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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke, shown here at the 2011 NHL Draft, elected to hang onto his fifth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Draft to select Morgan Rielly (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

 

Although the Toronto Maple Leafs and their GM, Brian Burke, were presented with trade options for their fifth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft, they elected to instead hang onto the pick to choose defenseman Morgan Rielly of the WHL's moose Jaw Warriors.

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Big trades headline 2012 NHL Draft

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Big trades headline 2012 NHL Draft

Photo: A few trades highlighted the first day of the 2012 NHL Draft, including one that allowed the Buffalo Sabres to choose Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

The 2012 NHL Draft started out routinely enough, the consensus top pick of the class, Nail Yakupov, went first overall and the second ranked player, Ryan Murray, went second overall. By an hour into the draft though things changed dramatically when the host team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, traded budding star center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin, and the eighth overall pick, which the Penguins used to select WHL defenseman Derrick Pouliot.

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: The Toronto Maple Leafs surprised some NHL Draft observers with their selection of Morgan Rielly with the fifth pick overall (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

Like Alex Galchenyuk, who was drafted ahead of him in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Morgan Rielly missed a good portion of his first draft-eligible season as the result of an injury.  But just as the Montreal Canadiens convinced themselves that Galchenyuk was fully healed, so too did the Toronto Maple Leafs with regard to Rielly's injury, grabbing the offensive defenseman with the fifth pick overall in this draft.

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Griffin Reinhart, New York Islanders

by Ken McKenna
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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Griffin Reinhart, New York Islanders

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart's draft stock rose as the 2011-12 season progressed, leading to his fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Bloodlines may or may not make a difference in hockey, but the New York Islanders might think so as they used the fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft on Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart.

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