1  EDMONTON OILERS:  Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

Dynamic scorer is the unanimous choice as the best prospect available

 

2  COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:  Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec (QMJHL)

Big center excelled playing first season in North America

 

3  MONTREAL CANADIENS:  Filip Forsberg, C, Leksand (SWE-2)

Needs to get bigger, but top-rated European skater has all the offensive skills

 

4  NEW YORK ISLANDERS:  Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)

Islanders fortunate to add best all-round defenseman in the draft

 

5  TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:  Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)

Fully recovered from knee injury and back to showcasing high skill level

 

6  ANAHEIM DUCKS:  Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

Knee injury set him back, but when healthy, he can be a game-changer

 

7  MINNESOTA WILD:  Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit Jr. (FIN-JR)

Needs to get stronger, but has top-end offensive skills

 

8  CAROLINA HURRICANES:  Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)

Big-bodied playmaker would look good joining Staal up the middle for 'Canes

 

9  WINNIPEG JETS:  Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (OHL)

Big and strong, but also skates well and has an offensive upside

 

10  TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:  Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)

Big, athletic blueliner got better as the season went on

 

11  Washington CAPITALS (from Col):  Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)

High-end offensive talent plays fearlessly with and without the puck

 

12  BUFFALO SABRES:  Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)

One scout said if he was building team from ground-up, Gaunce would be his first pick

 

13  DALLAS STARS:  Jacob Trouba, D, USA U-18 (USHL)

Solid frame complements strong skating and offensive skills

 

14  CALGARY FLAMES:  Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)

Finnish-born defenseman showed no problem adjusting to life in North America

 

15  OTTAWA SENATORS:  Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)

Smart and skilled defensively, high-rising prospect showed he has offensive upside

 

16  WashingtoN CAPITALS:  Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)

Big, skilled and nasty -- among USNTDP leaders in scoring and penalty minutes

 

17  FLORIDA PANTHERS:  Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)

Latvian-born forward scored at better than a point-per-game pace this season

 

18  LOS ANGELES KINGS:  Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)

Jackets could opt for this pick via Carter trade; either way, teams would love Pouliot

 

19  SAN JOSE SHARKS:  Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna (WHL)

Skilled forward will make a strong addition to team's prospect pool

 

20  PHOENIX COYOTES:  Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Injuries delayed talent forward's development, but had 16 goals in 34 games

 

21  CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:  Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)

There's a lot to like about the big, strong blueliner with a nice offensive upside

 

22  NEW JERSEY DEVILS:  Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa-2 (RUS-JR)

Among best goalies at 2012 WJC, could be long-term successor to Brodeur

 

23  TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (FROM DET):  Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL)

Athletic goalie already earning comparisons to Habs' Carey Price

 

24  BOSTON BRUINS:  Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

Big, nasty and highly skilled forward excelled at Top Prospects Game

 

25  PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:  Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL)

Point-producer with Blades doesn't shy away from rough play

 

26  BUFFALO SABRES (FROM NSH):  Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (CZREP)

Big and skilled, and already a star in the Czech league

 

27  PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:  Cristoval Nieves, C, Kent School (HIGH-CT)

When big center grows into his body, could be a dominant power forward

 

28  ST. LOUIS BLUES:  Jordan Schmaltz, D, Green Bay (USHL)

Packs solid offensive skill into NHL-ready size (6-2, 189)

 

29  NEW YORK RANGERS:  Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)

Shoulder injury cost him most of the season, but scouts know his upside

 

30  VANCOUVER CANUCKS:  Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR)

Scoreless in 41 games in SEL; needs to get stronger, but possess great speed, nose for the net

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