NHL Mock Draft, Draft Facts

Most people think the higher draft pick you are the better player you are. Yes, it is usually true but not for all. Take Pavel Datsyuk for example. He was drafted 171 overall in 1998, look at him now. He currently has 600 career points in the NHL.

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers. Drafted 205th overall by NYR.  in 2000.    213 wins and 35 shutouts in career
  • Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers. Drafted 204th overall by WPG. in 1992.       316 wins and 43 shutouts in career
  • Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators. Drafted 133rd overall by OTT. in 1994.            389 goals and 1023 points in career  
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings. Drafted 210th overall by DET. in 1999.        230 goals and 555 points in career
  • Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins. Drafted 217th overall by QUE. in 1994.                           161 wins and 26 shutouts in career  
  • Dominik Hasek, (Retired). Drafted 199th overall by CHI. in 1983.                                 389 wins and 81 shutouts in career  
  • Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames. Drafted 116th overall by SJS. in 1995.                   276 wins and 40 shutouts in career
  • Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres. Drafted 138th overall by BUF. in 1999.                             221 wins and 22 shutouts in career

Notice how 6 of the 8 players here are goalies. That goes to show you how goalies tend to be drafted later than players. This is because teams normally have a solid goalie system when drafting so a new netminder would not get to play in the NHL until a retirement or injury. There have only been 3 goalies drafted first overall in a draft: Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Rick DiPietro (2000) and Michel Plasse (1968). This year in the 2012 draft on June 22-23 will feature great talent and lots of excitement. I have decided to my own mock first-round draft for 2012 based on the NHL standings as of Febuary 15 2012.

NHL Mock Draft

  1.    Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting, OHL
  2.    Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
  3.    Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips, WHL
  4.    Mathew Dumba, Red Deer Rebels, WHL
  5.    Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting, OHL
  6.    Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL
  7.    Filip Forsberg, Leksands IF, Sweden
  8.    Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL
  9.    Radek Faksa, Kitchener Rangers, OHL
  10.    Jacob Trouba, USA National Development Team, USA U-18
  11.    Cody Ceci, Ottawa 67’s, OHL
  12.    Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL. (Acquired from Colorado)
  13.    Slater Koekkoek, Peterborough Petes, OHL
  14.    Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls, OHL
  15.    Andrei Vasilevski, Tolpar Ufa, KHL
  16.    Pontus Aberg, Djurgardens IF Stockholm, Sweden
  17.    Matt Finn, Guelph Storm, OHL
  18.    Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks, WHL
  19.    Olli Maatta, London Knights, OHL
  20.    Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls, OHL
  21.    Martin Frk, Belleville Bulls, OHL
  22.    Nicolas Kerdiles, USA National Development Team, USA U-18
  23.    Tomas Hertl, Slavia Praha HC, Czech Republic
  24.    Tom Wilson, Plymouth Whalers, OHL
  25.    Sebastian Collberg, Frolunda HC, Sweden
  26.    Stefan Matteau, USA National Development Team, USA U-18
  27.    Brady Skjei, USA National Development Team, USA U-18
  28.    Ludvig Bystrom, Modo Hockey, Sweden
  29.    Michael Matheson, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL
  30.    Nick Ebert, Windsor Spitfires, OHL

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