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2012 Draft: Defensemen dominate top of 2012 NHL Draft class

by Andrew Knoll
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2012 Draft: Defensemen dominate top of 2012 NHL Draft class

Photo: Cody Ceci is one of many defensemen likely to be selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

This year's crop of draft-eligible players overflows with talented defensemen, as 2012's blueliners possess the potential to fill out half of the first round.

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2012 Draft: Top draft eligible Russians

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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2012 Draft: Top draft eligible Russians

Photo: Undersized forward Nikita Gusev is one of the top Russian trained prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/OHL)

 

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft class doesn't seem to be a particularly big one for Russia, especially when considering that the top players, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov, left the Mother Land to play in the Canadian junior system. In the last few years more and more players have decided to cross the pond earlier, and even if it didn't pay off in all cases, the CHL is now becoming a good alternative for Russian players who opt for an early transition to North American hockey.

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Hertl tops the Czech crop for the 2012 NHL Draft

by Derek O'Brien
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Hertl tops the Czech crop for the 2012 NHL Draft

Photo: Czech forward Tomas Hertl has been somewhat unheralded compared to fellow countryman Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Over the past decade, most of the top Czech Republic draft prospects have been chosen from the CHL, but there are always still a handful of gems to be found playing at home. In 2011, Slavia Prague’s Dmitrij Jaskin was taken in the second round and in 2012, another Slavia product, Tomas Hertl, is projected to be a late first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Draft.

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2012 Draft: Top draft eligible prospects in Finland

by Tony Piscotta
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2012 Draft: Top draft eligible prospects in Finland

Photo: Ville Pokka could be the first Finnish trained defenseman to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The country of Finland has produced several top-notch goalies and a wealth of talented young forwards in the past few seasons. The same cannot be said of the defenseman position – though that could change with the upcoming draft.

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2012 Draft: Trades could potentially overshadow Day One of NHL Draft

by Ian Altenbaugh
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2012 Draft: Trades could potentially overshadow Day One of NHL Draft

Photo: Normally home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the CONSOL Energy Center is the headquarters for the 2012 NHL Draft. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 

With the NHL Awards over, the hockey world has fully descended upon Pittsburgh, PA for the 2012 NHL Draft. The week started quietly, with top prospects in town early to participate in events such as a midget and mite youth clinic and batting practice at PNC Park. So with a fairly quiet week coming to an end, it is only fitting the draft will officially begin Friday evening amidst a flurry of trade speculation and possibly end with several blockbuster trades.

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