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TJHN Mock Draft June 21, 2012 7:54 AM

It all kicks off tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. The annual run to the casino also known as the NHL draft. Some teams will hit the jackpot and others will wish they were serving free drinks. Here is the TJHN consensus mock draft for 2012:

1. EDMONTON: The Oilers are picking first again.If the pick isnt dealt: Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL)

2. COLUMBUS: Can Scott Howson avoid another screw-up: Filip Forsberg, RW, Leksand (SWE)

3. MONTREAL: If he is there, GM Marc Bergevin will take: Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL)

4. N.Y. ISLANDERS: Snow has only one way to go, and thats on the blue line: Matt Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL)

5. TORONTO: Look for Burke to make some move here, if not: Pick: Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL)

6. ANAHEIM: Another defensive move: Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)

7. MINNESOTA: He slipped a little but the Wild get a stud: Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)

8. CAROLINA: Steady, but skilled: Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (FIN)

9. WINNIPEG: More defense anyone: Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL)

10. TAMPA: There is only one glaring need for the bolts and they get a good young prospect here: Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa (RUS)

11. WASHINGTON: Nothing more needed than blue line help: Jacob Trouba, D, U.S. under-18 (NTDP)

12. BUFFALO: Want help up front, need a stong forward, they get one here: Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)

13. DALLAS: Another run on defense starts now: Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)

14. CALGARY: A safe pick works: Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)

15. OTTAWA: Rumor has GM Bryan Murray trying to move up, if not look for: Sebastian Collberg, D, Frolunda (SWE)

16. WASHINGTON: This will be the Caps’ second pick in the first round. They continue to build on the blue line: Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)

17. SAN JOSE: Getting closer: Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL)

18. CHICAGO: The hawks have scoring, they continue the run: Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL)

19. TAMPA: To help your new goalie you need more young blue line help: Hampus Lindholm, D, Rogle (SWE)

20. PHILADELPHIA: Philly needs more big and tough forwards (right?): Thomas Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL)

21. BUFFALO: The Sabres continue up front, baring a trade they keep moving for playoff calibre grit down the middle: Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL)

22. PITTSBURGH: Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL)

23. FLORIDA: The Panthers are not that fart away: Dalton Thrower, D, Sasktoon (WHL)

24. BOSTON: The B’s will find a winner: Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL)

25. ST. LOUIS: Hitch has some influence here: Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

26. VANCOUVER: Does Roberto Luongo get a new address? If not the go with: Mike Matheson, D, Dubuque (USHL)

27. PHOENIX: Highly regarded NHL bllodlines: Stefan Matteau, LW, U.S. under-18 (NTDP)

28. N.Y. RANGERS: If they dont land Nash: Henrik Samuelsson, RW, Edmonton (WHL)

29. NEW JERSEY: Marty is not long for the NHL, time to find a replacement: Oscar Dansk, G, Brynas (SWE)

30. LOS ANGELES: Yeah, well, um, not like they need a whole lot so lets go with: Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna (WHL)

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