A few weeks ago Brandon and I both wrote mock drafts independent of each other. The results as many remember were very interesting and showed the huge differences in opinion on which team values which player the most. Now with only a few days before the opening day of the draft and the first round I am going to again attempt to predict (guess) who each team will select and why.
For those who want to refresh themselves on what our previous predictions were for the draft were here are the links to each piece:
This mock draft will be different from our previous attempts because the amount of information that has come available through news reports and changes in my opinion.
So without further ado, my attempt at predicting the 2012 NHL Draft First Round. Enjoy.
1st Overall: Edmonton Oilers
Their Selection: Nail Yakupov
The Oilers go for the best overall player in the draft and add to their young group of forwards.
2nd Overall: Columbus Blue Jackets
Their Selection: Griffin Reinhart
The Blue Jackets blue line gets a lot bigger with the selection of man child Griffin Reinhart. Was considered in the run for the top spot.
3rd Overall: Montreal Canadiens
Their Selection: Alex Galchenyuk
The Habs take arguably the most talented player of the draft and add some skill up the middle.
4th Overall: New York Islanders
Their Selection: Morgan Reily
The Islanders decide to add some offensive talent on the backend to help with their young talented forward group.
5th Overall: Toronto Maple Leafs
Their Selection: Filip Forsberg
The Maple Leafs want some skill up the middle and take the well rounded swede and top ranked European player.
6th Overall: Anaheim Ducks
Their Selection: Ryan Murray
The Ducks have a number of offensively talented defenseman but decide to take the most well rounded and possibly NHL ready defenseman in the draft.
7th Overall: Minnesota Wild
Their Selection: Teuvo Teravainen
Teuvo Teravainen will help add to the Wild's Finnish continigent and could form a scoring partnership with fellow Finn Michael Granlund.
8th Overall Carolina Hurricanes
Their Selection: Jacob Trouba
Hurricanes decide to add on to their blue line with an impressive blueliner. They decide to pass on a talented forward in order to grab one of these high potential defenseman.
9th Overall: Winnipeg Jets
Their Selection: Matt Dumba
The Jets pick up hard hitting and dynamic Dumba. He has the potential to be a huge fan favourite and a top pairing defenseman for years
10th Overall: Tampa Bay Lightning
Their Selection: Cody Ceci
The Lightning want to get some more offensive production from their blueline and decide to pick up the 6"3 Ottawa 67 Cody Ceci. He could be a key component of their powerplay in a few years.
11th Overall: Washington Capitals (From Colorado Avalanche):
Their Selection: Mikhail Grigorenko
The Capitals aren't afraid of the Russian factor and decide to pick up a big Russian centre. Could be a real steal of the draft.
12th Overall: Buffalo Sabres
Their Selection: Radek Faksa
The Sabres need size up the middle and nothing brings that along with an all out effort like Radek Faksa.
13th Overall: Dallas Stars
Their Selection: Zemgus Girgensons
The Stars decide to pick up centre Zemgus Girgensons a big Latvian forward that has divided scouts. Some think he could be a top line centre, others say he will be a third line centre. The Stars decide to take that risk to help build up their weakness up the middle.
14th Overall: Calgary Flames
Their Selection: Derrick Pouliot
The Flames decide to take offensively gifted Pouliot to give a boast to their blueline.
15th Overall: Ottawa Senators
Their Selection: Sebastian Collberg
The Senators have very few prospects and even less talent on their right wing. Sebastian Collberg fits that need.
16th Overall: Washington Capitals
Their Selection: Pontus Aberg
After selecting Mikhail Grigorenko the Capitals decide to pick up the highly talented Swedish sniper Pontus Aberg. With these kind of players the capitals can really continue their offensive production.
17th Overall: San Jose Sharks
Their Selection: Brendan Gaunce
The Sharks need some physical power forwards and Brendan Gaunce fills their need.
18th Overall: Chicago Blackhawks
Their Selection: Olli Maatta
The Blackhawks decide to add to their blueline and bring a well rounded finnish defenseman to the team.
19th Overall: Tampa Bay Lightning (From Detroit Red Wings)
Their Selection: Niklas Kerdiles
After solving their goalie need Tampa pick up talented and hard working forward Niklas Kerdiles.
20th Overall: Philadelphia Flyers
Their Selection: Slater Koekkoek
The flyers could have the real steal of the first round here picking up a talented potential top pairing defenseman. It helps add strength and point production to their blueline.
21st Overall: Buffalo Sabres (From Nashville Predators)
Their Selection: Malcolm Subban
The Sabres decide to take the first goaltender of the draft. It helps fill a need for a highly talented young goaltender who could fit well in their franchises future.
22nd Overall: Pittsburgh Penguins
Their Selection: Tomas Hertl
The Penguins need young centres in the system and Tomas Hertl brings grittiness and determination.
23rd Overall: Florida Panthers
Their Selection: Phil De Guiseppe
The Panthers select NCAA forward Phil De Guiseppe to help bolster the left wing.
24th Overall: Boston Bruins
Their Selection: Tom Wilson
The Bruins decide to go large with a big and mean right wing. At 6"4 he will help maintain the Bruins mean streak.
25th Overall: St. Louis Blues
Their Selection: Ludvig Bystrom
The Blues like their Swedish prospects and pick up a sound two way defenseman in Ludbig Bystrom.
26th Overall: Vancouver Canucks
Their Selection: Martin Frk
The Canucks decide to pick a physical goalscoring forward in Martin Frk. He's a talented forward but lost a lot of the season due to injuries.
27th Overall: Phoenix Coyotes
Their Selection: Scott Laughton
The Coyotes lack depth up the middle and selected a hard working gritty two way forward in Laughton.
28th Overall: New York Rangers
Their Selection: Andrei Vasilevski
The Rangers decide to make sure of their goaltending for the future and select the impressive Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski
29th Overall: New Jersey Devils
Their Selection: Oscar Dansk
The Devils surprised many by deciding to keep this pick. I think they will use it to make sure they have certainly got a replacement for Martin Brodeur when he finally retires.
30th Overall: LA Kings
Their Selection: Danill Zharkov
The Kings select a 6"3 smooth skating offensive forward currently playing in the OHL. He moves well for his size and can put up the points.