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The 2012 NHL Entry Draft class doesn't seem to be a particularly big one for Russia, especially when considering that the top players, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov, left the Mother Land to play in the Canadian junior system. In the last few years more and more players have decided to cross the pond earlier, and even if it didn't pay off in all cases, the CHL is now becoming a good alternative for Russian players who opt for an early transition to North American hockey.
Over the past decade, most of the top Czech Republic draft prospects have been chosen from the CHL, but there are always still a handful of gems to be found playing at home. In 2011, Slavia Prague’s Dmitrij Jaskin was taken in the second round and in 2012, another Slavia product, Tomas Hertl, is projected to be a late first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Draft.
With the NHL Awards over, the hockey world has fully descended upon Pittsburgh, PA for the 2012 NHL Draft. The week started quietly, with top prospects in town early to participate in events such as a midget and mite youth clinic and batting practice at PNC Park. So with a fairly quiet week coming to an end, it is only fitting the draft will officially begin Friday evening amidst a flurry of trade speculation and possibly end with several blockbuster trades.
Teuvo Teravainen’s stock for the 2012 NHL Draft has risen faster than he can skate a lap around an international-sized ice rink. And if we are to believe what scouts are saying about the latter, that’s faster than most of the prospects available in this year’s crop of future hockey stars.
Top Prospects: Leagues
- 2. Scott Oke
- 2. Adam Johnson