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  1. HabLover

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    The first step towards the 2012 NHL Entry Draft took place with Canada winning the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

    And with the NHL's Research and Development Camp set to take place, TSN Scout Craig Button looks at some of the young talent that are on the rise.

    TOP 10 PLAYERS AT THE TOURNAMENT

    1. Filip Forsberg
    - Is a force of skill, size, power and will
    2. Morgan Rielly
    - Has the ability to control the game
    3. Matt Dumba
    - Was dynamic. Matched up vs. Grigorenko & Forsberg & made them non-factors
    4. Oscar Dansk
    - On a very good Sweden team, he was a key component
    5. Andreas Athanasiou
    - Had multiple scoring chances in each game & was consistently dangerous
    6. Sebastien Collberg
    - Dynamic, skilled winger who can fly
    7. Jan Kostalek
    - A 2013 draft. Has the skill & poise of top defensemen
    8. Linus Arnesson
    - A 2013 draft that misses 2012 by 6 days. Well rounded
    9. Alex Galchenyuk
    - Was the best player on the US. Will be an early pick in 2012
    10. Derek Pouliot
    - Along with Rielly & Dumba, was a key component in completely shutting down the opposition in the last 4 games

    TOP 10 PLAYERS NOT AT THE TOURNAMENT

    1. Nail Yakupov - Sarnia
    2. Ryan Murray - Everett
    3. Martin Frk - Halifax
    4. Nick Ebert - Windsor
    5. Jacob Trouba - USNDTP U 18
    6. Olli Maatta - London
    7. Anton Slepyshev - Penza 2 (Russia)
    8. Cody Ceci - Ottawa
    9. Matia Marcantuoni - Kitchener
    - Hurt in first game at Ivan Hlinka but a very good prospect
    10. Colton Sissons - Kelowna

    PLAYERS WHO HELPED THEIR CAUSE

    1. Filip Forsberg
    - Along with Yakupov, the best players in the draft
    2. Ludvig Bystrom
    - A very smart & competitive defenseman
    3. Teuvo Teravainen
    - Very skilled & smart & can impact the game in a flash
    4. Thomas Wilson
    - Showed that he was willing & very capable
    5. Jarrod Maidens
    - Not a lot of flash but knows how to play
    6. Scott Laughton
    - The more challenging the situation the better he got
    7. Adam Pelech
    - Played with a confidence & physical component that kept opponents 'on guard'
    8. Christoval Nieves
    - Showed very well at a much higher level of competition than he has seen

    TEAM CANADA SYNOPSIS

    When a team wins a tournament, it is very difficult to find flaws. When a team dominates its opponents as Canada did after losing their first game, out scoring them 21-2, it speaks to a complete and coordinated team effort in all aspects. That was the case with these young men.

    I must mention the coaching staff. After losing 5-1 to Sweden on day one, they worked tirelessly to help the players understand what they needed to do better to experience success. As the players grasped the system of team play the coaches instilled, the team became stronger and stronger with each passing period. In the semi-final and final, Team Canada was in such complete control, that they not only won, they did it by beating two very good teams in Russia and Sweden leaving no doubt as to who was the best team in the tournament.

    I am not assessing these players based on points or such but on their ability to play to their strengths and help their team win. These players have all been very good players throughout their young careers. To be part of a successful team requires a lot of unselfish play, an understanding of what they can do to help the team win and a respect for the contributions of each and every player. I believe this group has earned an A+ in all categories.

    GOALTENDING

    Daniel Altshuller
    After losing the 1st game 5-1, he only surrendered 2 goals in the next 4 games. While going through some long stretches of inactivity, he showed strong concentration when scoring chances came his way.

    Domenic Graham
    Played sparingly but did share in the shutout win vs. Switzerland

    DEFENSE

    Adam Pelech
    Really stepped up his game as the tourney progressed. Was a physical presence and he played a strong defensive game, always in the right position.

    Slater Koekkoek
    Not a lot of flash in his game but was competitive and really established a defensive intensity for the team.

    Morgan Rielly
    If he made a mistake, I didn't see it. When he was on the ice, there was a higher sense of calm and he was able to control play in all areas and situations.

    Griffin Reinhart
    Looked a little hesitant at the outset but progressed along and was a strong force defensively, eliminating opponents and turning them aside at every turn.

