FC releases November ranking for 2012 NHL Draft

FC releases November ranking for 2012 NHL Draft

Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting continues to be the most attractive prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

It’s not hard to see why.

Yakupov has simply tormented opposing goaltenders during his Ontario Hockey League reign. This season has been no different.

After recording 49 goals and 106 points in 65 games last season, the Nizhnekamsk native hasn’t just picked up where he left off – he’s demolishing it. Yakupov has nine goals and 29 points in just 13 games this season for sole possession of first place in the OHL scoring race.

Though Yakupov is starting to distance himself from his 2012 draft eligible counterparts, there are still prospects that continue to gain momentum.

Red Deer Rebels defenseman Mathew Dumba has jumped in the November ranking. Slotted eighth last month, Dumba has climbed to third behind just Yakupov and fellow Western Hockey League blueliner Ryan Murray – who is currently sidelined up to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Ottawa 67’s defenseman Cody Ceci has jumped on the edge of the top-10 after an impressive start that has seen him record eight assists and 10 points in as many games.

Another pair of OHL defensemen have mimicked Ceci’s climb. Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes saw a similar jump, moving from 17th to 12th in the span of a month, while Finnish defender Olli Maatta of the London Knights spiked to 18.

But with risers also come fallers.

Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart has slipped from the top 10 to 13th overall, while both Nicolas Kerdiles and Ville Pokka have fallen, at least temporarily, out of the first round.

1). RW Nail Yakupov, Sarnia, OHL, 5-10, 170
2). D Ryan Murray, Everett, WHL, 6-1, 195
3). D Matt Dumba, Red Deer, WHL, 6-0, 175
4). D Nick Ebert, Windsor, OHL, 6-1, 195
5). C Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia, OHL, 6-1, 185
6). LW Filip Forsberg, Leksand Jr., Swe., 6-1, 180
7). C Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-2, 190
8). D Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw, WHL, 6-0, 195
9). D Jacob Trouba, USNTDP U18, USHL, 6-2, 195
10). D Cody Ceci, Ottawa, OHL, 6-3, 215
11). D Derrick Pouliot, Portland, WHL, 6-0, 190
12). D Slater Koekkoek, Peterborough, OHL, 6-2, 185
13). D Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton, WHL, 6-4, 210
14). RW Sebastian Collberg, Frolunda Jr., Swe Jr., 5-11, 175
15). D Jordan Schmaltz, Sioux City, USHL, 6-2, 175
16). C Jarrod Maidens, Owen Sound, OHL, 6-2, 180
17). RW Martin Frk, Halifax, QMJHL, 6-0, 200
18). D Olli Maatta, London, OHL, 6-2, 190
19). C Matia Marcantuoni, Kitchener, OHL, 6-0, 195
20). C Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque, USHL, 6-2, 185
21). LW Pontus Aberg, Djurgarden, Swe., 5-11, 185
22). D Gianluca Curcuruto, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL, 6-1, 200
23). C Henrik Samuelsson, Modo, Swe., 6’-2, 195
24). C Brendan Gaunce, Belleville, OHL, 6-2, 200
25). C Scott Laughton, Oshawa, OHL, 6-1, 175
26). D Michael Matheson, Dubuque, USHL, 6-1, 170
27). C/LW Andreas Athanasiou, London, OHL, 6-1, 170
28). RW Cristoval Nieves, Kent, USHS, 6-3, 190
29). RW Colton Sissons, Kelowna, WHL, 6-0.5, 175
30). LW Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi, QMJHL, 5-9, 165

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7 Responses to “FC releases November ranking for 2012 NHL Draft”

  1. Dan Stewart

    I understand why you would think that Pelech, but we believe Ebert has great pro potential despite all the other services out there mad dumping the Spritfire defender down their rankings early on. He has had his struggles this season but our belief is he will come around and continue to show the high end game he did all of last season.

    Here are some quotes from FC scouts based on viewings early this season.

    Sean Lafortune said, “Ebert is the top defenceman that I have seen (so far) this season. He is not flashy, but gets the job done. He is intelligent with the puck in all three zones, and shows strong positional play and is aggressive down low and along the boards. He distributes the puck well in the offensive zone, specifically on the power play. Projects out as an intelligent two-way defenceman who can play either offensive or defensive roles.”

    Mark Farine said, “Ebert is a very good skater. Wasn’t as physical as I would’ve liked to see on the backend but it wasn’t at all a physical game, more positional. He was good positionally; even when he was on the ice for a goal, he was in proper position. Has a rocket of a shot from the blue-line. Low and hard.”

  2. Dan Stewart

    Re: Murray – I do not think it will.
    Take a look at my ‘5 questions’ column on the fron page for more on the recent injury bug.

  3. sam sagat

    I don’t understand why Girgensons is as low as 20th…

    The guy is a budding power foward and he’s dominating the USHL at 17-18, and everybody knows that this league is very competitive…

    Another surprise to me is Brendan Gaunce…

    The guy has size, defensive and offensive acumen and is quite agressive… why is his ranking so low ??

    Pontus Aberg is another anomaly to me:

    In my opinion, a guy who is putting an average of 0,5 point per game in the very competitive Elitserien of Sweden at 17-18 should be considered a top 10…


    Sam Sagat

  4. Aaron Vickers

    I can’t speak for the scouting staff, but do keep in mind that ranking was released in late November. Stay tuned in the next few days for FC’s ranking for December!

  5. Andrew

    I hope you guys aren’t going to budge on your beliefs on players just cause some fans dislike where you guys have them. You gotta trust the scouts you have. Don’t follow with the pack, set the pace with the guys you truely believe are the best. Looking foward to December rankings, hope we don’t see jumps just because other people say they should.

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