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Darryl's Dispatch: 2012-13 Top 300 NHL Prospects (Part II: The Defensemen)

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Darryl Houston Smith

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2012-13 Top 300 NHL Prospects (Part II: The Defensemen)

The goal of this list is to place a raw ranking or value on a given young player's ability to adapt and mature his game during those crucial first few seasons after he is drafted or signed by an NHL team. 

Prospect Criteria: Players under 24 years of age who have appeared in less than 40 NHL games are considered prospects. A player's current ranking combines two grades; the first is his current state of NHL preparedness (60%) and the second measures his long-term potential (40%).

DEFENSEMEN
 
RANKPLAYER/DRAFT YEARPOSNHL TEAM2012-13 CLUB
1 Dougie Hamilton '11 D Boston Boston (NHL)
2 Justin Schultz '08 D Edmonton Edmonton (NHL)
3 Jacob Trouba '12 D Winnipeg Michigan (CCHA)
4 Brandon Gormley '10 D Phoenix Portland (AHL)
5 Matt Dumba '12 D Minnesota Red Deer (WHL)
6 Morgan Rielly '12 D  Toronto Moose Jaw (WHL)
7 Ryan Murray '12  D Columbus Everett (WHL)
8 Griffin Reinhart '12 D NY Islanders Edmonton (WHL)
9 Jonas Brodin '11 D Minnesota Minnesota (NHL)
10 Oscar Klefbom '11 D Edmonton Farjestad (SEL)
11 Olli Maatta '12 D Pittsburgh London (OHL)
12 Derrick Pouliot '12 D Pittsburgh Portland (WHL)
13 Nathan Beaulieu '11 D Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
14 Joe Morrow '11 D Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
15 Ryan Murphy '11 D Carolina Kitchener (OHL)
16 Tim Erixon '09 D Columbus Columbus (NHL)
17 Hampus Lindholm '12 D Anaheim Norfolk (AHL)
18 Simon Despres '09 D Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (NHL)
19 Jarred Tinordi '10 D Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
20 David Rundblad '09 D Phoenix Phoenix (NHL)
21 Jamie Oleksiak '11 D Dallas Dallas (NHL)
22 Patrick Wiercioch '08 D Ottawa Ottawa (NHL)
23 Cody Ceci '12 D Ottawa Owen Sound (OHL)
24 Tyson Barrie '09 D Colorado Colorado (NHL)
25 Michael Stone '08 D Phoenix Phoenix (NHL)
26 Jonathan Merrill '10 D New Jersey Michigan (CCHA)
27 Scott Harrington '11 D Pittsburgh London (OHL)
28 Brenden Dillon (UD) D Dallas Dallas (NHL)
29 Xavier Ouellet '11 D Detroit Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
30 Michael Matheson '12 D Florida Boston College (HE)
31 Mattias Ekholm '09 D Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
32 Mark Barberio '08 D Tampa Bay Syracuse (AHL)
33 Brayden McNabb '09 D Buffalo Rochester (AHL)
34 Adam Clendening '11 D Chicago Rockford (AHL)
35 Matt Donovan '08 D NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
36 Derek Forbort '10 D Los Angeles North Dakota (WCHA)
37 Martin Marincin '10 D Edmonton Oklahoma (AHL)
38 Connor Murphy '11 D Phoenix Sarnia (OHL)
39 David Savard '09 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)
40 Mark Pysyk '10 D Buffalo Rochester (AHL)
41 Alex Petrovic '10 D Florida San Antonio (AHL)
42 Mike Reilly '11 D Columbus Minnesota (WCHA)
43 David Musil '11 D Edmonton Edmonton (WHL)
44 Duncan Siemens '11 D Colorado Saskatoon (WHL)
