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We continue into the single digits with a kid whose name makes him sound like he could be a bad guy in a Mighty Ducks movie, Griffin Reinhart. Here’s the thing about Reinhart, he’s huge. Also, he’s pretty good at hockey. Last season, in 58 games for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, Reinhart put up 12 goals and 24 assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating. The first place Oil Kings carved their way through the WHL playoffs en route to defeating the Portland Winterhawks in the finals. In 20 postseason games, Reinhart put up 2 goals and six assists with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.

Reinhart does not have a lot of international experience, though he did skate for Team Pacific at the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. In six games for the third place finishers, Reinhart scored 1 goal to go along with 6 assists. He also played for Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. While the team finished with a gold medal, Reinahrt did not score any points though he did play in all five of the team’s games.

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Checking in at number nine is our top American prospect who doesn’t have a Russian name.
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This picture makes me less of a Cody Ceci fan

Alright, everybody, here we go. We’re into the top 10 so hang onto your hats or whatever you happen to be wearing on your head at any given time. We begin our top prospects with Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67s. The son of 1984 Vanier Cup MVP Parri Ceci, Cody is coming of a stellar year which saw him finish second in scoring amongst all OHL defenseman with 60 points. To go along with his scoring tear, he also put up 14 penalty minutes to go along with a plus-21 rating. Ceci was also invaluable to his team’s run to the semi-finals scoring 2 goals and adding 13 assists with a plus-1 rating in 18 postseason games.

Ceci was invited to the U20 World Junior Championship tryouts for Team Canada but was among the final cuts before the tournament. Ceci does have some international experience under his belt, however, as he represented Canada at the U18 tournament in 2011. In seven games at the tournament, Ceci contributed one assist to go along with a plus-3 rating as Canada finished fourth at the tournament after being defeated by the Russians in the bronze medal game.

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I think it’s safe to say at this point, if you weren’t already aware, that the Kitchener Rangers are an NHL factory. They now lay claim to the reigning Calder Trophy winner, Gabriel Landeskog, and will likely have another high draft pick to their credit by the conclusion of the 2012 draft in Radek Faksa.
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Credit: J. Tamminen

As we mosey along towards the top ten, we check in on Teuvo Teravainen at number 12. Like many of this year’s European prospects, Teravainen has had experience beyond his years in his home country. For the 2011-2012 season, Teravainen played 40 games for Jokerit in Finland’s SM-Liiga, scoring 11 goals and 18 points to go along with 6 penalty minutes. He made his real impact in the SM-Liiga playoffs, however, averaging 15 minutes of ice-time, scoring a plus-6 rating and 6 points in six games as Jokerit made a run to the semi-finals before finishing with a bronze medal.

Teravainen also skated for Finland’s U18 World Junior Championship team, potting 2 goals and 6 assists in six games. His Finnish team placed fourth after being defeated by Canada in the bronze medal game.

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Undersized defensemen can make a living in the NHL these days, but they need big skill to compensate for their physical shortcomings. In the case of Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks, the Saskatchewan native will be looking to be an early first round pick and exploit those offensive skills.
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The defensemen available for the 2012 draft all seem to possess a similar skillset. Good two way players, puck handling ability, strong positional play. Hampus Lindholm out of Rogle in Sweden won’t convince you otherwise, because he is a chip off the old block.
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