The 2012 NHL Draft happened in June, so what better time than … late September to hand out some nicknames? (Hey, it’s a good distraction from the fact that they aren’t getting a chance to make an impression in training camps, if nothing else.)
Rather than going for a top pick for each player, we’re taking a kitchen sink approach. Thankfully, the first overall choice provides a plethora of cringe-y, cheesetastic nicknames.
After covering the top 10 picks, let’s move on to 11-20.
Note: if a name is in italics, it means that player is especially lacking and needs your help, nickname-wise.
Major note: the nature of this site is to use puns to the max, even if they violate the inherent pronunciation of a player’s name. Still, if you feel the need to ruin Travis Zajac-type jokes, note discrepancies in the comments.
11. Filip Forsberg (image via Wikimedia Commons)
- Flip, Flipper or even Fil-ipper
- Foppa Dos
- No Relation
12. Mikhail Grigorenko
- Lieutenant Grigg
- The Gree God
13. Radek Faksa
- The Faks Machine
- Tape Dek
14. Zemgus Girgensons
- “Girs” of War
- The Goose/Z-Goose
- (If you want to meta-it-up, War Goose or even Goose Gear)
- The other big Z
He’s another guy who really doesn’t need a nickname because his actual name is too damn great.
15. Cody Ceci
- Ceci’s Pizza
(Gotta love the rare player with an eight-letter, four-syllable name. That’s efficient, folks.)
16. Tom Wilson
Blandness in a sea of amazing names. You’re reduced to “Tom Tom,” “Slick Willie” or horrible Will Smith references.
Of course, Will could go to:
- Imposing Will
- Iron Will
- Bad Will Hunting?
Hell, now that I’m thinking about it, you can throw in a Woodrow Wilson here and there … Maybe even a Cast Away reference?
17. Tomas Hertl
- Hertl the Turtle (if he’s slow on a play)
- Hertl the Girdle (if you’re a dick)
- The Big Hertl
- Hammer Don’t Hertl Them (sorry)
18.. Teuvo Teräväinen
- The Terror
- Terror Vines
- Boob Tuevo
19. Andrei Vasilevski
- Andrei the Giant (Sorry, it’s mandatory – and he’s big enough)
- A.V. Club
20. Scott Laughton
- Laughs (He who Laughs?)