    Michael Matheson
    Did not play a lot but when he did; he showed that he has the requisite skills to be a very good defenseman. Excellent skater who appears effortless and has very good sense.

    Matt Dumba
    Was a factor, offensively, defensively and physically and he went up against tow of the biggest and best forwards in the tourney, Grigorenko & Forsberg and not only fared well, he completely shut them down. The Captain played with confidence and showed the ability to forget his mistakes and get on to the next task.

    Derek Pouliot
    Made excellent plays with the puck and was a real catalyst for jumping into the offensive zone and keeping the puck in the opposition end and thus helping wear down the opponents. Very poised and with his puck play, made the opposition chase the puck.

    FORWARDS

    Andreas Athanasiou
    Has speed and quickness and he used it continuously to create scoring chances for himself. Took the puck to the scoring areas and really showed that he was capable of being dangerous.

    Hunter Shinkaruk
    Had a lot of jump and created sustained play in the offensive zone along with line mates, Smith & Rychel. Did not get rewarded with goals but had chances & played with purpose and determination.

    Brendan Gaunce
    As the games became more important, he got better. With his size, he made himself very difficult to play against & was a smart player without the puck & scored the backbreaking goal vs. Sweden in the final, forty seconds into the 3rd period.

    Scott Laughton
    He was another player who got better with each passing game. He was presence in the game without the puck because he was always in the right position and he used his skating to shut down any hint of an offensive foray by the opposition. Scored the Gold Medal winning goal.

    Charles Hudon
    A skilled player who brought the power play to life and made it very successful. Is smart and he finds a way to get & create scoring chances despite not being the biggest of players.

    Matthew Campagna
    He used his skating very well to be the catalyst for a very effective fore-check, hurrying opponents & forcing mistakes. Had some scoring chances but most importantly he played with a desire and tenacity that makes him difficult for opponents.

    Kirby Rychel
    Another player who brought a strong desire to make a difference physically. He got on top of the defense & really forced them to make plays quickly and forced mistakes that created chances. Had some excellent chances to score but was using his Father's sticks!

    Gemel Smith
    He was strong along the boards and with his skating, really shut down the amount of time opponents had to make a play or gain ice. In terms of sustained play in the offensive zone, his line with Shinkaruk and Rychel, were excellent.

    Matia Marcantuoni
    Got hurt in the 1st game and was unable to participate the rest of the tourney.

    Sean Monahan
    Moved over to the wing and he played very strong in that position. When a player is accustomed to moving more freely, his attention to detail and willingness to do the things a winger must do, shows the excellent sense and awareness he has and the important quality of adaptability.

    Jarrod Maidens
    Regardless of the situation, he was able to make the necessary play. He is smart and really understands the game and he leaves himself in position to make plays either offensively or defensively.

    Felix Girard
    He was a tireless worker throughout and battled along the boards and at the net and if had any 'give' to him, it never showed. Played a strong determined game on a consistent basis.

    Thomas Wilson
    What looked like a little awkwardness early in the tourney, he continuously evolved into the main catalyst for the physical tone the team wanted to establish. He was strong in his efforts, and he knew exactly how to get his strengths into the game and made a significant impact when he was on the ice.
     
  2. AwesomePanthers

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    No mentioning of Grigorenko at all?
     
  3. HabLover

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    Why would he, Russia was terrible!! Well against Canada anyways, I just watched the game.
     
  4. Nullus Reverentia

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    Marcatuoni was hurt at the Ivan Hlinka? TSNs fault for having crap coverage.
     
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    LOL at galchenyuk on the list, watched all of his games and he wasn't even top 3 from the US team. If Grigorenko doesen't fit on that list so wouldn't Galchenyuk, both were disapointments.
     
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  6. As did Button, probably. Not sure how much he watched of Finland but I'm not sure about mentioning Teravainen over Barkov.
     
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    Yep, I believe he only played one game; "upper body (head)".
     
  8. HabLover

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    Even more impressive playing without one of their top forwards.

    Good job Canada!
     
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    What?? is he serious?
     
  10. Leafidelity

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    I wish this list was made by someone who's opinion I respected, as it seems pretty well detailed. I dont want to go into a Button list without knowing the players better myself. I'm sure he has some out there mentions - a Button list always does.
     
