The 2012 Entry Draft at forward has no Hall vs. Seguin, no RNH vs. Landeskog. The 2012 entry draft is about Nail and all the rest. Or is it?
The top 5 offensive forwards this year don’t resemble the top 5 forwards ranked by Craig Button in his March list.
First, Button’s list:
- Nail Yakupov
- Filip Forsberg
- Alex Galchenyuk
- Mikhail Grigorenko
- Teuvo Teravainen
I do not have the NHLE for Filip Forsberg’s league, so we’ll have to include him out. Alex Galchenyuk was injured for the entire season, so he’s not on the list, either. However, something’s afoot when it comes to marrying NHLE with this year’s consensus top 5 forwards.
Forwards (per 82 gp)
- Tomas Hertl 19-21-40 (Button has him #22 overall)
- Nail Yakupov 18-22-40 (#1 everywhere)
- Tanner Pearson 16-22-38 (Button has him #43 overall)
- Tomas Hyka 11-26-37 (Button has him #42 overall)
- Mikhail Grigorenko 16-17-33 (Button has him #7 overall)
Here’s some Hertl video.
This is my first look at all this stuff, before we go too far into the math we have to figure out how to get Forsberg in there and Galchenyuk too (maybe we use last year’s numbers?).
Anyway, it doesn’t usually work this way. The 2010 NHLE’s looked like this for the forwards:
- Taylor Hall 17-29-46 (BM #1)
- Tyler Seguin 19-22-41 (BM #2)
- Michael Granlund 13-28-41 (BM #13)
- Vladimir Tarasenko 21-18-39 (BM #16)
- Jeff Skinner 19-16-35 (BM #10)
So. Question: Who is Tomas Hertl and how slow is he? Even if he’s Yvon Lambert there’s some offense there.