Monday, April 9, 2012

NHL Draft Projections

After the NHL Central Scouting released it's final rankings, we've decided to show our top 10 rankings as well.

The picks are listed as Name/Position/Team/League.

1. Nail Yakupov/RW/Sarnia/OHL
2. Alex Galchenyuk/C/Quebec/QMJHL
3. Mikhail Grigorenko/C/Sarnia/OHL
4. Ryan Murray/D/Everett/WHL
5. Filip Foresberg/C/Leksand/Sweden-2
6. Morgan Rielly/D/Moose Jaw/WHL
7. Jacob Trouba/D/USA U-18/USHL
8. Radek Faksa/C/Kitchener/OHL
9. Brendan Gaunce/C/Belleville/OHL
10. Mathew Dumba/D/Red Deer/WHL

Players to watch for:
Cody Ceci/D/Ottawa/OHL
Colton Sissons/C/Kelowna/WHL
Malcom Subban/G/Belleville/OHL
Sebastian Collberg/RW/Frolunda Jr/Swe-Jr.
Olli Matta/D/London/OHL

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Draft Lottery Where and Who

The NHL Entry Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday at 8 PM ET. You can watch it on TSN in Canada. At the draft lottery will be; Columbus Blue Jackets Executive VP of Hockey Operations and GM Scott Howson, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, Montreal Canadiens Assistant GM Laryy Carriere, New York Islanders Director of Pro Scouting Ken Morrow, Toronto Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke will all be in attendance.

Draft Lottery Odds

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, these are the chances of the following teams to win the draft lottery:

If these teams win, they will get the first overall pick in this year's entry draft:
Columbus Blue Jackets: 48.2%
Edmonton Oilers 18.2%
Montreal Canadiens 14.2%
New York Islanders 10.7%
Toronto Maple Leafs 8.1%

If these teams win, they can move up a maximum of  four spots up the ranking:
Anaheim Ducks 6.2%
Minnesota Wild 4.7%
Carolina Hurricanes 3.6%
Winnipeg Jets 2.7%
Tampa Bay Lighting 2.1%
Colorado Avalanche* 1.5%
Buffalo Sabres 1.1%
Dallas Stars 0.8%
Calgary Flames 0.5%

* The Colorado Avalanche's first round pick will go to the Washington Capitols due to the trade that sent G Semyon Varlamov for this pick and a 2nd round pick in either 2012 or 2013.