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Given that the New Jersey Devils advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final this season, it seemed like a slam-dunk that they would forfeit their first round draft pick this year. However GM Lou Lamoriello threw everyone a curve-ball and decided to keep the pick, which is the second to last (29th overall) in the first round. He obviously has the confidence that his team can again contend for the Stanley Cup in the coming years because now the Devils will have to decide whether to give up their first round pick in either 2013 or 2014.
The top 10 collegians eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft are comprised of five forwards and five defensemen who have just completed their freshman seasons. These players represent four of the five NCAA conferences. Four of this year's top 10 players are from the CCHA, followed by three from the WCHA, two from Hockey East, and one from the ECAC.
The St. Louis Blues will face increased expectations next season after winning the Central Division for the first time since the 1999-00 season and making the playoffs for just the second time since the 2004-05 lockout. For that same reason, they also have a relatively small number of questions surrounding the roster and player roles heading into the offseason.
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- 2. Adam Johnson
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