The 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Recap

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 05:16PM

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft featured a ton of action, and we had people on the ground from across the Nation Network. With the draft behind us, now's a good time to summarize the collected work done by our writers.

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The Vancouver Canucks select Alexandre Mallet 57th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 10:54AM

The Vancouver Canucks chose Rimouski forward Alexandre Mallet with their first pick on day two of the 2012 NHL Entry draft.

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The Five Top-Ranked Players Left At The 2012 NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 07:51AM

The first round of this year’s draft saw some surprising selections. At the very top, Nail Yakupov went first overall as the Oilers opted for the consensus best player, but there were reaches and slides sprinkled throughout. Filip Forsberg, ranked 2nd on the consensus list, fell to 11; Teuvo Teravainen was pegged as a top-10 talent and he slid to 18th.

Based on the consensus list, who are the five best players available in Round 2?

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Brendan Gaunce REAX

Thomas Drance
June 22 2012 11:41PM

I watched a single Belleville Bulls game last season, and frankly, I barely noticed Brendan Gaunce (I was mostly paying attention to Nicklas Jensen). As such, I know next to nothing about him, though I was in his media scrum this evening and he seemed like a bright kid.

Anyone writing about a prospect like Gaunce as if they can tell you the specifics about what he needs to improve in his skating stride to really succeed at the NHL level is being intellectually dishonest. I know next to nothing about Gaunce's game, though I can tell you that the OHL scout I talk to (his name is Victor and we're buddies on Twitter) raves about him.

Luckily, there are people who get paid well to cover prospects, it's there business, and I figured it would be worthwhile to recap what they were saying about Gaunce in the lead up to the draft.

Click past the jump for more.

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Canucks Select Brendan Gaunce at #26

Thomas Drance
June 22 2012 08:45PM

With the 26th pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft, the Canucks selected centre Brendan Guance from the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. Gaunce fits in with what Laurence Gilman told the Press the team was looking for: "If we were to assess a need we have, it'd be at forward, perhaps centre in particular." Gaunce tips the scales at close to 200 pounds, so he's another in a string of big forwards whom the Canucks have drafted in the past two years, and he plays in the OHL making him the third first round pick that the Canucks have selected from the Ontario Hockey League since Gillis took over as General Manager. 

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