NHL Mock Draft 2012: Montreal Canadiens Select Mikhail Grigorenko With No. 3 Pick

With the third overall pick in SB Nation's 2012 NHL Mock Draft, our Montreal Canadiens delegation at Habs Eyes On The Prize selects Mikhail Grigorenko, a center form the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Remparts (QMHJL)

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Despite concerns that have lowered Grigorenko's draft stock, Habs Eyes On The Prize decided he's worth the risk anyway.

Grigorenko's stock took a drop in the rankings when the Remparts were eliminated by the Halifax Mooseheads. He managed just a pair of points in the last four games, but that has been attributed to the fact he was not 100% (suffering from a bout of mono), which also forced him out of the workouts at the 2012 NHL Combine.

Grigorenko has also been cited at times as lazy, unwilling to do the dirty work in the corners defensively and playing when he wants. But given he was willing to play under the weather in the playoffs, and with a bad ankle at the World Junior Championships, you have to think he is a competitor.

Read more on Grigorenko with 2012 NHL Draft Profiles from Hockey Wilderness and The Cannon.

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