2012 NHL Entry Draft

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Habs Restock The Forward Ranks In Strong Draft Weekend

 

 

When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...

Reunited in Carolina; Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes to join brother Eric

 

Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little and in the Carolina Hurricanes case, they had to give up a lot to get what they wanted.

Carolina fans are excited that Jordan Staal will be re-united with his brother Eric to help anchor the Hurricanes through the next few years. Talks began as soon as Jordan turned down a 10-year contract extension on Thursday.

Pittsburgh had to figure that Jordan was waiting for his contract to end so he could sign with Carolina so they were proactive and decided to get something in return.

The Penguins were fortunate enough to add some firepower to their roster by getting the number eight pick from Carolina (they chose D...

Vancouver Canucks select Brendan Gaunce with the 26th overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft

Selected second overall in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Draft, 18-year-old Gaunce is a left-handed, two-way center who possesses strong offensive talent. He was ranked 13th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

Gaunce played for the Belleville Bulls in the OHL for two seasons, where he tallied 104 points in 133 total games. During the 2011-2012 season, he was a point-per-game player (68 in 68) and led the team in scoring. In the playoffs, he scored three goals in six games.

The 6'2, 215-pound forward represented Ontario in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge, scoring 11 goals and 25 assists. At the U18 World Junior Championships, he helped lead team Canada to the bronze medal win with four points in seven games.

Boston Bruins select Malcolm Subban with the 24th overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft

The Boston Bruins took their rival's brother - goalie Malcolm Subban - with the 24th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Subban, brother of Montreal defenseman P.K, is considered one of the top goalies in this year’s draft field. The 6-foot-1 tender posted a 2.50 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in 39 games last season for the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. Weighing in at 188 pounds, Subban has impressively demonstrated the ability to use his athleticism to thwart opponents.

Originally selected by Belleville with the 218th overall pick in the 2009 OHL draft, Subban’s prowess in between the pipes earned him a spot on the 2011 Canadian U...

Florida Panthers select Michael Matheson with 23rd overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft

 

With the 23rd overall pick, the Florida Panthers selected Michael Matheson. 

In terms of skating defensemen, few in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft are valued as highly as Matheson. The 6-foot-1, 180 pound Matheson finished with 11 goals and 16 assists in 53 games for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Due to his intentions to play at Boston College next year, Matheson will be a prospect who most likely will come to fruition in the future.

The 18-year old blueliner will most likely add a solid top-notch prospect to a system with the ability to shut down the opposition one-on-one.

Despite struggling at times with consistency in Dubuque, Matheson&rs...

Pittsburgh Penguins take Olli Maatta with 22nd pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft

 

 Maatta is a 6’2, 202 pound defenseman that plays for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Penguins selected Finnish prospect Olli Maatta with the 22nd pick in the NHL Entry Draft

A Finland native, Maatta is a solid, two-way defenseman who does not possess any significant deficiencies.

His excellent feet and agility allow him to stay with even the speediest of forwards, resulting in quality one-on-one defensive coverage and giving Maatta shutdown capabilities.

Maatta is an aggressive defender, as he takes away time and space from the opposing puck carrier by consistently closing the gap. Though he is not the type to stan...

Philadelphia Flyers select Scott Laughton with 20th pick in NHL Draft

The Flyers selected Scott Laughton with the 20th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Laughton is a two-way centre with a scoring touch and a physical edge to his game.

He is incredible at the defensive side of the game, which is one of the aspects of his game that stands out.

His quick release makes him a threat to shoot from anyone on the ice. His awareness and creativity make him difficult for goalies and defenders to read.

Chicago Blackhawks select Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft

With the 18th overall pick, the Blackhawks selected Teuvo Teravainen.

 

Teravainen, 17, earned a promotion to the SM-liiga with Jokerit in the 2011-12 season and produced a respectable 11 goals and 18 points in 40 games against older competition. The promotion came on the heels of a dominating performance in the junior league, in which he produced 12 goals and 20 points in 11 games with Jokerit.

The 5-11, 165-pound offensive left winger doesn’t play a physical game due to his size, but he’s said to possess patience to his game which allows him to anticipate play and remain a consistent offensive threat.

The Helsinki-native is a left-handed shooter ...

Washington Capitals select Thomas Wilson with 16th pick in NHL Draft

 

The Washington Capitals selected Thomas Wilson with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

A Toronto native, Wilson has been coined as a two-way power forward whose size and strength are his greatest attributes. His aggressive style combined with his determination makes an impact in all phases of the game.

The 6’4, 203-pound, winger spent two years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers and scored 33 points in 77 games. While those numbers might not give much insight into the type of forward Wilson is, his penalty minutes certainly do.

In his first year with the Whalers, he had 71 penalty minutes. In his second, he&rsq...

Buffalo Sabres trades up, selects Zemgus Gigensons

After coupling the 21st and 42nd picks in a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up to 14, the Sabres selected Zemgus Gigensons in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks has some details on Girgensons.

 

NAME:  Zemgus Girgensons
HOMETOWN:  Riga, Latvia
POSITION:  Center
SHOOTS:  Left
AGE: 18
SIZE:  6'2"
WEIGHT:  198 lbs.
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Dubuque Fighting Saints / USHL

Girgensons makes an impact on the ice. Very strong skater, fiercely competitive, hard to knock off the puck, with a good shot and a drive for the net.

He is a solid two-way player who shows a lot...