The Hockey News 2012 NHL Draft Guide

The Hockey News 2012 NHL draft guide is out and here’s a look at their top-30 rankings along with my thoughts about the publication:

1. Nail Yakubov
2. Filip Forsberg
3. Mikhail Grigorenko
4. Ryan Murray
5. Matt Dumba
6. Morgan Rielly
7. Alex Galchenyuk
8. Griffin Reinhart
9. Jacob Trouba
10. Cody Ceci
11. Radek Faksa
12. Teuvo Teravainen
13. Derrick Pouliot
14. Sebastian Collberg
15. Hampus Lindholm
16. Zemgus Girgensons
17. Brandan Gaunce
18. Matthew Finn
19. Ludvig Bystrom
20. Olli Maata
21. Andrei Vasilevski
22. Pontus Aberg
23. Slater Koekkoek
24. Tomas Hertl
25. Thomas Wilson
26. Brady Skjei
27. Mike Matheson
28. Ville Pokka
29. Dalton Thrower
30. Stefan Matteau

The Hockey News (Adam Proteau wrote the blurb) believes the Sens need secondary scoring along with depth and sandpaper on their blueline.  They see Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad as the next players in the pipeline, but say they “lack size.”  Silfverberg doesn’t have a big frame, but no one who has looked at Zibanejad (in person or on paper) would mistake him for a small player.  There’s no mock draft included in the issue, but purely by the rankings Hampus Lindholm would be their candidate.  Ottawa ranks fifth in THN’s “Future Watch”.  Their list of shrewd post-lockout picks are (they actually mean lockout onward, given that they include 2005 picks): Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Zack Smith, Erik Condra, Colin Greening, and Robin Lehner.  Their list of poor selections are Brian Lee and Jim O’Brien.

I’m not a huge fan of THN’s draft prognosis (last year they were the worst among sources as far as they ranked (three rounds)), but it’s the least expensive option available and it does provide profiles of the top-100 players.

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