2012 CSS Final Draft Rankings

By , April 9, 2012 9:48 am

2012 CSS Final NHL Draft Rankings

2012 CSS Final NHL Draft Rankings


Central Scouting has finalized their rankings for 2012.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Mikhail Grigorenko is no longer in the top 2 for North American skaters. Ryan Murray slots in at #2. Also possibly surprising is that Alex Galchenyuk is hanging in at #4 for North American skaters. This is a kid that I really, really like. I’ve seen some of his work, and he is an incredible player that could possibly disappear off radars because he missed nearly the whole year due to injury. The thing I like about him is he has a hell of a shot, but also is a physical player. He also plays center too. So really, this is the power forward up the middle that we might have been looking for.

I think many Oilers fans will be licking their chops at the idea of drafting Ryan Murray. Myself, I just don’t know. It sounds like he’s pretty good, but I also think it will take time before he’s really good enough to make a difference here. I could be way off base with my thoughts though.

Anyways, here are the rankings:

Rankings provided by NHL.com

Top-30 North American Skaters

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 Yakupov, Nail Right Wing Sarnia OHL
2 3 Murray, Ryan Defenseman Everett WHL
3 2 Grigorenko, Mikhail Center Quebec QMJHL
4 Galchenyuk, Alex Center Sarnia OHL
5 5 Rielly, Morgan Defenseman Moose Jaw WHL
6 16 Ceci, Cody Defenseman Ottawa OHL
7 4 Faksa, Radek Center Kitchener OHL
8 6 Maatta, Olli Defenseman London OHL
9 9 Trouba, Jacob Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
10 8 Reinhart, Griffin Defenseman Edmonton WHL
11 7 Dumba, Mathew Defenseman Red Deer WHL
12 10 Pouliot, Derrick Defenseman Portland WHL
13 11 Gaunce, Brendan Center Belleville OHL
14 14 Sissons, Colton Center Kelowna WHL
15 33 Wilson, Thomas Right Wing Plymouth OHL
16 15 Finn, Matthew Defenseman Guelph OHL
17 13 Matteau, Stefan Center USA U-18 USHL
18 12 Girgensons, Zemgus Center Dubuque USHL
19 18 Skjei, Brady Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
20 25 Frk, Martin Right Wing Halifax QMJHL
21 26 Winther, Mike Center Prince Albert WHL
22 28 Giuseppe, Phillip Left Wing U. of Michigan CCHA
23 17 Koekkoek, Slater Defenseman Peterborough OHL
24 23 Kosmachuk, Scott Right Wing Guelph OHL
25 22 Pearson, Tanner Left Wing Barrie OHL
26 30 Thrower, Dalton Defenseman Saskatoon WHL
27 31 Nieves, Cristoval Center Kent School HIGH-CT
28 40 Laughton, Scott Center Oshawa OHL
29 27 Kerdiles, Nicolas Left Wing USA U-18 USHL
30 29 Matheson, Michael Defenseman Dubuque USHL

Top-30 European Skaters

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 Forsberg, Filip Center Leksand SWEDEN-2
2 7 Teravainen, Teuvo Left Wing Jokerit Jr. FINLAND-JR.
3 2 Collberg, Sebastian Right Wing Frolunda Jr. SWE-JR.
4 6 Lindholm, Hampus Defenseman Rogle Jr. SWE-JR.
5 3 Hertl, Tomas Center Slavia CZREP
6 4 Aberg, Pontus Left Wing Djurgarden SWEDEN
7 5 Pokka, Ville Defenseman Karpat FINLAND
8 8 Bystrom, Ludvik Defenseman Modo Jr. SWE-JR.
9 9 Prokhorkin, Nikolai Left Wing CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR.
10 13 Slepyshev, Anton Left Wing Novokuznetsk RUSSIA
11 10 Vainonen, Mikko Defenseman HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR.
12 11 Lindell, Esa Defenseman Jokerit Jr. FINLAND-JR.
13 14 Osnovin, Vyacheslav Center Chelyabinsk 2 RUSSIA-JR.
14 51 Karlsson, Erik Center Frolunda Jr. SWE-JR.
15 16 Andersson, Calle Defenseman Farjestad jr. SWE-JR.
16 15 Vasiliev, Valeri Defenseman Spartak 2 RUSSIA-JR.
17 24 Tikkinen, Niklas Defenseman Blues Jr. FINLAND-JR.
18 12 Djoos, Christian Defenseman Brynas Jr. SWE-JR.
19 17 Thorell, Erik Center Farjestad SWEDEN
20 18 Gusev, Nikita Left Wing CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR.
21 41 Krutikov, Evgeni Left Wing Spartak 2 RUSSIA-JR.
22 19 Ikonen, Henri Left Wing Kalpa Jr. FINLAND-JR.
23 34 Wikstrand, Mikael Defenseman Mora SWEDEN-2
24 27 Rotevall, Jeremy Left Wing Timra SWEDEN
25 21 Walker, Nathan Left Wing Vitkovice Jr. CZREP-JR.
26 22 Nemec, Erik Center Vitkovice Jr. CZREP-JR.
27 38 Kulmala, Rasmus Center TPS Jr. FINLAND-JR.
28 31 Tornkvist, Tobias Right Wing Rogle Jr. SWE-JR.
29 53 Rantakari, Otso Defenseman Jokerit Jr. FINLAND-JR.
30 25 Lehtonen, Mikko Defenseman TPS Jr. FINLAND-JR.

