2012 NHL Draft Ranking Part 5
The final installment of our 2012 NHL draft ranking.
41. Devin Shore – C – Whitby (OJHL) – 6’0 – 184lbs – Shoots L – July 19, 1994
High quality offensive forward that needs to work on his skating. Exceptional shot, offensively deadly, and has a shot and bag of tools on offense that is extremely lethal. Struggles with top end speed. Non-existent in the defensive zone. Needs to commit to his own zone. Liability at times because of his inability to play solid defense. Registered 25 assists in 23 playoff games.
2011-12 Statistics: 41GP – 29G -29A – 58PTS – 26PIM
42. Cristoval Nieves – LW – Kent School (HS) – 6’2 – 184lbs – Shoots L – Jan. 23, 1994
High school product that stood out because of fantastic skating and a good offensive acumen. Needs to hit a growth spurt to fill out more. Bumped off the puck easily. Ability to play at a higher level in question because of physical size, attitude, and physical condition. That said, he does well with the puck and has an explosive skating stride that he uses to break the game over.
2011-12 Statistics: 26GP – 7G – 32A – 39PTS
43. Brady Vail – LW – Windsor (OHL) – 6’0 – 195lbs – Shoots L – March 11, 1994
Brady Vail is one of the more underrated players in this class. One of the best defensively responsible forwards in this class. Can play center and effectively shut down big forwards. Lacks the hands of a true scoring forward. Offensive upside is not high. Solid shot and fantastic work ethic. Uses size effectively. True shut down forward.
2011-12 Statistics: 68GP – 22G – 30A – 52PTS – 55PIM – +1
44. Mark Jankowski – Stanstead (HS) – 6’2 -170lbs – Shoots L – Sept. 13, 1994
Had the best offensive year of any player in draft. Massive size and uses it well. High school competition a bit of a concern. Stick is a puck magnet. Dangles well and has a ton of creativity. High quality shot. Issues like in need to bulk up, physical game in terms of taking hits, and the rigors of the next level. Heading to Providence College. Overall an extremely dynamic forward. True magician with the puck.
2011-12 Statistics: 57GP – 53G – 40A – 93PTS – +51
45. Andreas Athanasiou – C – London (OHL) – Shoots L – Aug. 6, 1994
Great skater. Excellent with the puck on his stick at a high rate of speed. Very creative and solid vision. Has an issue with defensive zone work. Hard to knock off the puck, very strong stride. Plays a perimeter game too often and floats on offense occasionally. Does not drive to the dirty areas with enough regularity. Needs to use teammates more often. Has a great shot and great hands, the other pieces need to come together to launch his game to the next level.
2011-12 Statistics: 63GP – 22G – 15A – 37PTS – 22PIM – +22
46. Jarrod Maidens – LW – Owen Sound (OHL) – 6’1 – 178lbs – Shoots L – March 4, 1994
Jack of all trades, master of none. Wears his heart on his jersey. Battles every night. Middle of the road offensive ability. Needs work on his skating. Easy to bump off the puck. Needs more toughness. Sidelined with injury too often, concussion issues as well. Plays at both ends of the ice. Great leader. Needs to develop more creativity on offense. Low risk, medium reward.
2011-12 Statistics: 28GP – 12G – 11A – 23PTS – 4PIM – -2
47. Ville Pokka – D – Karpat (FIN) – 6’0 – 198lbs – Shoots R – June 3, 1994
Steady young defenseman that played well against tough competition last year. Has solid vision and puck distribution ability. Pokka maintains a good gap when the speed is at a lower pace. Gets beat too easily because of his skating. Underrated shot, can man a power-play. Contributes well at both ends. Needs to use size more when not in front of his own net and skating has to improve.
2011-12 Statistics: 35GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 12PIM – -3
48. Tomas Hyka – RW – Gatineau (QMJHL) – 5’11 – 160lbs – Shoots R – March 23, 1993
Eligible in 2011 but passed over completely. Pre-season camp with Flyers was impressive but rule about undrafted free agents from Europe prevented the signing. Speedy winger with magic hands. Not a lot of size. Tries to play bigger than he is. Great vision and willingness to bang. Size is a huge obstacle but he plays over it. Had a great first year in the CHL despite injury. High offensive potential. Size could be an issue. Needs slight defensive work.
2011-12 Statistics: 50GP – 20G – 44A – 64PTS – 30PIM – +14
49. Daniil Zharkov – LW – Belleville (OHL) – 6’3 – 197lbs – Shoots L – Feb. 6, 1994
Highly skilled offensive forward with good hands and good wheels for his size. At his best, he drives to the net and creates space with his quick hands and skating. Could be better served to use his given size more often. Disappears too often. Has issues with consistency. Spends too much time as a passenger. Needs to take more initiative and takes his skills more seriously. Has high end offensive potential but also has a high risk factor.
2011-12 Statistics: 50GP -23G – 13A – 36PTS – 25PIM – -5
50. Esa Lindell – D – Jokerit Jr. (FIN) – 6’3 – 194lbs – Shoots L – May 23, 1994
Skates well as an offensive defenseman but a bit choppy in his own end. Better served to play with a defensive defenseman as he’s very prone to heading up ice with the puck. Has solid vision and a great shot. Physicality is come and go. Needs to work on defensive assignments. Great offensive forward that seems to really enjoy being a part of the scoring.
2011-12 Statistics: 48GP – 21G – 30A – 51PTS