  11. HabLover

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    Well Canada's 1995's could be even stronger next year if that is possible!?

    They will have high end offensive talent, with some big, strong and offensive minded D-men. To round it out they will have a couple goalies with 1st round NHL potential.

    Looking forward to seeing these 95's at the U17 in Windsor in December and then next summer at the Hlinka when the best are put together on one team.

    ***who is editing my post***
     
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    Teräväinen was the top scorer (atleast for Finland, maybe whole tournament, haven't checked), Barkov really faded off after the start statswise.
     
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    Whole 1st line faded off. I Saw 2 games and barkov was clearly More talented than teräväinen who is 1 year older. Ikonen is most talented tho, but Very small and i believe that he had only 1 pointless game in whole tournament. Pokka is worth of mentioning aswell. it's clear that teräväinen is best Foward from Finland for the 2012draft at this point, i don't see 1st round potential tho, because he is too one dimensional and short+slim. Very good vision and offensive skills. I'd rank him in the Mid rounds of the draft atm, pokka raised his stock in this tournament and he could be a top 60 in this draft. Weaker draft than last year for Finland at this point IMO.
     
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    Might be, but this draft is easily one of the best in terms of potential NHL defensemen. That's what i like about the upcoming draft.
     
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    Yeah, but 2013 elite defenseman with SIZE, elite foward with SIZE, elite goalie and bunch of players who could rise up. That gonna be sick year for finland. I like Olli Määttä alot tho, more than Armia.
     
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    Teuräväinen was one of the smartest and the most skilled player in tournament. It´s early but could be easily first rounder in June.
     
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    Not even close to Barkov in any aspect of the game. Barkov was much better than Teräväinen from what i saw.
     
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    Well i saw 2 games based of them Ikonen was more skilled and more versatile, Barkov was the smartest player of finnish team didn't only do smart moves in offensive zone but defensively and at the PK aswell, but Teräväinen had clearly best vision. I hope you prove me wrong tho :laugh: but i don't think that teräväinen is first round talent unless he gonna destroy at Jr. A, and plays good WJC if he makes it. He's short and weak, doesen't play tough game. Remind's me from Rajala, but i hope this kid developes his other aspect of his games and come more well-rounded player.


    Dunno what you mean by much, Teräväinen was better offensively, Barkov did everything else much better than Teräväinen, Barkov does those small smart moves which i like alot, similar to Granlund. Need's more speed tho, when his skating is good, he gonna be amazing. Teräväinen could be dark horse of this draft, if he reaches top 60 im suprised and happy.
     
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    2013 could be sick year for Canada too, from forwards down to d-men to elite goalies!!! You guys going to give us some competition finally? Thought that might happen this year with all the hype with Barkov, Teravainen, Ikonen, etc.
     
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    Craig Button is the biggest moron in hockey. I would take more stock in Eklund doing a report than him. I remember when he was our GM and I sent him an email about how I was not happy he traded Cory Stillman. He wrote me back that Stillman had accomplished nothing and never would win anything. Good call Craig! About as good a call as trading Marc Savard for a "can't miss prospect" in Rulsan Zainullin. Idiot!
     
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    The overblowing of how bad Grigorenko played. Common, really. This tournament used to be less covered and probably for the better. A lot of these guys just use this tournament as a primer for the season. Wait until these guys are mid season shape before you rate them.
     
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    Rajala was extremely soft and perimeter player, Teuräväinen doesn´t play tough game but plays in traffic. Simply said Teuräväinen is much better player than Rajala.
    Barkov is definitely much better all-round player than Teuräväinen and better prospect but he could be top 15 prospect in 2013. Teuräväinen is "only" pure finesse, offensive forward with great vision, puck skills, creativity.

    Barkov is great prospect but Teuräväinen is also very good. He is in my opinion easily better prospect than Markus Granlund who was mid-second pick in June.
     
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    Every draft is sick for canada, did you realize that barkov is for the 2013 draft, couple weeks off 2014 draft. Ikonen is 2013 draftee aswell.
     
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    I agree, it's differend draft tho, his chances to crack into jokerit Team are Very slim, this dude should play at chl IMO.
     
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    Finland prospects are my favorite other than canadian so I am stoked to hear about Barkov!
     

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