Arctic Ice Hockey's First Annual NHL Mock Draft: Pick #23

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Eric Gudbranson, drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 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 twenty-third overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2012 Mock Draft.

Dale Tallon: With the twenty-third overall selection in this years draft, the Florida Panthers are pleased to select...


Slater Koekkoek

Defenseman / Peterborough Petes - OHL

6-2

February 18 1994
Hometown: Winchester, ON

Shoots: Left



GP G A P +/- PIM
2011-12 Peterborough Petes (OHL) 26 5 13 18 -7 17

Rankings: CSS (23 NA), ISS (21), TSN (34), Hockey Prospectus (23)

The Skinny: If the Florida Panthers were to select Koekkoek here, they get debatably the best player available on the draft board. He would be another solid young defenseman to go along with Erik Gudbranson, Keaton Ellerby and Dmitry Kulikov, all of whom are already on the pro roster. Because of this, Koekkoek will be given plenty of time to grow into his future role.

Hockey Prospectus:

Koekkoek is one of those prospects that I've heard widely differing reports from industry sources on. The top defense prospect whose season was significantly shortened by a shoulder injury will get praise from one scout as a safe, low-upside player and in the other corner I'll hear he's a high-upside boom/bust defenseman…gotta love this industry. From what I've seen, I tend to lean more towards the former. Koekkoek (which is an awesome name to say, may I add) is a pretty good skater with a good first step, smooth four-way movements, a technically sound stride, and quick, powerful feet. His puck skills are a tick above average, but he makes his offensive living with his puck-moving. He's a pretty smart passer who can flash some fine creativity in that area but overall is not that flashy. Koekkoek is very smart though, showing good awareness on the power play when it comes to his decisions, he makes good defensive reads, and plays a pretty mistake-free game. However, I have heard from several scouting sources who have described Koekkoek in the complete opposite manner, stating he will dominate one night, and have several brain cramps per shift the next. What is universally agreed on, though, is that he is a fine physical player who will rub opponents off the puck and do what he has to in that area.
- Corey Pronman

AIH 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 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)
21 Buffalo Sabres (via NSH) Matt Finn D CAN Guelph Storm (OHL)
22 Pittsburgh Penguins Philip Di Giuseppe LW CAN University of Michigan (CCHA)
23 Florida Panthers Slater Koekkoek D CAN Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Community Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Draft
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)
20 Philadelphia Flyers Slater Koekkoek D CAN Peterborough Petes (OHL)
21 Buffalo Sabres (via NSH) Tomas Hertl C CZE HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)
22 Pittsburgh Penguins Thomas Wilson RW CAN Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

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