David Desharnais- Although the small center tends to avoid physical play, David Desharnais has been given the edge from scouts for his playmaking abilities and hard work. Many scouts believe that Desharnais has the ability to be part of a dynasty.
Logan Couture- This player the top center on most scouts lists, and is often in the talks of becoming the top pick in the DWSHL draft. While he figures to be a top line player, some scouts believe his stock dropped because his lack of experience. Some even believe his lack of leadership won’t have him getting the “C” anytime soon.
Mathieu Perreault- This player has had his stock skyrocket after a few scrimmages at the combine. His speed, puck handling and ability to win clean draws have this player potentially becoming a top 10 pick.
Brandon Sutter- One of the most worry-free players in the draft, Sutter can contribute offensively, and rarely gets banged up. He is a smart player and is strong defensively.
Mikael Backlund- This player is very disciplined and still has some room to grow on offense. His hustle and defensive play have made him a favorite with scouts.
Tim Kennedy- Kennedy could be a solid player with more development. While he has shown great promise, there are holes in his game and his play can be a bit lazy at times.
James van Riemsdyk- Quite possibly the top pick in the DWSHL draft, JVR’s solid play could land him a role on the top line.
Carl Hagelin- Many scouts have Hagelin as the top Left Winger in the draft. His skating abilities and puck movement could have him seeing a lot of ice time in his rookie season.
T.J. Galiardi- Not the flashiest player in the draft, but Galiardi is consistent and a hard worker.
Nathan Gerbe- This player has great hands and excellent speed. He has a knack for breaking through the defense and often comes out on top.
Nick Spaling- Spaling has impressed scouts with his offensive ability. He is strong on face-off’s and someone who should get ice time on special teams.
Dwight King- King still has room to develop, and could compliment many teams on their checking line.
Kris Versteeg- Most scouts has Versteeg as their number 1 Right Winger in this draft crop. He is a balanced player on both sides of the ice
Patric Hornqvist- Hornqvist has a lot of potential, and will command top dollar from whichever team selects him. Hornqvist is a playmaker and has potential to jump right onto the second line.
Matt Read- An often overlooked player in the talent pool, Matt Read has some of the best stickhandling abilities in this draft.
Wayne Simmonds- With a competitive group of Right Winger’s, some scouts have Wayne Simmonds at the top of their list, others have him further down. This player could end up anywhere in the draft.
Erik Condra- Condra’s stock has risen at the scouting combine, where onlookers were amazed at his defensive play and ability to finish off his checks.
Nick Palmieri – Nick Palmieri plays a very disciplined game and would fit well on any team’s back lines while he continues to develop his game.
Kevin Shattenkirk- Kevin Shattenkirk is the best all-around defenseman in this year’s draft, and should be a top 5 pick overall. He is strong on both sides of the puck and could easily be the top defenseman on many teams in the DWSHL
Ryan McDonagh- This player has received much attention from scouts for his defensive abilities, and is being considered the best in the draft.
P.K. Subban- This player can make an immediate impact on any team. He is an offensive defenseman and can log ice-time in the upper 20’s with ease
Carl Gunnarsson- Gunnarsson’s rigorous training has him as one of the strongest, durable and defensive players in this draft. Gunnarsson should be able to develop into a top defenseman.
Jason Demers– Demers plays a physical smart two-way game and could develop into a top defenseman in a few seasons
Yannick Weber- Weber is a solid defenseman, but needs to show more consistency if he wants to be a DWSHL regular
Sergei Bobrovsky- Bobrovsky has been solid at the combine and could potentially win a starting gig this year. His consistent play has him the top goalie in this draft with ease.
Steve Mason- Steve Mason has what it takes to be a starter in the league, but his inconsistent play during scrimmages have scouts wondering how much more development is needed.
Anders Lindback- Lindback has shown he can be a solid back-up. Many scouts questioned whether he has the goods to be a #1 goalie in the league.
Jussi Rynnas- Some scouts believe Rynnas has the talents to become a solid Goaltender in the DWSHL, but a poor combine has his stock falling fast.
Jeremy Smith- This player could see success late in his career much like a Tim Thomas or Dwayne Roloson
Cameron Talbot- This player could wind up being a solid career backup, or see much success in the DWSDL.
6 DARK HORSES
Nate Prosser- One of the better defensive defenseman in the draft, Prosser can also chip in on offense.
Dustin Jeffrey- One of the more complete players in the 2012 draft, Jeffrey is a disciplined player and a visionary.
Jake Muzzin- This player is physical and can contribute on both sides of the blueline.
Mats Zucarello- A tiny forward with great hustle, often setting up scoring opportunities.
Bobby Butler- Often overlooked, many scouts were in awe at Butler’s skating abilities and consistency.
Alex Killorn- A wildcard player with tremendous potential.