With hockey season just ending, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a boring Summer. Now is the time of year for all of the young guns in the hockey world to shine. Get ready for the 2012 NHL Draft, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 22-23. It is always exciting to see the teams take on their new players and to take a look at what they have in store for them. A few teams were lucky enough to get first dibs on the NHL rookies, the Washington Capitals, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the 3 teams that have multiple picks in the first round, to get all of the fresh off the market players. Where as, the Colorado Avalanche, the Nashville Predators, and the Detroit Red Wings with not have any picks in Round 1. Let’s take a sneak peek at the top 4 forwards and top 4 defenseman heading into this years draft!
Nail Yakupov is a native of Russia, currently playing for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. He represented Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships helping them bring home a silver medal. He is a powerful skater with quick hands, getting in the attacking zone and making it happen.
Alex Galchenyuk, of the United States, is also a team member of the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. Standing at 6’0”, weighing 200 pounds, he could definitely be an elite player at the top level. He executes plays going full force down the ice and has great puck control.
Mikhail Grigorenko, 6’3”, member of the Quebec Rempants of the QMJHL, played in the 2012 World Junior Championships, scored 5 points in just 6 games. He foresees opportunities in developing plays and his size makes him a stronger player to get in the zone and put points on the board.
Filip Forsberg, A Swedish native, was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships where his team captured the gold medal! He scores the big snipes and is a leader on the ice. Powerful with or without the puck.
Switching over to some of the blueliner’s….
Ryan Murray, 6’0”, 201 pounds of force. Originally from Canada, is the current captain of the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. He is the youngest captain in the franchise’s history and is a high level player. He has been playing such an elite game that he often times gets overlooked because of his consistency to slide into the right place at the right time. He is the king of one-on-one battles and is a solid defenseman.
Morgan Rielly, of the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL, is a 6’0” dman weighing 190 lbs. He’s known for his quick passes, creative plays and he see’s things coming that other players miss, ultimately giving him the upper hand.
Griffin Reinhart plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL, and he’s a 6’4”, powerhouse. His father, Paul Reinhart formerly played for the Calgary Flames, so he has been brought up in the NHL world. He produces points and dabbles on the offensive side as well. Overall a strong player.
Jacob Trouba, plays in the U.S. National Team Development Program, (U-18, USHL), and was the youngest player on Team USA at the World Junior Championships. Standing at 6’2”, weighing 193 pounds, he’s a fast skater, has a touch of offensive playing skills and is rarely out of position.
These will be the names to look out for as we tune in to watch and see where these upcoming superstars will start their professional careers! Good luck guys!