NHL Draft Coverage

2013 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets

by Ken McKenna
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Photo: Defenseman Ryan Murray ended up being chosen as predicted by most, going to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft needing help at all positions. Holding the second selection overall in the draft allowed Scott Howson and Co. to begin their building efforts in a big way, and they did just that with the selection of defenseman Ryan Murray from the WHL's Everett Silvertips.

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2012 Draft: Defensemen dominate top of 2012 NHL Draft class

by Andrew Knoll
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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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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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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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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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Top Prospects: Leagues

CJHL

  1. 1. Alex Coulombe
  1. 2. Jack Ramsey

NCAA

  1. 1. Zach Nagelvoort
  1. 2. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  2. 3. Thatcher Demko

OHL

  1. 1. Sam Bennett
  2. 2. Aaron Ekblad
  3. 3. Michael Dal Colle
  4. 4. Nick Ritchie
  5. 5. Brendan Perlini
  6. 6. Anthony DeAngelo
  7. 7. Jared McCann
  8. 8. Nikolay Goldobin
  9. 9. Roland McKeown
  10. 10. Josh Ho-Sang
  11. 11. Eric Cornel
  12. 12. Robby Fabbri
  13. 13. Aaron Haydon
  14. 14. Connor Chatham
  15. 15. Ryan MacInnis
  16. 16. Alex Peters
  17. 17. Michael Bunting
  18. 18. Brendan Lemieux
  19. 19. Spencer Watson
  1. 20. Blake Siebenaler
  2. 21. Alex Nedeljkovic
  3. 22. Matt Mistele
  4. 23. Jacob Middleton
  5. 24. Blake Clarke
  6. 25. Dakota Mermis
  7. 26. Max Iafrate
  8. 27. Brent Moran
  9. 28. Brandon Halverson
  10. 29. Zach Bratina
  11. 30. Nick Magyar
  12. 31. Michael Amadio
  13. 32. Christian Dvorak
  14. 33. Kyle Jenkins
  15. 34. Josh Wesley
  16. 35. Dylan Sadowy
  17. 36. Jaden Lindo
  18. 37. Darby Llewellyn
  19. 38. Alexander Protapovich

QMJHL

  1. 1. Ivan Barbashev
  2. 2. Nikolaj Ehlers
  3. 3. Vaclav Karabacek
  4. 4. Nicolas Aube-Kubel
  5. 5. Emil Aronsson
  6. 6. Clark Bishop
  7. 7. Julien Nantel
  8. 8. Daniel Audette
  9. 9. Mason McDonald
  10. 10. Julio Billia
  11. 11. Alexis Vanier
  12. 12. Kurt Etchegary
  1. 13. Scott Oke
  2. 14. Eric Brassard
  3. 15. Sebastien Auger
  4. 16. Nikita Jevpalovs
  5. 17. Anthony DeLuca
  6. 18. Denis Gorbunov
  7. 19. Philippe Gadoury
  8. 20. Cameron Darcy
  9. 21. Daniel Walcott
  10. 22. Matt Murphy
  11. 23. Jacob Sweeney
  12. 24. Vladimir Tkachyov

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Dylan Larkin
  2. 2. Alex Tuch
  3. 3. Jack Glover
  4. 4. Jack Dougherty
  5. 5. Ryan Collins
  6. 6. Johnathan MacLeod
  7. 7. Joe Wegwerth
  1. 8. Shane Gersich
  2. 9. Ryan Hitchcock
  3. 10. Anders Bjork
  4. 11. Ryan Donato
  5. 12. Sonny Milano
  6. 13. Edwin Minney
  7. 14. Chase Perry

USHL

  1. 1. Nick Schmaltz
  2. 2. Shane Eiserman
  3. 3. Joshua Jacobs
  1. 4. Austin Poganski
  2. 5. Ryan Mantha
  3. 6. Seamus Malone

WHL

  1. 1. Leon Draisaitl
  2. 2. Sam Reinhart
  3. 3. Haydn Fleury
  4. 4. Jake Virtanen
  5. 5. Julius Honka
  6. 6. Brycen Martin
  7. 7. Nikita Scherbak
  8. 8. Chase De Leo
  9. 9. Conner Bleackley
  10. 10. John Quenneville
  11. 11. Reid Gardiner
  1. 12. Jayce Hawryluk
  2. 13. Ben Thomas
  3. 14. Nelson Nogier
  4. 15. Ty Edmonds
  5. 16. Aaron Irving
  6. 17. Spenser Jensen
  7. 18. Ty Stanton
  8. 19. Austin Lotz
  9. 20. Ashton Sautner
  10. 21. Keegan Iverson
  11. 22. Dominic Turgeon