45 Radko Gudas '10 NEW D Tampa Bay Tampa Bay (NHL)
46 Calvin de Haan '09 D NY Islanders Bridgeport (OHL)
47 Dylan Olsen '09 D Chicago Chicago (NHL)
48 Slater Koekkoek '12 NEW D Tampa Bay Windsor (OHL)
49 Matt Finn '12 D Toronto Guelph (OHL)
50 Sami Vatanen '09 D Anaheim Norfolk (AHL)
51 Scott Mayfield '11 D NY Islanders Denver (WCHA)
52 Nikita Nesterov '11 NEW D Tampa Bay Chelyabinsk (KHL)
53 Jake McCabe '12 NEW D Buffalo Wisconsin (WCHA)
54 Keegan Lowe '11 NEW D Carolina Edmonton (WHL)
55 Frank Corrado '11 NEW D Vancouver Kitchener (OHL)
56 Artem Sergeev (UD) NEW D Tampa Bay Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
57 Alexander Urbom '09 D New Jersey Albany (AHL)
58 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc '10 D Buffalo Rochester (AHL)
59 Brian Dumoulin '09 D Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
60 Danny Biega '10 D Carolina Harvard (ECAC)
61 Damon Severson '12 D New Jersey Kelowna (WHL)
62 Ryan Sproul '11 D Detroit Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
63 Brandon Manning (UD) NEW D Philadelphia Philadelphia (NHL)
64 Ludwig Bystrom '12 D Dallas Modo (SEL)
65 Kevin Connauton '09 D Vancouver Chicago (AHL)
66 Eric Gelinas '09 D New Jersey Albany (AHL)
67 Ville Pokka '12 D NY Islanders Karpat (SM-LIIGA)
68 Dylan McIlrath '10 D NY Rangers Connecticut (AHL)
69 Petteri Lindbohm '12 NEW D St. Louis Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
70 Adam Pelech '12 NEW D NY Islanders Erie (OHL)
71 Patrik Nemeth '10 D Dallas Texas (AHL)
72 Charles-Olivier Roussel '09 D Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
73 Christian Djoos '12 NEW D Washington Brynas (SEL)
74 Brady Skjei '12 D NY Rangers Minnesota (WCHA)
75 Esa Lindell '12 NEW D Dallas Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
76 Stephen Johns '10 D  Chicago Notre Dame (CCHA)
77 Cameron Gaunce '08 D Colorado Lake Erie (AHL)
78 Adam Polasek '10 D Vancouver Chicago (AHL)
79 Dalton Thrower '12 D Montreal Saskatoon (WHL)
80 Joel Edmundson '11 D St. Louis Kamloops (WHL)
81 Martin Gernat '11 D Edmonton Edmonton (WHL)
82 Colby Robak '08 D Florida Florida (NHL)
83 Aaron Ness '08 D NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
84 Jani Hakanpaa '10 D St. Louis Peoria (AHL)
85 Adam Almqvist '08 D Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
86 Brandon Burlon '08 D New Jersey Albany (AHL)
87 Jesse Blacker '09 D Toronto Toronto (AHL)
88 Shayne Gostisbehere '12 NEW D Philadelphia Union (ECAC)
89 Brennan Serville '11 D Winnipeg Michigan (CCHA)
90 Patrick McNally '10 D Vancouver Harvard (ECAC)
91 Stuart Percy '11 D Toronto Mississauga (OHL)
92 Taylor Doherty '09 D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
93 Philip Samuelsson '09 D Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
94 Julian Melchiori '10 D Winnipeg St. John's (AHL)
95 Torey Krug (UD) D Boston Providence (AHL)
96 Jordan Schmaltz '12 D St. Louis North Dakota (WCHA)
97 Matt Grzelcyk '12 NEW D Boston Boston University (HE)
98 Patrick Sieloff '12 NEW D Calgary Windsor (OHL)
99 Peter Ceresnak '11 NEW D NY Rangers Peterborough (OHL)
100 Rasmus Bengtsson '11 NEW D Florida Muskegon (USHL)