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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S DRAFT FORECAST
PIERRE MCGUIRE
June 25, 2012
SURE THINGS
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June 25, 2012

Pierre Mcguire's Draft Forecast

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SURE THINGS

1. NAIL YAKUPOV

This Russian winger has great speed and superior playmaking abilities, and wants the puck in key situations. Currently with Sarnia of the OHL, Yakupov wants to stay and play in North America. He's a true can't-miss player.

2. RYAN MURRAY

Though he's not a point getter, Murray's a smart shutdown defenseman for Everett of the WHL who should be able to handle the grind of the NHL as an 18-year-old. He's a leader who'll someday be team captain.

3. ALEX GALCHENYUK

A Sarnia teammate of Yakupov's, this 6'1", 198-pound center has command of the game in all three zones. He's a perfect fit for the Canadiens, who will pick third and are starving for size and skill down the middle.

WILD CARDS

1. MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO

He has the tools (40 goals, 45 assists in 59 games for Quebec last season) and body (6'3", 200) to be drafted in the top three, but concerns over his intensity may prevent him from going until the middle of the first round.

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