2012 NHL Draft Report Cards (Part One)




Over a two part series, I will break down how each team did at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Let me first caution you, that I am not familiar with all of the players drafted over the weekend but over the course of the next few months I will surely attempt to educate myself on all of them. As that happens, I will pass on what I am hearing from others who follow their play and/or leagues closely.

At the conclusion of the two-part series, a full 30 team ranking will be released based on my knowledge of each team’s drafted players and how well they used their picks. Please be aware that when analyzing prospects it takes years to accurately determine whether a prospect has succeeded or failed and this preliminary ranking/anaylsis is just that, my initial opinion of these players at this moment in time. These rankings will certainly change as we observe the players develop over the next few seasons.

I surely cannot go in-depth with every prospect drafted so I am going to name a few players from each team that fit under the following categories:

Best Fantasy ’12 Pock (FP): Here I will name the drafted player(s) who I feel has the potential to become the most valuable fantasy option of the team’s ’12 drafted players (I will consider NHL likelihood).

Best Potential NHLer (PN): For this category, I will name the player(s) who I feel has the fundamental skills, work ethic and overall game to become a long-time NHL player (offensive upside is not a requirement here).

Shrewdest Pick (SP): The shrewdest pick will be the player(s) who I feel has good NHL likelihood, the skills and, at this time, was underrated enough to be picked later than his initial ranking indicated (ie. The Jamie Benn type pick). Consider this the sleeper pick.

Youngblood’s Personal Favourite (YPF): Pretty simple, the team’s pick(s) that I best like.


Here we go….

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Hampus Lindholm (6th), Nicolas Kerdiles (36th), Frederik Andersen (87th), Kevin Roy (97th), Andrew O’Brien (108th), Brian Cooper (127th), Kenton Helgen (187th), Jaycob Megna (210th)

Draft Recap: Ducks selected used 5 of their 8 selections on defenseman, including the 6th overall to make Hampus Lindholm the fourth defender taken in the draft.

Draft Grade: B+

FP – Nicolas Kerdiles

PN – Hampus Lindholm

SP – Kevin Roy & Frederik Andersen (G)

YPF – Kevin Roy


BOSTON BRUINS: Malcolm Subban (24th), Matthew Grzelcyk (85th), Seth Griffith (131st), Cody Payne (145th), Matthew Benning (175th), Colton Hargrove (205th)

Draft Recap: The Bruins’ continued their keep-it-simple approach to drafting adding really strong character guys with a willingness to work their asses off.

Draft Grade: B+

FP – Malcolm Subban

PN – Seth Griffith

SP – Matt Grzelcyk

YPF – Malcolm Subban


BUFFALO SABRES: Mikhail Grigorenko (12th), Zemgus Girgensons (14th), Jake McCabe (44th), Justin Kea (73rd), Logan Nelson (133rd), Linus Ullmark (163rd), Brady Austin (193rd), Judd Peterson (204th)

Draft Recap: Regier sought out big centerman to address the team’s lack of size up the middle and added five centerman, four of which stand out over 6-1.

Draft Grade: A+

FP – Mikhail Grigorenko

PN –Zemgus Girgensons

SP – Lin