2010 NHL Entry Draft

Draft Prospects -- Defensemen (M-Z)

On the eve of the June 22-23 NHL Entry Draft at Pittsburgh, newyorkrangers.com looks at the top 2012 draft prospects at each position to help give fans a sense of players who might be available to the Blueshirts when they make the No. 28 overall pick on Friday. Here are 42 of the top available defensemen in alphabetical order.

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CONSENSUS TOP 42 LAST NAMES M-Z
Listed to the right of each player's name is his final ranking from NHL Central Scouting as well thehree major scouting publications. These are The Hockey News (THN), The International Scouting Service Draft Guide (ISS) and Red Line Report (RLR).  Please note that these rankings are for informational purposes only, based on widely published reports with no relationship to preferences of the New York Rangers scouting staff.

DEFENSEMEN ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT
RANKINGS 
Olli Maatta
Olli Maatta VIDEO: Profile | Interview at Combine
On Day Before the Draft at Pittsburgh
Defense (London Knights, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Left - Born: August 22, 1994
2011-12: 58 games; 5 goals; 27 assists; 32 points; 25 PIM
NOTES: Outstanding defender and great skater reads game well, making a strong first pass. Led OHL rookie defensemen in points. Has played in two straight World Juniors but suffered concussion in the 2012 opener.
Hometown: Jyvaskyla, Finland (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 8
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
20
12 13
Mike Matheson
Mike Matheson
Defense (Dubuque Fighting Saints, United States Hockey League)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 178 - Shot: Left - Born: February 27, 1994
2011-12: 53 games; 11 goals; 16 assists; 27 points; 84 PIM
NOTES: Big and skilled but needs to improve consistency and physical play. Oustanding puck-mover whose numbers tailed off this season. Will be entering Boston College in the fall but has an option to play in QMJHL.
Hometown: Pointe Clare, Quebec (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 30
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
27
33 50
Jake McCabe
Jake McCabe
Defense (U. of Wisconsin, Western Collegiate Hockey Association)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 195 - Shot: Left - Born: October 12, 1993
2011-12: 26 games; 3 goals; 9 assists; 12 points; 12 PIM
NOTES: Poised, strong, and steady defensive defenseman who skates very well but is hardly flashy. Missed part of season with a hand injury. As freshman, he saw time playing alongside Badgers star Justin Schultz.
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 47
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
59
78 60
Marcus McIvor
Marcus McIvor
Defense (Brampton Battalion, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 203 - Shot: Right - Born: May 20, 1994
2011-12: 64 games; 1 goal; 13 assists; 14 points; 35 PIM
NOTES: First-round pick in 2010 OHL Priority Selection who  progressed steadily thorugh two years of major junior, improving from minus-6 in his first season to minus-1 this year. Size is his best asset for the NHL level.
Hometown: Whitby, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 154
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
84
81 136
James Melindy
James Melindy
Defense (Moncton Wildcats, Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 191 - Shot: Right - Born: December 11, 1993
2011-12: 61 games; 9 goals; 18 assists; 27 points; 74 PIM
NOTES: Has NHL size, and skates and passes well enough for next level. Strong hockey sense makes him very good at breaking up plays. He tends to rely on offensive skills a bit much and has always been willing to fight.
Hometown: St. John's, Newfoundland (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 63
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
95
82 65
Ryan Murray
Ryan Murray VIDEO: Profile | Interview | Before Draft
Combine Interview | See Combine Test
Defense (Everett Silvertips, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 201 - Shot: Left - Born: September 27, 1993
2011-12: 46 games; 9 goals; 22 assists; 31 points; 31 PIM
NOTES: Everett captain is can't-miss NHL player who has mastered his position and could be in NHL next year. Great speed, top-notch hockey sense and is NHL-ready as a passer. Had two assists at World Juniors.
Hometown: White City, Saskatchewan (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 3
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
4
3 4
Adam Pelech
Adam Pelech VIDEO: Profile
Defense (Erie Otters, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 210 - Shot: Left - Born: August 16, 1994
2011-12: 44 games; 2 goals; 18 assists; 20 points; 52 PIM
NOTES: Shutdown defenseman, who played on a weak OHL team, has great hockey sense. Missed part of season with wrist injury. A nephew of Canucks GM Mike Gillis has two older brothers drafted by NHL teams.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 120
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
41
29 71
Ville Pokka
Ville Pokka VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Defense (Oulu Karpat, Finnish SM-Liiga)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 196 - Shot: Right - Born: June 3, 1994
2011-12: 35 games; 0 goals; 3 assists; 3 points; 12 PIM
NOTES: Versatile offensive defenseman who moves puck well and has good hockey sense needs to improve his skating. Played on Finns' World Junior team. Also had seven points in four games with Oulu junior team.
Hometown: Tornio, Finland (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 7
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
28
42 49
Derrick Pouliot
Derrick Pouliot VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Defense (Portland Winterhawks, Western Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 186 - Shot: Left - Born: January 16, 1994
2011-12: 72 games; 11 goals; 48 assists; 59 points; 79 PIM
NOTES: Strong skater with great first pass had big Top Prospects Game. An offensive defenseman who is highly skilled, great on power play, and packs a punch when he chooses to fight. No. 1 pick in 2009 WHL draft.
Hometown: Weyburn, Saskatchewan (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 12
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
13
22 12
Griffin Reinhart
Griffin Reinhart VIDEO: Profile | Interview | NHL Live
At Combine | On the Day Before Draft
Defense (Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 207 - Shot: Left - Born: January 24, 1994
2011-12: 58 games; 12 goals; 24 assists; 36 points; 38 PIM
NOTES: Hulking, two-way defenseman improved throughout season but needs to add toughness. Moves puck beautifully with poise and has NHL tools. Son of ex-NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart plays a lot like his father.
Hometown: West Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 10
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
