A year ago at this time we were talking about 8 draft eligible kids who had cleared the rest. This season, it’s 9–and there’s a nice variety of skill sets.
Last season’s 8 are here. Here are this season’s 9:
- Nail Yakupov: Top ranked player everywhere on earth where the printed word appears. NHLE suggests 40 points and he’s clearly the class of the group offensively.
- Ryan Murray: Smooth player with a wide range of skills, his offense has been somewhat underrated due to the quality of his team. Solid defensively, the comparisons to Scott Niedermayer are not really based on math although his skating is a real positive.
- Alex Galchenyuk: Oilers have a choice of two sure things, but this wild card could end up being the star of the show. Exceptional puck handler and his size makes him a lock for the lottery.
- Mikhail Grigorenko: Falling like a rock on some lists, I think there’s just too much here. If there is a fatal flaw, I trust the Islanders to be the last to know. It is their tradition.
- Griffin Reinhart: He has convinced NHL scouts that he’s going to be a shutdown defender of some quality, or he wouldn’t be this high in the rankings. Solid defender who can move the puck, but I don’t think he’ll be a PP monster. Least upside in the lottery.
- Teuvo Teravainen: Caught everyone’s eye at the world juniors and delivered an impressive season in Finland’s top league (SM-Liiga). Highly skilled winger with creativity and some finish and good foot speed. A player to read up on in the next three weeks.
- Morgan Rielly: Best offensive potential among the high end defenders, I keep coming back to those flashes of brilliance he showed against the Oil Kings in the playoffs. Dammit, this draft has landmines and lost treasure right at the top. Crazy.
- Filip Forsberg: PF with skill, he’d rank higher on my list if Forsberg had posted better offense in Sweden’s 2nd league or at the WJ’s. There’s not an overwhelming amount of evidence that he will score enough to be a top offensive player.
- Matt Dumba: He’s undersized for his style. If he had Reinhart’s size Dumba would be ranked much higher, probably 2nd among defenders on the list. The size added to his rambunctious style make Dumba a risk, but if he can stay healthy and deliver across the board as he did in junior he might end up being one of the very best players in the 2012 draft.
Lots to discuss on the show today, noon on Team 1260. Emails welcome at email@example.com or you can post comments or questions in the comments section. @ItsNationRadio or lowetide_ are the twitter accounts.
Scheduled to appear:
- Jason Gregor from the Jason Gregor Show and Oilers Nation. We’ll discuss the Oilers at the draft, the coaching search, Ryan Smyth’s contract and the Oilers shopping list this summer.
- Terry Jones from the Edmonton Sun. Terry was all over the Oil Kings run and wrote some excellent items on the OKC Barons this season, we’ll touch base on those items and talk about the Oilers summer.
- Kent Wilson, Nations Overlord. I’ll ask Kent about the hiring of Bob Hartley in Calgary and what that could mean to some of the Flames high profile roster players.
- Jonathan Willis from Cult of Hockey, the Nations and various other prominent hockey sites. We’ll talk about Steve Tambellini and Kevin Lowe, specifically delving into the coaching hire, the #1 overall pick, the holes on the team and how to fix that blue.
Noon today, these are all terrific guests and we welcome your comments and questions for each of them.