - Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) - 5'9" - 158

    165. Calgary Flames: Theodor Blueger

    C - Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) - 6'0" - 171

    166. Ottawa Senators: Brock Beukeboom

    D - Niagara IceDogs (OHL) - 6'2" - 201

    167. Washington Capitals: Troy Donnay

    D - Erie Otters (OHL) - 6'7" - 180

    168. San Jose Sharks: Michael Clarke

    C - Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - 6'2" - 184

    169. Chicago Blackhawks: Sondre Olden

    RW - Erie Otters (OHL) - 6'4" - 185

    170. Detroit Red Wings: Nicholas Bligh

    C - South Shore Kings (EJHL) - 6'0" - 175

    171. Los Angeles Kings (from Philadelphia Flyers): Francois Brassard

    G - Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) - 6'1" - 154

    172. Nashville Predators: Troy Bourke

    LW - Prince George Cougars (WHL) - 5'10" - 156

    173. Pittsburgh Penguins: Henri Ikonen

    LW - KalPa (SM-Liiga) - 6'0" - 198

    174. Florida Panthers: Chris Marchese

    LW - Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - 6'0" - 208

    175. Boston Bruins: Erik Nemec

    C - Vitkovice (Czech Extraliga) - 6'0" - 161

    176. St. Louis Blues: Anton Zlobin

    RW - Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) - 5'11" - 195

    177. Vancouver Canucks: Jordan Martinook

    LW - South Shore Kings (EJHL) - 6'0" - 202

    178. Phoenix Coyotes: Cameron Darcy

    RW - USNTDP (USHL) - 6'0" - 189

    179: Nashville Predators (New York Rangers): Morgan Zulinick

    C - Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) - 5'10" - 183

    180. New Jersey Devils: Rasmus Kulmala

    C - TPS (SM-Liiga) - 5'8" - 160

    181. Los Angeles Kings: Jesse Graham

    D - Niagara IceDogs (OHL) - 5'11" - 170 

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    182. Columbus Blue Jackets: Will Merchant

    LW - Eagan (USHS) - 6'1" - 172

    183. Los Angeles Kings (from Edmonton Oilers): Raphael Bussieres

    LW - Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) - 6'1" - 195

    184. Phoenix Coyotes (from Montreal Canadiens): Michael Houser

    G - London Knights (OHL) - 6'1" - 190

    185. New York Islanders: Alex Iafallo

    C - Fargo Force (USHL) - 5'11" - 165

    186. Calgary Flames (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Taylor Leier

    LW - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 5'10" - 174

    187. Anaheim Ducks: Jaynen Rissling

    D - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - 6'4" - 223

    188. Minnesota Wild: Dillon Fournier

    D - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - 6'2" - 173

    189. Carolina Hurricanes: Jeremy Boyce-Rotevall

    LW - Timrå (Elitserien) - 6'0" - 176

    190. Winnipeg Jets: Jake Dotchin

    D - Owen Sound Attack (OHL) - 6'2" - 207

    191. San Jose Sharks (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Denis Kamaev

    RW - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - 5'11" - 172

    192. Colorado Avalanche: Brendan Collier

    LW - Malden Catholic (USHS) - 5'9" - 168

    193. Buffalo Sabres: Mackenzie MacEachern

    LW - Brother Rice (USHS) - 6'3" - 180

    194. Dallas Stars: Marcus McIvor

    D - Brampton Battalion (OHL) - 6'1" - 203

    195. Washington Capitals (from Calgary Flames): Nathan Walker

    LW - Vitkovice (Czech Extraliga) - 5'9" - 185

    196. Ottawa Senators: Tobias Törnkvist

    RW - Rögle (Elitserien) - 6'4" - 190

    197. Washington Capitals: Justin Wade

    D - Fargo Force (USHL) - 6'2" - 208

    198. San Jose Sharks: Justin Hamonic

    D - Tri-City Americans (WHL) - 6'3" - 200

    199. Chicago Blackhawks: Kevin Duane

    RW - Brunswick Prep (USHS) - 6'4" - 219

    200. Detroit Red Wings: Wade Murphy

    RW - Penticton Vees (BCHL) - 5'11" - 173

    201. Philadelphia Flyers: Cody Payne

    RW - Plymouth Whalers (OHL) - 6'2" - 201

    202. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Nashville Predators): Marek Langhamer

    G - Pardubice (Czech Extraliga) - 6'2" - 181

    203. Washington Capitals (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Dominic Toninato

    C - Duluth East (USHS) - 6'1" - 165

    204. Buffalo Sabres (from Florida Panthers): Jake Bischoff

    D - Grand Rapids (USHS) - 6'0" - 178

    205. Boston Bruins: Alessio Bertaggia

    LW - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) - 5'8" - 160

    206. St Louis Blues: Shayne Gostisbehere

    D - Union College (ECAC) - 5'11" - 160

    207. Vancouver Canucks: Alex Gudbranson

    D - Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) - 6'2" - 206

    208. Phoenix Coyotes: Zachary Mitchell

    RW - Guelph Storm (OHL) - 6'0" - 178

    209. Toronto Maple Leafs (from New York Rangers): Matthew Lane

    C - USNTDP (USHL) - 5'10" - 172

    210. Anaheim Ducks (from New Jersey Devils): Linus Ullmark

    G - Modo (Elitserien) - 6'3" - 198

    211. Los Angeles Kings: Justin Hache

    D - Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) - 6'1" - 188