8
10 9
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly VIDEO: Profile | Interview | Combine Test
On the Day Before the Draft at Pittsburgh
Defense (Moose Jaw Warriors, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 190 - Shot: Left - Born: March 9, 1994
2011-12: 18 games; 3 goals; 15 assists; 18 points; 2 PIM
NOTES: A great skater with tremendous talent might be best defenseman in draft. Dominates transition game with his amazing play-making abilities. Missed most of season with a knee injury but averaged a point per game.
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 5
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
6
7 6
Jordan Schmaltz
Jordan Schmaltz
Defense (Green Bay Gamblers, United States Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 189 - Shot: Right - Born: October 8, 1993
2011-12: 55 games; 10 goals; 31 assists; 41 points; 29 PIM
NOTES: Outstanding on power play and a great puck-mover who readily joins rush. Has not filled out his body yet, but size is a plus. 2011 USHL All-Rookie Team member. Begins college career at North Dakota in the fall.
Hometown: Verona, Wisconsin (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 34
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
34
46 23
Damon Severson
Damon Severson
Defense (Kelowna Rockets, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 200 - Shot: Right - Born: August 7, 1994
2011-12: 56 games; 7 goals; 30 assists; 37 points; 80 PIM
NOTES: Defensive defenseman used as a shutdown artist. Skates well and has NHL size already. Understands what to do in his own zone in all situations and rarely makes mistakes. Also has definite offensive upside.
Hometown: Melville, Saskatchewan (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 48
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
65
52 30
Patrick Sieloff
Patrick Sieloff
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: May 15, 1994
2011-12: 56 games; 3 goals; 7 assists; 10 points; 115 PIM
NOTES: Energetic and physical, he is among the best hitters in the draft. Always tough to play against despite his average size, he loves to land the big hits on larger players, which sometimes takes him out of the play.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 31
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
53
45 75
Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 200 - Shot: Left - Born: March 26, 1994
2011-12: 56 games; 4 goals; 18 assists; 22 points; 32 PIM
NOTES: Stay-at-home blueliner is best skater among defensemen in draft but needs to use his big frame better. Plus-10 for gold medalist U.S. team at World Under 18s. Will begin his college career at Minnesota in the fall.
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 19
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
26
26 29
Dalton Thrower
Dalton Thrower
Defense (Saskatoon Blades, Western Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 189 - Shot: Right - Born: Dec. 20, 1993
2011-12: 66 games; 18 goals; 36 assists; 54 points; 103 PIM
NOTES: Plays with great confidence in all situations. A formidable fighter who punishes forwards that come near the net and has added offense to his game. Solidly built, he is tough to knock down. On team's No. 1 pairing.
Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 26
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
29
27 35
Niklas Tikkinen
Niklas Tikkinen
Defense (Espoo Blues, Finland Under-20 League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 172 - Shot: Left - Born: June 1, 1994
2011-12: 39 games; 8 goals; 15 assists; 23 points; 14 PIM
NOTES: He's very good at moving the puck, particularly in keeping it in the offensive zone and getting it out of own zone. Strong on the power play and tends to find open man with pretty pass. Began career as a forward.
Hometown: Espoo, Finland (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 17
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
44 103
Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba VIDEO: Profile | Interview | Combine Test
Off-Ice Fun | Interviewed Day Before Draft
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 193 - Shot: Right - Born: February 26, 1994
2011-12: 50 games; 9 goals; 22 assists; 31 points; 65 PIM
NOTES: Amazing skater who has NHL size and big shot from point. Won two golds at World Under-18s and was youngest on U.S. World Junior team. Begins college career at Michigan in fall but could still opt for OHL.
Hometown: Rochester, Michigan (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 9
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
9
5 11
Mikko Vainonen
Mikko Vainonen
Defense (Helsinki IFK, Finland Under-20 League)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 205 - Shot: Left - Born: April 11, 1994
2011-12: 38 games; 7 goals; 11 assists; 18 points; 44 PIM
NOTES: Appeared in eight SM-Liiga games during past season -- his first games in Finland's top league. Four assists in seven games as captain of his nation's squad at World Under-18 tourney, helping Finns place fourth.
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 11
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
69
55 122
Valeri Vasilyev
Valeri Vasilyev
Defense (Moscow Spartak, Russia MHL)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 203 - Shot: Left - Born: May 31, 1994
2011-12: 18 games; 1 goals; 1 assists; 2 points; 24 PIM
NOTES: Represented Russia in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka and Sergei Zholtok tournaments but did not score. Was selected 40th overall in the 2011 KHL Draft by Moscow Spartak, the club team with which he began his career.
Hometown: Moscow, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 16
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
64
58 243
Nick Walters
Nick Walters
Defense (Everett Silvertips, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 187 - Shot: Left - Born: April 11, 1994
2011-12: 62 games; 6 goals; 12 assists; 18 points; 95 PIM
NOTES: Went from four points in first WHL season to 18 in  second and continued to establish himself as a hard-nosed player who stands up for teammates. Fought seven times, including twice in same game on Nov. 6.
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 67
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
89
90 126
Mikael Wikstrand
Mikael Wikstrand
Defense (Mora, Swedish Allsvenskan)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 183 - Shot: Left - Born: November 5, 1993
2011-12: 47 games; 2 goals; 1 assists; 3 points; 14 PIM
NOTES: Has shown offensive potential for junior team, but has been more of a stay-at-home type vs. men. Also had seven points in 11 games for Mora junior team. On Swedish team that won silver at '11 World Under-18.
Hometown: Orebro, Sweden (Swedish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 4
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
7
14 5




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