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2012 NHL Draft - Round 1

The Edmonton Oilers added another young gun to their roster, selecting slick Russian winger Nail Yakupov first overall in a first round that was otherwise top-heavy in defencemen.

Eight of the top 10 picks were blue-liners, but the Oilers stuck to the book, taking the top-ranked North American-based player in the Central Scouting rankings.

Also: Rounds 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


1. Edmonton Oilers

Player: Nail Yakupov
Position/2011-12 Team: RW / Sarnia
Notes: The Oilers take the best offensive player in the draft. Yakupov plays in the dirty areas of the ice. - Bob McKenzie
Notable First Overall Picks: Steven Stamkos (TAM, 2008), Sidney Crosby (PIT, 2005), Alexander Ovechkin (WAS, 2004)


2. Columbus Blue Jackets

Player: Ryan Murray
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Everett
Notes: He's NHL ready and will play with the Blue Jackets next season. - Pierre McGuire
Notable Second Overall Picks: Drew Doughty (LAK, 2008), Evgeni Malkin (PIT, 2004), Eric Staal (CAR, 2003)


3. Montreal Canadiens

Player: Alex Galchenyuk
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Sarnia
Notes: The right pick for Montreal. Not the fastest skater, but he can make plays and gives the Habs the size they need. - Pierre McGuire
Notable Third Overall Picks: Jonathan Toews (CHI, 2006), Jay Bouwmeester (FLA, 2002), Marian Gaborik (MIN, 2000)


4. New York Islanders

Player: Griffin Reinhart
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Edmonton
Notes: A big shot and good hockey sense. Could stand to use his large frame to better use. - Bob McKenzie
Notable Fourth Overall Picks: Evander Kane (ATL, 2009), Alex Pietrangelo (STL, 2008), Nicklas Backstrom (WAS, 2006)


5. Toronto Maple Leafs

Player: Morgan Rielly
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Moose Jaw
Notes: A very good offensive defensiveman who can skate and move the puck. - Bob McKenzie
Notable Fifth Overall Picks: Carey Price (MON, 2005), Thomas Vanek (BUF, 2003), Mikko Koivu (MIN, 2001)


6. Anaheim Ducks

Player: Hampus Lindholm
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Rogle Jr
Notes: His conditioning is off the charts, and I think could be the steal of the draft. - Pierre McGuire
Notable Sixth Overall Picks: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHX, 2009), Sam Gagner (EDM, 2007), Scott Hartnell (NSH, 2000)


7. Minnesota Wild

Player: Mathew Dumba
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Red Deer
Notes: Has amazing agility on his skates. A captain in waiting that sometimes tries to do too much on the ice. A great hitter. - Bob McKenzie
Notable Seventh Overall Picks: Jeff Skinner (CAR, 2010), Ryan Suter (NSH, 2003), Joffrey Lupul (2002, ANA)


8. Pittsburgh Penguins (via Carolina)

Player: Derrick Pouliot
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Portland
Notes: The best transitional defenceman in the draft. A skilled offensive defenseman. - Bob McKenzie
Notable Eighth Overall Picks: Mikkel Boedker (PHX, 2008), Brayden Coburn (ATL, 2003) Pierre-Marc Bouchard (MIN, 2002)


9. Winnipeg Jets

Player: Jacob Trouba
Position/2011-12 Team: D / USNTDP
Notes: Has a bomb from the blueline. A physical player with a bit of a mean streak. - Bob McKenzie
Notable Ninth Overall Picks: Logan Couture (SJS, 2007), Dion Phaneuf (CGY, 2003) Tuomo Ruutu (CHI, 2001)


10. Tampa Bay Lightning

Player: Slater Koekkoek
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Peterborough
Notes: A good all-around defenceman who is a fierce competitor. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 10th Overall Picks: Magnus Paajarvi (EDM, 2009), Cody Hodgson (VAN, 2008), Andrei Kostitsyn (MON, 2003)


11. Washington Capitals (via Colorado)

Player: Filip Forsberg
Position/2011-12 Team: LW / Leksand
Notes: A strong physical two-way player - Bob McKenzie
Notable 11th Overall Picks: Anze Kopitar (LAK, 2005), Jeff Carter (PHI, 2003) Keith Ballard (BUF, 2002)


12. Buffalo Sabres

Player: Mikhail Grigorenko
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Quebec
Notes: Brings much needed size down the middle for Buffalo. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 12th Overall Picks: Tyler Myers (BUF, 2008), Ryan McDonagh (MON, 2007), Marc Staal (NYR, 2005)


13. Dallas Stars

Player: Radek Faksa
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Kitchener
Notes: Some scouts see him as a Bobby Holik type player. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 13th Overall Picks: Dustin Brown (LAK, 2003), Alexander Semin (WSH, 2002), Ales Hemsky (EDM, 2001)


14. Buffalo Sabres (via Calgary)

Player: Zemgus Girgensons
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Dubuque
Notes: Plays a similar style to Dustin Brown - Bob McKenzie
Notable 14th Overall Picks: Kevin Shattenkirk (Col, 2007), Michael Grabner (VAN, 2006), Brent Seabrook (CHI, 2003)


15. Ottawa Senators

Player: Cody Ceci
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Ottawa
Notes: Has a big shot, but needs to be more physical. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 15th Overall Picks: Erik Karlsson (OTT, 2008), Alexander Radulov (NSH, 2004), Robert Nilsson (NYI, 2003)


