Rossy’s Prospect Ramblings



Thursday, June 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am EST

15 days until the 2012 NHL Entry Draft…..


Be forewarned, today’s ramblings speak often of the Toronto Maple Leafs…


Mikhail Grigorenko – Boom or Bust?


NHL Scouting Combine Results are in!


Notable Winners….

Alex Galchenyuk topped the Anaerobic Fitness peak power output showing how explosive of a skater he is and that his ACL injury is a thing of the past. Kitchener’s Matia Marcantuoni (a faller in the draft) was second. “MM” is one of the fastest and best skaters in this draft class. Thomas Wilson was a top five finisher.


VO2Max Test Duration – Rogue defenseman Hampus Lindholm last the longest in this gruelling bike test staying on for 14:40 minutes…a ridiculous feat considering he beat second-place finisher Ryan Murray by a full minute (13:32). Again, Tom Wilson was a top four finisher in this test as well.


Wing Span – Stefan Matteau was the leader here (among skaters) followed by Radek Faksa, Jujhar Khaira, Cody Ceci and Mikhail Grigorenko.


Standing Long Jump – Defensemen Michael Matheson and Jake McCabe launched themselves 119 inches to tie followed by rearguard Patrick Sieloff while forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Francis Beauvillier joined defenseman Mathew Dumba for fifth with 114 inches. Cody Ceci was close with 113 inches.


Vertical Jump – Brady Skjei (29.5 inches), Beauvillier (29.0 inches), Dumba, Marcantuoni and Brendan Gaunce all leaped 28 inches.


Push-ups – Chandler Stephensen posted the best with 52, followed by goaltender Jake Paterson (48), Helgesen (46), overage center Kevin Roy (45) and Michael Matheson (41).


Grip Strength – Morgan Rielly had the strongest right-hand grip at 167 pounds (Hulk SMASH), followed by Beauvillier (161), Mitch Moroz (160), Gaunce (159) and Sam Kurker (155).  Vasilevskiy and forward Calnan topped southpawers with 155 pounds, followed by Rielly (15), Marcantuoni (149) and Matheson (148).


Upper Body Power – Dane Fox threw the 4 kg ball the furthest (253 inches) while fellow OHL teammates Brendan Gaunce and Daniil Zharkov were second with 233 inches followed by Khaira and Athanasiou at 232 inches.


All of these draft-eligible prospects are profiled in Dobber Hockey’s Fantasy Prospect Guide.


I mention this in my upcoming mock draft (via DobberHockey Fantasy Prospect Guide) but the Columbus Blue Jackets had representatives at almost every Sarnia Sting home game this past season. I myself ran into General Manager Scott Howson several times and spoke with three other regular Columbus scouts occasionally and one declared that two of Columbus’ scouts were from the Sarnia area. Obviously, Howson and his scouting staff were doing their due diligence on assessing Nail Yakupov, but, this information also leads me to believe that Columbus has the upper hand on scouting teammate Alex Galchenyuk last season. If any scout observed Galchenyuk in his rookie season as the leagues top ‘94 born player then they’d heavily consider him with the second overall pick — I know I would without hesitation.



Following the completion of the Stanley Cup Final, Dobber will be updating the recent release of the Fantasy Prospects Guide with my own 2012 NHL Mock Draft. A few notes on this process:


  • The Mock Draft is not a ranking but rather a best guess at what team will select each player.


  • The 2012 draft class has an intriguing set of prospects including a large amount of average to above-average defensemen. The quantity of defensemen and lack of top end offensive talent makes completing a mock draft very difficult.


  • Personally, I believe in drafting the best player available within the first two rounds, regardless of team needs and I am sure there are NHL GM’s who share my view. However, if a team feels the need to seriously address a team need then it is quite plausible that we see a lot more trad