Arctic Ice Hockey's First Annual NHL Mock Draft: Pick #20

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Michael Chaput, drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Flyers, poses for a portrait during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hey all! Welcome to Arctic Ice Hockey's first annual NHL Mock Draft. Over the next thirty days, Ryan, Tim and myself will attempt to telepathically channel the minds of NHL General Managers as they complete their final rankings in preparation for the 2012 NHL Draft being held June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.

In some instances, our analysis will require less insight than others *cough* *Edmonton* *cough*.

So without further adieu, we present our loyal readers with the twentieth overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2012 Mock Draft.

Paul Holmgren: With the twentieth overall selection in this years draft, the Philadelphia Flyers are pleased to select...


Olli Maatta

Defenseman / London Knights - OHL

6-2

August 22 1994
Hometown: Jyvaskyla, FIN

Shoots: Left



GP G A P +/- PIM
2011-12 London Knights (OHL) 58 5 27 32 +25 25

Rankings: CSS (8 NA), ISS (12), TSN (NR), Hockey Prospectus (21)

The Skinny: Chris Pronger is still struggling through the effects of Post-Concussion Syndrome and Kimmo Timonen won't be around to patrol the blue line forever. Factor in that Matt Carle is also a UFA this off-season and the selection of Maatta makes a lot of sense.

Hockey Prospectus:

Maatta is an extremely advanced defenseman who thinks the game at a very high level. He would have been the #1 defenseman for Finland at the World Juniors—a very rare feat for a top nation at his age—if it wasn't for a concussion early in the event. He regularly logged 25 minutes per game in his first North American season in London—sometimes touching 30 minutes—as he is such a mistake-free shutdown defenseman who makes a very good first pass. Maatta plays a polished defensive style with a good mix of instinctual reads, good stick work, and strong physical play. He's quite strong and effective physically compared to most Europeans who come over, who at times don't have his muscle mass until ages 19-21. He's calm under pressure with accurate outlets. On occasion, he will show a flash of something more offensively in terms of his vision. He isn't a conservative player, though, and when he senses a moment to join the rush or help in the offensive zone, he will. Maatta will be used on the power play, where he displays more offensive creativity than he does at even strength and projects to maybe play a second unit in that role at the highest level. His puck handling is a little rigid, though, and he relies more on his sense and vision to make plays rather than puck technique. Skating has historically been Maatta's biggest issue. He has an awkward stride in terms of his forward hunch and the way he extends through. He has improved in that area, however—I've gotten mixed reports out of the OHL, with some saying no improvement and other scouts saying it has gotten exponentially better. - Corey Pronman

AIH Draft Board

Pick

Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club

1

Edmonton Oilers

Nail Yakupov

LW

RUS

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Columbus Blue Jackets

Mikhail Grigorenko

C

RUS

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

3

Montreal Canadiens

Alex Galchenyuk

C

USA

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

4

New York Islanders

Ryan Murray

D

CAN

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

5

Toronto Maple Leafs

Filip Forsberg

RW

SWE

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

6

Anaheim Ducks

Matt Dumba

D

CAN

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

7

Minnesota Wild

Teuvo Teravainen

LW

FIN

Jokerit Jr. (SM Liiga)

8

Carolina Hurricanes

Morgan Rielly

D

CAN

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

9

Winnipeg Jets

Radek Faksa

C

CZE

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

10

Tampa Bay Lightning

Cody Ceci

D

CAN

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

11

Washington Capitals (via COL)

Griffin Reinhart

D

CAN

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

12

Buffalo Sabres

Zemgus Girgensons

C

LVA

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

13

Dallas Stars

Sebastian Collberg

RW

SWE

Frolunda Jr. (SuperElit)

14

Calgary Flames

Jacob Trouba

D

USA

USA U-18 (USNTDP)

15

Ottawa Senators

Pontus Aberg

LW

SWE

Djurgardens IF (Allsvenskan)

16

Washington Capitals

Tomas Hertl

C

CZE

HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)

17

San Jose Sharks

Brendan Gaunce

C

CAN

Belleville Bulls (OHL)

18

Chicago Blackhawks

Hampus Lindholm

D

SWE

Rogue Jr. (J18 Elit)

19

Tampa Bay Lightning (via DET)

Thomas Wilson

RW

CAN

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

20

Philadelphia Flyers

Olli Maatta

D

FIN

London Knights (OHL)

Community Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club

1

Edmonton Oilers

Nail Yakupov

LW

RUS

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Columbus Blue Jackets

Mikhail Grigorenko

C

RUS

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

3

Montreal Canadiens

Alex Galchenyuk

C

USA

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

4

New York Islanders

Ryan Murray

D

CAN

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

5

Toronto Maple Leafs

Filip Forsberg

RW

SWE

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

6

Anaheim Ducks

Teuvo Teravainen

LW

FIN

Jokerit Jr. (SM Liiga)

7

Minnesota Wild

Matt Dumba

D

CAN

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

8

Carolina Hurricanes

Morgan Rielly

D

CAN

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

9

Winnipeg Jets

Radek Faksa

C

CZE

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

10

Tampa Bay Lightning

Cody Ceci

D

CAN

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

11

Washington Capitals (via COL)

Jacob Trouba

D

USA

USA U-18 (USNTDP)

12

Buffalo Sabres

Griffin Reinhart

D

CAN

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

13

Dallas Stars

Pontus Aberg

LW

SWE

Djurgardens IF (Allsvenskan)

14

Calgary Flames

Olli Maatta

D

FIN

London Knights (OHL)

15

Ottawa Senators

Sebastian Collberg

RW

SWE

Frolunda Jr. (SuperElit)

16

Washington Capitals

Zemgus Girgensons

C

LVA

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

17

San Jose Sharks

Brendan Gaunce

C

CAN

Belleville Bulls (OHL)

18

Chicago Blackhawks

Hampus Lindholm

D

SWE

Rogue Jr. (J18 Elit)

19

Tampa Bay Lightning (via DET)

Matt Finn

D

CAN

Guelph Storm (OHL)

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