Gus Katsaros

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NHL Mock Draft - Final Version

Friday, June 15, 2012


 

11. Washington - Zegmus Girgensons (C)   

Girgensons plays the game hard and in your face. He thrives when the physical temperature of the game increases. Bull in china shop approach to game but also has a good set of hands to bury his chances and potentially play in the top six. The Capitals get this pick from Colorado as a result of the Semyon Varlamov trade one year ago.

 

12. Buffalo - Radek Faksa (C/W)      

Faksa may be the best defensive forward in the draft. He plays the boards better than any other player and willingly goes to the front of the net. Still maturing physically and showed impressive offensive ability as he led all rookie scorers in the OHL this season with 29 goals and 66 points for the Kitchener Rangers.

 

13. Dallas - Cody Ceci (D)    

Few  defensemen played more minutes than Ceci as his success was paramount to Ottawa 67s long playoff drive. He boasts one of the best point shots available in this year's draft and has good size but needs to play up to it.

 

14. Calgary - Brendan Gaunce (C)   

No player was more valuable to their junior team than Gaunce as he played in all 68 games, led the Belleville Bulls in scoring and played on the power play unit as well as killed penalties. His skating needs work but Gaunce is a powerful player who excels at both ends of the ice. He also has tremendous leadership ability which would bode well in Calgary.

 

15. Ottawa - Hampus Lindholm (D) 

Ottawa has had good luck drafting Swedish defenders and the selection of Lindholm seems like the right fit. His development curve since the beginning of the season has soared.  Lindholm can elevate his game when it matters most as he plays with intensity and has strong offensive capabilities. Playing in the Elitserien next year will help round out his game as the Senators are in no rush to bring him across the pond.

 

16. Washington - Sebastian Collberg (RW)  

Collberg was arguably the best NHL draft eligible in this year's WJC and helped Sweden capture gold for the first time in 30-plus years.  A skilled forward who competes and plays bigger than his size and can also chip in with timely scoring. This is the Capitals second pick of the first round.

 

17. San Jose - Olli Maatta (D)             

Maatta carried the London Knights to an OHL Championship and a heart breaking loss in OT in the final of the Memorial Cup. He can execute a great first pass and improved his shot throughout the season. Maatta needs to address his pivots as he would make himself vulnerable to hits and struggle to contain players on the cycle. He played in Finland in 2010-11 before coming over to play junior hockey last season and has easily acclimated to the North American game.

 

18. Chicago - Andrei Vasilevski (G) 

The Blackhawks are in desperate need of a number one starter and Vasilevski is the best in this year's crop. The Russian Factor may scare the Hawks, but his size, athleticism and economical rebound control make him a candidate to be a legitimate NHL starter. Vasilevski was terrific in the World Juniors which helped him skyrocket up the draft list.

 

19. Tampa Bay - Slater Koekkoek  (D)            

GM Steve Yzerman and company would love to walk away from this draft with two massive blue liners with skill. Koekkoek is a work in progress but has above average puck skills and is physically fit! Missed the bulk of the OHL season with a shoulder injury however prior to the injury he was one of the top scoring defensemen in the league with five goals and 18 points in 26 games.

 

20. Philadelphia - Matt Finn (D)      

The Flyers take advantage of a blueline deep draft and select Finn who can play a solid two-way game. Known more for his offensive acumen, his point shot and puck distribution skills on the line make him a viable PP specialist. Finn had 10 goals and 48 points for the Guelph Storm this season.


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Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator with McKeen’s Hockey, publishers of industry leading scouting and fantasy guide, the McKeen’s Annual Hockey Pool Yearbook. He also contributes to popular blog MapleLeafsHotStove.com ... he can be followed on Twitter @KatsHockey
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