With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko. Here's some background on the Russian centerman from Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks.
HOMETOWN: Khabarovsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 200 lbs.
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Quebec Remparts / QMJHL
Considered one of the top Russian prospects in this year's Draft, Grigorenko has the size and skills to make an impact on the ice. Good skater, passer, and playmaker who has good ice vision and makes plays happen.
The Islanders selected Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick in Friday's NHL Draft.
Reinhart is a capable defenseman with poise and composure while protecting the backend.
His strongest attribute is his positional play in the defensive zone, which makes it difficult for attacking forwards to gain an advantage on him. Capable of pushing opponents to the outside and punishing them with hits, Reinhart utilizes strong skating skills to shutdown attacks.
Montreal selected Alex Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Galchenyuk is a center that is capable of making the players around him better. Boasting an impressive hockey IQ, Galchenyuk is a multi-tool player who generates offense with his skating, passing and shooting abilities.
Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk played with the top prospect in this year’s NHL Draft class, Nail Yakupov.
Unfortunately, Galchenyuk has only had the chance to play one full season with Yakupov as he sustained a knee injury, which forced him to miss all...
The Washington Capitals find themselves with two first round picks in this weekends 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The picks, No. 11 and No. 16, give the team a chance to continue injecting young high-end talent into the organization.
Washington will be busy too, with a league-high 11 draft picks over the weekend.
In recent years, the Caps and general manager George McPhee have gone with the "best player available" draft strategy. The returns have been significant, adding talent up front like Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and others among the years. They've also struck gold on defense with young an...
My annual mock draft concludes today with picks 1 to 10. The Oilers have the 1st overall pick for the third consecutive season but whether they keep the pick or who they pick is still up in the air. It looks to be a busy draft and a great way to kick-off the NHL off-season.