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Yakupov tops Craig Button’s final draft rankings

Jun 11, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Nail Yakupov

Former NHL general manager Craig Button has released his final draft rankings over at TSN.ca. No surprise, Russian forward Nail Yakupov tops the list. After that, it’s two defensemen, Mathew Dumba and Morgan Reilly, followed by forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Teuvo Teravainen.

Button’s most controversial assessment will be Mikhail Grigorenko at No. 20. The talented Russian is ranked No. 3 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Another player Button isn’t quite as sold on is defenseman Ryan Murray, who he’s got at No. 13.

On the other hand, he’s got d-man Matt Finn at No. 9 and center Mark Jankowski at No. 14, while Central Scouting has both those players considerably lower.

Related: Oilers president loves top draft prospect Ryan Murray

  1. dbarnes79 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    That’s why he is no longer a NHL GM.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      these are his rankings, not his mock draft…. it’s not that hard to figure out

      He feels that Grigorenko is not worth a high pick due to his attitude, work ethic and he is considered a bit of a risk due to the fact he could go back home to Russia…. Button has graded Grigorenko as a #2 center, not a #1… not saying he is right or wrong, just his opinion.

      As for Murray, Button thinks he has already peaked and that there are other dmen that have a better projected NHL career in years to come… Murray is NHL ready and can have an instant impact but doesn’t show signs of having elite level talent. Also remember Murray is almost a year older than some of the skaters he is playing against.

      I for one have nothing against Button saying something different than all of the other copy cat rankings and mock drafts….

      • lordfletcher - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        forgot to mention that in Button’s lastest mock draft he has both Murray and Grigorenko going in the top 5.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Looks like apart from the consensus #1, Button is just trying to go off the wall to get some attention. Murray at #13 and Grigorenko at #20 is laughable.

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