Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Minnesotans Selected in the 2012 NHL Draft

I have been a little slow to recap the NHL draft, but here it is. This year was somewhat of a disappointment in comparison to recent years. Only a handful of Minnesotans were selected, and many of the top MN High School prospects were not selected at all. Listed below is the number draft pick of the player/Team drafted by/player name/player team (2012-2013). I may have missed some Shattuck kids, but I was mainly looking for kids who played association/high school hockey in Minnesota.

Brady Skjei taken in the first round 28th overall.
Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report
28. New York Rangers: Brady Skjei (U of MN)- The defenceman has got to be pretty excited about the team that drafted him 28th overall in the first round. The Rangers are one of the best teams in the NHL currently, and are a team where his playing style could fit right in. I expect to see him spend at least two years playing with the Gophers before jumping ship.
52. Pittsburgh Penquins: Teddy Blueger (Minnesota  State)- Drafted much higher than he was ranked, it will be interesting to see how Blueger does this season as Mike Hastings takes over a Mavericks team that seems to have been rebuilding for a while now.
112. Nashville Predators: Zach Stepan (Waterloo Blackhawks)- Another Shattuck kid, Stepan dropped quite a bit from his Central Scouting ranking by nearly 50 spots. Stepan is a great player, but I would expect him to play 2-3 years before heading for the pros.
126. Toronto Maple Leafs: Dom Tonintao (Fargo Force)- I believe Toninato will be spending next season in Fargo of the USHL before heading to UMD. It was a bit surprising that his teammate Jake Randolph was not selected, but he is still a good pickup for a struggling Toronto team.
133. Buffalo Sabres: Logan Nelson (Victoria Royals)- Nelson played his youth hockey for Rogers, then midgets, then USHL, and this season in the WHL. He had an explosive year for an 18 year old in the WHL, where I expect he'll be playing again this season before trying to make the jump to the NHL.
159. Carolina Hurricanes: Collin Olson (Ohio State)- Former Apple Valley goalie Olson is committed to Ohio State, not sure if he will be playing right away next year, or spend time in the USHL as his time with the USNDTP is over.
185. New York Islanders: Jake Bischoff (Grand Rapids)- Bischoff has another year of high school and it's been said he will return to Grand Rapids for his senior year, after which he will be playing for the Gophers.
188. Minnesota Wild: Lou Nanne (Penticton Vees)- Nanne being picked caused major controversy from hockey fans in Minnesota. His father, Marty, is a scout for the Wild, and his grandfather, Lou, is a household name in Minnesota Hockey. I definitely think his name helped him out with this one, and I'm not sure how much pro potential he has, but he has the next 4-5 years to prove himself.
204. Buffalo Sabres: Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State)- Peterson will likely play in the USHL this season before heading to SCSU. I don't know a whole lot about him other than watching him play once. He has a great deal of speed and puck handling skill, and seems to score a lot of goals. If he can succeed at the collegiate level he might be a steal of a pick for the Sabres.

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