Top-10 North American Goalies

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 Subban, Malcolm Goalie Belleville OHL
2 3 Whitney, Brandon Goalie Victoriaville QMJHL
3 5 Paterson, Jake Goalie Saginaw OHL
4 20 Stolarz, Anthony Goalie Corpus Christi NAHL
5 6 Tremblay, Francois Goalie Val d’Or QMJHL
6 4 Gillies, Jon Goalie Indiana USHL
7 8 Makarov, Andrey Goalie Saskatoon WHL
8 10 Bartosak, Patrik Goalie Red Deer WHL
9 11 Palazzese, Frank Goalie Kitchener OHL
10 15 Tomkins, Matt Goalie Sherwood Park AJHL

Top-10 European Goalies

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 Vasilevski, Andrei Goalie Ufa 2 RUSSIA-JR.
2 2 Dansk, Oscar Goalie Brynas Jr. SWE-JR.
3 3 Korpisalo, Joonas Goalie Jokerit Jr. FINLAND-JR.
5 4 Langhamer, Marek Goalie Pardubice Jr. CZREP-JR.
4 5 Auren, Jean Goalie Sport Jr. FINLAND-JR.
6 6 Israelsson, Mathias Goalie Frolunda Jr. SWE-JR.
10 7 Ullberg, Richard Goalie Saipa FINLAND
8 Sabol, Richard Goalie Banska Bystrica Jr. SLOVAKIA-JR.
9 9 Demchenko, Vasili Goalie Chelyabinsk 2 RUSSIA-JR.
10 Cupper, Marvin Goalie Eisbaren Berlin Jr. GERMANY-JR.

7 Responses to “2012 CSS Final Draft Rankings”

  1. zackman35 says:

    It sucks finishing were we did in the standings, especially since we haven’t seen a winning team in so long but seeing the draft rankings makes me excited when we finish this low. We’ll add another valuable piece to the building block.

    Having a d-man that high always makes fans hesitant but Murray is a cerebral talent defensively, and an phenomenal skater. He has the potential to calm the waters on the blue and has strong leadership qualities as well. Out of this draft class he’s probably one of the most ready prospects but it will probably be some time before he becomes a highly effective and reliable d-man night in and night out in the NHL. He’s not flashy by any means but he gets the job done, an underrated offensive game as well (wicked slapper).

    And then there’s the two young centers. How can you pass up a 6’3 ~190lb center (Grigorenko) with slick skills, killer snapshot and high hockey IQ and defensive awareness? Galchenyuk may not be as big as Grigorenko but I believe he has much higher stick handling abilities and a little more offensive prowess. Plus from everything I’ve heard Galchenyuk has a really strong work ethic but then again so does Murray.

    It should be interesting to see how things go, either way adding any of these three would be quite an addition to an already exciting and dynamic core.

  2. Racki says:

    Yah, the more I read about Murray, the more he sounds like he would be a good addition. I wish I had caught the WJHC’s this year to see him there (although maybe that’s for the best, as I heard he was the goat??). Sounds like he plays a really smart game. Although I like my d-men to play a physical brand of hockey, and it sounds like that isn’t so much his thing… but on the positive, he IS a defense first guy, which is very important to me.

    There are plenty of interesting choices out there too. Matt Dumba, Jacob Trouba… even some forwards too. Hell, if we draft 1st, I know I wasn’t a big fan of it before, but I’d be very happy getting Nail Yakupov. We’d have two big scoring lines in the works with a combination of Nuge, Eberle, Hall, Paajarvi, Yakupov and Gagner. Then we could have an all vet line of Smyth Horcoff Hemsky. I was mainly opposed to the fail for Nail because I just wanted to see this team start winning. But now that we’re in this position again, I’m definitely good with a lotto win. It is unlikely that happens though.

    But yah, I wasn’t excited for this draft because I wanted to see us succeed. We didn’t though. So now, I’m in full on “what potential star are we adding now?” mode. I just wonder if we are going to trade down, as speculation has been.

  3. chucker says:

    Steve-O will be jizzing his pants. There is a player named Pouliot in the top 15…..

    Also, where does Forsberg enter into the equation? Top five?

  4. Racki says:

    Wow, there’s another Erik Karlsson coming too! No, there is literally another Erik Karlsson… center though ;) At #14, I’m sure he’s probably not as good at his position as his name counterpart.

    As for Forsberg, CSS never crosses the streams. They separate everything by goalie/skater, and euro/na. However, McKenzie had him at #4 for all players in his survey of scouts back in February.

  5. Steve-O says:

    I’m all aboard the Reinhart or Murray train…no more room in my heart for another Pouliot Chucker.

    Leaning towards Reinhart just based on size. Won’t be joining the team next year (or shouldn’t but who really knows with the Oilers), but he’s a good one.

  6. hemmerlady says:

    HELL YEAH #1!!!!!!!

    edit: didn’t see there was a lottery thread…
    I seem unreasonably excited.

  7. chucker says:

    Racki: Wow, there’s another Erik Karlsson coming too! No, there is literally another Erik Karlsson… center though At #14, I’m sure he’s probably not as good at his position as his name counterpart. As for Forsberg, CSS never crosses the streams. They separate everything by goalie/skater, and euro/na. However, McKenzie had him at #4 for all players in his survey of scouts back in February.

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