16. Washington Capitals

Player: Thomas Wilson
Position/2011-12 Team: RW / Plymouth
Notes: One of the best hitters in the Draft, questions about his offensive upside. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 16th Overall Picks: Nick Leddy (MIN, 2009), Steve Bernier (SJS, 2003), R.J. Umberger (VAN, 2001)


17. San Jose Sharks

Player: Tomas Hertl
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Slavia Praha
Notes: A big player with great hands, but his skating needs work - Pierre McGuire
Notable 17th Overall Picks: Jake Gardiner (ANA, 2008), Martin Hanzal (PHX, 2005), Zach Parise (NJD, 2003)


18. Chicago Blackhawks

Player: Teuvo Teravainen
Position/2011-12 Team: LW / Jokerit
Notes: One of the best skilled forwards in the draft, but physically immature. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 18th Overall Picks: Chris Stewart (COL, 2006), Eric Fehr (WAS, 2003), Brooks Orpik (PIT, 2000)


19. Tampa Bay Lightning (via Detroit)

Player: Andrei Vasilevski
Position/2011-12 Team: G / Ufa Tolpar
Notes: Highly skilled, but has been pulled in big games. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 19th Overall Picks: Chris Kreider (NYR, 2009), Luca Sbisa (PHI, 2008), Ryan Getzlaf (ANA, 2003)


20. Philadelphia Flyers

Player: Scott Laughton
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Oshawa
Notes: A shot blocking and defensive minded player. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 20th Overall Picks: Michael Del Zotto (NYR, 2008), Travis Zajac (NJD, 2004), Brent Burns (MIN, 2003)


21. Calgary Flames (via Buffalo via Nashville)

Player: Mark Jankowski
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Stanstead
Notes: A long term project that took the road less traveled. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 21st Overall Picks: Tuukka Rask (TOR, 2005), Wojtek Wolski (COL, 2004), Anton Volchenkov (OTT, 2000)


22. Pittsburgh Penguins

Player: Olli Maatta
Position/2011-12 Team: D / London
Notes: A player that understands both sides of the game. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 22nd Overall Picks: Jordan Eberle (EDM, 2008), Max Pacioretty (MON, 2007), Claude Giroux (PHI, 2006)


23. Florida Panthers

Player: Michael Matheson
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Dubuque
Notes: A tremendous skater who took off in the second half of the season. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 23rd Overall Picks: Semyon Varlamov (WAS, 2006), Andrej Meszaros (OTT, 2004), Ryan Kesler (VAN, 2003)


24. Boston Bruins

Player: Malcolm Subban
Position/2011-12 Team: G / Belleville
Notes: Only started playing goal at 12, a physical specimen. – Pierre McGuire
Notable 24th Overall Picks: T.J. Oshie (STL, 2005), Mike Richards (PHI, 2003), Alex Steen (TOR, 2002)


25. St. Louis Blues

Player: Jordan Schmaltz
Position/2011-12 Team: D / Green Bay
Notes: A skilled offensive defenseman who is a few years away. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 25th Picks: Andrew Cogliano (EDM, 2005), Cam Ward (CAR, 2002), Steve Ott (DAL, 2000)


26. Vancouver Canucks

Player: Brendan Gaunce
Position/2011-12 Team: C / Belleville
Notes: A big strong two-way centre. Questions about his offensive upside. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 26th Picks: David Perron (STL, 2007), Cory Schneider (VAN, 2004), Brian Boyle (LAK, 2003)


27. Phoenix Coyotes

Player: Henrik Samuelsson
Position/2011-12 Team: RW / Edmonton
Notes: Like his father Ulf, he's big strong and ornery. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 27th Picks: John Carlson (WAS, 2008), Jeff Schultz (WAS, 2004), Jeff Woywitka (PHI, 2001)


28. New York Rangers

Player: Brady Skjei
Position/2011-12 Team: D / USNTDP
Notes: Great skating ability, with some offensive potential. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 28th Picks: Matt Niskanen (DAL, 2005), Corey Perry (ANA, 2003), Justin Williams (PHI, 2000)


29. New Jersey Devils

Player: Stefan Matteau
Position/2011-12 Team: C / USNTDP
Notes: Plays a lot like his dad. The most penalty minutes of any first round draft prospect. - Bob McKenzie
Notable 29th Picks: Steve Downie (PHI, 2005), Mike Green (WAS, 2004), Niklas Kronwall (DET, 2000)


30. Los Angeles Kings

Player: Tanner Pearson
Position/2011-12 Team: LW / Barrie
Notes:A quick release with good ability on the forecheck. - Pierre McGuire
Notable 30th Picks: Simon Despres (PIT, 2009), Jim Slater (ATL, 2002), David Steckel (LAK, 2001)


The following 2012 first round picks were traded:


No. 8 Pick - Carolina to Pittsburgh (C Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh to Carolina for the Hurricanes' 2012 first round pick, C Brandon Sutter and D Brian Dumoulin).


No. 11 Pick - Colorado to Washington (G Semyon Varlamov from Washington to Colorado for the Avalanche's 2012 first round pick and a second round pick in either 2012 or 2013).


No. 14 Pick - Calgary to Buffalo (No 14 to Buffalo, picks No. 21 and 42 to Calgary)


No. 19 Pick - Detroit to Tampa Bay (D Kyle Quincey to Detroit for the Red Wings 2012 first round pick and defenceman Sebastien Piche).


No. 21 Pick - Nashville to Buffalo (F Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick to Nashville for the Predators 2012 first round pick).


No. 30  - Los Angeles (The Blue Jackets had their choice of either Los Angeles' 1st rounder in 2012 or 2013.  They will have the Kings' first round pick in 2013).



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