Former NHL scout Grant Sonier breaks down the 2012 prospect group with his first mock draft of the season. Unsurprisingly Nail Yakupov goes No. 1 overall, but Sonier believes a number of teams could find useful parts to round out their rosters.
Alvin Chang, a week after looking at top value picks among forwards in the last 20 drafts, turns his attention to defense. Sergei Zubov heads this list (from the 1990 draft), but the Caps' Mike Green isn't far off (and the only North American skater).